Join Reclaiming LA for Yule at beach! This mid-winter solar festival marks the shortest days and longest nights of the year. We will 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.
We clear our detritus to find the path of light ahead.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2021
Nicholas Canyon County Beach
33850 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
1:30 PM: Gather on the beach for drum circle
2 PM: Ritual Begins
We suggest attendees leave extra travel time to get to this location, and carpool if possible.
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 on the beach. Look for drums to find our group!
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 and then a short staircase to the sand. 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 planning 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our utmost to answer.
We are still finding the best practices for safely gathering in person, and we are grateful for the ways we know our community will support one another as we come back together in physical space. In planning our precautions for this ritual, we have considered the Los Angeles County health department guidelines, feedback from our own community members, and our charge–in alignment with the Principles of Unity–to “make our public rituals and events accessible and safe.”
Please bring a mask to the ritual. By joining us, participants are agreeing to wear a mask over their mouth and nose when asked to do so. Please note that priestexes may choose to remove masks when they are leading ritual pieces, since it is already challenging to make oneself heard at the beach.
Please be aware that some participants may wish to maintain physical distance from others. Be prepared to respect the distancing needs of other participants, and to maintain your own social distance should you require it.
Hand sanitizer will be made available. Please plan to bring any food or water you will require; there will be no sharing of food during or after the ritual. The ritual is fully outdoors.
Many community members have requested that we limit our rituals to vaccinated individuals. While we are a volunteer group and do not have the capacity to check the vaccine status of our participants, we ask you to carefully weigh the potential impact on vulnerable community members before you choose to attend and you are unvaccinated against COVID-19.
$0-$20 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
The generosity of our community covers things like operating costs, camp and class scholarships, and representation at Reclaiming-wide decision-making gatherings.
Since April 2020, Reclaiming LA has been holding online-only rituals, where we have not requested any donations from the attendants. However, we still have operating costs to cover. At this time, we are particularly trying to raise money to reimburse the costs of the Zoom account we have used to support our community with rituals and classes throughout the pandemic, which an individual community member has been paying for out-of-pocket.
If you have the means and would like to contribute to an abundant future for our community, we are now set up to accept online donations (linked above).
WHAT TO BRING
- Bring a MASK and be prepared for masking and social distancing as needed.
- Please dress warmly; we won’t have a fire at this location.
- 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 plan to participate.
- Bring something you would like to use to make sound: whether percussions, other instruments, or something unexpected!
- Bring your own sun hat, sunscreen, water bottle, etc.
- There will be no shared potluck. Bring whatever snacks you will need individually.
- If you are called, you may bring white and yellow flowers as an offering to the deities we work with.
All Genders Welcome!
Children welcome with adult supervision.
To support those in recovery, this ritual is clean and sober.
2022 Ritual Calendar: coming soon
We are making decisions on whether rituals will take place online or in-person based on local health guidelines and the accessibility needs of our community. For the remainder of 2021, we intend to follow a hybrid format where rituals that have been highly attended in past years will take place via Zoom, and rituals that have tended to be more sparsely attended in the past will take place in public outdoor locations that accommodate social distancing. Participants may be asked to wear masks for in-person rituals.
Ritual plans may be subject to change based on local health guidelines and the needs of our community. For up-to-date information on upcoming rituals and events, subscribe to the Reclaiming LA mailing list!