Summer Intensive Conferences are designed to provide continuing education and focused renewal for current and prospective Waldorf educators. Welcoming instructors from the local Waldorf community and beyond, the Micha-el Institute offers attendees an experience that develops a deeper connection to anthroposophy. Through the indications of Rudolf Steiner, attendees benefit from new perspectives on grade specific curriculum, new skills to meet their growing children, and a nurturing community in which to thrive. Covering early childhood, grades, homeschooling, and the foundations of Waldorf education, conference topics include science, math, main lessons, music and art. You will feel yourself invigorated for learning by continuing your personal development as a teacher.
Each summer, the Micha-el Institute holds grades intensive conferences to assist current Waldorf teachers in their preparations for the upcoming school year. Taught by master teachers and lifelong anthroposophists, these conferences offer grade-specific curriculum enrichment, practical tools, and resources in tune with the indications given by Rudolf Steiner.
“When you appeal to their feeling and their will you guide the children’s thoughts and feelings to an understanding of how they themselves are only fully human when they use their hands for working in the world. Through this man is the most perfect being... Goethe says … man stands at the summit of nature and there feels himself to be a whole world of nature.” Rudolf Steiner
Early Childhood Intensive
Our Early Childhood Conference themes are offered in a cyclic fourfold progression of “Polarities," “Rhythm," “Imagination through Storytelling & Puppetry” and “Health.” These conferences are ideal for early childhood teachers, as well as grade school class and remedial teachers, to expand and deepen their insights, understandings, and consciousness in these areas.
"The more rhythmically the life of a little child can flow in these matters (*), the healthier it is. But a child, whose soul life is so closely bound up with his organic life, demands that the nourishment of his soul shall also be given rhythmically, that his play and learning be ordered according to the day's rhythm. It would be of enormous importance if educators would realize this and act upon it."
From "Childhood" by Caroline Von Heydebrand
* orderly daily life with a routine
The Micha-el Foundations Conference is a great opportunity for current educators to brush up on the full spectrum of educational principles and for new and developing students to enrich their growing knowledge.
The Foundations Conference will begin with an introductory evening lecture, and each day will begin in the morning and finish in the afternoon. Sessions will include lectures on Percival, Goethean Science, singing, speech exercises, painting, drawing, and more.
"We as teachers must take an interest in everything happening in the world and in whatever concerns humankind. All that is happening in the outside world and in human life must arouse our interest. It would be deplorable if we as teachers were to shut ourselves off from anything that might interest human beings." Rudolf Steiner
I have been so fortunate to have studied with you at a summer intensive at the Michael Institute. It was one of the richest experiences in my travels with Anthroposophy. I often send thoughts of gratitude towards you for your continued efforts and contributions towards keeping Anthroposophy and Waldorf education united in meaningful and modernly sustainable ways. What a gift for educators, Anthroposophy and children!