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Calgary, Alberta, Canada T3H 5G9   
Phone: 403-287-1868  |  Fax: 403-287-3414   
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GATEWAYS CONFERENCE
SEVENTH ANNUAL GATEWAYS CONFERENCE 2016 WRAP-UP
OUR APPRECIATION
Our sincere gratitude goes to our Workshop Facilitators for volunteering to share their wealth of knowledge, experience, and time with our participants. Thank you to:
    Grey Nybo
    Kelly Lynch
    Luka Symons
    Laureen Loree
    Johanna Kalkreuth
    Arwen Cruse
    Avril Whitney
    Rose Maynard
    Kathy Brunetta
    Aina Lordo
    Miriam Bezeau
    Douglas Gerwin

We would also like to thank everyone who played a part, whether big or small, in bringing our 7th annual conference to light and making it a memorable experience.

Our many thanks go to:
  • Conference MCs Dean Carter and Cathie Foote, who held space when we needed it, and delivered key pieces of information in a warm and welcoming manner.
  • The parents on the Board for providing the delicious Friday night meal shared with Gateways presenters, faculty volunteers, and Board members.
  • Doug Ward for his wonderful graphic design work and online support.
  • Staff and Faculty Volunteers for their hard work and energy. We would especially like to acknowledge our Early Childhood faculty for their prep work and for their service as our warm welcoming committee at the registration tables.
  • Behind the scenes support from the CWS admin team: Shannon, Sandra, Cathie, Cari, and Kathy.
  • We appreciate the accommodations teachers made to open their classrooms for our Workshops’ use.
  • Avril Whitney and her team for transforming the Atrium into a beautiful shopping experience known as “The Pixie Hut”.
  • Kerry Porter and Dilshan Hetti Hewage for the amazingly quick and efficient set-up and take-down of our “dining room” for the Saturday lunch and the set-up of Workshop rooms.
  • Parent Volunteers who helped with various tasks before, during, and after the conference, along with their families and caregivers for providing them with support so that they were able to do this volunteering.
  • Douglas Gerwin, our Keynote Speaker, who truly had us thinking.
  • Jessica Lyford and Linda, whose beautifully prepared food was a feast for all senses.
  • Josh, our wonderful Sound Technician – excellent sound is critical for a conference.
  • School and community members who supported the conference with donations which we used as Door Prizes. We had many, many happy prize winners!
  • Our Gateways Conference Planning Committee Members – Brenda Porter, Sylvia Wolfrum, Eva Pinnau Kelly, Carolina Martins, and Sierra Maidlow – who met regularly throughout the entire year to bring this event to fruition.
  • Our attendees: without your ongoing support we would not be able to celebrate another successful event! This year we had attendees join us from Ontario, British Columbia and Manitoba, and from all across Alberta.


THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS
The Gateways Conference Planning Committee is most grateful for the generous outpouring of support from our School community members and local merchants. Their donations enable us to offer a multitude of wonderful draw prizes.

OUR HEARTFELT THANKS GO TO:
    Breya Hardy
    Cheechum Soby
    Marie Snippa
    Eva Kelly
    Elan Family Wellness Centre
    Integra Naturopathics
    Arts Commons
    Calgary International Children's Festival
    Jenny Fulton
    Kyla Arden
    Preet Dhillon
    Lesley Joiner
    Jennifer Palmer
    Curious Hair Salon
    Harmony Wellness
    Tim Hortons
    Color Me Mine
    Adrianah Thompson
    Vin Room
    Westside Rec Centre
    West Springs Co-op
    Safeway, Aspen Landing
    Splurge Gifts & Flowers
    My Favourite Ice Cream Shoppe
    Karma Yoga
    Ohh La La Patisserie
    Sandra Ghali

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR 8th ANNUAL GATEWAYS CONFERENCE IN 2017
Mark your calendars now! April 28 and 29, 2017 are scheduled for our 8th Annual Gateways Conference, with Keynote Speaker Jaimen McMillan.

Kindly,
Gateways Conference Planning Committee
Sierra Maidlow, Chair
403–287–1868 ext. 317 or gateways@calgarywaldorf.org


 

Seventh Annual Gateways Conference 2016
CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY APRIL 15, 2016
6:45 pm Registration Opens
7:15 to 9:00 pm Evening Keynote Talk by Douglas Gerwin
SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2016
8:15 am Registration Opens
9:00 am Morning Keynote Talk by Douglas Gerwin
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 Douglas Gerwin
Note: With the exception of babes in arms, this conference is for adults only, please.

FRIDAY EVENING APRIL 15 AND SATURDAY APRIL 16, 2016
Keynote Speaker: Douglas Gerwin
Douglas Gerwin, Ph.D., has taught history, literature, German, music, and life science at college and Waldorf high school levels for the past 35 years. A Waldorf graduate himself, Douglas received his Ph.D. in Psychology and Literature from the University of Dallas in 1984. As Director of the Center for Anthroposophy (in Wilton, New Hampshire), he divides his time between adult education and teaching adolescents, as well as mentoring Waldorf schools across North America. Dr. Gerwin is the founder of the Waldorf High School Teacher Education Program at the Center for Anthroposophy, as well as being Executive Director of the Research Institute for Waldorf Education and leader of the Teacher Education Network (for accredited Waldorf Teacher Training Institutes throughout North America). He is author of numerous articles on education and anthroposophy, as well as editor of six books on Waldorf Education. Douglas now resides in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife Connie, a Waldorf high school teacher of mathematics.

GATEWAYS REGISTRATION STARTS FEBRUARY 8th, 2016
Gateways registration is only available online. You can register HERE starting on February 8th.




GATEWAYS 2016 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
Morning Workshops — 11:15 am to 12:45 pm
Click on any workshop title to read more about it.

MORNING WORKSHOP
PRACTICAL TRAINING IN THINKING: A PATHWAY TO HUMAN FREEDOM
with Douglas Gerwin
In lucid and practical terms, Rudolf Steiner lays out in a lecture of this title concrete steps to improving our understanding of this uniquely human capacity. We will work with some of the exercises offered in this lecture to improve our powers of observation and memory, as well as addressing some key questions concerning the nature of human thinking and the obstacles to human freedom in our time.

MORNING WORKSHOP
LINO CUT PRINT-MAKING
with Greg Nybo
You will create your own watercolour-based prints using a variety of lino cut techniques. Please come prepared with a few 6” x 12” drawings in mind so we can choose the one that will be most feasible for this workshop.

MORNING WORKSHOP
THE INTEGRATED MIND AND WALDORF EDUCATION
with Kelly Lynch
The latest neuroscientific research supports Steiner’s theories on how children learn and makes the connection to what we refer to today as whole-brain learning. This same science reveals how we make new neural connections throughout our lives, not just in childhood. During this session, you will learn the six keys to neuroplasticity and how to use these tools to change your brain and change your life.  We will also take a musical tour of your brain to learn a powerful method of meditation in action called self-observation.

MORNING WORKSHOP
NAVIGATING GOOD NUTRITION FOR FAMILIES
with Luka Symons
The day is packed with activities, errands and demands on our time. How is good food supposed to also be a part of the plan? Sometimes navigating food choices for busy families can feel a bit like a minefield of expectations and conflicting information. Join Holistic Nutritionist Luka Symons for an uplifting workshop touching on the basics of good nutrition for our growing children, with practical, easy, and nourishing ideas that will fuel their important work and play.

MORNING WORKSHOP
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE: THE DRAMATIC ARTS IN WALDORF CLASSROOMS
with Christina MacWilliam and Dean Carter
Join two experienced Waldorf Class Teachers (and natural born hams) as we take up questions surrounding the value of the dramatic arts in education such as “Why do we do class plays?’, “How does a short dramatic retelling of a story in second grade support writing?”. As we move beyond drama as solely for entertainment, we will discover some of the deeper gifts that the students receive in our Waldorf program.

MORNING WORKSHOP
INNER WORK FOR PARENTS (AND TEACHERS): MEDITATIVE PRACTICES TO SUPPORT AND SUSTAIN YOU THROUGH THE PARENTING (TEACHING) YEARS
with Laureen Loree
While the life of a parent or teacher can be very fulfilling, it can also be deeply draining. We cannot do it alone. During this session participants will be led through a variety of meditative practices indicated by Rudolf Steiner (‘The Six Subsidiary Exercises’, the ‘Rose Cross’ Meditation, and the ‘Rückschau’) that draw on the support of the spiritual world to help sustain and renew us – physically, emotionally and spiritually in as little as 15 minutes a day.

MORNING WORKSHOP
SPARKING SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION IN THE WALDORF SCHOOL
with Jenn Bergfeldt & Jack Searchfield
We will look at the progression of the study of electricity in the Waldorf Middle School, starting in Grade 6 with static electricity and working up to Grade 9 with basic atomic theory, and building an electric motor.

MORNING WORKSHOP
INTRO TO SPACIAL DYNAMICS® (IN THE LIGHT OF PARENTING)
with Johanna Kalkreuth
This workshop will introduce participants to Spacial Dynamics®. The focus will be on the five kinds of spaces, and how our creation, co-creation and experience of these spaces impact our experience of the world and ourselves, especially in relationship to the other. Attention will be given particularly to the parent-child relationship, and what is needed most at different stages of childhood and during challenging/triggering situations.

MORNING WORKSHOP
FELTING A WALL HANGING (please choose the morning or afternoon session)
with Arwen Cruse
Explore your creative side while dry felting a simple wall hanging from colourful wool roving. We will also examine the significance of the human hand in the creative process and how the Waldorf School handwork curriculum supports the child’s developing will in the creation of items of beauty and purpose.


Afternoon Workshops — 2:15 pm to 3:45 pm
Click on any workshop title to read more about it.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
SCHOOLING THE IMAGINATION AS A FACULTY OF COGNITION
with Douglas Gerwin
The imagination, like any human capacity, can be trained as scrupulously as the intellect to perceive truth and reality. Indeed, through the eye of imagination we come to know the lawfulness,wholeness, and metamorphoses of scientific phenomena.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
CORE CONNEXION – TRANSFORMATIONAL ARTS®
with Avril Whitney
Core Connexion Movement Practice gives us access to creativity, playfulness, and insight through movement and simple body based exercises. It is not a yoga or dance class but rather provides an opportunity to follow our authentic impulse to move, have fun and be nurtured. It is designed with the whole person in mind. Wear comfortable clothes, in layers (in case you get warm!) and bring a water bottle. Bare feet or light athletic shoes are recommended.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
SINGING AND SONGS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD
with Rose Maynard
Through singing and movement, participants will learn the value of music as it pertains to literacy, love, math, and brain development. In the workshop, Miss Rose will share some of her repertoire of lullabies, circle songs and fingerplays. Please come prepared to sing and move. Copies of songs will be made available.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
FORM DRAWING
with Kathy Brunetta and Aina Lordo
Form drawing is taught in grades 1-5 and consists essentially of freehand drawing of non-representational forms. What is its educational purpose? Its effectiveness is realised in the process, not the product. It is the art of drawing that educates, not the result. Come join us in the process and find out more.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
FELTING A WALL HANGING (please choose the morning or afternoon session)
with Arwen Cruse
Explore your creative side while dry felting a simple wall hanging from colourful wool roving. We will also examine the significance of the human hand in the creative process and how the Waldorf School handwork curriculum supports the child’s developing will in the creation of items of beauty and purpose.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
SIMPLICITY PARENTING AND THE SOUL OF DISCIPLINE
with Johanna Kalkreuth
This workshop presents the foundational elements of Kim John Payne’s two acclaimed parenting guides, Simplicity Parenting and The Soul of Discipline. Practical applications and case studies will be explored. For those familiar with this work, time will also be given for specific questions and/or themes of interest. Johanna Kalkreuth is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and Certified Simplicity Parenting Coach.

AFTERNOON WORKSHOP
BREAD MAKING: TO NOURISH THE BODY & SPIRIT
with Miriam Bezeau
Make your very 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 WORKSHOP
WOODCARVING
with Greg Nybo
Learn how a log is turned into an egg! Using hand-carving techniques and math principles you will do the final carving of your very own wooden egg. This project is taught as part of the Grade 6 curriculum at the school.




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 8th, 2016.
Register by March 7th, 2016 for our Early Bird Prize Draw – a $50.00 Gift Certificate to the Pixie Hut!

Conference Fee (includes lunch and snacks)
$100 per person by April 14th
$125 per person after April 14th

Gateways registration is only available online. Registration starts February 8th, 2016

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

WHERE IS THE SCHOOL
515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW.
The Calgary Waldorf School is located in the south-west neighbourhood of Cougar Ridge.


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