Rumi and the Sea-Turtle

Nishkama, one of our playgroup mums, pops in often and gathers necessities for her current sewing project – she wears a craft pocket, so she can use those moments you get in the midst of the ever-evolving dance of motherhood, to feed her creativity. It is one of the challenges of parenting, that what you used to do on this level, is less of a priority and yet still a need. Nishkama came in one day on a mission to make a turtle – here’s why:

Rumi was finding the transition to sleep difficult, so Nishkama had started a bedtime story of a sea-turtle who travelled with Rumi into the night world. She wanted to make a sea-turtle for Rumi. She found a pattern, got some materials and made this beautiful sea-turtle who travels Rumi all the day as well as in the night world. He was enjoying running and came up to Nishkama and touching his beating heart said “Can you feel that? – That’s my sea-turtle!”

Rumiand the seaturtle

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decisions, decisions

a young lady is entranced…….


for more wonderful glimpses of our Spring Fair day, follow this link:


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Preparations for the Fair!

Sarah had been making magic in the garden, amongst the beautyiful blossoms 🙂 getting ready for our Spring Fair on Sunday!


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Spring Fair 2016

Motueka Rudolf Steiner School

Spring Fair 2016

Sunday 11 September

10am to 4pm

spring fair

Come and join us celebrate Spring

480 High Street Motueka

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Winter is here

The weather in our area has been snowy, and blowy and hot and cold and lots of the Elves have been tucked in their homes enjoying the holidays and family time. Some have decided to escape to other parts abroad and have adventures. Before all that happened we had a winter retreat at Maren and Tristan’s home at Riverside. We added a new Feature a workshop on making a simple gnome for our parents with younger children. We realised we had been focussing so much on fundraising that we needed to return to our roots which included nurturing, community, teaching skills, support and, as always, laughter.


here are some of the Elves stitching

IMG_0410and a crown in progress


We have lots of Aunties always willing to hold the babies 🙂


and here is Robbie modelling the strawberry crown.

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excitement building…….

At home reflecting on the morning at dollmaking where there was lots of activity, people coming and going, fixing machines, talking about patterns, looking at new babies, and realising that that community feeding would be happening all weekend at the retreat – yum!

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The 2016 Winter Retreat

Is it Winter already?

IT IS” cry the Elves

It’s time to get social.

We get cold by ourselves”

Before the ice creeps into your bones

and the frost gets cheeky and nips your toes

Hurry over to join us – the kettle is on,

We’ll be friendly and cosy all day long.

Learn how to make a toy for your child,

make some new friends and be beguiled

by our Midnight Elves Winter Retreat.

We know you’re all out there and we’re longing to meet!

On Friday 17th from 5pm, all day Saturday 18th and until 4pm Sunday 19th June.

Please come and learn some skills,or use your existing ones and help us make toys!

On Saturday morning from 10.30am there will be a mini workshop teaching you how to make a simple gnome. Bring food suitable to the length of your stay – children welcome but no childcare provided.

Venue: Maren and Tristan’s house, no. 18, Riverside Community

Ring Monni 03 5278 290

Or Sarah 03 5288 122

If you need directions

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The new “view” button

The Midnight Elves are part of the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School Trust. The Trust is currently raising money for our new campus. As a private school we receive a little support from the Ministry of Education which we use for our current school, along with fees and donations. We have purchased a farm, with a very generous donation, and are currently working towards building an eco-school.

Check out our website

and if you feel inclined donate and/or sign up for e-news.

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Autumn Fair 2016

The Autumn Fair at the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School went off really well – it was a gorgeous sunny autumn day.Check out the photos on the link below.

The Midnight Elves did even more stitching after the Autumn Retreat. Here is a new kind of  Fairy being made.

Makings of a Fairy

 and here are how they  look when dressed

rainbowfairypink fairyblue fairy

Here are a new style of mobiles – cute!

leafman leafladybird

We have also consciously been making boy toys, inspired by Taleworld:

IMG_0190knight & horse


the one that I liked the best was the Viking


and once again the room looked beautiful





and lastly these were quite popular……




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The Autumn Fair 2016 – “Where dragons come alive”

Autumn Fairies are working hard so the school and school ground can be transformed into a medieval fair ground soon.
Delicious foods and preserves are being prepared for the market. The midnight Elves are stitching the night away, making the most attractive toys.
Games, challenges and crafts are waiting for the finishing touch.
And entertainers and performers can’t wait to share with us their skills and talent.
School children will play their instruments. There will be dance performances from the Philippines and Easter Island. We will be amazed by a magic show. Stephen and Florian will be singing their songs. Golden Bay’s Mudwood and our local Lemongrass will enchant us with their magical music.
It’s going to be a wonderful day at the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School Autumn Fair!


Sunday 10 April 2016 10am – 4pm

Motueka Rudolf Steiner School, 480 High St, Motueka.

or click the link above right.

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