The big news this year is the return to an in person Summer Festival after two years of being limited to online learning over zoom. It will be great to welcome you again to our beautiful campus here in Thornhill which we share with the Toronto Waldorf School. Now of course there is an outside chance we may end up online again depending on Ontario Public Health requirements, but we are very much looking forward to an in person Summer Festival after those two years of zoom.
Below you will find a brief overview of courses offered in each of the three weeks. We strongly suggest you download the just-released Summer Festival brochure to read all the course descriptions and presenter bios. We sent it off to the printer this afternoon and hope to have it available in a print version by next Tuesday April 12th. And of course it’s available right now, as a downloadable pdf. But to access the online registration link you will need to go to the Summer Festival page on the website.
Quick Summary of Courses
Week one – July 11-15 – features grade intensives for grades one through seven designed mainly for teachers. Week two – July 18-22 – features Indigenous Waldorf or Waldorf Essentials in the morning, and courses on nutrition and biography work in the afternoon.
If online learning suits you better, we are offering one online-only course titled “Cave Paintings to Post-Modernism: History of Art and Human Consciousness” with Larry Young in week two.
In week three – July 25-29 – you can choose between The Meditative Path of the Waldorf Teacher and Meaningful Movement for Children in the mornings, while in the afternoons it’s Painting in Grades 1-4 or Veil Painting or Felting Fun with Puppets or Biodynamic Gardening.
Detailed course descriptions and presenter bios for all these courses can be found on the Summer Festival page on the RSCC website, where there are links to the full course brochure and the online registration form.
Or you can click here to download the Summer Festival brochure directly.
Summer Festival as part of Part-Time Professional Development for Waldorf Teachers – Grades
If you are teaching in a Waldorf school but haven’t yet completed your Waldorf training, why not consider the part-time program for grades teachers offered by RSCC. This program involves attending designated courses at three consecutive Summer Festivals, along with mentoring, independent study, research projects and in-classroom observation. You can begin this program any year in July. Click here for details.
Who Is the Summer Festival for?
Generally speaking the Summer Festival courses are open to teachers, parents, administrators, students, seekers, or anyone who is interested. But when it comes to the week-one grade intensives, you should note that these are designed for those who are actively involved in grade-specific Waldorf curriculum or who are interested in doing so, i.e., Waldorf teachers, public school teachers, homeschoolers and Waldorf parents wanting to know the curriculum.
* We are planning to hold all courses in person except for Larry Young’s art history class. However if Ontario Public Health requires it we may have to shift all courses to online.
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