Series, From image to concept

A Nordic trio. Walter Liebendörfer, Frans Carlgren and Bengt Ulin

By Nana Göbel, April 2020

In the early 1950s, a number of teachers joined the Kristofferskolan in Stockholm, the first and at that time only Waldorf school in Sweden, and shaped this school for decades. They stood out through their pioneering spirit, humorous earnestness and an inwardly free attitude towards anthroposophy.  [more]

Series, Truth and Lie

Patron saint of children

By Nana Göbel, March 2020

Klara Hattermann and the beginnings of the Waldorf kindergarten movement. [more]

Series, Transitions

Woman power in Great Britain

By Nana Göbel, February 2020

Rudolf Steiner supported the development of Waldorf education in England with lively interest. He gave important lecture cycles on education there between 1923 and 1924, visited the first school and advised the founding college of teachers. [more]

Who educates whom?, Series

With eurythmy and Chinese in Colombia

By Nana Göbel, January 2020

Walter Boris Liebenthal (1933–2011) left a rich literary and artistic legacy for the Chinese Waldorf school movement.  [more]

Series, Threefoldness

Mary-Joan Fajardo. Pioneer of Waldorf education in the Philippines

By Nana Göbel, December 2019

Mary-Joan Fajardo was one of the well-educated, culturally interested and independent women in the Philippines. In the 1980s, she worked as a lecturer of the Philippine Educational Theatre Association in Manila and, in the face of the worrying signs in Philippine politics in the 1970s and 1980s, asked herself what was wrong with the world and how better conditions could be created. Her answer was: through education. [more]

Series, Freedom

Leonore Bertalot – pioneer of the Brazilian Waldorf movement

By Nana Göbel, September 2019

When Rudolf Lanz, at the time a council member of the Escola Higienópolis school association in São Paulo, was looking for a “competent and all-round inwardly stable teacher”, he asked in many letters for support from Ernst Weißert at the German Association of Waldorf Schools. Finally, Leonore and Italo Bertalot joined the school in 1962 and supplemented the small faculty, she as a class teacher and he as an English teacher. [more]

Series, Learning languages

Henry Barnes – a Waldorf aristocrat

By Nana Göbel, August 2019

Henry Barnes (1912–2008) joined the Rudolf Steiner School in New York as a class teacher in 1940. And with the exception of three years in the army he remained a teacher there until 1977. Like Ernst Weißert in Germany or Francis Edmunds in Britain, he shaped Waldorf education in the USA for decades, particularly on the east coast. [more]

Series, Getting digitalised

Francis Edmunds. A Waldorf pioneer in the English-speaking world

By Nana Goebel, June 2019

Francis Edmunds (1902 – 1989) grew up in Lithuania in a Russian-Jewish family and spent his adolescence and student years in England, Russia, Lebanon and Switzerland. He brought with him the intense attentiveness towards other people from the east of Europe and an incredible cosmopolitanism and breadth of interest from all the other locations. [more]

Series, The art of teaching

Anatoly Pinsky. A Russian Waldorf teacher and politician

By Nana Goebel, May 2019

Anatoly Pinsky (1956–2006) is one of the most important pioneers of Waldorf education in Russia. He grew up as the son of a physics professor and as a young man studied physics and mathematics at the Institute of Education in Moscow along with theory of science and philosophy. [more]

Series

The first Waldorf school Down Under

By Nana Goebel, April 2019

After its foundation in Stuttgart in 1919, the Waldorf school movement spread not just in Germany and Europe. Who were the pioneers who founded Waldorf schools in all parts of the world? Sylvia Hazel Brose (1915-2001) in Australia was one of them. [more]

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