The Winter Spiral is a festival of light, movement, and symbolic change, and is held for enrolled children up through Grade 3. A spiral of tree boughs and pine cones is laid out on the floor and decorated with crystals, shells, plants, and carved animals representing the kingdoms of nature. Amid beautiful music, each child walks to the center, carrying a cored apple that holds an unlit candle, which is lighted from the tall brightly burning candle there. Moving outward, the child places the candle somewhere along the spiral pathway, bringing it to light. This passage reflects winter's dark growing to a close, and the renewed promise that spring light and life will begin again.
The Winter Spiral is also perhaps the most deeply moving community festival of the year. As part of the Adult Education program, opportunity is provided for adults to walk the spiral and experience its beautiful and powerful symbolism.