Happy Martinmas!

From the Waldorf Publications site:

“As the days grow short and darkness begins to dominate, the Annual Lantern Walk is a gentle reminder for each of us to find our inner light, nurture it, follow the practices of Martin of Tours, and help that light to shine brighter than ever! Families are invited to gather with their students and handmade lanterns. As darkness falls, the lanterns are lit, and a procession begins. Songs and poems are sung with reverence, and a calm meditative mood is set, reminding us that while our light seems small and fragile, still, it brings relief in the cold and darkness. The darker the situation, the brighter shines the light.”

Why not try and make your own simple lantern…

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There is also a very enlightening e-Book for free at:

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Goethean phenomenology…

We were delighted to host the Goethean Science gathering over a weekend here at Kindrogan Somerville School; there is a growing interest in this phenomenological approach in Scotland.

Goethean science questions the objectivity of the observer in the discovery of knowledge. Different from the mechanistic scientific method we are familiar with, it seeks to acknowledge and include the observer’s subjectivity as a valid path to discovery. Goethean science proposes that subjective experience manifested as intuition, imagination and inspiration are just as real as physical reality.

Medicinal Herb Garden…

Our local volunteer and herbalist Leila Mayne, began volunteering at the beginning of this year and has been working hard since then in the walled garden to create a dedicated medicinal herb garden, for the school and local community.

It is a wondrous sight to behold the bountiful fruits of her labour!

THANK YOU LEILA!!! We believe it is essential for us to learn the lost traditional art of apothecary gardening for our health and wellbeing.

From Leila we have learned there are a myriad of natural remedies and tonics that surround us all of the time, but we are oblivious as we no longer have this knowledge; a traditional local knowledge that would have in the past, been passed from generation to generation.

We want to reinvigorate this tradition and knowledge…

Join Us!

Come up and volunteer with us at Fas Dochas our community market garden here in the Kindrogan walled garden.

Our volunteer day is Wednesday 10am – 4pm until the summer holidays. If there is another time or day that would suit you better let us know.

There are a variety of jobs to be done from path building to planting. Those who work in the community garden are welcome to partake of the fruits of our labour come harvest time!

Our first season…

Since January we have been industriously clearing the walled garden space of all of the rubbish, waste, weeds, unwanted trees and a very sad and dysfunctional pond! We now have a fairly blank canvas where we have been establishing the infrastructure for our community market garden here at Kindrogan Somerville School.

Spring has sprung and we are now very busy in the walled garden preparing for our first growing season. Sowing seeds, building beds, creating compost, sourcing water and much more! If anyone is interested in getting involved or lending a helping hand…or spade, please do get in touch!

Fas Dochas has begun!

Growing Hope

We are very pleased to share the news we have been successful in our grant application to Scotland Loves Local. This will cover the cost of preparing the 1 acre walled garden space at Kindrogan Somerville School for growing to begin this Spring. We have now begun clearing work and building the infrastructure for growing beds, sheds, and also the part-time posts for 2 gardeners until April this year.

This work will be in phases as not only are we clearing the long abandoned walled garden, but also restoring the B-listed wall of the walled garden. The wall has suffered significant damage in the last storm and also broken sections from wear and corrosion over time.

We are also super duper pleased to have been successful in our application to the Drumderg fund to pay for a traditional stonemason to repair the worst section of the wall. This work will begin in the Spring when the weather warms up. Restoring this wall is a large project and will be broken into sections due to the high cost of traditional wall construction. We will continue working on repairing this until it has returned to its former glory!

Advent Spiral

We had our very first Advent Spiral on Tuesday, as last week we were all without power here in Enochdhu. It was a cold and wintry day with snow beginning to fall heavily an hour before the children from P1-3 were due to arrive from Kirkmichael Primary school. As we watched the large snowflakes falling, making a thick carpet of snow on the ground, we thought Mr. Louden bringing the mini bus would not arrive…then we heard the sound of children’s voices echoing outside…here they were…trudging through the snow to begin their celebration of light.

Thank you to the children who came to share this celebration with us, and made it such a magical and joyful experience…

The Waldorf library is a great source of information and inspiration, in it I found this article describing the very first Advent in 1927 within the Steiner education movement.

“A magical indoor garden is made out of moss and is decorated with crystals and with the last flowers of the year. A little path leads gradually to the centre of the moss garden, where there stands a raised candle. It is getting dark outside and in the room there is only the light of the single candle. More candles, set in apples, are waiting at the entrance to the path. The children come in quietly and expectantly and take their places around this unusually dark garden. With reverence they listen to [a song about Mary and her stars]. Now with the help of the children themselves it can become lighter in this dark garden. One after the other the children walk the path to the centre, lighting their own small candle; gradually, together, these give light and warmth to the whole garden. The ceremony is accompanied by quiet music on the lyre and by the attentive way in which everyone present inwardly takes part as the children walk with their candles.”

“Although it is such a simple children’s tradition, it is filled with wisdom, and with this little festival begins the true inwardness of the weeks before Christmas.

It is the mood of wonder and reverence in this festival, as it is repeated every year, awakening healing forces in the souls of the children and opening their hearts to the good in the world. As they walk with dignity to the light at the centre, there is revealed in each child a deep humanity and uprightness -gifts which were received in early childhood from the spiritual world. By helping to bring light to the garden they can express their thanks, and their will to help in the world is strengthened. The soul of the child is deeply satisfied and is filled with hope for the future.”

 https://www.waldorflibrary.org/articles/1172-the-advent-garden