Austin Waldorf School
Foundation Studies Program 2009-2010
A Course for Self and Community Development
Anthroposophy – wisdom of the human being – is the name Rudolf Steiner gave to his philosophy and
work. It describes a path of self and community development emphasizing clear thinking, acute
observation, refinement of feeling and strengthening of will.
This course, tailored to accommodate a busy schedule, answers the longing felt by many thoughtful
people today for meaning and spiritual substance in life. It provides a systematic exploration of the
ways in which anthroposophy fosters the connection between the spiritual and the practical.
Participants experience how anthroposophy nourishes the inner life, opens up creativity and can be a
basis for service in the world. “Know yourself,” said Rudolf Steiner, “ if you are to know the world.”
Foundation Studies provides the basis for such knowledge. There are no academic prerequisites.
Anyone who has asked the questions: “Where did I come from?” “Why am I here?” and “Where is my
life going?” can benefit from this program.
Foundation Studies is a three year program comprised of twenty sessions during each school
year, September through May. The twenty sessions are made up of eighteen
instructional/artistic sessions and two special workshops. The eighteen sessions are divided
into (3) six session terms: Fall, Winter, Spring. Each instructional/artistic session includes a
three hour subject seminar and four hours of artistic experience. The remaining two sessions
will be selected by the program coordinator from the presentations of educators who are invited
to give weekend lecture/workshops at AWS during the year.
Courses and artistic workshops will be selected from the following lists. Courses may be added
or removed during the three year period depending on the presence of qualified teachers.
Subject Study Courses:
A Guided Tour of Anthroposophy From Natural Science to Spiritual
Meditation: Basic Six Exercises Science
Introduction to Waldorf Education Esoteric Christianity
Comprehending Nature Spirits Anthroposophical Psychology
Child Development Astronomy
Participant Science (Goethean Studies) The Human Journey: Parzival
Evolution of Man: Esoteric Science Self Study: Biography
Evolution of Consciousness Biodynamic Agriculture
Speech Art Music: Singing; Education; Theory
Painting: Watercolor; Acrylic Spacial Dynamics®
Sculpting or Woodcarving Black smithing
Music: Basic instruments Drawing
Class meetings are held Saturdays on the campus of the Austin Waldorf School. On the average F.S.
meets twice a month, however the schedule is integrated with the AWS calendar so as not to overlap
with major school events. No F.S. classes are scheduled during the Thanksgiving Christmas, and
Easter holidays, or Spring Break.
Saturday schedule: 9:30 - 12:30 AM: Subject study seminar (with a 15 min. break.) 12:30 - 1:30 PM.
Lunch. 1:30 - 2:30 PM. Eurythmy, Music, Speech (one of the three.) 2:30 - 5:30 PM, art activity.
Special events typically are Friday evening and all day Saturday.
Schedule for 2009-2010:
The schedule is divided into three “terms” of six sessions each: Fall, Winter, and Spring. Two “special
events” are part of the year's program. This schedule is tentative as of June 17, 2009 because the
“Special Events” have not been determined by the Adult Education group yet. However, this
schedule is about 90% accurate.
August 29, September 12, 26; October 10, 29, November 7, 21. (This schedule assumes that one
Special Event will take place during Fall Term.)
December 12; January 9, 16, 21; February 13, 20, 27; (This schedule assumes that the second Special
Event will take place during Winter Term.)
March 13, 27; April 10, 17; May 8, 15
Annual Graduation and Informational Event: Sunday, June 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuition and fees: 2009-2010
Tuition for 2009-2010 is $1,800. By way of comparison, this fee is over $1,000 per year less than
comparable charges at the teaching colleges, and has not increased in eight years. A supplies fee of
$150 is due with the first tuition payment. This figure is an estimate, and additional supplies fee may
be assessed if the cost of artistic supplies exceeds $150 during the course. Tuition now includes
workshop fees for the two annual “special events.” One-third of tuition is due at the beginning
of each term: Fall, Winter, Spring. Monthly payments can also be made (with an annual
charge of $20 for added bookkeeping.)
Application Fee (non-refundable, but applies to tuition): $50 Due with application.
A student should budget $150-$175 per year for books and course materials. (This is an estimate
and AWS does not guarantee that this amount will cover all yearly Foundation Studies course
materials.) (Some books may be borrowed from the AWS library, or the Rudolf Steiner Library.) Only
a few book purchases are actually required, but most students want to own the books. Reading lists
After many years without, we now have limited financial assistance to qualified applicants. This year
the grants we received were substantially less than prior years due to the economic conditions.
A person can receive Waldorf Teacher Certification in three years by taking Foundation Studies here,
and during the summer, Waldorf curriculum courses at one of the schools listed below. Summer
sessions typically are five weeks. See their web sites for exact information.
The following schools have approved the AWS Foundation Studies as meeting their Foundation
Studies requirement. Students can enroll in the summer teacher training programs at:
Antioch New England. Keene, NH. www.antioch.edu
Rudolf Steiner College, Fair Oaks, CA . www.steinercollege.edu
Foundation Studies Program: Description of Some Basic Study Courses
A Guided Tour of Anthroposophy: The basic elements of Anthroposophy are covered in this course.
The goal is that the student will gain of an overview of the vastness of anthroposophy so as to be able
to relate subsequent essential studies to a developing picture of this world view. All students take
this course during the first six-week term upon entering the program.
Meditation: The Basic Six Exercises: Anthroposophy is about developing higher consciousness. To do
so requires the self-development of latent perceptual abilities within all of us. These exercises begin
such development in an organized fashion.
Introduction to Waldorf Education: Waldorf education addresses physical, intellectual, and
soul/spiritual development of the young person. All are done without any form of indoctrination, but
through methods of teaching in which the artistic element is integrated into all instruction.
Intellectual learning prepares young people to understand how things and organizations work.
Artistic learning teaches students appreciation of beauty, truth, and goodness.
Comprehension of Nature Spirits. Rudolf Steiner made the radical statement: “...essentially the
universe consists of states of consciousness.” Almost 100 years later, contemporary science has
come to a similar conclusion. Studying the spiritual forces that constitute the life of the world of
nature—minerals, plants, animals—will be the focus of this course.
Human Development: Conventional courses teach physical, emotional and intellectual development
of the growing person. These are important and necessary. However, it is possible to go beyond
these and include soul and spiritual development. Rudolf Steiner instructed teachers how to
understand the rhythms and themes of spiritual development and how parents and teachers can
facilitate such development.
Participant Science (Goethean Studies): Conventional scientific investigation has been called
“onlooker science.” Science that considers only the material within nature assumes that we, the
observers, relate independently to the observed phenomenon. Our presence has no effect on the
object of study. Participant science views the observer and the observed as integral parts of the
whole. Observation and experimentation from this view point result in vastly different outcomes from
the materialistic science prevalent today.
Evolution of Consciousness: Human intelligence has developed over vast periods of time from a kind
of dream consciousness of the distant past to the sharp clear intellect of the present. It will develop
further into forms that are embryonic at the present time. Steiner identifies these past, present, and
future stages, and methods by which a person of today can accelerate his or her own development.
From Natural Science to Spiritual Science. Man did not always view and perceive the world as he
does today. The scientific method began about the fifteenth century and fostered the development of
present day science. The method has been extraordinarily productive in our knowledge of natural
phenomena, and in the technology that has resulted. Rudolf Steiner calls his method of
understanding spiritual phenomena “Spiritual Science,” and demonstrates that the scientific method
can be applied to non-material events.
Esoteric Christianity: Rudolf Steiner said, “Christianity is only in the beginning of its activity, and its
real mission will be fulfilled when it is understood in its true spiritual form.” The purpose of this
course is to present Christianity, not as a religion, but as a central evolutionary impulse for the
transformation of consciousness.
The Human Journey: Parzival: Filled with spiritual wisdom and artistic beauty, Parzival is one of the
greatest works of world literature. The character of Parzival illustrates the path of inner development
required by the modern human being. Rudolf Steiner said that Parzival is the story of contemporary
man’s spiritual journey .
Personal Biography: How do we ever “know ourselves?” One essential approach is to study our
biography. What were the social forces and ideas that shaped what we call our “personality?” How
were we taught the self definition we have come to believe? How do we change parts of that self
definition that hinder our development and enlarge those aspects that we find productive? Working
together in an accepting environment under the direction of a skilled facilitator can foster such
Astronomy: Once a source of wisdom, knowledge of the heavens is no longer taught in most
schools. Yet we live in a beautiful and complex universe. This basic course teaches how to observe
the night sky and learn about the main stars, our solar system, the constellations, zodiac, etc. It
prepares the student to learn about some of the spiritual aspects of our great cosmos.
Some Frequently Asked Questions from Past Years
Q. Some of the courses look interesting to me. Can I take individual courses?
A. No. Foundation Studies is an integrated unit, and we must establish a viable program for
students who will work together for at least a full year.
Q. I plan to become a Certified Waldorf teacher. What happens if I can’t attend a weekend session
for any reason? Can I makeup the absence?
A. Absences can’t be made up. Typically, teacher training schools will accept 80% attendance as
Q. I am home-schooling my children (or plan to) . Will foundation studies help me in this work?
A. Yes. It will provide you with a deepened understanding of human development and the challenges
of life as a basis for education. It does not provide direct teaching methods.
Thank you for your interest in Foundation Studies. If you have further questions, please call me at
512 288-7954. Email: email@example.com.
Please see application forms below:
Donald Melcer, Ph.D. Program Coordinator
Foundation Studies Application, 2009-2010
Name: ___________________________________________________ Date: _____________
Street: ______________________________ City: ____________ ,TX Zip: _________
Phones: ( ) _____________ ( ) ____________ E-mail: _______________________
Please submit this application with a non-refundable (but applies to tuition) $50.00 tuition deposit.
Make checks payable to Austin Waldorf School.
’ Bill my credit card for the $50.00 non-refundable tuition deposit.
Visa ____ MC ____ Other __________Account # ____________________ Exp. Date: ______
I would like to apply for Tuition Assistance _____ (See application form below. An interview may also
Anthroposophical books by Rudolf Steiner and other authors you have read:
Arts with which you have experience:
Musical Instruments _____ Speech _____ Eurythmy _____ Sculpture _____ Singing _____
Painting _____ Acting _____ Writing _____ Others (list) _______________________________
Please return this application to:
Austin Waldorf School. 8700 South View Road, Austin, TX 78737
Foundation Studies Program
Austin Waldorf School
Application for tuition assistance. School year 2009-2010
We are very pleased to be able to offer tuition assistance for the fourth time since the program began
eight years ago. The source of the money for tuition assistance are grants for tuition assistance from
the Rudolf Steiner Charitable Trust and the Rudolf Steiner Foundation's Shared Gifting Group of the
Mid-States. We deeply appreciate the support of these granting organizations. Funds are very limited
this year due to the reduction of grant monies caused by the recent economic collapse. Grant monies
received this year were about one-fourth of last years's.
Our desire is to allocate the limited funds we have available as equitably as possible while keeping
the process of determination simple. We need your help to accomplish this. Our goal is to make
tuition grants to people who otherwise could not afford the cost of the program. Our grant limit to
any student this year will be $500.00. The help we need from you is your careful consideration of the
least amount of tuition assistance you will need in order to enroll in Foundation Studies. (This
approach is very different in principle from the typical “apply for the maximum and see what they will
grant”.) If every applicant will determine his or her minimal needs, it will save all of us the time and
effort for gathering and evaluating detailed financial information in order to determine allocations,
and it will allow us to serve as many students as possible. Let your conscience be your guide. All
information you provide will remain confidential.
I request the following amount so that I may afford to enroll in the Foundation Studies program of the
Austin Waldorf School:
$ ________________ (dollar amount must be requested)
Name:__________________________________________ Email: _______________________
Address: ____________________________________________ Phone: __________________
My relevant financial circumstances for asking for tuition assistance are:
Application must be received or postmarked by August 25 , 2009.
Please mail to: Austin Waldorf School
Donald Melcer, F.S. Coordinator
8702 South View Rd.
Austin, TX 78737