• Spring Equinox Celebration

  • Sat, 21-03-2020 at 13:00
  • The Salisbury Centre
    2 Salisbury Road
    EH16 5AB Edinburgh
Spring Equinox Celebration - The Salisbury Centre - Edinburgh

Celebrate the Spring Equinox in community at the Salisbury Centre, with activities both inside and outside in the garden.“Whatever we put our attention to grows."The seasonal festivals at the Salisbury Centre offer a special space to mark the cycle of the year in community, in the Centre’s beautiful old building and garden.The word equinox comes from the Latin ‘aequus' and ‘nox, meaning “equal night”: The sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is almost equal across the world, in a brief moment of balance.At the Spring Equinox we welcome the arrival of Spring and longer and lighter days. A time to celebrate seeds and shoots, creativity and life’s ability to re-generate!There'll be a programme of activities in the afternoon and evening both inside and in the garden, to welcome the Spring energy outside and inside us.All activities are drop-in and family-friendly. Anyone is welcome, whether you've been coming to the Salisbury Centre for many years or are curious to visit for the first time. We appreciate if you register on our Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spring-equinox-celebration-tickets-95589383419We welcome donations during the day to support the maintenance of the Salisbury Centre and its community offerings.Festival Activities:All afternoon: Walk the Spring Equinox spiral in the garden1-4pm: Growing Workshop: ‘Sowing the Seeds...’ with the Living Lighter Project1-2.30pm: Mindful Movement for the Spring Equinox with Michael Ritchie3-5pm: Spring Singing for Joy workshop with Rachel Howell5:30-6:30pm: Equinox Ritual held by Earth Holders6:30-7:30pm: Potluck meal7:30-9pm: Chanting and singing around the fire7-9pm: Extinction Rebellion Regenerative Culture evening, all welcome.More info on the programme below:1-4pm: Growing Workshop: Growing Workshop: Creating a Forest Garden with the Living Lighter Project Thanks to funding from the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund and the Living Lighter Project, we are in the process of creating a forest garden to expand the range of edible plants we have, as well as create and develop spaces for plants of more open habitats. This workshop will take a look around the Salisbury Centre garden at the range of plants and habitats that can be introduced into almost any garden to improve food productivity by using plants that make use of the different light conditions and layers in the garden.https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/growing-workshop-creating-a-forest-garden-tickets-920685224291-2.30pm: Mindful Movement for the Spring Equinox with Michael Ritchie Move into the new season with a grounding and empowering mindful movement session. Engaging the imagination to move and flow in a space of rejuvenating activity. Movement that brings us home. Movement that heals and nourishes. Welcoming all bodies. Welcome to a new you.A gentle but powerful mindful movement practice led by Michael Ritchie. Drop in, suggested donation: £8-12, and you’re welcome to pay as much or as little as you can afford. The donations will be split between the facilitator and the Salisbury Centre. More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1035919176807910/3-5pm: Spring Singing for Joy workshop with Rachel HowellCome and sing simple rounds and harmony songs from around the world. There's no need to read music or to be a 'good' singer - though there'll be plenty to enjoy for those who are confident as well as those who would like to sing but are not sure they can. We’ll celebrate spring and new life and there’ll be an environmental theme to some of the songs. All welcome!Rachel has also led singing workshops at our previous seasonal festivals, so we're delighted to welcome her back!Suggested donation: £10-£15 waged; pay what you can. Donations will be split between the Salisbury Centre and Friends of the Earth Scotland.More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1026283857751613/5:30-6:30pm: Equinox Ritual held by Earth HoldersWe’re delighted to welcome the Earth Holders around the fire to celebrate the coming of the light and the springtime with meditation, and an invocation of the four elements. Please bring any songs, poems, or readings that you wish to share.Earth Holders Edinburgh is a community taking mindful direct action for Mother Earth as an integral part of our spiritual life, drawing strength and wisdom from our connection with nature and with the Earth. We are open to members of all faiths as well as those who do not identify with any. We have a regular gathering for spiritual practice on the weekend nearest to the new moon, the dark of the moon being a time for reflection and inner work.More info on the monthly gatherings here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/earth-holders-new-moon-gathering-tickets-923380305356:30-7:30pm: Potluck mealCome and celebrate start of the growing season with a Spring-inspired bring and share meal! Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish (savoury or sweet) to share.****AccessibilityThis is a family-friendly community event. Anyone is welcome, whether you've been coming to the Salisbury Centre for many years or are new to the community. Activities will take place in different rooms in the Salisbury Centre and outside in the garden, weather allowing. All the spaces are on the ground floor and wheelchair accessible, and the garden can be accessed in a wheelchair too. The Salisbury Centre however doesn't currently have disabled toilets (that's in the pipeline for the summer).Volunteering & QuestionsWe’d love your help to make the event magical! Would you like to volunteer to help on the day with setting up, decorating, greeting people, or clearing up, or helping with any of the activities? We've set up an event volunteers team and would love to have you on board! Please e-mail us at olga@salisburycentre.org.