On 20th June we celebrate the Summer Solstice. It marks the first day of summer - when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky; the day is long and the night is short.

The sun is most potent on the summer solstice and is recognised as a time of powerful healing. It is specifically a moment for self-reflection - the day is an opportunity for us to pause and reflect on how far we've come with half of the year behind us — and where we want to go, with half of the year ahead. 

It is an opportunity to rejuvenate your spirit and reconnect with yourself and the natural world. On these long days of summer our spirits yearn to be out, to feel alive, to be moving, and celebrating.

Here are a few simple ways you can celebrate this important day:

Enjoy the sunrise - mark the day by staying up the previous night and welcoming in the new season as it happens.

Make a summertime brew - a warm morning drink made from herbs, spices and fruits of yellow and orange symbolises the sun’s healing energy.

Bathe in the sunlight - the Summer Solstice is a time for renewal, rebirth and self-love; find a secluded spot where you can sit comfortably on the ground. Then soak up as much sunlight as possible.

Spend time in nature - one of the most important parts of this time of year is being outside; try forest bathing or take a walk and appreciate the beauty of Mother Earth.

Express gratitude - write statements for everything that you already possess and appreciate, and also everything that you hope to come your way.

Set intentions - the summer solstice is an energetically charged day and an important one for intention setting; direct your intentions on the themes of this phase which are patience, nourishment and trust.

Create a mandala - flowers, leaves and twigs, really anything you find in nature, can be gathered and used to create a mandala on the floor; it represents the circle of life and the connection of all things and is a symbol of the universe in its most ideal form, one of joy.

We encourage you to find some time on the Summer Solstice to pause and celebrate this meaningful day and shift in seasons.