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 mhsoule@gmail.com

Alkion Center, Hawthorne Valley School, Ghent, NY July  2019
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, 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

Program Advisor

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

Please click here to register for the program. 

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


2 thoughts on “

  1. Michael,
    I will be sending you my application in next day or so. I would love to be considered for the home stay option, if here are enough hosts.
    I will be traveling alone this trip, my family will stay in California. I cannot access your last email to me, could you resend it to my director@wise-academy.org?
    It turns out I have been asked to become the full time Director at Wise, after 3 and 1/2 months as the interim Co Director, so I am almost certain my co director Daniella will not be applying to come along with me. I am very excited for this week and look forward to meeting what looks like a wonderful group. I have so much to learn and I am excited to learn it!!
    Thank you Michael,

  2. I am inquiring about your admin training available for the summer 2018. We are a public Waldorf Charter School in Phoenix Arizona that has been around for 22 years. Myself, Director of Business and a colleague, Director of Curriculum and Instruction are interested in attendings a session next summer. Thank you.

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