2020 Week II: June 29-July 2 [with changes due to the pandemic]

Enrollment in this week of courses is limited and reserved for either practicing teachers or those already in training.  Call 518-672-8008 to inquire. 

Shared Responsibility and Leadership in the Waldorf School

w/ Lisa Mahar  | Mon-Thurs 8:30-10:15 am 

Rudolf Steiner challenges us to love in a way that makes the needs of others the motivation for our actions.  As members of Waldorf school communities, we are given the opportunity to embrace and embody balanced, human-centered, and creative leadership forms that truly serve our students, parents, and colleagues.  Using presentation, exercises, reflection, and guided dialogue, we will explore the principles that stand behind our organizational forms, consider practices that support our principles, examine the relationship between freedom and responsibility, and develop our own strengths and skills to best serve our school communities.

Lisa Mahar worked for 25 years as the School Administrator at Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, New Hampshire.  She is a founding member of the Administrators Network of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (ANA), is a trained meeting facilitator, and now advises and consults with Waldorf schools in the areas of governance, community building, administrative review, mentoring, visioning, and administrative planning.  She is an active member of Leading with Spirit, which offers administrative training, consultancy, and support for projects designed to strengthen the organizational health of Waldorf schools.  She serves on the board of the Monadnock Food Co-op in Keene, NH and on the board of the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs.  Lisa is a commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission for Independent Schools.


The 12 Senses – An Experiential Study

w/ Andree Ward* and Lynne Stolfo* | Monday and Tuesday 10:45 am – 12:45 pm

There are three groups of senses integrated into the united threefold human being of mind, soul, and body.  We relate to each other through the Knowledge senses; the world is known to us through the Feeling senses, and we experience our own body through the Foundational senses.  Goethe pointed out that our senses tell us the truth…they can be trusted for they are never wrong.  Our perceptions, sensations, and conceptions are fundamental experiences in a world of truth, a world which is the foundation of all of our inner and outer experiences.  During this course, we will explore the 12 Senses, as introduced by Rudolf Steiner (Study of Man: VIII), experientially and through conversation.


Balance in Teaching

w/ Patrick Stolfo* and Eric Muller* | Wednesday and Thursday – 10:45 am – 12:45 pm

In this seminar, we will delve into the key topics and wise guidance that was communicated by Rudolf Steiner to striving Waldorf teachers. These lectures were given in 1920 and 1923, soon after the founding of the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart.

–   importance of the inner attitude of the teacher

–   sculptural and musical forces at work in child development

–   the interaction between the physical and soul spiritual

–   meditation as a path to creative teaching

–   awakening the child through artistic teaching

As time allows, we will also have a look into the second part of Balance in Teaching (Anthroposophic Press [2007]), entitled Deeper Insights into Education. There are seven lectures in all, which will need to be acquired and read in advance of our study together.


Speech and Drama for Teachers

w/ John McManus | Monday – Thursday  1:30 – 4:30 pm

In this speech and drama workshop, we will explore the connection between the mind, body, breath, and voice. This will lead to the development of monologues and scenes through an active process beginning with movement and imagination and gradually incorporating speech and gesture.

JOHN MCMANUS has worked internationally as an actor, director, and teacher for 40 years. Presently, he is an Associate Professor and Head of the Acting Program at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA. Since 2011, John has taught Creative Speech and the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique at MICHA’s International Workshop for Actors. He has also taught acting at many other institutions around the globe, including HB Studios and Montclair State University (USA), Actor’s Center (Australia), The Dipartmento Delle Arti, University, Bologna (Italy), Universitas Studiorum Zagrabiesis (Croatia) and Peredur Center for the Arts (England). John has also had the great privilege of teaching Eurythmy and Drama in Steiner schools in the United States and Australia.


Thursday only – Final Forum for All – 4- 5 pm