Issue 6, #2 September 2010
Dear Friends,

Welcome back to a wonderful new school year!

One of the highlights of our summer was sponsoring the first annual Alumni party, held on a warm and breezy summer Friday evening, July 30. Alumni, teachers, board members, parents and friends of Waldorf schools from around the country met at the newly opened Club Helsinki Hudson, in Hudson, NY, to greet old friends and make new ones. The networking opportunity was a kick off for future Alumni Parties at the Helsinki Hudson and around the country.

The party was also the official launch of the new secure Waldorf Alumni site. This new site welcomes Waldorf alumni, alumni parents, alumni grandparents, teachers, and high school students. It is already publishing news and information about Waldorf alums and will provide a place where alums can track down old friends and contacts in the Waldorf community.

The festivities were graciously hosted by the wonderful staff at Club Helsinki Hudson, which offered excellent food and a spectacular venue for the event. It was followed by a splendid concert performed by the celebrated musical band 'The Blue Ribbon Boys' at 9 p.m., which featured Waldorf alums Julia Gottlieb, Seth Travins, Evan Palazzo, and Lukas Schwartz. The people you meet in Waldorf schools become friends for life. The party showed this with glowing highlights, as teachers, alums, and friends mingled and mixed, sharing old stories and creating new relationships. Fifty people came on short notice to the party and a hundred came to the concert. It was a warm hearted fun evening with good friends and good food.

A raffle, funded by the generosity of Waldorf alumni and their friends included gift certificates from the Hawthorne Valley Farm Store and AWSNA Publications, a CD from The Blue Ribbon Boys, a CD from the band Mother Fletcher, a recently published novel by Winslow Eliot, and a year's subscription to Renewal.

The event would not have been possible without these fabulous sponsors - almost all of them Waldorf alums:
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
Malibu Compost (Colum Riley, Kimberton 1992)
Destino (Gavi Cohen, Hawthorne Valley School 1999)
Winslow Eliot (Author of 'Heaven Falls,' Michael Hall School 1974)
Farm at Miller's Crossing (Chris Cashen, Hawthorne Valley School 1993)
Swept Green (Susanne Ameln, Kimberton 1996)
Design Build - Living Architecture (Erlend Neumann, Kimberton 1993)
Hawthorne Valley Farm (fertile with alums)
Club Helsinki Hudson (alum club of choice in the Hudson Valley)

If you're interested in sponsorship opportunities for future Waldorf Alumni Garden Parties, or to help in the organizing and spreading the word process, please contact Kirin Buckley at or call 518 672-7878.

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

Congratulations to the First Graduating Senior Class of Merriconeag Waldorf School

The Merriconeag Waldorf School graduated its first 12th grade class in June, marking 25 years as a Waldorf School in southern Maine.

Why Waldorf Works.

What are the Differences between an Independent Waldorf School and a Charter?

The Eugene Waldorf School has a good post explaining these on their site.

Read it here: Why Waldorf Works.

Waldorf Education Events and Conferences

Please visit Why Waldorf Works 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

September 11, 2010: San Francisco, CA
Making Sense of Governance
Sponsored by AWSNA-Northern California Region
A One-day Workshop for Waldorf Schools with Jackie Henson & John Bloom
Location: San Francisco Waldorf High School
October 15- 17: Princeton, NJ
Mid-Atlantic Delegates Meeting at the Waldorf School of Princeton
Collaborative Spiritual Leadership: What is it? And Where is it in our Schools?
Keynote speakers include Elan Leibner and Tim Hoffmann

November 5 -7, 2010: Wilton, NH
AWSNA Northeast-Quebec Region
Coming into their Own: The Forces of Destiny in Adolescence
Conference on Adolescence for High School & Upper Grades Teachers
Keynote Speakers: Jon McAlice and John Wulsin,
joined by David Sloan and other friends.
Hosted by the High Mowing School - Wilton, New Hampshire

February 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.
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!
Please inform your communities and mark your calendars!
Hosted by
Waldorf School of Garden City
Garden City, New York

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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