News from AWSNA             August 2012

During these vibrant summer months when the leaves are full, the sky is cloudless, and time creeps slowly onward, we are reminded of one of the most important parts of life: food and water and our changing environment.

We are thrilled to inform you that Waldorf Education has earned the Green School Award bestowed by the Captain Planet Foundation because of how Waldorf Education incorporates an environmentally sensitive curriculum in every grade. Each year the Board of Trustees of the Captain Planet Foundation "rededicate ourselves to our mission by honoring some of our own outstanding real live, environmental super heroes. This year our Board of Directors chose to present four awards, honoring those who have demonstrated extraordinary environmental stewardship, helping to protect and preserve the natural balance and beauty of our land and actively put forth a significant effort in making the world a better place."

AWSNA and Waldorf Education is one of the four selections: "The Making of an Environmentalist in Waldorf Schools: Waldorf educators know by cultivating a personal relationship with the Earth and her resources, young people can develop a genuine ecological consciousness."

We have been collecting our member schools' green stories on our Why Waldorf Works website Green pages. Check them out, and send us yours so we can share them with the world!

Good news from Highland Hall Waldorf School, which begins to keep bees on their 11-acre property as part of an effort to develop a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) within the next year. The school has already been practicing sustainable gardening for the last 55 years, but only recently did they consult biodynamic farming expert Nitza Bernard who advised them toward keeping five beehives to enrich the quality of the vegetation on the school's campus and combat the Colony Collapse Disorder blighting global bee populations. Additionally, they have become integrated into the curriculum so students can learn to care for and facilitate the growth of bee populations and learn their importance in sustainable food production.  


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Shepard Valley Waldorf School held its Fare on the Farm workshop on June 16 that included lessons on worm composting, gardening, creating sustainable meals, and herbal remedies, among others. Other activities included presentations by Eco-Cycle, Essential Therapy, and Everybody Eats CSA. This is part of a "family re-skilling" initiative by the school's summer camp to provide students and their families with crucial information on health, sustainability, and food production. Too many traditional skills in this area have fallen by the wayside in the presence of the dramatic developments of the modern age. Until we can be secure in the knowledge that our grandchildren (and hopefully great-grandchildren too) will have good food, clean water, and safe effective medicines we should not let the lessons of thousands of years of human history fall to the wayside as well.


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Good news from Emerson College in Sussex, England: A new Biodynamic Agriculture, and Horticulture program is being offered, emphasizing the healing mission of Emerson College, which aims both to cultivate healthy food but also bring healing to farming and the land.   


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Still some summer Waldorf Education events for you to attend! Details, including contact information, can be found on the Events page of the Why Waldorf Works website. Please send us your events so we can include them in our calendar. 


Waldorf Alums!  

Join us for a night to remember: "Waldorf in Boston"

September 19, 2012: Boston, MA

Were you part of a Waldorf community - teacher, student, parent, graduate, staff, 21 & older?? Then this party is for YOU!

Wednesday evening 6 TO 9 P.M. at LUCKY'S LOUNGE

355 Congress Street, Boston, MA

Buffet dinner and cash bar - good friends - many reunions - and Waldorf memories!
RSVP to Patrice Maynard of AWSNA, pmaynard@awsna.org, OR Marjorie Jean-Paul at the Waldorf School of Garden City, mjeanpaul@waldorfgarden.org
August 16-18 2012: Harlemville, NY
RSF Social Finance's The Economics of Education Literacy / Pedagogy / Funding. Conference held at Hawthorne Valley School, Harlemville, NY and organized by RSF Social Finance 

August 17 - 22, 2012: Ghent, NY

PAINTING WITH CHILDREN IN WALDORF SCHOOLS An intensive course for Waldorf teachers and parents with Gail McManus.  


August 20 - 22, 2012: Costa Mesa, CA

Waldorf Education for Today: A Back-to-School Conference with Christof Wiechert

A three-day conference with former leader of the Pedagogical Section of the Anthroposophical Society in Dornach, Switzerland


October 27, 2012: Chapel Hill, NC

WECAN Southeast Regional Gathering

The First Seven Years: Turning Pointsin the Child's Biography: Guest Speaker Susan Weber. Emerson Waldorf School, Chapel Hill, NC




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