[Webinar] Who Are The Honey Bees?



Join AWSNA and the ASA forWho Are The Honey Bees? with Alex Tuchman and Gunther Hauk.

When: Wednesday, January 31 from 7:30-8:45 pm Eastern


  • Discover the relationship of bees to the human being, based on inspirations from Rudolf Steiner and biodynamics.
  • Find out more about who the honeybees are and how we can relate to them.
  • Investigate the honeybee hive as a dynamic organism including workers, drones, queen, wax, hive body.

Where: Join us live on Zoom by registering at this link. Can’t just us live? No worries! The webinar will be sent via email to all registrants within 24 hours of the live event.

Who: Alex Tuchman and Gunther Hauk from Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary.

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Gunther Hauk has been a Waldorf gardening teacher, biodynamic gardener, and beekeeper for over 40 years. In 1996 he co-founded the Pfeiffer Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY and, together with his wife, he founded Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in 2006. He has a long career of teaching biodynamics and beekeeping both nationally and internationally. In his book “Toward Saving the Honeybee” he calls for radical changes in beekeeping methods. His work is featured in documentaries “Queen of the Sun”, “Vanishing of the Bees” and “Hour of Decision”.

Alex Tuchman is a beekeeper, educator, farmer and writer. As the Farm Manager and Co-Director of Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary, he is responsible for the care and development of the Sanctuary. He has been working with bees for 10 years and came to Spikenard Farm in March of 2014, after working as the manager, farmer & beekeeper of the Student Farm at Loyola University Chicago. His beekeeping and farming experience has been enriched with educational trainings at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, the Angelic Organics Learning Center and the Biodynamic Association.

*Bee photo credit: Blaise Mulhauser, Botanical Garden Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

Simplifying Schedules with Children

Photo by Jason Sperling
Photo by Jason Sperling

Photo by Jason Sperling

As our children grow, there are so many ways for them to take interest in the world! In this engaging presentation, come and discover the benefits of bringing more awareness and balance to children’s schedules to better serve their needs. Share in meaningful conversation with other parents and learn about the value of downtime and self-motivation. Go home with practical tips on simplifying schedules in everyday life to create more ease, flow and connection in family life.

Simplifying Schedules with Children
Thursday, October 26, 8:30-10:30am
Shining Mountain Waldorf School
999 Violet Avenue, Boulder CO
Mary B. Winston Atrium in the Festival Hall
Cost: $10

About Christine Summerfield


Christine Summerfield is a Simplicity Parenting facilitator who loves to help families discover more ease, flow and connection in everyday family life.  A mother of two grown daughters and a former Waldorf kindergarten teacher, she now offers classes in felting to mothers and helps families with decluttering and organizing spaces in their homes.  For more information, please visit www.christinesummerfield.com.

Halloween Wonder Walk 2017 – Buy Tickets Now



The Halloween Wonder Walk is a reverent, inwardly stirring event created for our children that none of us is too old to enjoy!

This magical event is a gift to our children presented by the parents and faculty of Shining Mountain Waldorf School.

How It Works

The Halloween Wonder Walk is a much-loved tradition at Shining Mountain. Angel guides lead small groups of children and adults on a magical winding walk through our beautifully transformed campus, where they will meet various inhabitants of the Shining Kingdom and receive natural treats and treasures! Watch the Halloween Wonder Walk video.


The Halloween Wonder Walk is geared towards children from pre-K age through grade 3. However, older children may join their families if they are interested and able to hold a reverent space for the younger visitors.

Time & Place

This year’s Halloween Wonder Walk will be Saturday, October 28 from 3:00-7:30pm.


Tickets must be purchased in advance!

Tickets can be purchased now until October 20th or when the event is sold out, which typically happens each year prior to the close on October 20th.

Tickets are $13.00/person, and each child and each adult must have a ticket. (Babes in arms who are too young to require a treat bag are free of charge).

TICKET SALES UPDATE: The event is sold out. Thank you!

VITAMIN N IN KINDERGARTEN: Nature-Based Education | by Jason Sperling, Author & SMWS Parent


November 10, 2016| Guest Writers, THE NEW NATURE MOVEMENT

In Richard Louv’s recent book  Vitamin N, Louv shares 500 actions to bring more nature into our lives. One of my favorites is the suggestion that parents choose schools, such as Montessori or Waldorf schools, that support direct-experience learning often in natural settings. In the following interview, Jane Zeender, the Director of Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, Colorado, shares how Waldorf Kindergarten programs can impact children’s health and happiness.

Jason Sperling: What is Waldorf Education?

Jane Zeender: Waldorf Education was founded almost 100 years ago by an Austrian philosopher by the name of Rudolf Steiner, who was approached by the owner of the Waldorf-Astoria cigarette factory to create a new educational system that would raise healthy, balanced, human beings so that the world could avoid a repeat of World War I. Today, Waldorf education is the fastest-growing educational movement in the world, in both the charter and private schools, and our fastest growth is happening in China, which speaks to the continued need to educate children in this holistic way.

In Waldorf education, we not only focus on the intellect but also on the social/emotional growth of the child as well as the physical and spiritual growth of the child. All of our work with children is done with a deep understanding of healthy human development, so that we meet each child, at each age, with what speaks to them emotionally, physically, socially, as well as intellectually.

Our students graduate from our school with a solid understanding of who they are, with personal connections to themselves and others, and with the capacities and skills to go out into the world in service to humanity. Waldorf graduates are unique, healthy individuals with a strong sense of purpose and who find meaning in the world and in their lives.

To read the full article at the Children & Nature Network:


About the Author:

Jason Runkel Sperling found Running Wild family nature club in Boulder, Colorado, in 2015. He is a skilled and experienced outdoorsman who earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a youth – and went on to travel and live around the globe for 20 years, scuba diving, surfing, backpacking, skiing, rafting, and adventuring. He is the author of several books that help parents get their children outdoors, and reconnected with nature, themselves, family, and friends. Read his blog and all his books (for free) on www.jasonrunkelsperling.com.