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ANNUAL WINTER SOLSTICE HIKE TO OHLONE SOLSTICE STONES
December 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
Would you like to join us for a merry, mindfulness hike to the Solstice Stones?
ANNUAL Bloom of the Present Insight Meditation HIKE TO OHLONE SOLSTICE STONES
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Long Ridge Open Space Preserve on Skyline Blvd/Highway 35, Los Gatos
Perhaps your schedule hasn’t yet allowed you to join us for our weekly meditations in Felton or Seabright, or for one of our beginner’s series.
If you’re interested in exploring a mindfulness practice in the New Year, get started in a relaxed and festive way and celebrate the Winter Solstice with us!
Join us for the annual BOTP Solstice hike and ritual at the Ohlone Solstice Stones at sunset (4:55 PM).
Please bring a winter/solstice quote or poem to share and a flashlight.
We will go rain or shine. Dress warmly.
Cars need to be gone from trailhead 30 minutes after sunset.
We plan to go out to dinner in Boulder Creek.
**Please RSVP. It is important we know who is coming!
Contact Meridith Cook to RSVP or for information. [email protected] or 831-239-9065.**
You can meet at one of the rendezvous points to carpool/caravan or you can meet the group at the trailhead on Skyline Blvd./Highway 35.
3:00 – Santa Cruz. Meet at County Building near corner of Ocean and Water.
3:30 – Felton. Meet at Safeway lot near Graham Hill Rd.
3:45 – Boulder Creek. Johnnie’s Supermarket. Meet to carpool or caravan to Skyline Blvd./Highway 35 trailhead.
4:15 – Meet at Skyline Blvd/Highway 35 Trailhead. (Directions below.)
4:30 – Begin hike to Ohlone Solstice Stones
ABOUT THE OHLONE SOLSTICE STONES:
“The Ohlone, who consisted of more than fifty groups native to the Bay Area, have one account of creation that coincides with the winter solstice. The record goes that, before humans and other animals existed, the turtle’s shell contained the souls of all the living beings. At sunset on the winter solstice, the sun’s rays shone directly into a round boulder atop a sacred spot in the Santa Cruz Mountains. As the boulder cracked from the sunlight, the turtle’s shell split open, releasing the captive souls. Every year on the winter solstice, the Ohlone celebrated special rituals at the holy rock, which is now part of Long Ridge Open Space Preserve.”
DIRECTIONS TO TRAILHEAD:
Follow Highway 9 through Boulder Creek to intersection of Highway 9 and Skyline Blvd./Highway 35. It is 14 (winding) miles from Boulder Creek to intersection. Turn left onto Skyline Blvd./Highway 35 and drive about 1.5 miles
*Please RSVP by email or phone above! Thank you.*