Summer 2020

WISC SD/LA Summer Workshop Offerings…on Zoom and In-Person

It is always an exciting time around here when we start getting ready for the summer workshops. It is one of my favorite times of year. I love hearing about the new workshops and wondering whose familiar face I will see and what knowledge our sage presenters will bring. This year we are very excited to say that we will be doing a combination of workshops this summer via Zoom and some In-Person workshops in Los Angeles

Early registration by June 1st gives a 10% discount.

Early Childhood: Raising our Empathetic Awareness. The path towards deeper connections with ourselves and others
with Pia Doegl

June 25 and 26 || 9:00a-3:00p || Online || $250

To register:

If we want, as caregivers or teachers, to create a nourishing environment for our children’s well-being, so that they can accomplish what they came here for, we need to – from the very beginning – sense them as they truly are.

But how do we nourish our mindful awareness of ourselves and others? 
In our two days together, we will explore answers to this question. Our explorations will include:a) the potential of each individual on their own life pathb) the potential of your group of colleagues who come together to work toward a common goal but bring with them different experiences, tasks, ..c) the potential of the young child
Desired goals are:a) Discovering ways to be more mindful; becoming aware of our inner landscape (“Education is Self-education” Rudolf Steiner)b) Finding ways to build empathetic connection with the childc) Discovering the richness of supporting each other as colleagues – now and in the future

Study/Artistic activityThrough sensory practices, artistic activities, free movement, and reflection, working in smaller and bigger groups, I invite you to move beyond personal barriers.We will explore perceiving as a way of knowing-being curious, playful and fully present. Sensing what children naturally sense, we can ask ourselves: what might we, in our adult consciousness, tend to overlook?

Note:Experiences that we will do might awaken vulnerability/wounds from your own childhood.As this course will be held online, and we are not able to meet in person, everyone should be aware of and take responsibility for their own limits and individual needs.
If you have personal questions that come up in our time together, please know that, as we will be a group of approx. 50 participants, I might not have the chance to talk with everyone during breaks or right after we end our class each day. 

Pia Doegl

As a parenting counselor, author, and social entrepreneur, Pia Doegl has focused her work on fostering the precious potential of children and the empathetic well-being of the whole family. Pia founded the organization Beginning Well, which offers parents, caregivers and health professionals practical support for mindful care. Her book, Beginning Well – Empathy From The Very Beginning, was published in autumn 2018 in English and will soon be available in Chinese. She now works internationally with individuals and groups on self- awareness, guiding them in the unfolding of their unique capacities. She started her new company, to further this work. Pia studied pedagogy, psychology, and art therapy and has worked in human resources in both for-profit and non-profit organizations in Europe. She lives with her husband and young daughter in San Francisco; she loves salsa dancing around the globe and sunrise runs wherever she is. 

Early Childhood: The Art of Early Childhood Circle Time with Stephen Spitalny

June 29 – July 3 || 9:00a-3:00p || Online || $475

To register:

How can we meet the developmental needs of the young child with movement circles that provide opportunities for connecting with the changing cycle of the year?Can we as teachers take advantage of the many pedagogical possibilities offered by circle time? In this course, we will explore basic principles that are the underlying features of compelling circles for young children, we will practice creating our own circles in small groups, and we will reframe the question of circle time – away from discipline and crowd control, towards enjoying fun and challenging movement journeys together.

Steven Spitalny

Early childhood writer consultant Stephen Spitalny was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School for 24 years, and has recently returned to kindergarten life. Since the mid-1990’s he has given workshops, lectures and courses on many themes for various institutions and groups, and has been a faculty member at WISC since 2003. Stephen is a former board member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN) as well as former editor of Gateways, the bi-annual newsletter of WECAN. He gives workshops and lectures worldwide especially in various parts of Asia. Stephen also is the author of three insightful books on early childhood related themes. Steve’s popular blog on young children is found at His website is

Math for Grades 1-3 with Ania Kubik

July 6 – July 10|| 9:00a-3:00p || Online || $475

To register:

Between the foundation of arithmetic in early childhood which consists
of tidying and order, “a place for everything and everything in its
place” and the fourth grade world of fractions, lie the first three
early grades of active, artistic, practical whole number arithmetic.

We will begin with the qualities of numbers, move our bodies for
counting and skip-counting, work in social groups and use fine motor
skills with manipulative objects and games for math facts. Beginning
with all 4 arithmetic processes in first grade, we will explore number
stories and actively exercise place value skills in second grade while
keeping calculation concrete through horizontal arithmetic.

In third grade we will move into vertical arithmetic and measurement. We will approach arithmetic through “first the doing, then the
understanding”, working from whole to parts and relating everything to
the human being, use large colorful writing in first grade and find joy
in number patterns while we record our accomplishments with numbers. We will characterize the types of hindrances that first, second and third
graders may experience with arithmetic and how to support students and
find their strengths, weaving in discussions of resources and summer

Ania Kubick

Ania Kubik holds a BFA in sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Waldorf completion certificate from WISC. She has enjoyed being a class teacher for grades one through five, teaching handwork in grades one through eight, and teaching clay modeling in grades one through twelve. She currently enjoys class teaching her combination fourth and fifth grade at Maple Village Waldorf School in Long Beach, CA and teaching art and handcrafts at WISC.

Building the Foundation of Literacy in Grades 1-3 with Lynn Aaberg

July 13 – July 17 || 9:00a-3:00p || Online || $475

To register:

In Waldorf education we recognize that literacy development follows child development.  In early childhood, through songs, games, nursery rhymes and stories, children are immersed in the spoken word, and within this play filled environment, children are learning the basics of literacy.  In grades one through three, children experience the evolution of literacy as they discover how the spoken word can be represented symbolically in letters, and the letters represent speech sounds.  Once students move from speech to print, they recognize that these abstract symbols can be translated back to the spoken word, and they have entered a world of enchantment:  reading!  In this course we will examine the developmental needs of the seven through nine-year-old child and how we work with these needs through movement and sensory integration, speech and drama, drawing, painting and writing.  We will explore how the story curriculum in the first three grades is uniquely suited to the children in each grade and how these stories can be integrated into the language arts lessons.  Participants will engage in practical activities including speech recitation, painting, drawing, and creation of main lesson book pages. 

Lynn Aaberg

Lynn Aaberg has been a student of Waldorf education and anthroposophy for the past 25 years.  She started as a parent and subject teacher at Corvallis Waldorf School.  After completing her foundation year at Eugene Waldorf Teacher Training and Educational certification at Sunbridge College, Lynn went on to teach at Willow Wood Waldorf School, then at Honolulu Waldorf School, where she was a class teacher for 18 years.  Lynn recognized, through her classroom experience, the significant impact the Waldorf curriculum has on students, and the need to ensure that the students are given a strong experiential education with ample opportunities to develop their senses through movement and will based work.  Lynn is certified in Orton Gillingham reading instruction and is currently working on an educational support certification through Association for Healing Education.   In addition to her work with WISC, Lynn has taught at the Kula Makua Teacher Training Program in Honolulu and has been a workshop presenter and speaker at various Waldorf conferences.

If you are curious about any of these workshops and want more information now; please feel free to call either myself (Parvati) or Jacqueline. We are always happy to discuss our offerings. Stay tuned and we will have updated information as we finalize the curriculum.

Jacqueline: 760.451.2139

Parvati: 916.524.1828