Announcing: The Steiner Seminar

Posted On: 9/3/2018 9:47 AM

No day should pass in our human life without our receiving at least one thought that alters our nature a little, and enables us to develop instead of merely to exist.
– Rudolf Steiner

A weekly class exploring Anthroposophy, the philosophy behind Waldorf education,
with Melissa Merkling
10 Wednesday mornings between September 12 and December 19, 2018
8:30-10:30 AM
in the Handwork Room, lower level, Compass Hall

Explore new dimensions in your understanding and appreciation of Waldorf education and Anthroposophy, the modern spiritual path that underlies it. Reading Rudolf Steiner’s works is especially rewarding in a group; this class is open to seasoned students of Steiner and newcomers alike.

Participants are asked to buy their own copies of Steiner’s Learning to See Into the Spiritual World and Verena Stael von Holstein’s Nature Spirits and What They Say. We will also read other texts, including some fairy tales.

Our mission is to discover Steiner’s worldview, and to discover in our own lives the reality he describes. This requires expanding our awareness to include the invisible and inaudible, and seeking to experience the extent to which, without realizing it, we are already living in the soul and spirit worlds he describes.

Artistic practice is essential to this process, and the class incorporates various kinds of artistic work. Materials are included in tuition.

Please commit to attending every class, and to reading in preparation for each meeting. The class will meet Sept. 12, 26; Oct. 10, 17, 24; Nov. 7, 14; Dec. 5, 12, 19. The tuition of $200 is payable in advance at the first session; no partial payments or refunds. The Seminar will continue with another series starting in January.

If you are interested in joining, or for more information, please email

Melissa Merkling, HVWS founder and currently Educational Support Coordinator and Extra Lesson teacher, has been attending and leading Steiner study groups for twenty-five years. She is certified in Waldorf Early Childhood Education and has taught in the Early Childhood (6 years) and Grades (9 years) programs at HVWS, as well as serving as administrator (5 years), parent, and board member of the school. She attended the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City in grades K-12.


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