A Different Way to Celebrate New Year’s Eve

by Suzula Bidon, E-RYT 200, YACEP

My NYE experiences can be broken down into three basic categories:

  1. A Lion: raging and roaring, intoxicated, out all night, just another excuse to party.
  2. A Lamb: spending the evening with a few friends, playing board games, watching the ball drop on TV.
  3. Asleep: pretending in some sort of pseudo-zen sour grapes way that it’s just another night; I don’t even need to stay up until midnight.

Now, there is a fourth way – a different way – to experience New Year’s Eve, and I’m hosting it at The Yoga Center Retreat: A New Year’s Eve Retreat AND Celebration.

The end of the year is such an obvious and natural time to reflect on the past and make plans for the future, but we’re all so busy with other holiday events, who’s got the time?

So, why not use the final evening of the year for that purpose exactly: honor the past, set a course for the future, and have a little fun and community while we’re doing it?

Celebrate the new year in a different way

On December 31, 2019, at 7 p.m., we’ll start with food, mocktails, and getting connected, then we’ll practice yoga, and make personalized journals to do some guided writing exercises about our intentions for the new year. We’ll write letters to our future selves, seal them in self-addressed envelopes, and The Yoga Center Retreat will mail them to us mid-way through the new year.

Throughout the evening, a box will be available to receive anything we write down that we wish to leave behind, let go of, or surrender to the universe. We’ll have music, and a bonfire, and at midnight, we’ll set that box on fire and share our intentions for the new year.

The agenda

7 PM – Check-in and food
8 PM – Welcome, opening meditation and yoga with Suzula
9:45 PM – Break/refreshments
10:15 PM – Journal making with Rachel
11 PM – Break with refreshments
11:30 PM – Intention setting, meditation, fire circle ceremony and closing with Suzula
1 AM – Head home


Two hands hold burning sparklers in the dark on New Year's Eve.