50th Anniversary Celebration
On November 10 and 11, 2017, Sunbridge marked our half-century milestone—and our legacy as North America’s oldest Waldorf teacher education institute—by holding a 50th Anniversary Weekend Conference.
Attracting over 200 people, including members of the Waldorf Institute, Sunbridge College, and Sunbridge Institute communities; Waldorf teachers and other educators; and friends of Waldorf Education, our Weekend Conference offered a program of events presented by leading Waldorf and Waldorf-related educators, anthroposophists, artists, and innovators from around the country, all of whom hold deep connections to Sunbridge from across the decades.
We thank everyone who attended this memorable weekend and everyone whose generous contributions made it all possible.
Please enjoy these photo galleries from the event!
FRIDAY NIGHT: People, Programs, and Impulses: The Waldorf Institute, Sunbridge College, and Sunbridge Institute Through the Decades, presentation by Signe Schaefer, Christopher Schaefer, Patrick Stolfo, and George McWilliam; introduction by Anna Silber and Stephen Sagarin; additional remarks by Jessica Heffernan Ziegler; opening singing with teacher education students led by Jana Hawley
SATURDAY MORNING: Higher Education and Spirituality, Keynote Address by Robert McDermott; The State of Waldorf Education, Keynote Address by Linda Williams; Keynote Panel with Nancy Blanning, Keelah Helwig, Robert McDermott, George McWilliam, Douglas Sloan, and Linda Williams, moderated by Stephen Sagarin; singing led by Jana Hawley and Adam Petersen
SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Tree planting ceremony in memory of Werner Glas, led by Chris Schaefer; reflections on Werner by his son, Ian Glas; workshops led by Brigida Baldszun, Nancy Blanning, Brigitte Bley-Swinston, Cat Greenstreet, Elizabeth Hall, Gunther Hauk, Renate Hiller, Jaimen McMillan, George McWilliam, Signe Schaefer, Chris Schaefer, Ann Stahl, and Ralph White
AROUND CAMPUS: Some candid scenes from throughout the weekend
SATURDAY NIGHT: Festive Dinner and Community Auction, featuring singing with Penelope-Myles Voss, accompanied by Adam Petersen; remarks and toast by Bern Weintraub; entertainment (and song-writing) by Steve Sagarin
The perfect capstone to a perfect weekend! Raising our voices in song along with Steve Sagarin’s inspired lyrics to Henry Mancini’s classic melody, “Moon River.”
If you would like to salute the Sunbridge legacy and add your support for our next 50 years, we invite you to make a gift to our Annual Fund or to our newly-inaugurated Norman Davidson Student Support Fund, which will provide scholarships, apprenticeships, and mentoring opportunities for our teacher education students and help ensure a positive future for the next generation of Waldorf teachers. Thank you.