Dana Freshley (8th Grade class of 2005) was recently in Lier, Belgium volunteering at the Connect Conference for Waldorf high school students.
I am in Belgium doing a Masters in Rural Development and Agricultural Economics at Gent University. It’s a two year program that teaches students to become specialists in integrated rural development, focused on socioeconomic and institutional aspects. My thesis will focus on the integration of foreign seed varieties into farming systems in South Asia.
One of my good friends here, Hanne, is part of the organizing team at the Connect Conference. I met her in a health food store in Gent and became close after we found out we were both “Steiner children.” The Connect Conference is a conference for Waldorf High School students from all around the world to come be inspired to take initiative, embrace change and build relationships. It is completely run and organized by young people in their 20s or younger, with many participants becoming the organizers of the next conference. The Connect Conference this year was in Lier, Belgium so I went to volunteer for two days.
Being part of the global Waldorf community has opened up so many opportunities for me to connect with people and be part of these initiatives. It has not only showed me the expansive global Waldorf community at the conference but also on my travels I have met several people who also went to Waldorf school and we always have an immediate connection and commonality.
Here is a link to the conference’s website: https://connectbelgium.com