Deborah Desilets – Somatic movement and Core Connexion Dance Deborah Desilets offers somatic movement each morning and Core Connexion Transformational Arts (based in conscious dance) during the Workshop. Deborah’s interest in Waldorf Schools began 35 years ago and she supported the movement as a Waldorf School Administrator for 4 years, graduating from the initial Administration Training at Sunbridge College in Spring Valley New York. She is a trained Facilitator of Core Connexion http://www.coreconnexion.ca and is fulfilled when she is supporting others to find presence through movement. She is a founding member of Auriel Eurythmy and a Eurythmist in training.
Malcolm Glover – Art Malcolm is an artist and art facilitator working in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He works with acrylics, mixed-media, and watercolour. Artworks can be figure and landscape inspired or simply explorations of pure colour. His concerns as an artist arise from an interest in the relationship between the material world and one of the spirit. Weaving the soul’s experiences between these two realities becomes what is reflected in his art. Malcolm’s formal training consists of the study of painting and sculpture at the Ontario College of Art, Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy through ‘The Rudolf Steiner Centre’, Toronto, and therapeutic art studies at ‘Arscura ~ School for Living Art’, Toronto, and ‘Tobias School of Art & Therapy’, Sussex, England.
Barbarah Nicoll - Consciousness Studies A deep love of the human being has continuously ignited research and the creation and support of learning organizations and innovation in the not for profit sector. With an entrepreneurial and creative impulse, Barbarah is an educator of high school and graduate learners and initiator of innovative businesses and community projects. She has started schools, developed curriculum, initiated peace and social justice projects, hosted youth exchanges and led international service learning and exchanges. Barbarah’s formal education includes a Master of Integrated Arts, Waldorf High School Teacher certification, BA General Studies, Expressive Arts certification, and The Art of Facilitation Training with Caroline Estes of the Alpha Institute.
Nina Wallace-Ockenden - Eurythmy Nina’s deepest interest lies in developing ensouled movement, both to music and to language. She loves dramatic expression and strives to create spaces for the sacred as well as for humour. Nina completed her eurythmy training with Jeannie Schwarzkopf at the Charis Eurythmy Training in Auburn, California in 2000. She completed an artistic 5th year at the Stuttgart Eurythmeum and received her BA in Eurythmy Education through the Den Norske Eurythmihøyskole in Oslo, Norway. She has performed with various groups in Europe, North America, and South Africa. A Waldorf graduate herself, Nina has taught children and adults in Camphill communities and Waldorf Schools, as class teacher, music instructor, as mentor and eurythmy teacher in England, Canada, South Africa, Mexico and China. She currently also teaches the Foundations Studies Distance course as online mentor for Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto.
Silvia Wend - Eurythmy - Assistant Teacher Silvia's joy is in the dance. And in moving creatively together. She has journeyed through the arts of theater, poetry, and various movement forms. Silvia has been a Waldorf teacher in Colombia, Uruguay and New York; and has offered adult courses in body expression, poetry recitation, and also Tai-Chi. She completed her Eurythmy training with Sound Circle Eurythmy in Boulder, CO, where she now lives and participates in artistic Eurythmy presentations. Silvia also travels to Uruguay to teach Eurythmy to adults and children.
Joel Aragon - Speech Formation
Emmanuelle de Koning - Eurythmy Emmanuelle graduated from the eurythmy training in Paris, where she now also teaches a eurythmy intensive. Emmanuelle graduated in Paris with Hélène Oppert, and also earned a Bachelor degree through the eurythmy school in Oslo, Norway.
Karen Gallagher - Eurythmy The synthesis of speech, music, and dance with spiritually inspired movement resonates deeply in Karen. She especially loves to enliven the ‘spaces between’, wherein we all live and breathe and have our being. Karen crossed paths with eurythmy and Waldorf education in 1998, in the beautiful Central American country of Costa Rica. She graduated at Eurythmy Spring Valley, New York and also earned a Bachelor degree through the eurythmy school in Oslo, Norway.
Karen enjoys an ongoing relationship with the annual Waldorf Teacher training at the Centro de Desarrollo Antroposófico in Cuernavaca, Mexico. In addition to eurythmy, twenty-four years of classroom experience enrich the story through a variety of subjects: Spanish, Choir, Theater and Life Skills. Karen is the mother of four grown daughters, the youngest of whom was born in Costa Rica where their young family lived for nine years. Currently she resides in Point Richmond, CA and serves on the faculty at the East Bay Waldorf School, teaching eurythmy to Pre-School through Eighth Grade.