The Season of Light

The season of light is upon us! As we experience the short days and the long dark nights of winter, we turn toward our inner light for strength and compassion. During this time, Mountain Sage celebrates the light within each of us through various events focused on fortifying our own light and seeing the light within one another: Lantern Walk, Winter Spiral, and Winter Faire.

Winter Faire

Winter Faire has taken different shapes over the years.  In pre-COVID times, Winter Faire was a large all-school weekend event run entirely by volunteers, filled with activities, food, music, and cheer. As our community was navigating COVID restrictions, the celebration shifted to a student-only event on the last day of school before December break, organized by the Festivals Committee. This year we find ourselves in another time of transition, with the strong desire to return to an all-school Winter Faire and the recognition of the challenges inherent in a school-day celebration of this kind. With these things in mind, starting next year, it is our hope that Winter Faire can be held by Community Circle, returning to its whole-school, volunteer-led roots. This year, winter festivities will be spread out over the week of December 18th, including gnome garden making and an Ugly Sweater Day on Wednesday, December 20th. Student Council encourages everyone to find or create phenomenal ugly sweaters, holiday or otherwise, and to join in on the fun and school spirit as we near the winter holidays.

Winter Spiral

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Winter Spiral is a contemplative, peaceful experience during music classes the week before Winter Break. Held in a quietly lit and beautifully arranged space that includes a large spiral made of pine bows, Winter Spiral is an age-old tradition that seeks to honor the inner light of each individual that serves to nourish both the self and the rest of humanity through the darkness of winter.  Each child is invited to walk the spiral while accompanied by gentle, instrumental music and song, gathering a “flame” and contributing it to the larger communal light.


Sign Up to Volunteer and Donate Items

Both of these winter celebrations are only made possible with the help of our wonderful volunteers and donors. Thank you in advance for your contributions of time, talent, and treasure.

Winter Spiral- donate pine boughs and volunteer your time

Gnome Garden Making- for elementary school and for middle school

Gnome Garden Nature Item Donations- We are in need of donations of lots of small, pretty, earthy items for our students to use to decorate their gnome gardens. Examples of what we're looking for include: reeds, small stones, bark, small sticks, acorn tops, etc. These items can be dropped off at the main office between now and December 15th.


Celebrate the Season of Light at Home

Winter Spiral

Winter Spiral can also be a part of your own winter holiday celebrations in whatever way feels significant to you in this time of year, whether that be in celebration of the winter solstice, the coming of holidays, or simply of walking the journey of life with family and friends.

Sing Songs of Celebration and Warmth

I Light the Night

I Light the Night
I light the night my candle burns
I light the night my candle burns
First one, then two, then three then four
My heart is shining like a star

In a Winter Garden

In a Winter Garden
In the winter garden
Dark the night below
Earth is waiting, waiting, waiting
For the stars to show

Rise Up O Flame

Rise Up O Flame
Rise up o flame
By thy light glowing
Bring to us beauty
Vision and joy

Hold On

Hold On
Hold on, hold on
Through the darkness
until the dawn

One Planet is Turning

One Planet is Turning
One planet is turning
Circle on her path around the sun
Earth mother is calling
Her children home

Round and Round the Earth Turning

Round and Round the Earth is Turning
Round and round the earth is turning
Turning slowly round 'til morning
And from morning round to night

First Light

Each week of this season, adorn your table with a homemade decoration celebrating four beautiful aspects of our world. Use what you have on hand, can gather on walks, and in your yard.

The first Light is the Light of stones:
The Light that shines in seashells
In crystals and our bones.

The second Light is the Light of plants:
Plants that reach up to the sun
And in the breezes dance.

The third Light is the Light of beasts:
The Light of love that we may see
In greatest and in least.

The fourth Light is the Light of humankind:
The Light of hope, of thoughts and deeds,
The Light of hand, heart, and mind.

Paper Stars

A wonderful way to bring light and magic into your space or a fun gift to give, these paper stars require a thick, sturdy paper and a bit of patience. Make them any size and attach some string for a versatile decoration. Put on your favorite music for this time of year or listen to the songs at the bottom of the page, gather your supplies, and enjoy!

Holiday Herbal Salt


Artwork by Marna Widom