Upcoming Online Courses

Living Arts Through the Seasons - Autumn 2020

Deepening the Development of Your Family Culture

Autumn, 2020

ONLINE: Opens September 1, 2020!

A NEW LESSON opens on the first of each month, in September, October and November!

Themes for the months will explore the elements, and how to incorporate them into our family life:
September - Abundance. Abundance is not something we acquire - it's something we tune into.
October - Enchantment. Living our ordinary life with heightened awareness to what is magical and awe-inspiring.
November - Gratitude. Let's focus on cultivating an attitude of gratitude, in ourselves and our children.


LifeWays Early Childhood Fundamentals Course

Inspiration and Support for Working with Young Children

Course begins September 9th online!

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...

Autumn Singing Games With Anna Rainville

Wednesday, September 30th, 7 – 8:15 p.m. Central Time

Singing games are a part of every culture and generation. These games provide healthy opportunities for sensory integration while lifting spirits and building community. Singing and moving together in simple or complicated forms appeals top all ages whether at home, in a classroom, or a faculty meeting. They are contagious joy. read more...

The Living Arts - Cornerstones of Care

with Cynthia Aldinger and Mary O'Connell

October 14 - November 14, 2020

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 Mary 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. more...

N-Touch Instructor Program with Chris Lester

Newborn Touch Observe Understand Communicate Hold

Start your own business teaching parents or caregivers of infants!
Enhance your own knowledge of the newborn!

Starting October 21st!

Do you love babies and enjoy helping new parents thrive? Perhaps your work is in the field of prenatal care, childbirth, childcare or parent education. Maybe you’re a new mom, or have a friend or family member who is pregnant and you’re eager to learn all you can to prepare for a newborn. read more...

Discipline with Loving Awareness

Online course on discipline with Cynthia Aldinger!

We're offering this very popular course again, starting November 11, 2020

Cynthia’s L.O.V.E. Approach to Discipline has been joyfully appreciated ever since she first offered it as a workshop at a large early childhood conference twenty years ago. Constantly asked, “When are you writing the book?” we are happy to announce that instead we are offering it as our first online course on discipline! 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. 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.

Topics Include:

  • Deciding to Start
  • Tools of the Trade
  • Crafting Your Program
  • Working with Parents
  • Self-Care and Professional Development 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? more...