Karen Rivers reminds parents to take “joy in raising children” by addressing the “inner work of a parent.” Offering courses in the Waldorf-style of integrating singing, lecture, and discussion, Karen engages parents in deep reflection of their important work, while providing tools for nurturing and understanding children.
Long-time Waldorf educator and director of community festivals, the North Bay Community finds a sage supporter in Karen Rivers. Editor of “Waldorf Education: A Family Guide” , Facilitator of the Sophia Foundation’s Grail and Rosamira Circles , and Wisdom University Teacher, Karen invites parents to cultivate inner awareness and participate in their children’s lives and community activities with consciousness. She encourages parents to balance the needs of their family and the inner calling to serve the greater community. She offers a range of opportunities to engage parents and families in ritualistic, rhythmic and creative activities. Karen holds seasonal festivals, as well as a choral group, study groups, and workshops open to all, at the Petaluma “barn”, a place where community can gather through the generosity of Fort Schlesinger.
Local Santa Rosa mother, Kosima Grundy, joined Karen Rivers for her annual Christmas Eve celebration. Grundy and family found the “barn” to be a pastoral retreat on a nature reserve. Rivers wove music, candlelight and story into a spiritual ritual, helping to tie families to the deeper meaning of the holidays.
Looking for your own support for Waldorf-inspired parenting? Try one of Karen’s programs or these other local resources:
Waldorf Parent Education Courses (Adult Only)
The Sacred Work of Parenting, Facilitated by Karen Rivers
“Cultivating Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in Your Home.” A ten week course offered on Wednesdays for two hours each meeting for $200. Course open to all community members, both mothers and fathers. New sessions began January 13, 2010 – spaces are still available. (415) 662-2147 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Fathers on the Path of Waldorf Education Together, Facilitated by Roland Baril
These group sessions will be dynamic, informative meetings that will encourage sharing of experiences, as members work together to strengthen their parenting skills and their role as Fathers with their families through enhanced knowledge of Rudolph Steiner’s philosophies. Meets for 14 Saturdays for two hours each meeting for a fee of $125 and book costs. 2009-2010 group filled – call to join the waiting pool and/or discuss Fall openings for Summerfield Waldorf School or to explore creating a community group. Contact: John Reighard at (707) 235-8636.
Mothers on the Path of Waldorf Education, Facilitated by Thalia Baril
Like the “Fathers on the Path” group described above, this group formed in January 2010 to bring Mothers together to strengthen their parenting skills and deepen their understanding of their role as Mothers. Contact: John Reighard at (707) 235-8636.
Local Waldorf Inspired Parent/Toddler Programs
Children’s Play Garden, Facilitated by Marcia Larkin and Mary Bowen
Parents and children join together in a world of wonder and beauty. Parents are gently guided in the art of parenting and handwork honoring the changing seasons. Children experience sharing and playing, using songs, stories, and outdoor play in a joyful and rhythmical way. Facilitated by experienced Waldorf teachers and parent educators, this class is currently offered on Tuesdays from 9-11 in Sebastopol. Course fees are $20-30 per class – call (707) 823-2062 today to discuss joining a current group or starting a new group.
Wild Rose Play Garden, Facilitated by Line Westman and Other Waldorf Teachers
Parents and children share a morning together. Children play, sing, and bake bread, while the parents are nurtured by parenting conversations and recurent craft sessions. Songs and finger games help us explore the changing seasons. Children also enjoy puppet shows and stories. The morning together flows rhytmical and joyfl as we come together and share our homemade bread and snacks before we play outside under the large oak tree. Please call (707) 823-1261 or email line@westman,com for more information.
Summerfield Waldorf School’s Roots and Shoots, Facilitated by Donna Stusser
Parent/Child classes provide a nurturing experience in a beautiful classroom and playground, under the guidance of experienced Waldorf teachers. Discussion, article reading, and observation provide opportunities for parents to learn and share. Call Sallie Miller at (707) 575-7194 ext. 102 for scheduling, costs and openings.
Marin Waldorf School Parent Child Program, Facilitated by Barbara Rosen and Leanne Tarantino
Now enrolling for the Winter and Spring sessions. The classes include songs and movement, handwork and playtime, conversation and community. Spaces available in the Older Toddler class on Saturday mornings – a wonderful opportunity for the dads to be involved in a group experience. There are also openings in the Infant, Crawlers and Young Toddler classes. Please visit the website at www.marinwaldorf.org for more information or call (415) 479-8190 ext. 147.