Summer Camp Registration is Open

Desert Marigold School offers an enhanced and expanded Summer Camp with indoor and outdoor age appropriate activities guided by the principles of Waldorf education. New camp programs for ages 9-12 and 13-16 include off-campus day trips.

Desert Flowers (Age 4-8)
Sign up weekly for fun filled rhythmic games, water play, drama/puppetry, story telling, singing, animal care, paper, handwork and nature crafts such as journal making, plant pressing, loom weaving, nature frames, hut building and more…

Desert Explorers (Age 9-12)
Sign up weekly to explore and experience on and off campus adventures such as exploration games and initiatives, building projects and nature science education adventures to places such as the Audubon Society, Botanical Gardens, desert hikes and more…

Desert Adventurers (Age 13-16)
Sign up for 1 or 2 weeks of an adventure education camp comprised of expedition games and initiatives, knot tying, fire building, map and compass work, pacing, orienteering basics, essential backcountry first aid and off campus trips (ropes course, rock climbing gym) and more…

See the Summer Camp 2016 Flyer for Program Dates, Times and Fees.

Register for Camp

Special Election May 17th

School Funding – Special Election – May 17th

Prop 123 adds education funding over 10 years to K-12 students and settles a lawsuit on K-12 funding between the legislature and public schools. The settlement includes money from the general fund and increased distributions from the State Trust Land, which exists to support public education.

You must register by April 18, 2016, to vote in the special election.


Parent Council Fiesta Appreciation Night Apr 15, 6-8pm


You are invited to Parent Council’s Fiesta Appreciation Night on Friday, April 15th, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Farmhouse.

We’ll celebrate all of our Volunteers with Taco Bowls, Music, Zip the Clown and a Circus Waldorkus Performance!

DMS families: Please bring the following items to the Appreciation Night for all to enjoy. Bring the items ready to serve. You may drop off items prior to the Office or bring it to the event!

  • Pre K – 1st: Shredded Cheese & Corn & Sliced Olives or Diced Avocados
  • 2nd – 5th: Shredded lettuce & Diced tomatoes & Chopped Cilantro or Green Onions
  • 6th – 8th & High School: Black, Kidney or Refried Beans & Sour Cream & Salsa

Parent Council will provide ground beef, shredded chicken, vegetarian beans, chips, cake, and water.
Thank you for sharing your gifts of time and talent with Desert Marigold School! We love our Volunteers!

Shakespeare & the Mystery of the Human Being, Feb 6

Saturday, February 6th, 6:30-8:00pm



Fourteen Excerpts from Shakespeare 

a One-Man-Drama performed by Michael Burton



Eurythmy Room

Donations at the Door (Suggested range $10 – $20)


Michael Burton has worked with artistic speech and drama for over 35 years – as a writer, speech performer, actor, speech therapist and voice teacher. He is the author of In the Light of a Child (Anthroposophic Press, 1988), Steiner’s Soul Calendar turned into poems for children and used by many Steiner teachers and parents. He has written and performed one-man-plays about Rembrandt, Beethoven, Dag Hammarskjold, and World War II kiwi soldier, Jim Henderson. Today he is based in Sydney where he practices speech therapy and chirophonetics (a form of speech and soul therapy in which sounds are brought into contact with the body) and gives speech workshops in China. He has a commission from Lemniscate Arts in the U.S. to write the script for a play that will follow on from Steiner’s Four Mystery Dramas.

Review Funny, intense, frightening, philosophical, lyrical, and ribald in surprising turns were the varying moods evoked in the one-hour performance.  Michael presented a thought-provoking lark of an evening for his audience.  With minimal props and maximal skill, he brought to life dozens of characters and myriad questions about death, life love, comedy, and wisdom.  — P. Maynard, Oct 2015

Adult Ed: Community Lecture, Jan 8

Valley of the Sun Waldorf Education Association & The Center for Anthroposophy welcome guest lecturer, Michael D’Aleo, to The Phoenix Foundation Studies to discuss:

The Possibility of Karma & Reincarnation?
Friday, January 8th, 2016, Community Lecture: 7-9pm
$10 Fee Paid at the Door

Michael D’Aleo sets out to explore the inquiry into the possibility of Karma and Reincarnation by investigating the origins in Eastern and Western thought. By looking through the lens of each of these spiritual streams, we will examine experiences in our own lives and observable threads in our children. From this, we can begin to form our own conclusions on this intriguing topic.  

Michael D’Aleo lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of science, education and environmental issues and is a founding member of the Saratoga Experiential Natural Science Research Institute (SENSRI) as the Director of Research. He was a co-founder of the high school at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs where he taught physical science and astronomy. Mr. D’Aleo is also an instructor of Waldorf School physical science teachers at The Center for Anthroposophy as well as a guest teacher at various teacher training institutions and Waldorf Schools. Mr. D’Aleo has a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Masters degree in Education.  Mr. D’Aleo is co-author of the book Sensible Physics Teaching, a guide for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade educators to teach physics in a manner relevant to the experience of the students. He is also the author of Embracing Materialism and Letting It Go – An experiential guide to overcoming an object-based world conception.