Explorations Online 2022

Deepen your understanding of the life of spirit through study, exercises in self-development, and the practice of the arts.

Deepen your understanding of the life of spirit through study, exercises in self-development, and the practice of the arts.

Program introduction

With its online format, this course in foundational studies is available to interested people from around the world. We are gratified that so many have been finding this course to be a meaningful and practical way to deepen their understanding of basic anthroposophy and the arts – while also having the opportunity to consider the contemporary issues facing us in our schools and society today. This foundational program fulfills entrance requirements for further teacher education programs.

What you'll experience

The spring session begins on 12 March 2022 and runs through 15 May. After a summer break, classes resume in September. Classes meet on weekends twice a month – Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. PT. Each class begins with 30 minutes of artistic work (speech/storytelling, movement, music, or pastel drawing), followed by contemplative studies on current themes, using anthroposophy as a method of inquiry. For schedule and topic details, see the Program Schedule section below.

Who should attend

The course is intended primarily for parents, administrators, and new teachers in public and independent Waldorf schools as well as those teaching children at home.

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Beverly Boyer

Course Liaison

We are now accepting registrations for our next cycle beginning March 12, 2022

Contact Beverly directly with questions about the program.

Interested in 2023?

Beverly Boyer Image

Beverly Boyer

Course Liaison

Contact Beverly directly with questions about the program.

What you'll explore

Click the toggle below for the schedule and session topics we’ll cover. 

We will meet on weekends twice a month — Saturdays and Sundays 12:00 — 2:00 ET, 9:00 — 11:00 PT.

Class Schedule for Explorations Online 2022-23
March 12 and March 26-27, 2022
Meditative Practices and Self-Development, with Bev Boyer, with a welcome from Torin Finser, speech with Debbie Spitulnik
April 9-10 and April 30-May 1
Practical Thinking and the Rightful Place of Technology, with Douglas Gerwin, eurythmy with Leonore Russell
May 14-15
Parents and Community in a Waldorf School, with Torin Finser and Karine Munk Finser, pastel drawing with Karine Munk Finser
Summer Break
September 10-11 and September 24-25
Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Children Today, with Kim John Payne, eurythmy with Leonore Russell
October 1-2 and October 15-16
Healing the Hurt: Learning to Support Each Other as Advocates for Social Justice, with Heather Scott, singing with Meg Chittenden
October 29-30 and November 12-13
Phenomenology: Learning to See with Beginner’s Eyes: Study and Visual Arts with Colleen O’Connors
December 3-4 and December 17-18
Temperaments and Learning Styles, with Carla Beebe Comey, speech with Debbie Spitulnik
January 14-15 and January 28-29
Overview of the Waldorf Grades Curriculum: A Renewed Pedagogy for our Time, with Alison Henry and guest presenters, singing with Meg Chittenden
February 11-12 and February 25
Innovation Through Anthroposophical Initiatives, with Karen Atkinson and Bev Boyer, speech with Debbie Spitulnik

Additional Waldorf High School Explorations Option

High school colleagues can enhance their experience by participating in these focused seminars. We will meet on weekends twice a month – Saturdays from 3:00 – 4:30 ET, 12:00 – 1:30 PT.
Date Class Schedule for Explorations Online 2022 Date High School Seminar Schedule for 2022
March 12 Meditative Practices and Self-Development, with Bev Boyer, with a welcome from Torin Finser, speech with Debbie Spitulnik March 12 Mathematics
Overview and Waldorf Approach to Math, with Douglas Gerwin, Jamie York
March 26-27 Meditative Practices and Self-Development, with Bev Boyer, with a welcome from Torin Finser, speech with Debbie Spitulnik March 26 Physical Sciences
Waldorf Approach to Physical Sciences with Michael D’Aleo
April 9-10 Practical Training in Thinking and the Rightful Place of Technology with Douglas Gerwin and Leonore Russell April 9 Life Sciences
Waldorf Approach to Life Sciences with Michael Holdrege
April 30-May1 Practical Training in Thinking and the Rightful Place of Technology with Douglas Gerwin and Leonore Russell April 30 Humanities — English
Waldorf Approach to English with David Sloan
May 14-15 Parents & Community in a Waldorf School with Torin Finser and Karine Munk Finser May 14 Humanities — History
Waldorf Approach to History Wrap Up to Spring Term with Paul Gierlach and Douglas Gerwin

Program Leadership

Portrait of Torin Finser

Torin Finser, Ph.D.

Program Director

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Beverly Boyer

Program Liaison

Faculty

The 2022-23 guest speakers and artistic leaders include:

Torin Finser
Bev Boyer
Debbie Spitulnik
Karine Munk Finser
Douglas Gerwin
Leonore Russell
Kim John Payne
Carla Beebe Comey
Heather Scott
Meg Chittenden
Colleen O'Connors
Alison Henry
Angela Lindstrom (guest presenter)
Karen Atkinson
Linda Williams

Ukraine, Covid, Selma Bridge: A Call to Explore

Torin Finser, Director of CfA’s “Explorations International” program, offers some perspectives on three places of contemporary strife and tragedy.

What former students have said...

Blessings to you and thank you so much for this wonderful program. It enriches my weeks and days and moments with an internal calm and strength I have never known.

Blessings to you… Explorations participant

Each week is truly a gift of true learning and I so appreciate how each weekend builds and layers from the previous weeks in such an intentional way…Especially between this session and last session- taking last session’s concept of racialized identity to another level… giving us the keys of how to truly change ourselves through our awakened thinking. I am just so impressed by how these complex understandings have been made accessible to us as teachers in such a meaningful and thoughtful way.

Each week is truly a gift of true learning Explorations Participant

    Reading and Materials List

    • Pastels:
      4 pieces of decent pastel paper: ideally Vellum by Cranson or other decent brands. It can’t be watercolor paper. Size minimum 16” wide and 12” tall, or a little larger. Ryan-media paper is ok, make sure it’s not too rough or too thin.
    • Chalk pastels: basic rainbow colors including pink, lilac, white, black, rose, if possible yellow/white. (A great brand is Nupastels: buy single colors as needed or a box set)
    • Odorless hairspray to settle it or fixative for dry media. 
    • Tissue paper.
    • A small, flat board to fit paper size 
    • Masking tape, not blue 

    All reading assignments will be taken from a single text – Guided Self-Study by Torin M. Finser. This book is a compilation from Steiner’s basic books, including How to Higher Worlds, Theosophy, and Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path: A Philosophy of Freedom.

    Guided Self-Study is readily available from Amazon as well as from Steiner Books. There is a reading assignment for each workshop theme throughout the course as listed below. Note that assignments are given using both page references and chapter titles. Please bring your copy of Guided Self-Study to each class.

    The readings are meant to serve as both a preparation for the weekend sessions and a reference point for discussions. Instructors will assume some familiarity with the material and will welcome questions and lively engagement during the weekend sessions.

    Workshop One: Meditative Practices and Self-Development
    Prior to the first class, please read pages 191-202 (Appendix 1) and pages 3-21 (chapters 1 – 2 in section of the book called the “The Book of Peace”)
    Prior to the second weekend, please read Pages 69-79 (Chapter 1 from the section of the book called “The Book of Knowledge”)

    Workshop Two: Practical Thinking and the Rightful Place of Technology
    Prior to the first weekend, please read pages 103-116 (Chapters 1-3 from "The Book of Freedom”)
    Prior to the second weekend, please read pages 141-161 (“Practical Training in
    Thought”)

    Workshop Three: Parents and Community in a Waldorf School
    Please read pages 80-88 (Chapter 2 from “The Book of Knowledge”)

    Workshop Four: Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Children Today
    Please read pages 22-31 (Chapters 3 and 4 from “The Book of Peace”)

    Workshop Five: Healing the Hurt
    Please read pages 32-48 (Chapters 5-8 from “The Book of Peace”)

    Workshop Six: Phenomenology: Learning to See with Beginner’s Eyes
    Please read pages 117-132 (Chapters 4-8 from “The Book of Freedom”)

    Workshop Seven: Temperaments and Learning Styles
    Please read pages 89-102 (“The Four Temperaments”)

    Workshop Eight: Overview of the Waldorf Grades Curriculum
    Please read pages 139-140 (Chapter 12 from “The Book of Freedom”)

    Workshop Nine: Innovation Through Anthroposophical Initiatives
    Please read pages 203-215 (Appendices 2 -3)

    Getting Started

    We encourage you to reserve your spot in the 2023 group by submitting this form:

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