Adult Education

Empowering Parents with Personal Development

Through the Adult Education Program, the Austin Waldorf School endeavors to create and offer opportunities for parents and the wider community to increase their understanding of Waldorf education. Our lectures and workshops allow our faculty to share their expertise as well as engage the community in personal development. The program also hosts distinguished guest speakers from around the world.

Please check the calendar below for upcoming Adult Education events, workshops, seminars and more!

Waldorf 101:An Overview of Waldorf Education, with Arthur Pittis
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Monday, September 24, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
Monday, November 5, 2018
7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall

This four lecture series will present a stimulating overview of North American Waldorf Education from early childhood through high school and is designed to be of interest to those who are both new to the Waldorf school or who have had long experience with Waldorf Education.

The first lecture will focus on Steiner’s insights into human development, exploring the mission of Waldorf Education and what is meant by such working concepts as the four-fold human being and the development of the soul faculties of Thinking, Feeling and Willing. Each of the three subsequent lectures will examine how the Waldorf curriculum and its range of methods reflect and guide the developing human being in our time.

Arthur M. Pittis is a retired Waldorf master teacher and professional development mentor. He was a class teacher for the first nineteen years of his career in Baltimore and Austin, followed by twenty years of teaching high school humanities in Austin and at the Pasadena Waldorf School. For the past four years, he served as High School Pedagogical Administrator for Pasadena’s start-up high school. He is also the author of Pedagogical Theater and the five book Waldorf Reader Series, and for twenty-five years he served as a school delegate and in leadership positions in AWSNA.

Parent Study Group, Facilitated by Kathryn King
Tuesday mornings, January 15th, 22nd, 29th, and February 5th
8:25 – 9:40 a.m. in the Faculty Library

No preparation needed. Cost: $10 per session at the door.

All are welcome to explore what ‘Becoming Human’ entails according to the insights of Rudolf Steiner. We will cover birth to after death and look at how the obstacles in childhood become the path to finding full potential in adulthood.

I. The Human Being Between Heaven and Earth and Space and Time
II. Developing Healthy Metabollic, Rhythmic, and Sensory Functions
III. Learning to Think and Maturing the Human Ego
IV. Discipline and Practice: The Path to the Higher Self 

Community Lecture on Science in the Waldorf School Curriculum
Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 p.m.

Austin Waldorf School Recital Hall

Roberto Trostli has been active in Waldorf education since 1981 as a class teacher, high school teacher, adult educator, author, and lecturer

Roberto received his BA from Columbia University and his MA from the University of Cambridge, England.  After working as a violinmaker, Roberto taught for 10 years at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, which he had attended as a child. Then he moved to Hadley MA, where he worked for 18 years, first as a class teacher from grades 1 – 8, and then as the founder and director of the Hartsbrook High School. In 2009, Roberto moved to Virginia, where he resumed class teaching at Richmond Waldorf School.

Roberto has worked as a pedagogical consultant and has lectured and offered workshops internationally. He codirected the parttime teacher training in Sunbridge College, NY and served as the Director of the Waldorf Research Institute.  Roberto was a member of the Pedagogical Section Council for 10 years, and helped with the restructuring of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

Robertos written works include numerous articles and plays.  In addition to Rhythms of Learning, he edited Teaching Language Arts in the Waldorf School and Establishing a Circle of Collaborative Spiritual Leadership. Roberto recently published a book on the work of the faculty called Thy Will Be Done: The Task of the College of Teachers in Waldorf Schools. Early in his career, Roberto became interested in science teaching, and he wrote Physics is Fun!, which has been revised and reissued as Physics the Waldorf Way.


Creative Living with the Young Child: The First Four Years and Beyond, with Carol Toole
Three Saturday Mornings February 9, 16, 23 2019
9:30 am -12:00 noon
Fee: $135.00 individual; $200 per couple includes booklet, materials, refreshments, and future mailings of a seasonal packet

Young children are wellsprings of life forces. These forces are seen bubbling forth in their inquisitiveness and enthusiasm, and in their phenomenal physical growth. They manifest in the child’s playful efforts to overcome gravity and to stand upright, to master speech and to light up with the beginnings of thought. We will discuss how to protect these forces, allowing healthy language, sensory and motor development. Participants will create a simple first doll as well as learn activities, rhymes, stories and song to uplift daily routines. This workshop is for adults only, though nursing infants (not yet crawling) are welcome. It is highly recommended for parents interested in Waldorf education for their child’s school years, or anyone who wishes to understand the nature of childhood. Carol Toole began Waldorf Early Childhood Training in 1980. She has since been a teacher of all ages, a storyteller, parent educator; and always a student!

Call 512-288-5942 x 236 for more information and to register for this class.

“The students seem to all love each other - through the years as they transform from kindergarteners into high school. I am so proud of my Waldorf family”