Rhythm is Life with Sharifa Oppenheimer

Sharifa Oppenheimer invites you

 to join her in a six-week hybrid Zoom and Ruzku course that takes you on a deeper dive into understanding and cultivating the healing forces that are opened by leading a rhythmic life.

Classes will be LIVE Tuesdays, 5- 6:30 pm Pacific/8- 9:30pm Eastern time.

Can’t make the live class? All registered students will receive a recording of the live workshop! The video recording of each session will be available for viewing by students for one month. Each class will also be accompanied by articles and activities to deepen your experience, and the whole course can be completed for 15 CEUs. You are invited to enroll for the whole session, or join us for each class separately. 

Weekly Class Descriptions:

Class Dates are: October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 and 8

Oct 4, 2022: Rhythm is Life

In this class we will discover that both inner soul rhythms and outer life rhythms evolved from the rhythms of Nature.  We will learn to speak the language of rhythm by exploring Heart-Breathing, making a piece of art and through conversation.

Oct 11 Rhythm as the Foundation of Discipline

Rhythm is of the essence because it defines the quality of life.  We will look at heart and brain rhythms as the core of parenting, as well as study the information our individual body rhythms ~ our gestures ~ convey. We will see how a rhythmic life transforms into self-discipline as the child grows.

Oct 18, 2022  Breathing Rhythms Throughout the Day:

  • How to avoid the Bedtime Blues
  • How to Nourish Body, Heart and Soul at Mealtimes

Oct 25, 2022 Rhythms Throughout the Day continued

  • How Rhythmic Art and Story times Impact the Child’s Developing Self
  • How Daily Play Time Helps Shape the Child’s Social Skills and Executive Function.
  • How Outdoor Play Time Embeds in the Child a Deep Sense of Belonging.

Nov 1, 2022 Weekly Rhythms

How to Shape our Family’s Week for Health and Resilience

  • Family Work Day
  • Family Play Day
  • Play Dates and other Occasions

Nov 8, 2022 Yearly Festivals

In this class we will discuss the Breathing Rhythms of the Earth, Outdoor Celebrations, Including the Nature Beings in our Celebrations, How to Navigate Extended Family Celebrations.

Sharifa Oppenheimer is the author of the best-selling Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children and its companion workbook How To Create The Star of your Family Culture. She recently wrote With Stars in Their Eyes: Brain Science and Your Child’s Journey Toward the Self.  She was the founding teacher of the Charlottesville Waldorf School as well as The Rose Garden, a Waldorf early childhood home-program.  She now teaches collaboratively with LifeWays and continues to explore and write about other aspects of profound connection, particularly the family’s need for deep connection to Nature.

Sharifa has been a student of Sufism for many decades and has deep respect for other indigenous wisdom traditions which point humanity toward the sacred nature of the living earth.  She offers Sacred Earth ~ Sacred Self gatherings that explore humanity’s biological and spiritual inter-being with our other-than-human relations.  Her new book A Litany of Wild Graces: Meditations on Sacred Ecology (Red Elixir Press)   explores these themes through essays, poetry, dreams and litany. Sharifa also hosts a website by that name, Wild Graces.

Register for This Course

$40 each per class; $200 for the entire series; $160 each for groups of five or more.

Refund Policy: Fees will be refunded in full up to 7 days prior to the start of the course, and at 50% if student cancels enrollment less than a week in advance. Fees are nonrefundable after the start of the course.

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