Summer Festival of Arts and Education, July 6-24, 2020

May 15th Update: Summer Festival Will Be 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. This program is open to Canadians, Americans, and international students.

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

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 with former NASA engineer Gary Banks.

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


  • 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

If there is insufficient enrolment, RSCT reserves the right to cancel a course (with a full refund or transfer to another course). If you have previously registered, you will be issued a refund for the difference of the online fees. 

Week 1 - July 6-10

 All Courses Now Online

Art of Teaching ALL DAY (Grade Intensives)  

Grade 1 – James Brian, Marie-France Bertrand

Grade 2 – Anna Gruda

Grade 3 – Jessica Gladio

Grade 4 – Henry Muth

Grade 5 – Phil Hartman

Grade 6 – Patrice Maynard

Grade 7 – Jane Hill

Grade 8 – Phil Fertey / Ariel Massett


Week 2 - July 13-17

All Courses Now Online

Morning Workshops

Afternoon Workshops

Living Science Through the Grades – Gary Banks

Waldorf Essentials – Merwin Lewis


Creative Felting – Kathie Young

Putting on Class Plays – Joshua Gartland

Week 3 July 20-24

All Courses Now Online

Morning Workshops

Afternoon Workshops

Painting Through the Grades – Anna Gruda

Biography – Dorothy Lebaron

Exploring the Temperaments through Chekov Drama – Kati Gabor

Leading Learning Communities  - Case Studies of Two Waldorf Schools – Heather Church and Arlene Thorn




Staff Changes from the Summer Festival Brochure

In order to bring this year's Summer Festival online we have had to make a few changes of teachers:

The Grade Two Intensive will now be taught by Anna Gruda. Anna taught for many years at Toronto Waldorf School and now teaches at the Edgehill Country School in Durham Ontario.

The Grade Three intensive will now be taught by Jessica Gladio, who is currently in her 11th year of class teaching at Trillium Waldorf School in Guelph Ontario.

Phil Fertay will still be teaching the morning part of the Grade Eight intensive, but the afternoons will be led by Toronto Waldorf School art teacher Ariel Massett.

The courses that were to have been taught by Julian Mulock, Fiona Hughes, Nettie Fabrie and Wim Gottenbus will not be offered as part of this year's online Summer Festival. You can still read the Summer Festival brochure for course descriptions and presenter biographies. But bear in mind that some things like schedules, fees, etc. have changed with the shift to online presentation.



Click here for 2020 Summer Festival Application Form


Sunday July 5 Opening Session: 5:00 to 6:30 pm (Online)

Online Schedule Monday to Friday July 6-24

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Morning Session

1:00 – 3:00 pm Afternoon Session

3:30 – 4:30 pm Forum 

Evening activities

5:00 – 6:00 pm Part-Time Teacher Education Research Presentations


Click here for 2020 Summer Festival Online Application Form


Registration and Fees

New fees (all in Canadian dollars) for the 2020 online version of the RSCT Summer Festival are $450 for one week, $850 for two weeks, $1,200 for three weeks, and $225 for one-week afternoons or mornings only.

All courses have limited openings and will be offered only when sufficient enrollment is reached. All fees are due upon registration. You may cancel your registration before June 6 and receive full refund less $75 cancellation fee. No refunds available after June 6. We reserve the right to cancel any course at 7 days’ notice, with full refund.


For the 2020 online version, you can take the course from wherever you are, as long as you have a good internet connection. 


Lunch will not be offered for this year's online version of the Summer Festival.

Childcare at TWS Summer Camp

Toronto Waldorf School Summer Camp offers a full-day camp for children (ages 4 to 12) at a reduced fee for festival participants. To make reservations contact the camp at 647-210-8865 or

Collaborating organizations

RSCT is grateful for the support of Toronto Waldorf School, Mercurius Canada, Hesperus Village and Arscura – School for Living Art, .

To register use 

Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto
9100 Bathurst St., Thornhill, ON, L4J 8C7, Canada
905-764-7570 fax 905-889-3336

Click here for Summer Festival Online Application Form



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