Our vision and values

I truly believe that peace begins in the home.

Meagan from Whole Family Rhythms Cooks with her ChildrenI believe strongly that our unique Family Values should and can inform our daily lives and that living authentically aligned with these values models them for our children.

I value, respect and aim to enhance both our diversity as a community and our common threads through active listening, empathy, understanding and compassion.

I strive to hold a space that is inclusive so that everyone who identifies as a 'parent', regardless of racial identification, ancestry, nationality, native language, socioeconomic background, family structure, age, belief system, gender identity, gender expression, sexual identity, ability, appearance, occupation, and political affiliation feels that they are a valued and essential part of this collective.

I am always open to contributors who share this vision and these values. Please email meagan [at] meaganrosewilson.com to connect.

About Meagan

Meagan founded Whole Family Rhythms, a blog and then eGuide seasonal series in 2013 after being deeply inspired by the idea of RHYTHM being a transformative and nourishing part of a child's daily life.

Meagan’s interest in conscious and mindful living began while she earned her degree from McGill University in International Development, World Religion and Philosophy.

Meagan Wilson, founder of Whole Family RhythmsAfter the birth of her first child, she developed an interest in play-based learning, natural parenting and Waldorf Education and went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and holds a certificate in Waldorf Early Childhood Education from the Toronto Steiner Center.

Some questions that continue to inspire Meagan are:

How can I support, nurture and guide my children in a way that honours their unique being?

How can I model for my children, the deepest values that I hold?

How can I model critical consciousness for my children in our everyday life ?

 

A NOTE ABOUT THE WHOLE FAMILY RHYTHMS GUIDES

Although they have enriched many family's lives, the Guides are no longer available due to the fact that they do not resonate entirely with the work that I am now focused on putting out in the world.

In summary, when I wrote them in early 2013, I started by compiling the Rhythms based on my understanding of Waldorf Early Childhood Education combined with a yearning to provide resources that were 'multicultural' and nature-inspired in terms of the stories, fingerplays and crafts provided.

In some ways, I succeeded: drawing as best I could from the oral stories I had heard in Waldorf settings as well as tapping into nature stories in the public domain and adapting them as much as I could to use simpler language.

Around 2017 or 2018 on my own volition, I revised one of the Guides so that it did not include the "Eye of God" yarn craft- a first step in questioning whether what I was sharing was helpful or harmful.

Some stories in both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere Guides were Indigenous legends I had heard Waldorf teachers use and Dreamtime stories I had either heard or adapted from online. My intention was that of inclusion and to honour the original stories that come from the stolen land upon which so many of us reside.

But, when I began to more deeply dive into the inner work of dismantling the white supremacy within myself, I began to question the stories I had shared within the Guides. Some questions that arose for me were:

  • was it right for me, a white woman to take these stories and share them?
  • was it culturally appropriate to share them?
  • was sharing them cultural appropriation or appreciation, especially given the context that I was selling the guides for profit for a couple years before making them available for free

With these questions in mind and because of the informal way I came to find many of the Indigenous and Aboriginal stories (online or orally), in 2019, I made a self-initiated concerted effort to reexamine the stories I had included in the Guides. I researched, combed the internet and then reached out to any authors and publishers who in fact may have held copyright for the stories, even if they were not infringed word for word. Only one story in the Southern Hemisphere series was a potential threat to copyright and I reached out to the publishers immediately with an apology and removed it from the Guide. The publisher was very understanding and accepted this as the appropriate solution.

With all of that said, other aspects of the Guides continue to make me uncomfortable. After a year of being available for free, I removed them from the website completely. They are still heavily influenced by Christian and Eurocentric traditions and festivals and I also feel they are too rigid in the rhythm and guidelines they offer, setting unrealistic expectations on parents (even though they clearly state each family is unique and should create their own rhythm accordingly).

As my personal ethics have evolved and matured, I have become more aware that it is my responsibility to centre traditions, cultures and ways of being in the world that are not rooted in white supremacy.

I feel there is more than enough information available on the internet about the traditional and Eurocentric ways to approach Waldorf Education. There are not enough resources offering a renewed, inclusive, equitable and just approach to Waldorf Education. As a white identifying cisgendered human, I cannot in good conscience share on a performative, white-centred level.

I am currently working out how to serve as an parent educator in a way that is authentic to myself and my unique purpose that also amplifies marginalized voices and is inclusive, especially within a Waldorf context. I feel that a seasonal, earth/land-based, community and local approach is where I am headed.

Thank you to those who have journeyed with me this far. I apologize sincerely to those who I may have unintentionally hurt on any level due to my white privilege and ignorance. I will continue to make mistakes, of that I am sure, but I am committed to being accountable for the work I put out into the world.

PRACTICAL ITEMS:

If you are missing your purchased copy of any the Guides I want to honour the financial commitment you made. Please forward your receipt to me and I will email the PDF to you. Please keep the above statement in mind when using the Guides. Please do not email me to request a copy of the Guides if you haven't previously purchased them. Thank you for your understanding.