Foundation Studies

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

Foundation Studies

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

A 13-week course for those interested in learning more about Rudolf Steiner’s approach to creating a more human and sustainable future

Discover the holistic view of the human being, nature and the spiritual world that underlies all aspects of Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture and Anthroposophical medicine.

Explore the inner and outer practices essential to finding balance and supporting health and well-being in the 21st Century.

Engage in artistic work as a means to open to inspiration and release creative expression.

Search for connection, direction and meaning in work that is building a resilient and sustainable future.

The Foundation Studies program is for those people who would like to explore the underpinnings of the various branches of work arising out of Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy. Foundation Studies may be taken independently as a substantial introduction to the principles of Waldorf education, as a foundation for further studies, and as a prerequisite to those continuing in the 3-year Waldorf Teacher Training program. The program runs Friday night and Saturday morning over 13 weeks, from September-December.

Tuition Fee: $2500 Inquire about our tuition assistance program.

Please click here to download the 2020-2021 Application.


Our 13-week curriculum is shaped into three parts, each guided by a key topic.

Part 1 — Fostering a Holistic Worldview

The word “holistic” is used so often in today’s world, but what does it really mean?

Part 1 of the program will explore:

The human being as a unified being of body, soul and spirit.

Steiner’s two-fold, three-fold and four-fold understanding of the human and nature.

Inner work and meditative exercises to bring health, balance and wellbeing to our lives.

Biography work, biographical storytelling and the 7-year cycles of human development. Who am I? What is my life about? What were my pre-birth intentions? Where do I want to go from here?

Part 2 — My Path, My Work

How can we apply this holistic worldview to our practical work in the world?

Part 2 of the program will explore:

Inner inquiry focused on finding one’s own path and doing good and meaningful work in the world.

An overview of Rudolf Steiner’s life and work.

The varied forms of professional life developing out of Anthroposophy – contributing faculty will share their insights and experience of their professional work and the inner and outer development required for these vocations.

Painting, sculpture, form drawing, storytelling and nurturing an Anthroposophical attitude towards arts and creativity.

Students will read from:

Becoming the Archangel Michael’s Companion by Rudolf Steiner
Anthroposophy in Everyday Life by Rudolf Steiner
Understanding Waldorf Education by Jack Petrash

Part 3 — Here and Now, Going Forward

What is our role in the grand arc of the evolution of humanity and where do we go from here?

Part 3 of the program will explore:

Knowing ourselves, knowing the needs of our times – Studies of the Consciousness Soul Age and the demands and challenges of our times. The process of becoming inwardly active and fostering courage for the future.

Creating new images and new stories that open the way to a brighter future for ourselves, our communities and our world.


Course Leaders

Ken Smith is the Director of BACWTT. After working in Waldorf education, he taught as Course Leader of the Visual Arts and Sculpture Training program at Emerson College. He has been active internationally in Waldorf education and Anthroposophical art for over 25 years.

Liz Turkel Vose is a teaching artist with over 20 years of experience working with children and adults in the performing arts. She served as a Course Leader at the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College and has contributed pedagogically to several international arts education organizations. She currently teaches storytelling, voice, music and drama around the Bay Area.

For more information and to register, please contact:

tiffany@bacwtt.org | (415) 479-4400

Please click here to download the 2020-2021 Application.

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