May Festival at Shining Mountain Waldorf School

Ah, to be skipping through the May sunshine in the north field at Shining Mountain Waldorf School! The hogback rises to the west, the May Pole stands straight and true, and our entire community gathers to usher in the spring! This is a brief tribute to past May Festivals at our school, and also a collection of ideas for how you can celebrate from home this year.

We’ll begin with a song and a word from the May Queen, with a task you can do with your family:

Fundamental to life at Shining Mountain Waldorf School is a commitment to the celebration of the rhythms of nature through the days, weeks, months, and seasons. Each year early in May, Shining Mountain Waldorf School celebrates Spring – the season of renewal – and community with our May Day Celebration with the arrival of the May Queen, the Green Man, and dancing around the May Pole. This year our May Day celebration will be somewhat different, but we hope no less of a seasonal marker of spring.


Our friends at MOUNTAIN SAGE COMMUNITY SCHOOL in Fort Collins posted this wonderful offering of May Faire inspiration, art, music, and crafts.

What is May Day?

May Day in Waldorf Schools.

10 Fun May Fest Crafts

- Sarah Gillis, SMWS Class of 2012 and Sr. Space Operations Engineer at SpaceX

“I feel like one of the really important things that you get out of a Waldorf education is curiosity—curiosity to go and learn and explore what’s out there in the world. I fell into engineering and a path that I don’t think I would have anticipated, but having an arts background where you’re bringing creativity and imagination into problem-solving, there’s a really incredible synergy between those.”

- Sarah Gillis, SMWS Class of 2012 and Sr. Space Operations Engineer at SpaceX

Shining Mountain Waldorf School Unveils New High School Campus in North Boulder: Grand Opening Event Friday, May 10, 2024