2021 In-Person and Online
Expand your horizons this summer with courses offered through the Waldorf Institute of Southern California In-Person (Los Angeles and San Diego) and Online (Zoom)

Just click on the More Info and Registration button below each course for more info, pricing and registration.

Register by June 1st and receive 10% off!
For 5th Grade Course by June 6th.
LA Week 1: In Person and Online

June 21 - 26, 2021
Waldorf Practical Arts Training Module #5
with Jack Bryant, Mona Lewis and Terra Malmstrom

Register today to have time to gather and choose materials for soft crafts!

This module will be a hybrid week. You can join us in person or from home via zoom. Please note that for soft crafts you need to notify Mona at least 3 weeks in advance which materials you choose. 
In module #5 we study core principle #5 Relationships. 
In module #5, we explore eighth grade curriculum and build a simple wooden stool.
In module #5 we create a 3-dimensional pattern, cut and sewn into a chosen animal using simple sewing for 6th grade curriculum. Second project is a Waldorf style doll.
LA Week 2: In Person and Online

June 28 - July 2, 2021
Teaching 5th Grade
with César Cázares

5th Grade Pentathlon
with Katie Moran

The 5th grade child has reached a kind of developmental equilibrium often called the “golden age” of childhood. The 5th grade teacher strives to create space for a harmonious encounter between the students’ inner and outer worlds. Join us in this mutual exploration and artistic endeavor!
LA Week 3: In Person and Online

July 5 - 9
Tone and Speech Eurythmy
with Johanna Laurelin

Form Drawing
with Katy Gannon Lapiers

Mornings - Eurythmy (In Person):
Participate in the “art of soul” as we explore the connection of gesture to sound and rhythm with music and spoken text. This course is both accessible and challenging to participants of all levels.

Johanna Laurelin is a widely acclaimed Eurythmist who performs with stage groups in Europe and the U.S.A. An experienced Eurythmy teacher in Waldorf schools and Eurythmy schools, she is a teacher and co-director in the San Diego WISC program. Johanna attended a Waldorf School from Kindergarten through High School. She has been teaching at the Waldorf School of San Diego since 2005.
Afternoons - Form Drawing (Online): 
Form drawing is an important and unique subject in Waldorf education. Much of what we present in form drawing is left up to the interpretation of the teachers. Steiner gave indications regarding this practice and the benefits to the students, and our focus will be on its importance in grades one through five. Throughout this five-day course, we will discuss Steiner’s indications, form drawing theory and history, and traditions used in modern-day Waldorf schools. We will explore bringing meaning to forms through imagination and sensory and kinesthetic movements, before finally applying crayon and pencil to paper.
LA Week 4: In Person and Online

July 12 - 16, 2021
4th Grade in Waldorf:
Prepare to meet with Goblins and Trolls! 
with Philip Guest and Ania Kubik

With curiosity, boldness, stamina, thoughtfulness, and social spiritedness, some 4th graders are completing the 9-year-old-change during their tenth year, while all eventually begin entering the "heart of childhood."

 4th Grade begins a new phase of education - the class teacher has a bountiful curriculum with which to meet these budding youngsters: Math takes a significant leap forward with the introduction of fractions (only Algebra in 7th Grade provides a step of such significance); English grammar supports students' expanding abilities in writing and reading comprehension; Geography and History of the surrounding locale both begin, although in opposite directions; and Natural History begins too, with studies of the animal kingdom and exploration of human characteristics, although Steiner gives contradictory indications for how to proceed. Good! You will have to make some decisions for yourself! 

Then there's Norse Mythology. Waldorf Education began in Central Europe, and Norse Mythology meets the students at this age in such an exciting way, but why does it meet the students at this developmental stage? Is this a topic suited for students on all continents or are there local alternatives? Isn't exporting Norse Mythology worldwide just another example of Western Colonialism? This century feels like a transition point; Waldorf is a worldwide movement now and such questions should not be shirked! How can Waldorf Education develop roots that live in each geographic location, but also guide students through the development of consciousness in a way that best prepares them to meet the needs of our times, and those that are to come?
LA Week 5: In Person and Online

July 20 - 24 2021
Early Childhood:
A Wider World of Fairy Tales and Puppetry
with Holly Koteen-Soulé and Laura Childers

Storytelling and puppetry are cherished traditions in Waldorf early childhood education. In this hands-on week-long workshop, we will be making our own handmade puppets from natural materials and plant dyed silks. We will explore the various uses for puppetry, how to make marionettes, and how to use a variety of puppets, from the simplest everyday classroom experiences to more elaborate festival performances. Participants will explore universal archetypes in fairytales from diverse cultures and practice creating our own nature stories. The week culminates with a Saturday puppetry presentation of chosen stories from around the world!

These classes will be in hybrid format. You can join us in person or online for the puppet making. with Laura. Holly will be teaching online. 

Please note that this workshop is from Tuesday to Saturday. 
SD Week 1: In Person and Online

June 28 - July 2
Early Childhood:
Child Observation/Parent Work/Circle Movement
with Laurie Clark, Tom Clark, Johanna Laurelin (Eurythmy)

Renewing the Essence of Waldorf Early Childhood Education
Deepening the understanding of the young child and enlivening the forces of the teacher.
Although the children have been resilient through a very challenging year with the pandemic, the toll it has taken on their sense of well-being is apparent. This is bringing the teachers many interesting questions to contemplate that require them to invigorate their inner mobility and orientation in order to meet the needs of the children.

Laurie Clark will explore how to enliven the birthday celebrations, delve into child contemplation that includes health and nutrition, the meaning of children’s drawings, and integrative movements that revitalize the child’s sensory system.

Tom Clark will work with the participants to draw simple and beautiful birthday drawings for a card or birthday book and ways to form beeswax into figures while telling a nature story. Painting will also be experienced that will rejuvenate the life forces of the teachers.
SD Week 2: In Person and Online

July 5-9
The Adventure of Grade 4
with Shivani Burrows-Goodwill PhD, Chelaine Kokos (Eurythmy)

The fourth grader has an adventurous spirit, is full of curiosity, and eager to explore new capacities for learning and creativity. We will experience together the drama of hero mythologies, along with eurythmy and Celtic knot form drawing. New subjects, geography and zoology, invite new relationships: to the land and culture of the world around us; and to world of living creatures. Speech, a powerful medium for this age to express their new sense of self, will permeate the week, along with music – singing, and recorder playing, and art. Throughout we will focus on the new consciousness this age brings, and how our curriculum supports the noble striving, (and trickery!) of the fourth grader.
SD Week 3a: In Person

July 12 - 14
Biography and Social Art
with Joseph and Patricia Rubano

The Practice of Human Becoming:
Individual soul development while immersed in the reality of the world.

Developmental stages do not stop at 21. The body ages predictably and naturally but the development of the soul is our own individual responsibility.
It seems more than ever the world is asking us to awaken to that which lives unconsciously within us. Understanding life as a process of growth, crisis, transformation and the unfolding of capacity can help us navigate both our inner and outer worlds.
In this course we will give a picture of the 7-year life phases and how the body, soul and spirit unfold over time. Using our own unique life journeys set against the archetypal picture of human development we can see and understand these phases through guided exercises and sharing.
The use of artistic media helps us to see our lives from different perspectives and to perceive ourselves more objectively. Spacial Dynamic exercises will help to integrate the learning and discovery by bringing us into movement.

SD Week 3b: In Person (Mornings)

July 15 - 17
Tone and Speech Eurythmy
with Johanna Laurelin

Participate in the “art of soul” as we explore the connection of gesture to sound and rhythm with music and spoken text. This course is both accessible and challenging to participants of all levels.