Celebrations to help you cultivate the blessings each season has to offer your life. Retreats to strengthen the vibrancy of the cycle of life within and around you.

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Let’s welcome the return of light! Nourish your heart’s longing for renewal by tapping into the seed of potential that begins every year. This contemplative, participatory and embodied evening enters the fertile embrace of darkness as the starting point for new life. Individually and collectively it is an opportunity to shed what diminishes us. The community experience of music, meditation, and movement helps us tap into a deeper experience of connection. We gather on the solstice to remember our interconnection and access a wellspring of life that is ultimately joyful and liberating.

World music performed by Living Wisdom singers and internationally recognized guitarist Greg Herriges. Moving meditations and reflections led by Emily Jarrett Hughes, a teacher of contemplative healing practices including dance and qigong.

Sunday, December 18, 2016, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:00 and hot tea will be waiting for you on this chilly night!
Lake Hiawatha Recreation Center
2701 East 44th St, Minneapolis
Cost: $15

Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended either through Minneapolis Parks (activity 71676) or by mail. Best suited to ages 12 and up.

No experience necessary. Participate in any part of this Solstice/New Year’s series that speaks to you. Everybody welcome, including all faiths, all genders, and all cultures.

New Year’s Day Water and Life Blessing

Launch yourself into the New Year with renewed purpose and vitality.
Sunday, January 1, 2017

winter-water-blessingWater Blessing

Water is Life. Blessing the water that is the source of life is a powerful way to begin the New Year. As we remember our part in a much bigger whole we create the possibility for more ease and strength in the year to come. Living Wisdom will perform water blessing songs and there will be very brief sharing. Please dress for the weather.

2:00 PM at Lake Harriet in Minneapolis
We will meet at East Lake Harriet Parkway and Roseway Road (across from Rose Garden)
This 30 minute ceremony is free and open to all people of every size and stripe.

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A celebration to bless your presence and work in the world. Song, movement, reflection and sharing will inspire a joyful remembering of our place in a sustaining whole. Through the tradition of New Year’s bread we will honor each other’s hopes for the year to come. May you feel sustained as you begin your year.

Live music performed by Living Wisdom singers and the multi-talented guitarist and bouzoukist Greg Herriges. Instigator of joyful movement song, dance, and ceremony: artist and healer Emily Jarrett Hughes.

3:00-4:30 PM at the Center Performing Arts “Chapel Room”
3754 Pleasant Ave S, Minneapolis

Cost $15 adults, $5 under 12. Space is limited and pre-registration is recommended. Families welcome. Gluten free options available. The Chapel space is only accessible by stairs. No experience necessary. Participate in any part of this Solstice/New Year’s series that speaks to you.

Following the celebration you are welcome to continue conversation at Butter Bakery Café one block from the Center for Performing Arts at 37th Street and Nicollet Avenue South. Beverages and snacks will be sale but their kitchen will be closed.

The New Year’s Renewing Journey

new-years-renewing-journey-workbookThe thin time in between Winter Solstice and New Year’s is an opportunity to do the inner work that prepares us for renewal. Get the 2017 New Year’s Renewing Journey workbook when you register for these events or sign up for my newsletter before January 1.


What people say about past events:

The live music really spoke to my heart and soul.

The interweaving of movement and reflection was really powerful and balanced in a wonderful way. Thank you thank you thank you!

Curious about the roots that ground these celebrations?

Every culture has a way for understanding the turning of the year. Attuning to the rhythms of the natural world leads us into greater connection with the whole. The design of these celebrations is influenced by my in-depth study of Eastern European folk traditions (especially with Laura Shannon), the Taoist understanding of the five elements (Spring Forest Qigong in particular), and Christian contemplative practice (Richard Rohr is a favorite). I hope that anyone participating in the celebrations will find the universal themes of love and hope compatible with their beliefs.

Images from Previous Events