Greet the first day of the new season with the spring solstice on Monday, March 20, 2023. Also known as the vernal equinox, the day celebrates more hours of daylight and is a harbinger of growth, fertility, creativity, and renewal after a long, cold winter.
Here are our top 5 spring equinox rituals to locally celebrate the spring solstice in powerful ways.
1. Connect with nature in your garden
A little dirt won’t hurt! The seeds you plant today are the harvest you’ll reap tomorrow, and Anything Grows – Cochrane’s Garden Store has everything you need to get started with your spring equinox rituals. Choose your favourite prairie-hardy trees, shrubs, and perennials to fill out your yard with luscious greens.
Deck out your patio with bright annuals, planters, and baskets that you can admire from your new outdoor furniture. Don’t forget a bird bath or feeder to attract feathered friends that will provide you with hours of entertainment.
2. Spring clean your mind
After you’ve cleared out your closet, it’s time to clear out any negative energy that might have you feeling stagnant. Amaryllis Crystal Portal is your one-stop shop for crystals and singing bowls, but you’ll want to experience their deeply meditative and healing Sound Infusion classes.
Each class is designed to create a peaceful and impactful environment for you to experience a truly transformative sound bath. Singing bowls are used to tune and realign your chakras while releasing energetic blockages that may be preventing you from reaching your full potential.
3. Tune up your body
After a cold winter, loosen up stiff bodies with a visit to Alignment Therapeutic Massage. Experience bliss with myofascial release, dynamic cupping, therapeutic massage, aromatherapy, and more that will alleviate stress and its negative side effects.
Each session is highly customized for the individual, so you can rest assured your injuries, aches, and pains will be addressed in healing and productive ways. Turn over a new leaf for spring and leave feeling mellow, relaxed, and ready for your favourite warm weather activities.
4. Taste the signs of spring
What’s better than the first bite of fresh produce in the spring? Your spring equinox rituals should include a visit to Spray Lake Sawmills Centre for the indoor Cochrane Farmers Market to try a plethora of snacks and staples from local ‘make, bake and grow’ vendors.. These markets are a great way to replenish your pantry, fill your freezer or find unique handcrafted items to fill your basket. You’ll find the first vegetables of the season and herbs for your culinary adventures.
The Spring Market is a local favourite where you can savour fresh produce and delightful creations from Cochrane’s top artisans. This market is a precursor to the larger summer market, and it’s a great way to get your hands on fresh finds while the snow melts.
Spring into action for the solstice
Get excited—the solstice marks a time of awakening after the depths of winter. Welcome a new season with us and plan your rejuvenating spring equinox rituals today.