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
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
TYPICAL DAILY SCHEDULE
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
(see about us page for more background)
Mara D. WhiteDirector (retired), Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay
Marti StewartAdministrative Director, City of Lakes Waldorf School
Sian Owen-Cruise, Ph.D.School Administrator, Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor
Michael Soule, MAAdministrator (retired), Whidbey Island Waldorf School
Lisa Mahar, MA,Administrator (retired), Monadnock Waldorf School
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.
$800 (US or CDN) for first participant from your school
Cost for the complete certificate program
The ONLINE COURSE OPTION will be held again this year.
with Lisa Mahar and Michael Soule
Registration Application Process
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:
For returning students (summer sessions only):
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Agreements
To register for a single week or the full program, send a check to
Single week program fee:
Full 2-year program fee is $1200/year
in addition to the three summer intensives
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 www.soundcirclecenter.org