Yurt!

A heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the recent work party at Swallowtail’s 26-acre Farm property this past week. The pad for the yurt was completed in time to welcome the framework of our new “dry space” for field trips to the rural property.

A view of the new yurt's framework (from the north, with the line of oaks in the distance).

While the walls will give it a different look when the children arrive to visit this autumn, the structure of the building really stands out against the towering grove that embraces the yurt on two sides.

The yurt framework nestled against the backdrop of evergreens.

Swallowtail’s New Yurt

Swallowtail School is thrilled to announce the arrival of a brand new yurt on their 26-acre Farm property just to the northwest of downtown Hillsboro!

The yurt form hails from the windy steppes of Mongolia. With traditional yurts, a round wooden latticework would be covered with felt derived from the sheep that traveled with the nomadic peoples of Central Asia. These structures could be easily taken down and transported to new locations on the backs of camels or yaks.

Our yurt will be made with more modern textiles that will provide a cozy dry space for our students if the weather turns especially grumpy during their field trips to the Farm. A deck will be built to serve as the footprint for the round structure, and all current Swallowtail community members are invited to join us at the Farm property on Thursday, August 25 from 9am-5pm to help with constructing the deck for our new yurt. This work party will also serve as our day to generally spruce up the entire Farm property in preparation for our field trips to the rural property this year.

The structure was purchased from Pacific Yurts, Inc. in Eugene, Oregon. Pacific Yurts is the world’s leading manufacturer of contemporary yurts, and their structures have been gradually added to a number of State Parks in Oregon since 1993.

To see images of the yurts offered by Pacific Yurts, Inc. please visit www.yurts.com

An Introduction to Swallowtail School

Welcome to Swallowtail School’s new blog page!

As a developing Waldorf School in Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley, Swallowtail seeks to integrate the arts and a profound reverence of the natural world with academic rigor. Located roughly 20 miles west of Portland, at the very line between urban and agricultural environments, Swallowtail presently serves over 60 children from Pre-school through eighth grade. With an average teacher to student ratio of 1:9 Swallowtail’s faculty are able to provide an incredible level of personal attention to each child— such care for nurturing the success of every child can be seen in the talented and joyous children that graduate from Swallowtail in the 8th grade.

This blog serves to illustrate some of the creative abundance that marks each and every day at Swallowtail School. Both the children and faculty bring their best efforts and highest creative energy with them to school, and this blog provides a means by which to share just a bit of what occurs in our classrooms, on our playground, and at our 26 acre off-site Farm property. For our present Swallowtail families, we hope you enjoy this new window into the daily rhythms of the school. . . and for our future families, we hope it illuminates some of the ways Swallowtail seeks to educate each child’s hands, heart, and mind.

A watercolor painting inspired by the color wheel. (7th grade)