now we are seven

So much has happened since my first blog post!!

Epoche has transformed into a space even I couldn't quite have hoped for! Full of light, calm (even though it is craaaazy busy!), new nooks and an outlook into the world resembling that of a confident seven year old.

After the seven year incubation period in the soft pink womb of the previous incarnation of Epoche, the doors now open onto the street, welcoming new customers every day. Each day, we are hearing those very recognisable sounds of wonder and excitement! The beauty, spirit and wonder of my little shop is being discovered. (Have you guessed I'm a wee bit proud!)

So!!!! In full swing of Christmas cheer, I bring you a little slide show from the treasure trove...

For the wee gardener:

and the wee chef:

Every wee scurvy knave's dream...

Elsa Beskow fan, anyone?

Whimsical lighting, irresistible!

Not quite My Little Pony...

We three pirates of Orient are....lost?

Our smallest customer filling his baggie with Christmas pressies.

Farmyard friends.

Wayfaring folk looking for a prairie to call their home...

No I am not a birkenstock with a hole in it...and I am indeed called a pegasus...

For Mr and Mrs Claus, some evening Christmas crafting...

Strawberry Toes Forever...

For the special someone...

Honey scented evening light!

Blessings to all

 Mirakye x

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(n.) beginnings; (v.) beginning

It seems appropriate that on the verge of expanding the bricks and mortar space of my beautiful shop to open onto the streets of Kallista, I launch my blog!
Epoche is seven years old and suddenly I find a flood of memories pouring forth about how this all came to be.

The name "Epoche" came to me in a dream- literally. In my dream there was a little French looking wrought iron bracket with an oval swinging sign with "epoche" written on it beside a lovely old fashioned looking shop window. I was turning 40 and, after this experience, I declared to my partner that I thought I might open a Steiner shop in Kallista- the heart of the Dandenong Ranges. I decided that if I applied for the business name and got it, I would consider it a good omen to proceed.

To cut a long story short, I got the name and eventually found (after a rather challenging search) the perfect building which was completely hidden behind another shopfront and, to my amazement, had the beautiful window of my dream! I wept when I found it.

Above is a quick snap I took a couple of weeks ago after I'd set up my Spring seasonal table which shows the window and outside in my lovely garden is the hanging sign on the bracket. 
My four children have been educated at Steiner schools for their whole school life - two are still there.

The word 'epoch' is intrinsic to the Steiner curriculum where each year level adopts a particular evoutionary step in human consciousness; for instance the Norse mythology for Class 4. Below is a photo taken at my son's Norse boat launch: a beautiful handcrafted boat lovingly made in class by the children and their teacher. This is the kind of immersion in an epoch that I find most inspiring about this education.

It has always astounded me how Rudolf Steiner got it so right when matching the epochs with the age and stage of development of the children.

Choosing this path of education has been a sacred and growthful experience for my family, adults included.

Nine years ago I began studying Steiner Education here in Melbourne and opened my shop three years later. 

My shop feels like a blessed space in my community where all the values and gifts I have received on my journey can be celebrated. Epoche nurtures my soul. It fuels my creativity and I believe those who visit experience the warmth, abundance and inspiration.
In fact, my motto "Beauty. Spirit. Wonder." expresses this and has always been my underpinning motivation.

x Mirakye 

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Llamablue specialises in Squarespace and provides web design, web hosting, online stores and SEO strategies for businesses in and around Australia, USA, UK, Europe and internationally. Llamablue hosts customer websites in Australia - Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and now in the USA. We are expanding rapidly and can help you wherever you are based. So let's talk.