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Community Autumn Equinox Celebration

A community event at the Salisbury Centre to celebrate the Autumn Equinox.

About this event

Mark the shifting balance between day and night, as we celebrate this year’s abundance and prepare for the winter season to come!

Come gather at the Salisbury Centre for a relaxed afternoon of autumn community activities in the garden including:

  • Plums harvesting, processing and bottling for preservation!
  • Seed saving activities
  • Walking the Labyrinth (and set your intention for the coming winter!)
  • Creative Quiet time around the fire (Bring your own craft and work along other creative mind around the central burning fire!)
  • Crafting skills share
  • Foraging activities
  • Singing around the fire


In the spirit of loosening social distancing regulations this event will be not have a strict schedule and we invite our community to drop in at any time from 14:00 to 18:00.



Meeting Embodiment Practice 
Somatic Movement with Monica De Ioanni
15.00 – 16.00 in the STUDIO (indoor)
During this one hour session within the Equinox celebration the experience of embodiment and playfulness through movement is facilitated. We explore Body-Mind Centering principles. We work with touch, visualization and somatization of our anatomical structure and body systems. We will open our senses to perceive our soma, its inner breath and movement.
This session is open to everyone!


Open  Community Fire Space (14:00 – 17:00)

The central fire will be lit from 14:00 and people will be able to gather around the fire informally for a chat or for any crafting from 14:00 to 17:00.   Feel free to take along  any crafting activities you might like to do around the fire alongside other people (e.g. knitting, carving, writing). What a better way to get to know new friends or to share some skills!


As we turn towards the longer nights, this is a great time to start thinking about creative projects for the winter. Simple activities, working with our hands, can be a great way to slow down and welcome in restfulness, after the outward energy of summer.
Bring your own creative project to do in the company of others. It could be crochet, spoon-carving, or painting a stone. We hope to be around the fire in the garden, although there is the option to be under a marquee or indoors in case of wet weather.
There is an option for this group to become a monthly event at the Centre, so please let Susannah know if you might be interested in hosting in the future 🙂



Equinox Ritual (Garden) –  17:00 – 18:00

From 17:00 a small fire Ritual will be held to enable the marking of our equinox intentions into the sacred flames.  No need to book, feel free to drop by and share your intentions, hope and dreams or even an equinox themed song/poem! 

What are you thankful for, in this season of plenty?

What would you like to carry with you into the darkness of the coming season?

What are you happy to leave behind?

What seeds do you want to nurture now to bloom in Spring?




This event is part of the Salisbury Centre community programme and is offered free of charge as we want to make sure it is accessible to anyone. Any donations towards the Salisbury Centre are welcomed, as the Centre’s ability to generate income to meet its running costs has been challenged by the pandemic. There will be donation bowls on the day and you can also donate online on our donations page using the reference ‘Equinox‘: https://www.salisburycentre.org/donate/

Many thanks for your contributions in advance.

Of course there is the challenge of Scottish weather, so please COME DRESSED FOR THAT! If the weather forecast is especially bad we will also consider moving some sessions indoor (in line with current Scottish Gov regulations).

Accessibility & Kids

The event will take place in the Salisbury Centre garden, which is two steps down from the main building. We do now have a disabled toilet!

Accompanied children are very welcome to join in with any of the activities, according to the suggested age guidelines for each session.

Please get in touch via events@salisburycentre.org if you have any questions about the event.