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2023 Waldorf High School Summer Intensive: Thinking with Heart


July 17-21, 2023: IN PERSON

Location: Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, WI

Cost: $935

Register here (in-person course registration only)

July 24-28, 2023: ONLINE

Location: Virtual

Cost: $625

Register here (online course registration only)

*Course will be run twice - once in person and once online - please register for only one session*

Sessions will be held Mon-Fri throughout the day, with some evening sessions.

No program application required - please register above.

Courses have a minimum enrollment requirement of 10 participants

Course Description

Teens are overloaded with things to think about and they carry the weight of the world in their heart. Life for today's adolescent can be confusing, even crushing. Now, more than ever, teens need guidance in developing their powers of discernment and their capacity for empathy. As adults working with teens, how can we help them process all that’s coming at them? How can we help them think clearly and compassionately? What inner work must we do in order to meet them?


This 5 day intensive course will be offered separately online and in person, and is the first in a series of summer professional development offerings bringing together those who care about teaching teens in a transformative way. With the goal of Waldorf education to lead students "toward freedom," the high school is where they learn to take their first independent steps.


This course is intended for high school teachers, but also welcomes parents and administrators. 


Participants will explore:

  • Ways to instigate and challenge thinking in adolescents across a range of content areas

  • Foundational skills in high school pedagogy, including class planning, block design, and classroom dynamics

  • The art of the main lesson book and other age-appropriate assignments

  • Methods for deepening empathy for teenagers and the self

  • How to stretch themselves through artistic work

Instructors: Shawn Lavoie, Victoria Reyes, Juan Pablo Barillas

Volume Discounts:

VIRTUAL WEEK - $50 off each registration for schools sending 2 or more participants

IN-PERSON WEEK - $75 off each registration for schools sending 2 or more participants

Course Faculty

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