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Winter Solstice Gathering

Friday, December 20, 2019
5:30 pm8:30 pm
School Sisters of Notre Dame Conference Center, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato MN 56001
Winter Solstice Gathering

You are warmly invited to celebrate Winter Solstice with us on the evening of Friday, December 20, 2019.
Please join us in welcoming joy, light, and longer days by gathering together with good friends, good food, seasonal poetry, live music, a snowshoe hike, and a bonfire. All ages are welcome! More information about the event and registration can be found below.

Solstice Schedule
5:30 PM The History of Solstice and an evening snowshoe hike led by DNR Naturalist Scott Kudelka. (Snow shoes will be provided or feel free to bring your own.)
6:30 PM Light (vegan friendly) supper and seasonal poetry share with live music
7:30 PM Seasonal Reflection
8:00 PM Bonfire gathering

Admission and Registration
Advanced registration is appreciated. At door entry may be available if space permits. To register, visit our registration page or send an email to with the names of the attendees and send a check to Living Earth Center at 170 Good Counsel Dr. Mankato, MN 56001

Admission is based on a suggested free will donation of $25 per family. Please pay what you can. Nobody is turned away for inability to pay.

School Sisters of Notre Dame Conference Center, 170 Good Counsel Dr., Mankato MN 56001.
Snowshoe hikers- please meet at the main entrance of the School Sisters of Notre Dame Main Campus. We will hike even if there is not snow!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Book of Month
Book of Month

June’s book of the month is “Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth,” edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. It is a powerful and thought provoking collection of essays.
Taken from the introduction...
“This book is a collection of responses to the call of the Earth... These responses are not offered as a solution to a problem, because the world is not a problem but a living being in distress... The chapters of this book offer a range of different perspectives in the awakening needed...”
Featured essayists include Thich Nhat Hahn, Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, and Winona LaDuke.

Living Earth Center is excited to announce that it will be partnering with MSU's College of Allied Health and Nursing, Minnesota Recreation and Park Foundation, Mankato and North Mankato ACT of Kindness and Camp Maverick to host an EngAGEment Sensory Garden designed for people living with dementia, their care partners and friends. Group activities will be available during designated times throughout the garden season. This special garden plot will be filled with vegetables, flowers and herbs that invigorate all senses and will be specially designated for participants and their care partners.

Every winter, Living Earth Center produces its annual publication, the Earth Almanac, that provides insight to what's happening in the organization, ways to advocate, and ideas, articles and recipes that connect you with this Living Earth.