In continuation of our pre-Covid tradition of starting our days in the “Big Room” at High Mowing School, each Renewal day will begin with a communal gathering of all participants in our virtual Town Hall where we will be welcomed by Renewal Director Karine Munk Finser, hear announcements, and listen to the Calendar of the Soul verse by Rudolf Steiner. There will also be lectures presented by Christof Wiechert and conversations with With Chérie and Petna Ndaliko. (Both described below)
Town Halls are included in Week 1 tuition and all registered Week 1 courses participants are required to attend. However, those who wish to join us only for Town Halls may do so by registering using the button below. The entry fee is $125.
Christof Wiechert’s daily lectures
- Waldorf as a school of methods
- Methodology and anthropology
- Method in relation to age-appropriate education
- Method independent of subject
- A new relation to anthroposophy in education
Christof Wiechert, a popular lecturer, author, and seminar leader the world over, spent 30 years teaching at the Waldorf School in The Hague, where he himself was a pupil. During this time, he co-founded the Dutch Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar.
For many years, Christof was a council member in the Anthroposophical Society in the Netherlands. Together with Ate Koopmans, he developed the “Art of the Child Study” course. A number of his books are available in English translation. In 1999, he began to work for the Pedagogical Section of the Anthroposophical Society and, from 2001 to 2011, served as Leader of the Pedagogical Section of the School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. He is married with five children.
Conversations on Decomposing the Colonial Gaze: With Chérie and Petna Ndaliko
Stories for a New Paradigm is rooted in the Nande proverb that “the world is made of stories, and human beings enact the stories we believe.” Building on this indigenous worldview, Chérie and Petna Ndaliko offer tools to help educators tell—and enact—transformative stories to navigate the many challenges and possibilities of our era. In dialogue with alumni of their foundational course, Decomposing the Colonial Gaze, the Ndalikos will share insights and practices that open new possibilities for the academic, artistic, social/emotional, behavioral, and will-building aspects of Waldorf education.
Chérie and Petna Ndaliko are devoted to social, political, ecological, and spiritual justice. As artists, academics, and activists their work is dedicated to transforming systems of oppression. To this end, they have created a decolonial curriculum, Decomposing the Colonial Gaze, and Uzuri Sanctuary, a biodynamic educational freedom farm.
In addition to farming, Chérie has authored award-winning books, co-founded the Yole!Institute, and is an Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a Ph.D. in African Studies from Harvard University, where she was a pioneer of the Social Engagement
Initiative, which weds academic study with social justice.
Petna is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker, whose multi-genre artistic works are acclaimed for their provocative Ejo-Lobi (Africanfuturistic) artistic style. In 2000 he founded Yole!Africa, a renowned cultural and educational center inthe Democratic Republic of the Congo. He is also Artistic Director of Alkebu Film Productions. He is currently the Artist in Residence at the Stone Center for Black History and Culture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.