July 8th - July 26th, 2019
Join us for a summer of mystery and exploration! Wonder and gratitude await as you examine the outer and inner worlds that surround us. Great Lakes Waldorf Institute’s 2019 summer courses and weekend workshops are designed to inspire, renew and challenge you. Courses may be audited for professional development and continuing education opportunities or taken to earn a Waldorf Teaching Certificate or a Master’s of Arts degree in Education from Mount Mary University with a Waldorf Teaching Certificate. Great Lakes Waldorf Institute has the experience and expertise to meet your educational goals.
Crafted for healthy breathing, each course (3 weeks) or workshop (1-2 days) includes a mix of content-based/pedagogical work, inner- and human development, movement, artistic experiences and discussions. Come prepared for full days of learning!
All courses can be audited at a reduced rate for professional development or continuing education. For further information, please contact Sandra at 414.299.3820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early Childhood – Deepening Our Work and Preparing Children for First Grade
Classes will consist of group circle activities, presentations/ conversations, artistic and practical activities and journal work. Course topics will include nurturing the 12 senses, especially the four Will senses; nutrition, warmth and sleep; the seven life processes, and child observation and study. 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.
- The First Seven Years – Physiology of Childhood by Edmond Schoorel
Representing Life: Artistic Work in the Waldorf School III
Course includes lessons in: plant dying, pencil drawing, clay modeling and watercolor painting – the veil painting approach. Students will be introduced to colored pencil drawing and shading techniques, and clay modeling through hands-on work from: Man and Animal, Botany, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Embryology and Human Fertility blocks. Students will also experience dying yarn and fabric with natural dye materials and doll making.
Waldorf Foundations – Child Development and Child Study
This foundational course builds on Rudolf Steiner’s view of the developing human being. Deepen your understanding of Rudolf Steiner’s view of child development, study the twelve senses and apply this understanding to the stages of child development from early movement to more sophisticated operations in brain integration, learn and experience active teaching strategies that accommodate educational support in the classroom.
- Our Twelve Senses, by Albert Soesman
- The Therapeutic Eye: How Rudolf Steiner observed children, by Peter Selg
- Study of Man by Rudolf Steiner, lectures 4, 6 & 8
Grades – Teaching Science in the Waldorf School
This course will give students an understanding of the Waldorf approach to teaching science and its emphasis on careful observation of phenomena. Come to a deeper understanding of Steiner’s picture of developing children and how to meet their needs through the science curriculum. Experience the hands-on, experiential approach to the Waldorf science curriculum through participation in experiments, further develop faculties for objective observation through participation and recall, and documentation of science activities, and gain a working knowledge of the Waldorf science curriculum in grades 1 through 8.
Where to Stay
Recreational Vehicle Park
The Wisconsin State Fair RV Park is the ONLY RV Park in Metro Milwaukee and it is open year-round! Conveniently located at Wisconsin State Fair Park, adjacent to Interstate 94, the RV Park is just minutes to Mount Mary University, Prairie Hill Waldorf School and Tamarack Waldorf School. To explore this option, click here.
Local Park with Campsites
Naga-Waukee, a Waukesha County Park, offers reasonable and convenient camping nestled between 2 lakes. The diverse topographical features were created during the glacial age, which enhances the beauty of the site. Camp sites are limited to 2 camping units maximum. No hookup for electric or water. Park Hours: Sunrise to 10pm (Year–Round) Daily Entrance Fee: $5. Located 5 minutes from Prairie Hill Waldorf School, it is an easy commute on I-94 to Mount Mary University or Tamarack Waldorf School. To explore this option, click here.
Local University Housing
Our local universities offer Guest Housing during our Summer Intensive.
- University of Wisconsin – Kenilworth Square Apartments: Within walking distance to Tamarack Waldorf School. Reservations are accepted for stays from early June through early August. The building features 1, 2 or 3 bedroom apartments with a full kitchen and seating area. All sleeping rooms are furnished with twin beds, dressers, desks and chairs. Bed and bath linens and complimentary Wi-Fi are also provided. Guests will want to bring their personal toiletries. For pricing and more information click here. To make a reservation, contact Joshua Boehm directly at email@example.com or phone (414) 299-0514.
- Marquette University – Humphrey Hall: Children are welcome. Reservations are accepted for stays from early June through early August. The building’s six floors feature single, double, triple and quad occupancy suite-style rooms with private bathrooms. All sleeping rooms are furnished with twin beds, dressers, desks and chairs. Bed and bath linens, an alarm clock/radio and complimentary Wi-Fi are also provided. Guests will want to bring their personal toiletries. Micro-fridge units are available upon request at a rental fee. For pricing and more information click here. To make a reservation, contact Carrie Enea at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (414) 288-4737.