Sacred Mountain Sanctuary

Circle of Seasons

Circle of Seasons is a cooperative learning environment for grades 1-8 hosted on 90 pristine acres of fields, farm and forest at The Learning Village. COS offers a seasonally thematic, Steiner-inspired, full academic program, as well as nature-centered enrichment and specialty classes. COS currently hosts 3 mixed-age learning circles, 7-9, 9-11, and 12-14 years.

Our cooperative is stewarded by families and teachers with a commitment to bring sacredness, functionality, and integrity to our organization. We hold a shared vision to create and maintain a sacred space for learning in which each child is supported to cultivate a love for learning, collaborate with others, connect with his/her own inner guidance, and commune with the natural world.

Some ideas that inspire us:
-Developing a sense of one's intrinsic place in Nature will guide the body, mind, heart and soul to a wisdom that supports benefit for oneself, one's community and our Earth.
-Each individual is born with an inner guidance and many gifts that support the soul's purpose. The sacred role of the educator is to be truly present with each learner as they begin to responsibly follow this inner guidance and develop and offer their gifts to the world
-Cultivating an ensouled love of learning can facilitate a life-long, integrated and joyful educational journey
-We learn best through communion, sensing, feeling, and relating- by engaging all the bodily senses, mind, heart and soul when learning
-Integrated learning emerges naturally as we soulfully support each learner to recognize the intrinsic value of any learning experience.

Integrated, Ensouled Learning with Head, Heart, & Hands

The COS curricullum and approach are guided by the indications of Rudolph Steiner, and an abiding reverence for the unique learning style and gifts of each learner. Each learner's unique skills, wisdom and interests are drawn forth as they learn, play and grow within a supportive community. The guidance of wise and experienced teachers and ample time in nature support each learner to live into their soul's purpose. During each year, or 'learning cycle',  thematic blocks and topics of study are offered through an integrated presentation of language arts, math, science, history, cultural studies, geography, art, handicrafts, and independent projects.  Through stories, mythologies, movement, art, music, poetry, drama, handicrafts, free play, outdoor exploration and quiet self reflection, the learner is holistically engaged in the joyful journey of learning.  Learn more about our approach and curricullum by clicking here, or visiting our resources page. 
Our Daily Rhythm

9:30- morning block begins-opening circle/listening, songs, sharing, movement, eurhythmy, tai chi/qi gong exploration or meditation walk
10:15- snack and recess
10:30- academic foundations: thematic main lesson blocks that include language, math, art,history, cultural studies, science, and learner-chosen study and research
12:30- lunch and recess
1:30- outdoor and specialty classes, fiber arts/handwork, woodcarving, building/carpentry, farming and gardening, primitive skills, music, drama, foreign language, free play, team building activities, games, hiking, learner chosen activities
3:00- Closing circle/cleanup
3:30- Pick up/departure

Forest and Field Fridays

Our Forest and Field Friday program, led by Lena Eastes of Earthpath Education, offers seasonally thematic, immersive learning experiences within the intimate community of a small learning circle. This program is available to our COS members, as well as the greater homeschooling community. Topics of study and exploration will include:
Sacred Economies - wildcrafting, handicrafts, and processing of farm products to be sold at tailgate markets, our holiday craft fair, festivals and events, and other local venues.
Sacred Arts: traditional arts and handicrafts, folk skills, self care and self reliance skills, ceremony and festival planning and preparation, storytelling
Sacred Earth: nature studies, navigation and exploration, forest and farm work and study, animal care and studies, botany and plant medicines, eco-contemplative practices, bird studies, hiking, camping

Upcoming Forest and Field Friday Dates: 
6 week Spring Series
Ages 7-12, $40 per friday when you sign up for 6 week series, $60 per friday if your child is attending select Fridays.

March 13th- Building Survival Shelters and Practicing Bow Drill Friction Fire
Please bring a sharp knife, if your child is doesn't have a knife: I suggest this Mora knife, which is a high carbon blade, sharp, sturdy, and affordable knife ($20) from Sweden:  
March 20th
Stalking and Animal Form Games, Tracking and Tracking Games
Spoon Carving, Coal burned Spoons (bring your knife)
April 10 -
Naturalist Day!
This Friday we are going to be exploring what's blossoming at SMS. What flowers are coming up? What birds and What animals? This will be a Naturalist Focused day and please bring a journal we will be doing Nature Journaling, Drawing/Sketching and Watercolor Painting.  I will have colored pencils, paints, paper, brushes etc.
We will also be pressing flowers and identifying some of the different plants that live here.
We will also be tuning into the bird songs, bird language. What is the difference between a call, an alarm and a song?The third component of our day on Friday is camouflage and stalking, please wear clothes that can get dirty.
I will be bringing binoculaurs, and loops.
April 17th-
Wild Foods and Medicine Day!
We will be making a wild salad, respectfully harvesting and processing spring edible plants, painting a water color of our plant friends.
May 29-
Fire from the Land: How to respectfully harvest and craft a fire kit from the land
This will take focus, plant identification, please bring a journal to sketch in, and a sharp knife
June 19-
Summer Solstice Ceremony Preparation and Celebration and Herbal Honey Soda Making
All are invited to attend the Summer Solstice Celebration at 3pm on Friday the 19th. ​


Membership and Enrollment

Circle of Seasons offers two options for enrollment, with sliding scale membership fees.

Four day enrollment - Monday - Thursday - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
monthly $444-$688 sliding scale

Forest and Field Friday Program- Offered seasonally, 2 Fridays per month, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
$40-$60 per Friday, siding scale

$150 annual enrollment/materials fee per child, due with your application.

For more information, email us at, or contact our program coordinator, Septimbor Lim at 828.242.3937