Summer Solstice Vigil
Peaceful Prairie Campsites,
Your spirit will soar like the sweeping landscape after a night of camping on the Peaceful Prairie. We will hold vigil for the sun with sacred songs, storytelling, honoring of our ancestors, and silent communion with the spirit of the prairie, the Stone Nation, and
Reconnect with the spirit of nature
all living things of the earth and sky.
Nestled at the south bank of the South Bluff (part of the chain of bluff formations known as Scotts Bluff National Monument), we’ll gather for a meal, then enter the prairie for an overnight vigil.
Join Lisa and her infectious love for this beautiful land for an adventure like none other. Rae Ann Schmitz will facilitate a dream circle around the fire. After dinner, those who desire will walk the prairie to Dome Rock and learn to feel the earth’s heartbeat. Lay on the prairie and watch the hawks circling as you contemplate life and the messages in the clouds. Let the meadowlarks put a song in your heart as your eyes take in the profound beauty of creation. Under the starry night sky, we’ll enjoy fire, friendship and drumming, storytelling, and perhaps be joined in song by the owl and coyote.
With plenty of unscheduled time for private enjoyment and contemplation, we'll each create a prayer flag to be placed at the grandmother cedar tree. One might even prefer the company of the horses, Tigger and Lightning, who make excellent and dare we say, compassionate listeners.
In so many ways, you will have opportunities to unwind, relax, and allow your soul to rest in the natural rhythm of the prairie. From the sheer feast of beauty to the delicate scent of wildflowers, to the awe-inspiring bluffs that Oregon Trail pioneers sketched and wrote poetry about in their journals, this land will capture your heart.
The land will be available by 4 p.m. to set up camp, with plenty of time for late arrivals and exploration before dinner at 7:30 p.m., We'll enjoy an Opening Ceremony, then celebrate with storytelling, drumming and song, individual offerings welcome. If you need to join us later, evening only guests are welcome.
The next morning, we'll enjoy an easy -going pace with coffee and breakfast before completion of our solstice observance with a walk to grandmother cedar tree for placement of our flags.
Participants are encouraged to take their time and enjoy the prairie in whatever way they choose before leaving. All camps must be vacated by noon.
Campers can bring their own tent, or share the 19 ft Bell Tent we'll have as shelter in case of inclement weather.
There will be fresh, pure water from the well, and campfire coffee. In the spirit of community, Breakfast and Dinner will be a shared provision, with side items being assigned to participants. Buffalo meat will be sourced from a local ranch, and farm fresh eggs will be provided by Lisa and Frank's chickens. Other organic vegetables and greens, will be grown right here in this valley.
June 19-20, 2023
$35 per Tent/Car Site with Overnight Camping
(2 adults one child)
$15 per adult
$5 per child