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, art, handwork and more. You will feel yourself invigorated for learning by continuing your personal development as a teacher.
The Micha-el Institute offers teachers of Grades 1 through 8 opportunities to prepare for the upcoming school year. These full three-day conferences will assist teachers in cultivating inspirations for discovery within the classroom. Through demonstrations and explanations of practical applications, artistic renderings, lectures, and discussions, participants will be shown and will discover how to create enlivened curricula that will meet the needs of the growing and developing children in their care. Taught by master teachers with many years of grades teaching experience, the various subjects will be brought to life from many different vantage points, each one contributing to the whole experience.
“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 2020 Early Childhood Conference will be held July 26 through August 8.
Theme: Health for Young Children
Morning Lecture topics and Afternoon Workshops include: young children's healthy development in the light of anthroposophy, healthy environments at home and in the classroom, early childhood illness, diseases, and vaccinations, healthy development of the twelve senses, singing with young children, artistic activities and hand work, pedagogical discussions, how to conduct a circle time, nutrition and cooking, and child study.
"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
*the more orderly and with a sense of 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 2020 Foundations Conference will be held from 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 13 (Welcome and Opening Lecture) through 3:30 PM on Monday, August 17.
Morning Activities and Lectures include: Eurythmy, Introduction to Parzival, Goethean Science, Introduction to Anthroposophy, and Discussions. Afternoon Activities and Workshops include: Singing for Community Building, Artistic Activities, and Handwork.
"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!