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Workshop and celebratory gathering, exploring sacred time and place
Completion / Sundance / Midsummer / Full bloom / Light / Unification / Rejoice / Attainment / Fire / Extravagance / Intensity / Dreaming / First harvest / Abundance / Return of the dark
Summer Solstice, or midsummer, is an ancient solar holiday and time of celebration throughout human history, around the world. Countless stories, myths and traditions tell of the spiritual and physical significance of this moment in time when the sun has reached its peak. The circle is complete. A time of rejoicing in the first harvests, delighting in the abundance of light and life in its full extravagance, and giving thanks for the sun, our ‘great circle in the sky’!
This intimate afternoon to evening gathering will offer a shared experience of sacred time and place; we will enjoy a specially curated meal of first harvests, interspersed with the rituals of teaching, conversation and practice.
With each element, the journey as a whole will be tied to the exploration of three stories relating to the summer solstice and our theme, ‘The Great Circle’.
We will be joined by friend and guest teacher native Lakota (Sioux) Tiokasin Ghosthorse who will share teaching and the music of the traditional Lakota cedar flute.
In this challenging time of decline and transition, Seasons of the Sacred offers an experiential exploration of how we can step back into the story of the earth as interconnected and sacred. In the spirit of community and celebration, we invite you to join us for this gathering and sow some seeds for the regeneration of our relationship to the natural world.
Seasons of the Sacred is a four-part series of seasonal gatherings, bringing people together for a celebration of our living Earth through a journey into the four seasons. Each evening flows around an intimate and uniquely curated seasonal meal, interspersed with simple practices, discussion prompts, and teachings from guest speakers. Each experience as a whole is tied together through the telling and exploration of three stories, inviting us to connect deeply with our Earth and the primal inner and outer wisdom that each season brings.
Seasons of the Sacred offers a shared experience of sacred time and place, where we:
Imagine and practice what it would be like to step back into the primal rhythms of soil and soul, to nourish and be nourished by the earth once more. We begin with the simple rituals of food, conversation and community.
Rejoice and revere the moments of first blossoms, plums turning yellow, when the north winds blow the leaves from the trees, seeds are sown into the dark earth, and the birdsong returns after a long winter. To become intimate with our land; the beauty, abundance, sorrows and dreams of the place where we abide.
Explore the ancient and emergent: listen to what we can learn from traditions that still inhabit this connection, still hold this wisdom. Uncover the meaning in our own lives, and root a practice in our own experience, time and place.
Embrace both the light and the dark of our present time of ecological crisis, as shown to us by the seasons of the natural world, and ask how we can be of service to the regeneration of our culture and earth.
This event is a collaboration between OmVed Gardens and St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace taking place twice, on Saturday 22nd June and Sunday 23rd June. For more information and ticketing, visit the St Ethelburga’s event page here.