The Joyful Journey

Holiday Faire at Meadowbrook: Nov 18 & 19

Come and experience the Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire. On the weekend before Thanksgiving, families are invited into a wonderland of activities, performances and plenty of holiday cheer. Meadowbrook’s Holiday Faire began as a fundraising market place, offering a wide range of high quality children’s items and unique gifts for all ages. It has since grown into a celebration of family that draws visitors from around the northeast region.

Friday evening is only for adults and offers an opportunity to shop out of sight of little eyes. Relax into the festive season and stroll a lantern path under the starry sky as you dip a candle. Enjoy live music from singer/ songwriter, Ray Jorgensen and a lively auction of items made by the students. Bring your friends, ‘BYOB’ and sample some warm Meadowbrook hospitality.

Saturday is a day full of activities that celebrate the joys of childhood. Bring your family and visit the magical Crystal Cave with its grottoes filled with gnomes and twinkling lights. In a quiet room, marionettes perform a traditional fairy tale. The school’s beautifully painted classrooms have tables of craft materials and volunteers to help you and your child create a treasure to take home. Refreshments are available and you are welcome to enjoy the forested campus as you picnic and explore.

Come and experience the Meadowbrook Waldorf School Holiday Faire. On the weekend before Thanksgiving, families are invited into a wonderland of activities, performances and plenty of holiday cheer. Meadowbrook’s Holiday Faire began as a fundraising market place, offering a wide range of high quality children’s items and unique gifts for all ages. It has since grown into a celebration of family that draws visitors from around the northeast region.

Begin your festive season with Holiday Faire at Meadowbrook and start a new tradition for your family. Doors open Friday, November 18th, 7 – 10 p.m. and Saturday, November 19th, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free.


Fall-Winter Parent Child Session

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We are now enrolling our next Parent Child Program!  This longer session will run from the end of October into mid-February, with a break over Thanksgiving week, and a two week break for the December holidays.

In these sessions you explore the joys and challenges of raising your child in a supportive and nurturing environment. Caregivers and children share a lovely morning of play, snack and circle time. Siblings are welcome. Perfect for the new walker to the older toddler, and their caregiver.

For this fall-winter session, Parent-Toddler classes are on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays from 9-11am. The Monday session is a 11-week program, while the Tuesday and Wednesday programs are for 12-weeks.

Click below for more Parent Toddler Program information and registration documents.

MONDAY Toddler Class Fall-Winter 2016 Registration

TUESDAY Toddler Class Fall-Winter 2016 Registration

WEDNESDAY Toddler Class Fall-Winter 2016 Registration

Eurythmy at Meadowbrook Waldorf School


What is Eurythmy?

Waldorf school founder, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), wanted to “bring a new impulse to the art of movement…and connect dance with its original impulse as a sacred art form inspired by the Muses.” (1) Eurythmy was born in 1912, and when the first Waldorf school was founded in 1919 a form of eurythmy was included in the curriculum. Seen as an important pillar of Waldorf education, schools strive to offer it today.

Eurythmy is a movement art that can be accompanied by music and speech, and it seeks to make speech and tone, typically sensed by the ear, visible to the eye. We have all had the experience of being emotionally moved by a piece of music or stirring speech. In a similar way, eurythmy also seeks to connect both the performer and observer in a way that is deeper than simply sight and sound.

Eurythmy for the Student

For the Waldorf school student, eurythmy helps the child experience rhythm and reverence, practice inner and outer grace, and to experience language, music and even geometric forms with the whole body. Euthrymy is performed as a class, so social bonds are strengthened as children learn to move and work together.

For some students, eurythmy may also play a therapeutic role. Similar to the cultures with a tradition of working with the energy of the body, Steiner felt eurythmy was a benefit to the “etheric body”, his terminology for the body’s invisible life-force, similar to the ideas of chi or prana.

Brian Sprengelmeyer, one of our guest eurythmists, describes eurythmy for the young child in this way:

“Eurythmy was given to us by Rudolf Steiner as an essential element within Waldorf Education. Eurythmy class for the Kindergarten child is like a drop of golden sunlight in their week. The child eagerly looks forward to it like a special gift. Though relatively short in duration, (fifteen minutes per week) the content is taken in deeply. At this age the young child is learning primarily through imitation. Often by the second or third class he or she knows the entire story and movements by heart. Eurythmy at this age encourages the child to become the characters of a story through imaginative movement. The gestures the child imitates are movements for the sounds (vowels and consonants) that comprise the language of the story. Through doing gestures that express the quality and meaning of these sounds, the child’s relationship to true and beautiful speech is strengthened. Eurythmy is also done in a similar way with the tones and intervals in music. In Kindergarten, however, we focus mainly on speech Eurythmy. Through doing Eurythmy the young child grows strong in body, soul, and spirit.”

Eurythmy Offerings at Meadowbrook

Meadowbrook Waldorf School is grateful to be able to again offer, thanks to the generosity of a parent donor, a four-week eurythmy program to all of our students. Additionally, we are able to offer eurythmy sessions for our faculty and a two-week session open to adults, beginning Tuesday, October 11. If you would like more information on this adult eurythmy offering please contact our office at

More Information

For more information about eurythmy in Waldorf schools please see this article from Renewal Magazine, Eurythmy as Therapeutic Movement.

Michaelmas: Contemplating Dragons

The children have been practicing this week for our Michaelmas celebration. The pageant is the same every year and each class plays a pivotal role in the story.

There are the littlest First Grade Gnomes and energetic Second Grade Meteors.

Third Grade portrays the elements, while the noble Fourth Grade contains the knights and St. Michael.

The hardworking Fifth Graders are the farmers and peasants, while the Sixth Grade gives life to the fearsome and fun dragon.

Finally, our Middle Schoolers provide the stirring music for the morning.











With our senses full of the sights and sounds (and soup) of Michaelmas, it is easy to overlook the deeper meaning this festival holds within a Waldorf school.

Kristina Boving, Meadowbrook Grade 5 Class Teacher and Trustee of the Board, describes the introspective side of this exuberant celebration:

In Waldorf Education, we believe strongly in working with the influences of the natural world, noticing and celebrating the changes in the seasons. Now that fall is upon us, teachers and students are preparing for the festival of Michaelmas, which recognizes the figure of St. Michael. Little noted in modern times, Michael was a powerful figure in days of yore. Better known to us today is Michael’s association with St. George, the patron saint of England, as he fights the dragon.

This powerful image of Michael and his battle against a fearful dragon resonates with the autumn season on many levels. In summer, we are more active, diving into the great outdoors, and losing ourselves in the joy and revelry of long, warm days. Our part of the earth seems to be in a state of dreamy bliss. As fall approaches, and days grow cooler and shorter, nature starts to contract and settle in for a period of dormancy. We are influenced by this change as well. We too are beckoned to a more contemplative mode of being. Our power of thinking can grow clearer and we can become more self-aware, if we take the time to bring our thoughts to consciousness. This is the time to gather our forces to resist falling in too strongly with nature’s cycle of decay and death during the autumn and winter. This is the time to take our outer perceptions and draw them inward to a sustaining, and hope-giving inner experience. This is the time of year known in the Middle Ages as “vita contemplativa” as opposed to summer’s “vita activa”. Michael’s fight for goodness and beauty, and the hope that it brings us, can sustain us through this season.

It takes a strong will to focus on our inner lives, especially during the hustle and bustle of our modern lives. The image of Michael taming the dragon can be a guide for us, helping us re-focus on the essential, giving us courage to overcome fear and despair during the darkening days of autumn.

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