Sponsor Giveaway from Whole Family Rhythms

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Today I am bringing you Meagan’s story about  Whole Family Rhythms and a lovely giveaway for the Autumn Guide.

Whole Family Rhythms are a series of seasonal and monthly guides created and designed to help you maintain a steady rhythm in your home. The rhythms include unstructured, child-led play both outdoors and indoors; early childhood stories and fingerplays; weekly bushwalking themes; daily art, handwork or creative projects; holistic baking and cooking recipes for the whole family as well as weekly caregiver meditations and projects. Although Whole Family Rhythms focuses primarily on the ‘early years’ the daily activities are flexible and varied enough to inspire and work for families of all ages and sizes.

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Creating Whole Family Rhythms has been an idea that’s been drifting in and out of my mind for a couple years now. When I started exploring Steiner/Waldorf education, nature-based learning and holistic, gentle parenting, I very quickly realised there were not a great deal of resources available for those who wanted to celebrate the seasons, festivals and holidays authentically in the Southern Hemisphere. I realise there is a place for Archetypes, for example, King Winter- all covered in white and snow, in our seasonal stories, crafts and rhymes but I also wanted my children to be aware of their unique environment and the more subtle seasonal changes we often see in the Southern Hemisphere. Or, for example, I wanted to find a way to celebrate Easter in combination with a sense of moving inwards, growing still and losing life as opposed to looking at it only as a season of rebirth, new life and all things Spring! Creating a nature-based, seasonally inspired strong and steady rhythm for my children was inevitable, so why not share my discoveries and resources along the way?

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My number one inspiration is of course, my children. It is so, so hard for children nowadays to be completely immersed and protected by the magic and wonder of childhood. Modern and Western ways of life create schedules, endless to do lists and a constant sense of multitasking that often feels unavoidable. My hope is that by being very clear about our family values and then translating these into strong rhythms for my children, I am also creating a strong rhythm for myself – empowering me to slow down, be present, calm and authentic for them.

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My creative process is perhaps, not very creative at all! I read a lot– books on parenting, books on crafting, lectures by Rudolf Steiner, magazine articles, blogs, on pinterest… Then when it comes to creating the Monthly and seasonal Guides I’ve already laid a foundation of knowledge and creative ideas in my head that I can draw from and re-interpret. As for inspirational people, I recently listened to a podcast featuring Lisabeth Sewell McCann (http://eringoodman.com/episode-twelve-lisabeth-sewell-mccann/) who is the co-creator of Sparkle Stories, and I must say, I draw a lot of inspiration from her and her husband, David, both in real life and the way their values and lessons come out in their gorgeous range of online stories.

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The pleasure I derive out of this business is threefold. It challenges me to not just talk the talk but walk the walk- keeping our own family rhythm strong and steady and bringing the Guides into our daily lives authentically which has been extremely healthy and beneficial already! It is also unbelievably fulfilling to be able to stay at home with my children and to be present for them through their entire early childhoods while also making a small income at home- a real privilege I am so grateful for. Finally, I get the most wonderful emails! Even before the launch of my business, soulful women have reached out to me and told me how meaningful and inspirational my blog is to them and I am so floored and humbled by that. It’s a very strange (but lovely) experience receiving such kind and heartfelt words from someone you’ve never met, and a reminder that modern day technology is not all that bad, it creates a sense of community and belonging between people that are out there searching for just that.

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The products that are available at the moment are either single Monthly Guides (March, April or May) or all three combined to make the Autumn Guide with over 70 pages of oral stories and finger play, bushwalking themes, seasonal crafts, painting, drawing and modelling as well as caregiver meditations, caregiver handwork projects and seasonal book recommendations. I am aiming to have everything together to be able to launch the Winter Guides by the beginning of May which will give families more time to reflect on and personalise the rhythms before the new season begins.

Whole Family Rhythms was written and created by Meagan Wilson in New South Wales, Australia and all Guides are therefore tailored towards the more subtle seasonal changes in the Southern Hemisphere- reflecting festivals, traditions and celebrations from the Southern Hemisphere’s perspective. However, If you live in the Northern Hemisphere you can still use the guides easily- just be aware that you will have to ‘translate’ differences, for example, Easter activities, crafts and recipes are found in the Autumn Package while all things pertaining to Christmas will be found in the Summer Package.

Meagan’s Social Media Links:


Facebook Page

This Whole Family Blog

Whole Family Rhythms Store



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Today Meagan is giving away one Autumn Guide to one Natural Suburbia reader, it includes:

The Daily Rhythm– your family rhythm at a week’s glance
Three Monthly Guides-Twelve weekly guides consisting of a weekly story, bushwalking theme, recipe, seasonal craft and themes for watercolour painting, drawing and beeswax modelling.
An Ingredients and Supplies Master List
Seasonal Book Recommendations
Twelve Weekly Caregiver Meditations 
Three Caregiver Handwork Projects

To enter this lovely giveaway:

Please leave a comment below, to earn extra entries, please share about this giveaway on your Facebook page, Twitter, page or on Pinterest and remember to let us know each time you share, here, by leaving an extra comment for each share:)

The winner will be chosen on Thursday the 14th of March and will be announced in this blog post.

Thank you so much Meagan for sharing your story with us and for this lovely giveaway.

Congratulations to:

Lyssa March 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm

How beautiful! I’d love use this guide in the autumn for my family. Thank you for the give-away!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor on Natural Suburbia you can contact me at lindadawkins@mweb.co.za

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71 Responses to Sponsor Giveaway from Whole Family Rhythms

  1. alexis March 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    This is such a lovely idea! I wonder how the themes and such would translate to the northern hemisphere? I will have to go explore your blog!

  2. Andrea from ziezo March 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm #

    Nice to have the Southern Hemisphere perspective! I discovered the blog earlier this week and am really enjoying it!

  3. brynn March 9, 2013 at 3:19 pm #

    sounds like a wonderful giveaway!

  4. Woolies March 9, 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    Wonderful! Thank you! (fingers crossed!)

  5. Lise March 9, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    What a lovely concept! I am really very interested. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Lise March 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Liked on FB!

  7. Lise March 9, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Pinned on Pinterest!

  8. Taryn Oakley March 9, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Boy, I could sure use this! Thanks for the chance!!

  9. Cassandra March 9, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

    I have followed Meagan’s blog for several years now. She is always such an inspiration and I am sure these guides will be no different.

  10. Terri Sue March 9, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

    What a wonderful giveaway. It sounds wonderful. Thank you for the chance.

  11. Naomi March 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm #

    What a lovely idea! Autumn is my favourite season.

  12. Lyssa March 9, 2013 at 10:45 pm #

    How beautiful! I’d love use this guide in the autumn for my family. Thank you for the give-away!

  13. Garyfallia March 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    Very interesting, I do many of these with my kids but it seems that you have organize it much better. I large family needs much more organization. I will try to explore it more.

  14. Kim March 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    How lovely!

  15. lynn March 10, 2013 at 12:10 am #

    An autumn guide would be well used in our home with two young sons who love to experience the change of the seasons.

  16. donna a March 10, 2013 at 12:15 am #

    looks fantastic, it would be a great resource for our homeschooling journey. xo

  17. lynn March 10, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    I tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/lynnnash10/status/310518430174425088

  18. Rachel March 10, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    New to your blog! Glad to have found you through Whole Family Rhythms 🙂 Thank you for this opportunity!

  19. Rachel March 10, 2013 at 12:41 am #

    I tweeted: https://twitter.com/Racheous/status/310520379317813248 🙂

  20. Rachel March 10, 2013 at 12:42 am #

    shared on facebook 🙂 http://www.facebook.com/Racheous/posts/457622184308146

  21. Rachel March 10, 2013 at 12:44 am #

    pinned it! 🙂 http://pinterest.com/pin/169870217167173467/

  22. Trish March 10, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    Fantastic giveaway. I love that it is a resource for the southern hemisphere.

  23. Trish March 10, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    pinned on pinterest

  24. Jeanette March 10, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    It is lovely to hear about your aspirations Meagan and your comment about relating the festivals to the southern hemisphere. I would love to read your autumn guide and thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. Good luck with it all.

  25. Jeanette March 10, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    Hello again, have shared on Facebook. Love the bumblebee tutorial.

  26. Melissa B March 10, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    The guide looks lovely and the purpose inspirational. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Lacey March 10, 2013 at 3:58 am #

    I’ll take this kind of inspiration where ever I can find it! It’s difficult not to get swept up in cultural business, so i’m thankful for people who share and encourage us to calm down and savor the simple!

  28. Victoria B. March 10, 2013 at 4:18 am #

    It is so interesting and important. I would love it for the family as we are beginning our parenting journey. Thank you for this valuable post and giveaway.

  29. Nur March 10, 2013 at 4:40 am #

    Wonderful giveaway. It sounds wonderful and inspirational. Thank you for the chance.

  30. Hannah March 10, 2013 at 5:00 am #


  31. Victoria B. March 10, 2013 at 5:11 am #

    What a wonderful and valuable gift! I would love it for our family as we are beginning our parenting journey. Thank you for a great post and for the giveaway!

  32. Kaz March 10, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Bless, what a lovely gift xxx

  33. Jen March 10, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    Thank you for sharing! What a great giveaway!

  34. Rebekah March 10, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Wow, sounds very lovely. We’ve been interested in creating a rhythm for our family for quite some time, but have yet to take the plunge.

  35. Rebekah March 10, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Twittered about it – https://twitter.com/BornAtHomeToys/status/310649293281296384

  36. Rebekah March 10, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    Pinned it – http://pinterest.com/pin/218002438184737341/

  37. Ronnie p March 10, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Really lovely concept. I always struggle with the celebration of Easter as we are not a really religious family and we don’t have have all that spring energy. I do how ever love autumn

  38. Rosa March 10, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    I’ve been looking for Waldorf ideas with a southern hemisphere slant – this looks great!

  39. Rosa March 10, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Pinned on pinterest! 🙂

  40. Rachel March 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm #

    What a generous giveaway! I sure could use some inspiration, especially with our newest baby due in late summer, this would be perfect timing!

  41. Rachel {Little Woodlanders} March 10, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    What a cool idea!

  42. Wendy Johnson March 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    What a lovely giveaway! Thank you for the chance.

  43. cheryl March 10, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    We love to see whats happening on the other side of the world, how cool would that be to do what they do. Thank you for the oppertunity

  44. Michelle March 10, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m new to blessing(and on a tight budget) so winning would be a great blessing! Thx.

  45. Samantha deLeca March 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm #

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter this fabulous giveaway Linda..xxxxx
    love Sam

  46. Samantha deLeca March 10, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    just posted it to FB

  47. NanaMamah March 10, 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I do daycare in my home and am always looking for great ideas.
    Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom.

    NanaMamah on Ravelry

  48. Lan Nguyen March 10, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    What a lovely, wonderful giveaway! I’ll certainly be exploring your blog (and the links you provided) too!

  49. ~ joey ~ March 10, 2013 at 7:19 pm #

    Sounds like a great idea! We would love to win a copy!
    ~ joey ~

  50. Kathy March 10, 2013 at 8:09 pm #

    Wonderful idea, the book sounds amazing!

  51. daniell March 10, 2013 at 9:09 pm #

    sounds lovely!!!

  52. daniell March 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    liked you on facebook too !

  53. Penny Powell March 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Would like to win!

  54. Penny Powell March 10, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Liked u on fb!

  55. Penny Powell March 10, 2013 at 9:37 pm #

    Following Pinterest!

  56. EMilia March 11, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Great giveaway 🙂 looking forward for it

  57. EMilia March 11, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Also published it on my FB with my name Emilia Mitroi

  58. Kylie March 11, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Would love to win a copy! 🙂

  59. Kylie March 11, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Shared on pinterest:)

  60. Kaedra March 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    Looks awesome!

  61. emily March 11, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

    lovely giveaway! thank you for sharing.

  62. Knocked Up and Nursing March 11, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    This sounds like a wonderful giveaway. What lovely sponsors you have!

  63. Rosa Maria Suarez Cabrera March 11, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Thanks for all your work and effort, and for sharing with us his experience. Inspiration knows also as one for many families, and for thinking of those in the other hemisphere

  64. Tiffany March 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    We would love to have this wonderful guide in our home to use.
    Thank you!

  65. Tiffany March 11, 2013 at 10:44 pm #

    We would love to have this wonderful guide!
    Thank you!

  66. Steph of Pinecones and Porcupines March 12, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

    What an amazing giveaway! I am always looking for ways to bring Waldorf into our home more as simply having a child enrolled in a Waldorf school does not automatically produce a Waldorf lifestyle. Thank you so much for the offer!

  67. Steph of Pinecones and Porcupines March 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Shared on Facebook!

  68. Steph of Pinecones and Porcupines March 12, 2013 at 11:00 pm #

    I tweeted this!

  69. Cassandra March 14, 2013 at 2:00 am #

    Pinned on Pinterest <3

  70. Cassandra March 14, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Shared on Twitter <3

  71. Clare March 14, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    What a great idea – a Southern Hemisphere perspective from an Aussie too. Looking forward to seeing how it can help adapt the hot dry with the warm wet and everything in between to our seasonal living. Tricky when no one place in Aus. has 4 defined seasons, more like 6 to 8 depending on your latitude and in some cases altitude.

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