Sacramento June 2019 – Feb 2020

LifeWays® Early Childhood Certification

$225 discount if registered by May 1, 2019!!
Location: Sacramento, CA
Director: Sarah Riffle, Student Services
Phone: 916-743-7272


June 11, 2019 (Orientation Evening)
June 12–15, & 17-20, 2019
August 2-9, 2019
November 8-11, 2019
February 8–15, 2020

Location: Sacramento, California near Fair Oaks Village, a lovely village with free-range chickens! We will also have two retreat weekends at White Feather Ranch in the Sierra foothills!

LifeWays Early Childhood Certification Trainings are offered throughout North America.

It is with GREAT JOY that we announce that a new session will begin in Sacramento, CA in June 2019!

Completing the LifeWays Training can open NEW Opportunities for you:

• Childcare providers in homes and centers • Early childhood assistants, teachers and nannies • Parents and grandparents • Parent-child teachers • Early Childhood Aftercare teachers • Homeschool parents. Become the parent or early childhood professional you long to be.

LifeWays students learn from master teachers in 200+ in-class hours over a year’s time. Additionally, mentor-supported independent study enriches learning between sessions. The LifeWays curriculum is divided into four categories:

  • Human Growth and Development – based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner and others
  • Child, Family and Community – home health care practices, unique and beautiful handwork, gardening and meal planning, meaningful celebrations and festivals, self-care and more
  • Program Curriculum – deepening your classroom and in-home practices (artistic and practical, nature and nurture); fundamentals of establishing child care, parent-child, after-school and daily homeschool rhythms; and more
  • Living Arts – learn the Living Arts as developed by LifeWays and the keys to joyful, purposeful living through Practical Activity, Nurturing Care, Creative Exploration and Social Awareness

LifeWays students graduate with a renewed sense of joie de vivre in their daily lives. Strengthened by an amazing view of the developing human being, a lifted experience of personal growth, guidance in establishing successful programs and a sense of being grounded in the practical, artistic and nurturing skills, they tell us over and over again that this training was a life-changing experience for them.

The journey through the training was incredible and life-changing. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned this past year, but this made me realize how much more I can learn if I choose to (which I do!) I loved our ceremony and the sense of accomplishment it brought. What I loved most though, was meeting each of you wonderful people and working with you to create something beautiful and meaningful.  Rhoda Kambandu

Core Teaching Staff:

Cynthia Aldinger is founder and Executive Director of LifeWays North America; author of Life is the Curriculum and Home Away from Home: LifeWays Care of Children and Families.

Nancy-Poer.gifNancy Poer is known across the United States for her lively lectures on Waldorf education, parenting, child development, the spiritual feminine, the mission of the spiritual America, and threshold work.
Sharifa Oppenheimer is a longtime Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher and the author of the bestselling book Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children. Sharifa was the founding teacher of the Charlottesville Waldorf School in Virginia where she taught kindergarten for 21 years.

Student Services Director:
Sarah Michel Riffle has over 11 years of experience teaching in Waldorf Early Childhood Education. She served as the Waldorf Kindergarten Specialist in the Orange Blossom Kindergarten for 9 years. Sarah has RIE and LifeWays certifications, as well as a B.S. in Family Studies from CSUS.

Sacramento is just a short drive away from both the mountains and the coast. Make a family holiday of your training time!

Learn to create magical puppet shows for young children using silks, hand-made puppets and natural materials.
Learn songs and lullabies playing the lyre.
Learn watercolor painting for young children.
Study and discuss with one another.

Housing and Childcare: While LifeWays does not directly provide housing or childcare, we are happy to provide applicants with contact information for local resources.

Meals: Snacks and daily organic hot lunches are included in tuition. Students provide their own breakfast and dinner

Your journey toward joy-filled and purpose-full living begins in June 2019, won’t you join us in Sacramento?

Contact the Student Services Director to learn about the application process.

  Apply to this program.