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WorldWide: Global home exchange community for Waldorf families

Dear Waldorf school:
I’m running the Waldorf home exchange community
, and would like to give you some information that I think would be interesting for your parents, students and teachers. I started WaldorfWide back in 2006 as my graduation project from Steiner school, and since then it has grown to become the world’s biggest network of Waldorf families who swap homes in their holidays. WaldorfWide is still – and will remain – a free service to the Waldorf community.
All the best,
Elías Christian Lundström
Former Waldorf student and founder of

Click here for WaldorfWide poster  (01/10)

Dear Friends of Immigrant Kitchens,
Friday night, Jan 13, I'll be teaching how to make Vietnamese Beef Stew and fresh spring rolls at the Freeport Community Center.
I'd love for you to come and have a wonderful dinner! I learned how to make these dishes from the Nguyen brothers in Portland. While they were in college here, they missed their mother's soup so much they called her and she told them over the phone how to make it! I can't wait to show you how to whack the lemongrass. Also, I found the concept of putting fresh thai basil and raw shaved onion on top of your stew eye-opening. Why haven't we thought of this sooner? Also, I may dust off the fried wonton recipe I learned a while back for us to eat while the stew is cooking.
WHAT: Vietnamese Beef Stew
WHEN: Jan. 13, 2012, Friday Evening 6-9pm
WHERE: Freeport Community Center
53 Depot St, Freeport, ME
(3 blocks from L.L.Bean)
COST: This is a project to raise money for the Freeport Food Pantry.
Pay what you can. $15-$35 suggested.
DETAILS: cooking starts at 6, dinner's at 7:30; it's BYOB.
If you're a vegetarian or have diet restrictions, please let me know. I'm happy to accommodate!


Dear Waldorf School Colleague,
For the past five years, Kroka Expeditions has partnered with Kimberton Waldorf School to offer an annual winter wilderness trip
. That original trip has grown to include many Waldorf students from across the northeast. This journey offers a unique experience of traditional winter expedition by cross-country ski and snowshoe, a much needed alternative to the fast-paced winter recreation of today. We would like to invite your students to join
Emily Turner
School Program Assistant, Kroka Expeditions
"Where Consciousness Meets Wilderness"
767 Forest Rd, Marlow, NH 03456, 603 835 9087,
Winter Adventure Programs

Click here to view flyer (01/10)

Contra Dance Repertoire Sessions: Drop-in, $5 per session
Mondays 7:30pm with Melissa Bragdon at 317 Main Community Music Center
Whether you have already enjoyed playing for contra dances or would like to learn more about the style, we invite you to join us with your acoustic instrument at 317 Main! We will be learning tunes from the contra dance repertoire;
collaborating with a caller aiming to play at a dance on Sat, April 28th! session info to be updated shortly at (01/04)

Click the following link to view the January 2012 AWSNA Inform Newsletter: Inform January 2012

"'Inform' is a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally. By including this page in your regularly published bulletin or newsletter, you help us keep our entire Waldorf constituency up-to-date on pertinent issues affecting the movement." (01-04)


The Problem with "Doing" Meditation: The Recognition of Uncontrived, Natural Awareness through the Practice of "Sitting Quietly Doing Nothing."

"Thoughts come and go
They have to be captured
like holding fish by hand
      The Vajra Regent Osel Tenzin

     For most of us meditation becomes a project for self-improvement. We want to become calmer, wiser or more 'centered'. We begin with this idea of what we think meditation should be and we project that on to our practice. We may even find 'meditation teachers' who will teach us how to accomplish this type of practice. We attempt to solidify what we experience in order to prove our existence as 'so and so.'

     Because fundamentally there is nothing solid in our experience our efforts always are futile and we end up anxious and trapped in our habitual story-line of passion, aggression and delusion again and again. This is called "suffering" from the Buddha's point of view.

     Genuine practice involves allowing all of these projected goals and credentials of 'self-improvement" to fall away. We then recognize "prajna" or egoless awareness. This awareness becomes the basis of our training and path as we continue our practice. This is not an easy path and it depends on finding an authentic lineage and teacher. One who is not attempting to sell 'Spiritual Merchandise" to prop up our conceptual notions of "Spirituality."

     This class will focus on beginning instruction in seated meditation in the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

Class Time: Sunday January 8, 2012 from 9 til 12
The Dzogchen Meditation Center
4 Armstrong Way, West Bath, ME 04530
Call: 443-3842 to register

Tashi Armstrong is resident teacher at the Dzogchen Meditation Center. He was a disciple of Trungpa Rinpoche and his Vajra Regent Osel Tenzin in the 1980's. And continues to study with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche in Bodhnath, Nepal.



Dear Participating ReTreeUS School: As the holiday season draws near, we would like to thank you again for your support. We are now raising funds to install an orchard at your school next spring, and we would like to let you know about the two primary campaigns we have in progress.
      We would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about the following opportunities:
1. ReTreeUS Holiday Trees for Holiday Treats - During the holiday season, we are running a discount on our membership rates, which means that supporters can purchase a membership for $20 in either their own or someone else's name. The member's name will appear next to a tree in one of our school orchards. For a smaller gift of $5, families can fund the planting of a tree in the ReTreeUS nursery under the name of a friend. This tree will not have a name physically attached, but it will be planted in a school orchard once it has sufficiently matured in our nursery. In both cases, donors receive certificates recognizing their gift, which can be sent either directly to the recipient or to the donor, for them to distribute. These certificates can be wrapped, stuffed in a stocking, or emailed for a green and meaningful holiday gift.
2. Flatbread Pizza Benefit for ReTreeUS - Flatbread Pizza in Portland will host a benefit for ReTreeUS on January 31st. For each pizza purchased that evening, Flatbread will donate $3.50 to the ReTreeUS program. The dinner will be at the restaurant at 72 Commercial St # 5 Portland, ME 04101-4749, from 5 to 9 p.m., and a representative from ReTreeUS will be available to share information and answer questions.
      Both of the efforts mentioned above will benefit your school by helping to fund the installation of your orchard, as well as our educational workshops. Please help us spread the word by posting or distributing the attached Holiday Tree flyer to families. We will send another flyer for the Flatbread event after the New Year.
      Thanks so much for your help! We wish you a joyous holiday season.
Sincerely, Moriah Salter, ReTreeUS Co-founder,   

Click here to see holiday tree flyer. (12/13)

Juniper Hill School, Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, and Chewonki are pleased to announce a screening of the highly acclaimed film Mother Nature's Child. The event is co-sponsored by all three organizations and is open to the public.
When: Saturday, January 14, 2012, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Where: Chewonki Center for Environmental Ed., 485 Chewonki Neck Rd., Wiscasset, Maine
Cost: FREE
The film runs 57 minutes and will be followed by a panel discussion. Child care will be offered.
Please spread the word throughout our local area so that we can engage the broader community. (12/13)