Leading with Spirit is a professional development program designed to support administrative leadership in Waldorf Schools and Collaborative Institutions across the continent. It includes three one-week summer intensives that can be taken separately or as part of a two-year part-time program with mentoring, research projects, independent study, and participation in online collegial seminars.
Cost for the complete certificate program over three summers and two years is $4500 and includes the three summer sessions, ongoing professional mentoring and independent research support.
The fee for each summer week taken separately is $650 plus a $50 registration fee.
“Without the experience, resources and ongoing support, I have had from this program,
I don’t think I would have survived the last six months.
In so many ways, personally and professionally,
it has helped me learn, grow and be successful.”
Program participant 2017
The three-week series is outlined on our program page.
Here are our offerings for next summer.
The Art of Administration and Leadership in Waldorf Schools:
Working Together in Community
Dialogue in Human Encounter
Group Roles and Team Development
Decision-making, Consensus, and Facilitation
Understanding, Embracing and Transforming Conflict
Developing Community Dialogue over Time
This intensive is being offered on both the East and West Coasts next year.
Whidbey Island, WA July 2019
with Marti Stewart, Michael Soule and guest artists.
Contact Michael Soule at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alkion Center, Hawthorne Valley School, Ghent, NY July 2019
with Lisa Mahar, Michael Soule, Mara White and guest artists.
Contact Lisa Mahar at email@example.com
The summer intensive in Ann Arbor, MI is being redeveloped at this time.
Waldorf Schools work with a new pedagogy based on a holistic, age-appropriate image of child development. They also practice a new form of community life in which teachers, administrative staff, and parents are partners in developing the community of the school. The working together of these three groups in the life of the school requires insight, social sensitivity, and competence so that the school can be healthy and best serve the needs of the children. This new professional development course offers teachers, administrators, board members and parents an opportunity to reflect on and work with the challenges of building a Waldorf School Community that is vibrant, innovative and effective while honoring the unique contributions of each member of the community.
The summer intensives are based on the successful certificate and Master’s Program in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development offered at Sunbridge College between 1991 and 2008.
Each summer seminar can be taken on its own but, when taken in sequence, the seminars will build a deeper capacity for serving the community of Waldorf education.
(see about us page for more background)
Mara D. White Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay, Director of School
Marti Stewart Administrative Director, City of Lakes Waldorf School
Sian Owen-Cruise, Ph.D. High School Coordinator, Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor
Michael Soule, MA Administrator (retired), Whidbey Island Waldorf School
Lisa Mahar, MA, Lead Administrator (retired), Monadnock Waldorf School
Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D. Author, Consultant, Past Faculty Member, Sunbridge College
Full Program Option and Cost
The full program runs over two years with a week-long intensive each of three summers, a requirement to attend two-weekend courses each year (paid for separately), an independent study and research project each year, mentoring from program faculty and professionals in the field and ongoing online contact with a cohort group. Participation in the full program provides the participant with the widest range of course experience and personal support.
Completion of the full program leads to a Certificate in Administrative Leadership.
The cost of the full program is $4500
Partial Program Option Available
The program may also be taken in parts. Summers intensives, weekend seminars, and professional mentoring support are available separately.
Join the program in one of our locations this Summer and further your journey
For more information and to register
“Seek the real practical life but seek it in a way that does not blind you to the spirit working in it. Seek the spirit, but do not seek it from spiritual egoism, from spiritual greed but look for it because you want to apply it unselfishly in practical life, in the material world. Make use of the ancient principle: spirit is never without matter, matter never without spirit.” – Rudolf Steiner