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.

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.


“I cannot express how wonderful it has been to see my brother experience a Waldorf education. Traditional schooling methods did not meet the way his mind works. His intellect and creativity were not nurtured or appreciated. He has flourished at Austin Waldorf.”