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Lisa Boisvert Mackenzie

Lisa is a Waldorf homeschooling, homemaking, heart and hearth tending mother of two who has worked with parents and children for 30 years in many capacities, wearing many caps: as a midwife, Waldorf early childhood educator, parent educator, group facilitator, caregiver and parent. She has trained and served in midwifery, childbirth education, Waldorf early childhood education, HypnoBirthing and Simplicity Parenting. She has served on the board of directors for LifeWays North America and on the WECAN Birth to Three Task Force. Lisa lives with her family in rural Vermont where she gardens and cooks, looks after hens, runs a business, and strives to parent from a place of slow and simple.

Questions? Comments? Email me!

About this Course

As the days grow dark and the nights grow long, the  season of advent is upon us, a time of turning in, of inward anticipation and quiet expectation.  It's a bit like the third trimester of pregnancy, a time of watchful waiting. Yet the culture we live in has overshadowed the slow, simple and sacred aspects of this time of year.

The celebration of the holidays has shifted from an emphasis on waiting,  family time and being together, to one of commercialism, as if the meaning of the holiday lay in something we bought. It is challenging to create deeper meaning in a culture that is so materially focused. That's why I created this course for December. I initially offered it as a free gift to you. This year, I am charging a small fee to help me continue to do this work, and keep the registration fees low each monthIf it inspired you, I hope you will return this year and tell your friends about it.

  • Are you wanting to celebrate yet wanting to slow down while feeling overwhelmed with the commercial aspects of Christmas?
  • Do you find yourself adrift when it comes to planning celebrations, wanting something meaningful, yet simple, but you're not quite sure what?
  • Are you looking for ways to create simple yet meaningful traditions that are aligned with your beliefs and values?

Let the month of December feel like a great exhale. A time of slow anticipation and turning inward. A time of focusing on what matters most to you.  

Join this group where you'll find:

Thirty one days oinspiration and community with materials that nourish wonder and awe. They include:

  • Journal and conversation prompts that help you identify what is meaningful to you, to support you to create and put into action  Family Christmas Traditions that feel authentic to you.
  • An article on Celebrating Festivals with Children.
  • An exploration of the Yuletide Festivals, including  the four weeks of  Advent, St. Nicholas Day, Santa Lucia's Day, Winter Solstice, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, the Twelve Days of Christmas, New Years Eve and the Epiphany or Three Kings Day.
  • A Holiday Vision Board to inspire, clarify and prioritize the mood you want to create in your home.
  • Guidance and inspiration  to celebrate the four weeks of Advent in the Waldorf home including: stories, a verse for each day of Advent, a song for each week of Advent, a weekly story about Mary and Joseph's Journey and step-by-step guidance on how to create and build up, in a meaningful way your own simple and beautiful Advent wreath, spiral and/ or manger scene over the weeks of Advent.
  • Suggestions and tips on How to Simplify Gift Giving
  • Gift Making with Children, simple projects you can do together
  • Simple Yuletide and Christmas Recipes  that you can make together
  • Reflections on Your Needs and suggestions for Ways  to Nourish Yourself  through the season.
  • Planning Guidance for the season's celebrations and meals
  • Book Recommendations too!

This is a wonderfully nourishing and inspiring eCourse.


included with  Celebrate the Rhythm of Life Living Curriculum Guides for December, $49 here

no fee for Year Round Members of Celebrate the Rhythm of Life



~ frequently asked questions

What do I need for this eCourse?

You need online access.

How much time do I need to spend on line each day?

Daily check in for 5-15 minutes is ideal.

What if I skip a day or several days?

That is fine, just go back at your pace and check in on the days you missed.

Do I need to be available or online at any specific times?

Not at all. If you can check in once a day, for 5-15 minutes, that is plenty.

How long will I have access to this course?

You will have access forever, indefinitely.

Is it all on one site? How easy is it to access?

It is all on a private site that is very easy to access and navigate.

Who sees the comments and discussions?

Only the members of the class. 

Do I have to participate and comment each day?

Participation is voluntary and you are free to speak out or not. I notice that the more class members participate, the better the class is for everyone. The real work is in bringing the daily notes and suggestions into your day and applying them.