The “refugee crisis” and the Three Kings

By Wilbert Lambrechts, October 2016

The refugee crisis confronts Europe with the question about its own identity. Who are we, what inspires us, what do we stand for? The Islamic religion in particular challenges the so-called European “values” and European history – much more so than conversely. [more]

Publisher's View, Work & Family Balance

Waldorf box of tricks

By Henning Kullak-Ublick, May 2016

Maria R. has four children with the eldest one starting school after the summer holidays. She has stopped work to have time for her children. [more]


Music as a school for humanity

By Peter Dellbrügger, April 2014

“You always want to play first fiddle!” – “You always have to call the tune!” – “Stop blowing your own trumpet!” – “There really has to be a change of tune!” Such examples could be continued at length and they have one thing in common: they are images and expressions which describe social processes or characteristics using musical situations. [more]


News from the AD(H)D front

By Henning Köhler, September 2015

Shortly before his death, the US psychiatrist Leon Eisen­berg, one of the “inventors” of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, confessed that this was a prime example of a fabricated illness. He deeply regretted his error because the actual (mostly psychosocial) causes for the symptoms were ignored if an inherited neurochemical imbalance is assumed and methylphenidate prescribed. [more]

Early childhood, Religion & School

Children have the right to refuse

By Renate Hölzer-Hasselberg, June 2016

Does life in a patchwork family entail new relationship and developmental experiences? Or does the new family constellation lead to a labyrinth of misunderstandings, frustration and deep hurt? Nadja Hölzer-Hasselberg regularly sees a lot of relationship misery in patchwork families in her work as a psychotherapist, arising from family members not being adequately prepared for the challenges that this entails. [more]

Living lessons, Search & Addiction

Bringing about peace through foreign language learning

By Erhard Hofmann, April 2016

Foreign language teaching – particularly in times of increasing insecurity through “foreign” influences – is of great social policy importance. In the optimum circumstances it can be a form of peace education. [more]

Living Teachers, After-school care

A piece of Congo in my pocket

By Michael Benner, September 2016

The former child soldier Junior Nzita Nsuami has become an ambassador against war. [more]

Waldorf worldwide

Creating a future for Palestinian children

By Cornelie Unger-Leistner, October 2016

Waldorf initiatives in the Arab world are rare. The initiative started by the German political scientist Wiebke Eden-Fleig in Beirut is thus all the more remarkable. Since last autumn, a kindergarten has started in the Shatila Palestinian refugees camp which works on the basis of Waldorf education. NNA spoke with its founder. [more]

Young writers, Refugees

The dark corner

By Clara Deifel, October 2016

I know they haven’t done me any harm. I know it’s not their fault. I know they’re not any different to us. I know that people who think like that are racists. And yet my heart always beats a little bit faster as I hurry past giving the “dark corner” a wide berth. [more]

Spotlight, After-school care

Vaccination – yes and no

By Stephanie Sieburg, September 2016

I carried my daughter, then eight months old, in a baby sling. I breast fed her until she was seven months old – exclusively. She is a healthy, happy and sparkling child. Today we have an information meeting about vaccination. I am sitting with my daughter in the waiting room and am nervous. I have a vague feeling of uncertainty. [more]


Earth healing

By Marina N. Monteiro, November 2014

An artist, a teacher, a landscape architect, a healer, an incorrigible dreamer and visionary, a world-traveling regenerator, a craftsman who opens up blockages and brings light into matter. Johannes Matthiessen acclaims to be a little bit of all, a mixture of everything. And after reading his amazing book I could not agree more. [more]