Melisandre and the followers of the Lord of Light didn't get it quite right in Game of Thrones. Come December 21, the Winter Solstice, the night will be long and possibly full of terrors. Better safe than sorry and, on the shortest day of the year, avoid any brushes with dark entities and consider immersing yourself in the company of other like-minded individuals for a day of healing, nourishment, talking and sharing.
Under The Veil Festivals is presenting a one day event for the community with Winter Solstice Self-Care 2018, bringing together opportunities for renewal, rebirth and self-care with workshops that honor the divine feminine, knitting for survival, poetry, music and meditation.
"Me and a couple of other people just created it to bring about just a healing festival and to promote self healing and self-care," says Adriana Espinosa, festival producer. "That kind of looking into ourselves so we can heal a lot of things that mess with us in our daily lives. Taking time and space that recognize everything that you’ve gone though, acknowledging what we’ve suffered, and not pass along to the next generation."
Special guests include Derrick Broze of The Conscious Resistance and part of the Freedom Cells network, sculptor Sam Chavez, artist and slayer of injustice Enereya, a performance by Abstract the dancer, poetry by activist Johnny Torres, and music by Virgil Wolfe, Joel Franco, and Brainstorm for Tuesday.
"We have Derrick Broze who has led The Conscious Resistance in the United States and Costa Rica to spread awareness," says Espinosa, about the independent media organization's goal of empowering individuals through education, philosophy, health and community organizing.
Guests also will learn about the healing powers of tea blends and soaps from Deana Santiago, the practice of yoga with Columbian warrior woman Katherine Ospina, crafting with leather or crochet and healing with astrology.
Espinosa says they'll have different vendors on site offering vegan, vegetarian and carnivore options. And, to better arm the next generation, they're also offering programming for children. "Games to better recognize themselves, better understand themselves, the simplicity of childhood is the most beneficial. Grow up knowing how to cope with things, and heal, and deal with things," says Espinosa.
The daylong salve for society's woes is being held at Absolem's Midtown Mojo Manufacturers, where Absolem Yetzirah, Houston's own "Doc Mojo" who is also known as the "Voodoo King of Houston," works year round to help those suffering from bad luck, too much bad energy or just in need of a traditional cleansing.
Winter Solstice Self-Care 2018 is scheduled for 10 a.m.-9 p.m. December 21, Absolem's Midtown Mojo Manufacturers, 4023 Polk, undertheveilfestivals.com, $10.
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