Upcoming Courses

Welcome to LifeWays!

To introduce you to our innovative approach to care for young children, we invite you to jump into our FREE online course. "Welcome to LifeWays" includes videos and resources to help you deepen your home life and transform your work with children! Enjoy it on your own time, and at your own pace!


LifeWays Early Childhood Fundamentals Course

Inspiration and Support for Working with Young Children

Congratulations! You have been hired to work in the Waldorf or LifeWays early childhood program that you have admired for some time. Perhaps you are a new assistant or extended care provider, a new co-teacher or regular substitute. Yet you have no training or background in the work. Or perhaps you have been out of the field for awhile and could use a refresher. We want to help you find the ground beneath your feet so that you can grow in confidence. Your teachers, both on-site and online, are long-time early childhood teachers in Waldorf and/or LifeWays programs. We look forward to offering you support and inspiration. read more...

The Living Arts in Song and Dance with Anna Rainville

Wow! Back by popular demand, world-renowned educator Anna Rainville presents

The Living Arts in Song and Dance

Viva Song and Dance – Bringing the Arts to Life!

Four monthly sessions starting August 24, 2022

This four part course will offer practical ways to bring the Living Arts to life. Learn games to play, songs to sing, and singing games to nurture the joyous confidence of children in your care. read more...

The Living Arts - Cornerstones of Care

with Cynthia Aldinger and Acacia Moore

September 14 – October 15, 2022

Transform your home life and professional care with young children through LifeWays’ practical approach to enriching your life and creating “home away from home” for children in early childhood settings.

Join Cynthia and Acacia for a four-week course exploring ways to use the Living Arts as the cornerstones for a solid foundation of learning for the young child and enrichment for your own life. read more...

Delightful Developmental Movement & Spacial Dynamics Streams

Zoom Course with Lynn St. Pierre

First of six six-week sessions starts Sept. 14, 2022

Nourish the bond between you and your child with Spacial Dynamics & Developmental Movement!

Imagine having a joyful anchor for your weekly rhythm that relieves stress and brings you and your child closer together! Join us for a magical experience of touch, hand gesture and large movement plays which offer rich developmental opportunities for your child. We'll also use Spacial Dynamics streams to support you and your child's healthy movement and sleep! read more...

Deepening Self-Care with Spacial DynamicsⓇ

Zoom Course with Lynn St. Pierre

First of nine sessions September 17, 2022

Join us in a positive, supportive environment where we will practice Spacial Dynamics movement forms and hands-on streams with a partner. Invite a friend, family member or your early childhood colleagues to sign up with you so that you all can be together in person and benefit from the hands-on exercises. Fortify your life forces, develop greater strength, balance and energy through these life-giving forms and streams! Each month we'll have a different theme as we journey through the year together. read more...

Words for Parents through the Seasons with Judith Frizlen

A year-long course for parents to accompany the Words for Parents in Small Doses book.

Beginning this Autumn, we are offering the first of four seasonal workshops.

These courses will take place on Saturdays 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern. Course dates are: October 1, January 7, April 1, July 1

They are a glimpse of what the upcoming year-long course will entail. Each season has its mood; when we align with it, we live into it with greater ease. Nature provides a template for the changing soul gestures of the year. read more...

Rhythm is Life with Sharifa Oppenheimer

Sharifa Oppenheimer invites you to join her in a six-week hybrid Zoom and Ruzku course that takes you on a deeper dive into understanding and cultivating the healing forces that are opened by leading a rhythmic life.

Classes will be LIVE Tuesdays, 5- 6:30 pm Pacific/8- 9:30pm Eastern time.

First of six sessions starts October 4, 2022

Can’t make the live class? All registered students will receive a recording of the live workshop! The video recording of each session will be available for viewing by students for one month. Each class will also be accompanied by articles and activities to deepen your experience, and the whole course can be completed for 15 CEUs. You are invited to enroll for the whole session, or join us for each class separately. read more...

Learning in Nature 2: The Mystery and Wonder of Exploring Nature with Children

Online, October 26 - November 12, 2022

Those of us who regularly take children into nature – whether our own children or those in our care – feel the calling to guide the children in a way that develops reverence for the natural world. Cultural historian and ecotheologian, Thomas Berry, called this the development of an “I-Thou” rather than an “I-It” relationship with the natural world. During this two-week course, we will explore together the inner work of the adult read more...

Creating Home Away from Home: A Course for Home Childcare Providers


Ongoing - enroll any time!

This on-demand, at-your-own-pace, online course will help you open your own early childhood program at home providing relationship-based care steeped in LifeWays Principles. read more...

Creating Your Family Culture -- An Elemental Approach

Ongoing - enroll any time!

We don't always pay much attention to culture, but it's always there. It holds us, sustains us, and informs the way we act, feel and think about the world. Wouldn't you love to create the conditions in your home that help each family member live your shared values in a positive way with life-affirming practices?

How do we intentionally craft a family culture that reflects our values? How do we practice those values every day with our children? And how do we continue to hold true to these values as our family grows and our individual needs change? read more...

Healthy Home Rhythms

Ongoing - enroll any time!

This popular online course, developed by Kerry Ingram at Mothering Arts, supports you to create a balanced home rhythm rooted in presence and joy. In this self-paced course, you will work with four water-colored seasonal rhythm wheels (printer required), a meal planner wheel and LOTS of practical resources to develop a rhythm wheel that is unique for your own family.  Create a more connected home life with the help of this inspiring, step-by-step, course that you can do any time and access again and again as the seasons—and your family—change. read more...

Living Arts Through the Seasons ~ Archived

Deepening the Development of Your Family Culture - Archived Seasons

Join our thriving community of parents, creating unique family cultures through connection in everyday home life. Get clear on who you want to be as a parent and how you want to spend your time in simple meaningful ways. read more about our archived seasons...

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