Find abundance in the midst of necessity — join your colleagues in the northeast region for a nourishing program filled with inspiration and opportunities for camaraderie and renewal.

WHEN?                     Friday, March 24 to Saturday March 25, 2017


ACCOMMODATIONS:  Please make your hotel reservations early!! Keene State College reportedly has another event that same weekend, which will affect availability and rates at all hotels in the area.

We have reserved blocks of rooms at two local hotels:

1./ Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Keene at 75 Railroad Street  Keene  New Hampshire  03431  USA   1-603-354-7900

CONFERENCE RATES: Single Kings – $159 a night or Double Queen – $159     

INDIVIDUAL RESERVATIONS: – Please make your online reservation here or by calling the hotel at 1-603-354-7900 or 1-800-627-7468. Please identify yourself as participants of the AWSNA NORTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE Group. All reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card and received by 2/23/2017. After that date, Hotel will review the reservation pickup for the Event, release the unreserved rooms for general sale, and determine whether it can accept reservations based on a space- and rate-available basis at the AWSNA NE Regional Conference rate after this date.

2./  Best Western PLUS Keene Hotel  at 401 Winchester St. Keene, NH 03431 PH: (603) 357-3038

$92.00 (not including 9% tax) – Thursday Night Rate

$92.00 (not including 9% tax) – Friday Night Rate

$92.00 (not including 9% tax) – Saturday Night Rate

Each additional person fee of $15.00, 18 and under stay free with 1 paying adult in room

**Rollway Charge: $15.00

INDIVIDUAL RESERVATIONS: Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling 603-357-3038  By 2/8/17. They must identify themselves as members of the Group, with the group name “AWSNA Conference Room Block”. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card


Fri. March 24

5-7 PM Registration 
7 PM Talk: Douglas Gerwin
8 PM Eurythmy Spring Valley performance

Sat. March 25
8:30 AM talk: Torin Finser
9:45 AM Break
10:15 – 11:40 AM Morning Workshops
11:50 AM Eurythmy throughout the grades (K-8)
1:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM Artistic Workshops
3:30 PM Plenum
4:15 PM Closing

CONFERENCE FEE: $125 ($30 discount may be taken when signing up before March 1 )
(Fee includes , Friday night eurythmy performance, one Saturday morning workshop, one Saturday afternoon artistic workshop, and mid-morning snack at break)

Limited scholarships available upon request. Please call Milan Daler at 603-654-2566

SATURDAY LUNCH: $15 (Optional)

Please select on your registration form (further below) one of the following morning workshops and one afternoon artistic workshop. (Only one each please)

Morning Workshops:

1.  A Conversation about the Waldorf Combined Grades Classroom. with Ian Chittenden
Using the Bay School’s model as an example, we will have a conversation about successes and challenges of blending grades.  

Ian Chittenden received his Waldorf Teacher Training Certificate from Antioch University in 2006 and has been a class teacher at the Bay School since 2004.”  

2. Out of the Land of Darkness with Karl Schurman
The root word of Europe is “Land of Sunset or Darkness.” Often the Waldorf humanities curriculum is accused of being too Euro-centric. What steps can we take to open up that paradigm and when is the European cultural tradition completely appropriate and, in fact, vitally important?

Karl Schurman is a founding teacher of Monadnock Waldorf High School where he teaches humanities and drama.

3. What Optics Can Tell Us About Teaching Science with Mick Falconbridge
We will discuss Goethe’s approach to understanding light, have some hands-on experiences with light-related phenomena, and glean some principles that can be used in teaching science to students of all ages.

Mick Falconbridge, PhD is a science teacher at Monadnock high school

4. The Changing Role of the Class Teacher:An Exploratory Conversation Towards the Future  with Lynn Thurrell and Signe Motter

Join us in a collegial conversation that brings the delivery of the Waldorf Curriculum and the continuing task of the teachers into focus. How do we understand the children’s growing needs? How do we continue the social and pedagogical education of new teachers? How do we continue to support experienced teachers? How do we mutually research and validate the curriculum expertise of our colleagues?

During the designated workshop time we will break into small groups for probing, preliminary conversations focusing on the above questions. Ideas and insights emerging from these conversations will be brought to AWSNA and the Executive Committee of the Center for Anthroposophy for further conversation after the closing of this conference. 

5. Understanding the Adult Relationships in a Waldorf School with Jennifer Farrelly and Beth Riungu
Healthy human relationships among all members of the community are essential to the well being of the school. How can parents, teachers and staff develop meaningful, collaborative, transparent forms for working together?

Jennifer Farrelly (Administrator) and Beth Riungu (Development Director) work closely together in the administrative realm of Meadowbrook Waldorf School. They strive to facilitate living organizational structures that support a vibrant, healing community life.

6. Remedial Assessment  – Unlocking the Secrets of Space as a Tool for Observing Children  with Jane Swain

One essential aspect when observing children who present a special need of some nature  is to be able to receive something new about the child and then make sense of it.  One very effective way of doing this is through the lens of recognizing how the child is living in his space.  This spatial referencing then can serve as a doorway for understanding the child’s integrating of the primitive reflexes, developing of the twelve senses, emotional development and more.  

This workshop will be geared for early childhood and first and second grade teachers.

Jane Swain is a pediatric physical therapist with certification in Sensory Integration.  She is a Level III graduate of Spacial Dynamics® and is certified in Bothmer Gymnastics.  She has observed and worked with children for many years.

7. Role of Subject Teachers 

Join us for a roundtable discussion on how special subject teachers and class teachers can work together as both supportive colleagues and effective teachers. Jacqueline, Nell and Alison worked together for nine years, and will start the discussion by sharing their own experiences of challenge and success.  Participants are encouraged to bring their questions, observations and suggestions to what we expect to be a lively discussion.

Jacqueline Bellamy has taught French at Monadnock Waldorf School for the past 20 years. She is currently the Elementary School Section Chair. She also enjoys bringing doll making workshops to parents, as well as helping with makeup and costumes for class plays.

Nell Wiener has taught choral and instrumental music at MWS for the past 10 years, working with students in both the elementary and high school. In addition to her musical leadership, Nell enjoys teaching and coaching ultimate frisbee.

Alison Henry recently finished an 8-year cycle as a class teacher at MWS and has since returned to graduate school for a PhD in Leadership and Change.

Afternoon Artistic Workshops:

A. Pure Form Modeling with Arthur Auer
Arthur Auer directs the Waldorf program at Antioch University. He was a class teacher at Pine Hill for many years.

B. Woodworking: A spoonful of sugar…with Daniel O’Conners We will shape with a hatchet and a knife a piece of pine into a spoon. When the outside is formed, we will burn with glimming coals the convex part into the spoon, similar to how some Native American tribes formed their boats.

Daniel O’Conners Daniel O’Connors was born in 1958 in Switzerland. After completing a chemical technician apprenticeship by Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis) in Basel, he began his studies at the Plastikschule (Practical Arts School) at the Goetheanum in Dornach. Since then he has worked for more than 30 years in several Waldorf schools, as well as in the public schools in Switzerland, Germany and the USA. He has brought the art of stone carving to students, adults and apprentices of various companies. He also taught shoemaking, coppersmithing, blacksmithing , sculpting in clay, pottery and woodworking.In his „free“ time he has renovated houses and built kitchens.

C. “In Harmony: Singing Our Way Towards Community.” with Meg Chittenden
In times when the world seems fractured and discordant, lifting our voices up together in harmony reminds us of how powerful it is to participate in acts of true communion. In this workshop, we’ll learn engaging and accessible songs that help us explore and share the power of harmony.

Meg Chittenden is the music teacher at The Bay School

D. Painting with Pastels: Guarding the Inner Light with Karine Munk-Finser

E. Eurythmy with Eurythmy Spring Valley artists.

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