Events in the Larger Waldorf Community
Emerson College Summer 2011 - Volunteer Programme
Would you or anyone you know like a working holiday?
The summer months are a busy time for us as the campus switches from a full time student population to welcoming many guests for a varied programme of courses. Volunteers are crucial in helping us through the summer. We are now looking to recruit a new team that would like to work in the house and kitchen from 20th June to the 20th August. In exchange for a 35 hour week we offer all board and lodging, the chance to work in a dedicated international team and enjoy the working life of Emerson Community. Volunteers must be 20 years of age. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to work hard and enjoy the summer in a wonderful place. Ideally workers would commit to the whole period. 
If you are interested, the information and application pack is available on Emerson's website

Torin Finser writes a report from the AGM.  Please click to read.
We welcome Torin to our branch members' meeting on Monday May 17th, 7 pm – 8:30 p.m. We will be meeting in Brigitta's classroom in the Nursery Building (703 Mass Ave) at the Waldorf School of Lexington.  Torin will discuss the recent AGM and other meetings at the Goetheanum. Questions and discussion will follow Torin's talk.
There is an initiative by Joel Wendt who is offering a series of classes to deepen our understanding of Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy out of the tradition of the Transcendentalists. Click here to read.

June 24-27, 2011: Garden City, NY
Rudolf Steiner's Unique Understanding of Adolescence
Child Development and the Spiritual Intentions of Waldorf Education
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Peter Selg, M.D.
Dr. Peter Selg, MD, is a youth psychiatrist and spiritual scientific researcher working out of anthroposophy as director of the Ita Wegman Institute in Switzerland. From his deep study of and work with adolescents, he has developed a picture of the profound context out of which true Waldorf Education comes. This conference will delve into Rudolf Steiner's attitude towards the child and into the whole pedagogical challenge which childhood presents, creating a kind of basic reflection about the spiritual core of Waldorf Education. This conference will be of inestimable value for high school teachers, but it will speak just as much to educators of all levels who are fortunate enough to participate!

June and October 2011: Chicago, IL
Teaching Sensible Science 

The Research Institute for Waldorf Education, SENSRI and the Chicago Waldorf School are offering Michael D'Aleo's course on Teaching Sensible Science beginning in February 2011 at the Chicago Waldorf School.
SESSION 2: Saturday June 18- Friday June 24, 2011
SESSION 3: Wednesday October 5- Monday October, 10 2011

June 2011: Wauconda, IL and San Diego, CA
The 11th Annual Summer Music Conferences 2011

Creative Listening: Towards a Living Musical Pedagogy with Pär Ahlbom
Offering two sessions of the annual ANAWME summer conference:
Session 1 of 2: June 20 - 24 Water's Edge Waldorf School, Wauconda, IL 60084
Session 2: June 27 - July 1 Waldorf School of San Diego, CA

: Fourth annual intensive course for Waldorf teachers and parents, August 9 - 14.
Are you wondering how to develop a meaningful painting curriculum for your class for the coming school year? Do you have the wish to investigate the deeper significance of painting with children, which encourages a healthy balance in the child's physical organism, soul faculties, and social relationships? This six-day intensive course, based on the indications of Rudolf Steiner for a new direction in painting with youth and adults, provides the opportunity to explore an entirely new approach to color upon which the class teacher may develop his or her painting lessons. Blackboard drawing instruction will be included as well. 
      Gail McManus is a graduate of the Goetheanum Painting School, Dornach, Switzerland, the center for Rudolf Steiner's impulse. In addition, Gail has 16 years experience as a Waldorf class teacher, painting with children on a weekly basis. Gail has taught painting to teachers in workshops and conferences in the US and internationally. 
Venue:The course will take place at Windy l"lill, Arteum School of Painting in Harlemville, NY. 
Schedule: Mornings, 8:45 - 9:00 study and discussion 10:00 - 12:00 Painting (6 sessions) Afternoons, 3:0O - 5:30 Paintlng/ blackboard drawing instruction (5 sessions) Evening activities to be announced 
Cost: Tuition (including materials) is $450' Some scholarships may be available'
Lodging: Assistance for lodging can be provided. Camping is also possible.
APPLICATION: Please send a $50 non-refundable registration fee, to be applied toward to tuitlon,
to Gail McManus, c/o Arteum School of Painting, 1030 Route 21, Ghent, NY 12075.
For more information, please contact Gail McManus at or phone 518 653-2957 or the Arteum at 518 672-5746.

Encounters with Imagination in Toronto 
This summer, the Rudolf Steiner Centre of Toronto will be hosting a festival of arts and education entitled Encounters with Imagination. The festival is designed for educators, artists and people with a passion for discovery to experience the arts and educational ideas inspired by Waldorf education and anthroposophy. It is the first time we have offered such a festival in Toronto and we hope that it will be worthy of repetition in the future.  To find out more see the attached brochure or go to

Anthroposophical Society Events
The Anthroposophical Sociaty in Greater Boston publishes a seasonal newsletter containing information about lectures, study groups, and events in and around the Boston area. To join the mailing list, please contact Andrew Linnell. 

For a copy of the second edition of the Winter-Spring 2011 newsletter, please click here.

AWSNA Events
AWSNA has a website called Why Waldorf Works, with information and events pertaining to Waldorf education. 
Inform is a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally.

AWSNA's newsletter, Inform, is published monthly.  For the May 2011 issue, please click here.
Events at the Pfeiffer Center 
The Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY offers several interesting and informative courses on topics such as biodynamic agriculture, organic beekeeping, and vegetable gardening. For information about courses please call 845-352-5020 x20 or email, or visit their website at


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