It seemed so unlikely that the small blue engine could really pull several train cars filled with children, toys, and groceries up and over the mountain...
She was not the biggest and she was not the strongest.
The odds seemed stacked against her. Others could not do the job, so why should she even try?
But the sun was setting and the children needed to get home and the food and toys needed to be delivered to town. She decided to give it her all.
The Little Engine hooked up the train cars and chugged uphill.
She went slowly at first...
But she employed a tool to help her achieve her goal. And what was that?
A mantra: “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.”
She used the power of her mind to rise to the occasion and do her service. Joyfully.
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As homeschooling moms, we often feel like the odds are stacked against us...It can feel almost impossible to have a simple happy homeschool!
We so often feel like we're behind or not doing things right...
Does this sound familiar? There’s A TON of love and closeness one day, but then the next day - everyone’s irritable and the power struggle begins, again?
It’s so disappointing to see things unravel and as moms...It can just break our hearts!
But our strength as moms is that we don’t give up. We're keenly aware that this is the most important job of our lifetime. Raising these children.
We carry on!
And guess what? We’re SO powerful!
I invite you to consider joining me and a small group of homeschooling moms going on a journey to harness our power and creativity, and find freedom on the other side...
By doing this together, the truth is, we’re much more likely to succeed.
“One of the biggest things that changed in my life after Inner Work Journey was being patient with myself and giving myself more grace. When things don’t go according to plan, in homeschooling or just in parenting in general, I’m just so much less harsh on myself and more gentle with myself. It’s just a much nicer place to live!”
This 12-week journey will be an opportunity to transform your beliefs about yourself and your homeschooling so you can discover your way forward.
You will expand beyond reaction-mode and limiting beliefs to honor your true values.
This is the “thinking- feeling-willing” process that Rudolf Steiner (founder of Waldorf education) talks about. As applied to our personal experiences as homeschooling parents.
What you’ll get in Inner Work Journey is a simple way to work with your own mind and develop practices that guide your thoughts in day to day life.
You’ll walk away feeling empowered to become the mom you know you can be.
This is a path to acceptance and possibility.
Homeschooling isn’t just all about our children.
We’re on a journey of self-discovery too!
Gathering 1: Cleansing the Lens Through Which You See Yourself & the World
Why do we tend to blame ourselves or others when things don’t go as planned? In this first Gathering, we’ll start our journey by learning techniques for accepting our circumstances no matter what they are. And practice fully accepting ourselves exactly as we are!
Gathering 2: Self-Care as a Way of Life
Our own well-being begins with self-compassion. Then comes self-care. But in the midst of our busy homeschooling lives, we so often put ourselves last. When we get in touch with what’s most important to us, self-care flows naturally. This is the sweet spot for motherhood and homeschooling! You will learn to trust yourself and take care of yourself. So you have a store of inner strength to draw on every day.
Gathering 3: Discovering Your True Spirit, Honoring What You Find
Inner work is not about trying to think positive thoughts. If we push away and avoid unpleasant thoughts and feelings, we tend to stay stuck rather than work through them. Then when life gets challenging (and it does!), we often think it’s because we’re just not trying hard enough to be positive. The old thoughts, feelings, and habits appear time and time again. Let’s discover how to experience ourselves as we are, look deeper, and truly understand the soul message underneath.
Gathering 4: Thinking, Feeling, & Willing in Daily Life
Many seekers and educators have talked about training our thoughts. In this Gathering, I want to share a powerful model for transforming our thoughts, feelings, and actions by understanding that our circumstances do not dictate our inner experience. We have the power to guide our thinking and I’m going to show you how to bring this practice into your daily life. Even with kids in the mix!
Gathering 5: Being a Beacon of Light in Your Relationships
Our closest relationships call us to be vulnerable. In my own life as well as in working with hundreds of homeschooling moms, I know how hard it is to set and hold boundaries with love. You’ll learn new approaches to create and hold the emotional space for your family without losing yourself.
Gathering 6: Gaining Confidence & Strengthening Intuition as You Go
Confidence comes by regularly practicing a process or structure that works. In this Gathering, I'll show you how to strengthen that confidence so you can ignite your intuition and stop doubting yourself, your truth, and your path. This is the way forward on your Inner Work Journey.
The Inner Work Journey includes:
- 6 Live Gatherings online with teaching + Q&A (90 minutes via Zoom, video + audio replays available)
- 6 Reflection Guides for in between our gatherings
- 3 Audio Meditations for you to download and listen to anytime
- Journey Partners for accountability and sharing
Community in our Private Facebook Group for all Inner Work Journey participants, past and present
Lifetime access to all lessons, recordings, reflection worksheets, audio meditations, the Facebook group, and bonuses.
"As my kids got older and I realized how depleted I was becoming, I realized...Oh, inner work! Right. So I need to sustain myself for this homeschooling work I'm doing. It's not just all give, give, give. We have to be rejuvenated and feel like we're getting something from the experience, too."
In case we haven't met yet...Hi! I’m Jean Miller, a mother of three who homeschooled for 25+ years.
With all three children (two boys and a girl) in their twenties and early thirties, I now get to mentor homeschooling parents like you.
I love helping homeschoolers like you ~ who are striving for holistic homeschooling and parenting ~ to start where they are and feel good about that.
When people ask me what I do, I often say...
“I help homeschooling parents interested in a hands-on approach find ways of customizing the curriculum to make it work for their children and family. But what I really do is help mothers feel like they’re enough.”
Kriya Practice for Self Love with Allison Manzer
Alison leads us through a short yoga sequence with breath and movement to incorporate into a daily inner work practice. Certified in Kundalini yoga, Alison teaches yoga to teens in Austin, TX.
Poems for Parenting
Enjoy this beautiful collection of poems to light the path as you journey inward.
Songs for the Journey Playlist
We've created a playlist of nourishing songs for your Inner Work Journey. Over 20 beautiful songs to bring you comfort and inspiration over on Spotify, plus 6 more songs from Jean’s singing group, Heartsong.
Yoga as Inner Work Conversation with Allison & Jean
Yoga and inner work both invite us to get quiet. Listen in as Alison and Jean talk about how yoga can help center us so we can be more accepting of our circumstances and be more present as we go about our days.
“Before joining Inner Work Journey, I felt overwhelmed and like I was never doing enough. I had no idea how many emotions I had been holding back just to manage through my days. During this journey, I was able to work through some of the more difficult thoughts and patterns that I was stuck in. Jean is a fantastic cheerleader and teacher. She will reach your soul and help you see the best version of yourself. “
“As I reflect back over the past year, this experience really solidified the importance of taking time to care for myself. I make time every day now to do something creative and that’s part of my inner work. I know that I’m worth it and that I’m actually born with that right to give myself that time. The Inner Work Journey was really what brought it all together for me.”
“You're the best mentor I've had and I've had a few, lol! Your practical-while-remaining-true-to-Steiner approach, as well as the spaces and tools you've set up on the internet, have made me come back for more and more. The people showing up in your community are caring and generous, and it feels like I am part of a team/something bigger/more accountable than just me, alone at home.”Angie, mother of two
“I tried two other consultants, and neither compared to Jean by any stretch. I am so happy I found her. I walk away from each call with a plethora of new ideas, confirmations, and resources. She is encouraging, very knowledgeable and has an overall positive energy that I can feel through the phone. What a blessing to have found such a great person and resource that I can turn to during this crazy and beautiful journey called homeschooling!”Sarah, mother of two
“I found my way to Jean's work at just the right time. I am finally shedding some of my dogmatic thinking around Waldorf and realizing that the gifts I have as a homeschooling mother are really what my family needs and that I can embody the Waldorf ideals without worrying about how they compare to an actual Waldorf classroom. Jean's work is really affirming and freeing!”Monica, mother of two
“All of Jean's ideas, resources, and reassurance just made me feel so much better. I came away with both a practical, realistic plan for the rest of the school year, as well as a sense of confidence that I haven't had until now. Jean is really great at what she does, and I'm so thankful she is sharing her knowledge and experience.”Leah, mother of three
“I found Jean when I was feeling stuck with planning, and losing too much sleep and quality time with my family. Consulting with Jean has been inspiring! She is thoughtfully prepared for each call which leaves me with the tools I need every time. By the end of our calls, I find myself refocused and enthusiastic about moving ahead - and looking forward to a sound night's sleep!”Mindy, mother of one
How will I access the course material?
You'll receive all the instructions you need once you sign up! Weekly emails with links to all materials including the Live Gatherings on Zoom (a free online meeting platform) will go out every Tuesday morning or Wednesday morning. The replays and all learning materials will be uploaded into an online learning platform and you'll have lifetime access to all materials.
What happens next?
After you purchase the Journey, you'll receive a confirmation email from Thinkific (the learning platform host) inviting you to login to the Inner Work Journey course where you'll find your Welcome Letter. Everything you need to join the Facebook group and prepare for our journey will be inside.
How does the 2-payment option work? When is the second payment be due?
To choose the 2-pay option, simply click that link (once registration opens) and make your first payment. You'll then be charged the second payment on your credit card 30 days after your first payment.
Is this only for Waldorf homeschoolers?
No! ALL homeschooling moms are welcome no matter what approach you use. We will touch on Rudolf Steiner's thinking-feeling-willing ideas during a few of the gatherings. But he certainly wasn't the only educator to explore the inner life of the teacher or parent! This journey is open to all homeschoolers who want to expand their capacity for acceptance, presence, and intuition.
How often do you offer The Inner Work Journey?
Once a year starting in March.