Waldorf Without Walls

Misty morning at Taproot, photo Lea Kushwara

Waldorf Without Walls presents

Homeschool Teacher Training

At Taproot Farm, Barbara and Quimby's home

Grades K–8     $375

July 31 - August 3, 2014

Three day course. Tuition includes room and board.

Come and enjoy life in the country, while you learn. Other amenities include the use of Barbara's extensive library, ability to prepare for two grades, canoe, swim, hike, evening activities, such as campfire, discussions and games.

It is our purpose to offer a training to suit the unique situation of homeschooling parents and teachers of small groups, keeping in mind the advantages of working in a home, applying Steiner's philosophy to the needs of the homeschooling family.

These are comfortable accommodations, like a youth hostel. We are not a hotel.  You
may be sharing a room, perhaps on an air mattress on the floor, and will need to bring your own bedding or sleeping bag and towels.  You will be assigned to a KP (Kitchen
Party) group to help with simple meal prep and cleanup for a few meals during your stay.  You are also welcome to camp if you prefer the privacy of a tent!

We are unable to provide child care at this time. Nursing infants are welcome, however,
with a participant caregiver who is familiar with the child and able to remove the child if it becomes disruptive.

Grades Training — July 31 - August 3, 2014

Arrive Thursday evening, July 31, between 3 and 5:30 to settle in, have dinner and enjoy the evening program.

Photo by Lea Kushwara


Thursday Evening
Arrive 4-6 pm
Dinner 6:15 – Barn House
Evening Program 7:45 – 9:15 – Orientation, Crafts for various grades
Wake-up 6:45 am
Exercises (or KP) 7:15
(Or visit cows, chickens, gardens)
Breakfast 8:00
Clean-up KP 8:45
Morning song, Eurythmy 9:15 – 10 - Barn House
Morning Session One 10:15 - 11:45

Grade 1 with Barbara Dewey
Animals, with Alison Manzer
Eurythmy, with Royse Crall
Physics with Quimby
Recorder, Grade 2 with Jenny Sage

KP 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:45 pm
Clean-up KP or rest time 1:30–2:00
Afternoon Session One 2:15 – 3:45
Grade 2 with Barbara Dewey
Painting Royse Crall
Form Drawing with Jean Miller
Academic Clubs with Alison Manzer
Botany Basics (Wildflowers) with Quimby
Recorder grade 1 with Jenny Sage
Afternoon Electives 4:00–5:30
Grades 6, 7 + 8 with Jean and Alison
Beginning recorder with Jenny Sage
Simple woodworking with Quimby
Eurythmy with Royse Crall
Kindergarten with Barbara
KP 5:30
Dinner 6:15
Clean-up 7:00
Evening program 7:45 – 9:00
Cafe, handwork, conversation
Lights out 10:00 pm
Wooded Trail — by Lea Kushwara



Wake-up 6:45 am
Exercises (or KP) 7:15
(Or visit cows, chickens, gardens)
Breakfast 8:00
Clean-up KP 8:45
Morning song, Eurythmy 9:15 – 10 - Barn House
Morning Session Two 10:15 – 11:45
Grade 4 with Alison
Child Development with Royse
Insects with Quimby
Math Movement with Barbara
Recorder Grade 3 with Jenny Sage
KP 12:00 pm
Lunch 12:45
Clean-up KP or rest time 1:30–2:00
Afternoon Session Two 2:15 – 3:45
Grade 3 with Royse Crall
High School Options with Jean and Alison
Standing Puppets with Barbara
Plants and Trees with Quimby
Recorder grade 4 with Jenny Sage
Afternoon Electives 4:00–5:30


Grade 5 with Royse
Intermediate Recorder with Jenny Sage
Geometric Drawing with Barbara
Waldorf with Multiple Aged Children with Alison
Chemistry with Quimby
Painting with Jean Miller

KP 5:30
Dinner 6:15
Clean-up 7:00
Evening program 7:45 – 8:45
Cafe, Handwork and Sharing Projects
Lights out 10:00 pm

Frick, Patrick & Frack, our Scottish Highlander cows
Wake-up 6:45 am
Exercises (or KP) 7:15
(Or visit cows, chickens, gardens)
Breakfast 8:00
Clean-up 8:30
Morning song, Eurythmy 9:15 – 10:00
with Jean
Morning Session 10:15 – 11:15
Planning and Organizing - Barbara and Staff
Morning Session Two 11:15 – 12:00
Inner Work and Artistic Envisioning - Jean
KP 12:00
Lunch 12:45 pm
Clean-up 1:30 - 2:00
Closing 2:15
Safe travels!


Royse Crall

Royse has taken one class through Spring Garden Waldorf School (grades one to eight) and has just completed grade 6 for the second time. Royse taught Waldorf lessons in painting, knitting and history to fourth graders in the public school from 1995-1997. She taught Waldorf main lesson blocks to homeschooled children grades kindergarten to 5th from 1997-1999. She received her Waldorf training from the Great Lakes Regional Training Center (2000-2002) and has attended numerous Waldorf grades trainings and conferences from 1993 until today. She has taught at Taproot Farm since 2007. Royse has three grown children of her own. She loves knitting, Eurythmy and drama, and working on her art.

Barbara S. Dewey

Barbara, of Waldorf Without Walls, consults with homeschooling families throughout the world, publishes a newsletter, writes publications, provides training workshops at her farm, and spends her spare time with her husband, Quimby, family and friends, enjoying her unique solar home, and developing her farmland. She is the mother of four and grandmother to six. Barbara holds an M.S. in Waldorf Education from the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, N.Y. She has been teaching for 54 years.

Alison Manzer

Alison Manzer resides in Austin, Texas.  She has been homeschooling her three sons with Waldorf inspired ideas and methods for the past eleven years.  Sam, now twenty three, is pursing a doctorate in Chemistry at Berkeley.  Jack is eighteen and off to college next year where he hopes to study philosophy and creative writing.  James is sixteen and is passionate about the environment, science, and keeping fish.  While Rob, her husband, does an amazing job of keeping this rather eccentric household together!

     Alison is passionate about studying history and literature and endeavors to use this enthusiasm to inspire her family as well as her other students.  Currently, she teaches world history at a local home schooling academy.  Alison has homeschooled in three different states, and over the years has gained experience in adapting the Waldorf “head, heart, and hands” ideal of education to a variety of children and educational settings.

Jean Miller

As the mother of three home schooled children, Jean has been on this Waldorf-inspired journey for 20 years. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and has taught in public and private schools, home schooled, and taught small groups. She has also been a leader in a number of Waldorf-inspired groups over the years — Bridgeways, Cedar Creek Community School, and Rainbow’s Edge, a small Waldorf-inspired cooperative. Jean recently launched a website, www.waldorfinspiredlearning.com, to share with others on this path. Since 1992, Jean has been studying and practicing Waldorf methods; she has attended local and national conferences and workshops, read extensively, planned and implemented many lessons, and enjoys writing and exploring curriculum. For the past seven summers, Jean has taught at the Taproot Teacher Training. She lives in Northeastern Ohio with her husband of 26 years and their youngest child who just finished ninth grade; her two older children are out on their own. Jean also loves to sing, garden and bird watch. And she loves meeting people from all over the country who come together at Taproot for a weekend in the summertime!

John Quimby

After earning degrees in Entomology and Forestry from the University of Michigan, he was the State Forest Entomologist and Chief of the Forest Health Program of Pennsylvania for 30 years, and a Forester for the U.S. Forest Service in Alaska, Minnesota, Michigan, Colorado, and South Dakota for five years.

Since retiring from forest entomology in 1999 'Quimby' (as he is called), has been devoting his time to cabinet making, planting trees, social action, and environmental education for youngsters. He has worked part time/full time for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and was named "Environmental Educator of the Year" by that organization in 2007. Several past summers have been spent guiding canoe trips for youngsters in the Adirondacks of upstate New York State. In that capacity he has run workshops on wildflower identification, tree identification, and other environmental education themes, as well as taken youth out into the wilderness for a week at a time. This will be his fifth summer teaching as Taproot, where he has built several buildings from materials on the farm. The content of Quimby's sessions will be determined by the needs of the group. Come with your science questions in mind!

Jenny Sage

Jenny is the director of Maple Tree Waldorf, a program for homeschoolers in upstate New York. She went through the grades herself as a student in a Waldorf school, where she first began seriously studying the recorder. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Music in performance on the recorder from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and has been teaching private music lessons to all ages for nearly fifteen years. She is also a graduate of Resonare, a Foundation in Music out of Anthroposophy, and has taught as a first grade teacher in a small Waldorf school. Having attended the Taproot training for two years as a student, Jenny joined us the past two years to teach recorder. We are happy to have her back again this year!

Registration form:

Tuition includes all meals, program and accommodations. You will be sent a confirmation packet with more details upon registration.


You can register with PayPal or print this form and mail a check to Barbara Dewey, 89900 Mill Hill Road, Bowerston, OH 44695

Need more information? Contact Barbara at 740-269-3038

Taproot Farm