“Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Sandra Frain, Melinda Adams and Cheri Dostal Ryba.
I would love everyone to binge watch every single video, but let me give you a sense of these next stories.
Have you joined the Facebook Group yet – we would love to have you engage in the conversation. Sharing Soulful Stories. Password is Soulful Stories.
Sandra is a beautiful and engaging storyteller. The photo below shows how committed she is to drawing in her audience with wonder and delight. Hear in her story her incredible appreciation of the magnificence of us as humans and of everything on earth.
“am I being a responsible person in this relationship? How can I look back on what I did yesterday or last year and go, oh my gosh, that was so insensitive. That was so blind, that was so unconscious. How can I help to remedy that? And where can I go next in my spirituality that is going to help me to be able to not do that. And perhaps to help other people who want to do that also.”
Melinda’s story is one for you if you were a child who could see things that others couldn’t, or perhaps you’ve felt or known things without explanation. Her story may be surprising, intriguing or comforting depending on your own relationship with your intuition and following the guidance of ‘spirit’.
“all of a sudden I was in a new world and that world was very energetic and it was very real to me, of course I was questioning my sanity a lot along the way, I researched and the more I spoke with people, I realized that this is something natural and, and really it’s where we’re all meant to able trust our senses, go with our flow, feel like we’re one with the universe and being supported by the universe and, you know, really I guess being in tune with what our true essence.”
Cheri is a movement educator, pelvic floor expert and is totally committed to embodiment and guiding others to discover it too.
“because I’ve worked with the physical body and Movement for so many years that, that that’s, that’s one of the things I come back to is how can we make it tangible, how can spirituality be tangible and practical, a lived experience.”
Cheri Dostal Ryba
Thank you for today. I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your positivity, and your welcoming and flexible approach to the routines of the playgroup w Teddy.
He struggles w new places and faces and I struggle to now whether I’m pushing him too much. Your calm manner and warm expressiveness puts us both at ease. You are a great example to the children and parents in your group.
Today, Teddy and I made some pita chips with your dried rosemary. They are yum.
I would love your porridge recipe too – we’ll call it Sandra’s porridge! 😊
Extract from AEON Magazine:
Sandra has a rich history in early childhood and biodynamic gardening and is one of Glenaeon’s gardening teachers. She focuses on creating a steady, safe, non-judgemental, nurturing environment for her parents and children.
Through repetition, which includes the introduction of manners, the children are elevated to a higher form of human interaction – this is what we meaning by ‘bringing our children up’.
In baking, the families grow to understand the qualities of the different grains which they bake as sourdough bread from Sandra’s ancient recipe. The bread is always baked with herbs from the garden – Sandra’s apothecary right there on the table for everyone to partake!
In craft activities throughout the year the parents have wet felted slippers, made garlands and woven biography rugs for the playgroup room. Families bring old clothes from home which they rip up (an activity the children thoroughly enjoy) and weave together to create a colourful tapestry of their lives to make the playgroup space feel even cosier.
Extract from AEON Magazine
It is also important for the children to experience a sustainable way of life, growing food, watering, harvesting and cooking each day. Sandra Frain, our biodynamic gardener comes each week and gardens with the children in our raised vegetable beds and our herb and flower gardens. They watch our native bees leave to pollinate the local native bush and they eat white mulberries from our tree.
Parents have benefited from four talks about organic/biodynamic gardening and foods and Sandra has held two composting workshops at the preschool.
Extract from AEON Magazine:
Gentle, supported transitions from home to our centre are a very important part of our ethos. Parents of children who have not been in out-of-home care stay in the morning for the first two weeks of the year and can use our parents’ room to work if they want to remain on premises as the children settle into a longer day. We now have a playgroup that allows the two years olds to settle in to the premises and playground and get to know a future home away from home. We call it our Welcome Home Playgroup. It is so nice to see the very young children and parents / carers with us on Monday mornings.