Testimonials

". . .I had never really sculpted in my life until last year and it really pushed me to extreme frustration. This [year's sculpture] course, however, was the exact opposite experience! I had a lot of fun in the class and was very proud of my small but significant accomplishments. The geometric form/Platonic solid activity was perfect for me as a math teacher to get into the task set before me. I absolutely loved the blindfolded face forming activity –– I was free from the burden of perfectionism and used all feeling senses to guide me. When I showered that night and washed my face, I had chills as I felt my face for the first time in my life. It was an awesome experience!"
- Robert Wilson

How to Know Higher Worlds:

The workshop was pleasing, informative, inspiring, humbling, curiosity enhancing, experiment conducting.  We covered such topics as:  alignment with the structure of all life, exercises for practice, caveats, trials, reverence, patience inner peace, inner life, meditation; and in song; harmony, major/minor chords, love of song, being in sound and so much more that I’m not even aware of.
Foundation Studies Student 2010 

I had few expectations except for worrying I wouldn’t be able to understand it.  But I did understand it.  (Surprise!)  The instructor made the parts I found odd seem less odd.  There’s a lot of value in Steiner’s writings.  
Foundation Studies Student 2010

My expectations were exceeded in the sense of understanding more and taking away more that I would have expected given my lack of success in penetrating Steiner when studying on my own. 
Foundation Studies Student 2010

Biography made me aware of how important it is to share our stories.  It creates more empathy and sympathy between us, which created increased understanding in a community of people.  Biography also helps each of us process our own experiences in life.
Foundation Studies Student 2010

 

 

 

 

 

WHiSTEP Testimonials

Listen to what the students in CfA’s Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program (WHiSTEP) are saying about their experience: 

Max Urmey (Class of 2014, specializing in physical sciences and math)
I became more conscious of my own voice in a new way –– I had never paid attention to it before. About half-way through our third meeting, I felt something click into place, and I felt like I was accessing my voice from a new place in my body, like I was drawing it from somewhere else . . . . while usually I have trouble letting my speech flow, I owned my speech more.

Paula Blum (Class of 2013, specializing in modern languages)
I feel very comfortable doing eurythmy now. I have gained more of an understanding for the movements and the sounds. I see it not just as movement, but as a language that goes from inside me out towards the Cosmos.

Mick Falconbridge (Class of 2012, specializing in physical sciences and math)
I think I finally get it! Finally! For the first time I felt the import and came into a real connection with speech. The idea of imagining the elements of speech really helped me. I think I shall be brave enough to use speech in a meaningful way in my teaching now. It’s actually alive  –– I didn’t realize. 

Nellie Lovenduski (Class of 2012, specializing in physical sciences and math)
I love the work you [the instructor] push us to do, it is so healthy for us, as teachers, to be humbled into bumbling idiots sometimes, and have to figure it out! What a gift –– to have the opportunity to work on that. 

Joan Bremner (Class of 2013, specializing in arts and art history)
Every time I sculpt a face or head I learn something new, because I see something new. This year was no exception. 

Betsy Kabrick (Class of 2012, specializing in physical sciences)
I was truly engaged by this [professional seminar] class, avidly did the reading, was stimulated by the discussions, and was awake all the way until 6:30 p.m., energized as I was by what we were doing. 

Lisa Barry (Class of 2014, specializing in English and history)
As much as I love history, there was so much I learned in the past three weeks about teaching history. . . . The content was very rich and re-enlivened my love of the subject. 

Yael Hameiri (Class of 2014, specializing in arts and art history)
Time after time the answers I received met the depth I was searching for, while “throwing” my thoughts to a new place, new understandings. 

Kurt Estep (Class of 2013, specializing in English and history)
I did not plan on being in this course; but one mealtime conversation with [the instructor] convinced me to attend. 

Naomi Henderson (Class of 2014, specializing in arts and art history)
Through developing and understanding of percept, mental picture, and concept, I began to see the world with new eyes, and it inspired me to be ever more conscious in my daily activities.  

Alejandra Lorenzo-Chang (Class of 2014, specializing in biology & physical sciences)
I appreciate being taken out of my comfort zone to think in a more living and integrative way. 

Paula Blum (Class of 2013, specializing in modern languages)
This class has helped me so much as a language teacher. I feel a better connection to the words when I am preparing poems to teach the class. While here, I have learnt 4 new poems to do with my class next year. 

Max Urmey (Class of 2014, specializing in physical sciences and math)
This class was very important for me. [The instructor] took us through a lot of great material, pedagogical as well as subject material, in a way that truly re-awoke my enthusiasm for the subject of mathematics. 

Betsy Kabrick (Class of 2012, specializing in physical sciences)
I had no idea I was capable of creating a believable human head [in clay]! I am surprised at what emerged from me under [the instructor’s] guidance, having really only made play-dough cigars before. Thank you! 

Nellie Lovenduski (Class of 2012, specializing in physical sciences and math)
All of a sudden pieces started fitting together. Concepts and ideas we covered this year began to awaken my memories of last year’s study with cosmic memory, and the picture became much clearer for me. 

Lucien Power (Class of 2013 with specialization in physical sciences and math)
The work [in eurythmy] with the zodiac signs was of huge value to my work in schools, especially child study. I also found that I was better able to experience the spiritual connection to eurythmy this year, partly from the Study of Man work in the mornings. 

Jeana Lee (Class of 2014, specializing in physical sciences and math)
I let my foundations be shaken, and I am learning to flow with the changes. 

Michal Noer (Class of 2014, specializing in arts and art history)
This course has given me so much to think about! I am looking forward to teaching next year –– I will keep coming back to these ideas. 

Joan Bremner (Class of 2013, specializing in arts and art history)
I see how this work can improve my teaching. I have gained a new confidence when I stand before my students because of speech work. 

Ali Franklin (Class of 2014, specializing in life sciences and math)
Looking at the plants and comparing one another through their gestures was eye opening and inspiring. I hope to bring this practice to my teaching when I return in the fall, really helping the students to observe precisely what is occurring in nature. 

Susan Das (Class of 2013, specializing in English and History)
This course was a bit stressful for me, especially its improv. component. But [the instructor] and the other students worked together to create a supportive atmosphere for us all, and I was able to stretch myself and even have some fun.

Tanya (WHiSTEP Year II participant)
It has been wonderful (and I say that sincerely) to discover the physics all around me and to start to become fascinated by listening to a kettle sing, or the way we move to make a swing swing. 

Finally a student from the Mid-West writes:

I especially appreciated the visualization exercises, because they were very concrete ways of improving my mind-body connection; I can imagine using such exercises in class or for my own preparation for a particularly challenging lesson.

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