Ask, and you shall recieve! Did you miss the registration deadline for our new Weekly Art program? Have no fear! We'll be taking each month of lessons and making them available to everyone!
Occasionally we spotlight someone from the Waldorf community who, like us, is working to connect Waldorf folks around the world. Today we're sharing our conversation with Waldorf Network founder, father and adventurer, Kasper M. de Thurah.
If you spend much time on social media, you may already be familiar with the fact that Kasper will be representing Norway in the Fjällräven Polar race this April. Many of you voted to help get him there.... 29,006 of you to be exact! Kasper reached out to the Waldorf world on social media, requesting help in securing his spot in the race this year. We asked him to share about this experience with us:
"Fjällräven Polar is a 330km expedition over the Arctic tundra where people from all over the world can win a place representing their own country, based on votes. I have tried for three years to win a spot in this adventure, but I received second place the first two years. I actually gave up last year and thought I’d never win. Two 2nd places was tough. But somehow I got myself registered for this years competition and I finally won! As the competition gets more and more well known, it has become more and more difficult to win. This year it took 29,006 votes to secure 1st place and be able to represent Norway in the expedition. It's absolutely crazy and very unreal to have gotten that many votes from people I don't know!
It’s an amazing feeling to know that so many people are responsible for getting me into this great adventure. It’s going to be extreme, cold, hard and dangerous, but it’s also going to be the biggest adventure of my life! Representing Norway, where I live, makes me really proud and humble."
To learn more about Fjällrävan Polar, click the image below. You can follow Kasper's expedition in April over on his Instagram account: http://www.instagram.com/kasperdethurah
Class teachers and homeschool families....pull out those maps! I feel some geography lessons coming on...
We were also curious about Kasper's work with Waldorf Network and asked him to speak a little about it:
"I started Waldorf Network before the Facebook era. My original vision was to make Waldorf education more known in the world.
It was actually originally a social platform like Facebook, but as Facebook grew, I decided to move the network there. It grew quickly and attracted a lot of people from around the world.
My future vision is to make Waldorf Network a hub and connection to all students, teachers, parents, schools, etc. in the world. I plan to develop tools for people to make their voices heard and for it to be a useful tool for people who want to find Waldorf related activities, communities, shops and schools around the world."
The son of two Waldorf teachers, Kasper attended several different schools as a child.
"My father is Knud Sandberg and was the main founder of the seminar Audonicon in Denmark. My parents met at Audonicon.
I was raised with a lot of love and a lot of 'waldorf living'. Both my childhood and my own Waldorf education have affected my life a lot. I’m very fond of nature and all it’s glory, but I’m also very interested in humans. To understand them, respect them no matter race or religion. Respect them as human beings. It has also affected my passion for organic food, healthy living and I’m trying to pass this on to my children - I’m the father of two girls."
"I'm trying my best to share my experiences and vision of life with my family. My girlfriend did not attend Waldorf schools, so we look for common ground in our parenting - combining the best of our two experiences of childhood/education. We are always trying to combine the best with the best - no matter where it comes from."
Thank you so much, Kasper, for sharing with us. To follow the Fjällräven Polar adventure, be sure to connect with him on Instagram: @kasperdethurah
Kasper M. du Thurah lives with his family in Telemark, Norway. He is a former Waldorf student and teacher, having worked as a gym teacher at the Waldorf school he once attended in Aarhus, Denmark. The past 15 years have frequently found him working in front of a computer screen (marketing, graphic design, websites, etc.) The father of two girls, he is trying to contrast the indoor time with being outdoors as much as he can - Baseball, hiking, skiing and adventures in general!
On February 1st we'll dive in to six months of weekly, Waldorf-isnpired art lessons!
Join us online for support and community as we explore watercolor painting, crayon drawing, chalks/pastels and more!
- Each month we'll share 4 new art lessons in our online classroom over at Ruzuku. The first lesson will post on the 1st day of the month. The rest will follow each week thereafter, for four weeks total.
- You can access the lessons whenever it works for your schedule.
- We have created a new series of lessons just for this program! They are not found in any other courses or curriculum packages we offer.
- The lessons will be appropriate for BOTH hemispheres (we've got your backs Southern Hemisphere friends!) as well as all grades 1-8. Perfect for multi-child families!
The season of Advent begins four Sundays prior to Christmas and culminates on December 24th. In the tradition of the Christian churches, one candle was lit each Sunday until the light of four candles heralded the birth of Christ. Writer Annie B. Bond reminds us that “Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, Yule, Diwali, and the celebration of Buddha’s enlightenment all take place in December, the darkest time of the year.” Despite these different leanings, our common searching for Light in the darkness of Winter unites us.
Within Waldorf classrooms, festivals such as Advent are not taught as fact but are offered in the form of stories, allowing the children great freedom to absorb the festivals as they will.
When presented in a spirit of wonder and awe, something of the true spirit of each festival will speak to each child in unique ways. Many Waldorf classrooms celebrate Advent, beginning with a simple candle-lighting in preschool to an all-class assembly in the grades. Each grade class leaves the assembly with their own candle enabling them to carry the light and warmth of Advent back to their individual classrooms.
BRINGING ADVENT HOME
For those with spiritual leanings who don’t feel that they have arrived at a well-defined spiritual destination, this time of year can present a predicament. You may find yourself wondering what you can share with your children about this time of year when you yourself don’t feel like you have it all figured out. If you are looking for ways to incorporate the Advent season into your homelife, perhaps consider some of the following suggestions.
*Build a small Advent wreath out of plant boughs, or other natural material. The wreath can be held together with ribbons or wire. Add elements each week to correspond with the verse below.
*Recite the following verse, spoken in Waldorf classrooms around the world, while you light a candle each Sunday of Advent.
"The first light of advent is the light of stones, Stones that live in crystals in seashells and in bones.
The second light of advent is the light of plants, Plants that reach up to the sun, and in the breezes, dance.
The third light of advent is the light of beasts, The light of hope that we may see in greatest and in least.
The fourth light of advent is the light of man, The light of love, the light of thought, to give and to understand"
*Advent is a time of preparation. Children can busy themselves making handmade gifts and cards, or holiday decorations for your home. We are curating a growing collection of gift ideas that children can make for others!
*Invite family or friends over to join your family for an evening of carols and gift-making or baking.
This list is by no means exhaustive. What’s most important is to find or create traditions for your family that are meaningful. My hope for this holiday season is that no matter what our beliefs are, that we are all working towards being the most loving, compassionate people we can be — bringing the light into ourselves. Our children need that.
All love this holiday season,
Robyn & Brian Wolfe
We enjoyed a day of renewal at the Pedagogical Section Council conference yesterday! It was great to see old friends, and to also meet some in person for the first time! Brian led his chalk drawing class through a figure-drawing warm-up and then into a color wheel exercise. They pulled out something associated with each grade level and also managed to fit in the four elements. When in doubt, you can always start a chalk drawing with a color wheel!
At the end of the session, Brian led the group through an "Art show" of all their work. The teachers talked about ways to have our own students share their work, and how to create positive conversations within that experience. Such a great discussion!