Summer Solstice Ceremony
Time & Location
About the event
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 cycles also offers a way to honor the seasons of human life: our transitions and growth, our struggles and celebrations. In the wheel of life, summer corresponds with maturity, adulthood. Let's allow this ritual dance fuel the growth towards the soulful, adult selves we're hopefully becoming. After this collective initiation, may we continue to grow into humans who can accept appropriate responsibility for the betterment of our world.
Juneteenth, known as Liberation Day, celebrates the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. 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 earned maturity to catalyze creativity in service of building collaborative systems towards the collective liberation for all.
4pm ~ Games
5pm ~ Ceremony: Opening 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... ~ Community Hangin'
Ceremonial contributions by Julia Hartsell, Toni Craige, Aubrey & Bruce, Jonathan Edwards, Shane Hawkins, Daniel Chambo and Kelly Stack
Use discount code "summer" for $15/ticket
Flowers, grains, colorful contributions welcome for our collective sun altar mandala
Beverages or snacks to share
Water vessel (water refilling available here)
Sunscreen, hat, parasols
Yard games, toys, bubbles
We’ll provide the sprinklers!
Casual, festive summer attire
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
Composting toilets available in the barn