The long dark night…

New Moon in the Western sky at sunset Kuranda

In the hushed glow of new moon

an invitation to join the Candlenut Steiner community

with Winter Solstice forces gathered round

Lily and the beautiful handmade lantern lent to her

a parade of glowing gold and soft singing through the grounds

to the green, adorned with leaved spiral and central alter

children in a ring of gold

families in quiet witness

each class had different handmade lanterns and encircled the green

lights doused and deep invocations spoken

the single glow in the centre

our reminder of inner light

soft spiralling of glowing children

inwards to the light and kindle ones own flame

a quiet delight and gratitude welling in my soul

to witness and enjoin in ceremony

bathe in the singing night

my children close by

joy to ground here

feel and hear and sense the vibrancy around me

a deep breath

our first stop after the roadtrip

a blessing to help the intergration

my inner wobbly and wonky

i emerged into peace

blanketed by night and kissed by stars and candlelight

the magic of night

the beauty of that which is bright

may i remember in the long dark nights of my life

the shiningness




one kind word

one kind deed

the moments we can create and say yes to

the moments we can hold our children in

then encourage them to fly into the experience of life

to feel their own centre

and find their own connections

to feel their own solitude in the journey

and know their connection to all

as a birth right

may peace and insight be with you

and me

as we turn once more to the sun


with enormous gratitude to the Candlenut community for including us in your very special celebration

8 thoughts on “The long dark night…

    • Thank you Kylie
      I am so glad you get to see abit more of our life so far away!
      Lily sat by the river the other day and lamented the absence of Cherry.
      She seems to know that you also are a camping nature loving family even though we haven’t told her so.
      So when do you get your boggle up and running and give us glimpses of the fullness, creativity and inspirations in your life?
      Mmm just got a whiff of ripe papayas… I am up at the dash board table while Cedar has a sleep.
      Love to you all
      I bet you enjoyed the grampy’s surprise visit

    • Thanks Rae
      I do forget that you have been through the Steiner school with your two.
      Do you miss what it brought to your life? (the festivals etc)
      I guess I relate to you as my peer and forget your daughter is my age!
      What’s your secret to youthfulness?

  1. How beautiful Rose. What an amazing solstice that looked. Lily must have such great memories of her travels and experiences. Yes, great to be welcomed and included after such a long roadtrip! A place to regroup. Love to you all xx

    • Beautiful. I am loving the photos, and being able to travel with you on your amazing journey. All my love, Melissa

      • Dear Melissa
        I get a buzz when I think you and other friends are checking in and living vicariously through this!
        Are you ready to get on the road with little Aisling yet…
        Beautiful photo Jim sent recently!
        Love you guys
        still dreaming of WA at the end of spring…

    • Hi Jane
      It was a deeply moving ceremony, I have not witnessed a Winter Solstice gathering like this before. I felt more grounded the next day definately.
      We where talking memories with Lily this morning, going back on the timeline and seeing how far her memories went unaided or with prompting, it was really interesting! She went to about three and a half easily and after that a few random earlier memories!
      Love to you both

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