Rhythms and Routine

Rhythms and Routine

Almost everything in Triform is done for and with our community members with special needs. Their ages range from 18-35+ and they have been living at Triform for varying lengths of time. Everyone in Triform is asked and expected to do what they can to help run the community. You will be asked to help with household chores; dishwashing, cooking, laundry and cleaning. The household routine is similar to any family household but on a larger scale, with each member holding some level of responsibility. You will be asked as well to assist the residential young adults to perform their chores. Some volunteers are expected to help the young adults with special needs with their personal hygiene, such as supervising, bathing, tooth brushing, or dressing. In the morning you will be working in one of the work areas with some of the young adults, usually under the guidance of a more experienced coworker. Triform’s work areas are the farm, garden, estate, weavery, bakery, home economics, pottery, and forestry. You will work alongside the young adults and other coworkers, applying your skills or learning by doing. Our life very much revolves around the practical, rather than the theoretical side of therapeutic work (social therapy).

While work continues in the afternoon for some of the young adults, the majority of them attend afternoon classes in painting, history, eurythmy, handwork, drama, and botany. You may be asked either to continue working in the work areas or to assist (or even teach!) in the courses. In the evening, you may be responsible for helping with supper, or you may be invited out to eat at another house, or occasionally to go to a restaurant with people from your house. Evenings are open for social activities, necessary community or house meetings, study groups, or recreation. Because our days are full, it is common for the young people with special needs to retreat to their own rooms by nine o’clock or earlier, to listen to music or tend to personal needs. We do not have regular television viewing at Triform, although some houses may sometimes rent movies. Your social initiative and involvement in the evenings are greatly appreciated. For example, you could spend an hour one evening reading aloud for people in your house, or helping them write letters, or playing your guitar (or whatever your instrument may be). Weekends usually have ample time for relaxing. We clean our houses on Saturday mornings and have Bible evenings on most Saturday nights. There is usually an outing: a shopping trip, a hike, a trip to a museum or historical site, or concerts, plays or movies.