The Art of Administration Training Program

Artwork by Michael Pinchera

2 year Program in Administration, Leadership and School Development

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 monthly mentoring, research projects, independent study, and participation in online collegial seminars.

“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

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.

Program Description and Content

FULL PROGRAM: Three summer sessions, monthly class calls to explore emerging topics, four weekend workshops, Mentoring, Independent Research, Online Cohort Support

Understanding the Social and Spiritual Foundations

  • School and the Image of the Human Being

  • The Dynamics of School Governance

  • Leadership in a Collaborative Spiritual Organization

  • The Healing Social Life: Working Together

Working Together in Community

  • Dialogue in Human Encounter

  • Group Roles and Team Development

  • Decision-making, Consensus and Facilitation

  • Understanding Conflict

  • Developing Community Dialogue over Time

Deepening Principles, Roles and Practices

  • Self-Administration and Collaboration

  • Phases of Administrative Development and Administrative Leadership

  • Our Dialogue with the World: Marketing, Enrollment, Finance and Development

  • A New Imagination for Partnership: Administration, Board and Faculty Relationships



Each day will consist of presentations, case work, artistic work and a seminar on inner development.

8:30-10:30 Singing, Verse and Morning Presentation

10:30-11:00 Morning Break

11:00-12:00 Case Study Work in Groups

12:00-12:30 Biography Conversations

12:30-1:45 Lunch Break

1:45-2:30 Case Study and Group work – session 2

2:30- 3:30 Painting and Observation or other arts.

3:30-4:00 Afternoon Break

4:00-5:00 Inner Development Seminar

5:00-5:30 Singing and Review of the Day

Core Faculty

(see about us page for more background)

Mara D. White

Director (retired), Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay

Marti Stewart

Administrative Director, City of Lakes Waldorf School

Sian Owen-Cruise, Ph.D.

School Administrator, Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

Michael Soule, MA

Administrator (retired), Whidbey Island Waldorf School

Lisa Mahar, MA,

Administrator (retired), Monadnock Waldorf School

Program Advisor

Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D.

Author, Consultant, Past President of 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 $4800

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

Next course: Summer 2023

These courses will be held in person

and in a shortened online course.

Art of Administration in the

Evolving Waldorf School:

Presentations, Case Studies, Discussion Groups,

Inner Development, Artistic Work, Group Work

Summer 2023 course info coming soon



$800 (US or CDN) for first participant from your school

discount for each additional participant available

plus a one time $50 application fee per participant.

Cost for the complete certificate program

$4900 including

three summer sessions,

ongoing professional mentoring

monthly class seminars

independent research support.


The ONLINE COURSE OPTION will be held again this year.

July 18-22

This course will be a condensed version

of our in-person intensive, M-F 9- 3:00 Pacific with breaks.

with Lisa Mahar and Michael Soule

The fee for the Online summer week $500 (USD or CDN)

Discounts available for multiple participants from a single school


Registration Application Process

(registration form here)

You may register to participate in one of this summer’s intensives or you may decide to register for the whole two-year program which includes ongoing class meetings and professional mentoring, research projects and a certificate in Waldorf School Administration. Participants in the one-week summer intensive may still join the full program after the first week.

For the summer program only, please submit a letter including the information below with a $50 application fee made out to SCC to Michael Soule, 130 5th St. A202, Langley, WA 98260

For the full two year program, please submit a letter including the information below with a $100 application fee made out to SCC plus the following documents by mail to Michael Soule, 130 5th St. A202, Langley, WA 98260

Application should include: Name Address City State Zip Email Phone Current School or organizational affiliation Position

Location you are applying for: East Coast West Coast Online

For new students:

A brief one page description of your experience with and relationship

to Waldorf education and Anthroposophy

A short statement about why you would like to join this course

A resume

For returning students (summer sessions only):

A brief description of the major successes and challenges of your year, along with burning questions you are holding.



Tuition, Fees, and Financial Agreements

Course Registration:

To register for a single week or the full program, send a check to

Sound Circle Center

PO Box 15279 • Seattle WA • 98115

or contact us for online payment options

Single week program fee:

$800 tuition plus $50 registration fee

due with application.

Discounts available for additional participants from your school each plus $50 registration fee

Full 2-year program fee is $1200/year

in addition to the three summer intensives

plus $100 registration due with application

Payment options available

Tuition for the first summer week-long intensive may be applied to the whole program if a student decides to join the program after completing the first week.


The registration fee is non-refundable.

Course fees cannot be refunded within two weeks of the start date of the course. A $100 fee (in addition to the registration fee) will be charged and the tuition may be applied to the following year.

If a student is not able to continue in the full program, tuition will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.

Discounts: We have made every attempt to offer this program at the least possible cost. No scholarships are currently available.

Other financial questions may be directed to Michael Soule at

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

Leading with Spirit Art of Administration training program is a collaboration with Sound Circle Center for Arts and Anthroposophy in Seattle. Sound Circle is a recognized teacher training institute with the Association of Waldorf Schools of N. America. For more information about Sound Circle and its programs please visit them at

LWS FLYER Summer 2022 Online