Education at Sacred Mountain Sanctuary

​Our Vision
To create a sacred space in which we support learners of all ages and abilities to:
 ~cultivate a love for learning~
 ~collaborate with others~
~connect with one’s own inner guidance~
~commune with the natural world~

Our Mission
The illumination and refinement of each individual's unique purpose through ensouled learning with head, heart, and hands.
At Sacred Mountain Sanctuary, education is participation in the living community of Earth, and the learning journey is about relationships~ with one’s self, others and the natural world. These relationships perpetually inspire us to create learning environments that enrich and support ensouled learning with head, heart and hands.

The Learning Village at SMS hosts inspired programming for all ages, toddler to elder, including a Waldorf inspired academic program for grades 1-8, a mixed age forest kindergarten for ages 3-6, and farm and forest based homeschool enrichment programs and summer camps.  In 2017, we intend to add high school and adult programs, and are currently in planning and contemplation of these offerings. TLV's many classroom structures and areas of activity function together much like a small village square, supporting meaningful work that are essential to the overall needs and wellbeing of our own, and the greater community.

The Learning Village offers beautiful indoor and outdoor learning spaces for:​a
  • Academic study, reading, writing, language arts, mathematics ​
  • Meditation, quiet study, communion with nature
  • Fine arts, painting, drawing, sculpture
  • Basketry, pottery, woodworking, fiber arts, sewing, knitting, weaving
  • Living Arts, gardening, animal care, biodynamic farming 
  • Performing arts, music, dance
  • Outdoor/forest skills and nature education
The Learning Village is part of an emergent movement called Community Supported Education. The CSE approach was inspired by Community Supported Agriculture programs, where members pay a fee for services/farm products, while providing economic and participatory support to the the farm- purchasing, picking, planting, sorting, etc.   Working within the CSE framework,  The Learning Village and it's programs provide the learning environment, and our member-families reciprocate by gifting their time, energy and resources to TLV. 

​The Learning Village intends to facilitate and engage a new and sacred economy which embodies the reciprocal ecologies of the natural world.  We anticipate that revenues from farm, forest and cottage industry on the land will soon offer substantial economic support to our educational programs. However, as we build the infrastructure and cultivate the relationships and resources to live fully within this new economy, we rely on the support of our CSE members and the generosity of the greater community to sustain the basic financial needs of TLV.  

 We welcome and encourage our member families and greater community to consider a gift or contribution in support of the beautiful land and facilities that enrich and sustain our programs. If you are inspired by our vision for education and nature connection and would like to support us, you may donate by clicking the link below. Sacred Mountain Sanctuary is  a 501c3, non-profit .  All donations are tax deductible.
​For more TLV program information or to schedule a visit, please contact Nicole Almeida at nicole.thelearningvillage@gmail.com​

The Learning Village Grades Program

The Learning Village grades program combines a Steiner-inspired, full academic curriculum with daily nature immersion in a pristine environment of fields, farm and forest.  TLV offers Waldorf trained teachers and a seasonally thematic, integrated learning for grades 1-8.  Our daily rhythm begins with contemplative time caring for the animals, then morning circle, academic main lessons, lunch, and afternoon enrichment classes such as handicrafts, music, games, horsemanship, archery and movement. TLV currently hosts 4 mixed-age learning circles, grade 1-2, grades 3/4, grades 5/6, and grades 7/8.​ Click here to learn more.

Starseed Forest Kindergarten 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: STARSEED  will not be offered during the 2017/18 programming season, as we are expanding our offerings and making existing improvements to our infrastructure. Stay tuned for updates!  Starseed  Forest Kindergarten is a nature centered learning and exploring environment for ages 3 - 6. Starseed offers the gentle rhythms of Waldorf early childhood education, presented by experienced child-guides, in a beautiful setting of fields, farm, and forest.​ Our program allows for deep, participatory experience of seasonal cycles and the rhythms of the natural world. Our daily circle time and guided activities bring everyone together to enjoy songs, movement, stories, simple crafts, and finger plays that weave together the cycles of the year. Each day is also enriched with plenty of free, imaginative playtime, both indoors and outdoors.   Click here to learn more.

Middle and High School 

Aeon school without walls provides a middle and high school experience like no other.  Aeon is an expanded context for personal exploration, and offers meaningful learning through self inquiry, contemplative practice, and communion with the natural world.  What if high school invited young people to experience themselves as learning beings in deep participation with Earth's community of life?  What if such an experience organically led to meaningful learning, and naturally emergent academic inquiry? What if high school provided a diverse social context for relational learning?  At Aeon, these are questions we carry, and the answers to them will emerge in our work with young people. Click here to learn more.

Program Partnerships and Hosting 

TLV and the land at SMS are available to host small, teacher-led, programs or retreats that are aligned with our vision and mission, and that can be supported by our rustic, simple facilities. Educators who wish to host programs at TLV or Sacred Mountain Sanctuary must first familiarize themselves with our learning environments, approach to stewardship, education and community.  A period of contemplation and quiet time on the land is an introductory requirement.  After this period, we may enter a dialogue around  program details, and mutually determine if a program partnership is appropriate.  Programs are limited to 30 participants, including staff/facilitators.​  If you are interested in hosting a program at TLV or SMS, please email Rebecca Vann with your proposal.  

In addition to our own programming, TLV/SMS currently has program partnerships with: