Yule Ritual

Image by Leonard Weisgard

Join Reclaiming LA for Yule at beach! This mid-winter solar festival marks the shortest days and longest nights of the year. We honor the season of restorative darkness by visiting the Pacific Ocean, allowing the waters of our coastline to wash away the parts of the old year that no longer serve, and looking ahead to a time when the sun will make its return.

Ritual Intention: “Singing to the holy dark, we are cleansed by the mighty waters.”


12:00pm Gather & Potluck
1:15pm Potluck cleanup
1:30pm Drum Circle
2:00pm Ritual
Please allow extra travel time and carpool if possible.

Nicholas Canyon County Beach
33850 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

The parking entrance can be hard to see. If you’ve gotten to Leo Carrillo you’ve gone too far. You can park on PCH for free and trek in, or park in the lot for $8. If you park in the lot, there are two levels of spots, and if you drive down one level, there are closer spots to the stairs leading to the beach and the ritual site. There are also ramped walkways.

We will be gathering at the picnic area, down a short ramp or stairway from the parking lot, and will process to the beach together at 2:00.

The ritual space is approximately 100-120 yards from the parking lot. To get to the ritual space, one must descend two standard stair cases or ramped walkways from the lot. The ritual will be held on the sand by the beach, where it’s relatively level. There are very few sound reflective elements near the ritual space that would reflect sound back to attendees. We are likely to complete the ritual before dusk, as the beach closes at sundown.

We have written this accessibility statement to be as inclusive as possible so that people with accessibility concerns do not have to do the labor of asking. If we have overlooked some aspect, please email us at, and we will do our utmost to answer – your question is not a burden in the slightest and will help us to improve our accessibility statements on future rituals.

Suggested Donation: $0-$20



  • Please dress warmly because we won’t have a fire.
  • You will be invited to go into the ocean as part of the ritual. Please bring your own swimsuit, towels, and a change of clothes.
  • If you are called, please bring percussion instruments you may like to use before or during the ritual.
  • Bring your own sun hat, sunscreen, water bottle, etc.
  • Please bring food and drink to share for the pre-ritual potluck.
  • Please bring your own reusable/washable plate, cup, utensils, and napkin. There will be NO paper plates or plasticware available.


All Genders Welcome!

Children welcome with adult supervision.

To support those in recovery, this ritual is clean and sober.

2020 Ritual Calendar

Brigid: February 8 at the Green Man

Ostara: March 21 at The Old Zoo, Griffith Park

Beltane: May 2 at The Old Zoo, Griffith Park

Litha: June 13 at Nicholas Canyon Beach

Lughnasadh: August 1 at the Green Man

Autumn Equinox: September 19 at Griffith Park near Crystal Springs Drive

Samhain: November 7 at the Green Man

Yule: December 13 at Nicholas Canyon Beach