Welcome to Summer Intensive 2016!

The world needs more Waldorf! The world needs you!

We are looking forward to welcoming many new students and welcoming back many returning students to our 2016 Summer Intensive.

This year’s 3-week intensive will run July 4-22, 2016.

Sunday July 3, Orientation at Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E. Brady Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202; first week of classes at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, N14W29143 Silvernail Rd, Pewaukee, WI 53072; second and third weeks back at TWS. .

We are excited to offer the following courses:

EDU 641 Child Development and Child Study, 2 credits

8:30-10:45 a.m. M-F

Deepen your understanding of Rudolf Steiner’s view of child development, study the twelve senses and apply this understanding to the development of the child, learn and experience active teaching strategies that accommodate remedial learning in the classroom.

EDU 642 Teaching Science in the Waldorf School – 2 cr.

11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. M-F

Classes will consist of group movement activities, oral presentations, group discussions and journal work covering an overview of the Waldorf approach to teaching science and Goethean observation, with an emphasis on grades 4-8. Participants will experience hands-on work in light, acoustics, electricity, magnetism, simple machines, gravity and motion, and chemistry.

or, based on your interest in teaching in the grades or in a kindergarten or early childhood program,

EDU 647 Deepening Our Work and Preparing Children for First Grade – 2 cr.

11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. M-F

Classes will consist of group circle activities, presentations, conversations, artistic and practical activities and journal work and will cover topics including the 7 life processes and nurturing the 12 senses, with a special emphasis on the 4 lower senses. Practical and artistic work will include Circle Time’s movement to song and verse, painting, and hands on work preparing and presenting a marionette play.

EDU 643 Representing Life: Artistic Work in the Waldorf School III – 2 cr.

2:30-4:30 p.m. M-F

Classes will consist of demonstrations and hands-on artistic work, including lessons in plant dying, pencil drawing and clay modeling, many in relationship to the Waldorf Human and Animal, Botany, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Embryology, and Human Fertility main lesson blocks. Doll-making will also be an on-going project.

Other Special Events

  • Monday, July 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Potluck dinner and folk dancing with Jutta and the Hi-Dukes. $10-$15 contribution at the door.
  • Thursday, July 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. graduating students will present their Capstone Projects.
  • Friday July 22, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. will be the Celebration of Graduation and Student Work with family and friends, followed by a Reception Lunch. We hope to have everything cleaned up and people on their way home by 2 or 2:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon.

Practical Arts Saturdays

Nutrition, Fermentation, and Children, July 9, time 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Paradise Farm, West Bend, WI

Bridget Shetty and Dawn Imes will lead this workshop, exploring the whys and hows of bringing healthy foods into the lives of children. For learning home fermentation basics, participants will make a communal batch of fermented veggies, pack it into jars, and take it home for fermenting.

Doll-Making Support Workshop, July 16, 9 a.m.-noon, Prairie Hill Waldorf School

Especially for those students in the GLWI Summer Intensive, this workshop will give concentrated time and attention to your doll-making project.

Required GLWI Orientations Sunday, July 3

  • 1:30-3:15 p.m. Orientation for new students who have little or no previous experience with Waldorf education or the anthroposophical view of the human being. This orientation will give such new students an introduction to key concepts and terminology that will make the rest of the intensive more accessible.
  • 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Orientation for all new students, including those who started with the spring “Transformational Thinking” course, to get oriented to the Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, our Student Handbook, and the 3-year program.
  • 4:45-5:45 p.m. Gathering for all students, new and returning, to meet one another and the faculty, purchase books and supplies, and to review the rhythm and expectations of the program.

Required Mount Mary University Orientations

All new GLWI Summer Intensive students are required to attend a MMU Orientation on the Mount Mary campus. Any GLWI Summer Intensive student is welcome to attend. The business office staff, registrar, and financial aid representative will be available to assist you with any last-minutes steps in your registration process. You will meet Debra Dosemagen, Director of the Graduate Program in Education, and learn about the benefits of the GLWI-MMU partnership and what MMU has to offer you in the way of resources and facilities. You will get your student ID and establish your mymountmary email account.

Returning students, you should be able to register and pay online.

If you have not yet registered and paid for your courses with MMU, you may do so at this final MMU orientation (the only one yet offered):

  • Tuesday, July 5, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Great Lakes Waldorf Institute – Mount Mary University Partnership

For all three Summer Intensive courses, students will pay tuition to Mount Mary University; students will pay supply fees to Great Lakes Waldorf Institute. If you are a Master’s Degree student at MMU, you will pay the graduate tuition. If you are seeking the certificate through GLWI only, you will register with MMU as a Graduate Special Student and pay the audit tuition.

Please complete both the GLWI and Mount Mary University registration processes no later than two weeks prior to the start of the course.


Students seeking to complete the full 3-year program will register for three courses offered this summer, each running M-F for the full three weeks, one in the morning, one mid-day, and one in the afternoon.  You may register with GLWI online or complete and mail in a registration form once your enrollment in GLWI is confirmed.


You will need to register and pay for the Summer Intensive EDU courses through Mount Mary University.

If you are a new student this summer and planning on taking the courses for graduate credit and toward a Master of Arts Degree in Education with a Waldorf emphasis, you must contact Deb Dosemagen, Director of the Graduate Program in Education, 414-256-1214, dosemagd@mtmary.edu. Then you will register as a new or current student.

If you are not taking the courses for graduate credit, you will be auditing them and can register as a “Special Student” with Mount Mary University.

Additional summer registration information is available on Mount Mary University website here.


The following three books by Rudolf Steiner contain the content of the course Rudolf Steiner gave for the teachers of the very first Waldorf school:

  • Study of Man (aka Foundations of Human Experience)
  • Practical Advice to Teachers
  • Discussions with Teachers

Books required for the 2016 Summer Intensive:

For EDU 641 Child Development II & Child Study

  • Study of Man (aka Foundations of Human Experience) by Rudolf Steiner
  • Our Twelve Senses by Albert Soesman
  • The Therapeutic Eye, How Rudolf Steiner Observed Children by Peter Selg

For EDU 646 Meeting the Needs of the Young Child

  • The First Seven Years by Edmond Schoorel


For EDU 642 – Teaching Science in the Waldorf School

  • Sensible Physics Teaching by Michael D’Aleo and Steven Edelglass
  • Physics is Fun! by Roberto Trostli
  • The Wonders of Waldorf – Chemistry by David Mitchell
  • A Phenomena-Based Physics, Volumes 1, 2, & 3 by Manfred von Mackensen
  • Finding My Star by Tamara Slayton
  • Sky Phenomenon by Norman Davidson

For EDU 643 – Representing Life: Artistic Work III

  • Drawing from the Book of Nature by Denis Klocek

We encourage you to read ahead; however, books will be available to purchase at the Sunday orientation and on certain days throughout the intensive. 

To Register, please go to this page

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