Waldorf Early Childhood Courses at WCI

Waldorf Early Childhood Summer Courses

Summer training, courses and workshops are held at the Sunrise Waldorf School on Vancouver Island, in beautiful scenic British Columbia, Canada.

Enriching the Soul
of the Caregiver and the Child

June 30 to July 5, 2024

at Sunrise Waldorf School in Duncan on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Opening: Sunday at 3:00 pm
Daily schedule: 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

with Anna Rainville, Dorota Ignaszewska and Ko Hawkes

Please join us as we gather together using study, movement, singing and painting to enrich our inner landscape and repertoire of songs, games, and rod puppetry skills. Through singing, movement and deepening in the meaning of our work, Anna will guide us as we polish our stars during this week. Dorota brings expertise with the usefulness of puppets for their breathing movements and gestures. Rod puppets in particular can dance and sing, soothe and inspire, help with transitions, and bring magic and gentle humour to young children. Ko will be helping us to explore more of our inner life through biography and painting. There will be time for participants to learn from each other and make a rod puppet too (cost included in tuition).

Read the presenters’ biographies (to come)

Registration Fee: $25 CDN (non-refundable)
Tuition: $650 CDN
Includes handwork supplies

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Anna Rainville
Anna has lifted spirits with singing games and group harmony for decades. An experienced Waldorf educator, she travels widely to mentor and teach. She also has experience as a Waldorf class teacher and as a public school kindergarten teacher where she received an award from the California Kindergarten Association for outstanding work in early childhood education. Currently, Anna facilitates teacher renewal and integrated arts curriculum development in Waldorf and mainstream schools, universities, and teacher education centers nationally and internationally including the Philippines, Estonia, the West Bank, Ireland, and India. Her book, Singing Games for Families, Schools and Communities, is cherished by early childhood teachers.

Singing games are a part of every culture and generation. These gems provide healthy opportunities for sensory integration while lifting spirits and building community. A special interest in learning through movement led Anna to complete remedial training. Singing and moving together in simple or complicated forms appeals to all ages whether at home, in a classroom, or faculty meeting. They are contagious joy.

Dorota Ignaszewska
Dorota Ignaszewska is a kindergarten teacher at Sunrise Waldorf School in Duncan, BC. One of her passions is making puppets and toys that help unfold the stories and connect and delight the children. Through their breathing movements and gestures, rod puppets can dance and sing, soothe and inspire, help with transitions, and bring magic and gentle humour to young children.

Ko Hawkes
Ko is a graduate of Hibernia School of Art Therapy & has been teaching, conducting workshops and practicing art therapy with children and adults in private practice. She has been on the faculty the West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy for many years. Ko has been traveling to Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan and China since 2013 conducting workshops in Waldorf Schools and communities there.

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Waldorf Early Childhood Educator Training Auditing Options

We are opening some of our Early Childhood Educator Training courses to auditors. Auditing is open to all current Waldorf Early Childhood educators and those enrolled in a Waldorf Early Childhood Educator training. Please contact the EC Program Directors for more information.


An Outline of Esoteric Science

A study of Rudolf Steiner’s book An Outline of Esoteric Science with particular emphasis on how this relates to cosmic evolution and early childhood.

with Laurie Clark

Friday, January 5: 6:00-7:30 pm
Saturdays, January 6, 20, 27; February 3: 9:00-10:30 am
Sundays, January 7, 21, 28; February 4: 3:00-4:30 pm
Please note there are no classes on January 13 & 14.
Course will be held online, via Zoom. All times are PST.

Each participant will need to have or purchase the book by Rudolf Steiner entitled An Outline of Esoteric Science (aka An Outline of Occult Science.) To get ready for the first session, please read the Introduction by Clopper Almon. In the first lecture, Steiner basically tells us how, why’s and why not’s he includes regarding the information he is giving in this book. I suggest either skimming through this or moving right on to lecture 2- The Makeup of the Human Being. There we really move into the essence. After introducing this book, this is where we will begin.

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Waldorf Early Childhood Program Directors

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

Debbie Laurin: debbielaurin@westcoastinstitute.org


West Coast Institute for Studies in Anthroposophy

Email: info(at)westcoastinstitute.org
Tel: 604-740-0539