Events \\ In-Person

Winter Solstice Celebration

Saturday, December 17, 2022 from 10 am-4 pm

Join us as we celebrate the wonder of the winter season. Enjoy the soothing sounds of crystal bowls, make your own beeswax candle and tune your senses to the rhythms of nature through a facilitated community gathering. Stay for the whole day, or choose your favorite session!

Sound Bathing with Carolyn Little

10–11 am | Forbes Gallery
Nonmembers $15; members $10 (includes museum admission)

As we enter the longest night of the year on the winter solstice, nature invites us to turn inward, slow down, listen and rest. We invite you to join sound practitioner Carolyn Little to experience a crystal bowl sound bath and guided meditation. Sound vibration is a powerful tool to help recalibrate the body, mind and spirit. Feel yourself relax and melt away during this focused session.

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Registration closes Friday, December 16, at 10 pm EST.

About the Artist

  1. Carolyn Little has dedicated over 20 years to the pursuit of holistic wellbeing through embodiment, music, art, social justice and spiritual growth. She is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, registered yoga teacher and breathwork facilitator and holds a graduate degree in Social Justice in Intercultural Relations.


Make Your Own Beeswax Candle!

11 am–3 pm | Garden Atrium
Included with admission

Candles have symbolized hope and light for cultures all over the world for centuries. Join us as we celebrate the return of daylight marked by the winter solstice, and create a light source of your own. These beautiful hand rolled beeswax candles make the perfect gift for yourself or a loved one.

Live Harp Performance with Mary King

1 pm-2:30 pm | Main Atrium
Included with admission

Come hear soulful and lively tunes performed by master harpist Mary King. Enjoy musical selections from contemporary, Celtic and classical repertoire.

About the Musician

  1. Mary King has received rave reviews for her harp playing throughout New England. While her Irish family has inspired her love of Celtic music, she also enjoys playing contemporary, classical and other selections. King was a recipient of a 2020-2021 grant from the Southern New England Apprentice Program as a Master Celtic Harpist.


Winter Solstice Community Circle and Ritual

2–4 pm | Forbes Gallery
Nonmembers $20, members $10 (includes museum admission)

The winter solstice offers us a chance to pause between the waxing and waning of the light. Bring your curiosity and wonder on the shortest day of the year as we make time to connect with the rhythms of the natural world. Tam Willey of Toadstool Walks and Rev. Tracy Rich of Welcoming Journey will lead guided sensory nature explorations, a facilitated community circle to share reflections and a solstice ceremony to support and guide participants into the beginning of winter.

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About the Presenters

Tam and Tracy have been offering a solstice ceremony together since 2017 and collaborating in various ways since 2008.

  1. Tam Willey (they/them) is a queer guide, mentor and educator with the Association of Nature and Forest Therapy. A founder of Toadstool Walks and co-founder of Acorn Programs, Willey designs and facilitates nature-based programs with local organizations such as The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, The Emerald Necklace Conservancy and Mass Audubon. They also work with The Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth, The Venture Out Project and Wild Mountain Retreats. To learn more about Tam’s forest bathing and immersive experiences, check out ToadstoolWalks.com.

  1. Rev. Tracy Rich (she/her) is an ordained interspiritual Minister of Walking Prayer and certified Chanting and Meditation Leader. She is also Director of the Lauren and Mark Rubin Visiting Moms Program (Center for Early Relationship Support). Rev. Rich provides spiritual mentoring for individuals and groups, with a focus on mindfulness, integration and healing. To learn more, check out Welcoming Journey.