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Freeing the Will

  • Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm 655 Willowside Road Santa Rosa, CA, 95401 United States (map)

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A Research Conference for Waldorf teachers with
Florian Osswald and Jon McAlice

The will is the most mysterious of all aspects of the human soul. It is also the most individual. During the conference we want to try and develop a new understanding of the nature of the will while at the same time exploring shifts in educational practice that allow the will of the individual child to grow into its own, to grow strong.

FlorIan Osswald, from the Pedagogical section of the Goetheanum, and Jon McalIce, co-founder of the Center for Contextual Studies will lead us through a series of exercises and conversations focused on gaining a better understanding of the cultural forces shaping student’s lives today. We will approach the riddle of the will in this context, exploring individual engagement and the intimate relationship between freedom and responsibility.

Florian Osswald first studied process engineering. After training as a curative teacher in a Camphill organization in Scotland, he attended the teacher training seminar in Dornach. He worked as upper school science and mathematics teacher at the Bern Rudolf Steiner School for 24 years and has been active internationally as pedagogical advisor. Since the beginning of 2011, Florian Osswald has been leading the Pedagogical Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach together with Claus-Peter Röh.

Jon McAlice is a co-founder of the Center for Contextual Studies. His research in contemporary education (contextualization, the experience of meaning, the role of self-directed activity in learning) has born fruit throughout the Waldorf educational movement in the growing recognition of the significance of direct experience in the learning process.

Renate Lundberg and Robin Bliss-Wagner will be lead us in Eurythmy and fire-building.

MEALS ARE INCLUDED in the conference fee. This includes snacks, as well as lunch and dinner on Sunday and Monday.

THE CONFERENCE FEE has been calculated to cover the cost of hosting the conference including meals.  The fee is set at $250 if you register on or before January 30, $275.00 after that. No one should feel as though they are prohibited from attending due to finances. For this reason we have a reduced fee options available on the website until January 30. We would be happy to extend a discount to any school planning to send four or more colleagues to the conference, please contact us.

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