Waldorf Leadership Development

Cultivate your capacity to serve in leadership positions.

Low-residency Educational Leadership Program

This highly-regarded program is designed to support independent and public Waldorf school administrators, staff, trustees, and pedagogical leaders to develop, expand, and deepen leadership skills. With a blend of face-to-face and online professional development and training, attendees build skills, capacities, and understanding of their vital roles in Waldorf schools.

What you'll experience

The program includes workshops, guided exercises, case studies, mentoring, and presentations in areas such as group dynamics, role clarity, communication, conflict resolution, navigating change efforts, strategic vs. tactical decision making, community development, and collaborative leadership among other topics brought by a stellar line-up of guest presenters.

Options

Option A: Waldorf Leadership Development Seminars + Explorations Online
March 2022 — April 2023

This option is primarily intended for educators in the early stages of their teaching or leadership careers. Participants will gain a wider and more in-depth understanding of the role of Anthroposophy and the arts in Waldorf Pedagogy.

Option A Schedule
Explorations Online — 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
Explorations Online — April 9-10 and April 30-May 1
Practical Thinking and the Rightful Place of Technology, with Douglas Gerwin, eurythmy with Leonore Russell
Explorations Online — May 14-15
Parents and Community in a Waldorf School, with Torin Finser and Karine Munk Finser, pastel drawing with Karine Munk Finser

Leadership Seminar — Saturday, May 14, 2022 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET (virtual)

Karen Atkinson and Torin Finser – Orientation to the program. Presentation on agreements as a basis for productive collaboration.

Leadership Intensive — Monday, June 27th – Thursday, June 30th 12:45-5:35 (virtual)

Daily presentations by Torin Finser on karmic connections, followed by breakout group discussions, and hygienic eurythmy with Leonore Russell. Special guests include, Connie Stokes, David Barham, Emily Merchant, and Chiaki Uchiyama

  • Group Dynamics and Leadership Styles
  • Communication and Role Clarity in a Waldorf School
  • Difficult Conversations and Working with Conflict in the Workplace
  • Leadership and Initiative
  • Learning to “Read” the Biography of a Waldorf School
  • Navigating Pedagogical Leadership – Roles, Responsibilities, Communication
  • Building for Success: The Founding and Early Years of a Public Waldorf School

Leadership Seminars — Saturdays from 3:00 – 4:15 ET (virtual)

9/10 Special Guest Presentation

9/24 Special Guest Presentation

Explorations Online — September 10-11 and September 24-25
Meeting the Social and Emotional Needs of Children Today, with Kim John Payne, eurythmy with Leonore Russell
Explorations Online — 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

Leadership Intensive — Keene, NH (in-person)
October 7-11 th, Friday 6:30 p.m. – Tuesday 11 a.m.

Torin Finser, Karen Atkinson, Leonore Russell, Karine Munk Finser, Michal Noer and Guest Presentations

10/7 Collaborating Together – Faculty, Board, and Administration

10/8 Leadership and Followership

10/9 Decision Making as a Litmus Test for Leaders

10/10 Role Clarity and Authority

10/11 Mentorship and Evaluation

Explorations Online — October 29-30 and November 12-13
Phenomenology: Learning to See with Beginner’s Eyes: Study and Visual Arts with Colleen O’Connors

Leadership Seminars — Saturdays continue from 3:00 – 4:15 ET (virtual)

11/12 Special Guest Presentation

12/3 Special Guest Presentation

12/17 Special Guest Presentation

1/14 Special Guest Presentation

1/28 Special Guest Presentation

2/11 Special Guest Presentation

2/25 Special Guest Presentation

Explorations Online — December 3-4 and December 17-18
Temperaments and Learning Styles, with Carla Beebe Comey, speech with Debbie Spitulnik
Explorations Online — 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
Explorations Online — February 11-12 and February 25
Innovation Through Anthroposophical Initiatives, with Karen Atkinson and Bev Boyer, speech with Debbie Spitulnik

Leadership Intensive, Keene — NH (in-person)
Friday, April 21, 2023 6:30 pm – Tuesday, April 25th 11 am

Torin Finser, Karen Atkinson, Leonore Russell, Karine Munk Finser, Michal Noer

  • Introduction to Case Studies and Framing Perspectives
  • 12/17 Special Guest Presentation
  • Organizational Trauma
  • Strategic vs Tactical and Working with Resistance
  • Student Presentations

Option B: Waldorf Leadership Development Seminars ONLY
May 2022 — April 2023

This option is intended for experienced educators and/or administrators  as well as Explorations and Waldorf Teacher Education Program graduates.

Option B Schedule

Leadership Seminar, Saturday, May 14, 2022 3:00 – 4:15 p.m. ET (virtual)

Karen Atkinson and Torin Finser – Orientation to the program. Presentation on agreements as a basis for productive collaboration. June 26th to July 1st (virtual)

Leadership Intensive, Monday, June 27th – Thursday, June 30th 12:45-5:35 (virtual)

Daily presentations by Torin Finser on karmic connections, followed by breakout group discussions, and hygienic eurythmy with Leonore Russell. Special guests include, Connie Stokes, David Barham, Emily Merchant, and Chiaki Uchiyama

  • Group Dynamics and Leadership Styles
  • Communication and Role Clarity in a Waldorf School
  • Difficult conversations and working with conflict in the workplace
  • Leadership and Initiative
  • Learning to “Read” the Biography of a Waldorf School
  • Navigating Pedagogical Leadership – Roles, Responsibilities, Communication
  • Building for Success: The Founding and Early Years of a Public Waldorf School

Leadership Seminars, Saturdays from 3:00 – 4:15 ET (virtual)

9/10 Special Guest Presentation

9/24 Special Guest Presentation

Leadership Intensive, Keene, NH (in-person)
October 7-11 th, Friday 6:30 p.m. – Tuesday 11 a.m.

Torin Finser, Karen Atkinson, Leonore Russell, Karine Munk Finser, Michal Noer and Guest Presentations

10/7 Collaborating Together – Faculty, Board, and Administration

10/8 Leadership and Followership

10/9 Decision Making as a Litmus Test for Leaders

10/10 Role Clarity and Authority

10/11 Mentorship and Evaluation

Leadership Seminars, Saturdays continue from 3:00 – 4:15 ET (virtual)

11/12 Special Guest Presentation

12/3 Special Guest Presentation

12/17 Special Guest Presentation

1/14 Special Guest Presentation

1/28 Special Guest Presentation

2/11 Special Guest Presentation

2/25 Special Guest Presentation

Leadership Intensive, Keene, NH (in-person)
Friday, April 21, 2023 6:30 pm – Tuesday, April 25th 11 am

Torin Finser, Karen Atkinson, Leonore Russell, Karine Munk Finser, Michal Noer

  • Introduction to Case Studies and Framing Perspectives
  • Organizational Trauma
  • Strategic vs Tactical and Working with Resistance
  • Student Presentations
Portrait of Torin Finser

Torin Finser, Ph.D.

Program Director

Karen Atkinson, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator

Contact Karen directly for questions about the program.

Portrait of Torin Finser

Torin Finser, Ph.D.

Program Director

Karen Atkinson, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator

Contact Karen directly for questions about the program.

Who should attend

  • Newly hired school administrators and administrative staff in admissions, HR, business, development, marketing, etc.
  • Experienced administrators* seeking renewal and further professional development.
  • Past Explorations program graduates* wishing to focus on Waldorf administration and leadership.
  • Pedagogical leaders*: school directors, faculty chair, college chair, section chairs, principal (public Waldorf), and committee chairs.
  • Trustees seeking greater collaboration among school decision making groups.
  • Lead parents who wish to serve their school in present or future leadership roles.

Waldorf Leadership Development Seminars and Explorations Online Descriptions

Waldorf Leadership Development

Through a combination of virtual and in-person classes, participants will engage in seminars designed to cultivate the capacities needed for serving in leadership positions. Beginning in May 2022, participants will attend a program orientation online, followed by a one-week online intensive from June 26-30, 2022. Virtual meetings will continue twice monthly during the 2022-23 school year, with the addition of two in-person, long weekend intensives held in Keene, NH; October 2022 and April 2023.

Explorations Online

Explorations takes up burning current topics along with contemplative studies and the practice of the arts through anthroposophy as a method of inquiry. This online course is offered as a supplementary seminar designed to support and inspire both independent and public Waldorf school administrators and pedagogical leaders. Exploration classes meet twice monthly during the school year beginning in March 2022. 

Program Leadership

Portrait of Torin Finser

Torin Finser, Ph.D.

Program Director

Karen Atkinson, M.Ed.

Program Coordinator

Faculty

The 2022-2023 guest speakers and artistic leaders:

Karen Atkinson
David Barham
Caleb Buckley
Valerie Colis
Carla Beebe Comey
Milan Daler
Lynne Espy
Karine Munk Finser
Mark Finser
Torin Finser
Cathie Foote
Douglas Gerwin
Denese Giordano
Luke Goodwin
Lisa Mahar
Emily Merchant
Michal Noer
Kim John Payne
Leonore Russell
Devona Stalnaker-Shofner
Connie Stokes
Chiaki Uchiyama

Testimonials from Summer 2022

“This course provides a practical and spiritual curriculum so that admin and board members can enter into the life of the school, be nourished by their participation in work that may not always be as rewarding as working with the children, and also to not feel that they have to abdicate all agency to teachers because of their lack of knowledge about Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy.” ~ Cathy O’Neill

“Torin Finser brings a heartfelt study of leadership to his Renewal students. Even over Zoom, he engages us in reflective self-awareness and our call to initiative to find the ‘light-filled center of our being’ and then to share that understanding and gifts with the world.” ~ Julie Pepe-Phelps

“This was a wonderful course that provided a deeper understanding of the organism of a Waldorf school. I will carry both the theory, and the practical applications, with me into the coming years. I am grateful to Torin, Leonore, and the many guest speakers. I made some great connections in the breakout rooms with amazing folks from around the world. Many thanks.” ~ Anya Tuton

“The thoughtful, heart-centered, comprehensive and compelling nature of this training is astounding! I sense that the time and resources invested will pay dividends for a lifetime.” ~ Elsa Dooling

“Waldorf Administration and Leadership is an invaluable course for those working in any capacity of a Waldorf organization.” ~ Karra Williams

Testimonials for Waldorf Leadership Development Program
from Participants in Inaugural Cohort April 2021 – April 2022

“This program was instrumental in helping to weave together the threads of leadership. It was rejuvenating to explore these topics with other leaders on the continent and from international settings.”

“I am newer to Waldorf administration, coming into the role at the beginning of the pandemic. The Leadership Program has provided me with excellent resources through presentations by some of the most capable Waldorf educators, leaders, and administrators in the movement. Every presentation brought tools and information directly relevant to my work. Many of these presentations fundamentally changed or strengthened my understanding of how I can best support my school and its work. Additionally, the in-person residency in Keene, NH, offered an opportunity to connect more deeply with the other program participants, building relationships and connections with peers from across North America. In administration, we can become siloed in our schools, without many direct peers within each school. Having sudden access to many peers, learning from and supporting each other, building our knowledge together, and sharing our experiences and biographies with one another, has been a gift.”

“The administrative training is a welcome extension of the teacher training I received so many years ago. It is vitally important that the administrators leading our schools have a place to meet, to discuss their unique journey and explore how the Waldorf pedagogy is applied in this ever-changing realm. I loved the practical and the philosophical mix of materials covered in this training. The instructors came from a variety of backgrounds and brought expert insights into the conversation. The strong undercurrent of respect for the incredible challenges administrators face on a daily basis had a powerful therapeutic effect and the various topics covered met us every single time in real, practical ways but also inspired us to continue to strive towards the ideal, but without a sense of overwhelm. Healthiest professional development I have experienced in years. This training is the best gift a board could give to their administrative staff. And the best gift an administrator can give to themselves!”

“The course was extremely valuable, not only in terms of content that was highly relevant to my current administrative work, but also as an opportunity to meet others doing the same kind of work at a huge number of locations.”

“The unique element of this training for me was the support it gave me as a branch chair, a pedagogical leader still working in the classroom, but also in the realm of administration and adult relationships. Teachers train to teach, and then get thrust into being branch chairs; College chairs, committee chairs, etc., and would benefit greatly from the skills and topics covered in this course. Also, in a busy world, the rhythm of a one hour and change session every other week was really do-able and was a grounding rhythm. Finally, the opportunity this summer to participate in the work with Cherie and Petna Ndaliko, Decomposing the Colonial Gaze, was extraordinarily rich and eye and heart opening.”

“This was just what our admin team needed. A training to share and a base to build upon. Each presenter was well prepared and the use of Zoom was well handled. The addition of our live session in October, and soon in April, was also important, and the group work with the eurythmy and artistic endeavors were a wonderful balance.” ~ School Director/Administrator

“All schools, whether aware of Waldorf pedagogy or not, would greatly benefit from their teacher and administrative leaders attending this course.”

The 2021-2022 Waldorf Administration and Leadership Development Program has been a deeply enriching and supportive series of courses geared directly to the improvement of my administrative practice for our Waldorf-inspired Charter school. There have been an abundance of amazing speakers and professionals, experienced in the various realms of school leadership. The collegiality component in small group discussions was also a huge support to me this year. This program truly serves the Head, Heart, and Hands of current Waldorf school leaders.”

“Looking for ways to improve your leadership skills working out of Waldorf principals? Public or private, an initiative or a seasoned school, the leadership training has you covered. Practical, knowledgeable faculty, financially viable in the ease of your home. This is a much needed training for anyone in leadership of a Waldorf school.”

“This program taught me so much about the value and nature of leadership in our time and what it means to take on that mantle.”

“The unique element of this training for me was the support it gave me as a branch chair, a pedagogical leader still working in the classroom, but also in the realm of administration and adult relationships. Teachers train to teach, and then get thrust into being branch chairs; College chairs, committee chairs, etc., and would benefit greatly from the skills and topics covered in this course. Also, in a busy world, the rhythm of a one hour and change session every other week was really do-able and was a grounding rhythm. Finally, the opportunity this summer to participate in the work with Cherie and Petna Ndaliko, Decomposing the Colonial Gaze, was extraordinarily rich and eye and heart opening.”

“All schools, whether aware of Waldorf pedagogy or not, would greatly benefit from their teacher and administrative leaders attending this course.”

The 2021-2022 Waldorf Administration and Leadership Development Program has been a deeply enriching and supportive series of courses geared directly to the improvement of my administrative practice for our Waldorf-inspired Charter school. There have been an abundance of amazing speakers and professionals, experienced in the various realms of school leadership. The collegiality component in small group discussions was also a huge support to me this year. This program truly serves the Head, Heart, and Hands of current Waldorf school leaders.”

“This was just what our admin team needed. A training to share and a base to build upon. Each presenter was well prepared and the use of Zoom was well handled. The addition of our live session in October, and soon in April, was also important, and the group work with the eurythmy and artistic endeavors were a wonderful balance.” ~ School Director/Administrator

“Looking for ways to improve your leadership skills working out of Waldorf principals? Public or private, an initiative or a seasoned school, the leadership training has you covered. Practical, knowledgeable faculty, financially viable in the ease of your home. This is a much needed training for anyone in leadership of a Waldorf school.”

Option A: $3,200 Waldorf Leadership Seminars, plus Explorations Online

Option B: $1,800 Waldorf Leadership Seminars only.

For past Exploration and Waldorf Teacher Ed program graduates as well as Experienced Teachers.*

*If you have 5 or more years of experience in a Waldorf school as a teacher or other pedagogical role, or you have previously taken and graduated from the Explorations program (or other foundational studies) or Waldorf teacher education, you may opt out of the Explorations sessions and just take the administrative courses: Saturday online seminars from 3:00-4:30 p.m. and three intensives; July, October, and April. *Note: October and April intensives will take place in-person, in Keene, NH.

For schools interested in sending a delegation of 3 or more participants, please contact us for a discount.

Acceptance  is on a first come first served basis and space is limited. We strongly suggest early registration. 

For more information contact:

Karen Atkinson, Program Coordinator
email Karen

For registration assistance contact:

Milan Daler, Administrator
email Milan or call (603) 654-2566

Limited Financial Aid is available upon request. To inquire, please fill out and submit the form below.

Waldorf Leadership Development Financial Aid Application

Name

Next three questions for teachers and school staff only:

All applicants:

Your annual family income:(Required)
Do you intend to pursue Waldorf Teacher Training upon completion of this course?(Required)

An enrolled student may withdraw from the program upon written request to [email protected]. Such a request must be received at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the program in order to receive a refund for the registration fee (less $75 cancellation fee). No refunds will be granted if cancellation is received within 30 days of the program start date.