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Seasonal Celebrations

Midsummer Memory Mandalas

July 16 - July 17

Lakewood Cemetery
$35 in advance | $40 at the door (subject to availability)
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About the Event

Spend the weekend of July 16-17 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

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

Located near the front entrance, by the Living Memory Tree

Free and open to the public

Meet the artist, listen to his story and watch the giant memory mandala take shape.

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.

Books Available

Pickup your copy of Day Schildkret’s book Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art and Ritual (The Countryman Press) at the event.

In this beautiful book, Schildkret describes the seven steps of his method and shares more than 100 different altars, both his own and those of his students. Seen in all stages of existence, from their beginning to their departure back into the landscape, these altars serve as inspiration and encouragement. Morning Altars will awe readers with beauty, stories, and insight, as it offers a playful way to express gratitude, to practice mindfulness, and to feel connected with nature and beyond.

For more information, visit the website:

Book Signing

Day will also be available for a free book signing following the event on Friday, July 16th at approximately 7:30pm.


Coffee Cart MPLS

Coffee Cart MPLS brings the coffee culture of the Twin Cities right to you. Each drink served is made with locally roasted coffee and careful attention to every delicious detail.

Lakewood is honored to have this local business provide artfully crafted iced coffee and tea with a nature inspired twist for this beautiful event.

Beverages will be available for purchase throughout the evening – they will accept cash or card.


This event takes place by the main entrance at Lakewood. Signs will be posted. But if you like to plan ahead, here is a GPS link to the location of the event (this will open a new window).

Parking is available along any of Lakewood’s roads unless otherwise marked. Please note, you may need to park and walk.

There will be handicap spots available near the event as well.

We have a small bike rack on the west side of the main entrance, and there is a bus stop by our main gates.

We encourage you to bike or walk, but please be mindful of vehicles as you cross streets and enter the main gates.

The 40th Street Gate will also be open on this day.

Saturday, July 17 | Hands-on Mandala-Making Workshops

We had a few last minute cancellations and a few tickets to each workshop have become available. 

Get your ticket here before they sell out again:

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Make your own memory mandala to honor someone you’ve lost.

This is a hands-on workshop led by artist Day Schildkret, where you will learn the 7-step Morning Altars 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.

Day Schildkret is internationally known for Morning Altars and has inspired tens of thousands of people of all ages across the globe to be awed with impermanent earth art. Buzz Feed calls Morning Altars, “a celebration of nature and life.” Morning Altars is igniting an international movement of nature, art and ritual with a 7-step practice with over 90k followers on Instagram and Facebook and trainings, workshops, and installations worldwide. Day is the author of Morning Altars: A 7-Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit through Nature, Art and Ritual (The Countryman Press) and his next book, Hello, Goodbye.: 75 Rituals for Times of Loss, Celebration and Change will be published by Simon Element, an imprint of Simon & Schuster in January 2022.

To get more information on Day and Morning Altars, go to

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

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