WECAN hosts an annual conference each February in Spring Valley, New York, and sponsors regional conferences throughout North America.
This year’s East Coast Conference was a great success, with 385 participants from 5 countries, 24 states, and 3 Canadian provinces. Next year the conference is the SECOND weekend of February - February 10-12, 2017, with keynote speaker Susan Perrow (from Australia) speaking on the theme of therapeutic storytelling. Check this page for further information in the fall.
Each year, the WECAN February conference held in Spring Valley, New York, draws over 380 Waldorf early childhood educators to further their professional development, strengthen connections with colleagues, deepen the anthroposophical basis of the Waldorf early childhood work, and find artistic and social refreshment. Threefold Educational Center and Green Meadow Waldorf School provide the facilities for the annual conference.
Recent conference keynote speakers and themes:
2016 - Barbara Baldwin: Point and Periphery: Towards a Deeper Understanding of the Nature and Disturbances of the Senses
2015 - Dr. Adam Blanning: Nurturing the Sense of Life and Wellbeing in Young Children and the Adults Who Care for Them, Part II
2014 - Susan Weber, Ruth Ker, Patricia Rubano: Nurturing the Sense of Life and Wellbeing in Young Children and the Adults Who Care for Them, Part I
2013 - Renate Long-Breipohl: The Education of Feeling
2012 - Susan Weber and Philipp Reubke: Offering Support for the Incarnation Process
2011 - Nancy Blanning, Laurie Clark, Jane Swain: Movement — A Path Toward Freedom
2010 - Dr. Gerald Karnow: Deepening Our Capacities to Meet the Children in Our Care
We are grateful to our sponsors, supporters, and individual donors for their support.
Sponsors and Supporters of the 2016 conference were:
Center for Anthroposophy
Research Institute for Waldorf Education
Camp Glen Brook
Camphill Special School
Danish Woolen Delight
The Fellowship Community
Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto
Sophia's Hearth Family Center
The Art of Acting at Threefold Educational Center
West Coast Institute
When I AM, you can grow.
What is our inner attitude and what are we willing to do in supporting the child from birth? Shaping the environment, upbringing and care in the first three years of life.
At no other age is the human being so eager to learn and yet at the same time so malleable as in the years from birth to the age of three. So much with regard to their destiny, health, and subsequent biography as a whole is dependent on whom children encounter and how the will to incarnate lying within them is perceived and finds the necessary support.
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