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SMWS Alumni Panel | Thursday, March 16, 7-9pm

What Can You Do With A Waldorf Education? Anything. And Everything.

Please join us for a special evening with some of our treasured Shining Mountain alumni and learn how Waldorf education and their time at SMWS have impacted their life paths and what wonderful things they are doing now in their lives!

Event: SMWS Alumni Panel

When: Thursday, March 16 | 7-9pm

Where: SMWS Festival Hall, 999 Violet Ave, Boulder

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High School Musical “Into the Woods”

Shining Mountain Waldorf High School Presents:

Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim 

Shining Mountain Waldorf High School is delighted to bring you Into the Woods, a musical for all ages about wishes, fairy tales and the challenges and adventures that life brings our way.

Nomad Playhouse 1410 Quince Ave, North Boulder

Friday, November 18 | 7:00pm
Saturday, November 19 | 7:00pm
Sunday, November 20 | 1:30pm

Family friendly, appropriate for all ages!  Running time is approximately 2 hours with one 20 minute intermission. All seating is general admission. Doors open 1/2 hour before the performance begins.

Tickets: $10-15

For more information and to purchase tickets:

http://shiningmountainwaldorf.org/highschool/arts/hs-musical/

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A View From Athena’s Throne: 5th Grade Pentathlon | by Annika Paradise

 

On Friday the 13th of May, 135 children convened on our Shining Mountain high school field to hold the 2016 Pentathlon. The children came from six schools and traveled to Boulder from all parts of Colorado, Kansas and New Mexico. Zeus, the God of gods and the controller of weather, graced us with a sunny, crisp day like they must have known on Mount Olympus.

Craig Rubens, the Games/P.E. teacher asked me two weeks prior if I would mind playing the part of the Goddess Athena for the Pentathlon. Having never attended a Pentathlon, I had no idea what I was agreeing to do, but I’d never actually worn a toga for a whole day, nor released doves, nor carried a lit torch at the head of a parade of athletes. I was game.

The children had been practicing their Pentathlon skills since September: javelin, sprint, long run, Greek wrestling, long jump and discus. My daughter spoke so often at the dinner table about the adventures and misadventures of her class’ nine-month progress. And leading up to the event, she had that knot in her stomach, a mixture of excitement, nervousness and the intense desire to do her best. It’s that powerfully, instructive kind of knot that a 5th grader can use for self-discovery.

The day began with opening ceremonies (this is Waldorf after all): group eurythmy dances, odes read to the gods, real fire, a release of live doves and the running of the torch. Students were then organized into their city-states to start their rotation of the Pentathlon events. After the sprint, the children came to the tent to chat and check in with the gods.

I was amazed at the earnestness of the children. As the day progressed they relaxed and walked over to the tent with giggles and sillies, but when we asked them to come close, sit and tried to hold the space, they were wide-eyed and reverent. Even the children I knew well were more mesmerized than I thought possible. They really are still more child than adolescent. Many kids their age have gone numb with media or have rushed ahead of childhood, but our schools have got something really incredible going on here. As Zeus and Athena, we spoke with them about the qualities of the athlete, about striving and digging deep. We chatted with them about how to win and how to lose and name dropped our other god-friends and their qualities: Hermes, Artemis, Heracles and others.

After lunch, when the children made their offerings, I really felt like they were making the offering to me. These offerings were made by each school group directly in front of Zeus and me with their backs to the crowd. There were poems recited in Greek, dances, songs and drama. Instead of feeling incredibly awkward and unworthy, I tried to summon the notion that they were offering their best efforts toward the goddess of wisdom. And that made it easier for me—someone who can be quite shy. What an incredible gift—to have over one hundred children offering their hearts and souls to me personally. What an honor to witness their sacred, beautiful, whole-hearted efforts. I will hold those moments for the rest of my life.

I would have thought that these 5th graders were too old to live in the imaginary world, that they were too old to want the magic. But it’s a good reminder that even the child who stopped imaginary play more than a year ago is still just a javelin throw away from a world of wonder. How easily adults, myself included, assume that they have outgrown all that. Maybe this Waldorf education has instilled a sense of magic that will never be usurped by the humdrum of the adult world. And so for a day, I was reminded how important it is to continue to hold sacred the child in all of us.

So as my last act of Athena, I make a wish for these children on the edge of adolescence. I wish they move forward from the sacred cocoon of childhood with the unwavering torch of wonder and the perpetual lens of magic.

Photos by Mark Steele

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A Night to Remember | By Donna Remmert, Shining Mountain Grandparent

The Farm to Table 7th grade fundraising dinner on May 15th was enchanting for my husband Jim and me, grandparents to Grace Remmert. In spite of the cold weather and threatening rain, or maybe because of it, it was a marvelous event, full of many special touches:

While waiting for the bus at the school, we listened to classical music played by a few members of the school’s orchestra, and we were offered delicious appetizers on a silver tray that were made and served by smiling 7th graders. At the Light Root farm, we stepped onto straw bales and hoisted ourselves into a wagon pulled by two of the horses that reside at the farm. On our way up the hill, we marveled at a 3-day old, wobbly-legged calf following his proud mother in a field where they were grazing. Even before seeing our party site, the aroma of cooking food and the spirited bluegrass music wafted through the air to announce that we’d arrived.

It was magical! There were candle-burning lanterns hanging from the trees, toasty-warm bonfires and an outdoor oven that was about to be loaded with pizzas made with an assortment of organic veggies, meats and the farm’s homemade cheese. Our tables were dressed with real tablecloths, real plates and real cutlery, luxurious yet comfortably casual.

A team of beautiful and hard-working seventh graders wearing colorful aprons served us an amazing assortment of “mocktails” and some really impressive appetizers that they’d made. Then, while sharing stories with the kids, their teachers, parents and grandparents, we feasted on the best gluten free pizza I’ve ever tasted, straight from the oven and still bubbling.

In between dinner and a very yummy fruit cobbler dessert and homemade ice cream from the farm, I couldn’t resist getting up to dance. I wasn’t the only one. I think our hearts were overflowing with a sense of good fortune for being a part of Shining Mountain, a school that is so alive with love. As a grandparent, it confirmed that yes, all’s right with the world.

Thank you to the kids who served us, the parents and teachers who helped, and to the generous farmers who welcomed us on their land.

Photo Credits: Kevin Rose, Zuri Rose, Mary Fairfield, Kylie Booth

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Principles for Regenerative Agriculture: Nurturing a New Partnership with Nature

Principles for Regenerative Agriculture: Nurturing a New Partnership with Nature
with Beth & Nathan Corymb, Cristina Geck, Cameron Genter, Daphne Kinsley, Kirk Mills and Dennis Stenson

Shining Mountain Waldorf School and the Biodynamic Association are bringing together six experienced Biodynamic farmer educators from our region for sessions on the inner development of the farmer, Biodynamic perspectives on the co-evolution between earth and humanity, and innovative principles to nurture a new partnership with nature. October 9-11, 2015.

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