Waldorf Worldwide

For the Waldorf student, music, dance, and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.

Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on a profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head.

Today, with 1000 Waldorf schools in 83 countries, Waldorf education may well be the fastest growing independent educational movement in the world. In North America Waldorf has been available since 1928, and there are now over 250 schools and 14 teacher training centers. These schools exist in large cities and small towns, suburbs and rural enclaves. No two schools are identical; each is administratively independent. Nevertheless, a visitor would recognize many characteristics common to them all.

Further Resources

The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) is proud to bring you Why Waldorf Works, a definitive source of news and information about Waldorf Education. Here you can explore this remarkable approach to educating children that boasts an 85 year history in North America.

Association of Waldorf Schools North America (AWSNA)
Association of independent Waldorf schools and Waldorf teacher education institutes. Their mission is to support the schools and inform the public about the benefits of Waldorf education.
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The Research Institute for Waldorf Education
RIWE founded in 1996 in order to deepen and enhance the quality of Waldorf education, engages in sustained dialogue with the wider educational-cultural community and supports research to serve a wide range of educators in their work with children and adolescents.
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Friends of Waldorf Education

The association Friends of Waldorf Education (Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners) supports initiatives striving to educate children in ways which will enable them to take active part in shaping the future. Founded in 1971, they want to advance Rudolf Steiners educational impulses worldwide and, as well, to support all attempts to ensure freedom in education.
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Sophia’s Hearth Family Center

Sophia’s Hearth Family Center is a gathering place for families with young children that is active both in supporting families through direct service programs, and as a training center where professionals are prepared to provide the highest quality care for families and young children.
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Sunbridge Institute

Sunbridge Institute, located in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., offers Waldorf teacher training and courses based on the work of Rudolf Steiner.
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Rethinking Agriculture | Biodynamic Association
U.S. non-profit organization formed to foster knowledge of biodynamic methods of agriculture, horticulture and forestry and undertake educational activities.
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Demeter USA
Welcome to Demeter USA. We are the non-profit American chapter of Demeter International, the world’s only certifier of Biodynamic® farms and products.
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RSF Social Finance
RSF is a nonprofit financial services organization dedicated to transforming the way the world works with money.
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Physicians Association of Anthroposophic Medicine
PAAM’s aim is to facilitate personal contact and exchange of knowledge between Anthroposophic physicians, and with other health practitioners.
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