Upcoming Dates

Creative Discipline Support Circle

July 30, August 6, 13, 20

Santa Cruz, CA

Creative Discipline Parent Support Circle

Facilitated by Steve Spitalny

Weekly 2 hour sessions for 4 weeks

Wednesdays July 30, August 6, 13, 20 from 7:00 - 9:00pm

Santa Cruz location to be announced 

Learn how to develop a communication style that makes for fewer conflicts and easier resolution in your interactions with young children. See how to go beyond sticks and carrots. The basic theme is discovering how to truly connect with young children. 

Each session will begin with a short presentation by Steve followed by an opportunity to dialog about your particular challenges and struggles. Steve and the other participants can offer suggestions so you will go home with new tools for your life with young children, and more patience and calm to deal with the stressful situations that may arise.

Sign up for 4 session series:

Early Bird discount - Register by July 16 - $70

After July 16 - $80

Couples discount rate - $125

Drop-ins $25 per session

(5 person minimum advance registration by July 28

to register - stevespit@gmail.com)

Past Dates

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Sebastapol Charter School

Stories, Storytelling and Making Stories - 11am to 4pm

200 South Main Street
Sebastapol, CA
United States
Price: $60

We all have an inner storyteller waiting to be discovered. Through simple exercises and prompts, workshop participants will create their own stories to bring home to their children. When considering the development of the young child, are there certain types of stories and storytelling techniques that can support the various stages of development? How can we use the symbolic lessons in stories to help the children navigate life’s challenges? This workshop is open to adults who love story and want to exercise their own imagination.

$60 registration at Brown Paper tickets

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/684067

Registration deadline May 29

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Seeds of Joy Village

Play and the Young Child - 7:00pm

1102 Camino Real
Redondo Beach, CA
(310) 844-7395
Price: $20 donation

Play is an essential activity for physical, mental and social development in the young child. It is the most basic learning modality. How does play develop during early childhood stages? What can adults do to support healthy play in the young child?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Santa Cruz Waldorf School

Connecting With Young Children - 6:30 - 9:00pm

2190 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-425-0519
Price: $10 general public

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Modesto Public Library

The Benefits of Waldorf Education - 7:00pm

Modesto, CA
Price: Free

Free talk on Waldorf education and Manzanita Charter, Modesto’s first Waldorf methods school, set to open in 2015. Parents of children age 3-6 are especially encouraged to attend. Please leave the kids at home. For more info, email: manzanitacharter@foundationspublicschools.org.

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

Sebastapol Charter School

Creative Discipline with the Young Child; Beyond Sticks and Carrots - 10am to 4pm

200 South Main Street
Sebastapol, CA 95472
United States
8314768264
Price: $50

In this workshop we will address how to develop a communication style that makes for fewer conflicts and easier resolution in interactions with your young children. The basic theme is learning how to truly connect with young children. We will attempt for the workshop participants to go home with more patience and calm to deal with the stressful situations they may encounter with their children. This workshop is open to anyone who has young children in their daily lives.

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Santa Cruz Waldorf School

How the Body Speaks: the Healing Power of Story - a Workshop with NANCY MELLON - 9:30am to 3:30pm

2190 Empire Grade
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
USA
8314250519
Price: $60 ($50 if paid by January 31)

An exuberant and wise storyteller dreams within every one of us. To awaken this storyteller puts us in touch with an immense storehouse of creativity and healing. Through a combination of Western and Eastern medical wisdom, myth, tales, and storytelling and story-making exercises, you are invited to discover the joy and blessing of this powerful ancient story art and expand your knowledge of the body and its intuitive wisdom. Storytelling can be a practical, dynamic healing tool in the fabric of your daily life. This workshop offers vital perspectives for health practitioners, parents, teachers, community leaders, creative artists – and all who love stories.

Nancy Mellon, MA, is an elder in the global storytelling renaissance. An author, psychotherapist and mentor, for thirty years, she has awakened the goodness, truth and beauty of the spoken and written word. Nancy works with adults of varied backgrounds who seek new perspectives and greater well-being in their personal, family and professional lives. Specializing in storytelling as a healing art, as a teacher and expressive therapist she also facilitates small and large creative projects in all the arts. Nancy’s website is: http://www.healingstory.com/

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Santa Cruz Waldorf Kinderhouse

Developing the Social Life in an Early Childhood Program - 9:30am to 3:30pm

230 Poplar Av.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
USA
Price: $60 ($50 if paid by January 20)

How can we develop helpful relationships with each unique child in our groups and nurture a healthy social life among the children? Rudolf Steiner advised that the most important thing is to establish an education in which children learn how to live together - but how do we do that in age-appropriate ways with the young children?

This is our task as early childhood educators, and this is our theme for this one-day workshop.This workshop is for kindergarten teachers, day care providers and other early childhood professionals.

 

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Santa Cruz Waldorf Kinderhouse

Creative Discipline with the Young Child - Beyond Sticks and Carrots - 10am to 4:00pm

230 Poplar Av.
Santa Cruz, CA
USA
Price: $60 ($50 if paid by January 20)

In this one-day workshop we will address how to develop a communication style that facilitates fewer conflicts and easier resolution in interactions with your young children. The basic theme is truly connecting with young children. We will attempt for the workshop participants to go home with more patience and calm to deal with the stressful situations they may encounter with their children.

This workshop is open to anyone who has young children in their daily lives.

 

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Waldorf Institute of Southern California

Child Studies: Practicing meditative contemplation for children whose behavior indicates a need for special and loving attention - a workshop with Stephen Spitalny - 8:30am to 5:15pm

Highland Hall
Northridge, California
818-349-6272
Price: $80

Please RSVP to Connie Vera at office@waldorfteaching.org or call 818-349-6272

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Neighborhood Playgarden

Parenting Workshop

San Francisco, CA
USA

For details, contact Julie at 

neighborhoodplaygarden@yahoo.com

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

China and Indonesia

Fall 2013 workshops in Asia

Java, Bali and Beijing, China

Steve will be doing workshops and lectures in various parts of Indonesia, as well as Beijing, China for much of the Autumn of 2013.

Contact him at stevespit@gmail.com for more details.

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

LifeWays North America Conference

LifeWays North America COnference

San Rafael, California

Details at:

http://lifewaysnorthamerica.org/lifeways-national-conference-creating-joyful-life-children

I will be doing a workshop titled 'Connecting With Young Children.'

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Berkeley Fathers Forum

Berkeley Fathers Forum

Berkeley, California
USA

Contact Alexander for more information:

sabeltz@gmail.com

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

SCWS Poplar Kinderhouse

Circle Time Intensive with Steve Spitalny and Dean Pollard - 9:00am - 3:30pm

230 Poplar Av.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
usa
831-469-9835
Price: $195 ($150 if received by Feb. 1)

Circle Time Intensive

February 21-23 9am -3:30pm

Santa Cruz, California 

With Steve Spitalny and Dean Pollard 

In this 3-day intensive, we will explore the potential healing qualities of circle timewith young children. We will examine our intentions for offering Circle in our programs, and try to fulfill those intentions in our circles with the children.There willbe ample time to sample various seasonal circle times, and create and refine your own circles. Mornings will begin with movement sessions with Dean. There we willexperience his work with applied eurythmy. 

About Dean - Dean Pollard received his Waldorf training at the Rudolf Steiner College,Sacramento, and Eurythmy Training at the Zuccoli Schule, Dornach. He has 11 years of innovative Eurythmy Teaching, from K to 12th grade, at the Sacramento and SantaCruz Waldorf Schools. Dean is an award-winning theater director and the pioneer of the art of Applied Eurythmy. Visit his website: http://appliedeurythmy.com

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Kindergarten Forum

Reclaiming Play, part 2: Three Perspectives - 9am

Saratoga, CA
USA

Contact

bettypeck@aol.com

Friday, September 21st, 2012

SCWS Poplar Kinderhouse

Storytelling and Music - 6:30

230 Poplar Av.
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
usa
831-469-9835
Price: $5 each for children/$10 for adults

Chamakanda Steve will tell stories accompanied by the amazing Jacob Mafuleni and Martha Thom, musicians from Zimbabwe.

Jacob and Martha are among the musicians on Steve's 2nd storytelling cd, Chamakanda Tells Stories.

Accompanying a child is not required for admission to this event.

All proceeds from this event go to support Jacob and Martha's children attending school in Zimbabwe.

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Waldorf Poplar Kinderhouse

Chamakanda tells stories and Musekiwa plays music - 5:30pm

230 Poplar Av
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
USA
831-469-9835
Price: $5 each for children and adults

Steve will tell stories accompanied by Musekiwa Chingodza from Zimbabwe on mbira. Musekiwa accompanied Steve on his first storytelling cd, Kudya Zvekukwata (Eating at other people's houses).

This is an event for story lovers of all ages.

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

SCWS Kinderhouse

Making Simple Wooden Animals - 1:00-4:00pm

Santa Cruz, CA
USA
Price: $35

Make 2 wooden animals with Steve Spitalny at his kindergarten.

Enrollment limited to 10 so contact Steve to reserve your space asap.

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Connecting with Young Children

Fathers Forum - 10am - 4:00pm

N. Berkeley Hills, CA

A fathers-only gathering

Contact Danielle at Margaret's Garden for more info.

danielle@margaretsgarden.org