About West Coast Institute
The West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy is a training institute in British Columbia, Canada, which provides programs and courses for individuals who wish to learn more about Anthroposophy, as expounded by Rudolf Steiner and others, and about Waldorf Education that has been developed out of the insights of Anthroposophy.
The West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy was incorporated under the Society Act in British Columbia in 1998. It is a Associate Member of, and recognized by, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). This program is also registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch of the BC Ministry of Advanced Education (PTIB). A tax deductible receipt for the payment of tuition fees will be available to Canadian participants of this program for income tax purposes.
History of the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy
The West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy was founded in 1995 in Vancouver, British Columbia, as an umbrella organization offering workshops, conferences, and trainings based on Anthroposophy. We began with the Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training in 1996, offered part-time over two years. This step was taken in response to a request by WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) to meet the needs of Waldorf schools in Canada and the Pacific North West. This training program has attracted students from across Canada and the USA. Since 1996, 67 students have graduated from the Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Training Program and are now working in Waldorf schools and early childhood settings.
During the summer sessions, courses in anthroposophy, the arts and curriculum studies occur; a therapeutic training and advanced courses for early childhood teachers have also been offered. In 2007 and 2008, a program for Infant and Toddler Caregivers was offered.
Summer sessions are usually held at Sunrise Waldorf School, near Duncan on Vancouver Island.
It has long been an intention to offer grade school teacher training. A four-year, part time training began in July 2008 as the Waldorf Elementary Teacher Training Program. The titles of our Programs have since changed to:
Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Training
Waldorf Grades Teacher Training
During these past years the School of Nature (an international initiative concerned with reconnecting the human being with the World of Nature) has also hosted events under the sponsorship of the West Coast Institute.
Currently the West Coast Institute offers a three-year, part time Waldorf Grades Teacher Training, a two-year, part time Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Training and differing courses each summer.
Both Waldorf Programs offered by the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy are recognized by WECAN and AWSNA.