Tagged with Festivals

Dear Friends from Down Under

Dear Friends from Down Under

People ask me if homeschooling is lonely. It was my main worry, too, at first. And, yes, when it was wintry dark and raining for days on end, I felt alone sometimes. But it was a chance to enjoy the solitude, recharge, and gather our energy for Spring. Actually, I felt more lonely before, trying … Continue reading

We are Here

We are Here

We are here, four months into homeschool life, and I think our detox is coming along. Detox from some of the stresses of modern life . . . alarm clocks, the commute, traffic, daily crowds, the rush, missing home and each other . . . and it dawns on me that the children are showing signs … Continue reading

Autumn Settling

Autumn Settling

Those last summer days were heaven . . . I felt totally in the flow with my two children, so present and alive in the moment, at the beach humming with the warmth of the sand and sky, the calm and rhythmic waves rolling. We were so in sync, our days just rolled by with … Continue reading

Solsticio Sudamericano (part 2)

Solsticio Sudamericano (part 2)

After pondering the layers of meaning to be found in June solstice festivals, I’ve been gathering South American solstice traditions that have meaning to our family. I’m not exactly sure how they connect to the spiritual meaning of the solstice. I hope that while I look for meaning, my experience will come across to my children … Continue reading

Pondering the Solstice (part 1)

Pondering the Solstice (part 1)

What is childhood summer all about? Fun in the sun, relaxing, no alarm clocks or school bells, climbing trees, swimming, freedom, sunshine, and magic. It seems so obvious, so why am I so unsatisfied with this explanation? I keep wondering about the meaning of summer . . . the deeper meaning. If in the fall we … Continue reading

Why Seasonal Rhythms

Why Seasonal Rhythms

Urban life can feel chaotic to young children. I see it’s a stress for my daughter. The city never sleeps! The sirens, streetlights, the vroom of cars, and even the ding-ding of the streetcars continue late into the night. Work days end late and push back dinner time. It’s not easy to keep consistent bedtimes … Continue reading

Felices Fiestas

Felices Fiestas

I found so much meaning during the fall festivals of darkness and light, of connecting with the spirit world, and beginning the winter inner journey of spending time with oneself. And the start of the nourishing mediterranean rainy season. I hoped that the winter holidays would bring more light in the darkness, and with my … Continue reading

Farolitos y Difuntos — Lanterns and the Dead

Farolitos y Difuntos — Lanterns and the Dead

Last year I enjoyed the Lantern Walk with our Waldorf school, but I had no context or understanding of its meaning. I assumed any festival that ended in “mas” (Martinmas, Michaelmas) was too “Euro” to have anything to do with me. But this week I got it, a meaning that I totally relate to. I’ve … Continue reading