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Western Waldorf Educators' Conference

Intuition: The Heart of Teaching

Presented By: Rudolf Steiner College
Days: Saturday, February 17 – Monday, February 19, 2018
Time: Starts at 8:30a on February 17
Price: $295 includes all supplies and lunch on Saturday and Sunday

February Conference – Intuition: The Heart of Teaching

Intuition helps us understand the social processes of health and illness in ourselves, our students and our communities – and how our behavior has effects far beyond ourselves.

The pinnacle of working through the seven life processes is the etheric heart;  the goal of the processes is to become creative – and Intuition is key!

Keynote Presenters

Dennis Klocek
As Director of RSC’s Consciousness Studies Program since 1992, Dennis is engaged in research, teaching, and writing in many fields, including color therapy, meditation, embryology, alchemy, and sensory transformation. His latest book, Esoteric Physiology, discusses hidden life forces and processes that sustain us and can lead to the development of health and renewal through consciousness.





Steven Johnson, D.O.
In clinical practice for 21 years, Steven is currently the president of the Physicians Association for Anthroposophical Medicine.  He has been a consultant for several Waldorf schools, health organizations and Camphill communities and believes in an integrative model of health care. Dr. Johnson is currently working on an initiative to re-define public health and create a new culture of health.



Nerve and Blood – Physiology of Learning:
Explore the physiological issues that are the basis for sensory integration challenges, with suggestions for building lessons that support integration of sense experiences and cognition.

The Thinking Heart – Psychology of Learning:
This involves an understanding of the human being as a spiritual entity. Suggestions will be given for inner work exercises for teachers that can enhance an understanding of human consciousness.


Leading with our Hearts into our Emerging Future:
The outer and inner processes of the world meet in the mystery temple of the heart. Learning to listen to what speaks there connects us with courage, empathy and love to our deeper human essence and our emerging karma.  This beginning of an etheric consciousness also grants us the ability to develop true empathy and the power to heal ourselves and our fellow human beings. The modern world distracts us from cultivating these faculties if we do not awaken to our true humanity and capacities for spiritual knowledge.  As we awaken the cognitive powers of the heart we will learn how to better educate and heal our children and impact their health and quality of life far into adulthood. The thinking heart unlocks the salutogenic understanding we need to create a new culture of health for the future.


Each workshop is a series of four sessions, two each afternoon on Saturday and Sunday, with one or more topics and activities to be explored. Attendees will select one workshop during the registration process.

Becoming Healers by Awakening the “Healer” Within! (Steven Johnson, D.O.)

Over the course of this workshop we will explore the process of salutogenesis, and how we define and create health. We will explore physiological and medical paradigms of the threefold human being with a particular focus on how to strengthen the forces of heart and the rhythmic system. We will discuss how to enhance the healing forces of warmth and  the “seven life processes” in our life and work, including case studies when possible.   In each session we will experience different plant substances by demonstrating several external applications and learning about their practical applications.   Rudolf Steiner suggested that experiencing substances in this way brings us close to an intuitive experience of the etheric forces.  We will use plant oils that could potentially be recommended in the classroom or for home health.

Teaching and the Human Subtle Bodies (Dennis Klocek)

Rudolf Steiner gives a picture that it is the life body of the kindergarten teacher that works on the physical body of the student and that it is the soul body of the teacher that works on the life body of the lower school student. This workshop will focus on exercises to experience what the difference between the physical, life and soul bodies is in human life and how an understanding of these differences can be a great aid in forming learning strategies for teachers.

  • Day 1: Physical Body and Literalness – Literalness the Scourge of Education. We will work with images that illustrate the various levels of consciousness needed to do creative problem solving. Exercises will include dyad sharing of metaphors and symbols, and the four elements of consciousness as problem-solving stages.
  • Day 2: The Soul Body and the Development of Cognitive Feelings:  Continuing with metaphor and symbol this workshop will expand on the four elements of consciousness to include entry into sleep states and the neurology of dreaming. Dyad work in problem solving will be the method for the session.

The Power of Form Drawing (Laura Embrey)

After 22 years of working with the power of the forms, Laura Embrey presents form drawing as a truly unique and transformative tool in the teaching shed. Learn how to develop the ability to communicate with the spiritual world via form and intuition. Come and find out the answer to the burning question of what the forms can do for you and your students. Draw and discover!

Participants: please bring your own colored pencils if you have a preferred set.

Empathy’s Role in Creating Social Engagement and Inclusion (George Hoffecker)

Sometimes our important task of bringing Waldorf Education to our students and parents in its most living and artistic way is disrupted by interpersonal conflicts among staff or between staff and parents. This oftentimes arises from judgments we make about each other, fixed positions on issues and concepts, or our untransformed sympathies and antipathies. If authentic connection breaks down between teachers and students or among school community members, division can grow and create misalignment between the school’s mission and its performance. We will learn how the practice of empathy can play a powerful role in reestablishing and sustaining connection and a sense of inclusion at all levels of organizational life. In our workshop, we will discover empathy’s role in creating connection and inclusion, drawing on Otto Scharmer’s U- model, David Cooperrider’s Appreciative Inquiry, and Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-Violent Communication.


Conference Schedule

Saturday, February 17

8:00 – 9:00a Registration
8:30 – 9:15a Singing with Christiana
9:30 – 11:00a Keynote with Dennis Klocek
11:00 – 11:30a Refreshments
11:30 – 1:00p Keynote with Steven Johnson
1:00p – 2:15p Lunch and Job Fair
2:15 – 3:45p Workshops
3:45 – 4:15p Refreshments
4:15p – 5:45p Workshops
5:45p – 6:45p Complimentary Social Hour

Sunday, February 18

8:00 – 9:00a First Class (Blue Card Required)
8:15 – 9:00a Singing with Christiana
9:15 – 10:45a Keynote with Steven Johnson, D.O.
10:45 – 11:15a Refreshments
11:15 – 12:45p Keynote with Dennis Klocek
12:45 – 2:15p Lunch and Job Fair
2:15 – 3:45p Workshops
3:45 – 4:15p Refreshments
4:15 – 5:45p Workshops

Monday, February 19

8:15 – 9:00a Singing with Christiana
9:15– 10:45a Keynotes with Dennis Klocek and Steven Johnson
10:45 – 11:15a Refreshments
11:15a- 12:45p Closing Plenum

Job Fair

Our job fair provides a forum for conference attendees and schools to meet and talk informally about full-time, part-time, volunteer, and internship opportunities. The fair is free for all conference attendees on Sunday and Monday during the 90-minute lunch breaks. The fee is $100 per school. For more information or if you would like to reserve a space at the job fair, contact Alena at 916 963 2500 or


Lunch on Saturday and Sunday is included in the conference fee for all attendees. Many of our ingredients are organic and locally sourced, some from our own biodynamic Raphael Garden. Please note – you will need to select your meal preference when registering:

  • Regular meals may include animal protein and dairy.
  • Gluten-free options will be based on our standard meals, but without gluten products. We are not a “certified” gluten-free kitchen. If you have several dietary restrictions or preferences, please make alternate plans for your meals.
  • Vegetarian meals have no animal-based proteins, but are not vegan and may include dairy and gluten products.


The hotels listed below have established a reduced rate with RSC. When you call, please be sure to let them know that you’re coming for an RSC event. All these hotels offer breakfast with the room. Please see the
Hotels page of our website for details.

Holiday Inn
11269 Point East Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA | 916 635 4040
Rudolf Steiner College’s preferred hotel choice!

Marriott Rancho Cordova
11211 Point East Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA | 916 638 1100

Fairfield Inn by Marriott
10745 Gold Center Drive
Rancho Cordova, CA | 916 858 8680

Best Western Plus
10713 White Rock Road
Rancho Cordova, CA | 916 631 7500


The conference fee is $295, which includes supplies and lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Workshops are limited, please register and select early. Payment methods include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, check, and purchase order. With modifications or changes to your registration, please contact us at

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With questions, please contact or 916 963 2500.


Other Presenters

Laura Embrey

Laura Embrey has worked with the forms as a class teacher, high school teacher, and in teacher training courses for the last 22 years. Her new books are the result of this work and the recurring question of her colleagues in the teacher training courses: “What are these forms for?” Laura has a Waldorf Teaching certification from Rudolf Steiner College, a California teaching credential, and a B.A. and M.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been a teacher for 36 years and now works at Camellia Waldorf School as pedagogical chair. She has published six books on form drawing and one novel.

George Hoffecker

An educator for 47 years, George was a class teacher at Live Oak Waldorf School for many years, principal of the first Waldorf-inspired charter school in the nation, principal of a charter high school, adjunct faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College, Director of Charter School Services for elementary school district and lectures on Waldorf education at schools throughout the West. He is co-founder of The Alliance for Public Waldorf Education and currently is a member of the Alliance’s advisory board.
His training with Marshall Rosenberg in Non-Violent Communication and with John Kinyon and Ike Lassiter in applying NVC to mediation and conflict resolution strategies is at the heart of his approach to establishing compassionate classrooms and faculties. In addition, David Cooperrider’s “Appreciative Inquiry” has deeply informed George’s approach to developing healthy social organizations. For the past several years he has been working as an educational and organizational consultant along with his wife Donna Burgess in their firm, Hoffecker Burgess Consulting.

Christiana Quick-Cleveland

Christiana started teaching music while she was still in elementary school, teaching her friends what she learned in her piano lessons. Now, 50 years later, teaching continues to be a passion.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in music, specializing in Vocal Performance. While singing has been the central thread in all her work, it has taken her in myriad directions: music educator, performing artist, director, producer, composer, and arranger. All of these skills served her well as a music specialty teacher in Waldorf classrooms from 2nd grade through high school. Her focus eventually shifted to adult education, curriculum development, and teacher support in her role as the Music Coordinator for Rudolf Steiner College.
She has an enthusiastic, high energy style and a great capacity to inspire people of all ages to discover their unique capacity for song. She presently focuses her work through her own business called Tiana Music Enterprises,, where she continues to provide possibilities for people seeking transformation through the musical arts.

Alice Stamm

Alice has been doing eurythmy since 1974, working with children and adults in both pedagogical and therapeutic eurythmy. She retired eight years ago but continues to enjoy working with young children in both private and public schools in the Sacramento-Davis area. Her passion is enabling teachers and children to find sources of strength, health and joy in artistic movement, both in eurythmy and integrative modalities.


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