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Seasonal Celebrations

Midsummer Memory Mandalas

July 16 - July 17

Lakewood Cemetery
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About the Event

Spend the weekend at Lakewood with internationally renowned earth artist Day Schildkret (@morningaltars) to experience the power of nature to express loss, celebrate life and transform grief into beauty.

Since the beginning of time, artists have made creations using materials found in nature, often as part of a reflective or contemplative practice. This “earth art” is typically impermanent and ephemeral — designed to return to the land from which it was sourced.

The event consists of two parts:

  • A large-scale earth art installation on Friday evening, July 16
  • Two hands-on workshops on Saturday, July 17 (sign up for our newsletter to be notified when tickets go on sale for this event)

Through both the installation and workshops, Day Schildkret will share Morning Altars, his 7-step practice of creating impermanent earth altars made from nature.

This is a rare opportunity to watch a large-scale public artwork in the making — and have your own meaningful experience.

Friday, July 16 | Public Memory Mandala Installation

Meet the artist, listen to his story and watch the giant memory mandala take shape.Live music | Free & open to the public

Lakewood’s 250 acres are filled with memorial markers, structures and sculptures built to pass the test of time. On Friday, July 16, we will welcome a very different kind of creation. Artist Day Schildkret will use natural materials he has gathered from the cemetery and its surroundings over the course of several days to create a large-scale tribute to love and loss, using a hands-on practice that combines mindfulness, creative expression and connection with nature.

You are invited to come and watch the creation take shape, talk to the artist as he works and perhaps get the chance to contribute an object to the composition.

Saturday, July 17 | Hands-on Mandala-Making Workshops Make your own memory mandala to honor someone you’ve lost.

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This is a hands-on workshop led by artist Day Schildkret, where you will learn the 7-step Morning Altar process to make beauty out of grief. We will explore and forage Lakewood’s grounds to collect leaves, flowers, stones, bark and feathers as creative materials and use the earth as our canvas. You will make—and deconstruct—your own memory mandala and leave with a practice you can do every day, no matter where you are.

“Nature, art and ritual are three ways that cultures around the world have been transforming grief into beauty for thousands of years. Separately, these three things can open our hearts, bring us back to our center, and connect us back into what’s meaningful. Together, they become a resource and skill so we can feel human again.”

— Day Schildkret, Morning Altars

Who Is Day?

Based in California but a nomad of the globe, Day Schildkret has inspired tens of thousands of people to forage, build and be awed by earth art. Day’s Morning Altars are igniting an international movement and a spiritual practice that renews people’s relationship with nature, creativity and impermanence.

With over 60,000+ Instagram followers, Day brings ephemeral art to the collective human imagination. His work has been featured in Vice, BuzzFeed, Well + Good, Spirituality & Heath and elsewhere. His first book, Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit was published in 2018. Day leads retreats at venues like Kripalu and 1440 Multiversity and has had large-scale installations in New York, San Francisco and beyond. Morning Altars workshops have been featured at Google, The 9/11 Memorial Plaza, The Andy Warhol Foundation and Nature Conservancy, California Academy of Sciences, Wellspring Conference, The Culture Conference, Wisdom 2.0 Conference, Wanderlust Festival, The Assemblage, The Alchemist Kitchen, the ReImagine Death Conference, and many others. 

We are honored and excited to welcome him back for this event!

Questions? Call the Lakewood events line at 612-540-5165 or email to events@lakewoodcemetery.org

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