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Celebrate the longest day of the year with a bonfires and ocean plunges
By - posted 6/18/2017
Photo | Bay Area Reclaiming

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a traditional Solstice ritual led by Reclaiming Bay Area on Tuesday, June 20, 2017.

Last year, they planned a simple, participatory ritual involving singing. They brought food to share, as well as traditional Solstice supplies and trash bags. We expect it to be the same this year. Dress warm. Bring a towel if you want to plunge in the ocean. A flashlight and dry socks can be handy for afterwards.

San Francisco Solstice
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | 7:30pm
Ocean Beach, San Francisco
FREE – RSVP on Facebook

Where exactly does this take place at Ocean Beach? Typically it’s been at Quintara but the exact location can change. Visit Facebook for updates.

Things to bring
— firewood (clean and untreated)
— layers
— towel
–light food to share
— flashlight to get back to your car or bus
— dry socks

Join us for Summer Solstice at Ocean Beach as we gather to enter the shortest night of the year. We honor the turning of the Wheel of the Year to waning brightness. Arrive by 7:30 so ritual can run safely by nightfall.

RPC folk have outlined a simple, participatory ritual involving much singing. If you are interested in anchoring a role or gracing, be in touch, and do arrive by 7 for the pre-ritual circle.


Sunday, December 17

Annual Winter Solstice Ritual with Starhawk | Sebastopol
Sunday, December 17 – 6:30 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 to $30 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds
| Sebastopol Grange Hall
Annual Winter Solstice Ritual with Starhawk | Sebastopol

Join Starhawk and North Bay Reclaiming to celebrate the turning of the wheel and the returning of the Sun; they will come together to honor the longest night with the community.
In this interactive ritual, they will call in the Elements, the Gods, and dance the spiral …

Wednesday, December 20

Winter Solstice Eve 2017: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach
Wednesday, December 20 – 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Ocean Beach (Quintara)
Winter Solstice Eve 2017: Beach Celebration & Plunge | Ocean Beach

Join the Reclaiming Collective on the Solstice Eve—the longest night of the year—for their annual, traditional ritual and celebration at Ocean Beach on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.
Gather at 3:30 pm; the ritual starts soon after. There’ll be dancing, singing and drumming.
Winter Solstice Eve 2017: Beach Celebration & …

Thursday, December 21

2017 “Sing Up the Sun” Solstice Sing-Along | Tilden Park
Thursday, December 21 – 6:50 am | Cost: FREE | Tilden Park
2017

Sing in the East Bay hills to greet the sun on solstice morning. Wear layers and bring drums, shakers, tambourines, flutes, tubas, etc., and maybe a thermos of your favorite hot beverage. If you have a favorite sun-song, bring lyrics to share; they usually do …

2017 Winter Solstice Campfire Celebration | John Muir Historic Site
Thursday, December 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Muir National Historic Site
2017 Winter Solstice Campfire Celebration | John Muir Historic Site

Come with warm layers, picnic blankets, lawn chairs, marshmallows, and a desire to have a good time at a free winter solstice-themed campfire program at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez.
Please note the event starts at 3 pm, with crafts and games in the …

Winter Solstice Campfire: Crafts & Games for the Family | Martinez
Thursday, December 21 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | John Muir National Historic Site
Winter Solstice Campfire: Crafts & Games for the Family | Martinez

Join the National Park Service for a free winter solstice-themed campfire program on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at John Muir National Historic Site (NHS) in Martinez, California.
The program begins at 3 PM with crafts and games in the park and continues with a campfire from …

14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2017
Thursday, December 21 – 4:54 pm | Cost: FREE | Embarcadero
14 Hours of The Bay Lights | The Longest Night of the Year 2017

Many people view the winter solstice grimly as the shortest day of the year, but The Bay Lights, the world’s largest LED light sculpture, offers us a brighter outlook.
We can now relish winter solstice as the longest night of the year because The Bay Lights will …

2017 Winter Solstice Ceremony | San Francisco Zen Center
Thursday, December 21 – 6:15 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Admission is typically by donation, but consider becoming a member.
| San Francisco Zen Center
2017 Winter Solstice Ceremony | San Francisco Zen Center

Celebrate the winter solstice with a short chanting service at the Zen Center.
Ceremony follows evening zazen. Words of the season are offered in the equinox and solstice ceremonies, usually outdoors in the courtyard.

Ursids: Winter Solstice Meteor Shower | The Last Shooting Stars of 2017
Thursday, December 21 – 11:59 pm | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Ursids: Winter Solstice Meteor Shower | The Last Shooting Stars of 2017

The annual Ursid meteor shower always peaks near the time of the December winter solstice.
The Ursid shower will have to contend with the light of a bright waxing gibbous moon across the weekend and in the days ahead. This shower favors the more northerly latitudes …

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