Monday, March 1, 2010

candles, cookies and ziplines

Our area of NC does not have a Waldorf school, nor do we have a Waldorf community. In fact, we have a hard time finding very many families like ourselves who choose to live in a deliberate way, exposing our kids to more of the natural, creative world and less of the commercial, plastic world. We have been fortunate to find a few select friends who are also choosing to raise their families in a similar manner.

On Sunday, we were very fortunate that another mom in our area who homeschools using a Waldorf curriculum invited a few friends, who also invited a few friends; and a small circle of mamas and children gathered for a few hours to become acquainted and make a few candles to light our way into spring.

Of course, once we arrived at the house of the hosting family, my kids discovered her backyard, complete with creek, climbing trees, a swinging rope and a zipline. I'm pretty sure they would have been happy to skip the candle-making to spend all their time in the backyard. :)

Eventually, we pried the kids off the zipline and the candle-dipping commenced.

We so enjoyed this lovely experience of walking around the table dipping our candles, one after another while singing:

Quiet, quiet do not make a sound.
Holding now the string so tight,
we all make some winter light.
Quiet, quiet, do not make a sound.

Dipping, dipping candles smooth and round.

(you can listen here)

What an adorable many candles dipped by hands, large and small, together as a community.

After some cute little snacks (this bee snack was made by another mom using the Vegan Lunchbox cookbook),

they headed back out to the zipline.

I hope this becomes the beginning of a wonderful new trend for us!


  1. Looks like a wonderful day---and I think a backyard like that is every kids dream!

  2. Sounds dreamy! I am so happy you are forming a tribe. I have yet to try my hand at candle dipping that way, need to get brave enough to do it... maybe at your house this spring :lol

  3. Oh, I'm so happy for you! It makes such a difference to find friends who live the same way.

    And those candles are darling. :)

  4. Yay for creating a community of like-minded folk. Our area does not have a Waldorf school which has already driven me to read more about Waldorf education. Do you have any books you'd recommend?

  5. what a lovely day!
    and all that play space!!! oof! we'd love that. :) Prob'ly we'd never leave home.

    I like to dip candles - I've only done it once (by myself) and it took a looooooong time. But I still have a couple of them left!

    Cheers for the new friends@

  6. What a great day! I'm so happy you found some Waldorf friends. Looks like quite a crowd too!


  7. It's so wonderful to find a community of like minded friends. It sounds like a good time was had by all.

  8. what a wonderful gift to find a circle that feel right in all the right ways. I am so happy for you. I think I'd be hanging out at the zip line too;)

  9. Oh, how I wish there were more Waldorf mamas around here. I've connected but I've truly had to search. And blogging helps.


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