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 this summer.

The Art of Administration and Leadership in Waldorf Schools:

Understanding the Social and Spiritual Foundations 

School, Organization and the Image of the Human Being
The Dynamics of School Governance
Leadership in a Collaborative Spiritual Organization
The Healing Social Life: Working Together

This intensive is being offered on both the East and West Coasts this year.

Whidbey Island, WA  July 8-13, 2018 
with Marti Stewart, Michael Soule and guest artists.

     Contact Michael Soule at mhsoule@gmail.com

Alkion Center, Hawthorne Valley School, Ghent, NY July 17 (eve), July 18-22, 2018
with Lisa Mahar, Michael Soule, Mara White and guest artists.

        Contact Lisa Mahar at lisamahar5@gmail.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.

Core Faculty

(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, PhD 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

Program Advisor

Christopher Schaefer, PhD 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 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

Please click here to register for the program. 

 Program Sponsors and Locations

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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


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