Turning the Wheel: Fall Equinox Ceremony
Time & Location
About the event
We are the Earth dancing her praise.
On September 25, we’ll gather at Heartward Sanctuary to honor the ancient love story between our Earth and Sun. Here at the Equinox, with the days and nights being equal length, we'll attune to this tipping point towards Fall. With greater and greater polarization and ecological extremes, we'll dance prayers much needed for balance.
For a full revolution, our evolving community has gathered in the open air to celebrate to this exquisite, cyclical dance. Even amidst a pandemic, we've gathered 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. Each point on the wheel bringing its own ritual need and elemental medicine. In the wheel of life, fall corresponds with late adulthood. In the Chinese elemental system, this moment is the shift from earth to metal. As we've been focused on earthy, foundational projects here at Heartward Sanctuary, you can expect some clay and sand to be featured in this ceremony.
Flexible arrival times ~ You're welcome to come, settle in and enjoy the space anytime after 2pm
3-3:45pm ~ Walking tour of the cob cottage construction and burial meadow
4:30pm ~ Opening Circle: Invocation, song, communal movement
5pm ~ Ritual Dance ~ Set woven by Julia Hartsell
7pm ~ Potluck & community time
Fire dependent upon weather and need
Biodegradable offerings ~ think the last of your summer harvests to offer in the stone circle
Beverages or snacks to share
Mask (for indoor bathrooms and composting toilets)
Water vessel (water refilling available here)
Instruments, hoops, etc
Along the right side of the driveway. Then, walk towards the barn and turn left towards the house. For those who park at the end of the driveway, we are trying to reserve these close spaces for elders and those with little ones. You can walk to either side of the house to find ritual center.
Optional camping available near the barn, to the side field near the fire circle and in the field along the driveway. Campfires only in designated areas.
Casual, festive attire welcome
Composting toilets available in the barn
*Registration is limited. Please pre-register.
*Sustainers are free (registration not required) or by donation (donations can be made via PayPal to info@HeartwardSanctuary.org.)
**We value consent.
As a COVID-19 cautious community, we need to practice new and evolving forms of consent in this confusing time. Given the spaciousness of this outdoor sanctuary, we don't require masks during the ritual, but expect for folks to be respectful of various boundaries and risk tolerances. Please get consent before getting close, hugging or touching.
**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.
- Fall Equinox ~ Reduced$25$250$0
- Fall Equinox- Sustaining$40$400$0
- Fall Equinox - Generating$60$600$0