Winter Stolstice

The Sacred Darkness: Winter Solstice Retreat

6pm Saturday, TBD
11am Monday,  TBD

Registration includes Saturday Lunch & Dinner, full program.

One night lodging at Hope Springs and breakfast on Sunday can also be included if desired.

Finding our Inner Light During the Darkest Night of the Year

Come Celebrate the Winter Solstice at Hope Springs Institute and Serpent Mound, Hosted by Hope Springs Institute

Darkness. In our world of electric lights and automatic furnaces, the natural cycle of light-drenched summer days and long dark winter nights is almost an obsolete experience.

Nevertheless, our ancestral memory still yearns to celebrate the rebirth of light, when, after the longest darkest night of the year, the rising sun at dawn signifies the return of life and hope. Many of us also long to include nature's beauty in our holiday celebrations and its associated gifts of quietude and introspection.

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$275 Saturday thru Monday Registration
$175 Sunday thru Monday Only Registration
$75 Sunday only w/ Lunch & Dinner Only Registration
To pay by Check, Visa, MC, or AMX please call the office at 937-587-2602.

Serpent Mound

The retreat's activities include:

Please note: all activities are optional. If you aren't up to late night meditation, feel free to retire early.

Sacred Darkness Retreat Hosts & Facilitators

Mary Manera & Bill Bulloch

Bill & MaryMary Manera, MA, is an Ordained Shamanic Priestess, and is experienced in non-profit leadership, hospice work, spiritual care, retreat facilitation, and work with our elders. Currently she is working as a voice actor, and is owner of Manera Studio. Mary has committed herself to retreat work, both as a provider and as a participant.

Bill Bulloch, BBA, BDiv, is an ordained interfaith minister and alternative healer for mid-life transition & combat trauma recovery. Bill has practiced meditation for 35 years, and is a hypnotherapist, Shamanic practitioner and owner of Life Renaissance Coaching


Mary BucklinMary Bucklin teaches in The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Northern Kentucky University and has held the vision of a “Women’s School” (for women and men) at Hope Springs for several years. Mary brings her study of Women’s Leadership and her program development experience to Hope Springs as well as her experience of and love for Hope Springs Institute. Mary’s sense of humor and tendency to break into song whenever and wherever inspired along with her passion for learning and teaching will enrich Hope Springs and the women and men who come here.


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Registration Details:

Registration Includes: Saturday Lunch & Dinner, full program. One night lodging at Hope Springs and breakfast on Sunday can also be included if desired.

Registration Cost:Winter Solstice

If you are coming solo, you can still opt to share a room: We can match you with another registration of the same gender.

Overnight Lodging: Lodging will be provided at the beautiful Hope Springs Institute in Peebles, Ohio.

Payments & Cancellation Policy: Full payment is requested at the time of registration.

Retreat Size: The retreat will be limited to a minimum of 26 overnight guests, and a total of 50 guests.

Location & Directions: The retreat will take place at Hope Springs Institute, in Peebles, Ohio. Directions.

Meals for Registrants: Please make a note on your registration for food preferences and allergies, we will try to accommodate.

What to Bring:

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