Summer Festival of Arts and Education

The following information pertains to the 2017 Summer Festival, which took place in July 2017. Stay tuned for future postings regarding next year's 2018 Summer Festival.

  • Tammy Caldwell plays with Rori the lamb at the Summer Festival of Arts and Education, Making Space for the Mysterious, RSCT 2012

Week 1 - July 3 to 7


Morning Workshops

Afternoon Workshops

Finding Spirit in 20th Century Art – Regine Kurek
Classroom Management and
School Leadership –  Larry Glatt
Working with Karma – Warren Cohen
Teaching World Languages –  Flora Seul-Jacklein and Agathe Polach

Story as Social Art – Dawne McFarlane
Wonders of Puppetry – Ena Bruce
Magic of Metals –  Leed Jackson
Teaching World Languages –  Flora Seul-Jacklein and Agathe Polach

Week 2 - July 10 to 14


Morning Workshops

Afternoon Workshops

Waldorf Education Essentials – Merwin Lewis
Art of Teaching Grade 1 – Sandra Ghali
Art of Teaching Grade 2 – Brian Searson
Art of Teaching Grade 3 – Henry Muth
Art of Teaching Grade 4 – Gregory Lovelady
Art of Teaching Grade 5 – Christina MacWilliam
Art of Teaching Grade 6 – Jane Hill
Art of Teaching Grade 7 – Phil Fertey
Art of  Teaching Grade 8 – Patrice Maynard

Words in a Circle:
Creative Writing –  Paul Matthews
Recorder Music and Leadership – Larry Glatt
Waldorf Art Curriculum – Anna Gruda
The Magic of Coloured Dust – Brian Searson
Geometry: Beauty and Harmony –  P. Hodgkins
Woodworking –  Warren Cohen

Week 3 July 17 - 21


Morning Workshops

Afternoon Workshops

Spacial Dynamics – Jonathan Snow
Speech and Language Arts – Kathy Brunetta

Veil Painting – Jef Saunders
Evolution of Consciousness
through Drawing –  Paul Hodgkins
Doll Making – Luciana Baptista Cohen




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Daily schedule

8:30 to 8:55      singing or movement (open to all participants)
9:00 to 10:30    morning course
10:30 to 11:00  coffee break
11:00 to 12:30  morning course
12:30 to 1:45    lunch
1:45  to 3:00     afternoon course
3:00 to 3:30      break
3:30 to 4:45      afternoon course

Evening activities

Research Presentations
Social art
Waldorf Teacher Graduation


Festival fee (includes course materials and snacks)

$550 early registration per week
10% discount on multiple weeks!

Early registration ends May 31. Regular fees are $595 per week.
Half day registration (morning or afternoon) is $350.

Register by May 31 and Save!
Secure your choice of workshops. Places are limited

Cash or cheques preferred. We also accept VISA and Mastercard.

All courses have limited openings and will be offered only when sufficient
enrollment is reached. All fees are due upon registration. Once registered,
you will receive a detailed course schedule with directions to the campus.
You may cancel your registration before June 8 and receive full refund
less $75 cancellation fee. No refunds available after June 8.
We reserve the right to cancel any course at 7 days’ notice, with full refund.


A limited number of Bed and Breakfast spaces are available
with local families. If you would like to offer accommodation
to a festival participant and receive compensation please
let us know. Local hotels are listed on our website.


Delicious 3-course vegetarian (mostly organic) lunches are available
by pre-order only. Lunches cost $75 for the week
 and will be served in the beautiful dining room at Hesperus Village.


Limited work/scholarships may be available and will be awarded
on a first come basis. To be considered, please include a letter
describing your financial circumstances with your application.

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 contact

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

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Luciana Baptista Cohen, MA, has a background in graphic, product and interactive design. She stopped her work with the BBC to stay at home with children and dedicate herself to handcrafts of all kinds. She has a passion for making and ensouling dolls.

Ena Bruce has worked as a Waldorf grade school and early childhood teacher. She uses puppetry, drama and movement to engage children. She is interested in the whole process of constructing and animating puppets.

Kathy Brunetta, MEd, BA, her work in Waldorf education includes class, subject specialist, and high school humanities teaching, teacher education, pedagogical administration, and consulting services.

Warren Lee Cohen, MEd, BA Physics, is the Codirector of RSCT and the Director of Teacher Education. He directed Foundation Studies at Emerson College and has been a Waldorf class teacher. He is an avid sculptor, baker and author.

Phil Fertey, MBA, BA, teaches grade 7 at the Vancouver Waldorf School. He has worked in advertising as a writer, creative director and corporate speechwriter. He trained to be a Waldorf teacher at RSCT.

Larry Glatt, DMA, MA, MMus, has been a music professor, Waldorf class teacher and music teacher. He is a performing musician, composer and recording artist. He teaches recorder, jazz band, chorus, and orchestra at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School.

Sandra Ghali has a passion for creating a vibrant, well-formed classroom in which the curriculum comes to life in her students.  She teaches at the Calgary Waldorf School and is excited to share the beauty and activity of grade 1 with colleagues about to take up a new class.

Anna Gruda is a graduate of OCAD and RSCT. She teaches at the Toronto Waldorf School and RSCT, and has been a class teacher and an art teacher. She has worked with combined grades and homeschoolers.

Jane Hill, MSEd, is a seasoned mentor and teacher who has an abiding passion for Waldorf education and for working with teenagers. When not teaching, she loves to ski, hike, read and try to keep up with her children.

Paul Hodgkins is the director of Foundations Studies in Anthroposophy at the Steiner Centre, where he also teaches drawing, geometry, and the evolution of human consciousness. He is a seasoned Waldorf class teacher. 

Leed Jackson, BSc Mathematics, studied sculpture at Emerson College. He then apprenticed with a Master Jeweller. Leed teaches high school science, mathematics and metal craft at the Toronto Waldorf School.

Regine Kurek is an anthroposophical art therapist and biographical counsellor. She is the cofounder of Arscura – School for Living Art and works internationally developing art and art therapy courses. She is dedicated to art and personal development.

Merwin Lewis, MMus, MLS, co-founded the London Waldorf School. He has educated children and helped train a generation of teachers. Poet, playwright and composer, he is the first honorary recipient of RSCT’s Waldorf Teacher Education certificate.

Gregory Lovelady has been a class and English language teacher in Waldorf in Hawaii, Ireland, England and Italy. He is currently teaching fifth grade in Phoenix, Arizona. He has a deep love of astronomy.

Paul Matthews, poet and gymnast, teaches at Emerson College and internationally. His inspirational books on the creative process, Words in Place and Sing Me the Creation, have proved helpful in the classroom over many years.

Christina MacWilliam is a teacher and mentor. She took a class from grade 1 to 9 at the Calgary Waldorf School and continues to teach there in the middle school.

Patrice Maynard, MEd, is the Director of Publications and Development for the Research Institute for Waldorf Education. She was a leader in AWSNA and before that a Waldorf class and music teacher at the Hawthorne Valley School.

Dawne McFarlane, MHSc, is a storyteller, Waldorf teacher, performing artist, and Coordinator of the Professional Development for Waldorf Teachers part-time program. Dawne loves telling stories at international festivals, in classrooms and around campfires.

Henry Muth is a musician, artist, wood worker, and teacher. He studied at OCAD and the Steiner Centre and taught a class from grade one to eight at the Trillium Waldorf School.

Agathe Polach teaches French at the Toronto Waldorf School. Born in Québec, she has travelled extensively over the years, reinforcing her passion for sharing languages and cultures with her students.

Jef Saunders is director and faculty member of Arscura – School for Living Art. He is a biography counsellor and anthroposophically inspired art therapist. He currently divides his work between seeing patients and teaching.

Brian Searson has been serving Waldorf education as a class teacher and a specialist in the arts and music. He graduated from RSCT and enjoys creating spirit-filled festivals for community.

Flora Seul-Jacklein was a language teacher at the Halton Waldorf School. She has worked in public and private schools and at university level. She currently works as a mentor, and serves as member of the AWSNA Board of Trustees.

Jonathan Snow completed his artistic and pedagogical eurythmy training. He taught there before coming to Toronto. He is certified in Bothmer gymnast and Spacial Dynamics and enjoys many forms of movement from dancing to martial arts.