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!

Firmness, Fairness, and Consistency

Tuesday February 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall

You are invited to join Dorit Winter  as she shares insight from her newest book,  Train a Dog, Raise the Child: A Practical Primer. She is a master teacher visiting classes in the school and the lecture will provide a humorous and insightful look at how to navigate modern parenting which gives guidance for raising children that is helpful for parents, caregivers and teachers. 

Dorit began her teaching career in 1969. She has taught extensively in Waldorf schools 5th through 12th graders. She spent 25 years as founding Director and lead teacher of Waldorf teacher training programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. No longer attached to any particular institution, Dorit continues to be active as teacher, mentor and consultant, giving lectures and providing workshops. One of her books, The Art and Science of Teaching Composition is used by Waldorf teachers far and wide.

About Train a Dog, Raise the Child:
Although her dog, Scamp, is the lead actor in this book, it is not a book about dogs. Children are the real focus, and the content is addressed to their grown-up handlers—the parents and teachers who guide them out of their blissful state of infant irresponsibility, through the challenges of childhood, and into their own unique, self-determined biographies. Training dogs and raising humans have startling areas of congruence.  This book is an attempt to convey those lessons and their applications to school, home, and most significantly, life. 

The First Four Years, with Carol Toole
Three Saturday Mornings February 10, 17, 24 2018
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.

 Time Crisis/Healing Time-The Spoken Word in our Lives with Helen Lubin
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
This event is free for parents of students currently enrolled at AWS. Guests are welcome to make a donation at the door.

‘Time stress’ challenges our health and well-being. Through speech, one of the ‘time’ arts of Waldorf education, we can befriend time, receiving its support and vitality. This vitality of the spoken word can form, confirm, and free the growing human being. The light, warmth, spark and meaning that can live in this uniquely human capacity contributes to sustaining us in our humanness. During this Saturday presentation, practice and conversation, we will explore our way towards an understanding of how speech makes a crucial contribution to the healthy development of the growing human being and is an integral part of Waldorf education.

Speech artist/educator Helen Lubin has taught at Rudolf Steiner College for 25 years. She has also created the project Speech Arts In Waldorf Schools In North America (now in its 23rd year), an initiative dedicated to cultivating the speech component integral to Waldorf education. This takes place through school visits of one to several weeks annually to North American Waldorf schools, providing professional development for teachers, work with classes, individual students, and parent lectures and workshops. Helen also works with children and adults in private practice; teaches in various Waldorf teacher education programs; has a background in curative education; and has worked as a freelance editor and translator.

“Waldorf education develops creativity, critical thinking, and analytical processing. A connection with nature and a sense of community are also nurtured. It is a well-rounded educational experience.”