News from AWSNA            April 2013
The official e-news of the Association of independent Waldorf schools


A happy update regarding this year's SUMMER CONFERENCE!  


We're looking forward to seeing as many of you who can come to this year's AWSNA Summer Conference, co-sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society, from June 24-27, 2013.


The theme of this year's conference is: "Practical Life, Meditation, and the Waldorf School: The Anthroposophical Challenge." Our keynote speaker is Claus-Peter Roeh, co-leader Pedagogical Section of the Anthroposophical Society in Dornach, Switzerland.


Where will we be? The conference is being graciously hosted by the Austin Waldorf School, which is situated at the edge of the Texas Hill Country on 19 natural acres. It is just a short car ride to downtown Austin, live music capital of the world, where foodies, groupies, and geeks gather to enjoy the eclectic culture that is Austin. The beauty of the countryside, swimming holes, wildflowers, dramatic landscapes, and the friendly, down-home hospitality of Texas is sure to open your heart and welcome you in.


Focus groups include:

Know Thyself-An Introduction to Biography with Beverly Amico. Participants will work with their life stories through imaginative and memory exercises, discussion, and artistic activities, all aimed at deepening self-knowledge.

The Semiotics of High School with Carol Bartges. This workshop will explore the written and spoken signs in Steiner's work that express his thoughts about adolescence.

Making the Invisible Visible in Thoughtful Messaging and Powerful Branding: The Whole (AWSNA) to the Parts (your school) with Kelly Chappie. Participants will dive into the recent branding of AWSNA and discover what this means for your school.

Inner Life and Social Life of the Waldorf Teacher with Torin Finser.

Looking Back, Backwards with Michael Holdrege. A workshop that explores a deeper understanding of why Rudolf Steiner's meditations and practices can be of central significance for the evolution of, and even growth beyond, the consciousness soul.

Nutrition and the Human Being in the Middle School with Pamela Giles.

What main lessons in the earlier grades provide the groundwork for the studies around nutrition in relation to physiology? What are the sources that we use? 




Plus plenty of Artistic Workshops like Zometool: Geometrical Construction, Bookbinding, Eurythmy, and Woodworking.


Other highlights include:
Delegates meeting, Leadership Council meeting, accreditation training, and the Pedagogical Section meetings.


The online registration can be found here.


See you at the conference!


Warm regards,

Patrice Maynard and Frances Kane

AWSNA Leadership 

Waldorf Students Reflect on
Service Learning Trip to Ethiopia


While many high school students look forward to spending their winter break relaxing, four high school juniors from The Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs spent their February vacation this year working with HIV-positive children at the AHOPE Orphanage in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Read more on Why Waldorf Works 

Students from Saratoga Waldorf School in Ethiopia


GREEN News from Why Waldorf Works


Earth Day and All Days:
10 Ways to Learn about the Environment


April 22nd is right around the corner!


The NY Times offers 10 ideas for commemorating EARTH DAY and for exploring issues related to the environment in the classroom or home on any day of the year.  


 Topics include "embracing a sense of place," "examining emerging ideas about nature," and "establishing wildlife habitats," as well as exploring global warming and the politics involved. 

Tell us why your favorite small, green business should win. You may nominate any green business you wish, but your nomination must say BOTH how your choice is a general sustainability leader AND how your choice is advancing a local, organic, and GMO-free food system. The business you nominate could be a farm or CSA, or it could be a business that serves food as part of daily operations: a day-care, a cafe, or a bed-and-breakfast. Food growers, manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and servers are all eligible. Use your imagination in selecting a nominee! And please be as descriptive as possible in explaining why your nominated business is good for both people and the planet.

Green News on Why Waldorf Works

There are some great stories and ideas featured on the Why Waldorf Works Green News Page. Want to read about the teenage girls from Nigeria who created a "Pee-Powered Generator"? Or maybe you're interested in reading the testimony on Environmental Education given to the Congressional Subcommittee? There's always something of interest for everyone. 

You can read all these stories and more on the Why Waldorf Works Green Pages


How You can Help to Further
Waldorf Education
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We want to remind you of some ways you can further Waldorf Education in North America: Sign up to receive the enews and on the Alumni Corner on 
Why Waldorf Works to stay informed about Waldorf news; find us on Facebook; support your local Waldorf school every way you can; use GoodSearch (instead of Google) when surfing the web. You can also support AWSNA online on Why Waldorf Works. Thank you for your commitment to Waldorf Education!


Read more on Why Waldorf Works.  

AWSNA Books & More

Books and More Every book offered through AWSNA's Books&More store represents the kind of literature, and curricular support, for deepening the unique view of the unfolding human being we hold in Waldorf Education.

With AWSNA Publications you'll find books tried and tested in Waldorf schools and their communities-- books that keep children engaged, enchanted, and filled with wonder. 

Find out more on Books & More






Event 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. 


May 17-18, 2013: Chestnut Ridge, NY

Mid-Atlantic Regional Board Members Meeting

Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, New York


June 23 - 28, 2013: Harlemville, NY

The 12 Senses - The Gateways of the Soul. This is the first in a series of Summer Intensives at the Hawthorne Valley School.


Renewal Courses from June 23 to July 5th, sponsored by the Center for Anthroposophy on the campus of High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire


SUMMER INTENSIVES: June 17 to July 12  

Bay Area for Waldorf Teacher Training


June 24-27, 2013: Austin, TX

AWSNA Summer Conference co-Sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society

Practical Life, Meditation, and the Waldorf School: The Anthroposophical Challenge.

Hosted by the Austin Waldorf School, Austin, TX


July 8-26, 2013: Milwaukee, WI

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute Summer Intensive 2013


July 9-12, 2013: Chapel Hill, NC

Deepening the Understanding of Waldorf Education for Subject Teachers

Hosted by the Emerson Waldorf School  in Chapel Hill, NC 


July 15 - July 19, 2013 Chapel Hill, NC

Association for Waldorf Music Education (AWME) Annual Teachers Conference

A Musical Journey Through the Grades: Exploring the Pedagogical Foundations of Waldorf Music Education, at the Emerson Waldorf School. 


August 19-21, 2013: Costa Mesa, CA

Back to School Conference with Christof Wiechert

Waldorf School of Orange County 


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Leader of Association Administration              Leader of Association Outreach and Development
Frances Kane                                                     Patrice Maynard
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