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.


$2,470 per year (80 hours per year) for the following clusters:

  • Tucson
  • Maine Coast (in Freeport, ME)
  • Seacoast (in Eliot, ME)

$1,975 per year (64 hours per year) for the following clusters:

  • Santa Fe

$2,470 X 2 or $4,940 for condensed two years in one:

  • Urban Prairie

Year One – Registrations with $190 deposit are due by August 1 or December 1, depending on the scheduled beginning date.  The $2,280 balance after deposit is paid in 10 installments of $228 each, preferably via automatic credit card plan. The year one tuition is due completely before entering year two.

Year Two – No re-registration required. Year two tuition will be billed and your year one scholarship award (if any) will be applied automatically unless we receive your written cancellation notice. You will receive e-mail with your new balance due and a link to a payment plan form where you will need to set up a year two payment plan. Please call 603-654-2566 should you have any questions or need assistance.

All tuition must be paid completely before Certificate of Completion is awarded.

Any cancellations must be received by August 1 or December 1.

Deposit of $190.00 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 $2,280 tuition balance after deposit in full during September are eligible for a $50 discount. The payment of $2,230 may be made HERE.


Enrolled participants with paid deposit may set up a monthly payment plan where the remaining $2,280 balance would be charged to their credit card in 10 monthly installments of $228. All payment plans need to be set up before the end of September. 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 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. If after receiving your award you feel unable to meet the tuition requirement, please email or call 603-654-2566 to have your $190 deposit fully refunded. Awards will reduce your tuition balance, which may then be paid over 10 months via payment plan .


We reserve the right to cancel any cluster with 7 days notice if registration is insufficient. If we cancel, a full refund will be given. 

Students may cancel their enrollment by e-mailing no later than 30 days prior to beginning of classes.  No refunds are possible within 30 days of the beginning of the program!

PLEASE NOTE: Each Foundation Studies cluster is formed based on a two-year commitment of a sufficient number of participants, usually 12-15. Any attrition after classes begin jeopardizes the budget and the successful outcome for the entire group. Should you need to withdraw from the program at any time, please call 603-654-2566 to discuss.  Please notify also the CfA office in writing at right away. Failure to attend classes and/or stopping your payments does not constitute official withdrawal.


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: