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Autumn Equinox Celebration lunch

Join us for a special community celebration lunch!

Guests are welcome to arrive any time from 11am for a fresh juice and to walk the labyrinth or by the river before lunch. Lunch served from 12pm includes our Ayurvedic dish/es of the day accompanied by juice and herbal teas. Tea may be enjoyed on the tea deck or at the riverside picnic spot after lunch. Guests are welcome to use the yoga circle and meditation spots during the day.

Open to all – please book ahead to avoid disappointment! margaret@thegarden.co.za / 076 931 5600

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Divine Love Celebration lunch for Valentine’s Day

Join us for a special community celebration lunch!

Guests are welcome to arrive any time from 11am for a fresh juice and to walk the labyrinth or by the river before lunch. Lunch served from 12pm includes our Ayurvedic dish/es of the day accompanied by juice and herbal teas. Tea may be enjoyed on the tea deck or at the riverside picnic spot after lunch. Guests are welcome to use the yoga circle and meditation spots during the day.

Open to all – please book ahead to avoid disappointment! margaret@thegarden.co.za / 076 931 5600

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Midsummer Celebration lunch for New Beginnings

Join us for a special community celebration lunch!

Guests are welcome to arrive any time from 11am for a fresh juice and to walk the labyrinth or by the river before lunch. Lunch served from 12pm includes our Ayurvedic dish/es of the day accompanied by juice and herbal teas. Tea may be enjoyed on the tea deck or at the riverside picnic spot after lunch. Guests are welcome to use the yoga circle and meditation spots during the day.

Open to all – please book ahead to avoid disappointment! margaret@thegarden.co.za / 076 931 5600

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Winter Solstice Celebration

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Garden, Magaliesburg – Saturday 18th June 2016

Come and gather with us to celebrate the sacred stillness of the winter solstice with a labyrinth meditation walk, hatha yoga, chanting of Gayatri mantra and a solstice gratitude ceremony. In the afternoon you are free to visit the meditation gardens, relax with a herbal tea on the tea deck and walk by the river. The day retreat includes an Ayurvedic, vegan lunch, fresh juices and herbal teas.

The celebration will begin at 9:30am with welcome refreshments and a chance to meet other like-hearted people. We will then walk the 44m Baltic wheel labyrinth after which we move back up to the outdoor yoga circle for hatha yoga. To mark the spiritual meaning of the solstice we will chant the Gayatri mantra and conclude with a gratitude ceremony and silent reflection. There will be facilitated sharing of our experiences and insights after which lunch and fresh juices will be served at the tea house which overlooks the river.

Winter Solstice
The solstice marks the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun is at its lowest arc in the sky. The word solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium – sol meaning sun and stitium meaning stoppage. One ancient definition of the winter solstice is ‘standing still sun.’

Labyrinth Meditation Walk

The solstice is a time to slow down and turn inward: into the darkness and into the depths of the unknown. It is a time to tune into a deep sense of intuition and learning to trust your inner voice. In a sense, it is a time of feeling your way in the dark when you cannot see where you are going. It is a sacred time of meditation: a time to reflect on what has been and what will be. Walking the Labyrinth with this intention is a powerful practice to awaken the guidance of your inner Knowing and to surrender to the mysteries and miracles of Life.

If we are lucky (frost permitting!), the aloes will still be in flower – this is a beautiful time of year to enjoy the labyrinth. The labyrinth takes about 20-40 mins to walk, depending on how quickly it’s walked and how long we stay in the centre. We will walk in silence.

Hatha Yoga – Moving with Awareness
Slow and deep practice with focussed intention on micro movements will continue to deepen your inward journey of listening. The alchemical process of yoga practice clears previously blocked energy channels, healing wounds from your past and realigning your being with the ‘standing still sun’ of Sacred self.

Chanting of Gayatri Mantra – Invocation to Goddess Gayatri, the Giver of Inner Light
The solstice is also a magical time to celebrate the rebirth of the sun: the sun symbolising the Light of Consciousness.

The Gayatri mantra is a highly revered mantra from the Vedas and is often referred to as ‘The Mother of the Vedas’. It is associated with third eye chakra which is the seat of wisdom and intuition and when chanted it creates the vibration to activate this centre. Chanting this mantra also helps to heal psychological scars.

Gratitude Ceremony
Winter solstice is a time to offer up gratitude for the gifts in your life and gratitude for the coming of the Light! By setting an intention to live joyfully and light-heartedly, you invite the Light into your heart.

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Meditation event TBC

Meditation event with Wendy Young from Wise Living (www.wise-living.co.za) – details following soon!

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Labyrinth Walk

Join us for a monthly shared labyrinth walk. We will begin with herbal teas and a short introduction to our Baltic wheel labyrinth and how to walk a labyrinth. We will walk the labyrinth in silence. Afterwards we can chat about our experiences. Labyrinth walk is by donation. Participants are welcome to stay for lunch, juice and teas in the teahouse afterwards.

Please assist us by emailing your intention to join us: margaret@thegarden.co.za

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Labyrinth Walk

Join us for a monthly shared labyrinth walk. We will begin with herbal teas and a short introduction to our Baltic wheel labyrinth and how to walk a labyrinth. We will walk the labyrinth in silence. Afterwards we can chat about our experiences. Labyrinth walk is by donation. Participants are welcome to stay for lunch, juice and teas in the teahouse afterwards.

Please assist us by emailing your intention to join us: margaret@thegarden.co.za

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Autumn Equinox Celebration

Join us for one of our popular seasonal celebrations with Wendy Young from Wise Living (www.wise-living.co.za). Wendy will lead us in a hatha yoga practice, pranayama (breathing), walking meditation and autumn “letting go” ceremony. The afternoon will be free to walk the labyrinth, visit the meditation gardens, relax with a herbal tea on the tea deck or walk and relax by the river. The day retreat includes an Ayurvedic, vegan lunch, fresh juice and herbal teas throughout the day.

Please contact margaret@thegarden.co.za for more details and to book your spot!

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New Year Opening Celebration

Please join us for a special New Year Opening Celebration with Wendy Young from Wise Living! The day will include: yoga, yoga nidra, walking meditation, dedication to The Garden, free time for New Year intention setting, walking the labyrinth, relaxing/journalling by the river and in the meditation gardens, or enjoying tea on the tea deck. Vegetarian lunch, fresh juices and herbal teas will be served.

Book now to secure your place: contact margaret@thegarden.co.za

www.wise-living.co.za

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Talk: Soul of the White African

We welcome Angus Douglas who will be presenting Soul of the White African up at the yoga circle, preceded by a guided meditation and followed by lunch at the river. In his own words:

“Soul of the White African is a humorous and entertaining exploration of some of life’s most perplexing questions: how did we get here, and where are we going? Jan Smuts gets a look in, as does Herman Charles Bosman, Alan Paton, Jan Hofmeyr and Miss Smitherman – my Class Two psychopath…I mean Class Two teacher. It’s fun and feisty and I promise to stop talking as soon as the audience gets bored. And yes, we Umlungus do have soul!

About me: Angus Douglas is a writer, sort of; Springbok supporter – when they’re not losing to Argentina; South African patriot (he had no choice when they turned down his application for Australian residency); and lover of the soil…the African soil.

The aim is to have a laugh and leave enough gaps in the talk to hear the wind in the trees.”

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