“Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Sandra Frain, Melinda Adams and Cheri Dostal Ryba.
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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
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.
As featured in AEON Magazine
The Garden team is increasingly making more use of the resources that are available on the campuses and among the teacher, staff and parent bodies.
We now collect food waste on campuses via several successful compost bins and heaps. At our school canteen, we collect the vegetable scraps and coffee grounds and in turn, supply the canteen with herbs and other embellishments.
Working Bees have taken place at the Preschool, Castlecrag and Middle Cove campuses, to make our necessary compost for nourishing the garden beds. This has been a great opportunity for parents, teachers and children to learn how to make a compost pile and to learn about the preparations that are unique to Biodynamics.
The maintenance team and grounds keepers regularly bring us leaves from all three campuses to support the carbon needed for the compost making. Thus we are practicing sustainability on our campuses by not sending the leaves off to green waste and buying back compost.
At this year’s Family Fair, we worked towards a more sustainable environment by making compost onsite on the day with all the food and coconuts and paper products from the Fair, with two other Steiner schools photographing our efforts for their own use at their fairs!
At Middle Cove, parents and children of Class 3 made manure concentrate. The mixture was buried in a specially prepared pit under the soil for a 10-week maturing time. It was then decanted and distributed for future use to fertilise our community’ own gardens.
In July, our Middle Cove garden hosted two Biodynamic workshops for the International Vital Years Early Childhood conference. Thirty teachers created a compost pile and made fertilisers for the garden. They look forward to taking these skills to their own schools now.