Happy Holidays & Winter Solstice!
What a year it has been. There have been massive waves of change that have swept through our own lives and communities, but also the world. Grief, pain, loss, joy, relief, fear, uncertainty, excitement and surrender are all feelings that come up constantly as the tides of 2020 ebb and flow.
For MedTreks, this year ended up looking very different than expected. Several of our MedTreks trips were cancelled, for the first time in 4 years we were unable to visit our HopeCore friends in Kenya… and the uncertainty of the world made it hard to plan for the future. There was a period where time felt suspended and life almost stood still- we asked ourselves, would we ever travel and gather people together again?
It feels appropriate to write to our MedTreks community today, on the Winter Solstice. This day is the darkest & shortest day of the year, but it also marks the return of the sun and many ancient cultures and civilizations see it as a “rebirth” and an opportunity to let go of what doesn’t serve us any longer. The solitude of this pandemic allowed certain MedTreks dreams to dissipate, but also paved a way for new dreams and opportunities to form. This is the beauty of life, change is always constant and it is how we embrace this change that matters most on our path forward.
Fun Facts about this Winter Solstice:
Fun Facts about Today’s Solstice
The last time Saturn and Jupiter, the largest planets in our solar system, orbited as closely as they will on Dec. 21 and were visible in the sky, the year was 1226, reports The New York Times
Winter Solstice, known in Tibetan as gun nyi-dog (“the winter return of the sun”), is one of the most important turning points in our yearly cycle – once identified as the true new year in ancient times.
A “rare Christmas Star” Astronomers recommend finding an unobstructed view of the western sky about an hour after sunset. Jupiter will appear first and then Saturn; Jupiter will look like a bright star, and Saturn will be slightly fainter and will appear slightly above and to the left of Jupiter. Astronomers say the conjunction will be bright enough to be seen in cities.
Taking a Moment to Pause & Reflect
It is within these quiet months that gave space to new ideas, intention and purpose. Life has been more spacious and simple this past year, and it brought with it new waves of creativity and connections.
We have been putting in a lot of thought and intention into figuring out new ways to grow and expand the MedTreks spirit of global health, adventure travel and wellness.
This season has been filled with immense loss and sorrow but gratitude and the healing power of human connection still thrives. In healthcare, on the frontlines, I have been amazed working alongside my coworkers, their dedication, compassion and the capacity for resilience during these difficult times.
It is in these moments, that we began to realize the pressing need of healing experiences for healthcare providers. Wellness and self-care in Healthcare will be the focus for MedTreks in 2021. We have been working hard to designs experiences that allow connection, personal & professional growth, while aligning with safety measures as the pandemic continues to shape it’s way through our world.
Weekend Wellness Retreat for Health Professionals
We have also created a personalized Wellness Weekend Retreat Guide for Healthcare Professionals. Most of us have not been able to travel for retreats or gather safely with others over the past year. This personalized retreat guide is designed to inspire your own retreat in the location of your choice. We all need time to pause, reflect and press a reset button. 2021 is around the corner and we wanted to share this as an idea/inspiration that you can do during these next winter months.
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It has been a long year for all of us and we are looking forward to sharing with you a few offerings of gratitude as you enter into this next year with new intentions and purpose.
Hoping this email finds you and your loved ones healthy, safe and finding joy in the very simple things in life.
Ari & the MedTreks Team
This pandemic has provided some time to reflect and write on some of the topics we are passionate about: Travel Inspiration, Global Health & Wellness.
Here are some of the recent MedTreks Blogs
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