Celebrating Winter Solstice: Tule Spirit Boat
As winter’s darkness prepares to give way to light, join us creating a tule spirit boat with offerings of gratitude for the many blessings that nurture our lives. Those very gifts of Nature and community empower our intentions for the coming year. In that partnership, we become the voices, the hands and feet – expressing the Life Force.
For many centuries, tules lined most of the shores of San Francisco Bay; growing, their structure helped deal with toxics in the water. Harvested, they offered housing and boat materials for the Ohlone people. Early in December, at the edge of the Bay, we’ll gather the tules in ceremony. When the reeds have rested and dried, ready for their next incarnation, we’ll shape the boat and fill it with offerings, talking story – of the Bay’s past, of the Ohlone people, of our blessings this year. We’ll tell stories of the power of hibernation and of dreaming, of resting and visioning.
This is a really delightful sequence if you like poking in the mud, adventures in nature, celebrating community, sacred play, connecting with the ancestors – and feasting!
Joyous to do – and so helpful to orient ourselves in alignment with the universal powers that help us shape our own desires for living harmoniously with Nature.
Join us for either event, or both
Saturday Dec. 6 11 AM Ceremonially collecting tules near the shore of the Bay
Sun. 21 10 A.M. at Bayfront Park, at the bayshore end of Marsh Road in Menlo Park.
Building, blessing and launching the boat on the high tide, helping pave the path for the return of light, for the highest and best relationship to the evolving web of life next to the Bay. Carried by the boat, biodegradable offerings of flowers, prayers, foods, sweetness, and incense will make their way toward the open sea.
COST of the 2 events – $75
separately, Dec 6 $35, Dec. 21, $45
TBA among various west Bayshore locations for tule collection
Bayfront Park in Menlo Park for the ceremonial building and launching
For further information, or to reserve a space, contact Ginny Anderson, at 650-323-4494, or email Ginny at email@example.com