WALDORF EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA 2018 Pacific Northwest Conference — Feb 16–18, 2018 — Whidbey Island, WA
Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna
Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna is a pediatrician with a specialty in neonatology and a special interest in autism. She directed a neonatal intensive care unit for 15 years and now runs a curative center for special needs children in Hyderabad, South India. Co-founder and president of the Anthroposophical Medical Society in India, she has worked extensively in India and Australia as a lecturer and health educator, particularly within school communities.
Michael Kokinos is a physiotherapist with a clinical practice in Australia, Blue Sky Therapies, specializing in craniosacral work. He has worked extensively on innovative health care projects with government and Aboriginal leaders in the remote North of Australia, and visits India regularly, mainly to support families of autistic children and conduct joint workshops with Dr. Lakshmi Prasanna for therapists, special educators and parents.
Aimee de Ney
Aimee de Ney spent her childhood playing in the woods of New England with her dolls, and carries this on as a Waldorf E.C. educator, doll maker, and puppeteer. After teaching in Waldorf schools in WA state since 2001, she founded her home program Bird Song Children's Garden in Olympia, WA in 2012, where she is grateful to celebrate the wonders of this life with the children in her care.
Aimee will be presenting a puppet play performance on Friday night. She will also be presenting a workshop in sessions A and B. Sign up for one or both.
Judith Adams is an English-born poet who has lived in the United States since 1976. Adams has published four books of poetry and recorded several albums of her work, and her poems have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies. Adams has taken poetry to patients at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and held readings at the Frye Art Museum and Third Place Books in Seattle. She has conducted poetry workshops for youth and adults, and worked as a teacher for children with disabilities in Waldorf schools.
Tim Bennet holds a B.A of Fine Arts from the University of Washington and a Certificate in Spacial Dynamics. He has worked in Waldorf education for three decades and is thrilled that he can take a class outside into the forest every day. Tim loves to go to the circus to see his children perform. Tim has recently returned from China where he worked with several Waldorf Kindergartens and lead workshops for over 50 aspiring male kindergarten teachers. Tim also gave talks and hosted discussion groups with fathers in the schools he visited.
Melissa Borden and Tim Bennett have worked as colleagues at the SWS for over 30 years. They have written and lectured in the Pacific NW on the subject of Boys. Melissa earned a B.A. in Drama and an M.A. in Textiles from the University of Washington, as well as a K-8 Teaching Certificate from the UW Department of Education. Melissa is passionate about protecting the magic in her students’ school life.
Sue Conlon was certified to be a public school shop teacher, and had a MA in EC educatioin, before she did her Waldorf Teacher Training in Spring Valley, NY, oh-so-long ago. She taught Shop at the Hawthorne Valley School in NY, before her family moved west in 2004. She built a preschool in her home in Portland, and has enjoyed being the teacher of 'Windsong Preschool' ever since. She is the mother of five lovely daughters, and the grandmother to two lovely little girls.
Bonnie has taught Eurythmy in several Waldorf Schools in the Early Childhood and Grades Programs, and enjoys teacher training and consultation work. Bonnie is currently the Pedagogical Chair at the Seattle Waldorf School. She completed her training at the Eurythmeum Stuttgart and lives on a biodynamic farm on Whidbey Island.
Cordula Hetland was born and raised in the northern part of Germany. Both her parents committed their lives to teaching and to Waldorf education. After graduating from 12 years of Waldorf school, she followed her heart to serve the young child. After receiving her teaching certificate, Cordula moved to Austria and opened her own Waldorf Kindergarten near Vienna in 1986. In addition to many years of teaching experience, Cordula brings her deep love and great capacity of the visual arts to the fore when working with the fiber arts. She has spent many years teaching classes to adults. Her creativity and joy of the arts shines through in all that she makes.
Kim Hunter worked in music/theatre for ten years before becoming a Waldorf early childhood teacher. She taught at the Vancouver Waldorf School for three years and then moved to Salt Spring Island in 1999 and founded A Child's Garden, an in home mixed-age class. In 2014 Kim released her film, Time to Play, made with the intent to address concerns she has about the ways in which our culture is meeting children in modern times, with the lofty goal of creating cultural change in this realm. In May of 2016 Kim received the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education and she has spent the last two years on-tour presenting her film and giving talks in colleges, universities, conferences, film festivals and to groups of parents/grandparents and caregivers.
Robyn Jones has been a Waldorf class teacher, movement teacher, and teacher trainer. She has a practice in massage and craniosacral therapy, and in Rhythmical Massage Therapy as developed by Drs. Ita Wegman and Margarethe Hauschka.
Gina is an award-winning poet, the author of Camino Divina- Walking the Divine Way: A Book of Moving Meditations with Likely and Unlikely Saints published by SkyLight Paths/Turner Publishing, and a national retreat leader covering topics from "Landscapes and Soulscapes" to "Shining Bridges: Creating Rites of Passage for Girls". She has been involved in Waldorf education for ten years and lives on Whidbey Island with her husband, Rick. She enjoys singing with their band, “Small Town Poets of Whidbey.”
Lynn joyfully brings developmental movement and speech plays to teachers, classrooms and parents in the US and Canada, Europe, Africa and India. Lynn apprenticed with Kundry Willwerth and is certified by the former international Ellersiek working circle in Stuttgart Germany.