Creating a Waldorf-Inspired Spring Rhythm

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Spring is a time of emergence, rebirth, renewed hope and growing warmth. It contains the gesture of opening up like a bud blossoming into a flower. Each season our activities, celebrations and daily rhythm can reflect these seasonal archetypal qualities. I have created a ‘Spring Vision Board’ (see below) to inspire a joyful Springtime Rhythm that is unique to your family.

Within the quarters you can include:

  • holidays you would like to celebrate
  • crafts, recipes or project ideas your 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

  • ostara
  • easter
  • st.patrick’s day
  • mother’s day
  • may day
  • earth day
  • passover

Create

  • make natural easter egg dyes together
  • plant springtime grass
  • organise a community maypole celebration
  • bake some homemade matzoh
  • plan a children’s garden

Renew

  • spring clean the basement or attic
  • re-organise the cupboards
  • categorise children’s books by season, create a Spring book basket or shelf
  • set out a springtime nature table
  • do a flower meditation once a week (for Mama)
  • go for a neighbourhood walk and help to pick up garbage
  • bring tulips or daffodils to a teacher, friend or neighbour

Play

  • go on a nature scavenger hunt
  • make a mud kitchen in the yard
  • make a flower crown
  • read a story about passover
  • leave out yarn or wool scraps for the birds to incorporate into their nests
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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.