Issue 2, #9 September 2009
Dear Friends,

As we begin the 90th year of Waldorf Education internationally, and the 80th on the American continent, we're delighted to report on the rich offerings of conferences and gatherings in various regions around the country.

One particularly exciting event centers around Waldorf Education's 90th anniversary: The Puget Sound Collaborative Group offers a celebration as part of the fall conference of AWSNA's northwest region: "Celebrating our Collective Strengths," on October 17, 2009 at the Bright Water School in Seattle, WA. During the celebration we'll have the opportunity to share and learn from one another about past and current collaborative projects, and talk about our connection to Waldorf Education's founding impulses. We will also explore what we as Waldorf schools and teacher training institutes can do, short and long-term, to strengthen Waldorf Education and schools in our regions as we approach Waldorf's 100th anniversary. There will be a fun, inspirational dinner, speaker, and birthday cake - all are invited. The invitation and information can be found at Why Waldorf Works.

We're devoting this entire e-update to fall events: please visit Why Waldorf Works for details and contact information. And please do inform us of your conferences and workshops so we can include them here.

Warm regards,

Frances Kane            Patrice Maynard                    Michael Soule
    Administration      Development & Outreach       Programs & Activities
Northwest Region

AWSNA NW Regional Conference
October 16 - 17, 2009: Seattle, WA
Accountability and Freedom - Navigating Change in Waldorf Governance. James Pewtherer, Head of the Pedagogical Section, will speak about Steiner's original intentions for governance in Waldorf schools and how schools in North America have adapted these intentions to local conditions. Discussions, workshops and collaborative opportunities for Waldorf school Trustees, staff, faculty, parents, and friends to explore this theme.

The Puget Sound Collaborative Group invites all conference participants to stay and celebrate 90 Years of Waldorf Education including a gala dinner.
For program and registration information: Why Waldorf Works.
Northwest Region

25th Celebration of Merriconeag School
October 2, 2009 at 6-8 p.m. in Freeport, ME
At the Merriconeag Waldorf School's birthday party, Patrice Maynard will be the keynote speaker, among several of the other Founders of the school, celebrating quarter of a century of Waldorf Education in Freeport, Maine.
Northwest Region
Lectures and Workshops by Rahima Baldwin Dancy

October 23-24: Cedarwood Waldorf School, Portland. OR

Cedarwood Waldorf School offers a weekend of lectures and workshops presented by Rahima Baldwin Dancy, author of You Are Your Child's First Teacher:
Lecture: The Wisdom of Waldorf: Educating for the Future
Workshop: Family Matters: Creating a Harmonious Home Life
Workshop for Teachers: Taking Home as the Model in Waldorf Kindergarten / Preschools and Daycare Homes
For more information: Why Waldorf Works.
Northeast / Quebec Region

Ashwood Waldorf School Celebrates 24 Years
October 16, 2009: Rockport, ME
Now entering its 24th year, Ashwood Waldorf School is delighted to announce the Grand Opening Ceremony for its new grade school building. For more information visit Why Waldorf Works or call Ashwood Waldorf School at (207) 236-8021.

Hawai'i / Southern California

Winning with Waldorf IV Golf Event
Sign up today to Golf for Waldorf Education!
October 26: Costa Mesa, CA
Come join our champion, PGA Touring Golf Professional Duffy Waldorf  Monday October 26th for AWSNA's Winning with Waldorf IV hosted by the Waldorf School of Orange County in Costa Mesa, CA
For more information email: or go to
Why Waldorf Works and add your support to this Winning World class event!

From the Anthroposophical Society
Creating Living Connections: Christian Rosenkreutz and the Social Impulse
October 2 - 4, 2009: Spring Valley, New York
The Anthroposophical Society in America's Annual Conference is presented in collaboration with the Threefold Education Center. For information about this conference, please visit

Association for a Healing Education

Triennial Concert and Camphill Challenge

This fall, the Association for a Healing Education has two new offerings of their remedial training, one in Kimberton, PA and one in Chicago. Here are two events in support of Healing Education:

October 6, 2009: New York, NY
Triennial Concert for Camphill featuring Mark O'Connor & Hot Swing Trio, Eroica Trio, pianist Cecile Licad, Matt Herskowitz Trio, Camphill Bell Ensemble, flutist Paula Robison with Frederic Hand AND special guest appearance by STEPHEN COLBERT. 60th & Broadway, NYC (The home of Jazz at Lincoln Center) in Frederick P. Rose Hall.For Sponsorships and ticket information: or call 845-517-2776. All proceeds from the Concert and the Auction support the Camphill communities for children and adults in need of special care.

October 18, 2009; Glenmoore, PA
2009 Camphill Challenge: Ride for a cause, not just because! Enjoy a splendid bike ride during peak autumn foliage through historic Chester County while supporting the children and youth with intellectual and developmental delays at Camphill Special School. To register to ride or to sponsor the 2009 Camphill Challenge, contact Courtney Coffman at 610.469.9236 x132 or

More events can be found at Why Waldorf Works.

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events for posting on our web site.
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