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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, at Tamarack Waldorf School, 1150 E Brady St, Milwaukee:

  • 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)
  • Wednesday, July 12 – Open Sing with Christiaan Boele of The School of Uncovering the Voice as part of the AWME Annual Conference, at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Doors open at 7: 00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Free to the public.
  • Thursday, July 13, Singing Conference Musical Sharing Evening,  at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Doors open at 7: 00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Free to the public.
  • Wednesday, July 19 – Lyre Conference Musical Sharing Evening. as part of the Lyre Association Annual Conference at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Doors open at 7: 00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. Free to the public.
  • 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

  • 2:15-3:15 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. RSVP required by July 5.
  • 2:15-4:00 p.m. Orientation for Practicum Students.
  • 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:

  • 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.


We are very happy to announce the following adjunct teachers for this year’s Summer Intensive:

Kris Boshell – Kris provides Educational Support and serves as the Grade School Chair at the Chicago Waldorf School,  after 12 years in Northern California where she received Waldorf Grades and Remedial teaching certifications at Rudolf Steiner College (RSC) and an MA in Psychology (Depth) at Sonoma State University. She is a instructor in the Remedial/Extra Lesson (EL) program at RSC, mentors teachers and speaks at conferences around the US about Educational Support. She’s also been an Ed Support/EL teacher for the past 9 years in private and public charter Waldorf Schools.

Liz Gantner – Elizabeth is a master teacher in Waldorf Education who is now in her fourth cycle of teaching 1st through 8th grade at Four Winds Waldorf School in Warrenville, IL. She has a passion for teaching, which includes training others to become Waldorf teachers, consultant work, and mentoring. She brings a wealth of knowledge and a sense of humor to her work.

Monika Sutherland – Monika has been a Waldorf music teacher since 1999, first at Four Winds Waldorf School and since 2005 director of music at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in Viroqua, WI. Presenter/facilitator at 2015 Waldorf Music Teacher Conference in Louisville, KY.  Mentor and Consultant for a number of Waldorf schools in the US and Canada.  Faculty Chair, member of numerous committees, attendee at many Waldorf conferences and workshops.

In addition, we look forward to our returning Core Faculty:

Nancy Kresin-Price – Nancy has been involved in Waldorf education for more than 25 years as a parent, administrator, and teacher. She helped to found the Tamarack Waldorf School in Milwaukee, WI, served as the school’s administrator for its first three years, completed two cycles of class teaching, and is now completing her second year teaching at Tamarack’s high school. Nancy earned her BFA in acting from the DePaul/Goodman School of Drama in Chicago, completed her Waldorf certification through the Waldorf Teacher Develolpment Association, Ann Arbor, MI, earned her M.A. at the Barfield School of Sunbridge College, using Goethean methodologies and contemplative practice in academic research, and her Ph.D. from the California Institute for Integral Studies.

Pam Harsch – Pam taught in the Early Childhood program at Prairie Hill Waldorf School for 13 years and as an adjunct faculty member there for many more.  She served as PHWS’s Administrative Coordinator for the AWSNA Full membership and accreditation process has served as Faculty Chair.  She obtained her Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate from the UW-Milwaukee and AWSNA, her MS in Clinical Science, emphasis education and management from San Francisco State University, CA, and her BS Honors in Medical Technology and Philosophy from Marquette University.  She has served as a GLWI Instructor, Mount Mary University, since 2002.

Michael Imes – Michael was the Director of the Great Lakes teacher development program from its inception to 2011. Michael Imes received his MFA from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He also has a BA from Iowa Wesleyan College and a Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the UW-Milwaukee and AWSNA. He taught grades 1-8 and 5-8 at Prairie Hill Waldorf School. Since 1988, he has been teaching ceramics at Carroll College, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Mary Ruud – Mary has taught eurythmy to children and adults for more than 25 years, including 12 years at the Urban Waldorf School, and works as a therapeutic eurythmist. As an adult educator, Mary teaches for Great Lakes Waldorf Insitute, the LifeWays North America Early Childhood Training, the Waldorf program at the Kentahnten Teacher Training program in Louisville, Kentucky, and other programs as well.  Mary received her Masters in Liberal Studies in 2005 with an emphasis on ecology and earth healing.

Dawn Imes – Dawn has a BA in Studio Art and Psychology from Southern Illinois University, in Carbondale, Illinois. She has been teaching handwork at Prairie Hill Waldorf School since 1990. Dawn has presented workshops in felting wool, knitting, spinning for children and adults. She completed the Juniper Tree Puppetry Training through Suzanne Down 2003-2005, attended Handwork Conferences at Kimberton WS with Margareta Eischenholz, has done Foundation Year Course work at Arcturus, Chicago, IL, and Waldorf Teacher Summer Intensives at GLWI Milwaukee, WI.

Laura Cassidy – Laura trained under Cynthia Aldinger, and is a graduate of the LifeWays training as well as of the Gradalis Early Childhood Remedial training. While working at Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Laura served the school in many roles, including school janitor, Parent-Tot Playgroup teacher, WonderGarden Preschool founder and teacher, 1st Grade assistant teacher, Kindergarten assistant, and for eight years, Kindergarten Lead Teacher. Laura also takes great joy in the art of calligraphy and is often called upon to use her talent to make signs, graduation certificates (including GLWI’s) and other beautiful documents.


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
  • Theosophy by Rudolf Steiner

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
  • The Genius of Play by Sally Jenkins


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, pastels

Summer silly group photo