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Summer Intensive 2023

July 3 - July 21, 2023

2023 Summer Intensive Schedule

This three week intensive will be July 3 - 21. Classes are held Monday through Friday during the three week period and will require 8+ hours per day of time spent in class and completing assignments. Course sessions will begin daily (M-F) at 9:00 AM Central Time and end at 5:00 PM Central Time, with occasional evening sessions.

  • July 3-14: ONLINE - During the first two weeks, classes will be held virtually with Zoom sessions throughout the day.

  • July 17-21: IN PERSON* - During the third week, classes will be held in person in Pewaukee, WI.

COST: $1000 per course (Costs exclude administrative fees and any needed supplies.)

If you are interested in taking only one course without signing up for our program, we are able to do that as well. Please go here to learn more about taking our courses a la carte.

In-Person Location

Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee, WI

GLWI 2023 Graduation

Graduation will be held on July 21 at 3:00 PM Central Time at Prairie Hill Waldorf School in Pewaukee, WI. The graduation will also be streamed for remote attendance.


Travel and Lodging

Summer intensive participants are responsible for arranging their own lodging and transportation. 


Some lodging options are:

  • Campus housing in Caroline Hall Residence Hall at our affiliate Mount Mary University. This option is only open to students registered in the courses--no spouses, children, friends, or pets. Mount Mary University is 20 minutes away by car from Prairie Hill Waldorf School. Campus housing details:

    • Second floor room

    • Single occupancy in double rooms with private baths

    • Includes bedding

    • Not air-conditioned, but students may bring fans

    • $60 per night 

  • Airbnb/Hotel

  • Homestays - we will send details if/when these become available

  • Camping


Childcare Options

  • Prairie Hill Waldorf School offers two summer camp options: Summer Garden Camp for Ages 3-6 and Summer Forest Camp for grades 1-4.

  • The Waukesha YMCA offers specialty (i.e. dance, archery, etc.) as well as general activity day camps.

  • The Boys & Girls Club of Milwaukee also has a weekly summer day camp.

*To ensure success and accessibility for all participants, GLWI instructors and staff are committed to providing accommodations to the fullest extent possible. We are committed to supporting and accommodating individual needs and working in tandem with our students for successful outcomes.

In addition, our partner school, Mount Mary University, offers these accessibility services.

Summer Intensive Courses

Both Cohorts (EC and Grades)

EDU 630 Human Development Birth to 21

This course is designed for students to deepen their understanding of incarnation processes and child development through discovering Rudolf Steiner’s complex picture of the human being and learning his terminology as it is used in education. Participants will gain an understanding of the history and goals of Waldorf education, discover how the Waldorf curriculum can meet students’ needs, and share strategies that help children learn effectively.
Each session of this course will include participation in eurythmy exercises.


EDU 632 Artistic Work in Waldorf Schools: Essentials

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to artistic work in the Waldorf school, including: singing, music literacy; pentatonic flute; form drawing; crayon drawing; wet-on-wet watercolor painting; pastel drawing; board drawing; modeling with beeswax and clay; and handwork of yarn prep, knitting and crocheting. Students not only develop and refine their artistic skill, but work toward transformation and personal growth through the arts.
Each session of this course will include participation in singing and musical experiences.

Early Childhood Track

EDU 645 Essentials of a Waldorf Kindergarten

This course explores the essential pedagogical needs of children ages birth to seven.  Topics will include an overview of the developing child; importance of rhythm; nourishment for the senses; imitation; the value and balance of both play and work, and how the environment supports this; and the essential role of the teacher in this setting. Artistic and practical activities include circle development, lyre playing and singing, storytelling, painting, and seasonal crafts.


Grades 1-8 Track

EDU 631 Essentials of the Waldorf Grades 1-8 Class Teacher

The purpose of this course is for students to gain knowledge of the essentials of Waldorf teaching, grades 1-8. Classes will consist of group activities, lectures, conversations, and journal work. Instructors will present an introduction to the Waldorf teaching pedagogy, including: the three-fold lesson and the three-day cycle, working with living images, the art of storytelling, and creating student lesson books. Practical, hands-on work will include lesson planning with the year overview, block planning, and circle and lesson planning. There will be an introduction to classroom management as well as conversations on tending the class environment, nurturing relationships with colleagues and class parents, homework, testing/alternative assessment, and preparation for transitioning into high school.

In order to register, you must already have applied and been accepted into the GLWI program. If you have not already done so, please go to our admissions page to learn how to apply. If you wish to take a course from our program a la carte, see here. Further questions regarding admission and registration can be sent to our Admissions Coordinator, Kira Chard, at

If you would like to learn more about Waldorf teaching, teacher education at Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, or our application process, we invite you to fill out our Inquiry Formsign up for a meeting with our Director of Teacher Education, Monika Sutherland; or email or call Kira Chard, our admissions coordinator, at or

(414) 299-3820.

Non-Discrimination Statement: Great Lakes Waldorf Institute, Inc., encourages broad public support and participation in its management and activities, and shall not discriminate in any manner whatsoever against any person on the basis of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, or mental or physical handicap or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and any other programs. We are committed to reflecting the diversity of our society and creating space for historically excluded and underrepresented groups to participate in all aspects of the corporation's management and activities.

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