WALDORF EARLY CHILDHOOD ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA 2019 Pacific Northwest Conference — Feb 15–17, 2019 — Whidbey Island, WA
Rejuvenate with Loving Touch and Spacial Dynamics
Wilma Ellersiek created a body of work designed for the young child as an antidote to modern life which has robbed the young child and their families of healthy developmental opportunities. Her finger plays and movement include gesture, rhythm, rhyming verse and singing in the mood of the fifth. These games demonstrate great wisdom in supporting development of a healthy life sense. We’ll do a variety of games including loving touch, dancing hands, seasonal plays and delightful movement games. These plays may be included in your circles, festivals, movement journeys, or used as transitional pieces throughout the day with the children.
Finding Courage to Recognize Racism: How to equitably acknowledge race and celebrate differences in the Waldorf classroom
This is a 2 part workshop. Participants may attend both or either Workshop A and Workshop B.
Lets come together and learn how to lovingly liberate ourselves! In the first session we will use Theater of the Oppressed games to delve into an exploration of our own and our culture's paradigms around race and racism. The second session will include practical applications and small group discussions concerning the use of the Waldorf curriculum through an anti-bias lense. Let's critically examine our practices as teachers and support each other in creating classrooms that adequately support and represent all children.
Theater of the Oppressed is a playful way to explore the ways that we are all "actors" - choosing to take action (or not) in our daily lives in response to our experiences and surroundings. Through games and other somatic techniques, participants discover layers of assumptions and biases that inform personal actions and in-actions, with an overarching goal of "rehearsing" techniques that will effectively contribute to social change. Theater of the Oppressed is designed to allow for powerful and private transformation while in a supportive community setting.
We know children imitate us, and we use this knowledge well in our early childhood classes. But what if we can be even better models by working on our posture, the way we walk, the varied ways we might sit, and the like? In this session, William will share what he has learned from studying natural movement and from the detailed feedback he received when he had a natural movement specialist observe his movement very closely for an entire kindergarten morning. Please wear clothes that are comfortable to moving. We will be inside unless the weather is extremely mild. You may bring a yoga mat if that makes it more comfortable for you to spend some time on the ground. We will look for helpful imaginative pictures that might help us move better and more comfortably. This is not about perfection, but little steps to make things a little better.
Our collective work in a weekend can be so powerful, and yet the real work begins when we leave our conference and go back to our lives. This session is an opportunity to go deeper, integrate, ask, listen while we are all together.
Healthy encounters with others leave space for curiosity, interest, and open-mindedness. When we are pressed and stressed, it can be challenging for this space to arise.
Working with the sense of touch, and with the life sense, we will explore practical ways to care for ourselves, and to expand that middle space between ourselves and others, the space in which warmth arises.
The Sacred Tree's Unfolding Wisdom -- Renewing Ourselves through Art and Symbol
The symbol of the tree, almost more than any other, lifts us from the familiar to the divine, the mundane to the sacred. The Sacred Tree, or Tree of Life, may take many different forms, yet it is an archetypal symbol found in nearly every world culture. From its roots the Waters of Life flow, quenching the thirsty and rescuing the dying. All who drink from it's spring are Renewed. All who eat of its fruit are Revived. Perhaps never has there been a more important symbol to remember and reflect upon at this time in world history than that of the Sacred Tree. An experience through painting, come and explore this relevant and eternal symbol, its gifts, and message for our time. How does the Tree provide protection, shelter, nourishment, and wisdom in my own life? What are the Waters that I need to drink from to maintain my own health, balance and stay replenished? How can I better ground myself while simultaneously stretching for the stars? What other Life Symbols have emerged on my path and become important to me? Come join together in this exploration through the use of acrylic paints on canvas/paper!