All Kinds of News for January 09, 2019
On the longest night of the year under a bright moon, the Aspiro girls joined in a reflective and joyous celebration of the Winter Solstice. This day is a special time to bring the light inside of us to meet the darkness of the longest night of the year. The Solstice can remind us that from our personal darkness, with intention and healing, there will come the brightest light. It is a time to contemplate our life, future hopes, aspirations and dreams; a time to embrace positive intentions and release past burdens.
Our girls' group embraced the spirit of the Solstice with an empowering and joyous celebration. They let the spirit of the night sky fill them as they wore bright flower crowns, danced to music, and played on drums. They also feasted on a colorful and healthy meal that they cooked together, bringing in a holistic wellness component to the evening. Wellness was then further discussed on an emotional level as they expressed the burdens they wanted to release and the positive intentions they wanted to bring in. This ceremony was particularly beautiful as they included their parents, who also had written letters reflecting on their own burdens and intentions for the year. A highlight of the evening was when each girl lit and released glowing lanterns into the night sky. Together, the group, therapists, and staff drew strong threads of commonality and connection through this experience.
Aspiro is grateful for the beauty that nature provides enabling this kind of meaningful and joyous celebration. We invite you to find your own way to participate in the magic and the meaning of the Winter Solstice through reflection, letting go of past burdens, and inviting in positive intentions for the new year, as our girls did. Happy New Year!
See images from the Winter Solstice Celebration here: https://www.facebook.com/AspiroGroup/videos/316987235578968/
With treatment-specific programs located in Utah and Costa Rica, Aspiro’s mission is to be the most clinically-advanced outdoor behavioral healthcare program in the world, providing safe, dynamic, highly effective treatment modalities that are backed by empirical research. Aspiro Wilderness Adventure Therapy is a short-term wilderness program serving adolescents ages 13-17 and young adults ages 18-28 with varying degrees of social, emotional and behavioral challenges.