Daily Rhythms:
The Natural Learning Cycle

The daily rhythm follows the Natural Learning Cycle as outlined by Young et. al (2010).  The natural cycle aligns characteristics of the four directrions with times of the day, optimizing a learning flow that moves from inspiration into motivation, perseverance, reflection, sharing, and finally, integration.

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A Typical Day

North East -  Beginnings

  •  6:30 Chores: We rise with the light, circle for silent stretching then depart for morning chores: spring water, well water, firewood, breakfast cooks, barn chores, and project of the day (anything from shelling acorns to tending seedlings)  

  • 7:30 Breakfast (Fresh ground cornmeal porridge, goat milk, kale omelette!)

East -  Inspiration

  •  8:30 Morning Sit Spots: 20 minutes of observation and listening, a time for stillness and to connect with what’s happening outside our “human bubble”.

  • 9:00 Morning Journal: Time to record observations from sit spots, weather observations,  express thoughts, and respond to the daily prompt.

South East -  Motivation

  •  9:15 Morning Meeting: Sharing from journals, check in, poem of the day, logistics

South - Perseverance and Focus 

  • 9:45 AM Learning Block      

  • 12:30 Lunch (Chili with beans we just threshed, Cole slaw with cabbage and carrots from the root cellar, fresh sourdough baked during morning chores.)

Southwest - Rest and Reflection

  • 1:30 to 2:00 PM: Quiet time.  Some draw, write, climb a tree, nap…

West -  Renewed Focus and Energy  

  • 2:00 to 4:00 PM Learning Block       

  • 4:00 Free time

  • 5:00 Supper Prep for cooks of the day, otherwise continued free time

  • 6:00 Supper (Chicken and barley soup, fresh biscuits!)

Northwest - Gather and Share

  • Evening Circle, Story of the Day

 North  - Integration

  • Sleep