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GATEWAYS CONFERENCE
Gateways Conference 2018

    2018 Gateways Conference online registration starts February 1st.



FRIDAY EVENING APRIL 27 AND SATURDAY APRIL 28, 2018
About Keynote Speaker: Torin M. Finser, PhD
Torin M. Finser has his PhD in Educational Leadership and an MA in Education with Waldorf specialization. Dr. Finser was a Waldorf student himself, having attended Waldorf schools in the United States and Germany. He has been an educator for more than three decades (as a class teacher, subject specialty teacher, and teacher of teachers) and is an international speaker, consultant, advisor, and advocate for school renewal. Torin has served on the Board of six Waldorf schools, and he has served as General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Torin has for many years worked as an organizational consultant for a wide variety and number of schools, in the areas of leadership development, conflict resolution, organizational and group dynamics, mentoring, and teacher development. He has led workshops and conferences on healthy school relationships; stress transformation; individual, school and community renewal; and the arts and foreign languages in the curriculum. Dr. Finser is the author of ten books, including School as a Journey; In Search of Ethical Leadership; School Renewal; Organizational Integrity; A Second Classroom: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School; Finding Your Self: Exercises and Suggestions for Teachers; Leadership Development; and most recently Education for Nonviolence: The Waldorf Way.


GATEWAYS 2018 KEYNOTE TALKS

FRIDAY EVENING KEYNOTE TALK
Parents and Teachers as Role Models for Social and Ethical Interactions
Through a living practice of relational work, we can foster social intelligence and the capacity in our children to form ethical judgements. The key is how we work together as adults. As parents and teachers, we can model forms of relationship and leadership that can release initiative and support social health in our children as they develop into ethical adults.

SATURDAY MORNING KEYNOTE TALK
How We Can Help our Children Learn to Tell “Right” from “Wrong”
As they grow from year to year, children are faced with situations that provide opportunities to learn right from wrong and how to make decisions. What are the crucial elements that support good choices? How can we help our children to make ethical choices? How does Waldorf curriculum and pedagogy provide ways for children to learn to process emotions and problem-solve? These are the key questions Torin Finser will address during this keynote presentation.

You will be able to register for Gateways workshops online starting February 1st, 2018.
The online registration page is HERE.



GATEWAYS REGISTRATION STARTS FEBRUARY 1st, 2018
Gateways registration is only available online. You can register HERE starting on February 1st.



GATEWAYS 2018 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
MORNING WORKSHOPS — 11:15 am to 12:45 pm
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MORNING WORKSHOP
FURTHER EXPLORATIONS
Torin Finser, PhD
This small group discussion will offer a more interactive opportunity to engage with the material offered in the keynote talks. Torin will lead and facilitate the discussion so that we can take up questions and concrete situations resting in the hearts of participants.

MORNING WORKSHOP
BRINGING WALDORF GEOGRAPHY TO LIFE
Larry Glatt, PhD
In the Waldorf Geography Curriculum, children encounter the world. Through their studies of physical geography, natural history, land formation, government, and culture, students broaden their perspective. There are many ways to bring cultures to life. A very powerful way to experience a place is through song, sung in the local language. In this workshop we will explore the varied experience of bringing a culture to life and sing songs appropriate to the different Waldorf Geography main lesson Blocks. No singing experience required.

MORNING WORKSHOP
SIMPLE TOOLS FOR NAVIGATING YOUR BUSY LIFE
Yana Filipovich
As adults, the way we relate to busyness not only affects us personally but also sets an example for children in our care. During this workshop we will explore the effects and symptoms of stress, and practice simple strategies to release stress and help access calm and peace. These tools can be applied anywhere and in just minutes per day.

MORNING WORKSHOP
ADVENTURES IN CHALK DRAWING
Arwen Cruse
Our classrooms are often filled with beautiful chalkboard drawings done by our talented class teachers. Here is your chance to explore this fun and accessible medium for yourself, and learn blending and shading techniques while creating your own masterpiece.

MORNING WORKSHOP
CREATE & CONVERSE: SOCIAL INTERACTIONS AMONG YOUNG CHILDREN
Karen Fjestad
We will create lovely peg dolls for your little ones. As we work, we will share thoughts and reflections on how social dynamics within the early childhood realm allow our children the opportunity to learn both a sense of self and a capacity for compassion for the other person. We will consider how we can both role model and plant the seeds of healthy relationships for our young children​.

MORNING WORKSHOP
ATTENDING TO OUR LIFE LOSSES
Carmen Wilde
Many of us are walking through the world carrying the heaviness of grief and few of us have been shown how to tend to it. This workshop will offer us ways to hold our sorrows with reverence and learn meaningful practices that allow us to bring our grief the attention and witnessing it is asking for. In doing so, we can then teach our children how to be in relationship with the grief they will encounter as they move through their lives.

MORNING WORKSHOP
EARTH ART
Andrea Merredew
Creating Earth Art is a deeply meditative practice. It is an opportunity to slow down, awaken our senses, and engage our minds, hearts, and hands while deepening our connection to the Earth. It is suitable for people of any age and ability and involves creating art with various materials we encounter in nature. When we are done, we leave our creation, allowing it to return to the earth. Join Andrea Merredew in the Kinderyard for an introduction to this beautiful art form.

MORNING WORKSHOP
BREAD MAKING: TO NOURISH THE BODY & SPIRIT
Miriam Bezeau
Make your own loaf of bread and learn how easy and engaging it is. We’ll look beyond bread making to other activities and traditions that nurture our life forces.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOPS — 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
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AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
FURTHER EXPLORATIONS
Torin Finser
This small group discussion will offer a more interactive opportunity to engage with the material offered in the keynote talks. Torin will lead and facilitate the discussion so that we can take up questions and concrete situations resting in the hearts of participants.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
GEOMETRIC DRAWING
Dorthea Rydholm
How does Waldorf approach Geometry? Beginning with activity, understanding and comparing, and later proving mathematical theory, the Waldorf student has experience with geometry involving the head, heart, and hands. Come and experience this first hand, as Dorthea Rydholm, an experienced class teacher, leads you through a geometry lesson from the grade five and six curriculum.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
WE CAN HELP OUR CHILDREN FEEL WORTHY AND SEEN
Michele Gole
The expectations that we have of our children come from our desire for them to live their best lives, but in the process we often miss the opportunity to truly see them. Based on the Conscious Parenting teachings of Dr. Shefali Tsabary, we will explore the importance of children being seen and valued as the individuals they are, at their essence. Making conscious choices as parents will enable our children to remain more aligned with their true selves while at the same time deepening the parent-child relationship. Learn how our “triggers" affect our parenting and how connection can come before correction.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
CREATE & CONVERSE: RESILIENCE IN THE YOUNG CHILD
Brenda Porter
During this workshop, pipe cleaners and fleece will be transformed into a woodland creature through the magic of needle felting. No experience required! As we felt, the topic of resilience, the capacity to overcome challenges of all kinds, will be discussed. This will include exploration of how Steiner’s four foundation senses support the development of the 7 C’s of resiliency. What are the 7 Cs? Join us to find out!.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
HOW FATHERS CAN SUPPORT THEIR CHILDREN’S WALDORF EDUCATION
Larry Glatt, PhD
Dads don’t always find it easy to connect with their child’s Waldorf education. In this workshop dads will have the opportunity to develop ideas and practices to overcome some of the challenges they meet, while they work on a project in service to the school.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
INTRODUCTION TO STONE CARVING
Kris Holthe
Carving stone into sculpture is an ancient tradition. Due to the permanence of the material, stone carving is considered the earliest known representation of art. This workshop will begin with a presentation outlining the process to complete a carving from start to finish. Safety considerations will be discussed as well as the required tools and supplies. Workstations will be set up with carvings in various stages of completion and participants will have the opportunity to work with tools on the carvings.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
From Mistakes and Blame, into Freedom and Transformation, for Teaching and Parenting
Peter Murdock
As adults, we carry within us the weight of our struggles and challenges. We sometimes fear that we may pass on this weight to our children through our actions, words or how we present ourselves. This, in turn, can lead to self-blame and guilt. This workshop considers different ways we may perceive the weights we carry and shares suggestions for taking responsibility in the present to free ourselves from blame.




CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY APRIL 27, 2018
6:45 pm Registration Opens
7:15 to 9:00 pm Evening Keynote Talk by Torin Finser
SATURDAY APRIL 28, 2018
8:15 am Registration Opens
9:00 am Morning Keynote Talk by Torin Finser
10:45 am Break
11:15 am Morning Workshops
12:45 pm Lunch
2:15 pm Afternoon Workshops
3:45 pm Break
4:00 pm Wrap-up with Torin Finser

Note: With the exception of babes in arms, this conference is for adults only, please.



REGISTRATION INFORMATION
The conference is limited to 150 participants on a first come, first served basis. Note, we are now offering online registration only, starting February 1st..

Register before March 18th for our Early Bird Prize Draw – a $50.00 Gift Certificate to the Pixie Hut!

Conference Fee (includes lunch and light snacks)
$105 per person by April 17th
$130 per person after April 17th

Gateways registration is only available online. Registration starts February 1st at: calgarywaldorf.org/gateways.html

Payment must be made online at: calgarywaldorf.org/gateways.html

Waldorf-inspired toys, books, and supplies will be available for purchase from the Pixie Hut during registration times, and at snack and lunch breaks.

LODGING
If you require lodging during your stay in Calgary for the Gateways Conference please let us know. We can let you know of nearby hotels or discuss the option of billeting with a Calgary Waldorf School family of faculty member

CONTACT INFORMATION
For more information, please email gateways@calgarywaldorf.org, or phone 403-287-1868 ext. 148

LOCATION OF CONFERENCE
515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW.
The Calgary Waldorf School is located in the south-west neighbourhood of Cougar Ridge.


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