Wednesday September 29, 2021 is the celebration of the Festival “Michaelmas!” The children of Ms. Kassandra’s In – Home Learning will be celebrating a small play with the children of Nature Days, at Luna Vista Farm!
“A treasured fall tradition in many Waldorf schools, including our own, Michaelmas is an ancient festival whose central message remains relevant across the centuries. It speaks to us of human potential, of fear, of courage in the face of fear, and of the possibility for transformation. Now as ever, there is much to trouble us, to tug at our attention, to cause us to lose sleep, to make us fear for our children’s futures. It can be challenging to keep those fears in perspective as we go about our daily lives. That perspective however, is exactly what is needed.
Michaelmas gives our fears a face, in the form of a dragon. Each year at this time we sense that a dragon is lurking in our woods, waiting for its moment to appear. In the Michaelmas festival, the dragon is a force of destruction that halts progress. The villagers live in fear of its mighty strength; its sulfurous breath has laid waste to the farmers’ crops and fields. As in all true festivals, our Michaelmas play has a sense of timelessness, celebration, and community. The village gathers to share the event. We begin with actors portraying a medieval story of Michael’s triumph against the forces of evil. Once the story has been told, we listen to the farmer’s words of thanks for the bounty of the harvest. Our villagers dance to celebrate the harvest. Their dance is interrupted by a loud booming drum: the dragon appears!“(repurposed from Sacramento Waldorf School site)
This is a Festival where community is welcome to join in our celebration. Celebration of the bountiful harvest and celebration of Michael’s triumph against the forces of evil!
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