2017 Live Education! Summer Seminar
Understanding the Spirit of Waldorf Education
Wednesday, July 26th – Sunday, July 30th
Santa Cruz Waldorf School, Santa Cruz, CA
Live Education! is once again hosting the Summer Seminar at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School at the end of July. It is a wonderful opportunity to work with colleagues and mentors to plan for the upcoming school year. We combine foundation work with practical activities in the mornings and afternoons, with inner preparatory work in the evenings. It is a full 4 1/2 days with about 30 colleagues and a faculty of 12, allowing for plenty of one-on-one mentoring sessions with master Waldorf teachers. Our afternoon breakout sessions will include math movement, beginning recorder, storytelling, circle work, and creative discipline strategies.
In addition, George Hoffecker will be leading administrative support sessions.
We have a Waldorf children’s camp running alongside the seminar for children of participants ages 5-14 and will include activities in the arts, drama, spatial dynamics, circus, and archery. Homeschool families, Waldorf class teachers (both private and public), administrators, and board members attend the Live Education! Summer Seminar each year, and many bookend the event with a few days of vacation exploring the redwoods and the beaches of lovely Santa Cruz.
The cost is $575 per adult, and Live Education! homeschooling parents are discounted to $495 when registered by May 10th. The price includes two organic, locally-sourced vegetarian meals daily shared in community. Childrens’ camp for ages 5-15 will cost $185 per student.
Summer Seminar Photo Gallery
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About the Summer Seminar
The Live Education! Summer Seminar is an ongoing Waldorf homeschool teacher preparation course. We meet for 5 days during July on the beautiful campus of the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, in proximity to the local pristine beaches and redwood forests. The mornings are spent singing, arts, and with curriculum presentations, while the afternoons are set aside for individual tutoring in handwork, math, and music……in addition to one-on-one curriculum planning for the next year’s homeschooling journey with our consultants. We always advise to create time then to also explore our beautiful surroundings for hiking, swimming, and locally-flavored cafes and coffeehouses.
The evenings include a course to focus on the inner work of the teacher, starting with the indications of Steiner, and includes opportunities for examining the larger picture of Waldorf education and human development. Conversations about spirituality, balance, relationships abound, and many have remarked that this aspect of the Seminar meets their deepest needs.
We limit the attendance so as to keep the community feel of our Seminar. We have snacks and lunch together each day as families and friends participating in a learning community, with an emphasis on healthy, local, organic food, most of which is vegan and gluten-free. We also have a Waldorf-oriented camp for 5-14-year-olds on site, and a storytime/childcare in the evenings.
I hope this note finds you well. It seems impossible that six months have passed since our return from CA. This is an overdue Thank you to you and all of the folks who make the Live Ed Summer Seminar what it is. Being in community with a group of people who are on a journey to bring beauty, life, wonder & light to children and to the world… That is soul food. I always leave feeling completely nourished. But this past year something extra special happened. I cannot identify it exactly. But I know I was touched on a deeper level. There are so many gifts we participants receive throughout our time there as each and every one of the amazing faculty so graciously share their many gifts. And the evening discussions are truly inspiring. I keep asking myself… could I identify what it is that really makes me feel so alive? Well this is what I’ve come up with…. You all share your wisdom, your spirits, your hearts, And you don’t give us All the answers… You give us questions. Questions that we can ponder, that we can live and grow with and then realize that we can find our own answers within all that we’ve received And from within ourselves once we are ready.
Peace and Blessings,
Summer Seminar Faculty
Rainbow Rosenbloom founded Live Education! in the fall of 1997, after 12 years of working with homeschooling families and co-ops, both privately and within the public schools. He studied Waldorf Education at Emerson College in England and worked as a class teacher and a high school teacher in several Waldorf schools. Rainbow also helped to construct an innovative Waldorf charter school program in Monterey, CA and served as its director for 3 years. He has a BA in Philosophy from The University of Tulsa and a Masters degree in Education from Harvard, where he studied Multiple Intelligence Theory with Howard Gardner.
Bruce Bischof joined Rainbow in the beginning stages of Live Education! in 1998 as the principal writer and artist of the curriculum materials. He is the co-owner (with Rainbow) of Live Education!. Bruce has 14 years of experience as a Waldorf class teacher in addition to several years as a mentor to class teachers in a Waldorf charter school. He completed his Waldorf training from Rudolf Steiner College in 1983. He completed a masters degree in Philosophy and Humanities from California State University and holds a B.A. with honors in Philosophy from the University of California in addition to 2 years of formal training in Art History and 2 years of Music Theory. Bruce, the father of two children (now grown), resides with his wife Susan near Mt. Shasta in northern California.
Daniel Bittleston delights in leading workshops on creating your own stories. He is a member of the Western Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America, and over the course of his life, he attended six different Waldorf schools and taught in four. Daniel’s hobby, Imagination Troubador, involves interviewing people in all walks of life about how they use Imagination.
His father was a Christian Community priest, and his mother was a puppetry teacher at Emerson College. He now has three sons and three daughters, all of whom are working hard to beautify the world, enrich community and find their own deepest truths (he can tell you stories about them all day!). Daniel has been close friends with Rainbow for the best part of a lifetime.
David Darcy – Math/Form Drawing
David has consulted with Live Education! clients since 2006. He completed his Waldorf training at Rudolf Steiner College in 1992, and was a class teacher, admissions director and high school humanities teacher at Austin Waldorf School. He has given many presentations about Waldorf education to university education classes, and has worked with homeschoolers since 2000. He helped found The Harvest, a Waldorf School in The Woodlands, TX, and has written a curriculum integrating Waldorf activities into a program for homeless students. He currently teaches a small, mixed age class at his home. He and his wife live in Austin and have three Waldorf-educated children, ages 21, 23 and 25.
Mia Michael – Early Childhood/Celebrations
Mia Michael has been a teacher for twenty years in California and in Europe. She has a B.A. in Aesthetics and Education from U.C. Santa Cruz, a teaching credential from San Jose State University, and her Waldorf credential from Wynstones, England. Ms. Michael was a founding teacher for the East Bay Waldorf School in Berkeley, California. Ms. Michael is co-author of the Kindergarten package in the Waldorf homeschooling program, Live Education. She is an artist and offers workshops in weaving art and spirituality in daily life. Mia is now retired after teaching Kindergarten for seventeen years at the Monterey Bay Charter School in Pacific Grove, CA.
Melanie Hatch – Handwork
Melanie Hatch has been leading the handwork program at the East Bay Waldorf School for the past few years. She completed her handwork training at Rudolf Steiner College. Melanie also homeschooled her four children prior to enrolling them in the Waldorf school. She has great insight into colors, costumes, and fabrics and joins our seminar faculty with great enthusiasm.
George Hoffecker is a certified Waldorf teacher and was a class teacher at Live Oak Waldorf School for many years. In 1996 he became principal of the first charter school in the nation using Waldorf methods. He has been a public charter high school principal as well as Director of Charter Services for an elementary school district. For the past 13 years, he has been an educational and organizational consultant in both the private and public Waldorf movements and an adjunct faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College.
His training with Marshall Rosenberg in Non-Violent Communication and with John Kinyon and Ike Lassiter in applying NVC to mediation and conflict resolution strategies is at the heart of his approach to establishing compassionate classrooms and faculties. In addition, David Cooperrider’s “Appreciative Inquiry” has deeply informed George’s approach to developing healthy social organizations. George was a co-founder of the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education and currently is a member of the Alliance’s advisory board. He is married to Donna Burgess, who is also his partner in HoffeckerBurgess Consulting. Donna and George have three grown daughters and three grandchildren.
Donna Burgess began teaching international folk dance, Renaissance dance and ballroom dance at Live Oak Waldorf School in Meadow Vista 26 years ago. Over the years, she developed a dance curriculum designed to accompany Grades 3-8 in Waldorf schools and has recently published Volumes I and II of this curriculum in her series “Dancing Through School!. Donna currently teaches dance to over 350 students at Alice Birney Waldorf-Inspired K-8 School in Sacramento. She is a guest teacher at many Waldorf schools and leads workshops for teachers and parents instructing them in how to bring the “Dancing Through School!” curriculum and highly successful teaching methods into their classrooms and home study cohorts.
In addition to being actively involved in four Waldorf schools as a parent, specialty teacher (dance and math), long term class teacher substitute, board member, class parent, and festival organizer, Donna has served on municipal and county advisory councils and in non-profit board and administrative work for the past twenty-six years. Her interest in building and sustaining healthy school, community, and non-profit organizations has led to ongoing study of theory and best practices in both organizational development and clear and compassionate communication. In partnership with George Hoffecker in HoffeckerBurgess Consulting, Donna mentors teachers, school administrators, board and charter council members, parent councils and school communities.