Celebrating Waldorf Education’s 100th Anniversary at Maine Coast Waldorf School

Nearly 100 years ago, on September 19, 2019, the first Waldorf school, located in Stuttgart, Germany opened. Throughout this coming year, Waldorf schools around the world will be celebrating 100 years of Waldorf education.  Maine Coast Waldorf School is also celebrating its 35th anniversary, so it’s a BIG year. Several committees, including Festivals, Marketing, Development, and Farm, Field and Forest, as well as numerous individuals have had a hand in shaping how we as a school will celebrate this momentous year.

This is what MCWS has already done over the past year to celebrate Waldorf100:

  • Participated in the postcard project (which has been hanging in our café all year)
  • Hosted Gunther Hauk biodynamic beekeeper, for workshop and public talk
  • Expanded and enlivened our pollinator and edible gardens, beehives, living willow fence
  • Currently recording two StoryCorps audio recordings that will soon be accessible on the StoryCorps website.
  • On June 7th we video-taped grades 1-12 doing a Waldorf Wave (which will be aired on Sept. 19 in Berlin). Watch it here on YouTube.
  • Posting 100 Waldorf images (1/day) on Instagram, beginning June 11, 2019 (through Sept. 19) We hope you have been following. Visit  https://www.instagram.com/mainecoastwaldorf/
  • Meeting with Freeport Community Services staff to identify and plan community service opportunities for our middle school and high school students

This is what we are doing through this year to mark Waldorf100:

  • Sept. 19 – Faculty will  tell a story of the founding of the first Waldorf School to the students followed by a Ceremonial tree planting. Open to all families and friends of the school!
  • Sept 19 (W100 day!) – MCWS will host Breakfast at the Waldorf for early alumni parents and faculty who helped envision and launch the school 35 years ago.
  • Sept. 28 – Tom Wessels (forest ecologist, author and Antioch professor) – outdoor workshop
  • Oct. 3 – Michaelmas – students will build pollinator hotels that will be installed in four locations around campus. These support native pollinator insects.
  • Oct. 3-5 – Workshops, meetings, and a public talk with Thea Carlson, Executive Director of The Biodynamic Association of America
  • Early Winter 2020 – Outreach with Freeport, Pownal, Durham businesses and community leaders
  • Waldorf100 Gala/Auction – April 2020

These are just examples of things to come. Let us know if you have questions or suggestions and check out the Waldorf100 website!

We look forward to this year of celebration!

Lynne Espy and Deeda Burgess