Finding Rhythm

“Everything has rhythm. Everything dances.” ~ Maya Angelou

A quiet moment at Whatcom Falls.

In this time of COVID, where everything seems so upended, I have been thinking a lot about the grounding qualities of rhythm for our children and for ourselves. The grace of universal rhythms is expressed in the the changing of the seasons, the phases of the moon, the ebb and flow of the tides, the earth’s rotation, and the beat of your very own heart. There is a lot of research to show that when we create a rhythm in our day for ourselves and our family we help remove a degree of stress. Creating a framework of predictable moments (waking, a contemplative cup of coffee or walk in the woods, sleeping, eating, bathing- at the same time etc.) engages the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and gives our sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) a break. I’m sure all of us can agree that with all the unpredictability, uncertainty, and stress in the world today, we have been spending a lot of time in sympathetic nervous system land!  Although everyone copes with stress differently, I invite all of us to be inspired to have a routine or rhythm that can help us and our family maintain a sense of normalcy and focus through tough times.

-Becky Brownlie (Enrollment & Outreach)

Finding Community

Sweet moments together during the 2019-20 school year at Whatcom Hills

Yesterday was International Friendship Day which made me think of how important connection is, especially during these strange and challenging times. Things that we took for granted like going out to dinner with a friend,  hugging an aging parent, having a birthday party, or attending a school festival or special event all take on a new significance now.  Although we must all distance for health and safety it is more important than ever to stay connected. We at Whatcom Hills  hope that you are able to find creative ways to reach out to those you love. Send a text or call someone you haven’t connected with for awhile, write an old fashioned letter and send via snail mail to a parent or grandparent, leave flowers on the doorstep of a neighbor, or bake together with friends over zoom. Remember through all of this to be a friend to yourself. Take good care by eating well, getting enough sleep, being kind to yourself and letting go of normal (whatever ‘normal’ is). We will get though this together! 

- Becky Brownlie (Enrollment & Outreach)

Welcome to Our New Website

When our school closed in March due to COVID-19 and we realized that our website would become much more critical with outreach, we decided to create a new site with the help of Alumnus, Dougal Brownlie (aka my son…who I co-opted!) In the past, our WHWS website was graciously created and maintained by parent, James Vierra with the help of Tom Cahill and others, and for that we have been infinitely grateful. We knew that we would need to update information daily and add a lot of new content (eg visual tours etc.) that we could do from the office without inconveniencing James. We hope that you enjoy it!

PS: if you are an Alumni, we would love to hear what you’ve been doing here.

-Becky Brownlie (Enrollment & Outreach)

WHWS 8th Grade Class of 2020 Graduation

On Saturday June 13, 2020 Whatcom Hills Waldorf School had 14 eighth grade graduates take part in an unconventional ceremony. It was a heartfelt day in which students and their families took part in a car parade to celebrate their final day as students, and their first as alumni of Whatcom Hills. Wishing them every success and congratulations to all!


  • Olga Mellor


  • Elias Anderson
  • Forest Bracht
  • Gus Chionis
  • Lucy Donald
  • Nevhye Egging
  • Elinor Hall
  • Pearl Hoats
  • River Mariott
  • Stella Marshall
  • Abigail Ormsby
  • Nathan Picco
  • Jakob Renner
  • Marlena Schroeder Giese
  • Elodie Vierra