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.


Social Artistry Retreat and Online Course

November 25, 2013 in news by GLWI

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 for more information and to register.

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Summer Intensive & Graduation 2013

August 1, 2013 in news by GLWI

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.



Summer Intensive Underway

July 12, 2013 in news by GLWI

We are so happy to have begun our 2013 Summer Intensive. We have 32 students participating, 10 working on their Early Childhood Teaching certificate, and 22 working on their Grades Teaching certificate.

This morning I stayed long enough to take a few photos of the Early Childhood students painting with their teacher Pam Harsch.


Speech Workshop Changes

July 12, 2013 in news by GLWI

Changing Plans

Kim Snyder-Vine is coming to teach in the GLWI 2013 Summer Intensive, and we are thrilled to have her with us. Rather than the grade-specific speech workshops we originally announced, she will be offering one workshop at Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, WI, Monday, July 22, 1:30-4:30 p.m. and another workshop at Da Vinci Waldorf School in Wauconda, IL, Wednesday, July 24, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Both are professional development opportunities for those working in Waldorf schools. If you are interested in participating, please contact Lori Barian,, for more information.



Early Childhood Program Recognized by WECAN

July 8, 2013 in news by GLWI

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute is very pleased to announce that our Early Childhood Teacher Certificate Program is now officially recognized by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), which considers GLWI a “Developing Institute” in its association.

As a recognized developing institute in both the Association of Waldorf Schools of North American (AWSNA) and WECAN, GLWI Certificates of Completion are accepted as appropriate credentials for Waldorf teaching positions worldwide.



Summer Intensive 2013!

February 11, 2013 in news by GLWI

If you are seeking to become a Waldorf teacher, as a new or returning student, GLWI 2013 Summer Intensive information is now available. Please go to this page for details and registration!

If you are seeking Professional Development as a practicing teacher, GLWI is offering Grade-Specific Speech Workshops with Kim Snyder-Vine July 22-25. Please go to this page for details and registration!

If you are seeking personal enrichment for yourself, you may be interested in one of our Ala Carte workshops. Please go this page for details and registration! (COMING SOON)


Time to Celebrate!

December 13, 2012 in news by GLWI

Hooray for Waldorf Education, Waldorf Teachers and Great Lakes Waldorf Institute!

“GLWI has been essential for me as a practicing teacher to have as a local resource for my Waldorf teaching credential.  Without it, it would have been impossible to obtain teacher training without leaving my home community, and school.  Over the past five years, I have seen GLWI grow and develop richer content, stronger administrative form and more robust contact with the wider community.  The program has attracted Waldorf teacher credential and MAT students from far afield because of the program’s flexibility and commitment to keeping costs affordable for practicing teachers.  The faculty and staff have made this possible with their tireless dedication to bringing forth the teachers of tomorrow.”  
— Cherity Foat, Madison Waldorf School

We have much to celebrate and you can read about it in our News & Appeal 2012. You can also find this on our Donations page.


Transformational Thinking

November 10, 2012 in news by GLWI

We are very happy to announce our spring Foundations course Transformational Thinking: A New Look at “Looking.”

This course will begin with a retreat January 4-5, 2013, and will run for 13 weeks online after that.

The retreat and the full course are open to the public at a special price. Please see our Events page for details.