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

Registration for the WECAN 2017 Early Childhood Educators Conference in Spring Valley, NY is now full.

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WECAN Pacific Northwest Early Childhood Conference
February 17-19, 2017, Whidbey Island Waldorf School, Clinton, WA 

Registration is now open. Early bird discount ends January 21.

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WECAN 2017 Early Childhood Educators Conference 

WECAN Pacific Northwest Early Childhood Conference
February 17-19, 2017, Whidbey Island Waldorf School, Clinton, WA

Our life sense gives us a window to our inner world. It helps us to know whether we are tired, hungry, or ill. The life sense creates the foundation for our sense of feeling well, of safety and contentment.

As a young child makes strides out into the world with steps of greater movement and independence, reciprocal steps inward need also to be made to help them orient and calm when the outer world does not know how to settle.


In this conference we will look at the relationship between outer motor milestones and our inner capacities for self-soothing. We will focus particularly on how this process is practiced each night as the child enters into sleep life, how it relates to the twelve senses, and how this process is commonly disrupted when children show patterns of anxiety, disruption, and overwhelm.

Thank you to all who made the 2016 WECAN Early Childhood Educators Conference possible!


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
Sunbridge Institute
Camp Glen Brook
Camphill Special School
Danish Woolen Delight
The Fellowship Community
Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto
Sophia's Hearth Family Center
ing Edicions
The Art of Acting at Threefold Educational Center
West Coast Institute

Birth to Three Conference (Early Child Congress)
May 25-28, 2016 in Dornach, Switzerland

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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Major upcoming regional events will be listed below as information becomes available. Please see our online calendar for more.

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