America's Stonehenge

Summer Solstice Ritual 2017

Wednesday, June 21 at 2:00 pm.
An outdoor event facilitated by Katja Esser

There will be preparation involved that you will have to do at home. More detailed information will be posted closer to the event.

Summer solstice is the moment of sun-stand-still, as the sun that has traveled the furthest to the north appears to stand still for a couple of days before it returns back to the south again. At the summer solstice the green nation will pretty much have reached its optimum dimension, and from this moment on the process of maturing and strengthening takes place. For the Native Americans this is the strawberry harvest ceremony as this is the first fruit of the season that has come to full maturity and has complete seeds. Yet we honor the sprouts that have come to flower which is not a small feat in a changing climate. Without flower there is no fruit and no seed. Life depends on a fertile seed.

At the summer solstice we embrace the fully opened flowers within and without. According to the Dagara people of West Africa we are in a fire year that is connected to our ancestors. At this moment of fullest light we also connect with our heart flame and the divine light that shines through each one of us adding the so much needed light in our crumbling world and keep that flame alive.

Donation: In addition to the general admission fee at America's Stonehenge, there is a suggested $8.00 donation at the ritual site to support this work. The ritual takes place at the center of the main site. We encourage children to come, as long as they are accompanied by adults. Bring a friend and please pass this information on. Make sure you leave enough time to hike/walk to the site so we can start the ritual on time.

Who to call: Please contact Katja Esser on Facebook, or e-mail her at You can find more info on Katja by visiting her website. Please send Katja your email address directly if you want to be contacted for future events.

Katja Esser creates a container of a particular energy frequency that allows people to awaken and express their ancient sacred connection to the infinite universe. As a multi-disciplinary artist, ceremonialist, teacher, performer, and healer who inspires through self-expression, she assists people that are ready to come into a participatory relationship with themselves, the living Earth, and the unseen world around them to live a sacred eco-centered, magical, and connected life.

Katja has been running 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 world. Katja has facilitated drumming circles, workshops in sound, continuum-based movement, ritual, and maskmaking. She studied with Emily Conrad, Malidoma Somé, Alisa Starkweather, Eric Bornstein, Martin Prechtel, Saruah Benson, 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. Katja facilitates grief rituals, sacred sound circles, ancestral rituals, and performances. Katja’s focus is now on video production, combining her music, poetry, and images of water in praise of the living world around us, to bring awareness to our participation to keep the earth alive. She also focuses on sacred geometry and no-till gardening, contributing to eating local and having a relationship with the living beings that feed us. Katja has an extensive website at which her work can be viewed.