Summer officially began this week as the summer solstice marked the
longest day of the year. This year’s summer solstice fell on Friday, June
21, at 1:04 a.m. ET. To honor this time of the year OM Sanctuary hosted a
4 part Sacred Circle series and a community sand mandala that was present
during all the events.
June 20, 2013 Thursday was an amazing success and large turn out for our
very first art opening, featuring Elemental Mandalas. These fine art
mandalas are created by Asheville photographer Taylor Johnson (Taz). Each
mandala was created from a single photograph of nature, and each was
printed on sheet metal. For the opening reception, there was fine tea
served by Dobra Tea, live music, hor d’oeuvres and the creation of a
community sand mandala by mandala facilitator Martha Kiger.
If you haven’t seen Taz’s work, please stop by during business hours and
view his stunning art pieces, which will be displayed until 9/27/13.
On Friday, June 21, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The community filled the
Sanctuary Garden Pavillion for the Dances of Universal Peace, presented by
Shemsuddin Stewart Millard. He led the dance with simple, meditative,
joyous, circle dances that use chants, music, and guided movements.
On Saturday, June 22, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Martha Kiger guided
individuals in this sacred art of creating a personalized Nature Mandala related to solstice, the earth cycles, and connection with nature. She included a meditation and nature walk through the OM Sanctuary gardens. Everything felt alive and special.
On Sunday, June 23, from 11 a.m. – Rev. Michelle Smith led a
Church of the Garden, summer solstice service. It was a special Garden
service focused on Celebration and Walking Meditation. This is when the
Community Solstice Sand Mandala was dissolved with the many blessings
infused in the design.