Ira Waldorf Education Foundation Course
The Ira Waldorf Education Foundation Course spans seven modules over 3-4 years with two modules every year (May-June & October-November). Each module of this Teacher education is a week-long, intensive training programme.
Through the modules we work deeply to understand:
The medical and physiological development of children from embryology through the various seven year cycles of human development; the human organs and how they are mirrored, carried and reflected with the social, emotional and spiritual needs of children with the constant background of karma and destiny.
Inner developmental work of teachers, their own personal journey and building their capacities to be able to write their own curriculum based on their understanding of their own children.
Building communities amongst teachers, parents and schools and learning to work together.
Rhythm of the Day
Our modules commence with the group coming together and sharing. The first day is always potent as the students are taken into the theme of the week through an evening lecture. It is the beginning of the journey for their week. The days to follow start with:
Movement: The day begins with movement and experiencing ourselves in our bodies and a chance to understand how one moves between thought, feeling and deed. Through collaborative group work, the students also learn to sense each other, bring joy and deepen the seed laid during the evening lectures in their own bodies.
Goetheanistic Observation: Learning the art of true observation is a gift and a chance given to each student. Every morning they devote themselves in nature to understand and observe their own inward journey; and can then observe another in true perception and understanding which later form the basis of their work with children, human relationships and child study.
Text Study: Text Study helps us develop a new organ of perception which becomes our window to the magnificent vision of Rudolf Steiner. We discover the depths of Steiner’s lectures by bringing to life a collaborative discussion, where each contributes their own personal understanding and experience of the text.
Practical and Artistic Work: The artistic and practical classroom work like form-drawing, handwork, main lesson demonstrations, painting give the students a glimpse of the richness of the Waldorf Curriculum and how to truly enliven learning experiences.
Group Presentations: Students from 'Module Two' onwards share their homework and presentations with each other. The sessions are facilitated and observed by the teachers. Students are given honest feedback from their teachers and peers.
Music and Review of the Day: Every evening through music, we come together, share songs, learn from each other and help build a community of people who can listen to each other. This is followed by a backward review of each session which carry the essence of what happened during the day.
Evening Lecture: The evening lectures weave a harmony between medical and spiritual science. It gives to the educators a seed of hope and the possibility to deepen or change their understanding of children, human beings and destiny through lectures on embryology, first three years, child development, human organs and the teacher’s inner path and care.
The essence of Ira is to build a community of love - to learn to witness one’s own self and another, learn from each other and build not just one’s own inner capacities but communities of deep friendships that can endure suffering with joy and begin to change the world with love as its core.
The time between two modules is most important where one digests, grows and helps consolidate all that occurred during the week. It is spent by the individuals in deepening their knowledge and skills in their own journeys and work in supportive groups. Each student is expected to maintain a log on their personal assignments given to them such as:
Self development exercises
Steiner text study
Internships and mentoring
Who can attend
The Ira Teacher Education Programme requires committed participants, who are willing to dedicate their time not only to completing their course work, but also in intent of putting to practice what they have learnt. The courses are open to:
Teachers and Educational Professionals
Doctors and medical professionals interested in working with children
Any individual interested in education, children, human development
As the first batch of our Ira students geared up for their graduation in June 2019, Bindu, from our lead batch, Ipharadisi, shared her story:
"I came to Ira with despair over the existing conventional education system in India and a desire to do something about it. The past three years have been a transformative process that enabled me to understand myself and my perception of the world. I have also realised the necessity and power of community, and I'm privileged to find my flock.
As Ira graduation draws near, I see myself standing upright on the earth and reaching out to the spiritual world for guidance, while stepping forward, ready to begin my journey of forever becoming a teacher."