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Adult Education

Adult Education Opportunities at the Austin Waldorf School Through the Adult Education Program, the Austin Waldorf School endeavors to create and offer opportunities for parents and the wider community to increase their understanding of Waldorf education. Our lectures and workshops allow our faculty to share their expertise as well as engage the community in personal development. The program also hosts distinguished guest speakers from around the world. We are currently creating our schedule of upcomming events.

From the Parent Education Circle, established by the Austin Waldorf Parent Society Council:


Authentic Parenting, A Four-Temperaments Guide to Understanding Your Child and Yourself  by Bari Borsky and Judith Haney
Do words that comfort you upset your child? Is it hard to find common ground? How can I better communicate with my children?

These are just a few questions upon which a deeper understanding of the four temperaments may shed light. This book offers a new engaging format to exploring the four temperaments. Not only is it helpful in identifying the temperaments in ourselves and others but also how the they relate between parent to child. The insights provided can also be carried into other relationships in your life.
Explore the four temperaments and how your temperament interacts with that of your child(ren) through an engaging discussion. Prior reading is not required.
All parents, regardless of age of children, and anyone who works with children are welcome to attend.

We will meet on October 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 8:30-9:30am on the Juniper Tree Porch; Although it is ideal to attend all four gatherings, it is not required.

Cost: FREE

For additional information, email Susan Henson at


Make a sweet "heavy baby" style doll to join your family!

We will meet every Tuesday morning in October from 8:30 am - 10:30 am at  Juniper Tree. Several sessions are offered to provide you ample support with your doll. It is not required to go to every session; come as often as you feel you need. 

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited to 12. Reserve your space at Juniper Tree.

The fee for this workshop is $80—$40 for the workshop and $40 for supplies.


Starting Monday, October 5th, Marie-Helene Harlow will offer a four week public Eurythmy class for adults in the community.  We will be working specifically with the four copper rod exercises that were developed by Steiner. These exercises support a healthy spatial sense and are meant to strengthen and bring vitality to the body,  soul and spirit. During our time together, we will also work with rhythm and develop simple group choreographies with music. The cost of the lesson is $15 per class. You may bring money or write a check to the Austin Waldorf School.  We will meet in the Eurythmy Room from 8:30 to 9:15am on October 3rd, Tuesday the 13th, Monday the 26th and, Monday November 3rd. 


Eurythmy Room
​7:00-8:30pm on Thursday, October 8, 2015

Highly experienced Waldorf educators Betty Jane Enno and Kathryn King will bring ideas for coordinating home and school life through movement and language games and practical activities that are fun for all ages, strengthen sensory development, and enhance creativity.

Wear comfortable clothing.

While entrance is FREE, please pre-register to ensure enough seating by emailing


Thursday, October 22 3:00-4:30pm
$10.00 per person
Held on the Juniper Tree porch
Free child care is provided

Beauty, Wonder, Anticipation, Reverence, Rhythm: how can we create meaningful festivals at home which celebrate the cycles of the seasons?  The rhythm of seasonal festivals marks the passage of time and helps to bring us into the cycles of nature.  Although modern living is increasingly divorced from immediate dependence on the rhythms of the natural world-we have the luxury to turn on the lights after the sun has gone down, and to eat summer fruits year round, for example- we are no less in need of the deep nourishment that a connection to nature's rhythms provides.  Celebrating festivals at home is one way to nurture our families and bring joy and balance to our lives.

Join us for an open conversation with Shannon Honigblum, Moongarden Kindergarten teacher and author of Making a Family Home,  as we gather together to make a simple sparkly glass jar lantern and discuss celebrating and supporting festivals at home.   Children accompanied by their parents are welcome.  Please RSVP so that we can make sure there are enough supplies for everyone to participate in making these festive lanterns.


Presented by Carol Toole
When:  Three Saturday Mornings
January 9, 16, 23 2016
Time:   9:30 am -12:00 noon
Place:  Austin Waldorf School Kindergarten
Fee: $135.00 individual; $200 per couple
(includes booklet, materials, refreshments, and future mailings of a seasonal packet)

-Young children are wellsprings of life forces.  These forces are seen bubbling forth in their inquisitiveness and enthusiasm, and in their phenomenal physical growth.  They manifest in the child’s playful efforts to overcome gravity and to stand upright, to master speech and to light up with the beginnings of thought.  We will discuss how to protect these forces, allowing healthy language, sensory and motor development.  Participants will create a simple first doll as well as learn activities, rhymes, stories and song to uplift daily routines.

This workshop is for adults only, though nursing infants (not yet crawling) are welcome.  It is highly recommended for parents interested in Waldorf education for their child’s school years, or anyone who wishes to understand the nature of childhood.

Carol Toole began Waldorf Early Childhood Training in 1980.  She has since been a teacher of all ages, a storyteller, parent educator; and always a student!

Please download, complete and submit The First Four Years (pdf Version) with a check made payable to Carol Toole. Your reservation is guaranteed once the payment has been received. You may drop your completed form by the Main Office, or mail it to:
Austin Waldorf School Attn: Carol Toole/The First Four Years 8700 South View Road Austin, TX 78737
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The Austin Waldorf School is a full member of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
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