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CONSIDERING BECOMING A WALDORF TEACHER or KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS?
VIRTUTAL OPEN HOUSE
May 18 at 1:00pm & May 23 at 6:00pm PST
Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy
, Seattle, WA

We have added two more Virtual Open Houses before our June 1, 2024 Enrollment Deadline! 
Join us for an opportunity to learn more about Sound Circle Center’s Teacher Training Programs and meet our faculty and students. Open houses are approximately one hour in length and include time for questions about our Early Childhood and Grades programs. For information/registration, visit our website or email information@soundcirclecenter.org.


BIRTH TO THREE PT EARLY CHILDHOOD TRAINING
New cohort starts June 16, 2024
Rudolf Steiner College Canada, Thornhill, ON, CA


For more information visit our website.


BIRTH TO SEVEN PT EARLY CHILDHOOD TRAINING
New cohort starts June 16, 2024
Rudolf Steiner College Canada, Thornhill, ON, CA


For more information visit our website.


WALDORF EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM
June 16-July 5, 2024
Sunbridge Institute, Chestnut Ridge, NY

Sunbridge Institute’s 25-month low-residency diploma program—comprised of 13 weeks of on-campus coursework, with occasional online evening classes between sessions—encompasses early childhood development from pre-birth to school entrance and explores diverse approaches to Waldorf early childhood education from parent-child work to nursery and kindergarten teaching and extended care. Financial aid, including Diversity Fund Scholarships, is available, and eligible graduates receive credits toward earning a fully-accredited SUNY master’s degree in Waldorf education. Now accepting applications for the new cohort enrolling this summer under the leadership of directors Nancy Blanning and Leslie Burchell-Fox. For more information, contact Barbara Vitale at info@sunbridge.edu or visit our website.


INTRODUCTION TO WALDORF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION:
An Immersion in the World of the Waldorf Nursery / Kindergarten
June 16-21, 2024 ONLINE
Sunbridge Institute, Chestnut Ridge, NY

Join highly experienced early childhood educators Lisa Miccio (lead), Meggan Gill, Rie Seo, and Motria Shuhan for a wondrous journey! Deepen or launch your teaching career by exploring the essential elements of Waldorf early childhood education. This weeklong course, delivered online, is designed to impart a deep understanding of child development, teacher development, and Waldorf early childhood education through presentation, conversation, and hands-on activities such as circle time, handwork, music, and movement. For more information and to register, visit our event page or contact Barbara Vitale at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


BACWTT | EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER REJUVENATION SUMMER PROGRAM
June 17-21, 2024
Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, San Rafael, CA

Nourishing Narratives: Deepening Our Relationship with Archetypes in Our Circle and Story Work – With Keynote Speaker, Lynn Turner
Universal truths live within archetypes. Waldorf Early Childhood educators draw inspiration from this wellspring of knowledge. Expanding our perspective of the archetypes allows us to create and nurture a community of belonging for our children, our families, and ourselves. Join us this summer as we find our way back to our roots and develop a new and evolving North American perspective of this global and cosmic wisdom. Living into the archetypes, we will explore the rich diversity of stories and the joyful movement of circle.
For more information and to register, please visit our website.


EARLY CHILDHOOD CONCENTRATION
June 20-July 12, 2024
Denver, CO

26 month Program designed for the busy full-time working teacher.
Coursework includes philosophical foundations, practical insights for child observation, Waldorf curriculum at your grade level, Waldorf culture, inner development, visual arts, movement, and music.
For more information click here.


INTRODUCTION TO WALDORF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION:
An Immersion in the World of the Waldorf Nursery / Kindergarten

June 23-28, 2024 In Person
Sunbridge Institute, Chestnut Ridge, NY

Join highly experienced early childhood educators Lisa Miccio (lead), Meggan Gill, Rie Seo, Motria Shuhan, and Carol Grieder for a wondrous journey! Deepen or launch your teaching career by exploring the essential elements of Waldorf early childhood education. This weeklong course is designed to impart a deep understanding of child development, teacher development, and Waldorf early childhood education through presentation, conversation, and hands-on activities such as circle time, handwork, movement, and singing. For more information and to register, visit our event page or contact Barbara Vitale at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


SUMMER WEEK II
June 24-28, 2024
Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, Ghent, NY

Subjects include Waldorf School Administration: Shared Responsibility and Leadership with Lisa Mahar, The 12 Senses with Andree Ward & Lynne Stolfo, Balance in Teaching with Patrick Stolfo & Eric Müller, Speech and Drama for Teachers with Laurie Portocarrero
For more information click here.
For more information on all of Alkion’s program offerings, including our Early Childhood specialization, visit our website.


BIRTH-TO-SEVEN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Starts June 24, 2024, Sophia’s Hearth, Keene NH

New cohort begins June 24, 2024. This is a low residency program with 14 residency weeks over 38 months. Certificate will be completed in summer 2027.
For further information or to apply please visit our website or contact Cynthia Cote at cynthia@sophiashearth.org.


BIRTH-TO-THREE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Starts June 24, 2024, Sophia’s Hearth, Keene NH

New cohort begins June 24, 2024. This is a low residency program with three weeks in summer 2024 and 2025, 1 week in November 2024 and April 2025.
For further information or to apply please visit our website or contact Cynthia Cote at cynthia@sophiashearth.org.


CELEBRATING FESTIVALS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
June 24 – 28, 2024, Sophia’s Hearth, Keene NH

In this course we will explore the cycle of the year through cosmic rhythms, earthly elemental activity, and spiritual insight. 
For further information or to apply please visit our website or contact Cynthia Cote at cynthia@sophiashearth.org.


CHILD DEVELOPMENT 1
June 24 – 28, 2024, Sophia’s Hearth, Keene NH

The week begins by examining the child’s development from the perspectives of spirit, physical growth, and emotional life.
For further information or to apply please visit our website or contact Cynthia Cote at cynthia@sophiashearth.org.


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ENRICHING THE SOUL OF THE CAREGIVER AND THE CHILD
June 30 – July 5, 2024
Sunrise Waldorf School in Duncan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada –
In Person

Please join us as we gather together using study, movement, singing and painting to enrich our inner landscape and repertoire of songs, games, and rod puppetry skills. Through singing, movement and deepening in the meaning of our work, Anna Rainville will guide us as we polish our stars during this week. Dorota Ignaszewska brings expertise with the usefulness of puppets for their breathing movements and gestures. Rod puppets in particular can dance and sing, soothe and inspire, help with transitions, and bring magic and gentle humour to young children. Ko Hawkes will be helping us to explore more of our inner life through biography and painting. There will be time for participants to learn from each other and make a rod puppet too (cost included in tuition).
Please visit our website to register; if you have questions please contact Ruth Ker ece@westcoastinstitute.org


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WALDORF BIRTH TO THREE EDUCATOR TRAINING
New cohort begins summer 2025
West Coast Institute, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC

This is a 14 month, birth to three focused option of the part-time Early Childhood Program. It runs for eight weeks over 14 months, comprised of three weeks in two summers (July) and a week in November and February of the first year. Summer sessions are held in Duncan, Vancouver Island; fall and spring sessions are held in North Vancouver, BC.
For further information and to apply, please visit our website; if you have questions please contact Ruth Ker ece@westcoastinstitute.org, or Debbie Laurin debbielaurin@westcoastinstitute.org.


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WALDORF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR TRAINING
New cohort begins summer 2025
West Coast Institute, Duncan, Vancouver Island, BC

This is a part-time program of five weeks per year over two years comprised of three weeks in July and a week in November and February each successive year. Summer sessions are held in Duncan, Vancouver Island; fall and spring sessions are held in North Vancouver, BC.
For further information and to apply, please visit our website; if you have questions please contact Ruth Ker ece@westcoastinstitute.org, or Debbie Laurin debbielaurin@westcoastinstitute.org.


CHILD DEVELOPMENT 2
July 1-5, 2024, Sophia’s Hearth, Keene NH

The week focuses on the development of the child’s emerging self and social capacities between two and four years. 
For further information or to apply please visit our website or contact Cynthia Cote at cynthia@sophiashearth.org.


SUMMER FESTIVAL
July 8-26, 2024, Rudolf Steiner College Canada, Thornhill, ON, CA

For further information or to apply please visit our website


TEACHING FOR BLACK LIVES IN WALDORF SCHOOLS
July 22-26, 2024,
Online

This summer professional development course will help participants “Teach for Black Lives” in their Waldorf classrooms. While centering Black joy, this course will address topics such as practicing culturally sustaining pedagogy, developing personal capacities for conversations about race, and promoting healthy racial identity development for Black and non-Black students.
For more information and to register click here.


BIRTH TO SEVEN EARLY CHILDHOOD TRAINING
Starts September 2024, Rudolf Steiner College Canada, Thornhill, ON, CA

For further information or to apply please visit our website

Other Events of Interest by Non WECAN Members


RADIANT SELF, RESILIENT STUDENTS, ROBUST SCHOOLS
June 24-27, 2024, The Denver Waldorf School, Denver, CO

Caring for ourselves, our students, our communities.
Keynote speakers Konstanza Kaliks, Nkem Ndefo and Simone Shurney.
Registration is open, click here for more information or contact Monika Sutherland at summerconf@awsna.org


DIGNITY OF THE CHILD
May 29-June 1, 2024, Goethanum, Dornach, Switzerland

 “Life Forces”, International Congress on Pregnancy, Birth and Early Childhood. With Karin Michael, Philipp Reubke, Ina von Mackensen, Christoph Meinecke, Claudia Grah-Wittich, Georg Soldner and others.
For more information click here.


DIGNITY OF THE CHILD
June 1, 2024, Online Webinar

Online webinar “The dignity of the child” – “Life forces”. Beginning 17.00 (CET), only in English. For more information on the program and to register click here.


2024 SUMMER WORKSHOP
July 22-27, 2024, Star Dance Farm, Near Ann Arbor, MI or live streaming via Zoom


“Birth-to-Three” – With pandemic developmental delays, these materials are also very much needed by kindergartners with Cynthia Aldinger.
Developmental movement & Music, singing in the mood of the fifth, handwork – heavy babies, and Spacial Dynamics® with Lynn St. Pierre & Beth Daly
For more information and to register click here.

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