July 6th - July 24th, 2019
COVID 19 INFORMATION
Please be assured that the GLWI faculty is fully engaged in making plans for the July summer intensive knowing that there is a possibility that we may be delivering our coursework from a distance. We are also in communication with other Waldorf institutes to share ideas and best practices. In person or not, the summer intensive will happen.
Join us as we delve into Rudolf Steiner’s complex picture of the developing human being in relationship to the how’s and why’s of the Waldorf pedagogy. Broaden your understanding of beauty, truth and goodness in student health and well-being. Explore nourishment for the senses and balance in lesson planning, deepening your understanding of the role storytelling and polarities play in presentations, group activities and artistic circle work.
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute’s 2020 summer courses and weekend workshops are designed to inspire, renew and challenge you. Courses may be audited for professional development and continuing education opportunities or taken to earn a Waldorf Teaching Certificate or a Master’s of Arts degree in Education from Mount Mary University with the Waldorf Teaching Certificate.
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute has the experience and expertise to meet your educational goals. Join us today!
Crafted for healthy breathing, each course (3 weeks) or workshop (1-2 days) includes a mix of content-based/pedagogical work, inner- and human development, movement, artistic experiences and discussions. Come prepared for full days of learning!
All courses can be audited at a reduced rate for professional development or continuing education. For further information, please contact Sandra at 414.299.3820 or [email protected]
Early Childhood – Essentials of a Waldorf Kindergarten
Classes will consist of group circle activities, presentations/conversations, artistic and practical activities and journal work.
This course explores the specific needs of children ages 3 to 7. Topics will include an overview of the developing child; importance of rhythm; nourishment for the senses; imitation; the value and balance of both play and work and how the environment supports this; and the role of the teacher in this setting. Practical activities include Circle development, storytelling and simple and rod puppets, painting, coloring, handwork and more.
The Basics: Artistic Work in the Waldorf School I
Classes will be presented using the Waldorf approach, consisting of demonstrations, hands-on artistic work and some journal writing.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to artistic work in the Waldorf school, including: pentatonic flute, form drawing, crayon drawing, wet-on-wet watercolor painting, pastel drawing, board drawing, yarn prep and knitting and (if you are already a knitter) crocheting.
Foundations – An Introduction to Waldorf Human Development: Birth to 21
Students will meet at 8:30 for artistic activities including Eurythmy. Classes will be presented using the Waldorf approach, consisting of group activities, lectures, group discussions and journal work.
This foundational course explores Rudolf Steiner’s complex picture of the human being, incarnation, and how his terminology is used in education. You will deepen your understanding of the history and goals of Waldorf education through the biography of Rudolf Steiner, and explore how the Waldorf curriculum can meet students’ needs. Strategies to help children learn effectively will be shared.
Grades – Essentials of the Waldorf Curriculum
Classes will be presented using the Waldorf approach, consisting of group circle activities, lectures, group discussions and journal work.
This course will give students an introduction to the Waldorf teaching pedagogy (the three-fold lesson and the three-day cycle, working with living images, and creating student lesson books) and practical, hands-on work with lesson planning (the year overview, block planning, and circle and lesson planning). There will be an overview of the Waldorf “story to history “ curriculum (grades 1-8), lessons on choosing, remembering, and telling stories, and hands-on storytelling experiences. There will be a discussion on tending the grade school class environment, relationships with colleagues and class parents, homework, testing/alternative assessment, classroom management, and preparation for transitioning into high school.
GLWI Students with Children
- Prairie Hill Waldorf School (PHWS) offers a yearly summer camp for children ages 3-7. The link contains information about the Prairie Hill Waldorf Summer Camp. Liz Torinus, the Admissions Coordinator for PHWS, would love to have a conversation about this year’s offerings and may know if any faculty members or school parents are offering childcare for 2020 as well. She can be reached at: [email protected] || 262.646.7497
- Farmwise – A hands-on farm experience for children and families through camps, Saturday programs, summer programs and homeschooling sessions located in Elkhorn, WI. The FarmWise™ Education program is based on methods developed by Bente Goldstein during her many years as a teacher and farm-educator. In the FarmWise program, these methods are realized in a farm-based educational experience developed for children, primarily six to twelve years of age. Contact Bente Goldstein at: [email protected] || (262) 642-9738
Where to Stay
Airbnb’s are a favorite!
Recreational Vehicle Park
The Wisconsin State Fair RV Park is the ONLY RV Park in Metro Milwaukee and it is open year-round! Conveniently located at Wisconsin State Fair Park, adjacent to Interstate 94, the RV Park is just minutes to Mount Mary University, Prairie Hill Waldorf School and Tamarack Waldorf School. To explore this option, click here.
Local Park with Campsites
Naga-Waukee, a Waukesha County Park, offers reasonable and convenient camping nestled between 2 lakes. The diverse topographical features were created during the glacial age, which enhances the beauty of the site. Camp sites are limited to 2 camping units maximum. No hookup for electric or water. Park Hours: Sunrise to 10pm (Year–Round) Daily Entrance Fee: $5. Located 5 minutes from Prairie Hill Waldorf School, it is an easy commute on I-94 to Mount Mary University or Tamarack Waldorf School. To explore this option, click here.
Local University Housing
DUE TO THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION in downtown Milwaukee June/July 2020, the entire Summer Intensive will be held at Prairie Hill Waldorf School. No housing will be available in the City of Milwaukee during the event.
Usually, our local universities offer Guest Housing during our Summer Intensive.
- University of Wisconsin – Kenilworth Square Apartments: Within walking distance to Tamarack Waldorf School. Reservations are accepted for stays from early June through early August. The building features 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments with a full kitchen and seating area. All sleeping rooms are furnished with twin beds, dressers, desks and chairs. Bed and bath linens and complimentary Wi-Fi are also provided. Guests will want to bring their personal toiletries. For pricing and more information click here. To make a reservation, contact Joshua Boehm directly at [email protected] or phone (414) 299-0514.
- Marquette University – Humphrey Hall: Children are welcome. Reservations are accepted for stays from early June through early August. The building’s six floors feature single, double, triple and quad occupancy suite-style rooms with private bathrooms. All sleeping rooms are furnished with twin beds, dressers, desks and chairs. Bed and bath linens, an alarm clock/radio and complimentary Wi-Fi are also provided. Guests will want to bring their personal toiletries. Micro-fridge units are available upon request at a rental fee. For pricing and more information click here. To make a reservation, contact Carrie Enea at [email protected] or phone (414) 288-4737.
Accommodations at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds (Unavailable this summer)
Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center offers private, dormitory style housing available in the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center. Private rooms can house up to six people. Conveniently located at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, the Youth Center is adjacent to Interstate 94 and just minutes to Mount Mary University. Travel time to either Prairie Hill or Tamarack Waldorf Schools will take between 20-30 minutes depending on traffic. To explore this option, click here.