Barbara, of Waldorf Without Walls, consults with homeschooling families throughout the world, writes publications, provides training workshops, and spends her spare time enjoying her unique solar home, and developing her farmland. Barbara, a Master Gardener, and her husband Quimby, a Forest Entomologist, lead workshops and field days on the environment and backyard food production. 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, NY. She’s been teaching in various settings since 1960.
Jean is the mother of three and has been on the Waldorf homeschooling journey for over 20 years. She has a Master of Arts in Teaching and has taught in public and private schools, homeschooled her own children and led small groups. Jean has studied and practiced Waldorf methods since 1992 by attending numerous local and national conferences and trainings, read extensively, planned and implemented many lessons. In addition to mentoring homeschoolers and writing at Waldorf-Inspired Learning, Jean teaches high school English and history to groups of homeschooled teens. She lives in northeastern Ohio with her husband and their youngest child, where she loves to sing, garden, cook, and go bird watching.
Royse has taken two classes through Spring Garden Waldorf School (grades one through eight); she is just completing grade eight for the second time around! Royse began incorporating Waldorf lessons in painting, knitting and history into her fourth grade public school classroom in 1995. She then taught Waldorf main lesson blocks to homeschooled children in kindergarten through grade 5 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 to today. Royse has taught at Taproot since its beginnings in 2007. She has three grown children of her own and loves knitting, Eurythmy and drama, and working on her art.
Alison resides in Austin, Texas. This will be her fourth year serving as a presenter at Taproot, but before that, she attended for many years as a parent. Alison has a degree in history from the University of Chicago. Upon graduation, she spent an additional year at Chicago studying the great books in the Basic Program. Alison and her husband, Rob, have homeschooled their three grown sons with Waldorf-inspired methods, and she credits this journey with allowing her to discover and develop her passion for teaching history through stories and the lively arts. Over the years, she has led academic clubs and taught classes on a variety of topics ranging from Ancient History to World War II. Most recently, Alison and Jean have had a wonderful time collaborating on a virtual book club for teens based on Lois Lowry’s Giver Quartet.
Sheila has always homeschooled her two boys, incorporating Waldorf-inspired methods for the past 5 years. Her secret to success and sanity come down to three things: a strong inner work practice, a dedicated afternoon storytime, and an unlimited supply of coffee and chocolate. All of which she learned by attending Taproot Teaching Training for 4 years in a row. Sheila is currently completing her certification in Spiritual Direction: a deep listening practice that she combines with a variety of creative techniques to help others (but really, mostly herself!) to slow down, get quiet and listen to the soft voice of the soul. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina and blogs at Sure As the World.
Alisha is the mother of four and was a Waldorf-inspired homeschooler for over ten years. She has a profound appreciation of the Waldorf curriculum and how it speaks to the development of the child. She also understands the beauty and challenges of teaching from home. Alisha is currently enrolled in the Applied Arts program at Sunbridge Institute and teaches handwork at Urban Oak School in Cleveland Heights. She is eager to share her love of handwork with you.
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Jodie is the author of Living Music From the Heart: Music Curriculum lesson books and video tutorials. She is a Waldorf-centered teacher and musician. Jodie is the songwriter of five supplementary songbooks with mp3s for recorder, voice and guitar. Her songs are in The Afterschool Enrichment books for Little Acorn Learning. She has been a conference speaker for Waldorf Essentials, The Waldorf Connection and The Parenting Passageway. Many times, Jodie has brought everyone together through music at Waldorf homeschooling festivals in Atlanta. It is her passion to inspire parents to bring their families together to make music during special festivals, holidays and seasons.
Taproot Registration Fees
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Includes all workshops, meals & accommodations
Commuter Registration: $335 (early bird) or $365 (after 5/15) Includes all workshops, lunch & dinner each day
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Registration for Taproot 2016 is now closed. See you next year!