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

2016 WECAN Early Childhood Educators Conference

The 2016 Conference title is Point and Periphery: Towards a Deeper Understanding of the Nature and Disturbances of the Senses.  It is the third in a three-year series that explores the larger theme of Nurturing the Sense of Life and Wellbeing in Young Children and the Adults Who Care for Them. 

This year, the keynote speaker is Barbara Baldwin, a curative educator and speech pathologist from Australia who has worked with children with additional learning needs and communication difficulties in many settings. 

The conference will include a wide array of workshops, pre-conference regional meetings, mini-sessions, work-alike sessions, performances by Juniper Tree Puppetsand Eurythmy Spring Valley, and a wide array of vendor offerings. 

Registration will be open from December 11 to January 20.   Please check back here during that time to find a link to the registration page.

Registration fees are $165 Current WECAN Individual members, $180/Non-members.

For further information: contact

Thank you to all who made the 2015
WECAN Early Childhood Educators Conference possible!

Each year, the WECAN February conference held in Spring Valley, New York, draws over 300 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:
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 and individual donors for their support.
Benefactor and Supporter Level sponsors of the 2015 conference were:
Sunbridge Institute
W.S. Badger Company
Great Lakes Waldorf Institute
AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America)
The Fellowship Community
Waldorf Publications
Hungry Hollow Co-op
Uriel Pharmacy

Regional Conferences

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

WECAN Northwest Early Childhood Conference - February 12-14, 2016

The 2016 WECAN NW Early Childhood conference 
will be held February 12-14, 2016 at Cedarwood Waldorf School, Portland, Oregon.  The theme for the conference is To Enkindle the Soul of Another: A format for Child Observation; Laurie Clark is our keynote speaker.   For information, contact Karen Humber at  Online registration will be available soon. 

WECAN Early Childhood Great Lakes Regional Gathering - June 13, 2015

The WECAN Early Childhood Great Lakes Regional Gathering will be held June13, 2015, at Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School in Viroqua, Wisconsin. 

For more information, contact Anne-Marie Fryer

Northeast Regional WECAN Gathering - April 18, 2015

The Northeast Regional Gathering will be held April 18, 2015, at Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, New Hampshire.  We will have workshops, singing, and connecting with colleagues.

Email Su at or Betsi at to register.

Mid-Atlantic Regional WECAN Gathering - April 18, 2015

Energizing the Etheric - Self-Care for
the Teacher, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Gathering, will be held on April 18, 2015, at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in Hillsdale, New York.  Join us 
at the 'Hawthorne Valley Spa' for this workshop that will lead us in hands-on experience with home health care techniques and therapeutic eurhythmy for rejuvenation.  

For more information, contact Stevie Ross at

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