Valley of the Sun Waldorf Education Association offers the following lectures and workshops for the 2015-16 School Year.

Tue Sep 22, 6:30-8pm, A Look at the Waldorf High School with Betty Staley

Open to all parents, but will be of particular benefit to those with children in the middle school who will be facing decisions about high school in the near future.

Betty Staley directs the Waldorf High School Teacher Education at Rudolf Steiner College. A Waldorf educator for over 30 years at the kindergarten, elementary, high school & teacher training levels, she is a founder of the Sacramento Waldorf High School where she taught history & literature for 19 years.

Fri Oct 27-9pm, Emerson as the Forerunner of Anthroposophy in America with Rick Spaulding

Rick Spaulding received a BA in English from Harvard College & a M.Ed. from Loyola University. He taught in an elementary school for 7 years & high school English for 27 years. He also taught Waldorf teacher training courses in Chicago for 9 years. He has been conducting spiritual research for over 30 years & a public study group on the basic books of Rudolf Steiner for 32 years. Currently he resides in Chicago and is the co-author, along with Maurice York, of books on Emerson & the Founding Fathers.

Wed Oct 286:30-8pm, Curriculum Overview with DMS Faculty

Recommended for parents who have not attended a previous parent orientation.

Fri Nov 207-9pm, Food, Farming and Ecological Conscience: A Biodynamic Perspective with Robert Karp

Robert Karp is the executive director of the Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association & is a long-time social entrepreneur in the sustainable food & farming movement. Robert has helped start numerous innovative food projects, including community supported agriculture projects (CSAs), farmers’ markets, institutional buying projects & farmer-buyer-consumer alliances. He is also the founder of New Spirit Farmland Partnerships, LLC, which helps organic & sustainable farmers acquire farmland by linking them with ethical investors.

Wed Dec 26:30-8pm, The Spirit of the Holidays with Joan Treadaway

Joan Treadaway has a private practice in Prescott, AZ, in which she works as a Waldorf Remedial Therapist with children young adults, and counsels parents. She is a consultant to several Waldorf schools and lectures widely on themes of childhood today – working extensively in community development &  parent groups. She is a board member of the Association for Healing Education and very involved with the work of the Anthroposophical Society in America as a member of the Western Regional Council, and of the General Council.

Fri, Jan 16, 7-9pm, The Possibility of Karma & Reincarnation? with Michael D’Aleo

Michael D’Aleo sets out to explore the inquiry into the possibility of Karma and Reincarnation by investigating the origins of Eastern and Western thought. By looking through the lens of each of these spiritual streams, we will examine experiences in our own lives and observable threads in our children. From this, we can begin to form our own conclusions on this intriguing topic.  

Michael D’Aleo lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of science, education and environmental issues and is a founding member of the Saratoga Experiential Natural Science Research Institute (SENSRI) as the Director of Research. He was a co-founder of the high school at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs where he taught physical science and astronomy. Mr. D’Aleo is also an instructor of Waldorf School physical science teachers at The Center for Anthroposophy as well as a guest teacher at various teacher training institutions and Waldorf Schools. Mr. D’Aleo has a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Masters degree in Education.  Mr. D’Aleo is co-author of the book Sensible Physics Teaching, a guide for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade educators to teach physics in a manner relevant to the experience of the students. He is also the author of Embracing Materialism and Letting It Go – An experiential guide to overcoming an object-based world conception.

Sat Jan 16, 9-11am, Tree Trimming & Pruning Workshop with Erik Wilson

Join Arborist, Erik Wilson, from The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation, prune our school’s fruit orchard. Before we start we’ll have a tutorial on proper pruning techniques for stone fruits and apples/pears. This is a great opportunity to learn how to prune and help keep the school’s orchard happy and productive. Bring your sharp sterilized hand pruners, loppers or saws.

Sat Jan 23, 8:55am-2pm, Developing Humanity in a Digital Age, Part II with Dru Smith-Crain and Pax Piper. Free. RSVP Here.

Together we will explore and discuss the ways in which technology and social media impact our children’s ability to learn, connect, stay healthy and develop imagination.

Thu Feb 4, 6:30-8pm, Nurturing the Nurturers with Lee Sturgeon-Day

Practical, creative and healing ways of relieving stress while strengthening our ability to meet the challenges of caring for children in today’s world.

Lee Sturgeon-Day was born in England in 1941 and educated in England, Italy and France.  Lee is a counselor and adult educator, co-founder of the Center for Social Development, based on the work of Rudolf Steiner, and Lifeways for Healing Education. She has led workshops since 1975, and teaches in many Waldorf Teacher Training programs. In 1987 she was diagnosed with breast cancer.  Her book, A SLICE OF LIFE, describes her journey towards healing through anthroposophic medicine, notably mistletoe therapy, widely and successfully used in Europe and now FDA approved. Lee currently lives in California and still enjoys travelling widely.  She has a son, Adam, and two granddaughters.

Fri Mar 11, 7-9pm, The Mystery Dramas with Marke Levene

Orphaned at birth, Marke was adopted by a Hollywood prop man and his wife when he was three years old. His name was changed to Harvey Grant, and he became the leading child character actor from ages 5 to 19. He won selection to the History of Television Museum. After serving in the army, including one year in Vietnam, Marke decided against returning to Hollywood but pursued instead performing arts arising from the work of Rudolf Steiner. He did his Eurythmy training at the London School of Eurythmy. Marke created Portal Productions to tour the Mystery Dramas when he lived in England with his wife and daughter. He founded Lemniscate Arts to produce the New World Symphony Tour. Marke also created Enchantmints, a commercial brand of children’s products that are licensed to other companies.