Summer Solstice Ceremony
Time & Location
About the Event
We are the Earth dancing her praise.
On June 19, we’ll gather at Heartward Sanctuary to honor the ancient love story between our Earth and Sun. Here at Solstice, with the days at their longest, we savor a stillpoint before the dark plots its return. For nearly one revolution, our growing community has gathered in the open air to attune to this exquisite, cyclical dance. Even amidst a pandemic, we've had the privilege to celebrate this life-generating relationship through prayer, song, dance, play and elemental ritual attuned to the earth's rhythms and have deepened our relationship with this place and the spirits of the land here.
We too are part of nature. Attuning to these natural cycles also offers a way to honor the seasons of human life: our transitions, growth, struggles and celebrations. In the wheel of life, summer corresponds with maturity, adulthood. Let's allow this moment to align our growth towards the soulful, adult selves we're hopefully becoming.
Juneteenth, also known as Liberation Day, celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the US. On this important day, may we add our communal, dancing prayers to the collective commemoration of this moment in the movement for freedom and equity for black people in this country. May we integrate the learnings and challenges of the past year and continue to dismantle oppressive systems.
May the playfulness of summertime be balanced with maturity and responsibility to catalyze creative collaborative systems in service of collective liberation for all.
4pm ~ Games
5pm ~ Ceremony: Invocation, guided movement, song
(we'll keep this part swift with respect for the heat of summer!)
Ritual Dance ~ Set woven by Julia Hartsell with live accompaniment by Daniel Chambo
7:15pm until... ~ Potluck & community time
Ceremonial contributions by Julia Hartsell, Toni Craige, Aubrey & Bruce, Jonathan Edwards, Shane Hawkins, Daniel Chambo and Kelly Stack
Flowers, grains & colorful biodegradable contributions welcome for our collective sundala
Beverages or snacks to share
Water vessel (water refilling available here)
Sunscreen, hat, parasols, layers
Yard games, toys, bubbles
We’ll provide the sprinklers!
Along the right side of the driveway (some parking also available at the end of the driveway at the house)
Then, walk towards the barn and turn left towards the house. Folks will gather to the right side of the house in the shady grove there.
Optional camping available near the barn and in the field along the driveway. Campfires only in designated areas.
Casual, festive summer attire
Composting toilets available in the barn
*Registration is limited. Please pre-register.
**We value consent.
As a COVID-19 cautious community, we need to practice new and evolving forms of consent in this unknown time. Given the spaciousness of this outdoor sanctuary, we don't require masks.
**We value inclusivity and sustainability
We are a predominantly Euro-ancestored community that celebrates diversity and welcomes people of all ages, races, nationalities, abilities, genders, orientations and vaccination status.
In an attempt to keep these gatherings accessible and also sustainable, we have a three-tiered pricing structure for this event. If you are interested to attend and the minimum cost is prohibiting, please let us know as we have a few work-trade positions available.
**We respect our neighbors
We ask that you do the same. Please be kind and courteous and DO NOT trespass on any neighboring land.
- Summer Sosltice$35$350$0
- Summer Solstice - Sustaining$50$500$0
- Summer Solstice - Generating$65$650$0