Welcome Alumni from Waldorf schools across this great continent and beyond! For this site, we have identified “Waldorf Alums” as those who attended a Waldorf school at any time in their schooling years and wish to remember and remain connected. We discovered deep loyalty to Waldorf schools and Waldorf Education in some who attended a Waldorf school for only one or two years. We include these people in our definition of “Waldorf Alum.”
In 2005, Alumni around the continent, graduates or former attendees of Waldorf schools, indicated to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) that a protected site for all Waldorf Alumni – an internet meeting place - would be a welcome thing. Research began in 2006 with a grant from the Waldorf Schools Fund. Alumna Samantha Stier interviewed several dozen Waldorf school attendees and graduates of all ages to ascertain if the need for a protected Waldorf site was shared by many. It was indeed established, in many different ways and on many levels from many age groups, that an online Waldorf Alumni “place” would be welcome and useful. Following the beginning grant, funds were secured from the Waldorf Schools Fund and work on designing and developing the site began energetically in 2008 and 2009.
Our research demonstrated that older Waldorf graduates (we have some in their nineties) who do not regularly use social networking tools on the internet indicated that they would be glad for a vehicle to be used intermittently for locating friends and colleagues; younger Waldorf Alums indicated that existing social networking tools were overcrowded and sometimes invasive and that a protected space online would be a welcome tool.
Finding classmates and schoolmates, finding friends in new locations, job search assistance, housing identification, house exchanges (nationally, continentally and internationally), and Waldorf school affiliation were all identified as components that would be helpful. Waldorf schools expressed appreciation for the idea that their own Alumni could be found through such a tool as well. Posting news and events about Waldorf school participants and Alumni gatherings were also identified as welcome components.
“The more the merrier” was never as true as it is for this site. Get your own information on this and spread the word to your Waldorf friends and associates! The substance of the impact of networking will be realized through many joining the site.
In researching the possibilities for the “Alumni Corner,” graduates (and Waldorf participants who might not have finished school at a Waldorf school) indicated that reunions were less interesting to them, per se, as service or science trips to help in neighborhoods or populations where there is identified need with other Waldorf Alums (New Orleans, or Haiti, for example).
Waldorf Alum Releases New Film
Green Meadow Alum Stefan Schaefer is the writer and director of the new film MY LAST DAY WITHOUT YOU, which opens on Oct. 4th in DC, Atlanta, Seattle, New Orleans, and Chicago.. The film stars Nicole Beharie (SHAME, 42, SLEEPY HOLLOW) and European leading man Ken Duken. It's a heart-warming, cross-cultural love story - rated PG-13. For those who saw Stefan Schaefer's prior film ARRANGED (http://arrangedthemovie.com/), it features several of the same actors. You can find out more via the following links: Official website + trailer: http://mylastdaywithoutyou.com/
Official FaceBook page for the film. September 2013
Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Graduates James Jackson and Lilie Bytheway-Hoy of the Band Yassou Benedict in the News It's not fair to say that San Francisco band Yassou Benedict like food as much as they do making music but they might split their time equally between the two. James Jackson, who answered the questions below, cooks at Beauty's Bagel Shop, a wood fired Montreal style bagel joint that also serves other classic appetizing items. Lilie Bytheway-Hoy is a server at Outerlands, a seasonally inspired, hyper local restaurant in the outer sunset district of San Francisco. Read more The Huffington Post July 8, 2013
Fashion and the Environment
Waldorf alum Michelle Vey’s documentary 'From Elegance To Earthworms', a movie about New York’s growing eco-consciousness, was screened at the Tribeca Cinemas in New York, May 2009. Her latest film, 'Thread' expected to be released this summer, focuses on the toxicity of the fashion industry and how new trends can shift consumers toward ethical, sustainable, organic, and healthy fashion choices. When asked what she gained from making Thread Michelle replied: “I gained a great sense of hope for our planet and faith in humanity. I met caring, conscientious people who followed their ideas with commitment and action and the results are very impressive. These are some of the most truly inspiring companies.” See the 'Thread - a Documentary' trailer here. Also found on the film's website is a helpful FAQ section with a number of links related to eco-fashion and green resources. February 2013
Bay Area Waldorf Alumni Holiday Reunion at San Francisco Waldorf School
By Samantha Eliot Stier, graduate of the Honolulu Waldorf School, class of 2006
Any former Waldorf student will tell you that returning to a Waldorf school -- ANY Waldorf school -- is sort of like returning home. There is an atmosphere of familiarity, creativity and imagination that fills the rooms of Waldorf schools all over the world. That magical quality can be felt especially when members of the Waldorf community gather together for an event. The Bay Area Waldorf Alumni Holiday Reunion at San Francisco Waldorf School was a perfect example of this.
On Friday, December 21, 2012, San Francisco Waldorf hosted a holiday alumni event for alumni, alumni parents, faculty and staff, and friends of Waldorf. Graduates from Waldorf schools all over the state attended the event.
The event began at 7pm, and by 7:45, the room was full of laughter and conversation. Alums reconnected with each other and with their former teachers, and were introduced to people they'd never met. There was a mouth-watering spread of hors d'hourves, and an array of beverage choices.
This was a wonderful opportunity to speak with some of the Waldorf graduates in various stages of life after Waldorf. It was a joy to converse with these Waldorf alums, all of whom I'd never met, whose lives have been so deeply impacted by their education at Waldorf schools. Here are some quotes from the evening:
"I'm grateful to Waldorf because I came from a public school, where they didn't have a music program. I never would have known I was any good [at music] if I hadn't come to a Waldorf school and been taught the clarinet in 3rd grade, which I still play. It's one of my favorite things in the world, and I thank Waldorf for that."
- Max, graduate of Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, CA
"Waldorf education has inspired me to attend a reunion at a different Waldorf school eight years down the road, and has taught me to look for aesthetic value in everything I do."
- Daniel, class of 2004, Highland Hall Waldorf School
"Waldorf taught me that you can find art in anything. Literally. In math, you can see how the numbers make a pattern. I've learned Eurythmy, and I use it to calm myself sometimes. Waldorf has taught me to branch out and try new things that I may not be comfortable with -- like acting. I'd never acted before coming to Waldorf, and I got one of the lead roles in the senior play. I had no confidence, and I thought I'd forget all my lines. But when we performed, I remembered all my lines, and everyone thought I did a really good job."
Damen, class of 2012, San Francisco Waldorf School
"Waldorf has opened my mind to different ways of approaching my school work. I think about things in ways that other people don't. It's just second nature to me. I do think that there is a great amount of thoughtfulness and mindfulness that comes through Waldorf education."
- Rachel, class of 2010, San Francisco Waldorf School
By the end of the evening, a group of these former students were reminiscing, singing songs, comparing morning verses, remembering Main Lessons and performing lines from plays. Even though none of us had ever met before, we were good friends by the end of the night. It was a wonderful experience to be in the presence of such passionate, unique, intelligent individuals and seeing how Waldorf education has informed their careers, dreams, and life goals. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Waldorf Graduate Celebrates Life!
Ben Mattlin, a graduate of Rudolf Steiner School in New York City, writes an op-ed piece in the New York Times.
Read the article here: Suicide by Choice? Not So Fast New York Times November 1, 2012
Fred W. Paddock 12/20/29-11/1/12
Fred Paddock was born in and grew up in St. Paul, MN. He was ordained as a Methodist minister, and was librarian at the Rudolf Steiner Library in New York City since 1973 and later moved, with the library, to Harlemville. He taught classes in the anthroposophical society in New York and continued teaching at his local church in Copake, NY. He is survived by his wife May, his two children, Paul Paddock and Rachel Smith, and three grandchildren: Bryan, Henry, and Lydia. He introduced and edited (with Mado Spielger) Judaism and Anthroposophy (Steinerbooks 2003).
Waldorf Alumni Gathering in San Francisco December 21, 2012
Other recent Alumni gatherings have been held in Boston, Washington DC, New York City and Hudson, NY
Hosted by the San Francisco Waldorf School
For details, to RSVP or for ways to help promote this event please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
SAVE THE DATES: April 19-21, 2013: Detroit, MI, AWSNA's Waldorf Inspired Service Weekend 2013
HEADS HANDS AND HEARTS IN DETROT! Be there and show you care!This year the traveling Service Weekend will be at the Detroit Waldorf School in the much beset with economic woes city of Detroit. The school will get us painting, digging, wiring, carpentering (skills anyone?) and generally sprucing up the beautiful old building that houses this little Waldorf school. See the Motor City while lending a hand to a school with a long-standing special mission to serve Detroit’s children of all nationalities and economic levels.
Contact Anamyn Turowski email@example.com in the AWSNA Outreach & Development office in Chatham, NY 518-392-0613 Details coming soon.....
Former Spring Garden Waldorf School Student Helps Create Olympic Images
Animation artist Nathaniel Howe’s work has been seen by millions of people, and he credits his success in part to the creative foundation he built on after attending Spring Garden Waldorf School. Nathaniel Howe helped create the logos used for this year’s Olympics in London. Read more Akron.com August 16, 2012
WALDORF IN BOSTON - C'MON DOWN!!
Were you part of a Waldorf community — teacher, student, parent, graduate, staff, 21 & over? Then this party is for YOU!
SEPTEMBER 19TH (Wednesday evening) 6 TO 9 P.M.
at LUCKY'S LOUNGE, 355 Congress Street, Boston 02210, 617-357-5825
Buffet dinner and cash bar — good friends — many reunions — and Waldorf memories!
This event collaboratively sponsored by:
The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA)
The Waldorf School of Garden City
High Mowing Scool
Waldorf High School of Massachusetts Bay
Monadnock Waldorf School
Kimberton Waldorf School
Washington Waldorf School
Green Meadow Waldorf School
Rudolf Steiner School of New York City
Waldorf School of Princeton
Merriconeag Waldorf School
The Waldorf School of Baltimore
Cape Ann Waldorf School
The Washington Waldorf School
Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School
Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School
The Waldorf School of Lexington
Here are 5 great alumni stories from the Atlanta Waldorf School website - Christopher Alston class of 2006, David Anderson class of 2001, Emily Friedman class of 2008, Michelle Thibodeaux class of 2006, and Eloisa Cleveland class of 2008. voice interviews with slideshow images click here to view
Consuelo McAlister is a Toronto Waldorf School graduate. She is a Social Entrepreneur who co-founded Local Buttons, a Toronto-based company which creates a unique refurbished fashion line by hiring skilled tailors in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and paying them fair wages. Watch Video Interview 2012
Santa Fe Waldorf School Seniors Ready to Branch Out After Graduation Senioritis (in which students completing their high school careers are so ready to be done with school that they stop doing homework, attending assembly or making it to class on time) is a common affliction in May. But not at the Santa Fe Waldorf School. Located at the end of a dirt road southeast of the intersection of Old Pecos Trail and Interstate 25, the campus was lively and engaged even during the last days of the school year. Read more Santa Fe New Mexican May 30, 2012
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity thanks Waldorf School of Baltimore Students and staff from the Waldorf School of Baltimore had their first visit to Hawaii and spent a day with Honolulu Habitat for Humanity ReStore prepping it’s store/office for the grand opening. Habitat for Humanity website Read more May 2012
Pasadena Waldorf School alum Gabriel Lopez, ’98 – Bioengineer I was just telling my lab mates about Waldorf and it got me onto the PWS website. I saw the invitation for alumni to drop a line and just had to say hello! I studied under Ms. Blair and graduated in 1998. Since then, I did 2 years of high school at La Salle, 2 years of high school at a boarding school in Northfield Mount Hermon, Massachusetts. I did my undergrad at UCSB, where I studied Bio and Spanish, took a year abroad in Barcelona, a semester abroad in Costa Rica, and graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa. Read more on the Pasadena Waldorf School website here
Meet the New Girl: Sojourner Morrell Is Scared of Middle America Interview with Waldorf alum Sojourner Morrell, who is currently on the cover of Italian Vogue. The New Jersey native kick-started her career after landing a spot in Prada's 2012 resort presentation, followed by a solo spread in British Vogue's August 2011 issue, which then resulted in spring 2012 runway slots at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and even Tom Ford. Now in her sophomore season, the established equestrian (she was the first woman accepted to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, mind you) walked the couture runway for Chanel, nabbed Jil Sander Navy's spring campaign, and appeared in editorials for Interview, Dazed & Confused, i-D magazine. Read more
Waldorf Goes to Washington! A Waldorf Alumni Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at R.F.D. (Regional Food and Drink) in Washington, D.C.. Please join us! Sponsored by Princeton Waldorf School, Kimberton Waldorf School, Waldorf School of Baltimore, Washington Waldorf School, Waldorf School of Garden City, Green Meadow Waldorf School, and AWSNA
Where: R.F.D. (Regional Food and Drink) 810 7th St., NW Washington, DC 20001 202.289.2030
When: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 6-9pm
Food and a private room will be provided. Cash bar. Bring your business card for a raffle! For grads and non-grads.
You must be 21 years of age to attend. RSVP by April 20 so we have a head count: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pine Ridge Oglala Reservation, SD – Over fifty Waldorf school alumni, grandparents, parents, teachers, and students are converging at Lakota Waldorf School this April 19, 20 and 21, 2012, to work at the Lakota Waldorf School. Projects include building a deck, a play house, an outhouse, and a classroom loft. The Lakota Waldorf School was founded in 1992 by a group of Lakota parents committed to a vision for their children's education that includes traditional Lakota values. Located in the heart of the Pine Ridge Oglala Reservation, the school “strives to initiate the educational process while maintaining the Lakota language and culture. Our goal is to empower our Lakota children so they will create positive active futures for themselves and their community.” The current 8th grade students from the Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier, VT, are joining the group of volunteers, as are many parents, staff and alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, and board members.Lowe's Lumber has contributed materials and teachers at the Denver Waldorf School are dyeing silk for curtains for the classroom. This is the second annual alumni service week sponsored by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA). Last year members of the Waldorf community met at the Waldorf School of New Orleans. Projects there included lazure painting of classroom walls, building a large storage shed and a porch for play. Volunteers also designed and built a playground. Several staff members from New Orleans are joining the Lakota service weekend in gratitude for what was accomplished at their school last year. AWSNA’s leadership council and board of trustees representing schools from Canada, Mexico and the U.S., will be helping too and will hold their meetings in a tipi near the school. Waldorf Education is a holistic and developmental approach that integrates academic, practical and artistic elements in an experiential curriculum rich in the basics, literature, history, languages, the arts, the social and natural sciences, and technology. There are 168 Waldorf schools in North America, and over 1,000 internationally.
Brentwood Library to display works by Troy Berrgren Lacey
The Friends of the Brentwood Library this month will feature the artwork of Troy Berrgren Lacey in the glass showcase. She attended the Waldorf School, a school created by Rudolf Steiner that places human development and art at the center of its curriculum and specializes in enabling students to choose their individual path through life.
Read more The Tennessean April 2, 2012
Healing Through Education A Waldorf parent blogs about discovering Waldorf Education for his children. He contrasts Waldorf with traditional public schools, pointing out the lack of technology in the classroom and the hands-on learning approach. He also includes an informational video, entitled "Why Waldorf," produced by the Marin Waldorf School, that further shows the beauty of Waldorf Education. Several Waldorf graduates are interviewed in the video. Read more and watch the 15min video Unintended Consequences blog March 8, 2012
Memoirs of a Charlottesville Waldorf Alumna View Video February 23, 2012
Teen Piano Prodigy to Play Benefit For his eighth-grade service-learning project at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School in Harlemville, NY, Yuk decided to put his talents toward the greater good. Read more Berkshire Eagle February 22, 2012
Anna Davis Makes a Labyrinth at Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School Anna Davis, who graduated from Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School last year, is a deeper thinker than most. “I’ve always been interested in the question of the meaning of life and religion,” she said. “We did a lot of study on ancient religion and moved to modern systems and beliefs.” Read more North Shore Times February 20, 2012
Blog: My Experience of Waldorf Schooling I was introduced to Waldorf schooling by actually having one when I was growing up, so let me get straight to the point: having a Waldorf Education while growing up was nothing short of amazing, I would do it all over again. Read more Tarbeyah - An Exploration of Sacred Parenting & Education February 7, 2012
Former Waldorf Student from the San Francisco Waldorf School featured in the SF Gate 'Violinist Sophia Hummell Keeps a Steady Hand' Make a list of the requirements for playing the violin, and the first few items are pretty obvious. Love of music, a good ear, dedication - check, check, check. What about two good arms? Now that's where you want to be careful about jumping to conclusions. Read more SF Gate of the San Francisco Chronicle January 7, 2012
Ashwood student takes eighth-grade project to Burma On Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, Abigail Matlack won't be preoccupied with candy hearts; instead, she will be on a trans-Pacific flight heading to Southeast Asia — Seoul, Bangkok, and then to the isolated Burma. Read more Knox Village Soup January 11, 2012
Have you ever made a phone call to Antarctica? Tanja is where Jessica Bramley-Alves went to the Mumbulla School for Rudolf Steiner Education in Bega. She's now a scientist working in Antarctica, completing climate change research for the University of Wollongong. Listen to the Interview Australian Broadcasting Corporation January 6, 2012
Benjamin Weber was selected as the 2011 Outstanding Secondary Level Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award recipient. Weber is a graduate of Hawthorne Valley School. The award will be presented during the 91st Annual, Conference of the National Council for the Social Studies, “Dimensions of Diversity,” in Washington, D.C., in December at a special Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year Award ceremony. Congratulations, Benjamin Weber! Read more 2011
AWSNA's WaldorfFest 2011 at Club Helsinki in Hudson, New York this past July was a wonderful success. It was the second annual summer party for Waldorf alumni, parents, teachers, students, grandparents and friends. The food and mood were both great - 14 Waldorf schools were represented, not just from North American countries but from Europe as well. Many alumni-owned businesses were our sponsors and offered raffle prizes and door prizes. Patrice Maynard described the good work done by Waldorf volunteers at the Waldorf School of New Orleans last April, who participated in the first and hugely successful AWSNA Service Weekend. She also announced the location of the next AWSNA Service Weekend dates and location: the Lakota Waldorf School on Pine Ridge Reservation, from April 19-21, 2012. During this enjoyable evening we raised several hundred dollars toward this next Waldorf Service Weekend. All-in-all, a fun festive summer gathering!
Sponsors: The Youth GroupThink Outword; The Raphael Academy of New Orleans, LA; The green cleaning company Swept Green of Hudson, NY; Hawthorne Valley Farm Store and Association located in Harlemville, NY; Camphill of Copake, NY; Waldorf Home Exchange, based in Santa Rosa, CA; Hudson Valley Acupuncture out of Hudson, NY; Woodland Ways wilderness camp in Harlemville, NY; the author Winslow Eliot; The Farm at Miller's Crossing in Claverack, NY; The children's store The Bee's Knees on Warren Street in Hudson; KOSA also located on Warren Street in Hudson; The restaurant Northeast Kingdom of Brooklyn, NY; the band Mother Fletcher of Hudson, NY; Harvest Spirits of Valatie, NY; Lefty's Silver Cart of Cambridge, MA; AWSNA Books&More and Renewal magazine.
Hearthstone Students Travel to New Orleans for AWSNA's Service Weekend
Early this month, several Hearthstone high school students left on a service trip to New Orleans. The group\'s travel expenses were partially paid for by a grant from the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America, awarded for their willingness to help rebuilding efforts in New Orleans, which is still struggling to overcome the devastation of Hurricane Katrina five years ago. According to one of the students: \"It was a great learning experience, and possibly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, although I have high hopes of returning to New Orleans in the future to help with the rebuilding and experience the culture all over again.\" RappNews April 28, 2011
Highland Hall graduate Zoe Kravitz
Young actress Zoe Kravitz has three high-profile movies coming out this year. Yelling to the Sky - SXSW 2011 Accepted Film is one of them. View Trailer
Malibu Compost: Love, Compassion, Gratitude, and Cow Manure
Waldorf alum Colum Riley, class of 1992 at Kimberton is the co-founder and director of operations for one of the hottest new companies on the west coast. His company “Malibu Compost” not only makes and sells biodynamic compost, but also rescues cows that are about to be slaughtered for beef.
Tech Gets a Time-Out
Charges of hypocrisy be damned: Some Silicon Valley tech wizards are quietly raising their kids outside the lurid digital landscape that their own industry calls childhood. San Francisco Magazine 2010