LifeWays® Early Childhood Certificate Program

Utah October 2024 - October 2025

$225.00 discount if enrolled by September 2, 2024!
Location: Highland, UT (near Salt Lake City)
Contact: Tiffany Manoukian, Student Services Coordinator
Phone : (520) 358-5380

For full information about this Training contact the Student Services Coordinator

LifeWays Utah Schedule for 2024-25

The LifeWays Utah Training is a full-year course, meeting four weeks during 2024-25 as follows.

  • October 14-19, 2024 (6 days)
  • March 31 – April 5, 2025 (6 days)
  • July 31 – August 9 , 2025 (10 days)
  • October 20-25, 2025 (6 days)

Applications are now being accepted and the class size will be limited.  Scholarships and financial aid are available.

For full information about this Training contact the
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.

“Today, as we went from painting to snack to working in the garden, I felt so grateful to have had my Lifeways training so I can support my child during these uncertain times. I’m so grateful for this network and the love and care we show for each other.” Amy Jo, LifeWays 2013-14

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 October, 2024, won’t you join us in Highland, UT (near Salt Lake City)?

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

Core Teaching Staff

Julene Humes

After raising and homeschooling seven children, Julene started an in-home Waldorf kindergarten in the fall of 2003.  In 2006 she expanded her program, partnering with homeschool parents using Waldorf methods in a model she calls The Cottage School.  She received a LifeWays certificate in 2011. In addition, Julene participated in Waldorf summer intensives for grades one, two and three. In 2013 Julene was certified in Simplicity Parenting, and in 2017 she completed a Master of Arts Degree with an emphasis on Waldorf education.

In 2022 Julene passed on her work with the Cottage School to a dedicated group of parents. She now assists the newly-formed Honeycomb Cottage School on a volunteer basis, teaches and organizes parent and teacher education and is delighted to be part of the new LifeWays program in Utah.  Julene lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband. They just welcomed their nineteenth grandchild into their growing family.

Tiffany Manoukian

Tiffany completed her LifeWays Early Childhood Certificate in Phoenix, AZ in March 2018 while serving as both the Administrative Assistant and cook. She also has a degree in business finance, and has completed the Mothering Arts postpartum training and a number of other early childhood trainings.

She has had a lifelong dream to work with young children. She discovered Waldorf Education shortly after her first child was born. She started a home school group that began by celebrating festivals, has had an in-home program and later taught in the kindergarten at Desert Marigold Waldorf. She then went on to establish a 70 family Parent & Child program at Tucson Waldorf School and currently she is supporting Waldorf Homeschool families though Seasons of Seven and is a lead teacher at a cottage school. She is fulfilling her dream to bring the life-changing LifeWays training to her community.

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.


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Financial Aid is Available

We have funds available for students with financial need.  To apply, students should first apply to the training and then fill out the Financial Assistance Form on the website.

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