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June 2020

Summer Festival and Part Time Waldorf Teacher Program Registration Deadlines Now June 30th


Above: felting a picture in Kathy Young's Creative Felting course at the 2019 RSCT Summer Festival of Arts and Education. This year's students will still be doing hands-on felting like this even though the instruction will be provided via Zoom teleconference.

Not Many More Days to Register for Summer Festival

Learn from home in this time of restricted travel and gatherings. Save on travel and accommodation. Courses are open to anyone interested in Waldorf education. You don't have to already be a Waldorf teacher. This program is open to Canadians, Americans, and international students.

Not Just Zoom but Artistic Activities Too

And while presentations will be taking place via Zoom teleconference (you will need access to a computer with speaker and microphone), there will still be lots of artistic activities, independent work, and small group discussions, to keep everyone interested and engaged.

Above: Students from Korea at the 2019 Summer Festival. This year's online Summer Festival will enable students from far away to learn about Waldorf education without the added expense of airfare and accommodation.

Bonus for Foreign Students

The fact that the Summer Festival is being offered online is also an advantage for people who live far away and for whom the cost of travel would otherwise be prohibitive. Although we did have one student last year from Lebanon, and several from Korea (see photo above) in the 2019 Summer Festival.

Save on Tuition Fees

With this year's online courses you will save 30% over in-person tuition fees. Online Summer Festival tuition fees:  $450 CAD per week (equivalent to about $320 US), $850 CAD for 2 weeks, $1,200 CAD for 3 weeks, $225 CAD for 1 week half day.

Registration Deadline Extended to June 30th

The registration deadline has been extended to June 30th. That's 22 more days to register if you're reading this on June 8th.

Click here for more information and link to online registration form.

Michelle Frank of the Toronto Waldorf School (middle in photo above with her family) was one of the graduates of the Part Time Professional Development for Waldorf Teachers program last year.

Part-Time Waldorf Teacher Professional Development

This is a three year program that usually involves three weeks of in-person classes during the Summer Festival of Arts and Education. This year however, those three weeks of classes will be based online, around Zoom teleconference, also including small group breakout sessions, guided artistic activities and independent projects. 

Save on Tuition Fees, Travel, Accommodation

New students are invited to start their first year of the program this year. Both first year and returning students will save $600 on the tuition fees this year due to the Summer Festival component of the course being offered online. There will also be savings on the travel and accommodation costs that would normally be incurred for three weeks of in-person classes. So, while we're looking forward to resuming in-person classes for 2021, there are some advantages to the courses being offered online this year.

Registration deadline has been extended to June 30th.

Click here for more information, and link to online registration form.

Painting Class from RSCT's 2019 Summer Festival of Arts and Education.

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May 2020

John Kettle, Toronto Waldorf School Founder, 1928-2020


Video by Nadia Tan, shared here courtesy of the Toronto Waldorf School.

Futurist and journalist John Kettle, 91, died on May 15, 2020 in Toronto. Born in London, England, on July 22, 1928, John emigrated to Canada with his wife Pat in 1953 after serving in the British military in the years following World War II.

Once in Canada, John explored the philosophies of Rudolf Steiner and became one of the founders of the Toronto Waldorf School and the anthroposophical movement in our country. Of his early involvement, John said he felt like a man who planted an acorn and then followed other pursuits for half a century.

And what a busy half century it was! Early on, he wrote for, and edited magazines such as Canadian Architect and Canada Month. In 1975, he married Helen Hardman, and became a father figure to children Hilary, Brett, and David. During that time, he authored many books, including The Big Generation and contributed many column inches to The Globe and Mail. He also had a long career as a prominent futurist. From 1982 to 1995, he published FutureLetter, a newsletter dedicated to helping organizations anticipate change. He gave talks worldwide and consulted with governments and companies providing forecasts on just about everything.

In 2005, then widower John reconnected with Diana Hughes, whom he had invited to become one of the first teachers for the Toronto Waldorf School in 1968. They married in 2007 and with that he renewed his connection to anthroposophy and Waldorf education.

When he wasn't researching, writing, or forecasting, John loved to travel, draw, and paint. He watched baseball and tennis avidly, and was an exacting and prolific writer of letters to the editor.

John is survived by his wife Diana, sister Anne, children Brett and David, Diana's children Fiona, Siobhan, and Rowan, and John and Diana's grandchildren. He will be deeply missed. A small funeral for immediate family was held on Monday.

Profound gratitude is owed to Dr. Khemlin and the team at the Reactivation Care Centre for their kindness and devotion to John's care.

John was a founding director of the Waldorf School Association of Ontario, the Toronto Waldorf School and the Anthroposophical Foundation of Canada. If so wished, a donation to the Foundation can be made in his memory. (www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/anthroposophical-foundation-of-canada/)

Published in The Globe and Mail on May 22 and May 23, 2020

Eulogy given by Rev. Jonah Evans at John's funeral

at the Church of the Christian Community on May 15, 2020, with some editing by Diana for accuracy 

John was born July 22nd, 1928 in Wanstead, Essex. His mother’s name was Ruth. His father Frank was a stockbroker. He had one dear sister, Anne. He grew up in London in the 30s. At a certain point, his father could afford to send him to a very fine boarding school, Felsted School, in Essex. He loved school and it was an excellent classical education where he excelled in English, math, Latin and rugby. Even though John never went to university, many who knew him would describe John as one of the most educated and informed human beings that they knew.

He graduated from Felsted in 1946. He then served in the British military from 1947 to 1949. He worked in counter-intelligence while stationed in Northern Germany. John loved this work. He seemed to love everything he put his mind to. This was one of the qualities that was admired in him: an unending interest in the world, in possibilities, in the future.

So, while working as a 007-Bond-like spy, he met a lovely lady, Patricia Anderson. They quickly became a pair and were married later in 1950 in Chelsea, London. Pat played a big influence in his life.  She is the one who introduced John to anthroposophy and Waldorf education, both of which became fundamental to John’s spiritual and intellectual life.

They emigrated together in 1953, departing Southhampton on October 30th, arriving in New York aboard the ship Liberte, with the stated destination of Canada.

Early on in their new Canadian home, John got a job in journalism. He worked hard and quickly rose in the ranks. Already in 1955 he founded The Canadian Architect journal and in 1961 helped found Canada Month magazine. As a forecaster and trends analyst he was consultant to many corporations, such as AT&T, IBM, the Royal Bank, as well as government departments and agencies, including the House of Commons, the Prime Minister’s Office and the United Nations. After deciding to work for himself as a freelance writer in 1966, John would later become Canada’s first consulting futurist. He wrote a series of articles about the future, and many books including his most famous, The Big Generation. Its success led to much public speaking and consulting, often 50 talks a year, all over Canada, the US, Algeria, and Japan. His close friendship and productive partnership with Marc Zwelling led to the start of a highly regarded magazine called FutureLetter. 

If you look on Wikipedia, a futurist is defined as “people whose specialty or interest is futurology or the attempt to systematically explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how they can emerge from the present.” The future was John’s vocational passion. He was fueled and inspired by the possibility of the new - creating the new. He loved to ponder how change occurs, and spent much of his spiritual capacities with the mystery and nature of time itself. He loved language and grammar and wrote memorable columns and articles defending the proper use of words like “relativity”, and especially defending the correct use of hyphens. (You don’t know how intimidating it is to write a eulogy for someone like that!)

His personality and character were perfect for a futurist. For a good futurist must be highly organized but flexible to adapt to unpredictable changes. He loved routine and order, numbers and categories. Siobhan, one of his  step-children, remembers borrowing his car and being asked to track her fuel usage. He loved statistics which are used for crafting predictions. He loved to read and catalogue what he read. He has a notebook where he wrote down the authors of all the books that he read - over 14,000! He had an accountant mentality and at the same time was very flexible and in the moment. This combination of form and freedom that John embodied is seldom seen in an individual human soul. He loved to work and was extremely disciplined. When he set his mind on something, he did it. But at the same time he loved to celebrate with friends; he occasionally loved to let loose and enjoy wine! Tim Horton donuts and ice cream were also never far from his reach.

Essentially John’s joy was in being part of and creating the new. In 1967, after five years of preparing a detailed plan to start a new Waldorf school in Toronto, John and Pat went to England to recruit teachers. At a presentation at Michael Hall School in Forest Row, John met and persuaded Diana Lawrence to return to her native Canada to become the first grade one teacher of the Toronto Waldorf School. Little did they know then the nature of their future destiny together.

John was a founder of the Toronto Waldorf School. He identified the first piece of land for the school and pioneered its public advertising. In Newtonbrook Plaza near Finch and Yonge, the WSAO rented a storefront in which they set up a model of a Waldorf classroom.  John wrote an introductory pamphlet to Waldorf education that is still relevant. Like any good futurist he called the pamphlet Waldorf: Education for Tomorrow.

In 1969, John met Helen Hardman. She was wearing a golden dress which he couldn’t get out of his mind. Falling in love with Helen was a further push for the difficult end of his marriage to Pat. 

John was with Helen for 30 years before she died of lung cancer in 2004. He loved Helen very much but their relationship was not easy. These thirty years were both beautiful and challenging years. Helen was a strong support to his career as research assistant and advisor. Helen had three young children, Hilary, Brett and David, for whom John became a stable and loving presence in their lives.

Around the year 2000, John had picked up several remaindered copies of Art and Human Consciousness at the National Gallery in Ottawa. He called Diana to see if she and/or the Steiner Centre would like a copy.  Four years later she stopped by in Oshawa to pick up the book and to enjoy a lunch with Helen and John.  Sometime after Helen’s unexpected death, Diana invited John to come and experience how the acorn he had helped to plant in the sixties had grown into a remarkable oak tree: the Toronto Waldorf School. 

Through this meeting with Diana John was reintroduced to a community that he loved.  Eventually they started a group studying with particular fervor Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom and Owen Barfield’s Saving the Appearances. It is not surprising to me that John was so interested in Steiner. For like John, Steiner too was a futurist. Steiner predicted the world wide web, the profound future need for an education that cultivated true human qualities in the midst of an ever increasingly technological world. Steiner saw with clarity that human beings of the future would need to struggle to keep connected to what makes us human, to culture, language and morality. Steiner saw the human being of the future as having to struggle to cultivate the authentic light of the human heart in the midst of a de-humanizing culture. This view of the future, John shared. 

Having asked Diana’s  daughter Siobhan if he could marry her mother, he proposed to Diana on Christmas morning in 2006.

The years with Diana were, for John, the golden years of his life. He so much enjoyed their honeymoon in Switzerland and the south of France, painting in Italy, bounding around in Roman colosseums, and some years later walking on Hadrian’s wall in Scotland. Partnership with Diana seemed to combine John’s love for family, community, spirituality, culture and intelligence.

John was highly intelligent but also humble, never arrogant. He was interested in all things, especially things that motivated large groups of people even if it meant having to watch teenage movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He was hardly ever angry, only calm and collected. He could make almost anything interesting. For him, boring was not on. Conversation needed to be pointed and constructive, chit chat was not for him. He was seriously funny, a dry-wit, not slapstick but humour that was sharp and perceptive. At times he could be a rascal but always embodied a true gentleman. He was self-deprecating but confident. He could learn and solve the problems that arose. John was his own man. Original. Independent. But his independence was limited. He couldn’t cook worth a darn. 

John loved through interest. He wasn’t sentimental but his care for others was expressed in the currency of presence and attention.

At the end of his life, as he suffered from dementia and Covid 19, the doctor and nurses expressed their admiration for John. “He was like a British count” they said. “Always a gentleman. Infectious dignity. A nobility that inspired us all. Our favorite patient.” The nurse told us that at his last meal, instead of yoghurt, they spoiled him with two portions of ice cream.

The John who wrote the Book of Revelation, the ultimate futurist, revealed that the essence of the human being is both priestly and kingly.  

Our John followed in these footsteps. For he inspired in us a feeling of the dignity and nobility of the creative human being, just like the great Apocalyptist. He was deeply concerned for our human future. He strove to find, understand, and behold how the school of human evolution would continue. 

May his gift, this spirit of human dignity, shape us and kindle in us its flame - that it live on in our hearts.

Blessings on your journey, dear John.

John Kettle with Diana Hughes, May 2018

June Will Follow May

                                      

for John Kettle

 

                             June will follow May,

                             Only this time without

                             Him here.  The earth will keep turning.

                             Nothing will stop that.  We

 

                             Know that

                             Even he who

                             Thinks with his heart, who

                             Turns his thoughts into deeds, who

                             Listens to the stars sing,

                             Even he must travel on.

 

                                                Merwin Lewis, May 2020

 

We'll leave you with this comment by Dion Bowman on the Facebook post linking to this blog post: "John approached his friend and my father about becoming involved in the architectual design of a Waldorf school. Without John, the school would not have been designed by Denis Bowman. Without John I would never have been in the first TWS grade one class and I would not have had a Waldorf school education. It was John who recruited Miss Diana Lawrence to be our grade one teacher. Miss Lawrence later became Mrs. Hughes to us. John Kettle helped plant a mighty and beautiful tree."

 

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Early Childhood Part Time Now Starting July 26th | Waldorf Teacher Part Time Deadline now June 30th | Summer Festival Online


Early Childhood Part-Time Program – Now Starting July 26 

It is not too late to apply. Applications are still being accepted for the new cycle of Waldorf Early Childhood Part-Time. Please note that we are postponing the start date of the summer session to July 26 (previously June 14) to make it possible for more people to attend either in-person or online (with a combination of zoom, webinars and independent projects).

Registration is still open. The registration fee has been waived and no fees will be collected until the course takes place. Scholarship support is still available.

Please do not hesitate to contact the director Jan Ney Patterson at jpatterson@rsct.ca for more information and to discuss your situation. 

Part-Time Waldorf Teacher Application Deadline Extended 

The new deadline is June 30th, for the three-year part-time Professional Development for Waldorf Teachers program. This summer's session will be online, which means out of town participants can save on travel and accommodation. We are hoping to be able to offer subsequent sessions in-person. Registration fees are waived this year. And due to the Summer Festival component of the program being online this year, you can save $600 on tuition. Yes, that's right, this year's part-time Waldorf Teacher program fees will be only $5,100 CAD instead of the usual $5,700 CAD. So take advantage of this opportunity and register now.

Click here for more information and registration form link.

RSCT Summer Festival Now Online for 2020

Learn from home in this time of restricted travel and gatherings. Save on travel and accommodation. Courses are open to anyone interested in Waldorf education. You don't have to already be a Waldorf teacher. We welcome Canadians, Americans, and international students from all over.

With this year's online courses you will save 30% over in-person tuition fees. Summer Festival online tuition:  $450 CAD per week (about $320 US), $850 CAD for 2 weeks, $1,200 CAD for 3 weeks, $225 CAD for 1 week half day

Summer Festival Highlights

Week 1: Full day grades intensives with experienced Waldorf teachers active in Waldorf schools. 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon.

Week 2: Living Science in Grades 1-8 w/ former NASA engineer Gary Banks.

Week 3: Painting and Drawing in Grades 1-8 with Anna Gruda

Plus

  • Temperaments and Chekov Drama with Kati Gabor
  • Putting on Class Plays with Joshua Gartland
  • Leading from the Future with Arlene Thorn & Heather Church
  • Exploring Biography in the Light of Anthroposophy

More information and registration link on the Summer Festival Page.

Glencolton Farms Renewal Retreat July 12-18

This is one program that can't be moved online since the experience of being there is person is so much a part of what it's all about. We are still hoping that it will be possible to have this program go ahead in-person as scheduled. But you're not risking anything by applying now, since full refunds will be issued in case we need to cancel due to government restrictions.

Click here for complete information and registration form link.

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Summer Programs Update – Some Moving Online


Photo: Creative Felting Class with Kathie Young, from the 2019 RSCT Summer Festival.

Friday May 8th, 2020

Summer Festival – Moving Online for 2020

It’s becoming clear that we will not be able to host our usual in-person Summer Festival of the Arts and Education from July 6-24 of 2020 as previously announced due to Covid-19-related restrictions. However, rather than cancel the event entirely, we are moving it online, to the extent that this is possible. 

There will be a 30% reduction in tuition fees, for the online Summer Festival, from what the in-person course would have been. We have updated the application form to reflect the new lower fees. So you can go ahead and register now. And of course you’ll save on travel and accommodation as well. We are hoping to return to in-person classes for the 2021 season.

New fees (all in Canadian dollars) are $450 for one week, $850 for two weeks, $1,200 for three weeks, and $225 for one-week afternoons or mornings only.

Unfortunately there will be some courses that can’t be included in the online offerings. We expect to announce full details within a week or so. And if you’ve registered for Summer Festival courses already we will be refunding the difference between the new and the old tuition fees. And if you register now for courses that we end up not being able to offer online, we will of course also refund the tuition for those.

More information and registration link on the Summer Festival Page.

Early Childhood Part-Time Program – Movable Start

It is not too late to apply. If you are still interested in applying for the new cycle of Professional Development for Waldorf Early Childhood Teachers Part-time Program we are considering postponing the start date of the summer session (previously scheduled for June 14th) to make it possible for more people to attend either in person or online. Please contact Jan Ney Patterson for more information at jpatterson@rsct.ca to discuss your situation. We hope to be able to update this with more details in a week or so.

More information and registration link for Early Childhood Part Time Program.

Glencolton Farms Renewal Retreat – Not Going Online

This is one summer program that we are not considering shifting to online. We are keeping open the possibility that the program may be able to go ahead as planned on July 12th. Do register if you are interested and we will of course be giving a full refund if we need to cancel due to Covid-19 restrictions.

More information and registration link for Glencolton Farms Renewal Retreat

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A Chance to Reclaim the Gifts of Mother Earth


From the Toronto Star newspaper, May 3, 2020:

The coronavirus is sending us a message about our humanity.

Here’s what we need to understand

by Douglas Cardinal

With many convocations postponed or cancelled, the Star asked some prominent people receiving honorary degrees to give the speech they would have given in the current climate.

Douglas Cardinal is being honoured by the University of Toronto with a Doctor of Laws degree for “outstanding service to the professions as a world-renowned Canadian architect and pioneer in sustainability, green buildings and ecologically designed community planning.”

I believe that each one of you is a precious gift to the world. Each of you has the opportunity of making the world a better place for the future of humanity and of your children. You have been raised on and nurtured by two realities; at one end, the maternal contribution of loving and caring by your mothers and family, and the other, the patriarchal and hierarchical reality of competitive exchange and materialism, which is the foundation of all the institutions of this society.

Remember that it was your mothers that gave you life by gifting their bodies to your very existence. Feeding and nurturing you from the gifts of their own bodies, gifting you hours of precious time and energy making sure that you grew up healthy and strong. Is that something you took for granted?

You are here today because of their continuous support. Yet these have no intrinsic economic value in the trade and exchange system which you are entering. You will now move from the maternal “gift economy” of your parents and loved ones into the patriarchal barter economy from which everything, including yourselves, are based on “value,” money and exchange.

In that reality you will be forced to compete with everyone around you to gain as much material wealth as possible for you and your family. Even collaboration will be based on advantage, benefit and profitability.

You will need to care about yourself because in this paradigm, caring freely and unconditionally about others is a practice you cannot afford. In the barter economy everything and everyone has a price, fixed by the market, and it is the market that defines the value of every person and resource.

Before the Europeans came and imposed their “market economy” on this land, the Indigenous peoples had adopted the maternal economy, the “gift economy” based on loving and caring for each other. This was the basis of communication, language and trade.

Status in the Indigenous cultures depended not on how many resources one acquired and kept; on the contrary, status depended on how much one could give to others. It reinforced the value that human beings were loving spirits clothed in flesh.

Their societies respected the contribution of women and the elders who gifted the children and the community as a whole, with the stories of the people and the wisdom of their culture. They moulded their society around gift-giving. They lived seeking constant equilibrium with nature-based environments seeking to take only what was needed to balance life with others, including all life-givers and Mother Earth herself.

They saw that the resources of the water, land and the air were gifts from our Mother Earth and the Creator of all life in this amazing blue planet where we are all connected.

Look at today’s coronavirus crisis. What is it telling us about our humanity?

Our elders, our very own mothers and fathers who are living outside our immediate family circles, are dying in “old age” homes, without the presence of their children and grandchildren because they have no productive value.

The greed and selfishness of the patriarchal system goes further; how has this society treated our Mother, the Earth? Her bountifulness is gifting us with everything we need. How do we reciprocate?

The system voraciously exploits her gift to the point that we are destroying all life on this planet. Through our waste and pollution, we are annihilating the life of the oceans, the forest, the land, the air. The system is creating destruction, with our ravenous factories and irresponsibly built environment.

This is the market’s idea of “progress.” How to heat up our planet until we kill our host Mother Earth, so that humanity extinguishes alongside.

Loving, caring, encouragement, respect, gratitude, humbleness … these are the elements humans require when facing difficulties. COVID-19 has dramatically shown we can only survive when we concentrate on loving and caring for others. When we give the supplies available to people that need these resources to survive, so that we can all lay the foundation for our future.

We must understand that we have put life on this planet in jeopardy and we can only survive the crisis we have created by returning to the maternal economy of the Indigenous gift-giving worldview, which kept the resources in balance and harmony with the natural environment.

We can see that when we stopped that market economy, the factories and cars that are so pollutant, we were “forced” to gift Mother Earth with clear skies and cleaner water, a break from the path to annihilation.

Now we can imagine cities designed with more green spaces that are connected so we can breathe undisturbed. Homes that are healthy and nurturing, that use renewable natural materials that gift humans with fulfilment and a sense of well-being and pragmatic harmony with the environment. Places where people can find happiness and gratification without the madness of ego, the rushed and desperate “me now.”

Can we build a positive legacy? A place where future generations are raised with loving and caring by the gift maternal economy? In spite of the idiocy of the patriarchy, the maternal economy is still thriving and saving humanity right now in the pandemic.

What kind of society do you want to create? In what kind of society will your gift flourish best? You have the precious gift of choice.

Douglas Cardinal’s designs include the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Canadian Museum of Civilization) in Gatineau, Que., and the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington.

This article originally appeared in the Toronto Star, May 3, 2020

Photos of Douglas Cardinal were taken at an Anthroposophical Society conference in Ottawa, in August 2016.

In addition to his work in architecture, Douglas Cardinal has also been a leading advocate for and supporter of, Indigenous Waldorf Education. For more information on that, see the IndigenousWaldorf.ca website (of the Douglas Cardinal Foundation for Indigenous Waldorf Education).

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Early Childhood Part-Time Graduation, March 2020


Despite the stress of the temporary closing of the Rudolf Steiner Centre and most of our Waldorf schools on Friday, March 13th, we were fortunate to be able to celebrate the completion of a fifth cycle of Professional Development for Waldorf Early Childhood Teachers Part-time with 13 graduates.

Although the potentially record breaking number of over 100 guest dwindled on the day, many family members, our faculty and mentors, and our special friends were able to join us in this bittersweet celebration. 

Mature and Diverse

This event highlighted some of the exceptional qualities of this graduating class. They are the most mature (average age thirty-seven), experienced and culturally diverse group of currently practicing teachers we have had to date.

They showed great resilience in meeting the challenges of the current pandemic but also in meeting many personal crises during this two-year journey. Three of the students spoke movingly about the importance of the program in deepening their understanding of Waldorf pedagogy and in transforming their lives. 

What Are Graduates Doing Now?

During Year II, five of the 13 students have taken new position with greater responsibility. In addition, one has founded her own home/farm Parent and Child program which attracts future applicants to local Waldorf schools, and we continue to develop the faculty of the Everlasting Tree School, a Mohawk /Waldorf initiative school on the Six Nations Territory with two trained early childhood teachers.  

Our growing reputation has attracted four students who, despite the growing fear of border closings, still travelled from Washington, Pennsylvania and Florida for this final session.   

Since the Program Began…

A recent survey showed that of our 51 graduates to date, 38 have taken positions with more responsibility and of these 16 have become lead teachers, four are working in public school programs and implementing Waldorf pedagogy, two have become Waldorf grade school teachers, three provide Waldorf home-schooling or home childcare, three are homemakers or retired, and one has gone back to school to finish her degree. We are proud of our record and believe that we are on the right path.

Words from a Graduate

Here is an excerpt from one graduate’s speech from the 2020 graduation: 

“As I immersed as a Waldorf parent looking for ways to support my children in this unconventional education, I found myself on a personal trajectory of my own - reconnecting with Spiritual beliefs that laid dormant for 16 years.  It is through this amazing training program and the opportunities to absorb the spiritual reflections of Anthroposophy - that I now find myself "coming full circle" to this piece of identity that I lost.

Every facet of this training and the depths of spirituality we discussed have transformed me in so many unexpected ways, and reawakened what truly feels a part of me in order to understand and go forth, and it is my hope I carry this knowledge and spiritual consciousness intentionally in my daily life.”

Join the Class of 2022

The part-time Waldorf Early Childhood class of 2022 is now forming. If you might like to be part of it, please call Jan Ney Patterson at 905-764-0934 or email her at jpatterson@rsct.ca to explore the possibilities.

The first session for the class of 2022 will take start on June 14th. However if the Covid shutdown isn’t over by then and classes need to be cancelled, the RSCT will refund all tuition fees that have been paid. LATEST UPDATE: In case we can't meet in person for the June 14th summer session, we are exploring alternative dates or means of delivering this first session. Registration fees have been waived in consideration of this challenging time. Find more information and an online registration form at this link.

Thanks to Emily Watson for the photos.

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April 2020

Covid 19 Update - Classes Online til end of May


                          An Update from the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto Regarding COVID-19

Wednesday April 29th, 2020

Dear Student and Teachers,

To our valued students and teachers at the Rudolf Steiner Center Toronto. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto has been carefully monitoring the progression of the virus and closely following the advice of Canada’s public health authorities. We have followed their recommendations and have implemented extra measures for the health and safety of our employees, students and their families. 

Following up on our last notice from April 3rd which announced that all classes would be moved online until May 4th, Ontario public schools have now been officially closed until May 31st. The RSCT doesn’t anticipate being able to start in-person classes again until June at the earliest.  

For more than a month now, our faculty have been providing online courses via Zoom teleconference for the RSCT’s full-time students in the Waldorf Education programs. Foundation Studies Encounter classes have also moved online. Online classes will continue as necessary.

At this time, the RSCT is still hoping to be able to resume in-person classes in time for the start of the Early Childhood part time program (June 14th) and the Summer Festival (July 6th). 

Full refunds (including registration fees) will be issued for any courses or programs that the RSCT would be unable to deliver due to government orders, so don’t hesitate to register now for Early Childhood part time, the Summer Festival, and full-time Waldorf teacher programs. 

We expect to be making a decision and an announcement in early June as to whether summer programs, including the Early Childhood part time program, the Summer Festival, the Waldorf teacher part time program, and the Glencolton Farms Renewal Retreat, will go ahead as planned.

We will be monitoring this situation carefully and will update the website and voice mail should there be any change.

When we do start classes again, we will be implementing a science-based, screening and hygiene protocol to ensure the safety of our returning staff and students.

Please stay safe and “most important Stay Healthy.”

Sincerely,

James Brian                                     Jan Ney Patterson                   Robert McKay

Executive Director                           Director                                     Board Chair RSCT

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Interview with Paul Hodgkins


This interview with Paul Hodgkins was conducted by Geraldine Snowden and Robert McKay in December 2019 for the newsletter of the Toronto Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada. It was published in their Spring 2020 newsletter, and is reprinted here with their kind permission. Paul had been teaching Foundation Studies at the RSCT for 15 years at the time of this interview:

"Paul Hodgkins was born in the Midlands in England on January 31, 1947. He immigrated to Canada in the mid-1960’s. He married twice, once in 1971 and a second time in 1990 to his wife Susan Richard. He has five children (Philip, born September 26, 1979; Will born August 12, 1984; Evelyn board August 3, 1984; Charlotte born April 7, 1992 and Beatrice born on July 20, 1995). After several different occupations, he began teaching in a Waldorf School in 1985 and later focused on anthroposophical adult education. Paul was the Program Director of the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto’s Foundation Studies Encounter Course for many years, stepping back in the 2019/20 year due to his current illness. The following interview was conducted at Paul’s home in Toronto.

GS: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your biography?

PH: Well…I was born at a very early age but I can’t remember a thing about that…General biography stuff? Where I grew up and stuff like that?

GS: (laughing and nodding)

PH: I grew up in a working class family in England. I was kind of a dreamy kid. I was raised as a  Catholic and went to Catholic schools but I didn’t do too well with that. In my adolescence I had a quarrel with the church. I didn’t like what was coming in the religion lessons. I didn’t like the prejudices. I didn’t like the—I don’t know how to put it—the lack of friendship I felt from the teachers. Not that I wanted to be friends so much but there was no attempt get the teachers and students together. It was just a job for them. 

So I left school not having done very well. To get myself out of that situation, I had to eventually write an exam to join the British civil service which I did. I became a clerk where everything was written with a fountain pen. I had to leave home for that. I left at about age 17. 

It was during that time that one of my friends told me about a man who owned a fish and chips shop. This man had gotten the money to buy his shop through working in a gold mine in Canada. My friend and I met with him and he convinced us to go to Canada to make our fortune. So at 19 we set off to Canada to make our fortune. We worked in a gold mine in Red Lake, northwest Ontario, for about two years. We did make a lot of money but we spent it all. It took us less time to spend it than it took to make it. 

Is this interesting? 

GS: (laughing) Yes, please go on.

PH: Really? Okay. Well, at that point we decided to go to B.C. to work on fishing boats because we had heard we could make more money on fishing boats. We left Red Lake and came down through Toronto, intending to head west. 

In Toronto, as luck would have it, my friend fell in love with a girl. Then I too met a girl and fell in love. My girlfriend was much more cultured than I was. She began to bring me out of my working class background and educated me culturally. She wasn’t stuck up or anything but she appreciated life’s finer things. 

While I was dating her I joined IBM. I also had to write an exam to get into IBM. It was like an intelligence test and was about three hours long. At that time, IBM wasn’t really interested in qualifications. They were interested in intelligence quotient and that sort of thing. I started as an operator in the IBM test centre helping IBM customers to work out their program needs before they actually purchased their computer. In those days – in the late 1960’s – a computer was between one and three million dollars. You only bought one and it would fill a room. This was a third generation computer; we all felt we were working at the cutting edge of technology.

I then moved into the education department of IBM and found that I had knack for teaching. Still, I found the work soul destroying – something about computers – I did that for about four years and then I quit. I did not have another job to go to, I just quit.  I didn’t know what I was going to do. I don’t know if I would have put it in those terms back then: “I am quitting because this is soul destroying”. I knew it made me miserable. 

By this time I was in my mid-twenties. I knew I could always earn money. I took on a job cleaning: mopping floors, cleaning windows, and things like that. It was just something interim but I quite liked that work. It was easy and I was cleaning a trio of bookstores in Toronto which gave me the chance to take up some serious reading. I had started reading at IBM. Someone had put me on to Plato’s dialogues. I read some philosophy in a kind of haphazard way and I didn’t find it entirely satisfying. I asked myself, “If philosophy is so great, why does it change from one generation to the next? Is there any permanency in this?” It might not have been the right question, but that was my question. I was an atheist and moved on to mathematics and science, reading at about a high school level. Then someone told me there are Eastern philosophies that can raise your consciousness. In reading this material, I had to get over the spiritual connotations. I was looking for things that were evidential or materially sound but I kept reading and investigated Daoism, Yoga, and Buddhism. I became particularly interested in Zen Buddhism which seemed to me the best of both worlds. It was very straightforward and only to do with one’s own consciousness. 

By the time I was in my late 20s, I was far removed from IBM or the need to make money. I had come into the alternative world. By now I had lost all interest in money or a career. I read a book about vegetarianism, met a vegetarian, and became a vegetarian. I began to shop at my local health food store and the guy that owned the store offered me a job. That store eventually became the biggest natural food store in Toronto with 300 bulk bins. This was long before the Big Carrot. It is long since closed down. During the next few years, I tried all sorts of diets: macrobiotics, veganism, dairy free, juice fasting, water fasting, brown rice fasting and so on. When customers came in to the store I was able to speak their language regardless of which group they were in. So I became something of a go-to person in the store. Not that I really knew anything but I knew which book to point them to. I could say, “Here, read this book!”

Then I had an experience - a kind of wake up - that art was to play a role in my life; that this had always been intended. The experience was caused by a television program about Alex Colville. So, I took myself off to university in Montreal to study art. When I got to university, I found that stripes were the “in thing”. Molinari was painting vertical strips, Yves Gaucher was painting horizontal strips, and Claude Tousignant was painting concentric circles and there was a lady painting wavy strips, wavy lines…Gaucher took it to its inevitable conclusion and painted a canvas just one colour—as big as that wall there—red. Nevertheless, I had some intense and interesting experiences. These were intelligent men and woman. 

I left when my first child was born. I went back to work in the health food store for a while. Now that I had a child, I started thinking about school and I didn’t want him to have my school experience. I just assumed all schools were like what I had. Actually, the Canadian schools are much nicer but I didn’t know that. I was untrusting. So that was a question I was carrying. 

There was another question that I had started to carry at that time as well. I don’t know if I should share this. I really haven’t shared it with anybody. My father had rheumatoid arthritis and as it became clear that he was approach death, I thought about Eastern gurus who took on the pains or illnesses of their students out of compassion. I was walking down the street wishing I could help my father. I thought about taking on his suffering. To my surprise, I found that I didn’t have the compassion. I didn’t really want to take on his pain—his physical suffering—on myself. I was horrified to admit this to myself. In that moment, there was this spiritual figure present, who I had known of all my life who took on the suffering of the world, and that was the Christ. It was as though the sky was filled with Christ…Christ wearing a crown of thorns and then it was as though I heard…well I didn’t actually hear a voice…but what came to me was, “Stop seeking in any direction but this one.”  

I didn’t rush off and become a ‘born again’ but I put my Buddhism to the side and started to look for a meaningful understanding of the Christ. So now I was looking for a good education for my son and I was looking for Christ. Because my experience at university had been unsatisfactory, I was also carrying a third question, trying to find something that made art meaningful. So these were my three questions. As it happens, at this time, I went into a book store – one of those New Age bookstores – and found three books, one about education, one about the Christ and one about colour, all by the same author—Rudolf Steiner—but none of which I could understand. 

On the back of each of these books was the notice that if reader had not read the “five basic books”, he cannot form a judgement on this material. So, I thought, “Well if I am going to understand these books, I will have to read these five basic books.”  I began to study these. I couldn’t understand the Philosophy of Freedom at all at first but I got along better with the other ones. Then I found out there was an Anthroposophical Society in Canada that had a centre on Lawton Boulevard. I began to get books from the library there, and going to any presentations that were given.

Then, Shirley Routledge invited me to participate in the first Waldorf teacher training program, which was only 12 weeks long. Through that, I met Coenraad van Houten and a student teacher named Paul. That summer he went to Ottawa to take up a class in the Waldorf school and by then Philip our son was ready for school. 

We couldn’t possibly afford to put him in the Toronto Waldorf School, so I spoke to my friend Paul about the Ottawa Waldorf school. We ended up in Ottawa. 

That decision really came about as a result of a kind of lucid dream. I was wondering intensely what are we going to do? Where are we going to send him to school? I had this dream that he was sitting on my shoulders on a bridge overlooking a regatta and behind us marching up the road came this band dressed in red and black uniforms and wearing bearskin hats. Then the men in uniform were standing outside of buildings that looked like Houses of Parliament.

So I went the next day to a bookstore and got a book about Canada, thinking that the dream might be indicating London, Ontario. I said to myself, “Surely I am not meant to go back to England! Maybe it is symbolic of London in Ontario.” I looked up London Ontario in the book and there was nothing that looked like that and then I came to a page on Ottawa and there was the very scene I had experienced in the dream. In Ottawa on Canada Day, there is a regatta under the bridge and there is march—a trooping of the colours—and I said, “Okay, we are going to Ottawa!”  And sure enough that was the place to be.

I had a funny meeting with the founding teacher in Ottawa. Philip was his name. He was an older man, a melancholic. Paul introduced me to him and explained to him I was wondering which class my son should go into because his birthday was on the borderline. Philip said that it doesn’t depend on the birthday but depends on the conception date. Those conceived before Christmas are in a group that have a relationship with Christ and those conceived after Christmas are in another group that has a different relationship with Christ. I later did a survey in the school of children with borderline birthdays and it was amazing how it confirmed what Philip said.  But can you imagine someone now speaking like this to a prospective parent? Philip seemed to have no social awareness about making such a statement. He just told you straight out what he believed. Of course, I thought, “He’s for me! This is a guy who is going to tell it like it is!” 

So, we put our son in the school and Philip asked me to take a classroom because a teacher was sick. He was running an on-going training program for the teachers so I participated in that and the following year did what was a called an in-service training.  The year after that I was offered the Grade 1 class. That was the only class that I took through eight year. So I became a teacher at the school and he became my mentor. When I asked him a question he would often say, “What would be the point of my telling you that? Go and find out for yourself. Go and strive for the answer for it is the striving that teaches not the answers.” One time he asked me how’s it going and I told him I was having some classroom management issues. He asked me, “Well how prepared are you?” It was a rhetorical question. He knew I wasn’t well prepared. 

Then, 24 years ago, we moved to Richmond Hill and I taught part-time at the Toronto Waldorf School, then at the Halton Waldorf School and after that I was a supply teacher back at the Toronto Waldorf School. I think they would have liked me to take on a full-time position but Arlene Thorn was pressing on me more and more to teach some adult courses. We were struggling financially to keep our children in the school and Arlene said I will make it possible for you to earn enough to pay the school fees if you will give up your working with the school. 

At some point while I was getting into primarily teaching adults, I was in a study group and we were studying the Philosophy of Freedom. I got a call from Timothy Cox who was working for the Steiner Centre at the time, asking if I would give a course on the Philosophy of Freedom. I don’t know how he knew our group was studying that book.  Just the day before he called, I had decided on the one hand I was not free and on the other hand I was filled to overflowing with useless knowledge. I had put aside all my other belief systems – Plato, science, Catholicism, Buddhism – I had replaced all these with a huge anthroposophical belief system but I was still not really free in my thinking. In a sense, I had my leg over the balcony. When Timothy asked if I would provide three mornings on the Philosophy of Freedom I immediately said yes!  I don’t know what I was thinking! I put the phone down and thought, “What have I done?” So then I had to study the book intensely. Through this work, I had an awakening. I became aware of myself as a spiritual being. To cut a long story short, I gave the course and became famous over night. Who would be so stupid to give a course on the Philosophy of Freedom. It was the book no one understood. So that was it. 

Then I began teaching adults more and more. Wendy Brown who had just started Foundation Studies at the Steiner Centre, asked me if I would come in one morning and talk about the Philosophy of Freedom. So I did that. In the following year she asked me to join the steering committee for the Foundations Studies Program at the Steiner Centre. The committee met every week to form the course. I became a key figure in it over time. This would have been about 15 years ago.

I have done very little other study since then. I had a need to experience something that was spiritually real. Ideas had now become real for me and I experienced thinking as the essential spiritual activity. Goethe was the first modern phenomenologist. Goethe observed with an open mind. He didn’t come to any conclusions. When you observe with an open mind, you invite meaning to come from the spiritual and connect itself with what you are observing in the material. That is how Goethe discovered the archetypal plant. Unless you keep it open, your own thinking can get in the way of this kind of invitation – show yourself to me – but the showing doesn’t come from the physical plant over there but from the spiritual realm. Steiner’s book, The Philosophy of Freedom, is also a phenomenology but the phenomenon being observed is thinking itself. It is the phenomenon of all phenomena! That has been my practice.

\RM: Can you say a little bit about the role of feeling in this sort of observation?

PH: Our feeling life is very much there but subtly hidden behind our thinking in the form of our 

feeling for truth. When we strive to observe like this, we are relying in fact on our feeling for truth. Our feeling can confirm the truth of what is coming to us from the spiritual world. 

People often want to link intuition with feeling and they are actually right to do so. When you have this intuitive knowing it resonates in a sense of certainty in your feeling. It is not just an intellectual certainty. Insights achieved in this way, give rise to the feeling of certainty that you are experiencing the truth. Of course, you have to be careful. Some people just want a feel-good experience. A lot of people seeking the spirit just want to have a feel-good experience. That is a trap. That just tells you about your own sympathies and antipathies. This all takes practice.

Really, to work with Goethean observation you have to come to it again and again and again. For example, take the example of observing some challenge in your life. Out of this observation may first come a thought, a moral intuition but only when you come to it again and again and again can it become warm. The warmth comes from the heart which is the regulator of our warmth form, our warmth system. This repeated work pulls the moral intuition, which is a thought, gradually into the heart’s sphere. That is really what heart thinking is. When a moral intuition is pulled into the heart warmth, when it is permeated with warmth, it can become a motivator. It then affects your feelings and will very strongly in a moralistic way then and enables moral action. You can then try to execute a moral deed. Even then, it is not always right. You may realize that you have somehow got it wrong and need to go back and cycle through again. So it is a three step process, in the Philosophy of Freedom it is moral intuition, moral imagination and moral action. In Knowledge of the Higher World and Its Attainment, it is imagination, inspiration and intuition. So the middle one is the inspiring one. It is the heart forces that inspire you. 

In my work, teaching adults, I am not looking at the same phenomena that Goethe was looking at, for instance. I have tried to bring this way of observing to my teaching by morally sensing the needs of the group in front of me. This has led me to work on myself as well. I have found that the cause of all ills is immorality and the healing of all ills is morality. As I am close to my death now, I can see that I have been far from moral in my life. Very far. I mean I am not morally a monster like Stalin or someone of that ilk, but in many smaller ways…well, I have a long way to go to become truly moral. And moreover, I can’t do it by myself.

In Foundation Studies, I have often said what was once experienced as the spiritual is now experiencing itself in the human being. So it is not humans becoming spiritual, it is the spiritual become human. Where am I going with this…oh, yes…so the organizing principle behind what we experienced – all of those spiritual experiences, all of those spiritual beings that once showed themselves to us once upon a time – the organizing principle behind all of those is the Christ. The spiritual has to experience itself in the human being, for the human being to properly become human. One can say, in a way, “I” cannot become moral. Not by oneself. Only, as Paul says, not “I” but Christ in me. But there is no way to invite Christ in except by striving. It is a two way street.  

St. Paul says I know what I should do but I don’t do it. I know what is good but I am not good. Then he says not I but Christ in me. That doesn’t mean you raise your consciousness to a Christ-like level. Some people want the Christ Being to be a human man with a higher consciousness. It is not that. In Christ a divine consciousness came into a human. In a way, this is something we can be given if we are moral enough to take it on. Then it can show itself individually. This is all very complicated for me—for my tiny mind! 

If you take Goethe’s plant—the archetypal plant—it is only one but it shows itself to you in many ways. It shows itself in any plant form you could think of. And so it is with the Christ Being as the logos of humanity. It can show itself in the human being, in any number of individuals. This has only just started. It is the beginning of an eventual outcome where we will all show this Christ logos, each in an individual way. 

I am totally okay with dying. As I hinted at earlier, I am not so okay with being dead. I will have to meet myself and my immorality clearly in the face, along with my lack of awakeness. In the spiritual world after death, you eventually meet spiritual beings who think in you. You see your life from their point of you. The more awake you can be in that process the better. I don’t think I am going to be very awake there. I have experienced quite a bit of self-loathing recently—not in a morbid way; I am not morbid about it all. I am willing to take on my karma. I am willing to try to make up for what I have done wrong and I am willing to bear that to the best of my ability, even if it is painful. But I know from experience that I am not always going to do that. I can look back on my life and I can see where I have opted out of the right thing to do. Every case of immorality is an attempt to avoid consciousness of the spiritual. There has been a lot of petty immorality in my life – petty, little selfish thoughts and actions. Lying and stuff like that. Most of us do these things. When I sit and think of them, I see they add up and add up. There has been an entire lifetime of them. 

I have taken a little bit of anthroposophy and made myself good at it but I know I will be coming back. And I think we will come back together. You know, when I was sick in Vietnam, I think Steiner came to me! He just approached me and I had the impression that he has unconditional love for all of us—for the least of us in his care, or perhaps it is better to say, on his path—and that is because standing behind him was this huge figure of unconditional love. 

I think he is building a following—I don’t want to say army—he is building a following to come back to earth to fight a battle in a way. There is going to be a strong materialistic impulse that is going to have to be met. I think all of us are going to have to come back to be a part of that and it won’t be easy. I am sure we will all come back. 

Robert, you’ve talked have spoken about this. You have mentioned you see the meditative path as a kind of team work.

RM: Yes, that idea came clear to me after seeing the Mystery Dramas down in Ann Arbor. We are working together in ways we are not even conscious of. Someone, who in one incarnation you are butting heads with or having some real difficulty with, is the very person who in the next incarnation makes it possible for you to accomplish some pivotal task. Our destinies are deeply intertwined. So every step we can take, as you say, to face up to our immorality, every step we can take to improve, we are not just helping ourselves, we are helping the team. 

PH: I got that too from the first Mystery Drama. I love how in the last scene of the first drama, they all come together and say what contribution they are going to make but then you know they are going to come back to earth and in some case be butting heads again. But yes, to realize how the person I am struggling with is also connected to making my destiny possible is a good approach…to see that we are a team… 

RM: An honour to be on the team with you sir!

GS: Before we finish up, I want to say that having you as a teacher in the Foundations Program was so important to me. It really led me to love Steiner. Reading Steiner is so amazing. It’s subtle but I can see as I keep reading, it is making changes in the way I think and feel. I have you to thank for making that possible for me.

PH: Thank you for saying that.

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Update from RSCT re Covid-19


Tuesday April 7th, 2020

Dear Student and Teachers,

To our valued students and teachers at the Rudolf Steiner Center Toronto. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto has been carefully monitoring the progression of the virus and closely following the advice of Canada’s public health authorities. We have followed their recommendations and have implemented extra measures for the health and safety of our employees, students and their families. 

As the virus continues to spread in communities across Canada, and with Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer raising the public risk to ‘serious’, we are responding to the need for increasingly bold action to reduce the transmission. 

Following up on our last notice from March 17th which announced a two-week holiday extension ending April 6th, Ontario public schools have now been closed until May 4th according to the Ontario government website. The RSCT doesn’t anticipate being able to start in-person classes again until May 4th at the earliest. 

Starting last week, our faculty began providing online courses via Zoom teleconference to the RSCT’s full-time students in the Waldorf Education programs. Foundation Studies Encounter classes have also moved online. These kind of classes will continue as necessary.

The RSCT is hoping to be able to resume in-person classes, however, in time for the start of the Early Childhood part time program (June 14th) and the Summer Festival (July 6th). 

As a further consideration during this challenging time we will waive application fees for the part time Early Childhood program and for the full time Early Childhood and for full time and part time Waldorf Teacher programs. There are no application fees for the Summer Festival, only course fees, and those will be refunded if we need to cancel. And for the Glencolton Retreat we are no longer asking for a deposit to register.

We will be monitoring this situation carefully and will update the website and voice mail should there be any change. We expect to make a decision by the end of May as to whether these programs will proceed as planned. Refunds will be issued if they are cancelled.

We will be monitoring this situation carefully and will update the website and voice mail should there be any change.

When we do start classes again, we will be implementing a science-based, screening and hygiene protocol to ensure the safety of our returning staff and students.

Please stay safe and “most important Stay Healthy.”

Sincerely,

James Brian             Jan Ney Patterson                               Robert McKay

Executive Director    Director of Waldorf Early Childhood     Board Chair RSCT
 


Folks can find accurate and current updates via the govt sites listed below:

Toronto Public Health

Wellington County Public Health

The Ontario Ministry of Health

Govt of Canada Website

The following resources will provide you with real time and accurate information on the global pandemic and what the City of Vaughan is doing to react to this current crisis:

• City of Vaughan website at www.vaughan.ca/covid19

• York Region Public Health website at www.york.ca/covid19

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March 2020

Message from the RSCT regarding COVID-19


A message from the Rudolf Steiner Centre regarding COVID-19

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Student and Teachers,

To our valued students and teachers at the Rudolf Steiner Center Toronto. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto has been carefully monitoring the progression of the virus and closely following the advice of Canada’s public health authorities. We have followed their recommendations and have implemented extra measures for the health and safety of our employees, students and their families. 

As the virus continues to spread in communities across Canada, and with Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer raising the public risk to ‘serious,’ we are responding to the need for increasingly bold action to reduce the transmission. 

We are writing to you to personally inform you that we have made the difficult but important decision to close the Rudolf Steiner Center effective immediately until April 6. 

We will be monitoring this situation carefully and will update the website and voice mail with dates should the date of our reopening need to change.

When we do re-open, we will be implementing a science-based, screening and hygiene protocol to ensure the safety of our returning staff and students.

Please stay safe and “most important Stay Healthy.”

Sincerely,

James Brian                                                                                     Robert McKay

Executive Director, RSCT                                                              Board Chair RSCT

cc. Jan Ney Patterson,  Director, RSCT 


Folks can find accurate and current updates via the govt sites listed below:

Toronto Public Health

Wellington County Public Health

The Ontario Ministry of Health

Govt of Canada Website

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