Sunday, October 23, 2011

Autumn Musings

How I love my handwork classes! The children are so eager and joyful in their work. Here is the first and second grade basket.  Sometimes I hear the children whispering their verse as they knit. Many children make up their own verses as well!

And here is my third and fourth graders' basket. They are making the beautiful sewing books from Linda's pattern at Rhythms of the Home. I wanted to begin with knitting this year, since some students have not learned it before. Being a first year, combined grade school I have adjusted the handwork curriculum to meet the needs of the class.

Life has been so very busy and I have set down my camera for a time. It feels good to rest this interest as I know that it enlivens my ability to experience what is in front of me and see more clearly. The SE Womens' Herbal Conference was delightful, especially with my dear friend, Lindsley who came from CA to attend. Mia joined the young women's circle with her beloved teacher and mentor, Lena. One highlight was standing one evening at Lake Eden, stars and moon shining overhead, bonfire bright and women drumming and singing prayer to Mother Earth and seeing a glorious shooting star as it soars overhead. It was breathtaking. Another highlight was learning from the plants with herbalist and wise woman Suki Roth, the teacher who is the main reason that I attend SEWHC year after year. I hope some day to spend more time learning from her, she is extraordinary.

With gratitude and Autumnal blessings to all! 


Blue Skies & Dragonflies said...

wait, a're teaching now?? how exciting! i am so happy for you. where do you teach??

Elisheva said...

Well, when you do pick up your camera, its beautiful!!!I especially like this picture of the knitting from your class. I can feel the love in it and the excitement and goodness of it all. What blessed experiences these children are having. That herbal conference sounds amazing, I have hard about it from a couple of other Asheville ladies, its on my dream list- how many wonderful things are there to love about Asheville.
xx E

Julie said...

I love that little rhyme! Hadn't heard that one before... And your photos are just just beautiful.

Catherine said...

It must be so exciting (and demanding too!) to teach handwork in a Waldorf school! I love those fall basket!

onegoldensun said...

Hi Jessi! I am teaching handwork at Azalea Mountain part time and also home schooling with Mia.

Thanks, Julie! The verse is sweet. It goes with a story of the Tomten and the Fox that I told before introducing the children to knit. They also made their own knitting needles, which was fun!

Moonbeams and Applesauce said...

I love the verse and the rich information here. I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award.

Julie said...

beautiful colours and light tones. A joy to stop by as always.

Theresa said...

Beautiful blog. Beautiful family. :)