Special Rituals and Celebration
The Cosmic Walk is a ritual first created by Sister Miriam MacGillis. It is an interactive ritual that invites participants into the story of the universe along a 140' rope laid out in a spiral. Events in the history of the universe and our Earth are marked along the rope. This simple meditative exercise can be held in a large room or outside.
The Deep Time Walk was co-created by Dr. Stephan Harding and his MSc student, Sergio Maraschin, in 2007. It is a transformative journey through 4.6 bn years of Earth history via a 4.6km (2.8 mi) guided walk. Unlike the Cosmic Walk, this guided ritual is along a trail and focuses only on Earth's history. Great for Earth Day!
Seasonal Celebrations & Special Rituals
“Being naturalized to place means to live as if this is the land that feeds you, as if these are the streams from which you drink, that build your body and fill your spirit. To become naturalized is to know that your ancestors lie in this ground. Here you will give your gifts and meet your responsibilities. To become naturalized is to live as if your children’s future matters, to take care of the land as if our lives and the lives of all our relatives depend on it. Because they do.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer
Living with the Cycles of Nature
When we begin to notice the cycles of nature and life where we live, it draws us into a closer relationship. These cycles inspire us to mark moments in our relationships with celebrations and festivals. Celebrations of the solstices, equinoxes, and cross-quarters go back millennia and celebrate our relationship to the land and water where we live.
Even today, our species has created special days to celebrate, like Earth Day or Arbor Day, which remind us to care for our planet and to protect our forests. And we continue to develop new rituals to celebrate the cycle of life, like the Cosmic Walk and Deep Time Walk, rituals that help us understand our place in the unfolding universe story.