RE: Winter Solstice at Heartwood
From: Casey Morrigan (
Date: Sat, 28 Dec 2002 16:43:03 -0700 (MST)
Where's Heartwood?  I want to come to your solstice party next year!

Casey Morrigan
Two Acre Wood
Sebastopol California

-----Original Message-----
From: cohousing-l-admin [at]
[mailto:cohousing-l-admin [at]]On Behalf Of Mac & Sandy Thomson
Sent: Thursday, December 26, 2002 7:34 AM
To: cohousing-l [at]
Subject: [C-L]_Winter Solstice at Heartwood

>From Sandy,

It was 5:30 pm, children and adults scurried in the semi darkness through
the snow on their way to the yurt in the woods.   There was excitement and
anticipation in the air.  As I entered the yurt it was dark except for
candle light and it was quiet even though it was filled with kids sitting in
chairs circled around a spiral made of evergreens dotted with crystals,
shells and other sparkling items.  In the center was a woman dressed in
white seated by a tall candle.  When everyone was seated a flute started to
play and one child at a time walked the spiral with an unlit candle in hand.
As they approached the angel their candle was lit and they walked outward
with the light.  They carefully set the candle down somewhere along the
spiral to light the way for others.  It was quiet except for the flute and
the fire in the woodstove softly crackling.  The faces around the spiral
were filled with wonder.  After everyone (including the adults) had a chance
to walk to the center and return with the light, we all walked in the cold
and darkness (except for the amazing moon) out of the woods and into the
warm common house for a potluck.  The potluck was followed by a Solstice
story told in the hearth room and a program of poems and songs put on by the
children of Heartwood Home School Coop.

Happy Holidays to all.   However you choose to celebrate them!

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