Conferences

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

Registration is now open! Click here to go to our online registration site.

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

For further information: contact conference@waldorfearlychildhood.org.

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)
Weleda
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 Karen@roundtablesolutions.ca.  For online registration, click here. 

Mid-Atlantic Regional WECAN Gathering - March 12, 2016


The Mid-Atlantic regional meeting is scheduled for March 12, 2016, at Meadowsweet Waldorf Early Childhood Center, which is on the grounds of Beaver Run Special School in Glenmoore, PA. The theme will be Continuing to Create Ways to Tame the Media Monster and we will have Carol Grieder from Green Meadow Waldorf School presenting Green Meadow's media curriculum policy and approach to parent education on this topic.

For more information, contact Stevie Ross at stevieross1@verizon.net.



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