“Dancing to the tree of life” is the traditional way of marking the summer solstice in the
Earth Wisdom traditions of the indigenous peoples of north and central America.
We take the fire out of the centre of the medicine wheel and replace it with a beautifully
decorated tree which symbolises the tree of life. We then spend the day dancing round
the wheel and in and out to the tree of life, giving thanks for the miracle of life, and
interspersing the dancing with periods of meditation and drumming.
You can participate in this to whatever extent you want but, as ever, the more you put in
the more you will get out. We begin at 7am and dance until 3pm when we complete with
No experience is necessary … just an intention to participate in a day of summer
solstice celebration on the Land with other lovely people!
The day is divided into periods of simple movement and song accompanied by a team
beating the huge pow-wow drum. You can learn the song and learn to play the powwow
drum. We dance for 30 minutes and then meditate for 15 minutes and we repeat this
cycle throughout the day.
It is a simple but powerful ceremony for anyone to join in … including families!
For people who wish to go much deeper, we are running our annual Earth Wisdom
teaching Ceremony from the afternoon of Thursday 4th July. This deep retreat builds up
to and includes the Summer Solstice ceremony. See Weaving the Magic of the Medicine
Wheel for more information.