Mon, Dec 21 | Zoom

Virtual Winter Solstice Ceremony - All Night Vigil

Join us in the virtual temple as we hold vigil for the sun's return. This ceremony will offer a chance to weave our home cocoons together through music, technology and the expansive reach of the heart. With live music, dance sets, new years readings, meditations and more.
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Virtual Winter Solstice Ceremony - All Night Vigil

Time & Location

Dec 21, 2020, 8:30 PM EST – Dec 22, 2020, 8:30 AM EST

About the event

Solstice is an ancient holy day marking the start of winter and a point of return for the light. For some of our ancestors this would've been a precarious and scarce season. As the wheel turns, Winter beckons us to slow down, conserve our resources and turn them inward to nourish our roots. This particular winter, with few indoor spaces to share with others and most familiar routines halted, we expect to experience possibly the most inward winter journey of our lives. Heartward Sanctuary will honor this sacred turning of the Wheel of Time so that we may enjoy connection, even amidst this challenging and isolating season.   

Last year we held an all-night winter solstice ceremony in person, with an array of musical and ritual guests stewarding us on an emotional journey. Despite the pandemic, this year we continue the tradition of holding vigil for the sun's return. In this time of the deepest darkness, we'll go on individual journeys to connect to our roots and the spark of light within. Ritual suggestions for your home temple space will be offered so that we can make prayers, alone and together, for this great transformation at hand at both personal and collective levels. While we maintain physical distance, this ceremony will offer a chance to weave our home cocoons together through music, modern technology and the expansive reach of the heart.   

Join us in the virtual temple to honor this still point, the window of the darkest nights of the year and welcome back the light. Come for any part of the evening or stay with us from your home temple space through dawn (with full permission to nap or take care of yourselves as needed.) We'll be alchemizing a cacao based brew for ourselves. Prepare the soma of your choice to create a journey that is right for you.  

Special guests will include:

Daniel Chambo - Vocal Raga and Bansuri

Rebecca Lawson - Continuum / Somatic Dive

Chris Edley - Vajrasattva Teaching and Purification Practice 

Lauren Jubelirer - Jupiter/Saturn Forecast and Meditation

Gary Phillips - New Year Bonecasting Community Reading

Julia & Jonathan - will open the space with a candlelit ritual and close the ceremonial prayer bundle after sunrise 

Julia will weave an Ecstatic and a multi-hour Instatic journey for the wee hours of the night

Cost: $25-70 sliding scale (discount for HS Sustainers)

Flow of the Evening (subject to change)

8:15pm Zoom room opens (Password = Winter)

8:30pm Welcome, Invocation, Candle-Light Ritual

-- Astrological Forecast & Meditation (Jupiter Saturn Conjunction) 9:15pm Lauren Jubelirer

-- Continuum 10pm Rebecca Lawson

-- Vocal Raga & Bansuri 10:45pm Daniel Chambo

11:45pm Silence - Presence with the Darkness

12 midnight - Chris Edley (NY)-- Vajrasattva Teaching & Practice

12:45/1am - Gary Phillips Bonecasting

2-6am Julia Hartsell -- Instatic Set, music to dream by

6am - Silence -- Presence with the Darkness

6:30-7:30am -- Julia Hartsell - Gentle pre-sunrise dance set (follows a gentle wave for movement and waking up)

(Berlin) -- Welcome the sun, with a Dance Offering / Performance7:30am -Vivian Spiral

7:43am - Sunrise

8:00am -- Closing Ceremony, Wrap up the prayer bundle

Some ways to prepare your home temple space for the evening: (All optional)

  1. Prepare your space, make a cozy nest for laying down or meditating and also space for movement and stretching (yoga mat, pillows, blankets, weighted blanket)
  2. If you’re able, have your computer connected to external speakers for enhanced sound quality (the bulk of this may want to be listened to like a radio broadcast rather than viewed like television)
  3. Make an altar including a candle(s), a bowl of water &/or earth as a connection to the elemental forces or talismans that connect you with your ancestors or supportive allies/deities
  4. Have incense or sacred, aromatic plants for burning
  5. Prepare a special beverage, your preferred soma (nectar of the gods), some examples include, cacao, heart-opening herbal tea, mugwort tea for dream support
  6. Have a journal ready
  7. Consider your prayers for the upcoming season and the new year (You’ll be able to type your prayers into the chat to be held by the group)
  8. Natural offerings for the earth or water (e.g. flowers, fresh or dried herbs, tobacco, cedar)
  9. Song or poem to share

  • $25 Registration
  • $50 Registration + Donation
  • $70 Registration + Donation

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