Winter Solstice Candle Workshop
December 17, 2022
The Alton Mill Arts Centre
Set your intentions for the year ahead in an ancient symbolic language …
DATES: Saturday, December 10 OR Saturday, December 17, 2022. When registering, please indicate your date preference in the “notes” section or email email@example.com with your choice.
TIME: 1 to 3:30 pm (2.5 hours)
LOCATION: Studio #206 on the upper level of The Alton Mill Arts Centre
FEE: The basic fee of $120 + HST per person includes a 3”x6” poured paraffin white pillar candle. For a 100% pure 3”x6” natural beeswax candle the fee is $150 + HST per person. PLEASE SELECT THE EXTRA BEESWAX CANDLE OPTION ON CHECKOUT to upgrade your order. These candles are very high quality, hand-poured, and have been purchased in support of a local bee farm. They are a rich golden colour and have longer burn time.
Welcome in the Winter Solstice with this annual holiday favourite!
Enjoy this magical session by decorating your own special candle with specific symbols, words and other special tokens that will invoke positive energies for the new year ahead.
For our ancestors, the Winter Solstice was a sacred turning point that marked the shortest day of the year and the promise of the Sun’s return. Once honoured with bonfires and rituals to celebrate the Return of the Light, some of the magic and meaning of that ancient festival can be recaptured in this lovely annual holiday workshop.
Starting with a short “divination reading” using Norse Runes, you will be guided in setting your intentions and how to encode them in an ancient symbolic language (either Runic symbols or the Celtic Ogham alphabet) which are then carved into your candle. As you carve, your intentions will be worked into the wax. Your “words” can then be painted and other colourful embellishments like feathers, beads and charms added to further adorn your candle. Then, whenever your candle is lit at the Solstice, Christmas or New Year’s Day (or any day throughout the year!) your intentions will radiate out into the world.
While making your special creation you will be enjoying the serene and magical atmosphere of my nature-filled studio and quiet holiday ambience of the artfully decorated Alton Mill.
This is a lovely festive activity for reconnecting to this sacred time of year in a whole new way. As many have already discovered, it may just become a new holiday tradition – your own miniature sacred fire to light on Solstice Eve!
All are welcome although please note this workshop is not suitable for children under 12 due to the use of sharp carving tools.
This is an in-person workshop and limited to 6 participants for each session. Please note that masks may be requested to be worn if Covid protocols are put in place again.
Any questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
CANCELLATION POLICY: Class sizes are small and workshops often have a wait-list so they are non-refundable if you are a no-show or cancel last-minute. Exceptions may be made if the circumstances warrant it or a raincheck offered, however this will be solely at the discretion of the instructor. If cancellation due to severe winter weather or other extenuating circumstances is required the workshop will be rescheduled or fully refunded.