Deepening Waldorf Education:

Meeting and Understanding Every Child in Our Care through Active Work with the Curative Education Lectures

With Robyn Brown

From its very beginning, Curative Education was an integral part of the original Waldorf school in Stuttgart. It was Rudolf Steiner’s wish that each individual teacher as well as the community as a whole be committed to working at a high level in their understanding and support of each single child. What may seem to us today to be but a reminiscence from the early twentieth century, is possibly an educational element of the future.
–– Peter Selg

Robyn Brown

More and more teachers and parents are receiving children into their care with difficulties at first hard to understand. The answers to many of these questions are to be found in Curative Education. Over the years we have lost our connection to this work and so it is no longer a familiar approach to teaching, and yet Rudolf Steiner intended the Curative Course as a deepening of Waldorf education.

The purpose of this course is to bring clear, hands-on, practical, and accessible pictures so that we can begin to use Steiner’s work effectively with all the children in our care. We will start by working with observation and experience, discovering how judgment stands as a contrast or polarity to that inner activity. In our time together, we will explore the six Curative Polarities and how they affect the conditions of the twelve senses so that we can build up a new living imagination and a deeper understanding of the child’s inner condition. We will conclude with suggestions that Rudolf Steiner provided to help children work through their obstacles and truly heal.

Each day will begin with what Rudolf Steiner referred to as “Therapeutic Gymnastics” –– so come prepared to move! Participants will also be asked to observe the walk and run of a child. They should observe the walk, memorize it, and be prepared to replicate it during our class.

Note: This course fulfills the prerequisite for the Foundation Year in Curative Education, beginning in Fall 2021.

Robyn Brown is the author of A Practical Guide to Curative Education: The Ladder of the Seven Life Processes. After teaching a grades cycle, Robyn decided to apprentice in Curative Education with Sunny Baldwin at Somerset School in Colfax, CA. In 2002, she started Mulberry Woods, a program which began in San Francisco and is currently located in Santa Rosa. Robyn currently teaches in various Waldorf teacher trainings and serves as a mentor to Waldorf schools while living in Gold Beach, Oregon with her wife, two horses, and one dog.

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