Weekend Intensive Friday, January 31st - Sunday, February 2nd, 2020; and
Online for 10 weeks from Monday, February 3rd — Monday, April 6th, 2020


This spring, gain knowledge of the foundations of Steiner’s understanding of the threefold nature of social life and how such understanding can inform relationships with students, colleagues, self, and the community.


 Snapshots from the 2019 Fall Retreats



Whether veteran teacher or life-long learner, GLWI offers the following opportunities to grow and develop!

  1. Individuals may register for the spring weekend Retreat only (Friday, January 31-Sunday, February 2).   Weekend Retreat: $125 by January 13th, 2020; $150 after ~ REGISTER HERE
  2. Teachers looking for professional development, adults working in leadership roles or those who wish to deepen their ability to work socially may audit the spring course, GLWI FND3: Social Artistry: Building the Vessel of Relationship, including the weekend retreat through Great Lakes Waldorf Institute.   Non-credit full course: $545 by January 13th, 2020; $570 after ~ REGISTER HERE



Ready to begin the journey towards your Waldorf Teaching Certificate with or without or a Master’s of Arts degree in Education from Mount Mary University?  Great Lakes Waldorf Institute and our partner, Mount Mary University have the experience and expertise to meet your educational goals.

CLICK HERE for more information!


Already a GLWI student?  GLWI-FND3, is a 2-credit course required for the Teacher Certificate of Completion: $1,090 ~ REGISTER HERE


Great Lakes Waldorf Institute’s programming is thoughtfully crafted to grow relationships while supporting spiritual development and preparing teachers-in-training for the challenge of student, parent and collegial work in schools dedicated to Waldorf education.  GLWI’s blended programming seamlessly weaves distance learning with in-person retreats, providing the unique opportunity to work while training.  The spring course and retreat includes a mix of pedagogical work, inner-development, movement, artistic experiences and discussions.

All courses can be audited for professional development or continuing education. For further information, please contact Sandra at (414) 299-3820 or admin@greatlakeswaldorf.org.



GLWI FND3: Social Artistry – Building the Vessel of Relationship

The social mission at the heart of Waldorf education is vital. How can we best fulfill this mission today? By challenging ourselves to be on a path of reflective self-development. This course is an introduction to Rudolf Steiner’s expression of the three-fold social organism, a basic overview of intentionality in communication and social weaving within the context of community. Gain a working knowledge of Goethean Conversation, Restorative Justice, conflict resolution, consensus building, collaborative and servant leadership models, and create steps toward the implementation of such practices in daily life. Participants will deepen their aware of how such practices support and bring about change in their private life, social interactions, and professional work.

The course will open with a weekend retreat on the theme of Social Sacredness and Renewal. In addition to presentations and conversations on the theme, the evening and weekend event will incorporate experiences of intentionality and social weaving through eurythmy, the creation of group artistic explorations, team building and social exercises, spend time building a sacred space, and sharing of personal transformational experiences.


Less Expensive Lodging Options for the Spring

Accommodations at the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds

  • Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center

Private, dormitory style housing is available in the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center.  Private rooms can house up to six people.

  • Wisconsin State Fair RV Park

The ONLY RV Park in Metro Milwaukee and it is open year-round!

Conveniently located at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, adjacent to Interstate 94, the Tommy G. Thompson Youth Center and the RV Park are 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 these options, click here.



Planning to join us for our weekend workshop from a distance?  Students and guests stay in a variety of places including airbnb rentals (a favorite choice).


Housing Near Prairie Hill Waldorf School

Contact Dawn Van-kley Imes at (262) 825-7879  |  imesfam@gmail.com