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Summer Solstice Ceremony & Bioblitz

  • Wishtoyo Chumash Village 33904 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA, 90265 United States (map)
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Summer Solstice Ceremony - Saturday, June 16th
A free community and family event at Wishtoyo Chumash Village:

6:30 AM - Snapshot Cal Coast Bioblitz @ Nicholas Canyon Beach (more info below)
8:00 AM - Sunrise Ceremony @ Wishtoyo Chumash Village

Please feel free to attend as much or all of the event as you would like.

What is the Snapshot Cal Coast Bioblitz?

In support of the Snapshot Cal Coast initiative, please join us for a grassroots, smartphone-powered bioblitz to catalogue every living species we can identify from the sandy beach to the depths of the Nicholas Canyon intertidal! Sharing your observations will help researchers to better understand and protect marine life. 

This is part of an annual 8-day series of "bioblitzes" in a statewide effort to document biodiversity throughout California's coastal range. A bioblitz is an intensive one-day study of biodiversity in a specific location. We’ll look for starfish, crabs, octopus, sea slugs, shorebirds, fish, barnacles, anything! 

For more information, please contact: (805) 259-6976
Or visit our iNaturalist project page:

Prior to arriving, please download the free iNaturalist app. We will meet at Nicholas Canyon Beach parking lot lifeguard tower at 6:30 a.m for a brief orientation! We will reconvene at Wishtoyo Chumash Village right after (5 minute walk on the bluff above Nicholas Canyon Beach). Free parking on PCH, paid parking in the parking lot.

What to bring:

  • Close-toed shoes for tidepooling
  • Phone or camera
  • iNaturalist app (join our project "Snapshot Cal Coast 2018: Nicholas Canyon Beach bioblitz")
  • Water
  • Sun protection
  • Offering (tobacco or other)
  • Breakfast dish to share (community potluck style)

Traditional Protocols:


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 handle 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. No drugs, alcohol, smoking allowed on site.


Please park on Pacific Coast Highway by the yellow gate 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 Alicia Cordero at:

The Village is an 8,000-year-old site that provides a sacred place to gather, educate, and share Chumash history, culture, and environmental issues that affect us all. We look forward to a meaningful community ceremony and celebration with you all!

Earlier Event: April 22
Earth Day Community Open House
Later Event: September 15
Mugu RockCoastal Cleanup Day 2018