The Parent Enrichment committee works to bring programs to inform our community about the the profound philosophy behind Waldorf education and anthroposophy in general, as well as support on the parenting journey. Over the course of the year, programs are offered which are geared to parents of all ages of students.
SPRING 2014 PARENT ENRICHMENT OFFERINGS:
Choosing Wellness: Nourishing Our Families for Regeneration with Kim Marie | January 17, Friday, 8:30-10:00am, Choir Room
Humanity is at a critical junction. Our nervous system and life sense are under attack by modern foods. Discover new information about food, including GMOs and excitotoxins. Learn how you can more easily nourish your family wisely.
Kim Marie is an inner-life coach for visionaries/entrepreneurs/leaders/innovators/creatives who wish to manifest their vision in alignment with their purpose and values. She works to cultivate inner development in the realms of wellness, spirituality, life-work balance, family dynamics, life purpose, and more, allowing her clients to truly know themselves and thus manifest their highest potential and vision.
The Changing Face of Authority: From Discipleship to Author with Claudia McLaren Lainson | February 5th, Wednesday, 7:00-9:00pm
$10 suggested donation
It is essential for the wellbeing and development of all children that parents, teachers, and friends exemplify a truly human authority. In the practice of true authority, we are exercising our highest capacities, and thus modeling spiritual “character” for our children. They depend on us to lead them in ways that will help them find their mission and purpose in life. It takes courage to be a shepherd of children, and the future will be served by the courageous of heart. Join us for an evening of inspiration, questions and dialogue.
Claudia McLaren-Lainson has been a teacher and therapeutic educator in the Waldorf community since 1982. She lectures nationally on spiritual science, human development, the evolution of consciousness and the emerging Christ and Sophia mysteries. She inspired the founding of “Laughing Coyote Project,” a therapeutic, nature-based educational program at her farm. One of the early SMWS families, her three children graduated from our school.
Simplifying Spaces in Your Home with Christine Summerfield | February 26, Wednesday, 7:00-9:00pm
Spring is here! Time to clear out the old and bring fresh energy into your home! Find out where inflammation lives in spaces in your home. Learn practical methods of de-cluttering and principles of organizing. Discover the benefits of living with only what you need, use and love. Create flow, ease and harmony in spaces in your home.
Christine Summerfield is a trained Waldorf Kindergarten teacher, a Simplicity Parenting facilitator, a mother of two grown daughters, and a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers.
Pizza, Robots, Alligators, Socks and Zombies: Today’s Crisis in Mathematics Education, with Jamie York | March 25, Tuesday, 7:00-9:00pm
What is the purpose of teaching math? Are our Waldorf students behind? What do students need in order to be ready for college? What is math anyway? Join us in considering these questions and what to do about today’s crisis in math education.
Jamie York started teaching math in the middle and high schools at SMWS in 1994. He is the author of a series of books titled Making Math Meaningful used by schools around the world.
Celebrating Rites of Passage from Birth to Adulthood with Shea Darian | April 4th, Friday 7:00-9:00pm - Public Talk, $10
April 5th, Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm – Workshop, $50
Creative ideas will be explored for celebrating rites of passage for infants, children, youth and adults, with guidance for imparting age-appropriate rights and responsibilities in a young person’s life. Come hear ideas for parents and caregivers to reclaim and heal life passages from the past.
Shea Darian is a writer, poet and family educator who encourages parents and caregivers to transform our often busy, chaotic 21st century lives with a greater sense of balance and peace. She offers practical and inspirational tools to build healthy, joyful family relationships. In the past, she has been a youth minister and Waldorf school administrator.
Therapeutic Eurythmy | April 30, Wednesday, 7-8:30pm, Eurythmy Room, Sliding scale – $10-25
Sound Circle Eurythmy Co-Director Glenda Monasch presents an experiential introduction to the therapeutic side of eurythmy. As a movement remedy it is prescribed for specific medical conditions; e.g., asthma, allergies, ADHD, and all kinds of chronic illnesses. In studies it has been shown to have long-term improvement with disease symptoms as well as strengthening the vitality, posture, and sense of self; and regulating sleep, breathing, and digestion.
Glenda has been teaching and working with young children, worldwide for over 35 years. Now she works both at Shining Mountain with small groups and in her private therapy practice. She is the resident U.S. eurythmy trainer for the international post-graduate anthroposophic medical training.