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Illumination: Celebrating the Summer Solstice

The Monastery

june, 2024

sun23jun2:00 pm4:00 pmIllumination: Celebrating the Summer SolsticeJoin the Way of the Buzzard to celebrate summer solstice, the Celtic festival of illumination and the longest day of the year2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

summer solstice manchester 2024

Event Details

Celebrate the summer solstice at the Monastery, Manchester

2-4pm, Sunday, 23rd June, 2024

The Summer Solstice marks the point when the sun is at the highest point in the sky. The days are long, and the earth energies are high. Nature is at its fullest: all the leaves on the trees are fully grown, and the animals are busy feeding their young. It is a powerful time.

At this special time of year, make the most of the long days, soak up the sun and take time out to play. Empower yourself, recognise your strength, and draw courage from the high energies of this festival to pursue your goals.

What can I expect?

This is a perfect time to turn inwards and unleash your inner maverick to support you in your spiritual growth. Join us for a Solstice celebration led by Nicola & Jason from The Way of the Buzzard to empower yourself, recognise your strength, and draw courage from the high energies of this festival. During our time together, there will be moments for connection, reflection and sharing, as well as singing and drumming together in community.

  • Immerse in the energies of the Summer Solstice at this powerful time
  • Connect with nature’s rhythms, and align with the natural world’s stillness
  • Tap into an ancient way of being with like-minded people to tune into your spiritual guidance

Who should attend?

This celebration is perfect if you:

  • Are looking to align yourself more with the natural cycles of nature
  • Would like to deepen your experience working with the shamanic and nature connection toolkit
  • Are an ‘old hand’ at all of this but would like to celebrate the Summer Solstice with like-minded folk
  • Are a first-timer and keen to give it a go

Do I need any special experience, clothing or equipment?

  • You don’t need any experience in anything whatsoever to take part
  • If you have a drum or rattle, bring it along with you
  • Bring your journal or notepad and something to write with

A few words from your hosts

“We, Jason and Nicola Smalley, are edge dwellers and Shamanic Practitioners living in the Silverdale AONB in the northwest of England.

For the past twenty years, we have been individually seeking a spiritual connection that is aligned with our core beliefs and values. This search led us to discover shamanism, and ultimately to each other. The Way of the Buzzard became our voice in the World.

Over recent years we have taught thousands of people the power of the shamanic toolkit and nature connection. We support others on their healing journey to find their purpose and their path through online courses, retreats, monthly shamanic journey circles, nature connection films and sacred tools.

When we aren’t working, we can both be found roaming the local crags, coast, woodlands and meadows in our locale.

Our passion is anything connected to nature and the mysteries of the Earth.”

To find out more about The Way of the Buzzard please visit the website.

How much does it cost to take part?

General entry to the ceremony for adults is £20.

*This subsidised ticket price helps the Monastery’s Charitable Trust to cover some of the costs associated with hosting this event. We do, however, have a limited amount of complimentary passes for those who’d like to attend but are unable to make a contribution at this time. If this is you, please contact us directly explaining your circumstances and we’ll be glad to help.

Do I need to book in advance?

Yes, advance booking is advised.

Click here to book online.

Directions to the Monastery here.


(Sunday) 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The Monastery Manchester

89, Gorton Lane

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