Circle of Light
Children journey to the spiral’s center in Karmê Chöling’s traditional midwinter Festival of Lights
photography by Philip Campbell
Between December 25th and New Year’s Day, practitioners of all ages gathered at Karmê Chöling for a warm and lively week of programs to support and celebrate families and children. A highlight of this magical time together was the Festival of Lights, a beautiful outdoor candlelight ceremony held each year especially for the youngest children. Teens worked for hours in temperatures well below freezing, preparing a spiral path in the deep snow of the meadow. They decorated the space with evergreen boughs, created a series of banners, and set luminaria on either side of a curving path leading to the spiral from the main house. After dark, the lamps were lit, and a circle of singers formed around the spiral; time for the magic to begin.
Philip Campbell is a photographer from Northeast Ohio. The loves of his life are photography, backpacking, travel, and watching movies. He has been a student of photography since childhood, and has engaged with photography as a serious hobby since 2004. Philip retired from his 17 year position as the Production Manager of the Tri-C JazzFest to follow his passion and become a professional photographer.