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Summer 2021 Update: Join us Online This Summer

The summer training sessions and intensive summer courses are usually held at the Sunrise Waldorf School on Vancouver Island, in beautiful scenic British Columbia, Canada. Due to covid restrictions our trainings and courses will be held online this summer. 

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Waldorf Birth to Three Educator Training

14 Months Part-Time
Entry Every Two Years
Next Intake Summer 2023
Application Deadline May 15, 2023

This is a 14 month, birth to three focused option of the part-time Early Childhood Program. It runs for eight weeks over 14 months, comprised of three weeks in two summers (July) and a week in November and February of the first year. Due to covid restrictions, our July 2021 session will be online.

Throughout this time, studies in Anthroposophy and Waldorf early childhood principles are interwoven with artistic and practical subjects. This provides the opportunity to polish your star as well as earn a Birth to Three Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate.

 

Training Details

The application deadline has passed; please contact ece@westcoastinstitute.org to be put on the waiting list.

Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Training

Two Years Part-Time
Entry Every Two Years
Next Intake Summer 2023
Application Deadline May 15, 2023

This is a part-time program of 5 weeks per year over 2 years comprised of 3 weeks in July and a week in November and February each successive year. Due to covid restrictions, our July 2021 session will be online.

Throughout the two years, studies in Anthroposophy and Waldorf early childhood principles are interwoven with artistic and practical subjects. This provides the opportunity to polish your star as well as earn a Waldorf Early Childhood Teaching Certificate, recognised by AWSNA, WECAN and IASWECE.

 

Program Details

The application deadline has passed; please contact ece@westcoastinstitute.org to be put on the waiting list.

Waldorf Grades Teacher Training

Three Years Part-Time
Entry Every Year
Next Intake Summer 2022
Application Deadline May 15th Each Year

This is a part-time program of 5 weeks per year over 3 years, comprised of 3 weeks in July and a week in November and February each successive year. Due to covid restrictions, our July 2021 session will be online.

Throughout the program, studies in Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education are interwoven with artistic and practical subjects. Emphasis will be on understanding all aspects of child development, the unfolding of the Grades 1 through 8 curriculums, and practical experiences in the classroom.

 

Program Details

The application deadline has passed; please contact grades@westcoastinstitute.org to be put on the waiting list.

Summer 2021 Courses & Workshops

The West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy, located in British Columbia, Canada, offers differing Courses each summer for Waldorf teachers and others. Due to covid restrictions, our courses will be online this summer.

Early Childhood Courses

This summer we are offering two courses for Waldorf Early Childhood Educators.

Unbornness

The body developed out of us
Not us out of the body
We are bees
And our body is a
honeycomb
We made the body
Cell by cell, we made it.
—Rumi

with Louise deForest

July 5 to 7, 2021

In our modern times, embryology often looks at the step by step physical development, from zygote to viable baby. But is this all there is to it?

One week course, open to practicing Waldorf teachers.

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Including Children’s Voices

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice with the Persona Doll Approach

with Debbie Laurin

July 19 to 23, 2021

Pioneering this new antibias approach to Waldorf early childhood education, participants will acquire skills to address antibias education with young children.

One week course, open to practicing Waldorf teachers.

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Grades Courses

This summer we are offering current Waldorf class teachers the opportunity to join our Grades Teacher Training Program, online, to audit Curriculum Courses.

Curriculum Courses

Week 1, July 5 to 9
Week 2, July 12 to 16
Week 3, July 19 to 23

One week courses, open to current Waldorf class teachers.

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Workshops Open to Everyone

This summer we are offering workshops open to the general public.

Waldorf Without Boundaries

Workshops for Homeschooling Parents

with Kim Hunter, Diane Walters & Barbarah Nicoll

July 5 to 9, 2021

Waldorf Without Boundaries Public Introductory Gathering

Time: Jun 30, 2021 09:00 AM Pacific Time
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This workshop series is open to parents and others who wish to know more about Waldorf educational approaches to homeschooling and how to incorporate them into an at home program. We will focus on three age groupings of Early Childhood, Grades 1-8 and High School.

One week workshops, open to all.

 

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Water Works Summer Camp for Families
a place to be with your kids

An exploration of art, science and nature

with Herb Walsh

Dates in 2022 to be decided; please fill out the Interest form to be notified.

Herb will guide families and individuals in the observation of the world of water science through online explorations and home-based field trips into nature.

One week workshop, open to all.

 

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The West Coast Institute Acknowledges

The West Coast Institute acknowledges that we live and gather on the traditional unceded territory of the Ktunaxa, Syilx (Okanagan), Sinixt Peoples, Coast Salish Peoples, the Quw’utsun (Cowichan) Tribes, the Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

The West Coast Institute’s Purpose

  • To serve as a Waldorf teacher training institute that provides programs and courses for individuals who wish to learn more about anthroposophy as described by the founder, Rudolf Steiner.
  • To serve the world out of an anthroposophical understanding, specifically with Waldorf Teacher Training and other adult educational activities.
  • To offer personal as well as community development in social, artistic, and academic realms including research and publication.
  • To offer consulting and/or advisory services to other anthroposophical and related institutions within the intentions of the Society.

The West Coast Institute (WCI) is registered with the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Private Training Institutes Branch (PTIB).

Our certificates are accepted by the BC Ministry of Education, Independent Schools Branch (ISB); the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA); the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) and the International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE).

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Early Childhood Program Director

Ruth Ker
ece@westcoastinstitute.org
250-748-7791

Grades Program Director

Lisa Masterson
grades@westcoastinstitute.org
949-220-3193

Administration

Barbarah Nicoll
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604-740-0539

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West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy

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