Seeking Board Members

October 19, 2015 in news

As a nonprofit organization, GLWI has a Board of volunteers who oversee our financial and legal well-being and management.

We are happy to announce that Noel Kegel, CFO for Wheel & Sprocket, will be joining our Board with our DecIMG_0083 copyember meeting. We are grateful the for the business sense and financial expertise that he will bring to group.

We are still seeking one or two more Board members, including someone with marketing/public relations/fund (friend) development experience.

If you or someone you know may be interested, please have them contact Thank you!


Waldorf for Adults

May 30, 2015 in news

Summer Intensive and Public Workshops

July 4-5 – Introduction to Uncovering the Voice with Christiaan Boele
This weekend is for anyone interested in singing in a holistic, spirit-filled and heart-opening way. Saturday 6-8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-noon at Tamarack Waldorf School, Milwaukee.
$50/person by June 5. After June 5, $60.

July 5– Community Singing Evening with Christiaan Boele
Sunday, 7-9 p.m. at Tamarack Waldorf School, Milwaukee.
$20/adult, $10/child by June 26. $25/adult, $12/child June 27-July 3; $30/adult, $15/child at the door

The School of Uncovering the Voice was founded by Mrs. Valborg Werbeck-Svaerdstroem (1879-1972), in cooperation with Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy. After eleven years of research, Mrs. Werbeck founded her own singing school in Hamburg, Germany. She states that every single human being has a singing voice. Our work is to unveil, take away the hindrances and free the voice. This schooling is not only for particularly gifted singers, but is for anyone who wants to connect to one’s voice.

The School of Uncovering the Voice is recognized as the anthroposophical approach to singing. Christiaan Boele has carried on the work and has taught at various private Waldorf Schools as well as Waldorf Teacher Training Colleges over the years, as well as offering a professional training program.

July 10-11 – Expeditionary Learning with Jodi Hundt, Chet Celenza and others
This overnight workshop will give adults an opportunity to explore the nature of Waldorf grade school camping trips. Scheduled Friday evening into Saturday, this workshop will cover how such trips can evolve through the grades, relationships with parents and chaperones, skills that children can learn, and more, and it will also give participants an opportunity to have fun, sing songs, tell campfire stories, and make and eat good camping food.
Overnight Friday 5 p.m. through Saturday 12:30 p.m., location to be determined
$80/person by June 12; $90/person after June 12 (includes all meals)

July 11 & 18 – Spoon Carving with Dawn Imes
Participants will uncover the spoon within the wood. Whether you would like to make a spoon for your own kitchen or are interested in learning how to teach spoon carving to children in the Waldorf school, you will get to keep the spoon!
1-4 p.m. both Saturdays at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee, WI
$60/person by June 12; $70/person after June 12

July 16 – Reflections on our Childhoods and Our Children with Linda Bergh
Awareness of your life and journey can awaken you to your children. This class provides a chance to experience how opening to your biography can further your understanding of your children and awaken more capacities as a parent.
Thursday, 7-9 p.m. at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee, WI.
$20 by July 3; $25 by July 15; $30 at the door

July 18 – Reflections On Our Own Lives – Roots & Mirrors with Linda Bergh
In this workshop, we will work with imaginations, art, and movement to open new doors to see ourselves and the events in our lives, finding their roots and healing in their mirrored phase in childhood.
Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee, WI
$60 by July 3; $65 by July 17; $70 at the door

July 18 – Reflections On Conscious Living – Conscious Dying with Linda Bergh
Reflecting on our own mortality, we can live more fully now. Our love for the earth and our community can continue after our death with choices that we can learn about. In our time together we will touch on conscious dying, and practical information regarding options for family-centered after death care.
Saturday, 7-9 p.m. at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee, WI
$20 by July 3; $25 by July 17; $30 at the door

Linda Bergh, psychologist emeritus, professor, teacher of children and adults, comes to us from Minneapolis with a 40-year connection with Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education, especially in the fields of Biography work and Threshold/Conscious Dying work. She has taught with the Novalis Institute since 1999, as well as at Waldorf training centers and Waldorf schools in India, Thailand, and Mexico.

July 5-24 – GLWI’s Summer Intensive, July 5-24, held at Tamarack Waldorf School in Milwaukee Part of GLWI’s 3-year part-time Waldorf teacher development program for those seeking to earn a certificate in grades or early childhood teaching.
The GLWI 2015 Summer Intensive courses are as follows:
• The Inner Life of the Waldorf Teacher and Biography;
• GRADES: Teaching Math in the Waldorf School;
• EARLY CHILDHOOD: Meeting the Needs of the Young Child in the Waldorf Kindergarten; and
• Artistic Work in the Waldorf School: Clay Modeling, Geometric Drawing and more.
For more information, visit GLWI’s website: Please do not let financial concerns prevent you from participating. Ask for more information

If we’re educating people for work, then…

August 23, 2014 in New Wave Education

New Wave Education…or Raising Humanity

It’s hard to start something new and give it a name at the same time. It’s like giving birth…who are you? what will you become? Is the name I give you today going to fit you tomorrow or will you grow out of it?

Oh, well…still it feels like the time to start. I had thought of the name “new wave education” because of the GLWI wave. Yet, I also feel that the overarching theme is actually “raising humanity.”

Yesterday, I was at my 35-year high school reunion and spoke with a class mate about our young adults sons. His son is 19 and mine 20, but they both had a less than stellar first year in college, even though they’re both very capable and confident young adult men.
Our culture promotes intellectual learning and college degrees as THE way to be successful in life. Yet, if one looks at the variety of work that happens on any given day, much is practical, physical and skilled labor; much is artistic, musical, dramatic, architectural or otherwise creative activity. Why, then, do we, in our assessment of the success of schools or individuals, downplay the value of these other aspects of human activity? And what do we lose in the process?

Here’s a brief description of Waldorf education and its goals. I would add that a Waldorf student’s well-rounded education allows them to feel comfortable choosing whatever life/work path for which they feel well-suited (pun intended) and to feel comfortable outgrowing that ‘suit’ and putting on a new one when that time comes.

In this blog, I look forward to exploring this and other themes related to education. I hope you’ll participate in the conversation.

Congratulations, Graduates!

July 25, 2012 in news

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute awarded graduation certificates Saturday, July 21, to Faith Danneil, Cathy Linskens, and Itzel Butcher. Faith, who took the Summer Intensive early childhood course, gave the audience the treat of telling a fairytale with puppets, the story of “Thrushbeard” as part of the Celebration of Graduation and Student Work Saturday, July 21.

Faith Danneil tells the story of "Thrushbeard."

GLWI is proud of its graduates and wishes them every success in their teaching careers.

Thank you, Belden Paulson!

July 25, 2012 in news

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute owes much gratitude to Belden Paulson,

Belden Paulson receives Certificate of Appreciation

who while chair of the Center for Urban Community Development (CUCD) of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, which focused on inner-city poverty and racism, helped found the first public Waldorf School in the United States, which meant hosting the first Milwaukee-area Waldorf teacher training at UW-M.

Now, although the public Waldorf school no longer exists, many of those who went through that first training program are now leaders in the Waldorf movement in our region, including Michael Imes and Pam Harsch of GLWI.

Bel gave the commencement address for our graduation ceremony Saturday, July 21, and we gave him a plaque with a Certificate of Appreciation for “his bold leadership and active support for Waldorf education, specifically for hosting the Waldorf teacher training at UW-Milwaukee, launching many leaders in the Waldorf movement regionally.”

Belden and his wife Lisa founded High Wind, an experimental ecological community in Wisconsin and co-sponsored a wide variety of educational programs with UWM that focused on “new paradigm thinking.” Several years ago, the High Wind Association transferred property to two Buddhist groups. Belden and Lisa are now assisting the Shambhala Buddhists to establish Windhorse, a Midwest retreat and sustainability center, while also continuing to help the High Wind Foundation to fund the initiatives of other groups.