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GATEWAYS CONFERENCE
Sixth Annual Gateways Conference 2015THE JOURNEY OF LIFE:
Supporting Development from First Breath to Last
with Keynote Speaker Nancy Blanning

Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25, 2015
A Conference on Childhood for Parents, Educators, and Caregivers


You will be able to register for Gateways workshops online starting February 9th, 2015.
The online registration page is HERE.

KEYNOTE TALKS BY NANCY BLANNING
The Journey of Life: Supporting Development from First Breath to Last
"Our highest endeavor must be to develop individuals who are able out of their own initiation to impart purpose and direction to their lives."
– Rudolf Steiner
Through our physical bodies we learn about ourselves, the world, and our place in it. As we proceed along this physical path we have social encounters, emotional experiences, and intellectual explorations and insights. We may also seek existential meaning to the purpose of life. In each of these domains there are unexpected adventures and challenges. For children the developmental challenges and opportunities are most apparent. The cycles for the adult years are more subtle and the road less visible.

Life offers—and often insists upon—continued development for the whole of our days, not just through childhood. Where can we find insight, inspiration, and joy for our children and our adult selves on this continuing journey? Through three keynote offerings, we will look at the themes, needs, and opportunities for development for the young child and early grade school years, the adolescent and emerging adult, and for ourselves in our adult years.
"We should actually retain the possibility, all through life, of rejoicing in the coming year, because each year charms forth the divine-spiritual content of our own inner being in ever new forms. I want to emphasize this point. We should really and truly learn to experience our life as capable of development not only in youth, but through its whole span between birth and death."
– Rudolf Steiner
FRIDAY EVENING KEYNOTE TALK:
First you were a twinkle in your old dad's eye and a warm glow under your mother's heart
The kindergarten birthday story pictures a glorious beginning of the child living in a starry garden before coming to earthly life. Once born, the child makes a home in a physical body that is unfamiliar and may be ill-fitting. Helping the child to feel comfortable and in control of the physical body is the parenting and educational goal and responsibility from birth to entering the grade school years. We will explore how this process happens and how to support it with movement, exploration of the world, and a mixture of both shelter and opportunity for adventure.

SATURDAY MORNING KEYNOTE TALK:
Learning to Wear The Donkey's Skin: Coming into Awareness of Self
The Grimm's fairy tale of The Donkey describes a prince who is born as a donkey. One day he looks into a well and sees his reflected donkey's shape. Dispirited, he wanders out into the world because he feels he does not belong in his father's kingdom any more. At about age 9, similar experiences begin to affect the child's emerging adolescent soul. We will explore how experiences for the physical body and food for the soul challenge children to find their own nobility as they mature and pass into adolescence.

SATURDAY AFTERNOON KEYNOTE TALK:
All Grown Up: Now Where Do I Go?
As adults, it is not always evident how to navigate the years ahead. At times, life feels exciting and fulfilling while at other times lacking or dull. The 7-year cycles of human development described by Rudolf Steiner can give us comfort and insight into the purposefulness of human development. Certain themes come toward all human beings at surprisingly consistent biographical moments. We will explore these themes and develop an individual road map of our personal life's journey. We will be playful, as adults need to jump and play too!


ABOUT NANCY BLANNING
Nancy Blanning has been involved in Waldorf early childhood education for nearly 30 years as lead kindergarten teacher, and then educational support teacher at the Denver Waldorf School for the past eleven years. Her particular interest is exploring how playful, imaginative movement supports healthy development for young children. She and colleague, Laurie Clark, are authors of Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures, a developmental movement resource for teachers. Nancy also travels widely as consultant, mentor, lecturer, and teacher trainer within Waldorf education and is privileged to serve on the Board of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).


You will be able to register for Gateways workshops online starting February 9th, 2015.
The online registration page is HERE.



WORKSHOPS ON SATURDAY
Click on any workshop title to read about it.

MOVING, SINGING AND PLAYING TOGETHER
with Nancy Blanning
We will explore the tremendous importance of playful movement and practical work activities in building a healthy body and sensory systems that make life enjoyable. Traditional children's games are full of wisdom. For the older child, more complicated rhythms and integrating movements are both challenging when new, and satisfying when accomplished. For adults, there are also simple and playful movements we can do for ourselves to refresh, revitalize, and bring forth renewed focus. We will go through a potpourri of examples from these different phases of life for fun and to offer some new ideas for home.

RESONANT COLOURS THROUGH LIFE
with Malcolm Glover
Through the medium of rice paper collage, we will explore aspects that colour our life's journey. A creative art exploration open to all – beginner and experienced alike.

MINDFULNESS FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS
with Peter Murdock
For twelve years, Peter Murdock was Head teacher of a Primary School in the UK that had mindfulness as a key aspect of its ethos. Peter will share some of this experience to show ways of working with mindfulness with children at home and at school. Peter will also introduce mindfulness practices that parents can use at home for themselves, and give insight into some of the themes and discussions that take place in the classroom. Peter was also a teacher at the Calgary Waldorf School for twelve years at our former location in Marda Loop.

FINDING PEACE IN THE MIDST OF YOUR BUSY LIFE (THE ART OF MEDITATION)
with Yana Filipovich
This workshop will look at ways we can give ourselves a break from constant thinking, worrying and a sense of busy-ness. Through mindfulness, we can start connecting to self, finding inner spaciousness and peace which we can then extend to people around us, especially our children. We will look at the role mind plays in our perception of the world and how we can start gently disengaging from our 'thinking addiction' through the practice of meditation and presence in the moment. We will explore what meditation is and what elements need to be considered when choosing meditation practice. You will also receive some tips on how one's meditation practice can be enhanced. And of course, we will try a guided meditation!

THE TEMPERAMENTS AS A TOOL TO UNDERSTAND OUR CHILDREN
with Virginia Smith
Knowledge of the four temperaments has been around since ancient Greece, but Rudolf Steiner reworked the ideas for use as a pedagogical tool for Waldorf teachers. Understanding temperaments can help us in our teaching and parenting of the school-age child. In this workshop, you will get a lively introduction to the four temperaments, see reflections of your child (and yourself), hear some practical advice for working with and through a temperament, and learn how teachers use this typology to inform their work in the classroom.

STORY AND SONG IN EURYTHMY
with Nina Wallace-Ockenden
Eurythmy is the art of speaking and singing through movements and gestures that reveal to the eye what language and music bring to the ear. Join us in an exploration of the eurythmy curriculum in grades 1-6 through the movement of language and of music. Please bring comfortable clothes and a sense of play!

PARENTING AND DISCIPLINE: NAVIGATING OUR RESPONSES
with Johanna Kalkreuth
As parents, we often struggle with knowing how to respond when our children are struggling. We will explore, through movement, meditation and discussion, how to best meet children in times of difficulty. Approaches to discipline will be addressed as a central theme. Johanna is a Certified Simplicity Parenting Coach and Clinical Counsellor.

YOGA FOR STRESSFUL TIMES
with Marie Snippa
We live in stressful times. We get wound up and some days cannot seem to unwind. This class is about unwinding and undoing. Marie will take you through various yoga poses and stretches that will help you open both your body and your mind. You will gain some insight into which poses relax you and which ones energize you. Leave this class feeling open and energized, yet relaxed and renewed. Come prepared to move and pose! Please bring a yoga mat and blanket.

FELTING A WALL HANGING
with Arwen Cruse
Come and explore your creative side while dry felting a simple wall hanging from colourful wool roving. We will also examine the significance of the human hand in the creative process and how the Waldorf School handwork curriculum supports the child's developing will in the creation of items of beauty and purpose.

FROM ONE TO INFINITY – A MATH JOURNEY
with Sandy Ockenden
All numbers proceed from One, the Whole, the Unity. From Unity grows the magnitude of things which stretches into the infinitely large. Unity also fragments into the infinitely small. This workshop will explore how the Waldorf Mathematics Curriculum from Grade One to High School mirrors the evolution of human consciousness and how this nurtures the development of the child. We will consider Arithmetic as a practical technological tool as well as an intellectual-soul experience.

SINGING
with Anna Driehuyzen
Come and enjoy music as it is played and sung for the young, and the young at heart. In this workshop, we will explore music that reflects the stages of child development into adulthood as well as music through the ages from Gregorian chant to popular folk music. From simple lullabies to three and four part harmonies, there will be something for everyone and no experience is necessary.


CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
FRIDAY APRIL 24, 2015
6:45 pm Registration Opens
7:15 pm Welcome
7:30 to 9:00 pm Evening Keynote Talk by Nancy Blanning
SATURDAY APRIL 25, 2015
8:15 am Registration Opens
9:00 am Welcome
9:15 am Morning Keynote Talk by Nancy Blanning
10:45 am Break
11:15 am Workshops
12:45 pm Lunch
2:15 pm Afternoon Keynote Talk by Nancy Blanning
3:45pm Wrap-up with Nancy Blanning
Note: With the exception of babes in arms, this conference is for adults only, please.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
The conference is limited to 150 participants on a first come, first served basis.
Note, we are now offering online registration only, starting February 9th. Register online HERE.
Register by March 9th for our Early Bird Prize Draw – a $50.00 Gift Certificate to the Pixie Hut!

Conference Fee (includes lunch and snacks)
$100 per person by April 14th
$125 per person after April 14th

Gateways registration is only available online. Registration starts February 9th HERE

Payment can be made online HERE or by cash or cheque made payable to the Calgary Waldorf School.

Cash or cheque payment must be received within 7 days of online registration.

CONTACT INFORMATION
For more information, please email gateways@calgarywaldorf.org, or phone 403-287-1868

WHERE IS THE SCHOOL
515 Cougar Ridge Drive SW.
The Calgary Waldorf School is located in the south-west neighbourhood of Cougar Ridge – up behind the ski jumps and flag at the top of the Canada Olympic Park ski hill.


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