Weekly Art round-up...

The families participating in our Weekly Art program continue to inspire us with their work! 

"I so enjoyed this lesson!  As a teacher - drawing figures for my chalkboard drawings has always been difficult, and I was rarely happy with the results.  Learning how to first draw the gestures and then detailing it.  Soooo much easier and successful!  I will play more with this one!"

~Debra M.

















I was re-reading an interview Brian did with The BEarth Institute a couple of years ago...my favorite part is his response to this question:

"What makes a (teacher's) drawing 'good enough' for the classroom?"

His reply:

 "I think there are two important qualities that make a drawing successful: 

1. The image is living inside the teacher and the students, meaning the class has heard stories, looked at pictures, studied the subject, etc. and, 

2. The students see the teacher or parent striving to become better as he/she draws & teaches. 

I think a love of creating beautiful images for the children and a willingness to strive for improvement is the best anyone can do."

"I want to thank you for the thoughtfulness you put into the order of presenting projects. I very much enjoy the breathing-in - breathing-out quality that comes with different projects."

~ Kay S.

Breakfast cookie recipe!

Following up on my Instagram post....

Breakfast Cookies

:: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F ::


3/4 cup flour (split white flour, whole wheat flour, almond meal...whatever works for your family)

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

/2 tsp baking powder

2/3 cup soft butter

1/3 cup honey

3/4 cup raisins, dried blueberries, or other dried berry of your choice (chop them if they're big)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1 medium red apple (grated, you can peel, but I usually don't)

1 1/2 cups quick oats

1 cup shredded medium cheddar



  • mix flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a large bowl
  • cream butter, honey, egg and vanilla in a smaller bowl
  • add creamed ingredients to flour mixture
  • stir in apple, oatmeal, dry berries and cheese
  • place large Tbsp-ful's on cookie sheets (ungreased, or use parchment) - don't flatten them, they will spread out a bit while baking.
  • 13-16 minutes @375 (they're done when the bottoms are brown and you start to see little golden bits on the tops)
  • cool on rack, store in fridge

Weekly Art .... a month in review

The first month of our Weekly Art program has been amazing!! Witnessing families get excited about, and creating art together, has brought both Brian and I so much joy.

This month's four lessons have had families using watercolor paints, chalks & pastels, and beeswax crayons. In each lesson we have shared alternative palettes and design ideas for re-creating each lesson with a different season in mind. 

I've had so much fun checking the discussion area of our online classroom  every morning! There is such a generous spirit of idea-sharing and support happening. With 100+ families involved in this first session of the program, we've got a fantastic, diverse crowd gathered.

If you are not part of the full program and would like to try out some of the lessons, we will be bundling up four lessons at a time and making them available in our shop.

Bundle #1 is available for purchase now!

All our best,

Robyn (w/ Brian nearby)

Weekly Art Archives

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!

Purchase anytime -The Weekly Art Archives will officially open on March 1, 2017. 

At the end of each month, we'll bundle up the newest lessons, and make them available here. Learn more about Bundles #1 and #2 by clicking the button, below.

Waldorf in the world :: Kasper M. de Thurah

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...

Image source: www.polar.fjallraven.com 

Image source: www.polar.fjallraven.com 

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."

On parenting:

"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! 

New from Waldorfish: Weekly Art Lessons

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!

A sneak peek at the lessons in February!

A sneak peek at the lessons in February!

Program details:

  • 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!