AWSNAJanuary 2012
AWSNA Newsletter
Dear Friends,


Please take a look at the many events we list here that are connected with Waldorf Education. Most importantly, SAVE THE DATES of June 23-29, 2012 for the 2012 AWSNA Summer Conference. Hosted by the Sacramento Waldorf School in Fair Oaks, CA. it promises to be as fulfilling and rejuvenating as the others.


Frances Kane            Patrice Maynard
   Administration     Development & Outreach

Where Education is Child's Play, Yet Not 


The benefits of Waldorf Education are many, and worldwide have been gaining positive response from parents who only want the best for their children. Here's a report from Davao, Philippines. 


Read more Why Waldorf Works.  

Lakota children
Former Waldorf Student from the San Francisco Waldorf School featured in the SF Gate:

'Violinist Sophia Hummell Keeps a Steady Hand'

Make a list of the requirements for playing the violin, and the first few items are pretty obvious. Love of music, a good ear, dedication - check, check, check. What about two good arms? Now that's where you want to be careful about jumping to conclusions


Read more: Why Waldorf Works


Ashwood Student Takes 8th Grade Project to Burma 


On Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, Abigail Matlack won't be preoccupied with candy hearts; instead, she will be on a trans-Pacific flight heading to Southeast Asia - Seoul, Bangkok, and then to the isolated Burma.


Read more: 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

February 9th, 2012: San Rafael, CA

Healing Through Singing Lecture by Christiaan Boele

Thursday at 7:30-9:00 pm

Lecture held at Marin Waldorf School, San Rafael, CA 94903


February 10- 12, 2012: Spring Valley, NY

2012 WECAN East Coast Conference

This year conference speakers Susan Weber and Philipp Reubke will share insights from their experience as Waldorf early childhood educators in relation to these questions, which will also be the focus of the World Early Childhood Educators Conference in Dornach, Switzerland in April.

Hosted by Greenmeadow Waldorf School.


February 18-20, 2012: East O'ahu, HI
Waldorf Regional Schools' Conference: 
Enhancing Creativity in Teaching with Dennis Klocek
The task of teaching requires balancing three different domains in order to keep the creative juices flowing in the classroom. This set of lectures will address working with students, parents, and colleagues by describing meditative exercises that can be used to develop creative strategies. Topics will include the pedagogical law, approaches to curriculum, developing living picture thinking, the sentient body and the maturation process, the role of discipline, sleep and dream, and the formation of leading questions.

Hosted by the Honolulu Waldorf School. 


February 18-22, 2012: Denver, CO

2012 AWSNA Texas/Mexico/Canada/Southwest/Rockies Regional Conference

Hosted by The Denver Waldorf School, the key note speaker will be Michael Howard who will be presenting on 'Educating the Will.'

Hosted by Denver Waldorf School.


February 23-25, 2012: St. Paul, MN

2012 AWSNA Great Lakes Regional Conference

Straight from the Heart(land): Building Regenerative Communities with Michael D'Aleo
Rudolf Steiner's inspiration for Waldorf education grew out of a need for social and cultural renewal. Today, as we face tremendous social, economic and ecological challenges, collaboration with others is imperative to building regenerative communities. On the banks of the Mississippi River, at the edge of the plains of the great bison, before one of the gateways to the west, let us come together to explore a new, more conscious connection between the spiritual and the material. Out of acknowledging the wisdom of the past and being present- what future will we co-create?


February 23-25, 2012: Tiburon, CA

Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training: A New Impulse - Third Conference

Inner Activity/Outer Demands: Waldorf schools and Waldorf teachers are greatly challenged today by the growing pressures from parents and society in general, to be more main stream: performance benchmarks, more conventional organizational and leadership forms, a strong focus on academics...This conference with Claus-Peter Röh will address the profound sources which can help us keep our bearings as we deal with the 21st century pressures that affect us and our schools.

At the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training, Tiburon, CA

March 2, 2012: Newtown, CT

AWSNA Mid-Atlantic Regional Spring Meeting

Hosted by the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School


March 15 - 19, 2012: Austin, TX (Spring Session)

Spacial Dynamics Inservice Training Program

The course includes Spacial Dynamics exercises, Bothmer Gymnastic exercises, sports, indoor and outdoor games, track and field, exercises for the classroom, tumbling and acrobatics, archery, fencing, circus arts, juggling, group building exercises and dance. Also included are posture exercises, movement observation and analysis, teaching methods, therapeutic hands-on techniques, and remedial applications.

Hosted by the Austin Waldorf School 


 March 16 -17, 2012: Decatur, GA

Atlantic Southeast Region of AWSNA 2012 Annual Conference
Intuition and Innovation in Waldorf Schools: Exploring New Impulses

Intuition is the source for all truly new innovations. How do we begin to cultivate the quality of new thinking in ourselves as teachers and also in our students? Although the foundation of Waldorf Education upholds theses ideals, how do we activate our own inner activity to bring these qualities to life? Keynote speaker Michael D'Aleo explores ways in which Waldorf teachers can apply a phenomenological approach to their own teaching.  

Hosted by Academe of the Oaks Waldorf High School, Decatur, GA


March 16 -18, 2012: Lexington, MA

Interest, Insight and Initiative AWSNA Northeast/Québec Regional Conference

A workshop offered for developing Pedagogical Leadership, this workshop will continue the work we began last March on pedagogical leadership; we will focus on strengthening our ability to navigate the tension (and sometimes conflict) between the perceived needs of teachers and staff, and the perceived needs of the school, creating bridges of deeper understanding. 

Hosted by The Lexington Waldorf School, Lexington, MA

March 17, 2012: Harlemville, NY

Mid-Atlantic WECAN Conference with Nancy Blanning & Channa Seidenberg.

Hosted by Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School.


April 19-22, 2012: Kyle, SD 
AWSNA Service Weekend on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota at the Lakota Waldorf School and the Oglala Lakota College
Save the dates and join us there! All alums are welcome to join us: parents, teachers, board members, administrators, former AND current students, and grandparents.


SAVE THE DATE for the 2012 AWSNA Summer Conference: 

June 23-29

June 24-June 27: Main Conference

June 23-24:  Pedagogical Section meeting

June 28-29: Delegates meeting

Hosted by the Sacramento Waldorf School in Fair Oaks, CA


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