Labyrinth walking in an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation, and prayer. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, you walk slowly while quieting your mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer.
People have observed the summer solstice as early as the Stone Age.
Ancient Northern and Central European pagans welcomed Midsummer with bonfires. It was thought that bonfires would boost the sun’s energy for the rest of the growing season and guarantee a good harvest for the fall.
In Scandinavia, maypoles are erected and people dance around them at Midsummer.
Each year, thousands gather at Stonehenge to commemorate the day with the most daylight of the year.
In Sweden, people celebrate the beginning of summer by eating the first strawberries of the season.
According to ancient Latvian legend, Midsummer Eve is spent awake by the glow of a bonfire and in pursuit of a magical fern flower—said to bring good luck—before cleansing one’s face in the morning dew.
Many Native American tribes take part in solstice rituals. The Sioux perform a ceremonial sun dance around a tree while wearing symbolic colors.
Please join us for Labyrinth Walk on Sunday, June 23, 2 to 4 to celebrate the Summer Solstice connecting us with people and cultures from around the world.