Program Details

Midsummer's Day Picnic and Camping


June 23 / 11:00 AM - June 23 / 4:00 PM

Join us for the Midsummer’s Day celebration on Sunday, June 23 and enjoy “This world of water, trees, rocks, sky, and earth that is our heritage,” as the Sakyong reminds us in the “Aspiration of Shambhala” chant.


Midsummer's Day is one of the four nyida days that mark the changes of the seasons. This Midsummer's Day we are going to Rattle Snake Point Conservation Area, near Milton Ontario.


Picnic


Sunday's festivities start at 11am with a lhasang (a traditional offering of juniper smoke) that purifies the environment and empowers the space, the objects, and the beings within it by invoking awakened energy.


The picnic lunch will be at 12 noon. We will share a potluck lunch and find ways to celebrate our good fortune to know each other and make new friends. Bring your kites and Frisbees and we will try to set up a net for our traditional volley ball game in the afternoon. At around 4pm we will pack up and dip into the refreshing waters of Kelso Lake.


Saturday Overnight Camping


Join us for camping on Saturday, June 22, as we enjoy the shortest night of the year and prepare the ground for the Midsummer's Day festivities on the next day. On this weekend we have the opportunity to leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and enjoy the simplicity of camp life in good company. The Sakyong has encouraged us to “touch the earth” as a way to come to our senses and connect with the ground on which we can build an enlightened society.


The campsite is available on Saturday, June 22, at 12 noon. After we pitch our tents, we can explore the conservation area or go swimming to the nearby Kelso Lake. In the evening we will have a meal together and then sit around the campfire. When the Full Moon rises we will practice the Sadhana of Mahamudra so bring your head lamps.


Location


We have reserved Camp Site #3 and the Sunday festivities will happen at the "A" pavilion across the road: http://www.conservationhalton.on.ca/ShowCategory.cfm?subCatID=1682


Cost for the camping is about $16 and includes the fee for Sunday. The cost of admission to the picnic grounds on Sunday is $6.50 for adults and $4.75 for children plus a contribution to the pavilion rental. Total $12/person.


Please contact Harald at harald.d@rogers.com for more information.

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