Issue 3, #2 February 2010
Dear Friends,

The international Waldorf organization known as "Friends of Waldorf Education" will send a crisis intervention team to Haiti to help traumatized children come to terms with their terrible experiences. This extraordinary team consists of educationalists, psychologists, therapists, and physicians, who will go to the disaster area in mid-February to help stimulate the children's natural self-healing processes and counter possible delayed reactions.

Read more about their international efforts in places of conflict at Why Waldorf Works.

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

Several Montréal schools, like École Rudolf Steiner, participate in a program called Roots of Empathy (Racines de l'empathie), which was created by award-winning Canadian educator Mary Gordon to teach young people "emotional literacy." What is emotional literacy? It means being able to "read" emotions: to know and express how we are feeling, and then, to recognize and handle how others are feeling. Emotional literacy can be a powerful tool in families, schools, and society.

Read the complete article at Why Waldorf Works.
Tiny High School Makes Huge Strides

At The Western Maine Class C Cross Country Regional Championships held at Twin Brook in Cumberland on Saturday, tiny Merriconeag Waldorf High School boys' cross country team finished runner-up to Freeport High School. Freeport boasts a student enrollment of over 450. Merriconeag's total high school enrollment? 35 students. Read more...

Read the article at Why Waldorf Works.

Waldorf Alum News: ETHOS brings ethical touch to French fashion at CIFF

ETHOS, a French designer of environmentally friendly clothing, will preview its latest collections at the CIFF trade show, to be held in Copenhagen from 11 to 14 February 2010. Johanna Riplinger, ETHOS' Stylist and Collection Manager, is a graduate of the Munich Fashion School (in Germany) and previously worked for Guy Laroche. Also in Germany, she attended a Rudolf Steiner school that helped her develop her love and knowledge of nature, which provides the inspiration for all the company's collections.   

Read more at Why Waldorf Works.

Waldorf Education Events and Conferences

Many terrific conferences have been lined up for the first half of 2010. Please visit the Why Waldorf Works website for registration and contact information or for more details. If you have a conference you'd like posted on the site, send the information to

Northeast / Québec
March 19 -21, 2010: Shelburne, VT
AWSNA Northeast/Québec Regional Conference
Crafting Time to Open Space
KEYNOTES: Jon McAlice, David Sloan.
PRESENTERS: Elizabeth Auer, Sueanne Campbell, Elizabeth Dealing, Christopher Diehl-Noble, Connie Gerwin, Lisa Mahar, Virginia McWilliams, Kristin Ramsden, Barbara Richardson, Robert Sim, Pamela Sonn, Michele Starr, Jean Yeager.

Great Lakes / Ontario
March 25 - 27, 2010: Toronto, ON
Great Lakes Regional AWSNA Conference
Exploring the Roots of Being: Experience the world as dynamic relationship with keynote speaker Michael D'Aleo
A conference focusing on seeing the world not as a collection of objects, but of relationships. From this new perspective, we will gain the possibility of finding elegant, sustainable solutions to the problems that face us.

June 7, 2010: Chapel Hill, NC
AWSNA's Winning with Waldorf V
5th Annual Golf Tournament, hosted by the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC

June 22 - 25, 2010: Decatur, GA
AWSNA Summer Conference
Working Together: Building the Bridge to Adolescence
Preparing Students / Meeting the Challenges of Adolescence / Building Vibrant K-12 Programs
How can a school help students develop strong and healthy astral bodies?
What roles do all the parts of a Waldorf school play in preparing for, meeting and building on the passage of adolescence? How are schools working together K-12 to build vibrant middle grades and high school programs? Hosted by the Atlanta Waldorf School and Academe of the Oaks.

More events can be found at Why Waldorf Works.

You are welcome to send us Waldorf-related
events for posting on our web site.

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Roots of Empathy in Canada
Tiny High School Makes Huge Strides
Waldorf Alum brings ethical touch to fashion
Waldorf Education Events and Conferences
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