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Mark Your Calendars for November 2017

50th Anniversary Weekend:

Celebrating the Past • Exploring the Present • Envisioning the Future

Save the date and join us for a gala celebration this November as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Sunbridge’s predecessor, the Waldorf Institute of Detroit, Michigan.

From Friday evening, November 10, through Saturday evening, November 11, in a program that will include:

Keynote Addresses  •  Panel Discussions & Workshops  • Artistic Activities  •  Gala Dinner  and more!

We will:

  • Pay tribute to the Waldorf Institute and its remarkable lineage: Sunbridge College, Sunbridge Institute, and the many worldwide programs, initiatives and organizations that grew out of this inspiring forerunner of Waldorf Teacher Education in North America
  • Explore the current state of Waldorf Education and Waldorf teacher education
  • Look ahead to the future

Everyone with a connection to Sunbridge at any point over these past five decades and all those currently working in the field of Waldorf Education are cordially welcome to attend.

To be in-the-know on all the latest Anniversary Weekend news and details, and to be notified when registration opens, be sure to sign up for our mailing list.

Mark your calendars now for November 10-11! 


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Sunbridge Featured in “Natural Awakenings”

Check out page 22 of this month’s “Natural Awakenings” magazine (Hudson Valley West edition) for a feature on Sunbridge Institute, following an article on page 20 about Waldorf Education. (And see if you can spot our ad, too!).



50th Anniversary Weekend Conference

Honoring the Past • Celebrating the Present • Envisioning the Future

You are cordially invited to Sunbridge Institute’s 50th Anniversary Weekend Conference—our 2017 Waldorf Teachers Conference and Golden Anniversary celebration rolled into one inspiring event!


6-6:30pm  Registration
6:30-7:30pm  Light Reception
7:30-9pm  Presentation: “The Story of Sunbridge Institute Through the Decades and its Impact on the World Today,” with Signe and Christopher Schaefer and others

7:45-8:45am  Registration & Continental Breakfast
9am-12:45pm  Keynote Addresses and Panel Discussion

“Higher Education and Spirituality” with Robert McDermott, PhD, President Emeritus and Professor of Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies; former President, Sunbridge College Board of Trustees and Co-Founder, The Barfield School of Sunbridge College

“The State of Waldorf Education,” with Linda Williams, PhD, Class Teacher and College Co-Chair, Detroit Waldorf School; Waldorf Institute alumna

Keynote Panel Discussion with
•  Robert McDermott
•  Linda Williams
•  Keelah Helwig Kindergarten Teacher and Early Childhood Chair, Waldorf School of Garden City, and Sunbridge College alumna
•  Susan Howard Co-Director, Sunbridge Early Childhood Teacher Education
•  Douglas Sloan Professor Emeritus, Teachers College, Columbia University, and former Master’s Program Director, Sunbridge College
•  George McWilliam Core Faculty, Sunbridge Elementary Teacher Education
•  Moderated by Stephen Sagarin Core Faculty, Sunbridge Elementary Teacher Education

plus Singing with Jana Hawley Director, Sunbridge Elementary Teacher Education, and Sunbridge College alumna

12:45-2:15pm Lunch

2:15-5:30pm Workshops I and II
  Eurythmy with Brigida Baldszun
  Rhythmic Circle Games with Nancy Blanning
•  Painting with Brigitte Bley-Swinston
•  Campus Walking Tour with Leslie Burchell-Fox
•  Eurythmy with Annelies Davidson
•  Courage to Teach® with Cat Greenstreet
•  History through Biography in the Middle Grades with Elizabeth Hall
  The Group Souls of the Honeybees and Corals: the Most Precocious in Cosmic Evolution and the Most Endangered with Gunther Hauk
•  The Spiritualization of the Natural Sciences––THE Requisite for Further Evolution with Gunther Hauk
•  Fiber Craft with Renate Hiller
•  Waldorf Early Childhood in the World Today with Susan Howard
•  Spacial Dynamics® with Jaimen McMillan
•  Speech with Barbara Renold
•  Why Does Biography Work Matter? with Signe Schaefer
•  Navigating Chaos: Maintaining our Balance in These Difficult Times with Christopher Schaefer
 Social Listening and the Inner Life of the Teacher with Ann Stahl
•  Plus additional workshop leaders including George McWilliam and Ralph White

6:30-9:30pm Festive Dinner
Featuring entertainment with Stephen Sagarin and an auction of community highlights

Sunbridge reserves the right to make faculty/event changes as needed


$75 for the entire weekend (including all meals and events from Friday evening’s reception through Saturday’s festive dinner). You may instead choose to register for the conference portion only (all meals and events from Friday evening through late Saturday afternoon) for a cost of $50 or Saturday’s festive dinner only for a cost of $25.

REGISTER NOW. Space is limited, and we anticipate this event will sell out.

Full refunds will be issued for cancellations made by October 27 (refunds will be issued December 1).


For our friends who would like to help make this event possible, we are offering a wide range of sponsorship opportunities, including five different tiers of Sponsorship Packages. We’re also offering the option of contributing a personal message in the form of an Anniversary Tribute in our event program book. Or, we invite you to add your support for our next 50 years by making a gift to our Annual Fund.


We are expecting a large turnout for this event and encourage you to secure your housing as soon as possible.

Campus housing, including Holder House dorm and local Home Stay accommodations, is secured directly through Threefold Educational Center

Sunbridge has blocked a number of rooms at special group rates at these nearby hotels:

  • Quality Inn at the Spring Valley Market Place (behind Target, off Rte 59) is offering a limited number of rooms at $89. You must reserve one of these rooms by Tuesday, October 31, or they will be released to the public. Use code BN3YZ4 when reserving.
  • Courtyard by Marriott Montvale (on Chestnut Ridge Road) is offering King bed rooms at $139.00. You must reserve one of these rooms by Friday, October 27, or they will be released to the public.


A light reception on Friday evening and breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday are included in the event. Hot breakfast items will be available for purchase at Threefold Cafe should you wish to augment Saturday’s continental breakfast. The Cafe will also be open for Friday dinner and Sunday breakfast (pay-as-you-go).


For logistical questions about the weekend, please contact Penelope Voss at 845-425-0055 x20 or

For questions about sponsorships, anniversary tributes, or Annual Fund donations, please contact Tanya Corrin at 845-425-0055 X11 or


To our 50th Anniversary Honorary Committee for their dedication to our institution and to the following Event Sponsors:








Ralph White (Individual Copper)

Gordon Edwards (Individual Copper)