Lantern Walk

A lantern walk is a traditional Steiner School celebration amongst many that happen annually throughout the year. These celebrations anchor us within the seasonal year, giving us a deep sense of meaningful purpose and connection.

This rhythmical marking of the passing of time has been described as a healing balm in a world full of information, technology and disconnected from the rhythms of the natural world of which we are an intrinsic part.

Our annual Lantern Walk…

A lantern walk

Wednesday 10th November 2021

at dusk…

The lantern walk honours, in a universal way, the story of St. Martin, patron saint of beggars and outcasts, who was known for his gentleness and his ability to bring warmth and light to those in need.

As the sun sets earlier and rises later, the world grows darker and the inner light of humankind shines forth. Handmade lanterns, are lit as a symbol for the children of their own individual light. This walk into the cold, dark evening gives an experience of caring and sharing as we move toward the darkness of winter…. 

We are warmly welcoming the P4-6 at Kirkmichael primary School to join us for our Lantern Walk at dusk, here at Kindrogan Somerville School.

The children will walk from the Kirkmichael School along the Cateran Trail to Kindrogan, where they will be invited to join us for a baked apple and story about Saint Martin by the fire.

Once rested, the children will begin our quiet and reflective procession around the grounds with our lanterns lit, singing songs for this celebration of light as we move into the darkest part of the year.

Swap till you drop…

The nights are beginning to draw in…are you getting out your cosy jumpers and wooly vests…have you found some things you might not wear again? Bring your gently worn unwanted clothing and swap it for something new to you! Our Autumn Clothing swap is a chance to get together and find some treasures, if you have any questions please contact carolynfindlay@me

Summer School is out

We thoroughly enjoyed welcoming all those who attended the Kindrogan Summer School Experience.

During our Great Greek week we made and cooked organic bread over our open camp fire, learned about the Gods and how the world began, sculpted, made clay pots and artefacts, made togas and decorated them.

The Magnificent Maori week was filled with riverside adventures, we made Ti Rakau sticks, danced the Haka and used face paint to create body art.

In the Courageous Celt week, we discovered wool crafts with washing and carding raw fleece then transforming this into felt, made charcoal on the fire for drawing and learned to dance the Flying Scotsman.

We all worked hard to create a nurturing and safe environment for exploration, free expression and creative play, combined with opportunities for shared learning and most importantly to make friends and have fun.

This was all embedded in the culture we fostered of kindness, mutual respect, and caring. It was a truly magical experience and we were grateful to have accompanied the children on their journey of playful discovery, growth and the making of memories…as one child said, we wished the summer would never end!

If you were one of the pioneers who joined us this year, we would be grateful if you would share with us any feedback you may have about you and your child’s experience with us. It helps us to keep improving ourselves and what we provide.

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Summer Fair and Open Day

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a Summer Fair and Open Day on the 10th July, 10am – 3pm!

The day will be filled with art, music and hopefully sunshine. This is a great opportunity to learn more about Steiner Education, Creative Psychotherapies and to share your hopes and wishes for Kindrogan.

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Kindrogan Open Day Poster

Green Fingers

Steiner Schools were developed a century ago in Europe. Farming, gardening and practical arts have been an integral part of the curriculum since the beginning. Many Steiner schools today are founded on farms, but others are more urban and integrate the environmental-based studies in creative ways.

Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Steiner education, biodynamic agriculture, and anthroposophical medicine, indicated gardening classes from Class 6 through to 10. Because of the urbanisation of our society and the growing disconnection from nature many students experience, there has been a recent movement to expand the garden curriculum to the early classes. We will be integrating gardening and land cultivation from the beginning for our students at the Kindrogan Somerville School.

When we arrived on site last August we encountered a wild jungle at Kindrogan. It was hard to know what treasures lay beneath the overgrowth. We began in the walled garden by carving out a path to the green house and polytunnel we found at the far end of the space. We cleared these out and grew a few things but old man time was working against us.

After many weeks of work this season clearing more debris and waste, we were gratefully joined by Granny and Grandad Ramsay this weekend to complete our preparations of the green house and poly tunnel. With their hard work and determination we were able to repair the many tears in the polytunnel, fix the broken glass in the green house, prepare the ground for planting and finally sow seeds.

A huge thank you to them both for their hard work and donation of compost soil, seeds and plants!

Light at the end of the tunnel…

Softly, softly, through the darkness

Snow is falling.

Sharply, sharply, in the meadows

Lambs are calling.

Coldly, coldly, all around me

Winds are blowing.

Brightly, brightly, up above me

Stars are glowing.

B. E. Milner

There is light at the end of the tunnel in more ways than one…it was Candlemas yesterday and an important moment in our year as it marks the midway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It’s time to recognise that winter is on its way out, the light is beginning to return, and spring is finally on its way!

Imbolc Brigid

Traditionally in Scotland the winter cross-quarter day was celebrated as Imbolc, a feast  honouring Brigid who, in Celtic tradition, is a goddess of the Dawn, of healing, of fertility. The feast day in her honor marks the beginning of the lambing season, a sign of the earth coming back to life after the fallow time of winter. As Celtic Christianity developed, Imbolc became Candlemas, and Brigid became a saint, and the celebrations merged. It is known as a celebration of hearth and home, of the coming warmth, of fertility and purification and new life.

We have also had some great news, we got the grant from Awards for All to open the new Chiron Hub – Centre for healing. This money gratefully received will be used to buy the materials and equipment we need to create our 4 different therapy rooms – Dance Movement, Drama, Music and Art Psychotherapy. It is also covering all of the many different things needed to set up this much needed new service for children and their parents/carers and guardians.

We are nearing the end of our renovations and hope to be opened by the end of February. If there is anyone you know who you think might benefit from our service then please send me an email, we can have a chat about it. There are many different ways of funding this service that we can help source.