What Great Lakes Waldorf Institute has to offer.

Friendly Experts

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute resides in the heartland of southeastern Wisconsin within a community of warm, friendly, and humble but strong individuals working out of Anthroposophy to create a better world. We are pleased and grateful to belong to this hub of activity, including many other initiatives that can be found on our website here (insert link).

Our program is carried by a Core Faculty who are all experienced Waldorf teachers with years of experience teaching adults as well as children. They are personable and collegial in their relations with students and encourage an open-minded, non-dogmatic, phenomenological approach to Waldorf teaching.

Our guest teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, bringing expertise in one area or another beyond what our Core Faculty can offer, including speech formation, biography work, music and singing, spacial dynamics and more.

Meaningful Partnerships

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute partners with Mount Mary University in Milwaukee to offer a fully-accredited Master of Arts in Education Degree with a Waldorf Emphasis.

GLWI partners with area Waldorf schools and anthroposophical initiatives to host collaborative events, do collaborative marketing, and support one another’s events, enrollment and businesses.

As a candidate for full member institute, GLWI serves as a member of the Teacher Education Network (TEN) of AWSNA, actively contributing to the growth and strengthening of the Waldorf movement.

As a developing institute in WECAN, GLWI supports the Waldorf early childhood work and movement.

Accommodating Program

Through a unique combination of 4 types of courses and coursework, GLWI offers a program that engages students in variety of learning experiences and can accommodate distance learners:

  • Spring Foundations courses begin with a Friday-Sunday retreat in January and then are asynchronous online.
  • Summer Intensives consist of three courses that are attended in person during three weeks in July.
  • Fall courses include a Thursday-Sunday retreat, usually in October, and meet one night a week for about 3 weeks before that and 5 weeks after that. Those who live at a distance participate in the evening courses via GoToTraining, a video conferencing service.
  • Independent Study fieldwork and practicum courses include observation and practice teaching at various Waldorf schools.

Great Location

Centrally located in Southeastern Wisconsin, GLWI is within driving distance of many midwestern Waldorf schools. Those flying can choose the Chicago O’Hare or the Milwaukee Gen. Mitchell airports.

Milwaukee is “a great place on a great lake” especially in the summer, when free outdoor concerts abound and nearly every restaurant has patio seating. It is a big city with a small-town feel, easy to drive around.

Visit Us

Milwaukee, WI

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute holds its classes, retreats and intensives in the following locations:

  • Mount Mary University, 2900 N Menomonee River Pkwy, Milwaukee, WI
  • Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee, WI
  • Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14 W29143 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI

If you would like to observe a class in action, it is best to visit during a Summer Intensive or an October or January retreat.

Otherwise, we welcome you to Milwaukee anytime for a tour of Mount Mary University (MMU) and/or one of the Waldorf schools. We will be happy to give you a sense for where we hold our classes and other events and to talk with you in person about our program. If you’re interested in enrolling simultaneously as a graduate student with MMU, visiting the admissions office at Mount Mary will be a definite part of that tour.