ANU 2022 Spring Equinox Retreat
Retreat (re· treat | ri-ˈtrēt): an act of moving back, removing or withdrawing, especially from something dangerous, difficult, or disagreeable; to go to a place of privacy or safety
Do you have a place of safety to which you can retreat? Making time to retreat from the rigors heaped upon us by worldly functions is crucial to resetting the mind. The ANU sync ourselves with the universe’s natural occurrences like the Vernal Equinox (Spring) to reset. Spring is a time of renewal. It is when the biting frost of winter is melted away by the coming of the sun and rebirth – new life is brought forth. This is the REAL new year. In ANU, we recognize this time with our Annual Spring Equinox Retreat.
Our proximity to nature is our proximity to power.
On March 24th, 2022, ANU community members attended an in-person 5 day retreat at the D&D Outdoor Retreat campsite in Wrightsville, GA. Both adults and youth camped out together to nurture our mind, bodies and spirits. Members enjoyed horseback riding, fishing, paddle boats, hikes among many other communal activities aimed at feeding the spirit:
- In Person Shema Readings – removing ourselves from the virtual space and studying scripture and Biblical precepts together is key understanding Yah’s LAW.
- Naming Ceremony – members received new titles and attributes as a step forward to gain mastery over self. “A name is vital fraction to one’s own self-actualization.” Our naming ceremony is the embodiment of Kujichagulia (self-determination) – to define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
- Fireside Poetry and Song – Fire is the most steadfast element. While it cannot be changed it in turn can change everything it touches. Thoughts, emotions and feelings were revealed and released at the fire which left room for clear minds.
This retreat was life-enhancing and allowed members to strengthen our minds and overall senses.
When one moves to reset with A-Alikes (those who are similar to us, or “cut from the same cloth”) we not only work on the getting to a place of harmony within ourselves, but we trigger what is needed to be united, or one with our community – we strive to attain Umoja (Unity).
We, ANU look forward to our Summer Solstice 2022 retreat in North Carolina. This event is exclusive to ANU members who have completed orientation. If you would like to begin orientation in anticipation of the next event, please apply to be sponsored for membership within ALGM today!