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WISE 2017 Gateways Conference

Waldorf Education Society of Edmonton

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 4:30 PM (MDT)

WISE 2017 Gateways Conference

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Single, early bird (before April 15th) Ended CA$100.00 CA$0.00
Single, after April 15th May 5, 2017 CA$115.00 CA$0.00
Couple, early bird (before April 15th) Ended CA$80.00 CA$0.00
Couple, after April 15th May 5, 2017 CA$92.50 CA$0.00
Event volunteers (pre-approved only) May 5, 2017 CA$70.00 CA$0.00
Workshop Facilitators/Staff (pre-approved) May 5, 2017 Free CA$0.00
Friday Night only May 5, 2017 CA$45.00 CA$0.00

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Join us for the 2017 WISE Gateways Conference, Friday May 5th, 6-8:15pm and Saturday May 6th, 8:30-4pm!

Friday evening will feature a keynote speech from Waldorf Educator, Speaker and Inventor, Michael D'Aleo. Michael will give a follow-up talk Saturday morning, then participants will have a choice of 5 workshops to attend, including one with our Keynote speaker. After lunch, participants will attend one of 5 afternoon workshops. We look forward to seeing you!

Please see more detailed information below:


Conference Schedule 

Friday Night

6:00 pm ~ Registration opens

6:30-8:15 pm ~ Keynote speech, Michael D'Aleo

Saturday daytime

8:30 am ~ Registration opens

9:00-10:00 am ~ Follow-up talk, Michael D'Aleo

10:00-11:45 am ~ Morning Workshops

11:45 am-noon ~ Break

noon-1:00 pm ~ Lunch

1:00 pm-2:45 pm ~ Afternoon Workshops

2:45 pm-3:00 pm ~ Break

3:00 pm-onwards ~ Conference wrap-up


Making Sense of the World: The central role of experience in knowing Nature and Humanity. 

The constantly changing dynamic world in which we live requires us to pay attention.  The answers of yesterday are no longer appropriate for today.  In short, we are being asked to come back to our senses. The ability to perceive what is happening around you (and within, as well) has always been the starting point for all truthful insights and new ways of thinking. 

The healthy development of the senses is most powerfully accomplished in the earliest years of each human life.  The senses develop most richly in conjunction with regular exposure to the powerful yet subtle integration of the natural world.




with Michael D’Aleo

In a culture where self-initiative and independent thinking are valued, few people are able to describe how they work or more importantly, how they can be cultivated in the next generation of children.  Can one really do one’s own independent thinking without being self-motivated?  In a culture where children are told that everything they do is good, can a child really learn to discern mediocrity from excellence? How do we create both compassionate human beings while simultaneously creating the tenacious attitudes necessary for today’s rapidly changing culture?  With a deeper understanding, these apparent paradoxes can be synthesized into something truly educational.



with Sandy Ockenden

If you've got a heartbeat, two hands (or even one) and like to move to music, then you have met the requirements for this workshop. With sopranos, tenors, baritone and bass marimbas, accompanied by hand drums and shakers, we will get lively with some common syncopated rhythms, and one or two songs from South Africa and Zimbabwe.


with Kirsten Elliott

Explore singing, melodies and harmonies, and experiment with sound and movement with our resident flutist and songstress, Kirsten Elliott. No musical experience necessary, but come prepared to have fun!




with Nina Wallace-Ockenden

Enhance concentration and coordination as you explore one of the vital and unique aspects of Waldorf Education, through music and movement.


E. WALDORF IN THE HOME, (all day workshop)

with Kory Baker-Henderson

Discover how natural toys can support the growth of imagination in early childhood. Kory will guide you through creating your own waldorf doll while sharing other ways to create natural, gentle rhythms within the home.



with Arwen Cruse

Learn how to create the beautiful chalkboard drawings found in Waldorf classrooms around the world. Arwen Cruse, Waldorf Teacher at CWS, will guide you through blending techniques, chalk tips, and more.


with Kellie Menard

Discover the basic elements of natural skin care, and create your own natural cream and toner to take home, along with a recipe for future use.


with Nina Wallace-Ockenden

Join Nina as she explores how the study of history and culture in Waldorf curriculum meets the child at every stage of child development.


with  Jasmine Cameron

Jasmine grew up in the wilds of northern BC to homesteading parents. From an early age she has been influenced by her natural environment and its ability to provide all that we need. Jasmine will introduce you to a basic traditional gathering and foraging willow basket and guide you to create a simple willow basket of your very own.

5. WALDORF IN THE HOME, con’t from morning

with Kory Baker-Henderson

Discover how natural toys can support the growth of imagination in early childhood. Kory will guide you through creating your own waldorf doll while sharing other ways to create natural, gentle rhythms within the home.



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,

Michael D’Aleo

Michael D'Aleo lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of science, education and environmental issues and is a founding member of the Saratoga Experiential Natural Science Research Institute (SENSRI) in Keene Valley, New York as the Director of Research. He was a co-founder of the high school at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs where he taught physical science and astronomy. Mr. D'Aleo is also an instructor of Waldorf School physical science teachers at The Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton New Hampshire as well as a guest teacher at various teacher training institutions and Waldorf Schools. He is the cofounder of, and leads the successful 6th, 7th and 8th grade science teacher training, Teaching Sensible Science. Michael D'Aleo has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rutgers University where he graduated Summa cum Laude. He also holds a Masters degree in education from Sunbridge College. 

Have questions about WISE 2017 Gateways Conference? Contact Waldorf Education Society of Edmonton

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When & Where

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

Friday, May 5, 2017 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, May 6, 2017 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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