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February NEWSLETTER , out now, there’s sure to be something to inspire
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Summer is here and The Honeyclock is once again OPEN and hummmming. We are bursting with school supplies, the last of our Christmas Stock is reduced and new goodies are making there way to us daily. Our coffee nook is offering delicious drinks and yummy foods, try our new Chewy Apricot Spelt cookies. We wish you all a wonderful NEW YEAR and look forward to helping you in what ever way we can. See you soon!
Bring nourishment and creativity to your Christmas. The ‘Advent Craft and Activity Book’ is a practical and fully illustrated book with creative suggestions for every day from December 1st through to Christmas and Epiphany. Full of crafts, activities and stories, this is a fabulous book for engaging and involving children in a Christmas Season full of joy and reverence.
For children dolls can represent many different experiences in life, from scared or happy to Mother or Father. They can be an opportunity to safely explore many parts of the world that surround them, inside and out. Our dolls are made from natural materials (cotton & wool) and so they are soft like us.
See our new DOLL page (under products) for the beautiful handmade dolls we stock in our shop.
Saturday 31st August (tomorrow) will see The Honeyclock going MOBILE, even with our shop still open from 9 – 1.30 as usual. Come down and visit us to see a selection of art & craft supplies, Lyra & Stockmar goodies, beautiful children’s picture books as well as other delightfully unique treasures. There will be other wonderful stalls at the Perth Waldorf School Open Day and amazing classrooms to visits and enjoy… and remember to send us sunshine and blue skies
With school holidays finally here, families are relaxing or getting ready for a trip away and those still working appreciate the lighter traffic and general ‘quietness’ that comes with holidays. Autumn brings a breathing out for all of us and we look towards those activities we’ve been wanting to learn or do but haven’t had the time. Finally we get the chance to find a great book to read or a new jigsaw for the table for everyone to help with, time for games and laughter, for creating with crafts of all sorts, drawing and painting, days full of imaginative play or time to gently enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of our shop with a cuppa and handmade organic delights.
As the cooler Autumn mornings begin to turn your attention inward to the gentle task of creating, where will you begin? With new inspiration sent by changeable weather, with memories picked up from unfinished projects, longing to be completed or will you look within to see what new perspectives you can discover there. Where will you begin?
This term we offer you a sprinkling of workshops, from a free Creative Morning to a knitting workshop beginning with the humble square, soft pastel drawings: looking at ‘the tree’ in all of us and a talk on resilience, in you and your family. For full information see our workshop page.
Have you ever contemplated the effect of the changing seasons of the year on your inner life? Have you ever worked with Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul? “In listening week by week to the changing language of the year, the soul will find a way to discover also its own nature: it will realize how forces are stirring within its being and giving it new life and strength.” Rudolf Steiner in ‘The Illustrated Calendar of the Soul’.
A new publication by Michael Hedley Burton brings something quite new to working with these verses. Burton is the author of ‘In the Light of a Child’, where the verses were given in a form appropriate for children. Now, in his new book, ‘Seasons of the Soul’, he offers verses that have been freely paraphrased and translated, and combines them with original poems in which he hopes to “release some of the incredible concentration” of the verses in German. His foreword and introductory chapters contain an exploration of some of the questions relating to working with the calendar in the southern hemisphere and the tropics. Anybody who has worked with the Calendar of the Soul, or wanted to, will find a work of immense value in this book.
Another publication we have in stock is a ‘Facsimile Edition of the original book containing the calendar created by Rudolf Steiner for the year 1912-13’. It contains an English introduction, the Facsimile Edition (in German) containing monthly, weekly and daily cosmic references, a translation of all the verses, and Rudolf Steiner’s sketches. It is a fascinating book for the dedicated student.
Some of the other Calendar of the Soul publications also available
Being a book lover from long ago, you might say I’m in seventh heaven owning a book shop! So many wonderful books… On the other hand, I do think it’s possible to read too much! I believe we need time to assimilate what we read otherwise it just becomes information overload. I chose The Quiet Heart by Dr Peter Gruenwald for the first book for The Honeyclock Book Discussion Group and took it home about a month ago to have a bit of a look. Normally, I would finish a book this size in a day or two, maybe a week if I was really busy – but not this one! Talk about needing time to assimilate! Very early in the book, Dr Gruenwald describes his ‘Heart Breathing’ exercise, a type of imaginative meditation technique. Straight away, I have incorporated this into my morning meditation. I found it remarkably easy to begin, and also to maintain. It’s simple, and yet I find myself wanting to really get the hang of it before I move on further in the book. One of the next things is a Core Values Worksheet – it looks really good and I’m looking forward to working with others on it.
Come and join this fortnightly discussion group – it will be well worth it! THURS from 28 Feb, 1-2.30pm, $10 p/f, includes a cuppa & cake For more information check out our workshops page
We may also look at beginning an online group if we have enough interest – let us know what you want.