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Barbara S. Dewey Betty Peck Betty Staley
Carol Lee Flinders Carolyn Brown Cheryl Mulholland
Chris Korrow Cindy Brooks Claudia McLaren Lainson
Cook Rodgers Craig Holdrege Cynthia Aldinger
Cynthia Hoven Cynthia Wand Daena Ross
David Darcy David-Michael Monasch DeAnna L'am
Dee Joy Coulter, Ed.D. Donna Simmons Elizabeth Seward, PhD
Esther Leisher Eugene Schwartz Faith Collins
Ingun Schneider Jack Petrash Janet Allison
Jennifer Crebbin Jill Dreves Joan Almon
John Bloom John Cunningham Joseph Cornell
Joya Birns Kelly Morrow Kim John Payne
Kristie Burns, MH, ND Linda Knodle Lisa Bennett
Lorene Allen Marin Lipowitz Marshall Rosenberg
Mary O'Connell Michael Mendizza Myra McPherson
Nancy Blanning Nancy Jewel Poer Penni Rich Sparks
Rachael Kessler Rahima Baldwin Dancy Rainbow Rosenbloom, M.Ed.
Regina Mason Regina Sara Ryan Sharon Lovejoy
Sharon Sofia Fletter Shea Darian Sieglinde De Francesca
Simone Demarzi Susan Kaplan, MSW Suzanne Down
Thesa Kallinikos Thomas Cowan, MD Tim Burns
William Bento
Barbara S. Dewey Betty Peck Betty Staley
Barbara DeweyBarbara S. Dewey holds a Masters in Waldorf education, has written many publications, and consults internationally on Waldorf home schooling through Waldorf Without Walls, which she founded (see www.waldorfwithoutwalls.com). She has recently returned from a speaking tour in Australia.
Betty PeckBetty Peck brings over 50 years' experience as a kindergarten teacher and educational consultant to her work with parents and teachers. She will be sharing an inspiring slide presentation of the magical garden that formed the basis for her work with young children. She was also founder of the Saratoga Community Garden, an educational organic garden for school children. Betty is the author of Kindergarten Education. Freeing Children's Creative Potential (Hawthorn Press).
Betty StaleyBetty Staley is well-known as the author of Between Form and Freedom, A Practical Guide to the Teenage Years, which has become a classic for parents in grades 5-12. She has worked with adolescents for 35 years and currently directs both the Waldorf High School Training Program and the Foundation Year at Rudolf Steiner College, where she also works with public school teachers and with teachers of at-risk students from throughout California. She consults with Waldorf schools (and Waldorf-inspired charter schools) and gives workshops for parents, university students and teachers.
Carol Lee Flinders Carolyn Brown Cheryl Mulholland
Carol FlindersCarol Lee Flinders, Ph.D., is co-author of the Laurel's Kitchen cookbooks and more recently of Enduring Grace: Living Portraits of Seven Women Mystics and At the Root of This Longing: Reconciling a Spiritual Hunger and a Feminist Thirst. Her latest book is Enduring Lives: Living Portraits of Women and Faith in Action. She has taught courses in mystical literature at UC Berkeley, and at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and is currently a member of the Spirituality and Health Institute, Santa Clara University. She lives near Tomales, in Northern California, with her husband, Tim; their son, Mesh Flinders, is a screenwriter living in New York.
Carolyn BrownCarolyn Brown currently teaches Gardening Classes at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula to the students of grades One through Eight and is serving as co-faculty chair.  She began teaching gardening and developing her curriculum at the Waldorf School of the Peninsula as a parent volunteer in 1991. She later became a part time employee and  a full time faculty member by 1998.  For twelve years prior to teaching, she and her husband Andrew Scott were self-employed organic fresh market vegetable growers and beekeepers (25 acres and 350 colonies) in the Capay Valley west of Woodland, California.  She and her husband have been involved with the Bio-Dynamic Association of Northern California for over 20 years. She has benefited from collaborating with other gardening teachers, farmers and gardeners through the organization's quarterly meetings.  She graduated from U.C.Davis with a degree in Plant Science and Nursery Management in 1980 and received her teaching certificate from the Rudolf Steiner College's Peninsula extension program in 2006.
Cheryl MulhollandCheryl Mulholland has been a eurythmist and Waldorf elementary and kindergarten teacher and worked as the Educational Director for Hedgerow Farms in Boulder and Rio Grande Community Farms in New Mexico.  She is a skilled storyteller, crafts person, herbalist and gardener and offers adult classes in Boulder on Sacred Dance, Biodynamic Agriculture and the Divine Feminine.
Chris Korrow Cindy Brooks Claudia McLaren Lainson
Chris KorrowChris Korrow is a naturalist, biodynamic gardener and a home schooling father. He blends his passion for nature observation and agriculture with his skill in photography as a way to educate adults and children about the beauty and intelligence of nature. His award-winning documentary, Garden Insects, premiered nationwide on PBS (www.gardeninsectvideo.com). His new book, Awakening to Nature: Gardening and Nature Observation as a Path of Spiritual Development, features his essays and photography. His family has lived a "green" lifestyle in Kentucky for almost 20 years -- growing food, drawing water by hand from a well, and lighting their home with energy from solar panels.
Cindy BrooksCindy Brooks and Joya Birns co-lead the monthly support group at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School ("Parent Circle") and various workshops for parents. Cindy received her MA in transpersonal psychology from Antioch University--Seattle in 1990. In 1995 she completed a two-year training in sandplay at the Child Therapy Institute of Marin and was licensed as an MFT in California in 1996. In 2003 she graduated from the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training and has worked with the Care Group at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School since 2003.
Claudia McLaren LainsonClaudia McLaren Lainson has been a Waldorf educator for over 24 years, teaching both Waldorf kindergarten and adult classes in Anthroposophic Studies. Claudia studied Therapeutic Education with Gradalis Institute and has been in private practice in Boulder since 1998, helping children and parents meet the challenges facing so many families today. Claudia has raised three children, and she and her husband John recently founded Wind Rose Farm outside of Boulder, Colorado.
Cook Rodgers Craig Holdrege Cynthia Aldinger
Cook RodgersCook Rodgers was the founding teacher at River Song Waldorf School in Ft. Collins, Colorado and taught Waldorf early childhood for 10 years. She has also been a pioneer in Animal Assisted Therapy and directs Wildflower Nature Center, from her home in Boulder.
Craig HoldregeCraig Holdrege spearheaded the founding of The Nature Institute in Ghent, NY in 1998 and serves as its director. His areas of study include philosophy and biology, and he worked for many years as a high school biology teacher in Waldorf Schools in Germany and the United States. Since the 1990's, Craig has been involved in teacher training and mentoring high school science teachers and has given many courses for adults in a phenomenological and experiential approach to nature study and biology. He has written numerous pieces on genetic manipulation of life, including Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering (University of Kentucky Press, 2008). Craig is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in sustainability education from Prescott College, Arizona. See www.natureinstitute.org.
Cynthia AldingerCynthia Aldinger is founder and Executive Director of LifeWays North America, dedicated to the development of healthy childcare and parenting practices.  Cynthia has presented internationally, directs trainings and seminars across the US, and teaches at Rudolf Steiner College.  She trained at Emerson College and is a former Waldorf kindergarten teacher.  A mother and grandmother, Cynthia's passion is the preservation of the playful spirit of childhood and the creating of home-like environments that provide the comfort, security and activities found in a healthy home.
Cynthia Hoven Cynthia Wand Daena Ross
Cynthia HovenCynthia Hoven works as a full-time faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College, where she directs a four-year, full-time training in Eurythmy. She has taught eurythmy and given courses on subjects in anthroposophy for over 25 years.
Cynthia WandCynthia Wand is a trainer and facilitator for Virtues Project International, recognized by the UN as a model global program for families of all cultures. She is also a homeschooling mother, applying Waldorf principles for her daughters. Her presentations and workshops are designed to inspire parents and educators to "be the change they want to see" by discovering and strengthening their inner gifts.
Daena Ross Daena Ross has been involved with Waldorf education for over 22 years as a grade, kindergarten and specialty teacher and mentor for teachers. She also guided homeschool families in a California state charter for 8 years. She has a private practice and has worked with learning challenged children for over 20 years and is currently the remedial support teacher at Shining Mountain Waldorf School in Boulder, CO.
David Darcy David-Michael Monasch DeAnna L'am
David DarcyDavid Darcy has a deep understanding of Waldorf education and Steiner's social philosophy. He has been a Waldorf class teacher, admissions director, high school teacher and consultant to home schooers. He helped start The Harvest, a Waldorf school in The Woodlands, Texas, and has written a curriculum integrating Waldorf activities into a program for homeless children.
David-Michael MonaschDavid-Michael Monasch is a eurythmist, actor-director, juggler-clown and father/husband.  He has performed and taught throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand and Europe.  In Seattle he was cofounder of  Sound Circle Teacher Training and was on the adjunct faculty of Antioch University.  He moved to Boulder in 2003, where he teachers throughout the region.
DeAnna L'amDeAnna L'am, speaker, coach, and consultant, is author of Becoming Peers - Mentoring Girls Into Womanhood. Her ground-breaking work with mothers and coming-of-age girls has been transforming girls' and women's lives around the world, for over 20 years. DeAnna was the first to bring Rites-Of-Passage work to Israel, her country of origin, where she led groups for Jewish and Palestinian women. She helped participants surpass political and religious differences by deeply bonding as cycling women. DeAnna is dedicated to inspiring women and girls everywhere to love themselves! She works to cultivate Red Tents in every neighborhood, and trains women to hold Red Tents in their communities. Visit her at: www.deannalam.com.
Dee Joy Coulter, Ed.D. Donna Simmons Elizabeth Seward, PhD
Dee Joy CoulterDee Joy Coulter, Ed.D. is a nationally-recognized neuroscience educator, known for her unique ability to present complex ideas in clear and humorous ways that are useful for parents and educators.  She holds a doctorate in neurological studies and holistic education and for over 25 years has been applying brain research to education issues in workshops, college courses and her writings. Dee taught for 20 years at Naropa University in Boulder. She was a founding board member at Shining Mountain Waldorf School, from which her son graduated.  Dee is an adjunct faculty for the remedial program at Sunbridge College in New York.  A number of her writings and audio tapes are available on her website, www.kindlingtouch.com. Her current research interests include how to help children cope with stress and trauma, fostering higher order thinking skills in adolescents, and how we can begin naming and addressing the deeper nature of the child.
Donna SimmonsDonna Simmons is founder of Christopherus Homeschool Resources (www.Christopherushomeschool.org ), providing books, resources and consulting on Waldorf home schooling.  She has been involved with Waldorf education most of her life: first as a student at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City; then, briefly, as a class teacher at the Sheffield Steiner School in England, where she also ran a Mom-and-Toddler group and started the Merlin Nursery.  She and her family lived in Camphill (a Steiner-based community for people with special needs) for a number of years, where she also taught gardening to local Waldorf students. Now they live in Wisconsin where Donna juggles teaching at a Waldorf high school, homeschooling her youngest son and running Christopherus with her husband, Paul.
Elizabeth SewardElizabeth Seward, PhD, bridges academia and Waldorf education, having recently earned a doctorate in education after 17 years as a Waldorf teacher, specializing in handwork. She also directed the Waldorf teacher preparation program in Los Angeles and San Diego for three years. Elizabeth serves as a mentor to Waldorf handwork teachers throughout California.
Esther Leisher Eugene Schwartz Faith Collins
Esther LeisherEsther Leisher, the mother of four children now grown, home schooled her youngest two using Waldorf principles.  She gives workshops and writes articles about her experiences as a Waldorf parent and is actively involved in a Waldorf-inspired charter school in New Mexico.
Eugene SchwartzEugene Schwartz has served as Director of Waldorf Teacher Training at Sunbridge College, as well as having worked with the late Ernest Boyer at the Carnegie Foundation to establish new curricular ideas and methods. He has lectured on new ideas in education at Harvard, Columbia, University of Tennessee Medical Center and the Aspen Institute. Eugene recently graduated his fourth 8th grade class, from Green Meadow Waldorf School and now serves as a consultant to both Waldorf and public schools. He also provides resources for home schoolers through his website, www.millennialchild.com. His many books and articles have been widely published in the US and throughout Europe, including Millennial Child and Why the Setting Sun Turns Red and Other Stories for Children. As the father of two grown boys and two girls, and the grandfather of three boys, Eugene has experienced the joys and challenges of family life in two different millennia.
Faith CollinsFaith Collins is the founder of Joyful Toddlers!, a resource for parents, childcare providers and early childhood educators (www.joyfultoddlers.com).  She shares her experience through teleclasses, phone consultation, coaching visits, a blog and speaking engagements. Faith is a LifeWays graduate and was co-director of Rainbow Bridge LifeWays Program in Boulder.  She currently divides her time between Colorado and London, where she is completing a masters in early childhood education.
Ingun Schneider Jack Petrash Janet Allison
Ingun SchneiderIngun Schneider is Director of the Remedial Education Program, a three-year part-time program at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks.  She has over 40 years of professional experience in the fields of physical therapy, childbirth education, and Waldorf education.  Ingun travels extensively to give workshops and lectures on child development and learning difficulties with a focus on Extra Lesson educational support.
Jack PetrashJack Petrash is the founder and director of the Nova Institute (www.novainstitute.net) and a nationally-known parenting educator. He taught for over 30 years and took three classes of children from grades one to eight at the Washington Waldorf School. His books include Covering Home: Lessons on the Art of Fathering from the Game of Baseball, Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching from the Inside Out and Navigating the Terrain of Childhood: A Guidebook for Meaningful Parenting and Heartfelt Discipline. Jack and his wife Carol have raised three children.
Janet AllisonJanet Allison is a parent educator, family coach and Waldorf consultant in Portland, OR and the mother of two grown daughters. She is the author of Boys Alive! Bring Out their Best! (See www.parenting-advice-from-mom.com).
Jennifer Crebbin Jill Dreves Joan Almon
Jennifer CrebbinJennifer Crebbin is a Life Coach and Certified Handwriting Consultant in the Vimala method.  She teaches a writing style that prepares individuals to be powerful contributors in the world.  After completely reshaping her own handwriting, she has devoted her career to sharing this work.  With more than twenty-five years in Waldorf education, Jennifer blends her understanding of Waldorf pedagogy with the Vimala Alphabet to help parents, educators, and children more completely express their true selves.
Jill DrevesJill Dreves is founder and Executive Director of Wild Bear Center for Nature Discovery in Nederland, CO (www.wildbear.org).  She taught public elementary school for 9 years and is the mother of two boys.
Joan AlmonJoan Almon was a Waldorf early childhood educator for over thirty years and served as founding Chair of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America.  She has also served on the Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America and was a General Secretary of the U.S. Society.  She is currently focusing on the Alliance for Childhood, a broad-based advocacy group that brings together educators, health professionals and others to work on common concerns, such as the need to restore creative play and other healthy essentials to childhood.
John Bloom John Cunningham Joseph Cornell
John BloomJohn Bloom is Director of Organizational Culture at Rudolf Steiner Foundation (RSF) Social Finance (www.rsfsocialfinance.org). As part of his work at RSF, he has been developing the Transforming Money Collaborative, as well as other educational programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. John has presented many workshops and lectures and written extensively about aspects of money, development, and governance for non-profits. He is author of the book, Reimagine Money.
John CunninghamJohn Cunningham is both a Waldorf teacher and a certified NVC trainer. He trained individually with Marshall Rosenberg, the developer of Compassionate Communication (also called Nonviolent Communication, or NVC). Since June 2000, John has been giving trainings in NVC throughout the country as well as consulting to the Waldorf school movement (see www.empathyconexus.com).
Joseph CornellJoseph Cornell is one of the most inspiring nature educators in the world today. His first book, Sharing Nature with Children, sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education and became a classic. His six Sharing Nature Books have been translated into 20 languages. In 1978, he founded Sharing Nature Worldwide, a popular and highly acclaimed nature awareness program. He is the honorary president of the Japan Nature Game Association, an organization of over 10,000 leaders who use and promote his nature education philosophy. A fifth-generation Californian, he and his wife are residents of Ananda Village, an intentional community in Nevada City. See www.sharingnature.com.
Joya Birns Kelly Morrow Kim John Payne
Joya BirnsJoya Birns and Cindy Brooks co-lead the monthly support group at the Santa Cruz Waldorf School ("Parent Circle") and various workshops for parents. Joya previously taught early childhood and handwork classes in three Waldorf Schools and has worked with parent groups since 1982.
Kelly MorrowKelly Morrow is a Waldorf teacher and reading specialist. She taught at Four Winds Waldorf School in Illinois and is now taking a class through the grades at Shining Mountain Waldorf School.
Kim John PayneKim John Payne has been a school counselor and a private family counselor-therapist for nearly two decades.  He has worked extensively within the North American and U.K. Waldorf School movements and as a consultant and trainer to more than sixty US independent and public schools.  He is currently project director of the Waldorf Collaborative Counseling Program at Antioch University New England and the director of a large research program on a drug-free approach to attention priority issues disorders.
Kristie Burns, MH, ND Linda Knodle Lisa Bennett
Kristie BurnsKristie Burns, MH, ND has lived half her life in the Midwest and half in the Middle East. She studied Waldorf by reading and assisting in a Waldorf school in Illinois, then ran a Waldorf Enrichment program from her home in Saudi Arabia for four years. She holds a Naturopathic Doctorate and Masters in Herbalism from Trinity College. She now runs www.thewaldorfchannel.com.
Linda KnodleLinda Knodle is an experienced Waldorf teacher and the founder and director of Community Education Toward a Healthy Social Life. She is a pioneer in bringing coming of age work into the Waldorf schools, teaching blocks in many Waldorf middle school classrooms. She published I Find My Star Curriculum, written by Tamara Slayton, Linda Knodle and Anne-Marie Fryer which is now out of print. She also has a publication called Human Fertility: a curriculum for teachers, mentor and parents in support of the transition at puberty from childhood to adolescence. (see www.LindaKnodle.net)
Lisa BennettLisa Bennett is Communications Director at The Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, which has developed a program and a forthcoming book, Smart by Nature: Schooling for Sustainability (www.ecoliteracy.org). Lisa has written more than 3000 articles for newspapers and magazines, authored numerous research reports and contributed to several books, writing extensively about education, the environment, health, parenting and women?s issues. She has spoken at the National Press Club, and appeared on BBC, C-SPAN, Hardball, and many other local outlets. Lisa is the mother of two young sons and lives in San Francisco.
Lorene Allen Marin Lipowitz Marshall Rosenberg
Lorene Allen is an independent trainer in the art of compassionate communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg in his book Nonviolent Communication (NVC). She was a Waldorf parent and now has a a grandchild in a Waldorf program. Lorene teaches this work and compassionate parenting in Wldorf charter schools in northern California.
Marin LipowitzMarin Lipowitz has always been interested in and passionate about experiential learning. She is currently exploring its joys and benefits by developing and producing a line of hands-on curriculum kits. The first set in this series is focused on Math, Grades 1-4.  Marin holds a Masters Degree in Waldorf Education, and has had years of experience as a Class Teacher in the early grades. She also taught hands-on Science and Math classes to homeschoolers, Grades 1-6, and served as a curriculum facilitator and independent studies teacher for charter school students, K-12.  The rich gifts and effectiveness that Waldorf Education brings, along with an in-depth knowledge of state and national education standards provide an excellent foundation for the innovative approach found in Marin's methods. She believes if joy and enthusiasm come first, the rest will follow, empowering all children with a life-long love of learning.
Marshall RosenbergMarshall Rosenberg, Ph.D., is the founder and educational director  of the Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC), an international peacemaking organization.  Growing up in a turbulent Detroit neighborhood, Dr. Rosenberg developed a keen interest in new forms of communication that would provide peaceful alternative to the violence he encountered.  His interest led to a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University Wisconsin in 1961, where he studied under Carl Rogers.  His subsequent life experience and study of comparative religion motivated him to develop the Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process.   He is currently based in Wasserfallenhof, Switzerland and travels throughout the world mediating conflict and promoting peace.  www.CNVC.org
Mary O'Connell Michael Mendizza Myra McPherson
Mary O'ConnellMary O'Connell has been working in the field of early childhood education for fourteen years.  She began her work as a parent educator and volunteer coordinator at the Family Center in Milwaukee, and quickly saw the need for quality child care.  She opened her own home child care program a few years later and completed the LifeWays training.  After five years in her home, she opened LifeWays Early Childhood Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2002, followed by LifeWays Child Development Center in Hartland, Wisconsin in 2006.  Mary serves as president of LifeWays of Wisconsin, Inc. and is a member of the LifeWays North America Board.  She teaches in the Miswest LifeWays training, offers seminars and lectures on early childhood and is a LifeWays consultant.  She has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Michael MendizzaMichael Mendizza has been an educational and documentary filmmaker for the past 25 years and is founder of Touch The Future, a nonprofit learning design center in California (www.ttfuture.org). He has done extensive research on what athletes call the zone, researchers call flow, and children call play. By studying the lives of peak performers, Michael discovered that excellence, at any age or in any field, is "state specific," which he explains in his talks. He is coauthor, with Joseph Chilton Pearce, of Magical Parent-Magical Child: The Optimum Learning Relationship, which applies the basic principles of "state specific learning" or "being in the zone" to parenting and education.
Myra McPhersonMyra McPherson has served children with learning challenges for more than two decades. She maintains a private practice in therapeutic education work with children, families and teachers and does consultant work with Waldorf schools in and around Fair Oaks, CA.
Nancy Blanning Nancy Jewel Poer Penni Rich Sparks
Nancy BlanningNancy Blanning taught Waldorf kindergarten 17 years before becoming the remedial and therapeutic teacher at the Denver Waldorf School. She also does teacher training and mentoring.
Nancy Jewel PoerNancy Jewel Poer was born and raised in California . As a child she loved horses and outdoor life and graduated from the University of Arizona with hopes of becoming a veterinarian. But her large family of six children, three sons and three daughters, became the creative center of her work, along with teaching in the International Waldorf schools. Nancy is known across the United States for her lively lectures on Waldorf education, parenting, child development, the spiritual feminine, the role of women in America , and threshold work. She felt called to threshold work, first assisting with births, and then pioneering support with home deaths in the community, which she has done for the past twenty-five years. She has helped in the founding of threshold groups throughout the country. An artist as well as a writer, Nancy has published A Child''s First Book and art prints for children. She is co-founder of Rudolf Steiner College , a Waldorf teachers' college near Sacramento, and has taught there for twenty-six years. Prior to that she taught children at all grade levels, K-12, and began three kindergartens, the last as the founding teacher for the Cedar Springs Waldorf School in Placerville , California. She lives with her husband of many years in the Sierra foothills on White Feather ranch where they raise cattle, have a bio-dynamic garden, sponsor youth conferences, and give women's retreats and threshold conferences to help pass the work on to others.
Penni Rich SparksPenni Rich Sparks is a Waldorf master teacher, consultant and parent educator. Penni has developed workshops for adults who would like to be effective, present and loving authorities for all the children in their lives through her empowerment-based programs called Take Heart (see www.teachingheart.us).
Rachael Kessler Rahima Baldwin Dancy Rainbow Rosenbloom, M.Ed.
Rachael KesslerRachael Kessler, founder and executive director of PassageWays Institute in Boulder (www.passageways.org), passed away in 2010. She was an internationally-known expert in the field of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and is widely recognized for bringing spiritual development into mainstream K-12 education. She was the author of numerous articles and curricula, as well as The Soul of Education: Helping Students Find Connection, Compassion, and Character at School (ASCD 2000). Her work in educational reform has been embraced both internationally and locally, including in a multi-year demonstration and research project in a large, diverse public high school with 1800 students in Ft. Collins , CO. Her work continues to promote discussion and learning among educators and parents about the relationship between nurturing the inner life and academic performance, character development, and the prevention of violence and destructive behaviors.
Rahima Baldwin DancyRahima Baldwin Dancy is internationally known as a midwife, parenting educator and author of You Are Your Child's First Teacher on Steiner's indications from birth through age six. She has been organizing "Waldorf in the Home" conferences for more than twenty years (first as "The Magical Years" Conference).
Rainbow RosenbloomRainbow Rosenbloom, M.Ed., is a Waldorf educator who has been working with home schooling programs since 1985. He is founding director of Live Education!, offering a Waldorf home schooling curriculum and consultation for grades K-8.
Regina Mason Regina Sara Ryan Sharon Lovejoy
Regina MasonRegina Mason holds her M.Ed. from Antioch New England, with Waldorf and public education certifications.  Her journey with Waldorf began in Camphill Village and has continued through 24 years of homeschooling her children, with a two-year experience of "life in a school" as a class teacher in Ann Arbor.

A fiber artist, shepherdess, and mother of six, she heads The Shepherd's Child, a handwork studio at BelleWeather Farm in rural New York, where she teaches weaving, spinning, felting and knitting.  There, through handwork, festivals, homeschooling, farming and retreats, she and her husband work with a growing community of artists, musicians, and families in celebration of the cycles of nature.  On the road, Regina brings homespun traditions to colleges, schools, homeschool collectives and fiber events throughout the Northeast.
Regina Sara RyanRegina Sara Ryan, author of The Woman Awake, Feminine Wisdom for Spiritual Life, is a former Catholic nun who has studied contemplation and mysticism for over forty years. After leaving the convent in the early 1970s, Regina began her exploration of other religious traditions and was particularly inspired by the lives of the great women of Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and Sufism who had lived these ways. In her own life she had strongly felt the need to appreciate and celebrate herself as woman, and to balance the masculine pole of Divinity, which had characterized her previous religious education, by finding women and men who exemplified the feminine pole, or the Feminine Face of the Divine. Since meeting her own spiritual mentor, the Western Baul master Lee Lozowick in 1984, Regina has continued to follow what she calls a path of "unashamed devotion" in which she works to bring her life of contemplation into action. Since 1980 she has made several trips to India, and in 1998 she wrote the story of a great beggar saint, titled: Only God: A Biography of Yogi Ramsuratkumar. Her book Dangerous Prayer: Radical Reliance on God (2001) draws the distinction between prayer for the sake of comfort and prayer as a means of radical transformation. Her popular seminars and retreats have been given in many U.S. locations, as well as in Mexico, Canada, and several countries in Europe. She lives in Paulden, Arizona with her husband of over thirty-seven years and her adopted grandchildren.
Sharon LovejoySharon Lovejoy was introduced as a child to the wonders of nature by her Quaker Grandmother Lovejoy, a botanist and educator. As an adult, Sharon's passion for the natural world guided her to become a naturalist, a watercolor illustrator, and an award-winning garden and nature writer. Her first book, Sunflower Houses, helped introduce hundreds of thousands of children to the wonders of nature through gardening. Among her other books are A Little Green Island with the Little Red House (2005 National Outdoor Book Award winner), Trowel & Error; A Blessing of Toads, Hollyhock Days and Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children. See www.sharonlovejoy.com.
Sharon Sofia Fletter Shea Darian Sieglinde De Francesca
Sharon Sofia FletterSharon Sofia Fletter is the founder of SoulSong enterprises, an organization dedicate to reaching every child through its publishing company and Global Outreach Foundation.  Her experience as a mother, midwife and early childhood teacher have passionately fueled her desire to foster the young child's innate spiritual wisdom.  Her books are designed to entertain the young child with stories that honor their deepest memories and relationship with Spirit.  She lives in Crestone , Colorado in a straw bale house she built along side her 5 sons.
Shea DarianShea Darian is an inspired speaker and workshop leader and has presented keynote talks and workshops throughout the United States . Shea encourages parents, grandparents, and caregivers to transform our often busy, chaotic 21st century lives with a greater sense of balance and peace. She offers practical and inspirational tools to build healthy, joyful family relationships. In addition to Living Passages for the Whole Family, Shea is the author of Seven Times the Sun: Guiding Your Child through the Rhythms of the Day, Sanctuaries of Childhood: Nurturing a Child's Spiritual Life, and Grandpa's Garden, a children's picture book. Shea received a BA in Speech and Theater from Iowa State University , a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, and is working toward certification as a multifaith spiritual director. She has served as a youth minister, minister through the arts, minister of worship, and Waldorf school administrator. Shea is a sacred arts enthusiast, particularly in the area of sacred drama. With her spouse, Andrew, and their grown children, Morgan and Willa, Shea is also an inspired homemaker; she considers her family to be her most sacred earthly sanctuary. Shea is available for speaking engagements. For contact information, see www.gileadpress.net.
Sieglinde De FrancescaSieglinde De Francesca has over 25 years' experience teaching Waldorf (N-4) and homeschooling (K-7). She currently teaches drawing, painting and puppetry in the San Francisco Bay area. She recently authored Coloring with Block Crayons.
Simone Demarzi Susan Kaplan, MSW Suzanne Down
Simone DemarziSimone Demarzi has been involved with Waldorf education for 25 years and is currently director of the LifeWays childcare program at the Caldwell Early Life Center at Rudolf Steiner College.
Susan KaplanSusan Kaplan, M.S.W., has a private practice, Balance and Harmony, based on a Holistic and Strengths based Model. Susan provides a Circle of Services, meeting with individuals, couples, families, and presenting parent, teacher and workplace workshops. She also provides Educational and Applied Storytelling Programs.
Suzanne DownSuzanne Down has been a favorite presenter at past Waldorf conferences and is known throughout North America as a master storyteller and founder of Juniper Tree School of Puppetry and Arts, now based in Vancouver, BC. Suzanne presents workshops as well as extensive training programs and has produced several puppetry kits and books of seasonal tales. She is currently working on Lifting the Veil: The Renewal of Puppetry Arts. She is also active with Puppets for World Change,The Hope Puppet Project, and Puppets Against Hunger Project. Her numerous books and puppetry kits can be found online at www.junipertreepuppets.com.
Thesa Kallinikos Thomas Cowan, MD Tim Burns
Thesa KallinikosThesa Kallinikos graduated from Emerson College in England and has been a Waldorf teacher for over 30 years.  She currently teaches at Shepherd Valley Waldorf School in Niwot, CO.  Thesa has studied fairy tales and legends for her Waldorf teaching and through her personal interest.  Over the past 20 years she has written articles, lectured and given conferences to teachers and parents who have been delighted with the experience and depth she has to offer on the subject.
Thomas CowanThomas Cowan, MD has been in prviate practice in natural and Anthroposphic medicine for over 20 years. He is a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, promoting traditional nutrition. He is principle author, with Sally Fallon and Jaimen McMillen, of The Fourfold Path to Healing.
Tim BurnsTim Burns is an educator, author and presenter with a keen interest in human development, learning, and creativity. His background includes over thirty years of experience as classroom teacher, counselor, adolescent and family drug-treatment program director, university instructor, and staff development specialist. His presentations on recent brain research support the importance of movement in education and other approaches utilized by Waldorf education. He has presented at over 2000 schools throughout North America, New Zealand and Australia and was greatly appreciated at the AWSNA Regional Conference in Santa Fe, NM, where he lives with his family. Two of his daughters graduated from Santa Fe Waldorf School. Tim is the author Our Children, Our Future, From Risk to Resiliency, and Anatomy of a Crisis: The Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs on the Brain. In addition, he has authored several resource manuals and a 22-lesson curriculum entitled Brain Gain/Brain Drain: Teaching Students to Build a Better Brain. His website is www.TimBurnsEducare.com.
William Bento
William BentoWilliam Bento is co-director of Gradalis, a resource center for remedial, therapeutic and transdisciplinary education. He has been an adult educator in the field of human development for over 30 years. William has been a noted pioneer in the field of a new anthroposophical approach to psychology (Psychosophy). He brings a unique synthesis of sociological, psychological, cosmological and spiritual perspectives to bear on almost every facet of education and therapy.