America's Stonehenge

Winter Solstice Ceremony 2017

Saturday, December 23, from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.
Facilitated by Katja Esser

There is some preparation involved that you do at home. Please see below on what to bring and take some time with it. The preparations are part of the feeding of the spirit world and deepen the work we do.

The magic of winter knocks on our door when its chilling breath weaves a frayed world into a crystalline cloak giving voice to every scar by making beauty from life’s events. In the dormancy of nature water escapes the inconspicuous service to the green nation and comes into her own flowering beauty to make Mother’s tattered skirt for a fleeting moment whole again.

The frosty nights lengthen as the radiant sun diligently travels to the south tracing a smaller and smaller arc through the vast sky. The increasing darkness of the season's rhythm may feel harder to embrace in these intense times when we experience all the separation, fear, secrets, and negativity being pushed to the surface. In many instances we meet these challenges with the same energy as what created them in the first place, keeping everything firmly in place; the resistance, the fight against, the triggers, the emotional reactivity all come from the same separation and fear, rooted into a one-sided legacy of a male God without its balanced female counterpart. These dense, imbalanced energies surface to be transmuted into the light as they cannot exist on the new earth where the love frequencies of the feminine Divine are being anchored to become available for all of humanity.
      As nature dissolves her form and reduces her outward expression to go within to be in the silence, and dreams the world to be, so do we have this opportunity to do the same and take control over our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and actions and begin to tap into our heart and dream the world we like to see.
      At this moment of deepest darkness the seed of light is born, the cycles of the universe quietly reflects that within our world the possibility to renew ourselves exists. By connecting to the source within and by exercising our free will to consciously direct our thoughts, words, feelings, and actions to empower what we like to see manifested and co-create heaven on Earth.

We live in a cyclical universe that operates on the rhythms of an inhale and exhale, expansion and contraction, within and without, knowing that each part has a counterpart to stretch and challenge, serve and support, to expand the evolution and create a balanced unified whole. In this complementary dance off all the elements in continuous service of one another, we are being freely fed and supported. We have to pause here and look at how much we have fed that which feeds us. Is our giving back in balance with what the universe has given us? Are our actions increasing the flow and meet the requirement of the law of the circle that the inhale has to be met with an exhale?
      At this holy moment of the return of the light, we connect to that spark of Divine light within, ignite our heart flame, and anchor our light upon our beloved Mother Earth. Through our heart flame we open to our Divine Mother and become the expression of love and compassion through which we can meet life and those who struggle and suffer under the illusion of separation.

As this fire year, with the anchoring of the light as well as the increasing turmoil and with the noticeable imbalances in fire and water, comes to a completion, we prepare to go into a nature year. According to the Dagara people of West Africa, years ending in a 3 or 8 are considered nature years where the qualities of nature - transformation, change, truth, authenticity, manifestation of our creative ideas, and adaptation - assist us in the restructuring of our lives and culture. Nature mirrors our level of consciousness as it responds to every vibration under the sun.

The intention: Our deep work lies within, tracking our random thoughts, triggers, and reactivity that make us feel victim to circumstance. Yet our power lies in how present we can be that we recognize we have a choice in how we use our life force to either add to the light or its shadow. We become conscious when we realize our infinite power to make a difference and give pause to look at what we are giving power to through our words, thoughts, actions, and feelings.

What to bring:

The preparation:

Katja Esser guides you through this very participatory ritual. In the spirit of co-creating in our own evolution, the ritual grows to new heights when you bring your items and participation to it. The rituals go deeper each year as they are built on each previous one. The unfolding of the ritual creates the sacred space, in which we give more meaning to the details of the ritual. What you bring creates the magnificence of this ritual as each contribution makes up the whole. Please make sure to do your best to bring your items and let the not fulfilling of these items deter you from coming. Some may bring some extra. Come early if you still need time to work on your items.

Donation: In addition to the general admission at America's Stonehenge, there is a suggested $8.00 donation at the ritual site to support the continuation of this sacred 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 to the site so the ritual can start on time, which is crucial in the colder season.

Who to call: Kindly respond if you plan to come. Please contact Katja Esser through e-mail 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.