Winter Solstice Ceremony, Thursday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m.
Free community and family event at Wishtoyo Chumash Village
Winter Solstice represents the ending of a complete cycle of 12 months and the beginning of the New Sun, the New Year! It's the shortest day of the year with cold winds, rain and sometimes snow on the mountains bringing about a new cycle. Bear and Eagle are the Winter Helpers. Eagle, with its great vision, observes the land and communicates to Bear if there is danger. Bear represents the healing strength of the Mother Earth.
Currently, our world is out of balance and this Winter is being met with ongoing drought and now hurricane speed winds and fires. The Thomas fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara has burned 237,500 acres of land and close to 900 structures, and tens of thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. It is a necessary time to come together in prayer and actions to help each other through this difficult time and reflect on our relationships to the natural world. Are we really paying attention to our relationship with the Earth?
Our dear friend, Billy Frank, Jr., who passed into spirit almost 4 years ago left us with a statement of clarity and truth in living:
"I don't believe in magic. I believe in the sun and the stars, the water, the tides, the floods, the owls, the hawks flying, the river running, the wind talking. They're measurements. They tell us how healthy things are. How healthy we are. Because we and they are the same. That's what I believe in."
--Billy Frank, Jr., Nisqually Elder and an undaunted defender of and respected elder statesman for tribal treaty fishing rights, protection of the environment and the restoration of salmon habitat in the Pacific northwest.
When we come together as community to honor a new season at Winter Solstice, we can use these five days of reflection and the symbolism of the Helpers to reflect upon our relationships with self, family, community and the natural environment that sustains us all! How are we doing as a Human Family? What steps can we take into the New Cycle to deepen our relationships with each other, our earth, ocean and all the living beings that exist here? Even reflect on the connection of the ancestor stones whose breath provides ancient wisdom if we care to listen.
Each day from December 17 - 21 starts with a morning ceremony with a specific daily focus. All people are welcome to join us at Wishtoyo's Chumash Village (The Village) for as much or as little of the ceremonial cycle by RSVPing to Luhui at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Village is an 8,000-year-old site that provides a sacred place to gather, educate, and share Chumash history, cultural preservation, and environmental issues that affect us all. We look forward to a meaningful community ceremony and celebration with you all!
What to bring:
Food to share (community potluck style)
Wear warm clothes
Camp chair or blanket to sit on
ABSOLUTELY NO CAMERAS/VIDEO during Ceremony.
Women Sisters: please remember to wear long skirts, sarongs, wraps, dress modestly. If you're on your moontime, please sit outside of the sil'i'yik and bring a blanket or camp chair to sit with other Sisters. Please do not be in the kitchen area or prepare food (see Luhui if you have questions).
Do Not Bring your Dogs/Pets. We have three German Shepherds on site. They are friendly but they will not be okay with other animals and will bark continually disturbing the Ceremony.
Please Park on the PCH and walk in. If you are an Elder, are disabled, or have someone to drop off, please let us know ahead of time so we can accommodate you by emailing Kote at: Kmelendez@wishtoyo.org
Winter Solstice Ceremony, Thursday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m.
You are cordially invited to Wishtoyo Foundation's 20th Annual Benefit Celebration on November 12, 2017.
20 years of Wishtoyo... two decades of protecting the environment, preserving Chumash lifeways, educating future generations, and empowering First Nations Peoples on a local and international scale. Thanks to supporters like you, we have made great strides towards building thriving, inclusive communities rooted in a deep connection to our lands and waters. We have much to celebrate this year and we look forward to seeing you at the Village!
Tickets are now on sale. Early Bird pricing is available through September 12th.
For more information, please click "EVENT INFO" below:
We hope to see you there!
Join Wishtoyo Foundation and its Ventura Coastkeeper program at Mugu Rock Beach for the California Coastal Commission’s annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 16th, at 9:00am. Mugu Rock Beach is adjacent to Mugu Lagoon and is home to the Chumash Village of Muwu.
The Lagoon is an Area of Special Biological Significance and is an integral part of the Pacific Flyway, supporting 18 species of fish and 60,000 shorebirds each spring, including five Endangered Species.
What To Bring:
- Close-toed shoes
- (Clean up supplies will be provided)
Please arrive early to sign a waiver (under 18 needs parent or guardian to sign).
On Saturday, September 16, 2017, California's beaches, rivers, lakes, and other waterways will be visited by 70,000 people intent on having a positive impact on our environment. Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in California and is apart of the International Coastal Cleanup,which takes place in 100 countries and 42 U.S. states. Friends and family of all ages can come and be a part of this monumental event!
You can help create safer and healthier beaches for our communities and the wildlife we share them with. Hope to see you there!
Sign up for this event can be found following this link to Eventbright.
For more information please email Wishtoyo Chumash Village's Event Coordinator Kote Melendez at Kmelendez@wishtoyo.org.
We ask that you please print and complete the waivers attached and bring them with you to the event. Find waivers HERE.
This Summer Solstice there will be a Community Gathering open to the public. Join us in appreciation to celebrate the changing of the seasons!
Summer Slstice Community Circle
- 11:00am to 12:00pm:
Gather in the Ceremonial Circle as we welcome in the upcoming summer season.
Lunch at the Village
- 12:00pm to 1:00pm:
Please bring your own lunch and/or a dish to share.
- Contact Luhui beforehand about professional or amateur photography and ANY videography (email@example.com)
This is an all ages event. There will be no drugs, alchohol or pets permitted.
If you would like to participate in our Snapshot CalCoast bioblitz in the morning, please see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/snapshot-calcoast-with-wishtoyo-foundation-tickets-35446080180 for more information. RSVP required, limited spots available.
Wishtoyo Chumash Village is hosting this year's Spring Equinox!
Come join us as we honor traditional Chumash beliefs, practices, songs, stories and Ceremony to inspire the relationship we have to the natural environment. All ages welcome!
In the afternoon, we will be re-planting in our Organic Garden and around the Village for the spring.
In the evening, we come together to celebrate this new season and the abundance that recent rains will bring!
-Feel free to bring an offering as a sign of respect to the Native Elder hosts.
-Free parking on the PCH (Wishtoyo Chumash Village is through the yellow gates across from Malibu Riding Club)
-$8.00 parking at Nicholas Canyon county beach. (Follow road for a short walk to the entrance of Wishtoyo Chumash Village)
-Ask before taking photos
-No photos in the sil-y-ik (Ceremonial Circle)
As this is a sacred event, we ask that you do not bring pets or Alcohol.
Native Plan Lecture | Volunteer | Sunset Ceremony
Sunday, March 20, 2016 – Noon - Sunset
Wishtoyo Chumash Village
33904 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu CA 90265
Free Community/Family Event/Open House: Tour the Village/Learn about Native Plants/Volunteer to work with the plants/Participate in a Community sunset ceremony to honor the beginning of the Spring Equinox/Enjoy being on the land overlooking the beautiful pacific ocean and if we’re lucky we’ll site the whales migrating by. Dress comfortable & warm; bring a sack lunch, hat, water, sunscreen, camp chair, and offering tobacco.
Wishtoyo Foundation and Chumash Village is a 501c3 NonProfit that protects and preserves the culture and history of coastal communities and fosters responsibility to our waters, marine habitats and watersheds through research, education, community action and where necessary, legal enforcement. We utilize traditional Chumash beliefs, practices, songs, stories and dances to inspire self-respect and a greater awareness of our relationship with, and dependence upon the natural environment.
For more information: Luhui at 805-729-7692 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter Solstice represents the ending of a complete cycle of 12 and the beginning of the New Sun, the New Year! It’s the shortest day of the year with cold winds, rain and sometimes snow on the mountains that brings about a new cycle. The Bear and the Eagle are the Winter Helpers. The Eagle with its great vision observes the land and if it sees danger it communicates this to the Bear. The Bear represent the strength of the Mother Earth.
When we come together in community to honor the coming of a new season at Winter Solstice, we can use these five days of reflection and the symbolism of the Helpers to reflect on our relationships with self, family, community and the natural environment that sustains us all! How are we doing as a Human Family? And what steps can we take into the New Cycle to deepen our relationships with each other, our earth, ocean and all the living beings that exist here; even the ancestor stones whose breath provides ancient wisdom if we care to listen.
Each day from December 17 – 21 starts with a morning ceremony with a specific daily focus. All people are welcome to join us at Wishtoyo’s Chumash Village (The Village) for as much or as little of this ceremonial cycle by responding to Luhui at (805)729.7692 or Email: email@example.com.
The Village is an 8,000 year old site that is being restored and brought by to life as a place to gather, educate, and share Chumash history, cultural preservation, and environmental issues that effect us all. We look forward to a meaningful community ceremony and celebration with you all!