Creating a Waldorf-Inspired Winter Rhythm

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We’re in the heart of Winter and many of us are making new year’s resolutions for ourselves and our family. Winter is a time of introversion, stillness and reflection. It contains the gesture of curling up or moving towards the inner most part of a spiral. Each season our activities, celebrations and daily rhythm can reflect these seasonal archetypal qualities. I have created a ‘Winter Vision Board’ (see below) to inspire a mindful Winter 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

Some ideas to help you get started creating a Winter Rhythm:

Celebrate

  • Yuletide, Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa
  • St. Nicholas Day, St. Lucia Day, Three Kings Day
  • Winter Solstice
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Imbolc/Candlemas

Create

  • make watercolour lanterns
  • make ice mandalas
  • make cinnamon saltdough
  • make bird feeders for the birds
  • dip and make beeswax candles

Reflect

  • read chapter books by candlelight together
  • give footsoaks with essential oils and salts to children in the evenings instead of nightly baths
  • journal and paint together
  • work together at a local soup kitchen or donate clothes to a local charity

Play

  • make a snowman or snow fort
  • animal track in the snow
  • go to a maple sugaring festival
  • go ice skating
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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.

1 Comment

  1. Nell on March 4, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    Greetings Meagan,
    Thank you so much, for the lovely and inspiring and thorough into rhythm article. I especially want to thank you for the layout is so user-friendly and flowing. !
    I’m definitely going to save this and hopefully you will do one for spring, summer and autumn as they’re just so helpful with our busy lives.
    I can’t wait to check out everything you’ve written online and wish you all the best !
    Love and Happiness,
    ~ Nell

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