Solstice in the Kitchen – June 14, 2022


In this class we discuss the history and tradition of summer solstice celebrations that honor the longest day of the year. We’ll consider the where, when, why, and how of creating your own solstice ritual, explore related herbal recipes, and how fire plays a role in burning away the past. Being the summer solstice, we’ll also cover cooling plants for this hottest time of year, with a focus on ginger, hibiscus, and lemon balm.

Date: June 14, 2022

Time:  6:30-8:30 PM EST

Where: Live and in-person; Orlando, FL 32804
This class takes place at our registered United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary. Due to the location of this sanctuary being within a private residence, the exact address will be sent via correspondence only after registration and closer to the time of the event.

Tuition: $45.00
Early bird price of $35.00 if registered and paid-in-full by June 7, 2022.

All registrants will receive handouts to plan for their own celebrations on June 21, 2022, and a take-home herbal product.

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On Tuesday June 21, 2022, the sun will reach its apex and it will be the longest day and shortest night of the year. Historically, this was an important day because the longer the days, the more work that could be done in the fields. To this day, it is still celebrated in many cultures through rituals and gatherings. We are preparing for this year’s solstice by hosting Solstice in the Kitchen with Maggie O’Halloran and Shay DeGrandis on June 14th. In this class you will learn how herbs are significant in this seasonal holiday as well as how to create your own celebration on the 21st.

Come prepared to discuss history, traditions, faeries, folklore, and fire.

There’s a long-standing tradition of making honey cakes to leave out for the faeries. While we leave the honey-cake baking to you, Maggie and Shay will lead you through how to create a delectable herb-and-sun-infused honey you can use.

Jumping over (or through) the bonfire is also a popular and historical practice. In this workshop, you’ll be guided in making herbal fire-starters using plants found in most backyard gardens so you can ignite a powerful fire should you choose this activity for your ceremony.

We’ll guide you to create a “burn-the-past” action using either your fire starter as well, or candles.

And, of course, the kitchen will host us as we learn some quick recipes for how to incorporate ginger, hibiscus, lemon balm, and other cooling herbs into our diet and regimen for the season.

Most importantly, come prepared to be inspired in the kitchen!

Meet the Teachers

Maggie O’Halloran
Executive Director and Herbalist Educator

headshot of maggie ohalloran against blurred green foliage background

Maggie is an herbalist and educator in Central Florida. She comes from a large family where chaos was the norm. She always found peace outside watching things grow or climbing magnolia trees. She learned in her mother’s kitchen that the things you put in your mouth impact your mind and your body. See More…






Shay DeGrandis
Herbalist Educator

shay degrandis smelling pink flower in a frame of foliage slightly blurred outShay has a background rooted in art and art history. A gifted creative soul, she produces drawings and watercolors that capture the earth’s beauty and wonders. She began her herbalism journey after see more…







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