The Denver Waldorf School is a community that embraces the festival life. We come together to celebrate the turning of the seasons, to find joy and meaning in diverse cultural traditions, and to strengthen our connections to each other and to this world.

This past week, we came together to celebrate The Festival of Life Renewed. Springtime represents the promise of life renewed, as plant and animal life emerges from winter’s chill. Spring’s flowers, like our colorful tulips, open their petals to the sun’s warmth. In a way, our community does the same: opening ourselves to the hope and promise of a new season filled with light. We celebrate both a rebirth of ourselves and of the natural world.

To cultivate our connection to nature around us, we spent the afternoon in service together – whether it was preparing the school gardens, or picking up trash from our surrounding parks, or planting flowers in our pots. Working in community with our hands in the earth, we each had our part in contributing to the beauty around us – with thanks and appreciation for nature’s many gifts.

Our entire student body then treated our community to a performance of Finlandia – coming together in harmony with our voices, string, percussion, wind and brass instruments. As is tradition, our fourth graders then danced around the Maypole – weaving and laughing along every step, all the while showing how our collective contributions can come together! 

The celebration continued with earth-focused activities to celebrate spring’s arrival. Thanks to Parent Council and the many helping hands, there were stations for for tie-dyeing t-shirts, painting repurposed pucks that will soon beautify our entryway, making seed bombs, and giveaways for kits to make reusable beeswax wraps as well as seeds to start those gardens.

We are so grateful for our community that cherishes the gifts of the Earth and of one another! May we look forward to all of the growth of the season ahead, together.