Sunday, September 20th,
1:00 pm to 4:00 PM
A Harvest Ritual facilitated by Katja Esser
some preparation involved that you do at home.
Please, check out ‘what
to bring’ below
and take some time with it.
The preparations are part of the feeding of the spirit world
and deepen the work we do.
Equinox is acknowledging the moment that the sun rises
opposite from where it is setting making the day and night
of equal length.
It gives us a moment to pause on the Divine Marriage,
that brings all opposites into balance or neutrality.
One cannot exist without the reference to its
light and darkness are inseparable, they come into
equilibrium in this short lived moment after which the
nights get longer and the energies begin to pull inside.
It marks the beginning of autumn, the season that
celebrates the culmination of its growing season before it
detaches from its outer form.
The story of this year’s garden
paints a picture of surviving and resilience, as well as
death and decay.
Sunflowers gloriously blossom, some hang by a thin
thread, their stalks marked with big bruises tell a tale of
recovery and determination.
Each season, packed with its unique challenges,
continually reminds us that even when nature freely gives,
to not take anything for granted.
The fragility of life faces us daily allowing us to
feel the joy and grief, as we witness failures and
adaptability. Concerns arise as to what will feed us when
sprouts do not make it to seed.
Ritual and celebration accompany the relief we feel
when after much effort and hard work we can bring in harvest
so we can get through the winter and have seed to plant for
The story of my garden reflects
the unsettling in between time we find ourselves in as the
old ways and structures are unraveling.
My garden needs three years of adding the right
amendments before it comes into balance.
This is a small cycle versus the galactic 26.000 year
cycle and the movement into the Aquarian Age.
We may need some more time before we can ease into
the energies of the New Era.
Within the great cycles we have the rhythms of the
small cycles that assist us to navigate through this awkward
According to the Dagara cosmology
of West Africa we are in an Earth year.
Their cosmology reflects what lives in the
consciousness of the world right now.
Our attentions are focused on food, gut health,
abundance, finances, soil health, a new way of caring,
coming home, feeling supported, and being grounded, which
are all qualities of Earth.
At the same time we see our landscape shifting on
every level as old forms need to break apart for the new to
be born which brings a lot of uneasiness.
We see amazing expansiveness, love, and connection
and we also see extreme contraction, fear, and separation.
Everything and everyone is being challenged right
now. We begin
to realize that our Earth and the lives upon it matter and
that the very life on Mother Earth is at stake in the form
we know it.
Innovation, adaptability, and resilience have to be looked
at as the extreme weather patterns are announcing a new
cycle in the life of Earth.
We have to let the contractions unwind and welcome
what comes our way, as the strong energies push us to
It is like the compost pile which is nature’s way to
neutralize that which is harmful or no longer useful.
As it heats up it erases the traces of the old and
turns it into the nutrient rich foundation that supports the
new life. It is
telling us that in the pause between the turning of the heap
a lot of nutrients, support, and information become
As we roll into the fall season
we look at the culmination of nature’s expression, its
death, and its transformation needed to sustain the new
life. Life is a
constant feeding through which it shifts form.
Our harvest is nature’s sacrifice.
The fruit has to die to release the seed.
The seed has to die to birth the sprout.
Life does not exist without death at its center.
The small cycles reflect the big cycles.
It is the fall season that prepares us to go within
and come into stillness where the old ways can transform,
become neutralized, get reset, and composted.
When we shift to neutrality we can come into rhythm
and right relationship with all of creation and remember to
keep Mother in mind with every step forward.
Ritual activates our
intimate participation in the drama of the universe by
feeding and honoring the infinite relationships so we can
come into rhythm with the symphony of life.
Without these rituals we fall into a state of
forgetfulness and discord that creates the illusion of
is this separation that has brought us to the edge of losing
our fertile seed which ultimately endangers the continuation
of life. For us
to go forward as a specie we have to begin to feed the Earth
with our prayers, with what is in our heart, and with our
creativity to keep the Earth alive and us in rhythm with the
universe to assist the greater expression and evolution of
life. Here lays
our contribution and challenge, to dance with what is, to
love and let go, to give expression to what we feel in
praise of life, so we may touch and feed the spirit world.
The intention for this ritual
is to honor our sacred relationship with the forces that
make up life and to compost and transform what no longer
serves us. To
come to the understanding that what is beneficial to us may
be detrimental to another; my harvest is natures sacrifice
and my release may become the rich compost to serve
We live on the death of others more so than any other
are a lot of spirits that have not been fed for what we have
taken and all energies need feeding to stay alive.
If they do not get it they will take it creating the
imbalances we are facing with the continuous wasting of
questions arise – Are you bringing forth the fruits of your
labor? What is
the price of your harvest?
Who needs to be acknowledged, praised, and given
gratitude to for your harvest to have come into being?
And what needs to be composted that is no longer
serving you that may ultimately serve something greater?
and what to bring:
- Bring a 1
foot yellow square of 100 % cotton fabric on which
you create one symbol or more that pertains to either a
physical condition, an emotional state, or a belief which
you are ready to transform.
- Who needs to be fed?
What spirit of which element (either a particle,
teacher, friend, or ingredient) has contributed most to you,
for you to manifest your harvest? Can you follow one thread
to its origins?
Create a necklace, braid, or string of gratitude,
beautifully decorated with natural found or created
compostable materials tied into it, pertaining to the
various entities that contributed to your harvest.
- Bring a fruit that symbolizes your gift to the
world and come up with one phrase that brings that
- Bring flowers to feed the spirit world.
- Bring drums or rattles, if you have them.
- Bring your own water and a finger
food/snack to share for after the ritual.
- Please, bring the items at whatever stage
they are in.
Do your best to fulfill the requirements.
Let it not deter you from coming if you did not get
it done at the same time. The potency of the ritual reflects
what you put into it.
America’s Stonehenge is privately owned but is open to the
public. The entry fee is $12 for adults. In addition there
is a suggested donation of $8 or more per adult at the
ritual site to support the continuity of this sacred work.
Please, bring a friend and pass this information on.
For more info
is a multi-disciplinary artist,
ritualist, teacher, performer, and healer, who inspires
through self-expression. She has run annual seasonal rituals
since 1992 of which Summer Solstice at America’s Stonehenge
is most well-known.
Her singing and her extraordinary
elaborate masks and costumes bring forth beings from another
Katja has facilitated drumming
circles, workshops in sound, continuum-based movement,
ritual, and maskmaking.
She studied with
Saruah Benson, and Tim Kelley and various healing modalities
to facilitate a shift in consciousness. She performs with
the Theater Behind The Mask in schools through Young
Audiences and has appeared at First Night Boston for a
number of years.
She created a performance around ‘The
Hidden Life of Trees’ with Ricardo Frota in which she
appears in a full tree costume that took her a year and half
Katja has created an apprenticeship
program called ‘Courting the Living World’, nurturing a
sacred intimate connection with planet, spirit and self
through creativity and ritual. She facilitates grief
rituals, sacred sound circles and ancestral rituals.
Katja recently released a video
production combining her music, poetry, and images of the
story of water in ‘Prayer to the Beloved Swift River’ that
can be viewed on YouTube and her website.
She currently focuses on sacred
geometry gardening and nutrient dense food.
Katja has extensive websites:
at which her work can be viewed.