Nurturing the Roots
Advanced Therapeutic Course
for Early Childhood Educators
with Nancy Blanning, Laurie Clark, Lynn St. Pierre,
Dr. Adam Blanning and other guest faculty
The start of the course has been delayed a year, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Planned dates for the first session will be
July 11-16, 2021.
Corona virus update (as of 4/24/20):
After careful consideration, the faculty have decided to delay the start of the new round of the Nurturing the Roots course to July 2021. We do this with real sadness, but recognize that with so many current uncertainties in the world we will all be in a much more stable and safe place in summer 2021–and by then we will be hungry for real human contact! This is not a course we can teach by video, so we look forward to gathering in a new circle of healing intention next summer.
Those who have already applied and been accepted into the program over the last months are guaranteed a spot next July. We will open registration for the remaining spots in Spring 2021.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
There are many children in the classroom today who are calling for our extra consciousness and guidance. Their incarnation process is challenged. This may be expressed as disruption, aggression, or strong sensory-seeking behaviors, but is really an expression of how difficult it is for them to find a comfortable home in the body, or a harmonious interaction with the world around them. This course is designed to provide both practical tools for pedagogical and developmental assessment of the individual child, and provide the necessary supports in order to meet the child’s needs. The course will work through the important milestones of physical development and will examine the changing spiritual physiology of the child from pre-earthly experiences through age nine.
This course is designed as an advanced professional development experience for experienced Waldorf early childhood education teachers. The course comprises three week-long July summer conferences (Sunday evening through Friday noon), complemented by two January four-and-a-half day workshops (Thursday evening through Monday noon). The summer weeks will be devoted to instruction in child observation, hygienic circle movement, constitutional polarities, and developmental assessments for the kindergarten, first grade and second grade child.
The winter workshops will focus more on practical implementation of these topics in the classroom setting.
A letter of application is required for admission to the program and a certificate of completion will be given at the conclusion of the full course. Those working for the certificate will have homework to complete in child observation and study, movement work, classroom plans, and plans for individual children.
Year One (July 2021): Where did my ‘I’ begin?—
Pre-earthly Experience and Descent into Life
The first year curriculum will explore the journey of embryologic development from pre-birth decisions and development, through the birth passage, and into the great deeds of walking, speaking, and thinking as a foundation for health during the first three years of life. We will look at how the inherited body is transformed, and how that progress is expressed through polarities of movement. Play-based sensory developmental screening of the 4-5½ year-old child will be explored.
Year Two (January and July 2022): My Body, My Home
The second and third sessions focus on the ripening of the etheric body and the formation of the organs, and how this manifests in the kindergarten child. The proper balancing of organic growth and wakeful sensing as a foundational experience for the child will be explored through the constitutional polarities, including the Large-headed/Small-headed polarity. We will explore the maturation of the foundation senses (touch, movement, balance and life). Assessment of first grade readiness, informed by a knowledge of sensory and perceptual development, the integration of movement, auditory capacities, and vision screening will be taught.
Year Three (Jan. and July 2023): Waking to the World Around
For the seven to nine-year old child, incarnation evolves from a primary process of bodily growth to exploration of the world. The child has to learn how to breathe through the body, moving from point to periphery, from self to world. Observing how the young child socially interacts and participates in group activities will help us build an understanding of the waking and sleeping activity of the Epileptic and Hysteric polarity. We will examine this breathing process on the levels of wakeful sensing, temperament, and movement patterns. The third year will also include practical instruction in second grade developmental assessment.
January meetings will generally be held over the MLK holiday weekend, and July 2021 and 2022 sessions the week following the 4th of July holiday. We will confirm exact dates at the start of the course.
At the conclusion of the course, each teacher will be prepared to:
- Bring health-developing/salutogenic movement enrichment to the early childhood classroom and outdoor play and activities. This will be through circle work, movement journeys, practical work, games and outside play opportunities.
- Select specific movement experiences that will serve individual children.
- Expand and refine child observation and child study skills by developing a “therapeutic eye”
- Have a framework for developing a therapeutic/care circle within one’s school, coupled with learning which mainstream resources can be helpful to the children.
- Administer developmental assessments kindergarten through 2nd grade
Course fees are $550 for the summer meetings and $450 for the winter workshops. Course fees includes tuition, materials and mid-morning and afternoon snacks. There is a non-refundable $100 deposit that must be submitted with your registration for the July 2021 session–this will be applied to your tuition for the fifth and final session in July 2023.
Registration: Registration for the remaining slots will open in Spring 2021. We currently have 38 of 50 spaces filled as of April, 2020.
As part of that registration we will ask you three important questions:
- What is your background in Waldorf early childhood education?
- Do you have previous experience in therapeutic movement or other modalities?
- What are you hoping to gain from the course?
- We suggestion writing this information out ahead of time on your computer and then simply pasting it into the boxes which follow those questions on the registration form (the boxes look small, but they will actually hold a lot of text in them).
- We need this information to make sure that the course is a good fit for you.
The faculty will be meeting together to review the applications in batches, and we will send you an email to confirm your place in the course when your application has been accepted.
When you have received word that you are accepted into the course, please send your payment for $650 ($550 summer session tuition, $100 deposit), made out to “DCAT” (Denver Center for Anthroposophic Therapies) and send it to:
Dr. Adam Blanning
840 26th Street
Denver, CO 80205
If your school needs to pay by credit card at that time, please let us know and we will send you a paypal invoice.
The course is limited to 50 participants due to the limitations of our meeting space. If the course fills we will start a waitlist.
This work is important for the world and believe many people will find this very valuable for both their teaching and own personal development.
questions or problems? email Nancy.Blanning(at)gmail.com
Sleeping bag spaces for $10 a night are available in the Christian Community chapel where the course meets. A limited number of beds in local homes are also available, usually at $25 a night. Information on local motels and hotels will also be sent out in May to those who have registered. We do ask for your housing preference when you make your application online.
Please note: program and topics subject to change
We very much look forward to working together,
in the interest of meeting, acknowledging and supporting
the incarnation pathway of the young child.