Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Help! I'm Not Prepared for Michaelmas - What to Do?

My Question of the Week is: 

"HELP! I am feeling so unprepared for Michaelmas, what can I do?"

My response is this:

Keep it simple. 

Let go of the feeling that you must have Michaelmas "stuff."

You don't have to buy anything.


Resist should dos.

Embrace what's around you.

You don't need special toys or a sword and a cape or a scale, not even a picture of the Archangel Michael for the littles (the under nine crowd.)

You don't have to buy figures for the nature table.

Notice the gifts Mother Nature is offering at this time of year: beautifully colored leaves, apples, acorns, seed pods... bring them in, make it pretty - there's your nature table. You might like to sew and add a simple gnome from an old sweater that got felted in the dryer and is ready for a new purpose, for gnomes are the elemental beings of autumn.

Resist talking about the Archangel Michael or a festival with the children younger than second grade.


We want to share it all with them, we love it so much. Save a little for the years ahead.

Let second grade be the year of learning about the Archangel Michael.

Young children look to us to learn what it means to be human. They need to see us finding joy and meaning within. They don't need names for this harvest festival, they need experiences. Of seeing a task through. Of harvesting marigold seeds or fruits or vegetables or nuts. Of putting the garden to rest. Of playing in the leaves. Of taking the sweaters and hanging them to air. Of washing the lawn furniture and preparing it for winter. Of sweeping leaves off the deck. Of picking apples and bring some to a neighbor. Of baking pies and sharing one with someone who could use some sweetness in their life.

You don't have to craft anything or even to learn a whole circle this week.

Embrace simple.

Let your celebration flow out of your life.

It won't look like the Waldorf school.

You're not a Waldorf school.

You're a mom or a dad, living in a home creating a culture of your family.
Your celebration will suit your family and your life.

A few examples of what I mean by simple:

:: Tell one story of courage.

:: Go apple picking.

:: Polish apples with a flannel cloth from the ragbag, with care.

:: Cut an apple in half horizontally and discover (with a feeling of awe and wonder) the star inside.

:: Go out in the evening and wonder in amazement at the stars.

:: Roast vegetables in the fire ~ corn, potatoes, carrots, onion, something yummy.

:: Gather marigold seeds from the dry and dead flower heads.

:: Make seed packets from watercolor paintings for your marigold seeds. Put them away in a dry spot to "sleep" over the winter.

"For the young child, Michaelmas is a harvest festival, a time to savor the harvest, roast vegetables, polish apples, cut them in half to discover the stars within and celebrate through song, story and food the gifts and  wonders of nature and all her beauteous bounty. Michaelmas is also a time for purposeful work." More here

Simple. Simple.

Read up on Michaelmas for adults, and walk with that, carry it along in your being, and just notice how it feels, what comes up for you. What inspires your courage? 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Get Your Rhythm On!

Registration is now open for...

Your Way to Rhythm
30 day eCourse for September

As September rolls in, so does the need or maybe urge to bring form to our lives. The crisp dry air lifts the murky humid fog of summer and helps bring clarity to our minds, enthusiasm in our hearts and energy to our limbs.

This, my friends, is the time to sink into a home rhythm that works for you.

Each month I teach an eCourse to help you feel more confident as a parent. September's eCourse  Your Way to Rhythm is devoted to helping you establish and maintain a harmonious home rhythm that suits the particular needs of your family.

This popular online course, developed in 2012 by me will guide, nourish and support you each step of the way to develop rhythm from the inside out - for you to become confident within in establishing and maintaining a rhythm that supports your family.

You'll be supported every single day through the month of September in Your Way to Rhythm.

With Daily Support in the course through notes, recordings, videos and exercises to help you get your rhythm on.

With Weekly Group Mentoring Calls for support, inspiration and answers to your questions.

Ongoing. At the end of the course, you'll be invited to join a Facebook Community for class members that focuses exclusively on healthy home rhythms where you can check in anytime for support with your home rhythm and remain connected to others on the same path.

I've been supporting parents, teachers and child caregivers in establishing and maintaining strong and healthy rhythms for decades. This course is full of new material and the best of material from past courses. I hope you'll join me for the month of September. 

What Past Participants Have to Say About the Course:

Lisa’s eCourse on Rhythm helped me see how simple rhythm can be. Her support through the month helped me make positive changes and stick with them. Our family life is calmer and I feel more confident, present (and patient) with my children. This is a super helpful course, thank you Lisa!
There’s so much I want to do with my children now when they are young. Lisa’s Rhythm class helped me clarify what matters most and let go of the rest. The group experience over the course of a month helped me make changes. Our days are not all harmony and rainbows, but they are filled with more reverence and activities that I've been wanting in our days. 
I took this course (Rhythm) as a last ditch effort thinking it wouldn’t really help. Surprise ~ surprise, I found myself making small changes through the month. The momentum of the class with a community helped me lots. Lisa's guidance is gentle and full of wisdom.
Join now to receive the support you need to feel confident in establishing and maintaining a strong rhythm in your home. It's Rhythm from the Inside Out!


no fee for Year Round Members of Celebrate the Rhythm of Life ~ living curriculum program
included with Membership in September's Celebrate the Rhythm of Life

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