Creating a Waldorf-Inspired Autumn Rhythm

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Autumn is a time of bounty, harvest, connectedness and community. and emergence, It contains the gesture of coming together and reaping the rewards of hard work. Each season our activities, celebrations and daily rhythm can reflect these seasonal archetypal qualities. I have created an  ‘Autumn Vision Board’ (see below) to inspire a joyful Autumn Rhythm that is unique to your family.

Within the quarters you can include:

  • holidays you would like to celebrate
  • crafts, recipes or project ideas you would like to create
  • activities you want to do as a family together
  • chores or cleaning you would like to do
  • ideas for inner work, charity work or other service you would like to participate in

Here are some examples to get you started:

Celebrate

  • harvest festival
  • michaelmas
  • thanksgiving
  • halloween
  • mother’s day *australia
  • earth day *southern hemisphere
  • Passover *southern hemisphere

Create

  • make natural easter egg dyes together *southern hemisphere
  • plant wheat grass for the easter bunny *southern hemisphere
  • carve a pumpkin
  • bake apple pie
  • wet felt easter eggs
  • make an autumn leaf luminary

Harvest

  • go apple picking
  • go to the pumpkin patch
  • categorise children’s books by season, create an Autumn book basket or shelf
  • set out a Fall nature table
  • connect with a community of like-minded women, go to a retreat or gathering
  • go for a forest hike and collect colourful Autumn leaves
  • volunteer at a soup kitchen, collect non-perishable items for charity

Play

  • go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • rake up leaves and jump in them
  • thread an Aztec corn necklace
  • read a story about passover
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Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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