AS THE LOVING breath of the earth surrounds us each day, the opportunity to become aware of our beautifully, diverse world is presented to us, in all its gifts of nature, animals and human beings.
As a black mother, the beauty of diversity lies within me everyday as I navigate our community representing one of the few families of color. Over the past few years, I have helped guide my family in embracing the pedagogy of Waldorf education, while working to expand diversity in the Waldorf community.
Along my journey, I became aware of the limited choices of crayons that held a loving consciousness for the earth, but also honored our diverse world. Slowly, the desire for my daughter to have the tools to create art that embraced the beautiful people we share the earth with, grew stronger and stronger. And in the true nature of my being, I set out to create crayons myself. Day and night, trial after trial, I worked to create 8 crayons that represented a handful of skin tones that opened the door to a wider range of artistic possibilities. My crayons were born, and new artistic roads were paved and ready to be explored.
When we embrace the diversity of human beings, we are allowing ourselves to live fully and receive all the tools that connect us to joy, love and true abundance. The mission of Waldorf in Color, and the diversity crayons, is to nurture the growth of the many seeds of inclusion that accompany me daily, as I navigate through the philosophies of Rudolph Steiner and Waldorf education. What are the challenges I face when moving through this pedagogy? How can I bring clarity to the benefits of my inner work, and also present the opportunity for others to embrace the benefits of their own inner work? It is when we commit to our inner work, we can truly come together, in full consciousness, to support the growth and development of the magical children in our community.
"When I was a young mother I wished my Asian-European children were offered brown and black crayons in Waldorf kindergarten and that there was more diversity in the offerings at their school." ~ Sarah