SF Bay Area, August 2020 – June 2021

SF Bay Area LifeWays® Early Childhood Certification

$225.00 discount if enrolled by June 15, 2020!
Location: San Rafael, CA
Director: Marianne Alsop 415-419-6383
Email: mariannea@lifewaysnorthamerica.org

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Dates: Due to COVID19 our start date may be delayed until September. We are accepting applications now!
Tentative schedule for 2020-21
All classes will be held at Hummingbirds Collaborative School in Novato, Marin County, CA.

Aug 15, 2020
Aug 29
Sep 12
Sep 26
Oct 2,3,4 – retreat at Green Valley Farm
Oct 17
Nov 7
Nov 21
Dec 5
Dec 19
Jan 9, 2021
Jan 23
Feb 6
Feb 27
Mar 13
Mar 26,27,28– retreat at Green Valley Farm
April 10
April 24
May 8
May 22
June 4, 5, 6 -retreat at Green Valley Farm
June 12

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 the San Francisco Bay Area, CA in August 2020!

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.

Christine Margetic has taught for many years in the LifeWays San Francisco Bay Training. She has taught in Waldorf early childhood programs since 2004.   She is particularly interested in supporting families with young children.

Teresa Walker has a LifeWays home farm program, is a LifeWays graduate and homeschooling mom of two children. Teresa will join us as a teacher and Lead Student Liaison.

Stacy Connell Ito is the mother of 3 daughters, a LifeWays graduate and teacher and has many years of experience working in early childhood. She will be one of our Lead Student Liasons.


The SF Bay Area LifeWays Training meets in the North San Francisco Bay at the Marin Waldorf School in San Rafael, two Saturday sessions a month over eleven months, all day Saturday, 8am to 5pm. In addition, there are three long- weekend retreats at a beautiful farm in Sebastopol: Friday noon to Sunday noon, for cooking, gardening, outdoor observation, circle games, wet felting, puppetry, storytelling and more.

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 August 2020, won’t you join us in the SF Bay Area?

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

  Join us! Apply to this program.