WECAN Conferences

WECAN hosts an annual conference each February in Spring Valley, New York, and sponsors regional conferences throughout North America.


Waldorf100 Conference hosted by Chicago Waldorf School, Chicago, IL
June 22 - 26, 2020

The conference is the culmination of the year-long festivities celebrating 100 years of Waldorf education worldwide. 
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN), and Alliance for Public Waldorf Education (APWE) invite you and your colleagues to join us in celebrating our past and planning for the future.
Keynote speakers Orland Bishop, Monique Marshall, Florian Osswald
For more information, contact Connie Stokes: cstokes@awsna.org
Click here for more on Waldorf 100!


WECAN Early Childhood February East Coast Conference
February 7 - 9, 2020 - Green Meadow Waldorf School, Spring Valley, NY

With keynote speaker Lisa Romero on The Art of Educating - Individuality and Community.

How can we as early childhood educators create healthy social forms through our own inner work? How do we learn from one another?
According to Lisa Romero, our keynote speaker, “In community life we learn consciously and unconsciously from each other. Rudolf Steiner stated that to be an educator in the Consciousness-soul Age we need to be able to elicit the individuality from the other. This includes the relationship between the educator’s task of working with the individuality while working in groups and communities.”

Lisa Romero from Australia will be our keynote speaker.  Lisa is the author of several inner development books, a complementary health practitioner, and an adult educator who has been offering healthcare and education enriched with anthroposophy since 1993. The primary focus of her work is on teaching inner development and anthroposophical meditation. She offers courses, lectures and retreats in communities and schools worldwide. Essentially, her work springs from the inner work, meditation and exercises, together with a dedication to the path of unfolding consciousness.

Study Material: We invite you and your colleagues to take up a study in preparation for the conference. We recommend the following: 
The Inner Work Path: A Foundation for Meditative Practice in the Light of Anthroposophy, by Lisa Romero 
Spirit-led Community: Healing the Impact of Technology by Lisa Romero
Spiritual Insights, edited by Helmut von Kügelgen, published by WECAN Books.  Originally called  “Spiritual Gifts for the Educator” this little book is a collection of exercises, meditations and prayers for the daily work of the Waldorf early childhood educator. 

All three books are available at the WECAN online bookstore 

Attendance at the conference is open to those who are active in Waldorf early childhood education, as well as educational support teachers, care group members, eurythmists, specialty teachers, and class teachers.

For further questions about sponsorship contact communications@waldorfearlychildhood.org.

WECAN Pacific Northwest Conference. 
February 14-16, 2020 - Cedarwood Waldorf School, Portland, OR. 
Understanding the Developmental Unfolding of a Child

Keynote speaker Dr. Adam Blanning

The Centennial year of Waldorf Education calls us back to the roots of Early Childhood Education, calls us to understand how to help a child feel at home in the world and to see that the world is good. Meeting each child's full humanity in the midst of our ever-changing times is the work of the adult. We will explore these topics with Dr. Adam Blanning while weaving in the roles that heredity, culture, diversity and inclusion have on the development of young children and the adults who work with them.

Dr. Adam Blanning, MD attended the University of Colorado, New York Medical College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 2003 he founded the Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies. Dr. Blanning also works as a consultant for area Waldorf schools and lectures regularly about anthroposophic medicine and child development. He is president of the Association for Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies in America (AAMTA), sits on the board of the Physicians’ Association for Anthroposophic Medicine (PAAM), and directs PAAM’s training courses for doctors. He is also a founding member and core faculty for the Nurturing the Roots course in Waldorf early childhood therapeutic education, and teaches and directs the two-year PAAM curriculum in school doctoring. 

Study Material: We invite you and your colleagues to take up a study in preparation for the conference. We recommend the following: 
Lecture 3, June 27, 1924, Education for Special Needs (The Curative Education Course) by Rudolf Steiner
Chapter 8, pages 82 – 94 in Understanding Deeper Developmental Needs - Holistic Approaches to Challenging Behaviors in Children by Adam Blanning, available online through WECAN Books
For further information visit www.wecanpnw.com  or contact nwconference@waldorfearlychildhood.org.


Other Conferences

Birth to Three Conference - “I Feel Good in Your Eyes” 
June 10 - 13, 2020, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

For more information click here.

Pathways to a Human Future: The Twelve Senses
August 6-10, 2020- Threefold Education Foundation, Spring Valley, NY

To address the trauma and unrest of our time, we must be in authentic relationship to those around us. The care and development of the senses is crucial for the capacity to experience real compassion and to live in service to the world.
For more information click here or contact: 12senses@threefold.org 

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