“A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living.”
~ Rudolf Steiner
Waldorf education is the largest and fastest-growing nonsectarian educational movement in the world. Waldorf education provides a comprehensive, cultural education that encourages students to become creative, balanced, socially responsible adults who love to learn. Waldorf Schools endeavors to awaken and preserve the student’s innate sense of wonder, awe, and reverence for life.
Waldorf education is based on the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), an Austrian-born philosopher, artist, scientist and teacher. Steiner offered insights into a broad spectrum of human endeavors based on a spiritual vision. Steiner called his work “Anthroposophy” (Greek for ‘wisdom of the human being’) or Spiritual Science. He emphasized that faculties lie dormant in the human soul that, if properly nurtured, can lead to knowledge of spiritual reality, self-knowledge, and a new understanding of the world. He described a path of self-development using clear thinking, acute observation, refined feeling and transformation of the will. Anthroposophy is not a religion and it is not meant to substitute for religion.
Said simply, “Waldorf school education is not a pedagogical system but an art – the art of awakening what is actually there within the human being.” ~ Rudolf Steiner
From the Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, Vermont
Pedagogical and developmental tools that we will draw from:
- The Four Temperaments
- The Seven Soul Types
- The Six Protective Exercises
- An En-Souled Imagination of Child Development
- The Seven-Year Cycles of our Individual Biography