In collaboration with the faculty of the Summerfield Waldorf School in Santa Rosa CA, the Center for Contextual Studies will be facilitating a four-day workshop focusing on the metamorphosis of conceptual experience from early childhood through high school. The workshop will begin Friday evening, February 16, and end midday on Monday, February 19.
Under the guidance of Jon McAlice, we will be working towards a better understanding and richer experience of what Rudolf Steiner termed the path from a formative education through an enlivening education to an awakening of conceptual understanding in adolescence.
The Summerfield faculty has taken up this topic to strengthen colleagues’ awareness of the threads that lead from young children’s experience through the narrated encounter with the world in the lower grades to the challenge faced by high school students of coming to independent recognition of the lawfulness present in their own encounters with the world. It is a step towards a whole school consciousness. Ken Smith from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training will join us to work with clay sculpture.
The workshop is open to colleagues from other schools also interested in working towards more concrete insight into the Waldorf school as a living whole. It will consist of a dynamic mix of study, dialogue, artistic practice and individual exploration.