Upcoming Courses


LifeWays Early Childhood Fundamentals Course 2021-22

Inspiration and Support for Working with Young Children

Course begins August 9, 2021 in person at several locations!

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...


Building a Strong Foundation: Care of the Young Child’s Senses

Mother and InfantA course for childcare providers, early childhood teachers and parents With Cynthia Aldinger and Mary O’Connell
August 18 - September 25, 2021

Early childhood educators can earn a certificate for 15 continuing education hours by completing this course!

We know that the strength of a building lies in its foundation. With high-rise buildings touching the sky these days, it has become all the more important to have powerful foundations. When we expect great things from a building, we know we have to lay the groundwork that keeps the building standing strong against the forces of nature. read more...


The Living Arts Workshop - Pennsylvania

A hands-on, spirit-lifting workshop on The Living Arts: social, creative, domestic & nurturing

Upper Black Eddy, PA
Saturday, August 21st
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Presentations, Discussion Groups and Fun, Engaging Activities to include:

  • Photo essay on The Living Arts
  • Music and games
  • Practical life – Bringing meaning and joy to the mundane
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Learning in Nature 2: The Mystery and Wonder of Exploring Nature with Children

Online, starts September 29th, 2021

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...


Brain Science and your Child’s Journey Toward the Self

With Sharifa Oppenheimer, author of Heaven on Earth and With Stars in their Eyes

This exciting live Zoom course will be a six-month exploration of the gentle ways parents and teachers can bring cutting edge brain science into their home or program, to support the child’s finest brain development!

Classes will meet the 3rd Wednesday of each month from October to March. Sign up for select classes or for the whole series!

Classes will be LIVE, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. Central Time. Can’t make the live class? All registered students will receive a recording of the live workshop!

Each class will include Foundational Thoughts from Sharifa, small group discussions, questions and responses.  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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