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Gateways Conference: Nurturing "Challenging" Children

Waldorf Education Society of Edmonton

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM (MDT)

 Gateways Conference: Nurturing "Challenging" Children

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Friday Night only May 4, 2018 CA$45.00 CA$0.00
Single, after April 15th May 4, 2018 CA$115.00 CA$0.00
Couple, after April 15th
One ticket per attendee. Minimum purchase two tickets.
May 4, 2018 CA$92.50 CA$0.00
Event volunteers (pre-approved only)
For event volunteers only
May 4, 2018 CA$70.00 CA$0.00
Workshop Facilitators/Staff (pre-approved)
For event Facilitators and Staff only
May 4, 2018 Free CA$0.00
Gifted tickets (pre-approved only)
For Gift-Ticket recipients only
May 4, 2018 Free CA$0.00

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Every child can flourish. This weekend, for parents, caregivers and teachers of all backgrounds, offers insights and practical skills to nurture any child, to draw out their best self for a full and successful life.

Waldorf Educator, Remedial Specialist, and Education Consultant, Jo-Ann Climenhage, has worked with hundreds of children, leading them on to higher education and success, with or without such "challenges" as anxiety, sensory issues, oppositional behaviours, even learning delays. She will be sharing her practical wisdom with all participants at a keynote address on Friday evening.

Jo-Ann will continue the conversation Saturday morning, then participants will have a choice of 5 workshops to attend, where they will learn in small groups about simple, arts-based activities to create a nurturing environment and mindset. One workshop will be conducted by our Keynote speaker, but space is limited, so register early to ensure full choice of workshops. After lunch, participants will attend one of 5 further workshops. We look forward to seeing you!

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Conference Schedule 

Friday Night

6:00 pm ~ Registration opens

6:30-8:15 pm ~ Keynote speech (Jo-Ann Climenhage)

Saturday daytime

8:30 am ~ Registration opens

9:00-10:00 am ~ Plenary session (Jo-Ann Climenhage)

10:00-11:45 am ~ Morning Workshops (Various Presenters)

11:45 am-noon ~ Break

noon-1:00 pm ~ Lunch

1:00 pm-2:45 pm ~ Afternoon Workshops (Various Presenters)

2:45 pm-3:00 pm ~ Break

3:00 pm-onwards ~ Conference wrap-up

FRIDAY & SATURDAY MORNING  - presentations by Jo-Ann Climenhage  

Developing Strong Foundations for Academic Learning Through Sensory Integration 

Jo-Ann Climenhage will discuss how the healthy strength and integration of what Rudolf Steiner describes as the foundational senses, lay the groundwork for all the higher-level cognitive and social skills students need to successfully engage the curriculum beginning in early childhood and continuing through high school.  The questions arise, what are these twelve senses Steiner refers to, how are they interlinked and how do we work to develop them, so they function effectively? In her talk Jo-Ann will shed light on those questions and share insights into nurturing healthy childhood development in children both in the classroom and at home.




with Jo-Ann Climenhage

In her work with children, Jo-Ann has developed a series of practical exercises to support healthy development. In this interactive workshop, Jo-Ann will share insights, exercises and activities which both educators and parents can use to support their child’s learning.



with Melina Cartmell and Justine Pavelich

WISE class teachers Melina and Justine will demonstrate how fostering creativity and imagination is done through stories, while discussing current research on the use of narratives for teaching and learning.


with Kirsten Elliott

Explore singing, melodies and harmonies, and experiment with sound and movement with WISE Band/music teacher,Kirsten Elliott. No musical experience necessary, but come prepared to have fun!



with Pam Coco and Mia Coco

Create beautiful bamboo and paper star-shaped lanterns with this WISE Nursery & Early Childhood teachers, Pam and Mia Coco.



with Nicolette Harrison

Learn some of the basic wire-wrapped jewellery techniques while making your own pendant with WISE Handworks Teacher, Nicolette Harrison.



with Arwen Cruse

Learn basic crocheting skills and crochet and create a little forrest animal with CWS Waldorf Teacher, Arwen Cruse, while learning about the importance of handwork and motor skills within Waldorf education.


with Kellie Menard

Discover the fabulous art of needle-felting! Learn basic needle-felting techniques with our local wool-felting genius, Kellie Menard, and create your own beautiful wool-felted fairy.


with Tim Burnham and Justin Underhay

A tongue-in-cheek name for a real workshop! What is the connection between Waldorf and Craft Beer? Maybe you? Tim Burnham, WESE Board member and father of 4 will lead a discussion about the waldorf/fathering journey. Justin will also provide an overview of beer, mead and wine- making techniques. One craft beer per participant.


with  Netta Johnson

Learn how to create the lovely layered effect in lazure painting, forming translucent weaving colour patterns. Create a small lazure board of your own and learn how to apply the same techniques to larger areas.


with Aziz Merchant

Aziz Merchant, Homeopathic Physician, will help you gain insight into a child’s temperament, allowing parents and educators to better understand how each child perceives situations, and giving you tools to better respond to potentially challenging situations. Developed by the ancient Greeks and expanded upon by Rudolf Steiner, the four temperaments are Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric and Melancholic. 



Fee Details

Before April 15th, Single* - $100, Couple - $160

After April 15th,  Single* - $115, Couple - $185


*$50 rebate to any registrant who refers ‘Gateways Newbie.’ Please note in your registration if you are a first-time attendee and we will refund the rebate amount to the referrer.  (not intended for couples, for whom the discount in Couple ticket applies).


Snacks & lunch are provided.


More about our Keynote Speaker,

Jo-Ann Climenhage

Jo-Ann Climenhage is an educational support consultant and certified Waldorf Grades and Remedial teacher specializing in the Extra Lesson approach. With over 25 years of experience in education, she completed undergraduate, masters and PhD studies prior to attaining her Grades and Remedial program certification at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California.  She took a class from grade one through eight at a Waldorf School in Seattle, Washington before transitioning to focus on Educational Support.

 Jo-Ann works full-time with schools in the United States, Canada and Mexico providing a number of services to schools including, first grade readiness screenings, second grade and fifth grade assessments, individual student assessments, faculty workshops, educational support program development, teacher evaluations and mentoring.  Jo-Ann has taught in the Remedial program, the Summer Art of Teaching sessions, the Public School Institute, and in the Teacher Training Program at Rudolf Steiner College and currently teaches in the Sebastopol Summer Art of Teaching Sessions, and the Waldorf Learning Support Program at Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program in Chicago.  Recently she has continued teaching  internationally bringing educational support work to teachers in the Philippines.

Have questions about Gateways Conference: Nurturing "Challenging" Children? Contact Waldorf Education Society of Edmonton

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Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton
7211 96a Ave
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 1B5

Friday, May 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 4:30 PM (MDT)

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Waldorf Education Society of Edmonton

The Waldorf Education Society of Edmonton (WESE) was founded June 4, 2002. Our mission is to facilitate Waldorf Education in many forms within the City of Edmonton.

To support our community and the growth of Waldorf Education in Edmonton, we operate programs for interested families: Parent-Tot, Nursery school programs, Kindergarten, Grade School and a Junior High in the Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton. We also facilitate adult education through parent study groups, workshops, art enrichment classes and support the growth of Waldorf Education by holding annual festivals and fundraisers. Most of all, we endeavour to nurture the children of our community through the principles of Waldorf Education, which simultaneously supports us as families.

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