This program provides the prerequisite background for those planning to enter a Waldorf teacher education program and also opportunity for anyone else interested in discovering Rudolf Steiner’s Science of the Spirit, and how this path of enquiry could guide their work in the world. It is designed in two distinct formats described below:
A two-year, part time program typically offered in communities surrounding Waldorf schools or other centers of anthroposophical activity at various locations around the country. The cluster groups consist of students in the same geographic area who meet regularly in guided group sessions that combine a variety of both intellectual and artistic offerings.
Seminars, ongoing group work, artistic activities, and weekend workshops, address the broad themes of human development and personal growth through three distinct but interrelated elements:
- study of the basic books of Rudolf Steiner, including How to Know Higher Worlds, Theosophy, An Outline of Esoteric Science, and Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom
- cultivation of artistic activities that are transformative in nature, such as speech, drama, music, eurythmy, painting, drawing, woodwork, sculpture, and more
- some experience of life in a Waldorf school as well as other cultural initiatives arising from the work of Rudolf Steiner
Meeting times vary but typically are scheduled every other week from September to May. An expanded version may include several weekend workshops, consisting of a two-hour lecture on Friday followed by a daytime workshop on Saturday. Program locations change as courses are completed and new programs start. To date, courses have been offered in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, California, and Washington D.C. Students are encouraged to participate in clusters as they will benefit from the group activity and a designed program.
Annual tuition of $1,975 (16 four-hour sessions or 64 contact hours each year). Occasionally, upon request, the two-year study is rolled into one year, in which case the tuition is $3,950. Deposit of $175.00 is due with the registration. Should the cluster have to be cancelled, a full refund will be given. Those able and willing to pay their balance after deposit in full during September may pay the reduced balance of $1,750 ($50 discount) HERE
Enrolled participants with paid deposit may set up a monthly payment plan where the remaining $1,800 balance would be charged to their credit card in 9 monthly installments from October to July. All payment plans need to be set up before the end of October. Please let us know ahead of time if you would prefer to pay in another way, and we will be happy to set up a different arrangement. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-654-2566 with any questions.
Limited scholarship assistance is available upon request by filling out and submitting the Application Form. All tuition assistance awards (including teacher scholarships) will be announced via e-mail and will typically range between 15% and 20% of total tuition depending on individual circumstances and the overall strength of the cluster. Awards will reduce your tuition balance, which may then be paid over 9 months via payment plan .
CANCELLATION AND REFUNDS
We reserve the right to cancel any program with 7 days notice if registration is insufficient. If we cancel, a full refund will be given. Students may cancel their enrollment in writing prior August 1 for clusters beginning in September or prior December 1 for clusters beginning in January. Since we have to make early financial commitments to secure our faculty and rent the classroom, no refunds will be available after August 1 or December 1. Failure to attend classes and/or to make complete payment does not constitute official withdrawal.
2. INDIVIDUAL MENTORING
Is designed primarily for those wanting to fulfill the Foundation Studies prerequisite for Waldorf teacher training or other form of Anthroposophical endeavor and live too far from any CLUSTER location. The Center will select a mentor from their extensive database and will arrange for the meeting. The participant will meet with a mentor no less than 8 times, typically for two-hour meetings. The times and dates are worked out between the student and the mentor to fit their schedules. These mentorships can be arranged practically anywhere in the country. The tuition is $1,300
A brief video introduction to Foundation Studies: