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While Great Lakes Waldorf Institute welcomes new students anytime in its 3-year cycle, this summer technically begins the program and features the following courses JULY 10-28, 2017:

  • Introduction to Waldorf Education and Child Development, 8:30-10:45 a.m. M-F
  • Essentials of the Waldorf Grade School, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., M-F
  • Fundamentals of the Waldorf Kindergarten, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. M-F
  • Artistic Work in the Waldorf School: Introduction to Mediums, 2:30-4:30 or 5 p.m., M-F

Even if you’re not sure you want to complete the certificate program, even if you just want to check out Waldorf education, this summer will give you hands-on experience that will be of value whether you decide this is indeed your path or just want to add some new ideas to your repertoire.

The world needs more Waldorf! The world needs you!

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  • Sunday, July 9, GLWI Orientations (see details below)
  • Thursday, July 13 – Community Choral Evening with Christiaan Boele of The School of Uncovering the Voice as part of the AWME Annual Conference
  • July 19 – Community Lyre Evening as part of the Lyre Association Annual Conference
  • Thursday, July 27, 6:30-8:30 p.m. graduating students will present their Capstone Projects.
  • Friday July 28, 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

Waldorf education is known for not only engaging the children’s heads, but also their hearts and hands.  Despite the pressure to prepare our children for competitive high schools and colleges, how do we balance our academics and fine arts with the “practical arts,” which include handwork, woodworking, cooking, gardening, and building, as well as other crafts and trades? These Saturdays are included in the intensive for enrolled students and open to the public for a registration fee.

IMG_0905Saturday, July 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Goldstein Farm in Elkhorn, WI, the site of Farmwise, with Bente Goldstein and others. An Introduction to Will-Based and Farm-Based Education, this day will include presentation, a chore rotation, artistic activity and discussion. Bente Goldstein has been providing farm-based education to children for many years, took a class from 1st through 8th grade at Prairie Hill Waldorf School prior to that, and has run a home schooling Waldorf enrichment program for many years as well. Bente has been the keynote speaker at a recent Alliance for Public Waldorf School’s conference. This Saturday workshop will include morning snack and lunch, and you will be asked to pay a supply fee that will go toward these meals and other materials used. 

Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m.-noon, at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee, WI, with Dawn Imes and Marcia Duncan. This day of Working with Wool will be more casual. Participants will have the opportunity to work on their own projects as in an open studio, with guidance from the instructors. Possible projects include knitting, crocheting, making drop spindles, spinning and felting. Enjoy the social time working on handwork allows. Bring your own snack if desired. Dawn is a GLWI Core Faculty member and handwork teacher at Prairie Hill Waldorf School. Marcia is handwork teacher at Tamarack Waldorf School. 

Required GLWI Orientations Sunday, July 9

  • 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 7sdm59kav4vbgb7bon 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. For those within driving distance, we ask that you attend one of these:

  • Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 20, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, June 14, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 27, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

If you live too far away to drive, you will attend this MMU orientation:

  • Monday, July 10, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

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

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 taking the courses for graduate credit, tuition will be $675 per credit. 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. You will then pay $420 per credit.

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, so these are recommended:

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

Required For EDU 630

  • Study of Man (aka Foundations of Human Experience) by Rudolf Steiner
  • Phases of Childhood by Bernard Lievegoed

Required For EDU 631 (Grades)

  • The Tasks and Content of the Steiner-Waldorf Curriculum Edited by Kevin Avison and Martyn Rawson

Required for EDU 645 (Early Childhood)

  • What is a Waldorf Kindergarten by Sharifa Oppenheimer and Joan Almon


For EDU 632

  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards


Each year we charge some supply fees for each course to cover the cost of lesson books, binders, photocopies, artistic materials for the whole group, and other such items. This year the fees will be as follows: EDU 630 – $10, EDU 631 – $10, EDU 632 – $35, EDU 645 – $25.

If you have or can borrow the following items, it may be helpful to you:

  • EC students – Lyre with tuning hammer/fork; sewing scissors, needles, pins (if not going through airport security)
  • All students – Pentatonic flute; colored pencils; block and stick beeswax crayons

Summer silly group photo