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Western Waldorf Educators' Conference

The Rhythm of Inspiration

Presented By: Rudolf Steiner College
Days: Sunday, February 19 – Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: Starts at 8a on February 19
Price: $285 includes all supplies and lunch each day

February Conference: The Rhythm of Inspiration

Our teaching is fundamentally affected by inner and outer rhythms of life. Through these rhythms, children come to know the world and their place in it. Our awareness and skillful use of rhythmic processes provides a remarkably effective tool for meeting today’s personal and pedagogical challenges. In this conference, we will explore numerous, often subtle facets of rhythm, engage their inner and outer aspects, and activate new approaches to awaken and renew their influences in the classroom.

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 weather, gardening, color therapy, meditation, embryology, alchemy, and sensory transformation. He is the author of Bio-Dynamic Book of Moons, Weather and Cosmology, Drawing from the Book of Nature, Seeking Spirit Vision, The Seer’s Handbook: A Guide to Higher Perception, and Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics. From his latest book, Esoteric Physiology, Dennis will discuss hidden life forces and processes that sustain us, in order to deepen our foundation for understanding the rhythms of sleep and awakening that can lead to the development of health and renewal through consciousness.

 

 

Kris Boshell

Kris is Co-Director of RSC’s Remedial Educational Support Program. She graduated in Grades and Remedial Education at RSC and received an MA in Depth Psychology from Sonoma State University. Her work as an Educational Support teacher includes independent consulting for private and chartered Waldorf schools. She is a full-time Educational Support teacher and Grade School Level Chair at the Chicago Waldorf School. Kris works with rhythmic movement exercises on a regular basis with her students, which reduce attention and behavioral issues in the classroom. We will practice them as she provides illustrations about remediation.

 

Keynotes

CONSCIOUSNESS AND PHYSIOLOGY LECTURE SERIES

The Art of Dreaming (Dennis Klocek)
Studies have shown the importance of dreaming and its role in well being and health in recharging the mind and revitalizing the body. We will explore the role of dream sequences in consolidating short-term memories into biographical insights and how these healing impulses can be enhanced through exercises designed to stimulate awareness of shifts in levels of consciousness. Methods related to the beneficial practice of thinking backwards for teaching will be featured.

Sacred Sleep (Dennis Klocek)
In deep sleep, we rejuvenate and return to pure awareness. We will address methods of strengthening the ability to form and dissolve inner images as a preparation for stabilizing rhythmic sleep/wake cycles. We will also discuss techniques for developing living picture thinking with exercises to enhance teaching capacities.

Forming Healing Ritual (Dennis Klocek)
Rudolf Steiner indicated that the human ability to “create out of nothing” was the most important human faculty. A necessary adjunct to the healing process is ritual work to anchor and integrate soul stabilization. We will address the use of symbolic thinking to create ritual moments where we can absorb creative forces from higher sources in order to “create out of nothing.”

EXPERIENTIAL LECTURE SERIES

Rhythmic Movement on the Path to Becoming Conscious (Kris Boshell)
Rhythm is the key to understanding how transformation and mastery can develop. We will focus on indications of the structural physical path towards uprightness and our relationship to space, as well as movement and how to work with those patterns at school and at home. Observation and interventions, plus an introduction to rhythmical movements to address early movement patterns will be demonstrated and practiced for use with individuals, small and large groups. Come dressed for movement. Bring a yoga mat or small blanket for floor work.

Getting to the Source of Behavior and Learning Differences (Kris Boshell)
As an introduction to Steiner’s developmental “pictures,” this lecture will include the human being as a sum total of the senses and a three-dimensional orientation to the Earth via supersensible currents. We will focus on their practical use to aid observation and get to the source of students’ behavior and learning differences. Rhythm as the agent of transformation of the structural physical will also be discussed. Come dressed for movement. Bring a yoga mat or small blanket for floor work.

Transformation and the Educator (Kris Boshell)
As an educator, inner and outer work is important. Should we be working on the structural physical as we are standing before youth as representatives of the modern human being? How do we continue the work of self-transformation as an educator, while supporting transformation in one’s students? We will address these two questions with methods and movement. Come dressed for movement. Bring a yoga mat or small blanket for floor work.

Workshops

Each workshop is a series of four sessions, before and after lunch on Sunday and Monday, with one or more topics and activities to be explored. Attendees will select one workshop during the registration process.

Physiology, Imagination, and Creativity (Dennis Klocek)

  • The Physiology of Learning Challenges & the Neurology of Morality – part 1 of 4
    Focusing on stimulus-response patterns in learning situations, we will work with an exercise known as “the crucible” to observe emotions that arise when symbolic sensory events occur in social contexts. These observations are the core of moral imagination.
  • The Role of Sleep in Education – part 2 of 4
    We will explore alchemical imagery that may be ambiguous in exercises that amplify the soul’s power to modify images. Rudolf Steiner calls this ability to modify images “flexibility of soul.” Strengthening this power enables sustained engagement with teaching demands and minimizes burnout.
  • Living Picture Imagination – part 3 of 4
    To develop living picture imagination we will use exercises for establishing creative silence, which is known as “ripeness” in psychology. To create ripeness we will use an exercise in gratitude that promotes dialogue with the higher self, the source of all healing solutions. We will also discuss techniques for developing living picture thinking with exercises to enhance teaching capacities.
  • Creative Silence – part 4 of 4
    Silence leads the soul into higher states of consciousness, where most people meet the higher self or guardian. We will focus on exercises exploring the speech of the guardian. Meeting the guardian helps one understand how challenges and gifts in personality are linked. This interaction develops strength through insight and is available to all.

Rhythmic Movement on the Path to Becoming Conscious (Kris Boshell)

  • Working Rhythmically with Paintings from the Extra Lesson – part 1 of 4
    Each participant will complete two painting series while gaining the experience of working in a large group or a classroom setting. All of the paintings from each series will be completed in one sitting that would typically be done with students over the course of several weeks. Practical applications will be discussed. Come dressed for movement.
  • Supportive Exercises for Drawing – part 2 of 4
    Specific forms and other drawing exercises will be practiced on paper and chalkboard as participants understand the experience of the student in a classroom setting. Hand warm-up exercises and techniques for introducing such work to large groups of students will be included. All steps will be completed in one sitting that would typically be done with students over the course of many sessions. Come dressed for movement.
  • Developmental Movement with Large Groups – part 3 of 4
    Floor movements can be helpful to students of all ages. We will learn several movements with proper, archetypal form and then do them as a class. Participation is recommended for learning the exercises, but if physical impairments do not allow your participation, you are invited to watch or do those that you are able to do. Come dressed for movement.
  • The Importance of Technique with Balls, Rods, and Ropes – part 4 of 4
    Exercises using marbles, beanbags, balls, copper rods, and jump ropes often seem like a good idea, but can be challenging to bring to a group of students. Proper archetypal form is critical for these exercises to imprint. We will learn techniques for bringing these types of exercises to classes while simultaneously learning the proper archetypal form for the exercises. Be ready to share your successful techniques with the group. Come dressed for movement.

Enhance and Energize with Transformative Movement (Justin Ganz)

You can personally experience a better sense of ergonomics in your body, the efficiency and grace of your movement, as well as enhancing and energizing yourself. Part of transformative movement methods are based on observations, engagement, behaviors and patterns of movement of the natural world. These experiences will be transformed into activities, which will include circus arts, parkour, rhythm, nature play, Bothmer Gymnastics, and Spacial Dynamics. Come dressed for movement – shirts that can be tucked in are recommended.

Unlocking Potential Within a Tree Branch (Todd White) Limit 10 people

By building an understanding of the inner lawfulness of how a tree grows, we can unlock its potential. This workshop will be an opportunity to make spoons and spatulas from freshly cut green wood. Participants must wear proper shoes or boots for safety.

Finding Artistic Inspiration in Nature (Kim Manka-White) Limit 12 people

As Waldorf teachers we strive to guide our students to develop artistically. By choosing an inspiration from nature, such as a stone, leaf, or a flower, we will explore various techniques such as drawing, watercolor painting, collage and stitching to reflect these natural forms and create a sampler of ideas and processes that can be used in the classroom.

Seasonal Rhythms in the Garden (Jim Bowen) Limit 12 people

Participants will learn the best times to sow seeds, transplant seedlings, cultivate, and fertilize, as well as working with biodynamic preparations. Our focus will be on practical work in Raphael Garden, and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Recommended reading: Culture and Horticulture by Wolf Storl and Stella Natura 2017 Calendar. Come prepared for all weather – bring wet gear including rain boots.

Working in Rhythm with Copper (Keith Gelber) Limit 10 people

Copper is one of the most important metals mentioned by ancient historians. Historians say that Cadmus discovered it and taught its application to his countrymen. In the mystic nomenclature of alchemists, copper is known as Venus, the sacred goddess of Cyprus. We will start with a square of copper, and then cut out a circle to begin the process of raising the copper in to a vessel or bowl. This project is difficult yet rewarding and fun. We learn through the experience with copper that rhythm does indeed replace power. Jeans and closed toed shoes are required for safety.

The Dynamic Process of Soap and Salve Making (Jessica Ganz) Limit 10 people

We will work with ingredients from the natural world in the dynamic process of soap and salve making, and also learn the basic principles, ingredients, and tools that are involved, such as herbs, essential oils, waxes, lye, and fixed oils. Experience how essential oils and herbs can be our allies for wellbeing and improved self-care. We will create aromatherapy blends and Everyone will get to take home their wonderful creations. Wear or bring long sleeved shirts and closed toed shoes for safety.

Conference Schedule

Sunday, February 19

8a – 9a Registration
8:30a – 9a Singing
9a – 10:30a Keynote with Dennis Klocek
10:30a – 11a Refreshments
11a – 12:30p Workshops
12:30p – 2p Lunch and Job Fair
2p – 3:30p Workshops
3:30p – 4p Refreshments
4p – 5:30p Keynote/Interactive with Kris Boshell
5:30p – 6:30p Complimentary Social Hour

Monday, February 20

8:30a – 9a Singing
9a – 10:30a Keynote with Dennis Klocek
10:30a – 11a Refreshments
11a – 12:30p Workshops
12:30p – 2p Lunch and Job Fair
2p – 3:30p Workshops
3:30p – 4p Refreshments
4p – 5p Meristem Interactive Panel
5p – 6:30p Keynote/Interactive with Kris Boshell

Tuesday, February 21

8:30a – 9a Singing
9a – 10:30a Keynotes with Dennis Klocek and Kris Boshell
10:30a – 11a Refreshments
11a- 12:30p Closing Plenum
12:30p – 1p Lunch

Meristem Interactive Panel

Come ask questions of veteran Waldorf teachers who now instruct practical arts exclusively with autism spectrum students. Many students in our classrooms today have exceptional needs. Meristem teachers will share their most successful practices in the classroom. Meristem students’ neurological, psychological, and emotional development are similar and relevant to Waldorf students. RSC President Edmund Knighton and Meristem President Elisabeth Johnson will emcee what promises to be a lively question and answer panel.

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 Denise at 916 963 2500 or conf@steinercollege.edu

Meals

Lunch 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 you choice 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.

Hotels

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.

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

Registration

To register, go to www.febconf.com

The conference fee is $285, which includes supplies and lunch each day. 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 conf@steinercollege.edu.

Contact

With questions, please contact conf@steinercollege.edu or 916 963 2500.

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