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Seeking Board Members

October 19, 2015 in news by admin

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!


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Waldorf for Adults

May 30, 2015 in news by admin

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


July 2015 Public Workshops – Enjoy!

March 4, 2015 in news by GLWI

Uncovering the Voice


Practical Arts


Summer Intensive 2015 – Are You Coming?

March 4, 2015 in news by GLWI

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 by GLWI

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 by GLWI

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 by GLWI

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 by GLWI

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 by GLWI

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 by GLWI

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.