How to Host A Summer Solstice Party
The Summer Solstice has been a major celebratory event for thousands of years. As the longest day of the year, it reminds us to celebrate the brightness of our lives and of our ability to take action with manifesting our desires, dreams, and goals. Solstices are highly energetic days in which we can use ritual and celebration to bring us closer to community, and also closer to our deepest desires. There is no better way to celebrate Summer Solstice than to get together with your friends, make delicious food, drink fun beverages, and throw the she-bang of the year.
This year, the Solstice arrives on June 20th in the Northern Hemisphere. As I sat down to plan my own Summer Solstice party, I thought it should be just that: a party! Sometimes, we have a tendency to take these things far too seriously, and we miss the mark.
When I began planning my event, I asked my teacher Tej, an incredible Kundalini teacher in L.A., if there was anything else I should add to the lineup. In the Kundalini tradition, we all head to New Mexico for the Summer Solstice to spend 10 days in the desert on the mountain top of Ram Das Puri, a tradition that was founded by the Master of Kundalini Yoga, Yogi Bhajan. In addition to the traditional White Tantric Yoga (which is three days long) every morning, there is an Aquarian Sadhana, where over 2,000 people wake up at 2:45am to meditate together until sunrise. It’s three hours of chanting, singing, Kundalini Yoga + Meditation, with live music. By the time the sun rises, you feel otherwordly. It’s absolutely one of the most magical feelings I have yet to experience in life. So here in New York, I decided to do my little sleepover Sadhana at Maha Rose!
And back to Tej: her advice was not what I was expecting at ALL! I imagined she was going to direct me to pick a particular meditation that was perfect for the Solstice day, or to do something more serious than what I had in mind. Her advice? Have FUN! Add dancing! Do whatever will bring more fun to event. And I loved that answer! So rather than picking a more complex meditation for the evening, I decided to add in my favorite movie for us all to watch, Midnight in Paris, and create the space for us to just hang out, enjoy each other’s company, drink tea, eat delicious food, and just enjoy this season's change.
If you’re planning a Summer Solstice celebration, my suggestion to you is to make it as fun, as light, and as enjoyable as possible. This is a time to celebrate. Celebrate your life. Celebrate your friends. Celebrate being alive right now, because life is so, so short, something we are made aware of daily, especially in light of recent events. Celebrate your prosperities. Celebrate your “failures”. Celebrate who you are, who you have been, and who you have yet to become. Celebrate the people in your life. Celebrate your friends, your family, everyone who has been there for you through thick and thin. Have a BBQ. Make a bonfire (safely!!). Take a blanket to the park and play, laugh, lay under the Solstice Sun. Go to the beach with everyone you know and make it the best day you’ve have in a long time.
And, just in case you didn’t get the message: celebrate, celebrate, celebrate the beauty of being here, right now.
Want to join Desiree for the aforementioned Summer Solstice sleepover at Maha Rose in NYC? Sign up here (there's only a few spots left!). The party begins at 9pm on June 20 with a screening of Midnight in Paris. The Yogi Tea will be flowing, and the evening will end with a gong bath into dreamland. Aquarian Sadhana to welcome the Solstice will be from 4-6am, followed by a gong bath and a nap until 7. Happy summer 2016, one and all!