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

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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.


Connect – A Movie Series

August 20, 2012 in news by GLWI

How do we truly connect and form meaningful relationship with our families, our friends, and the earth? What is technology’s role, the media’s role, nature’s role?

Connect – A Movie Series explores these questions through three acclaimed documentaries—Consuming Kids, Mother Nature’s Child and Play Again.

Consuming Kids throws light on the practices of a multi-billion dollar marketing machine that sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation. Consuming Kids pushes back against the commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.

Mother Nature’s Child explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Mother Nature’s Child asks the questions: Why do children need unstructured time outside? What is the place of risk-taking in healthy child development? How is play a form of learning? Why are teachers resistant to taking students outside? How can city kids connect with nature? What does it mean to educate the ‘whole’ child?

Play Again explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. This moving and humorous documentary follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play Again unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. Through the voices of children and leading experts including journalist Richard Louv, neuroscientist Gary Small, and geneticist David Suzuki, Play Again investigates the consequences of a childhood removed from nature and encourages action for a sustainable future.

All movies 6:30-8 p.m., including audience discussion; free, donations appreciated.
Consuming Kids, Wed., Sept. 26, Mount Mary College, Helfaer Hall, 2900 North Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee
Mother Nature’s Child, Tues., Oct. 9, Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park, 1500 E. Park Place, Milwaukee
Play Again, Thurs., Nov. 1, Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14 W29143 Silvernail Rd., Pewaukee


Connect – A Movie Series is co-sponsored by Tamarack Waldorf School, Prairie Hill Waldorf School, LifeWays North America, Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, and Urban Ecology Center. For more information, visit WaldorfSEWisconsin on Facebook or contact Lori Barian, GLWI, 414-616-1832,

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Congratulations, Graduates!

July 25, 2012 in news by admin

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.