鶹ֱ Full-Time Waldorf Teacher Education in Canada Fri, 01 Dec 2023 21:26:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.4 /wp-content/uploads/2020/11/cropped-RSCT-star-trans-512-32x32.png 鶹ֱ 32 32 鶹ֱ Student to Perform at Advent Fair Dec. 2nd /rscc-student-to-perform-at-advent-fair-dec-2nd/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rscc-student-to-perform-at-advent-fair-dec-2nd Wed, 29 Nov 2023 22:03:36 +0000 /?p=4435 It often happens that in the 鶹ֱ full time teacher education program at 鶹ֱ there are students who have special gifts and talents in some particular art form. This year one of those specially-talented artists is Carlisle Anderson-Frank. Carlisle has been asked to share his musical gifts by performing in a concert this coming Saturday […]

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Carlisle Anderson-Frank and Allison Coldwell

It often happens that in the 鶹ֱ full time teacher education program at 鶹ֱ there are students who have special gifts and talents in some particular art form. This year one of those specially-talented artists is Carlisle Anderson-Frank. Carlisle has been asked to share his musical gifts by performing in a concert this coming Saturday Dec. 2nd at the Advent Fair at the Christian Community as part of a program titled “Baroque to Folk”. Here’s the artist biography he wrote for the concert poster:

Carlisle Anderson-Frank began his studies in music at the age of three. He has an ARCT in piano from the Royal Conservatory or Music and a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where he also studied voice and composition. He was the winner of the 2014 Northwest International Piano Ensemble Competition in Vancouver, BC. The piano is his wife, and the cello is his mistress, but the recorder is his master.”

Carlisle will be sharing the program with another young local musician, Allison Coldwell, who will be bringing up more of the folk end of the concert with Celtic fiddle music. Interestingly, both Allison and Carlisle are alumni of the Toronto Waldorf School.

Here is the program of pieces which Carlisle will perform this Saturday, starting at 2:30 pm:

Fantasia no.3 in D minor Georg Philip Telemann
Alto Recorder

From Études -Tableaux op.39 Sergei Rachmaninov
No. 3 F# minor
No. 4 B minor
Piano

From 2 Tales op.20 Nikolai Medtner
Bb minor
From 6 Tales op. 51
A minor
Piano

Suite III in C major BWV 1009 J.S. Bach
Prelude
Violoncello

From 7 Charakterstücke Felix Mendelssohn
Kraftig und Feurig
Piano

In the second half-hour of the program, Allison, and her piano accompanist Eva, will perform a medley of Celtic fiddle music

Here’s the complete poster for the concert:

Program Notes

Carlisle has also thoughtfully provided the following program notes in case anyone is not familiar with these composers:

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) stands alone in the pantheon of musical giants throughout history. In fact, he is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific composer of all time. Almost entirely self-taught, Telemann dropped out of law school against his family’s wishes in order to pursue a musical career. He made the right choice, for although difficulties in his personal life abounded, his career was astonishing. He settled in Hamburg in 1721, where he was appointed music director of the city’s five largest churches! No instrument evaded his mastery, and he remained at the forefront of musical culture throughout his long and prosperous life.  Telemann incorporated French, German, Italian, and Polish national styles into his music. In his lifetime, he was in fact more widely regarded than his closest friend, J.S. Bach. Telemann was the namesake and godfather of Bach’s second eldest (and most musical) son, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.

Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) seldom needs an introduction, since he quickly  became a household name in the West after leaving Russia following the outbreak of revolution in 1917.  The  composer was born into an aristocratic family at the height of the Russian empire. As a student, he frequently skipped classes, altered his report cards, and generally failed academic studies. However, he showed great brilliance in all things musical. By the time he left Russia, he was already a huge star. Like a true celebrity, he eventually settled in Beverly Hills, but struggled to master the English language and acclimate himself to western culture. He missed Russia and its people, and spent most of his energy throughout his later years concertizing. His skill as a pianist was renowned throughout his life. The op.39 Études-Tableaux, was completed in 1917 as he returned to his childhood summer home. The estate,  known as Ivanovka, was seized by communist authorities, and in virtual ruin. The haunting melodicism, evocative harmonies, and brilliant pianistic textures aptly convey the feelings he had for the Russia he left behind forever on December 22, 1917. 

Nikolai Karlovich Medtner (1880-1951) never achieved the stardom and status of his close friend and champion, Rachmaninov. “No one tells such tales as Kolya!” Rachmaninov exclaimed delightedly after Medtner played his op. 51 set to a private audience. And in 1921, Rachmaninov wrote to his friend “I repeat what I said to you back in Russia: you are, in my opinion, the greatest composer of our time.”

But Medtner eschewed a performance career,  despite his titanic abilities on the instrument. He remained in Russia until well after the revolution. Rachmaninov arranged a concert tour of North America for Medtner in 1924. His concerts were frequently all-Medtner programs, though he  did love to play a few other composers, in particular Beethoven, whom he considered to be his greatest teacher in the spiritual realm. Medtner lived most of his adult life in London. His music, written almost exclusively for the piano, is steeped in Russian folklore. Chief among his vast output are his 38 Skazki, translated as “Tales”. They contain some of the most poignant storytelling ever to be channeled through the piano, and Medtner’s star is forever rising. 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Bach is widely considered to be the greatest of all  composers; remarkably little is known about his personal life. He was certainly no stranger to tragedy, having lost both parents in childhood, his first wife, and 12 of his 20 children before the age of three. Frequent conflict with employers and other authority figures regularly marred his career. He began to compose his famous set of 48 Preludes and Fugues known as The Well-Tempered Klavier, from the confines of a prison cell. The six Suites for solo cello were largely forgotten until the 20th century, when they were brought to prominence by the Spanish cellist Pablo Casals.

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn was the grandson of a prominent Jewish-German  philosopher. Mendelssohn & Co was the dominant force in European banking from 1795 until 1939. Felix’s mother, Lea Salomen, came from another culturally distinguished Jewish family. Felix was born in Hamburg, at that time an independent city state. Due to growing anti-Semitism and fear of French reprisal for the Mendelssohn bank’s role in breaking Napoleon’s Continental System blockade, the family fled to Berlin in disguise. Felix, uncircumcised, was raised without any religion until the age of seven. In 1816, Felix was baptized by the Reformed Church, and the family adopted the Christian surname Bartholdy. 

The second of four children, Felix was given a thorough musical education. His older sister Fanny displayed prodigious musical talent from an early age, and famously played 24 Preludes and Fugues of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier by memory at the age of 14 for her father’s birthday. An incredible composer in her own right, she began teaching Felix counterpoint while he was still a small child. 

Felix, like his sister, studied Bach’s music with unstoppable energy.  J.S. Bach’s music had fallen  out of favour in the generations since his passing. His style was considered dry, overly-intellectual, academic, and even boring. Felix initiated what would one day be called the 19th century Bach revival, by conducting a public performance of the St Matthew Passion in 1829, just over a century after it was composed. With his father’s limitless financial backing, only the finest musicians were hired, and the performance was a resounding success. Felix, aged 20, became an international celebrity, and began touring with his own compositions. 

Goethe himself was a close friend of Mendelssohn. He once compared the young Felix, to Mozart, whose talent as a child prodigy he had also witnessed in person fifty-some years prior. Speaking to Felix’s teacher, Goethe said “what your pupil already accomplishes, bears the same relation to Mozart of that time that the cultivated talk of a grown-up person bears to the prattle of a child”. 

The short fugue on today’s program was written by a teenaged Mendelssohn, undoubtedly inspired by Bach. Its contrapuntal brilliance barely contains the unfettered joy that the young genius found in Bach’s music. 

Carlisle Anderson-Frank 

Allison’s Part of the Program

This was finalized too late to be included in the printed program, but here are the elements in her “medley of Celtic tunes”:

Benny and Bea’s Waltz 

Swallowtail Jig/ Irish Washerwoman/ Kesh Jig 

Canadian Sunshine/ Kerry Polka 

Skye Boat Song 

Original piece by Eva 

Mason’s Apron 

Ashokan Farewell 

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鶹ֱ Students on a Return Visit to the Seminary /rscc-students-on-a-return-visit-to-the-seminary/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rscc-students-on-a-return-visit-to-the-seminary Wed, 29 Nov 2023 00:56:57 +0000 /?p=4408 Back at the end of September 鶹ֱ teacher education students invited the students from the Seminary of the Christian Community in North America to their Michaelmas festival. And then just recently the Seminary students invited the 鶹ֱ students to come to their end of term presentation of their work with “The Word” on Wednesday November […]

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Seminary directors Patrick Kennedy and Jonah Evans with the seminary students on stage on Wed. Nov. 22nd.

Back at the end of September 鶹ֱ teacher education students invited the students from the Seminary of the Christian Community in North America to their Michaelmas festival. And then just recently the Seminary students invited the 鶹ֱ students to come to their end of term presentation of their work with “The Word” on Wednesday November 22nd. Here are some pictures from that visit:

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Claire welcomes everyone to the presentation. This was the 鶹ֱ students’ first visit to the local Christian Community — a purpose-built church designed by an anthroposophical architect in Germany and constructed around the turn of the last century.
Seminary student Shannon (from Spring Valley, New York) described one of the art exercises they had done under the direction of Regine Kurek, who also taught at the 鶹ֱ Summer Festival. The exercise involved painting a beautiful picture, then ripping it up and creating a collage out of the pieces – which one could see as an exercise in the Christ theme of death and rebirth.
Danill, a seminary student from Russia, retells the story of Elijah. Behind him are more examples of the students’ work with Regine Kurek. The black and white faces are the students’ attempt to work with the visage of Steiner’s Representative of Humanity.
Seminary student Christopher (from the state of Georgia in the US) offers an animated recitation.
Min, a seminary student from China (via Camphill in the US), recites a poem about work.
After the presentations, it was time for refreshments. Here James Brian is talking with Rev. Jonah Evans and two 鶹ֱ students.
Socializing after the presentations
鶹ֱ students talking with Christopher after the presentations
João Torunsky, the Christian Community’s Erzoberlenker (leader of the world movement), spent the last three weeks sitting in on classes at the Toronto seminary. Here he is sharing breakfast with the students on the morning before their presentations.

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Part-Time Early Childhood Program Starting June 2024 /part-time-early-childhood-program-starting-june-2024/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=part-time-early-childhood-program-starting-june-2024 Tue, 28 Nov 2023 22:47:00 +0000 /?p=4404 If you are working in Waldorf Early Childhood and want to become certified…. 鶹ֱ’s Professional Development for Waldorf Early Childhood Teachers program could be right for you. This program offers a Birth-to-Three certificate in the one year stream and also a Birth-to-Seven certificate in the two year stream. Intake of new students […]

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If you are working in Waldorf Early Childhood and want to become certified….

鶹ֱ’s Professional Development for Waldorf Early Childhood Teachers program could be right for you.

This program offers a Birth-to-Three certificate in the one year stream and also a Birth-to-Seven certificate in the two year stream. Intake of new students into both of these streams happens every two years. The next cohort starts in June of 2024, just seven months from now.

Call or email Karen Weyler, Director of Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education at 鶹ֱ, to begin your journey. Karen can be reached at kweyler@rscc.ca or 905-764-7570.

REGISTER SOON! – Tuition Fees Will Be Increasing in April of 2024.

Photo: Some of the students in the 鶹ֱ Part-Time Professional Development for Waldorf Early Childhood Teachers program present a marionette show for the local community during one of their intensives, June 30th, 2023.

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Two Free Talks with Dr. Kenneth McAlister /two-free-talks-with-dr-kenneth-mcalister/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=two-free-talks-with-dr-kenneth-mcalister Tue, 28 Nov 2023 17:35:44 +0000 /?p=4398 鶹ֱ is pleased to present two free talks with Dr. Kenneth McAlister. On December 2nd Dr. McAlister will be talking about Understanding the Deeper Dynamics of Christmas and the following Saturday, Dec. 9th, he will be talking about The Logos. Both talks are from 9 to 10:30 am. No need to pre-register. Just show up. […]

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Dr. Kenneth McAlister

鶹ֱ is pleased to present two free talks with Dr. Kenneth McAlister. On December 2nd Dr. McAlister will be talking about Understanding the Deeper Dynamics of Christmas and the following Saturday, Dec. 9th, he will be talking about The Logos. Both talks are from 9 to 10:30 am. No need to pre-register. Just show up. : /free-talks-with-dr-kenneth-mcalister/

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鶹ֱ at Student Life Expo, Toronto Convention Centre /rscc-at-student-life-expo-toronto-convention-centre/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rscc-at-student-life-expo-toronto-convention-centre Sun, 19 Nov 2023 01:10:43 +0000 /?p=4342 This past Saturday November 18th, James, Marta, Kayla and Michaela went downtown to the Convention Centre in Toronto with a lot of brochures, art and craft work samples, and a slide show of photos to set up a booth at the Student Life Expo. The College has never done anything like this before so this […]

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This past Saturday November 18th, James, Marta, Kayla and Michaela went downtown to the Convention Centre in Toronto with a lot of brochures, art and craft work samples, and a slide show of photos to set up a booth at the Student Life Expo.

The College has never done anything like this before so this was a step into a public space which was billed as a place for high school students to look for their next step in life. James took some photos of the Expo and the 鶹ֱ booth and of some of the people who stopped by to see what the College had to offer.

The Student Expo is an annual event organized for colleges and universities to showcase their offerings to the expected audience of around 3,000 high school students about to graduate and looking for higher education.

鶹ֱ goal in presenting at this expo was not so much to increase enrollment in the college programs, which may happen, but to raise awareness of 鶹ֱ and Waldorf education amongst the general public.

To this end, we consider the day a success.
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Kayla what a host!

Dozens of guests stopped by our booth to look at the art and main lesson books on display and to take brochures describing our programs and teacher education and foundation studies.

Kayla Clavero engaged visitors in a lively manner, talking to them about the essentials of Waldorf education and recounting her own positive experiences at 鶹ֱ

Micaela giving a drawing lesson

Micaela Gonzalez, a graduate of our full-time teacher education program of 2021/22, demonstrated wax crayon drawing to many participants who stopped by our booth.

Our table – main lesson books, ECE dolls beeswax and more

As well James showed visitors how to make simple animal figures out of beeswax. Many left with beeswax figures or drawings proudly in hand.

As well, we had a little visitor, Gunoor, whose mother had a booth nearby. Gunoor spent the afternoon with us, drawing, modeling beeswax, and hearing stories from our early childhood graduate, Kayla.

A young visitor doing drawing with beeswax crayons

It was a wonderful day for presenting our college. Many thanks to Marta for the idea and for the organization of the event and to Kayla and Micaela for their wonderful engagement with the visitors.

Micaela with another guest artist
Kayla and Marta: two indomitable representatives of 鶹ֱ
Kayla telling a story to our young visitor, Gunoor

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Michaelmas Festival with 鶹ֱ and Seminary Students /michaelmas-festival-with-rscc-and-seminary-students/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=michaelmas-festival-with-rscc-and-seminary-students Sat, 18 Nov 2023 23:10:48 +0000 /?p=4315 Every year at Michaelmas the full-time Teacher Education class plans a festival with invited guests, usually from the larger 鶹ֱ community of friends and supporters. This year, as an additional innovation the invitation list was expanded to include students and teachers from the Seminary of the Christian Community in North America, which is located just […]

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Every year at Michaelmas the full-time Teacher Education class plans a festival with invited guests, usually from the larger 鶹ֱ community of friends and supporters. This year, as an additional innovation the invitation list was expanded to include students and teachers from the Seminary of the Christian Community in North America, which is located just 15 minutes walk from 鶹ֱ, around the corner on Rutherford Rd.

The Seminary moved here from Spring Valley in 2019, and this year they have a full cohort of about nine students, three from the US, three from communist or former communist countries, and three from South America. Both priests who lead the seminary, Jonah Evans and Patrick Kennedy attended Waldorf schools in California.

This year’s festival included brief introductions from the Teacher Education students, dramatization of a fairy tale, a simple craft everyone could do, dragon bread, hot apple cider and time for informal socializing. Photos are from the festival.

And now that the Seminary term is drawing to a close, the seminary students have invited the 鶹ֱ teacher education class and faculty over to the seminary this coming Wednesday November 29th at 11:45 am for a sharing of the seminary students’ work with “the word”, followed by refreshments.

This will take place shortly after Jonah Evans’ Living with Christ group which meets on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 in person and online. . Jonah is also one of the featured presenters in the 鶹ֱ’s Introduction to Anthroposophy online course.

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Teacher Education students introduce themselves
Dramatizing a fairy tale
Making leaf-themed Michaelmas decorations
Slicing the dragon bread
Seminary students Danill (from Russia) and Silke (from East Germany via England) talk to 鶹ֱ student Hannah (from Canada)
Two seminary students from South America
One of the seminary directors, Jonah Evans, jokes with students.
Seminary director Patrick Kennedy talks with Chandra.

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November & December Events – Local and on Zoom /november-december-events-local-and-on-zoom/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=november-december-events-local-and-on-zoom Tue, 07 Nov 2023 23:46:05 +0000 /?p=4292 There are several events of anthroposophical interest happening this month and next in the local Thornhill community and in the Zoom world. In this post we will summarize a few such events that we know about. Polaris Branch Workshop Nov 25th and Talk Nov. 29th The local Polaris branch of the Anthroposophical Society is planning […]

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There are several events of anthroposophical interest happening this month and next in the local Thornhill community and in the Zoom world. In this post we will summarize a few such events that we know about.

Polaris Branch Workshop Nov 25th and Talk Nov. 29th

The local Polaris branch of the Anthroposophical Society is planning a workshop with council members from across Canada on Saturday Nov. 25th. This event is part of the Society’s year-long work with the 100th anniversary of the refounding of the Society following the burning of the first Goetheanum. Participation in this event is open to members and friends and anyone connected with or interested in anthroposophy or the anthroposophical movement.

There is also a second event which will be an evening talk Wed. Nov. 29th with Bert Chase, who is General Secretary for the Society in Canada. Bert was also the architect for the new wing (finished in 2011) of Hesperus Village. The photo above shows the recently repainted foyer of that new wing of Hesperus. The lazur painting of the lobby was done recently by visiting artist Charles Andrede.

See event details for both the Nov. 25th and Nov. 29th events below:. Be sure to RSVP if you want to take part. Send in the info requested in the dotted box in the program below in plenty of time as organizers need to know how many meals to order:

Advent Fair Saturday December 2

Another major upcoming local event is the Advent Fair at the Christian Community church, which is located just around the corner, as it were, from 鶹ֱ, at 901 Rutherford. Many Waldorf schools have fairs around this time of the year be they winter fairs or Christmas fairs, but the main such event in Thornhill is the Advent Fair Dec 2nd at the Christian Community. Sometimes students from 鶹ֱ have come to help with Waldorf-type children’s craft activities and such at this fair. See details for the fair on the poster below:

Threefolding and Artificial Intelligence – a Zoom Series

Next Sunday Nov. 12th will be the second in a series of three Zoom meetings on the subject of Threefolding and AI. This series is sponsored by Mystech, an American group that focuses on the intersection of technology and spirituality. Here’s a bit about the series:

“How might we best navigate these times of fast-paced change in technology and society? Do these increasing disruptions in our time represent an opening to demonstrate the benefits of societal threefolding in facilitating a decent and humane future for all? How might we participate and contribute together? These themes and more will be explored in this special webinar series facilitated and attended by veterans of the technology industry.”

You can read more about the series at: https://threefolding.substack.com/p/threefolding-and-artificial-intelligence

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Sekem Zoom Workshop on Holistic Research

Also coming up soon is a Zoom workshop from Sekem, the anthroposophical community that works towards threefolding, located in Egypt. The topic is Holistic Research. This will be on Monday 27th of November at 7:30 pm CET (Central European Time). They write:

“The spiritual approach was an important part of the creation of the SEKEM Vision Goals (SVGs) that made us move beyond the common framework of thinking. SVGs guide us in innovation, and in order to realize them till 2057, Heliopolis University established research centers and research laboratories that handle all the important topics, from integrative health to sustainable agriculture.

In the realm of holistic science, integrative health takes center stage as it aligns with the fundamental principles of addressing health from a whole-person perspective. Holistic medicine does not just focus on the treatment of a specific illness, but uses a whole-body approach, focusing on the body, mind, and spirit. It acknowledges that individuals are not merely physical beings, but rather complex organisms that are influenced by various factors such as their psychology, social environment, and spirituality.

Biodynamic agriculture is the heart of SEKEM activities. Originally this concept was developed by Austrian scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner in 1924. It was the first of the organic farming movements, which was suggesting that any farm should be treated as a whole living organism. Biodynamic farming practices give the finest circumstances for plants and animals to grow and express themselves fully, just as nature intended. Biodynamic farming produces high quality nutritional food that nourishes not only the body but also the soul and spirit, and that gives a positive effect on human’s mental and emotional state.”

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Report on the Waldorf Development Conference with Christof Wiechert Nov 3-4, 2023 /conference-report-nov-3-4/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=conference-report-nov-3-4 Mon, 06 Nov 2023 14:16:07 +0000 /?p=4266 Last Friday and Saturday November, 3-4 鶹ֱ hosted our annual Waldorf Development Conference featuring Christof Wiechert as the keynote speaker. Christof worked as a Waldorf teacher in The Hague for 30 years and was head of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum from 1999 to 2012. He now dedicates himself to pedagogical […]

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Last Friday and Saturday November, 3-4 鶹ֱ hosted our annual Waldorf Development Conference featuring Christof Wiechert as the keynote speaker. Christof worked as a Waldorf teacher in The Hague for 30 years and was head of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum from 1999 to 2012. He now dedicates himself to pedagogical advising and teaching at home and abroad. We were fortunate to have Christof as guest for the second year in a row to share his lifetime of experience and study.

The early childhood part-time students put together a delicious soup for the early-bird supper on Friday evening to greet the early arrivals. In all there were 120 teachers present, both in person and online.
 
Christof brought many new insights, some going back to first principles of Waldorf pedagogy, that perhaps have not been so obvious over the last 100 years of the movement. Some, especially in answer to questions, addressed the particular challenges of teaching the children who come to our schools today.

In his keynote on Friday evening, Christof spoke of anthroposophy and education emphasizing that anthroposophy is expansive, not contractive, that the purpose of anthroposophy is to expand human horizons. He noted the development of AI as a threat to our children’s human future. He spoke of the three missions of Waldorf education today and the seven aspects of the etheric body when freeing from the physical body. The goal of education is to develop thinking, character, habits and memory in children. For example, the role of memory through learning poems and songs is to anchor the identity/feeling of self of the child in their life path.

Lunch time on Saturday. People enjoyed the sandwiches and cookies from Glencolton Farm.

He also spoke of the importance of the integration of the spirit/soul and life/body – a process that takes 20 years of careful pedagogical consideration and application. For example – why do art? The arts integrate the human being in specific ways by bringing ideas and activity together, that is, integrating, supporting the threefold nature of the soul.

Clara Hilts leading the introductory singing on Saturday morning

On Saturday, Christof presented the basic pedagogical principles of the Art of Good Teaching. He showed that there are subjects that deal with the past in the form of images, for example writing, and subjects that deal with the future, like dialogue and music. Finding the elusive balance between the two is to practice “good teaching”.

Two of Clara’s songs from Saturday morning

He spoke of the necessity for parent education. In Holland, for example, there are parent academies, also for class parents. He spoke of the causes of ADHD by suppressing early childhood movement and the need to provide age-appropriate pedagogical methods for young children (not intellectualism, but imitation and free play).

Small group discussion Saturday morning

Reincarnation and karma, threshold experiences, balancing a strength in an artistic skill you bring with other activities, and the use of time and rhythm in lessons were the topics chosen for lively discussion groups. In a shared conversation Christof answered questions from the gathered teachers.

Clara’s musical introduction with singing for everyone was well received by the in-person crowd. She had even written one of the songs especially for this occasion, on her way up to the conference. Impressive!

The day ended with singing with Clara and a circle that encompassed the whole of the Toronto Waldorf School forum. 

Merwin Lewis from London WS, was among the conference participants, shown here in small group discussion.

Special thanks to the Toronto Waldorf School for hosting the event in the school forum, to Karen Weyler and the early childhood teachers for preparing the delicious Friday evening supper, to Marta Bak for her seamless organization of the event, and to the full-time and early childhood students for the warm décor of the College Cafe and the nutritious refreshments served during the day. 

Another animated small group discussion from Saturday morning

Testimonials

“It was a truly wonderful experience to be at the 鶹ֱ, for all the pedagogical and also sentimental reasons. I find myself learning and discovering other dimensions of the Waldorf philosophy, I have not encountered before. I am grateful for the teachers like Christof, and Georg Locher in the past, who bring us closer to the messages that we all seek. I know that we need to do our own, inner work which the mentors like Christof are trying to inspire within us. My gratitude for this precious experience.”

“Thank you for the wonderful conference. We went home nourished by the words of wisdom and wonderful hospitality with delicious food at the 鶹ֱ. Wishing you a beautiful rest of the fall term and Advent preparations.”

Thank you, Marta! It was wonderful and the zoom worked out well from my end!

Kawennontie, Otistokwi:yo and Wahsonti:io from the Everlasting Tree School

How do you plan to use what you learned?
• Everyday, especially the time and spatial sphere information
• Apply the concepts and methods to my teaching and share with fellow faculty
• How to navigate between time and space during my lessons – what subjects belong to each sphere
• I learned about the importance of mastering teaching
• To read many more books about anthroposophy and Waldorf education
• The importance of the temperaments, knowing your own and the children in your care
• This deeply foundation of basics help me re-find my compass and healed the exhaustion
• It offered a perspective wide enough for me to regard the arising issues of questions anew
• In my work with students in the classroom, taking this into my meditative work too
• How to bring integration into the classroom daily life
• To consider the flow of spatial and time spheres in a kindergarten rhythm
• The language of spatial versus time was a way of thinking about types of lessons and balancing them. The overall idea was not new I guess but it was simplified and digestible.

There were plenty of questions from participants after the small group discussions.
Another question.
Marg Beard shared some of her own experience working with challenging children together with a homeschooling parent group.
Christof’s blackboard – the idea here is for the teacher to strike a balance, alternating between spatial and time activities.

The video recordings from the conference will be part of the online course we’ll be putting together for the new year featuring material from several different expert teachers: “Deepening Waldorf Practice: Four Experienced Teachers Share Their Insights”

For our current online course “Anthroposophy: An Introduction”, please go to /online/

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鶹ֱ Seeks New Executive Director and Program Director Waldorf Teacher Education /exec-director-program-director-waldorf/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exec-director-program-director-waldorf Sun, 05 Nov 2023 01:52:40 +0000 /?p=4253 鶹ֱ is pleased to announce that we are hiring for two positions: Executive Director and Program Director Waldorf Teacher Education. We will be sending out this message to our existing subscribers list by email. We will also be sending it to other contacts throughout the anthroposophical world in an effort to find […]

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鶹ֱ is pleased to announce that we are hiring for two positions: Executive Director and Program Director Waldorf Teacher Education. We will be sending out this message to our existing subscribers list by email. We will also be sending it to other contacts throughout the anthroposophical world in an effort to find and attract the right people to take on these positions and lead 鶹ֱ into the future. If you know someone who you think would be the right person for one of these positions, please send the link to this blog post. The full job postings are currently listed on the Careers at 鶹ֱ pageDz . Here are a few highlights:

About 鶹ֱ

鶹ֱ (鶹ֱ) is a registered private career college that provides anthroposophical vocational programs, adult education and cultural outreach programs, and  anthroposophical social services (e.g., Star Seedlings Family and Childcare Centres). For more on 鶹ֱ  please see /. 鶹ֱ is seeking a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization to  fulfill its mission of supporting cultural renewal out of the transformative resources of anthroposophy.

Executive Director Job Description

• Supports the board of directors in developing organizational strategy, monitoring organizational  performance, overseeing financial management, and providing direction on relevant issues  • As the operational leader of the organization, translates strategic objectives into annual operational  plans and budgets, and oversees effective plan implementation 

• Works closely with six program directors to support on-going improvements in program design and  quality; supports related student recruitment and intake processes 

• Is an energizing team leader who collaborates with program directors and other staff to ensure  effective programs, while monitoring adherence to policy 

• Oversees financial management, including ensuring all regulatory requirements are completed  appropriately and on time 

• Contributes to the development and implementation of annual marketing plans, annual fundraising  plans, and on-going development of organizational policies and procedures 

Executive Director Qualifications

• A deep understanding of anthroposophy gained through an on-going study of the writings of Rudolf  Steiner and other anthroposophists and an extensive knowledge of the anthroposophical movement • Experience in non-profit management, including supporting a board of directors, overseeing a multi faceted operation, supporting a staff team, and cultivating positive relationships with donors,  suppliers, and regulatory officials 

• Extensive experience in project management, including the ability to develop effective  implementation plans for both on-going programs and special projects 

• An engaging, collaborative leadership style that brings out the best in colleagues at all levels and  supports fundraising and partnership appeals 

Executive Director Position Details

• Permanent, full-time position 

• On-site 9100 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario with possible hybrid options • Starting date: March 1, 2024. Negotiable 

• Compensation: annual salary (range $75,000 to $90,000) with a standard benefit package • Reports to the board of directors, works closely with other program directors, faculty, and staff 

Click here for more information about both these positions

Program Director, Waldorf Teacher Education Job Description

鶹ֱ provides high quality Waldorf Teacher Education programs, including a full-time and part-time  program. The Program Director, Waldorf Teacher Education is the pedagogical and administrative lead,  responsible for: 

• overall program design and quality 

• overseeing student admissions 

• being one of the main teaching faculty 

• overseeing student teaching practice at participating Waldorf schools 

• evaluating student progress 

The Program Director is expected to be a thought leader for the Waldorf community in collaboration with  others in the movement, including the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, and the  Pedagogical Section of the School of Spiritual Science. 

Program Director Waldorf Teacher Education Qualifications

• Expert knowledge of Waldorf pedagogy gained through both academic study and significant practical  experience as a Waldorf teacher 

• Demonstrated success as an adult educator, capable of teaching a wide range of students as they strive  to develop the core knowledge and capacities required of Waldorf teacher 

• A collaborative leadership style that facilitates relationships with program faculty, other colleagues,  students, Waldorf schools, and others 

• Commitment to an on-going engagement with anthroposophy including a continued study of the  writings of Rudolf Steiner and other anthroposophists 

Program Director Waldorf Teacher Education Position Details

• Permanent, full-time position 

• On-site 9100 Bathurst Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario with possible hybrid options • Starting date: March 1, 2024. Negotiable 

• Compensation: annual salary (range $65,000 to $80,000) and a standard benefit package • Reports to executive director, works closely with other program directors, faculty, and staff 

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Last Chance to Register for Christof Wiechert Nov. 3-4 /last-chance-to-register/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=last-chance-to-register Fri, 27 Oct 2023 17:26:42 +0000 /?p=4242 Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from an expert in the art of Waldorf education. NOTE: Last day to register for lunch is Tuesday October 31st. Christof’s presentation at last year’s Waldorf Development Conference was so well received that we invited him back again this year. Christof Wiechert worked for thirty years as […]

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Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from an expert in the art of Waldorf education. NOTE: Last day to register for lunch is Tuesday October 31st.

Christof’s presentation at last year’s Waldorf Development Conference was so well received that we invited him back again this year. Christof Wiechert worked for thirty years as a Waldorf teacher in The Hague. He co-founded the Waldorf teacher seminar in the Netherlands. From 1999 to 2010, he was head of the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum, and remains active in the Free University at the Goetheanum.

Photos below are from last year’s Waldorf Development Conference:

Here’s the poster for this year’s conference:

We have a hundred years of Waldorf Education behind us. I think that was quite successful – the Waldorf idea is now established in 56 countries all over the world. Nevertheless we have to face the question of what the future of Waldorf Education will look like. What kind of changes do we observe in new generations? Do we meet these changes still with our curriculum? What has changed in the social context in which we are? What are the demands for new generations of teachers? And most of all, how will we meet the changing atmosphere in many families around the world? All that comes together in the question of what today is good teaching, what today is a successful Waldorf teacher? /waldorf-development-conference/

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