Astronomy & Spirituality
in Our Daily Lives

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with Love, Joy, Awe, and Faith
to Enhance Our Lives
and Deepen Our Connection
to ALL THAT IS

with astrophysicist Joyous Judy Young, Ph.D.

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"Astronomy, Spirituality & the Mayan Prophecy: Living the Sacred"

A Weekend Retreat -- October 22-24, 2010 in Amherst, Massachussetts
Program Tuition is $225 -- Register with a friend and tuition is $195 each
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Participants are responsible for lodging and meals
Registration closes on October 10

Program Content:

Of all the nature-based peoples ever to inhabit the Earth, the Mayans were probably the most accomplished astronomers, with astronomy and spirituality deeply intertwined in their daily lives. Like other nature-based peoples, they built temples and buildings aligned to the heavens, marking the seasonal beginnings, or the extremes along the horizon of the rising and setting of the Moon and the planet Venus. They developed a sophisticated understanding of the motions of the Sun, Moon, planets, and stars which they used to create a complex system of several calendars running simultaneously. The Mayan calendar system indicates the end of a Great Cycle of 5,125 years on December 21, 2012, coincidentally the winter solstice, when humanity will enter a new Great Cycle. The Mayan people placed great significance on the completion of calendar cycles, and the time between now and Dec. 21, 2012 is what the they refer to as the "Road to Awe".

The astronomy of the Mayan people is the same astronomy that we experience in the 21st century -- we see the same Sun, Moon, planets, and stars making the same daily patterns and monthly or yearly motions in the sky. We, too, can choose to live our lives aligned to the heavens, connected to the beauty and wonder of the sky, and celebrating our experience of the Universe through our entire being -- body, mind, heart, and spirit. Join this residential retreat with Dr. Judith Young to enable personal transformational experiences, through connection with the astronomical and spiritual Universes and the Mayan teachings on time and sacred cycles. Our program will include:

Come to this retreat to be inspired by the sky, to enhance your connection to All That Is, and to feel more at home in the Universe. The Universe inspires stillness, awe, connection, and wonder. It is the sacred space that follows us everywhere, and it is here for us to connect with every day of our lives. Will you accept the invitation?

Program Information and Cost:

Program tuition is $225, or register with a friend and tuition is $195 for each of you. The tuition covers all retreat sessions and materials. Attendees are responsible for arranging their own lodging and meals. The retreat sessions will be held both indoors and out, depending on weather, all within about a mile of the U.Mass. Sunwheel. Directions and a list of what to bring will be provided upon registration. Registration closes on Oct. 10.

The approximate workshop schedule is as follows:

This program will be limited to 8 participants. Sunrise & sunset observation and star gazing will be weather permitting. To read reviews from participants in the weekend retreats, click here.

Program Registration:

Cancellation Policy:

For cancellations received before October 1, the registration fee will be refunded less a $50 non-refundable portion. For cancellations after October 1, the registration fee will be refunded minus a $100 non-refundable portion. For cancellations, received after October 15, the registration fee will be forfeited in full unless there is someone to take your space.


Workshop and Retreat Information:

E-mail: young@astro.umass.edu