July 2015 Public Workshops – Enjoy!

March 4, 2015 in news

Uncovering the Voice


Practical Arts

Summer Intensive 2015 – Are You Coming?

March 4, 2015 in news

Last Summer’s Celebration of Graduation and Student Work!



Practical Arts

Workshop at Bente Goldstein’s Farm



Summer Intensive Save the Correct Dates

Contemplative Practice Course Begins January 2, 2015

December 7, 2014 in news

Contemplative Practice: Beginning a Path of Transformation

This GLWI Foundations course focuses on Rudolf Steiner’s approach to spiritual self-development and mindfulness practices.

For more information and to register, visit this page.


Thanks for Giving

November 26, 2014 in news

Whether you give Great Lakes Waldorf Institute your attention or a donation,  thank you for being part of the circle of giving and receiving with us. For GLWI, we are grateful to be able to give so many Waldorf teachers and prospective teachers the opportunity to earn a Waldorf teaching certificate and possibly a Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Waldorf Emphasis. We are also grateful to receive your attention here on our website and perhaps your donation to our annual appeal.

We look forward to continuing the spiral of positive growth with you this coming year.

We invite you to learn more about GLWI by reading our 2014 News and Appeal.

October 16-19, 2014, Weekend Intensive

October 24, 2014 in news

The students in our fall course, EDU 700 Diversity of Learners and the Evolution of Consciousness through History, came together for the weekend half way through the course at Mount Mary University. The Early Childhood Program students had a number of workshops sessions with their instructors while the Grades Program students met with theirs. On Sunday, we took a few pictures.

IMG_0983Elaine and Naomi










Kate, Gwen and Megan




IMG_0985Gina and Jen

IMG_0992Alicia, Gia, Cheryl and Meghan


Stanlee and Dan

IMG_0996Emily, Rosana, Beth, Kate and Desiree

July 25, 2014, Celebration of Graduation and Student Work

October 24, 2014 in news

Four GLWI students were awarded certificates of completion and 32 students participating in the GLWI Summer Intensive shared a number of performance pieces with family and friends who gathered for this exciting event. Here are some photos from that special day.

We had a great audience in Tamarack Waldorf School’s auditorium, which was in the process of being renovated. IMG_2626










The students shared eurythmy, speech, circle, and singing and flute pieces.






It was one of our largest summer intensive groups with 11 students in the Early Childhood Program and the others in the Grades Program.IMG_2683

Summer Intensive 2014!

March 14, 2014 in news

IMG_0108This year, GLWI will hold its Summer Intensive July 7-25, 2014, at Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E. Brady St., Milwaukee, WI. (Please note this is a change!) In this first summer in a new 3-year cycle, the courses will be as follows:

EDU 630 Human Development: Birth to 21 –  8:30-10:45 M-F
EDU 631 Essentials of the Waldorf Grade School – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. M-F or
EDU 645 Fundamentals of the Waldorf Kindergarten  – 11 a.m.-1 p.m. M-F
EDU 632 Artistic Work in the Waldorf School – 2:00-4:30 p.m. M-F

Because our courses are offered in partnership with Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, students need to register and pay both MMU and GLWI. Tuition goes to MMU. Administrative and Supply Fees go to GLWI.

GLWI will open online and paper registration April 1. Please go to this page for more information.

Catch the Waldorf Wave!

December 11, 2013 in news

You can contribute to the growing strength of GLWI and its service to the Waldorf movement!

When I enrolled in GLWI, I did not intend to become a teacher. I was hoping to supplement my studies in Library and Information Science, and as a parent I wanted to know more about Anthroposophy. After completing three years in the Grades training program, I knew I had only begun to scratch the surface, and I returned to complete my Early Childhood training. By the time I graduated from GLWI with my Waldorf Certification and my Masters in Education, I was a Waldorf teacher. I can think of no greater endorsement for a teacher training program than that.


Early Childhood painting class, July 2013: Faith Danneil, Siobhain Dobrovolny, Pam Harsch, Rebecca Schwarzberg, Megan Suttman.

I use what I learned at GLWI every day in my pre-­kindergarten classroom, and I continue to call on my former classmates and teachers for support and advice. I hold the children in my class every day with the knowledge that GLWI has provided me with a solid foundation and continues to offer me support and guidance.

My gratitude for this organization and my desire to help other teachers “find themselves” has led me to join the GLWI Board, and we need your help. Your gift can help an individual begin the path toward teaching in a Waldorf school, or it can help an experienced teacher work toward certification. It can help bring world renowned teachers like Kim Snyder-Vine to the summer intensive, and it can help support our experienced and talented teacher training faculty.

-­‐-­‐ Faith Danneil, 2012 GLWI Graduate, Tamarack Waldorf School faculty member, GLWI Board member

Please visit our donations page to read our full annual report and donate online or with a donations form by mail.

Social Artistry Retreat and Online Course

November 25, 2013 in news

Building a Vessel of Relationship

Current, former, and prospective students as well as others interested in increasing the quality of relationships in their Waldorf school communities are invited to take this new GLWI Foundations course. Those taking it for enrichment may choose to participate in the full course or the January 3-4, 2014, weekend retreat only. Please visit http://greatlakeswaldorf.org/events-5/spring-foundations-course-3rd-spring/ for more information and to register.

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Summer Intensive & Graduation 2013

August 1, 2013 in news

Doll making and clay modeling were included in the artistic work this summer.

The GLWI 3-week Summer Intensive this year had 32 participants and it ended with a beautiful Celebration of Graduation and Student Work on Friday, July 26.

The Waldorf approach to science was brought to the Grades Program students.









Each of our students, including Liza Abitz, Madison, WI, displayed their work on the final celebration day.

Douglas Garrett, Administrator at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, gave the commencement address honoring our four graduates: Lisa Mullaney, who is taking the first grade at Prairie Hill Waldorf School; Bianca Bevard, whose children attend Four Winds Waldorf School; Sonia Lal, who has been working on bringing Waldorf education to India; and Cherity Foat, who has the combined 4th-5th grade at Madison Waldorf School.


 Cherity Foat

We’re very proud of our graduates and all of our students.

Bianca Bevard

Sonia Lal











Lisa Mullaney

Their individual stars shone brightly, contributing to the vibrancy of the learning that happened and the warmth of the community that formed.




Thank you to all our lead and guest instructors for an intense and gratifying three weeks.