Anthroposophy, Art, and Teacher Education

Week III

Leading with Spirit: The Art of Administration and Leadership in Waldorf Schools

Session III – Principles, Roles, and Practices

with Marti Stewart, Mara White, and Christopher Schaefer

This session dives into the many questions about administrative roles and responsibilities within our schools and organizations. What are the guiding principles of self-administration and how do we work with them? How do we support school health, renewal and sustainability? How do we foster leadership in the area of school life? What are the essential responsibilities of school administrators and what is their role in service to the whole? How does administration integrate with the work of the College and Board in a Waldorf school? These practical matters are viewed in the light of Anthroposophy and the important social questions that were at the heart of Rudolf Steiner’s work and deeply inform Waldorf pedagogy.


Schedule coming soon.

Registration & Tuition

To register for a single week, or the full program, send a check or money order to Leading with Spirit, 1923 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.

Single week program fee: $650 plus $50 registration due with application.

Full 2-year program fee: $4,500 plus $100 registration due with application. For more information, please click here.

Payment options:

Tuition for the full program may be made in one payment, or in three installments. For new participants: June 2016 ($1,925); June 2017 ($1,925); and June 2018 ($650). Tuition for the first summer week-long intensive may be applied to the whole program if a student decides to join the program after completing the first week.


The registration fee is non-refundable.

Course registration cannot be refunded within two weeks of the start date of the course. A $100 fee (in addition to the registration fee) will be charged and/or the tuition may be applied to the following year.

If a student is not able to continue in the program, tuition will be refunded on a pro-rated basis.


We have made every attempt to offer this program at the least possible cost. No scholarships are available.

Other financial questions may be directed to one of the core faculty members.

Course Leaders

Schaefer, ChristopherChristopher Schaefer was a co-founder of the Centre for Social Development at Emerson College in England before teaching for many years at Sunbridge College where he founded and directed the program in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development. He is the co-author of Vision in Action: Working with Soul and Spirit in Small Organizations, and in 2012, the author of Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf School Communities. Although semi-retired, Chris is presently the co-director of the Center for Social Research at the Hawthorne Valley Association and both he and Signe have been involved in supporting the development of Waldorf education in China in recent years.


Stewart, MartiMarti Stewart has worked in Waldorf School Administration since 2002. She has enjoyed serving as the Administrative Directorat City of Lakes Waldorf School in urban Minneapolis for the past ten years. Marti earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed a program in Waldorf School Administration at Sunbridge College. Ms. Stewart currently serves as a delegate to the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) and as Regional Co-coordinator of the Development and Administrative Network of the Association (DANA). She also serves as the Board Chair of Novalis Institute which provides adult education and Waldorf Teacher training foundation studies courses in the Twin Cities. Prior to her work in school administration, Ms. Stewart worked for several human service organizations serving children and families in NYC and the Twin Cities. Ms. Stewart is passionate about Waldorf education and its capacity to enhance human impulses towards the renewal of human society throughout the world. She enjoys the complexities (and the art) of working collaboratively with teachers, parents and volunteer leaders to bring forth the vision of Waldorf education.