Meet our Conference Leaders

Presenters

 

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Nancy POER: KEYnotes      

“Spiritual Streams in Founding of America, the Light and the Dark”

“Materialism, Evil, Fear, and Freedom” 

“The Great Challenges, Courage for the Good” 

“The Higher Calling: Freedom, Hope and Love”

Deeply committed to parents, young children, Waldorf education, and Rudolf Steiner College for 40 years, Nancy has lectured across the country on many subjects. She is an author and has been a beloved mentor and teacher to many an artist as well.  A close colleague of Carl Stegmann, Nancy was charged with continuing his work and she taught the Spiritual Mission of America course for many years.  At the America Conference she will share the fruits that work.

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CAROL PETRASH

coordinator and an initiator of the America Conference

 BRIAN GRAY: Stars over America

Brian Gray trained as an architect and has taught at Rudolf Steiner College since 1981. Brian is a musician and longtime student of anthroposophy and star wisdom. He studied with Willi Sucher and Rene Querido.  He enthusiastically shares Rudolf Steiner’s insights with others and has taught classes to aspiring teachers in Waldorf schools around the world. 

Jeanne Feeney: MOVEMENT

Dancer and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, a movement therapy and hands-on healing modality, Jeanne is also a parent educator, working since 2006 in Waldorf schools on the east and west coast as a Parent Child teacher.


Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann: CARL STEGMANN AND THE OTHER AMERICA

Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann: CARL STEGMANN AND THE OTHER AMERICA

Ronald Koetzsch: MASTER OF CEREMONIES

Ronald Koetzsch: MASTER OF CEREMONIES


FOCUS GROUP LEADERS

Christian Heath: EXPLORING SOCiaL AND GLOBAL ACTIVISM

Christian Heath: EXPLORING SOCiaL AND GLOBAL ACTIVISM

Our country’s founders said that only a people with moral conscience are capable of freedom and democracy.  Exploring how we can support positive community engagement and advocacy and interact with legislators to promote and defend just laws and policies.

J ack Petrash (on the Camino): SPRING TRAINING FOR THE SOUL

Jack Petrash (on the Camino): SPRING TRAINING FOR THE SOUL

 We work out, run, bike, swim, and heave weights to be physically fit.  But if we are to meet life today, surely it is inner soul strength that needs to be sound and fit for courage, clarity, insight, inspiration and resiliency!  We’ll explore the ways to do so. 

Dr Kelly Sutton: CONSCIOUSNESS SOUL MEETS MODERN MEDICINE

Dr Kelly Sutton: CONSCIOUSNESS SOUL MEETS MODERN MEDICINE

Medicine has moved from a trusted partnering with our doctors to a pharmaceutical and robotic industry.  Who decides what is right and acts? We need grassroots activism and threefold knowledge of how to defend our health, our rights and our freedom.

Justine Epstein: GIVING VOICE TO PLACE

Justine Epstein: GIVING VOICE TO PLACE

How do we see, feel and touch this world we are given to live in? American poetry is deeply inspired by Nature where we can know the meaning of place. Inviting outer and inner practices for listening, sharing, writing, to give voice to the call of the wild.

Harald Hoven: CARING FOR MOTHER EARTH WITH HEALING AGRICULTURE

Harald Hoven: CARING FOR MOTHER EARTH WITH HEALING AGRICULTURE

Sustainability, healthy soil and food, seed saving, and working with bio dynamic agriculture principles.

Isabelle McDaniel: BECOMING THE MASTER OF OUR STORIES: STAYING IN DIALOGUE AND LISTENING AS A VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

Isabelle McDaniel: BECOMING THE MASTER OF OUR STORIES: STAYING IN DIALOGUE AND LISTENING AS A VEHICLE FOR SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

Dialogue for social transformation: leadership coaching, story telling, listening, and working through those hard conversations with colleagues and students for greater understanding

Shauna Heiselt: BUILDING BRIDGES:CONNECT-ING WITH EACH OTHER

Shauna Heiselt: BUILDING BRIDGES:CONNECT-ING WITH EACH OTHER

 How do we express our common humanity in a culture which promotes individualism and a marketplace which serves profit and social isolation?  Finding self, meaning, and supportingcommunity in our world of great diversity.

Bodo Langen: PRACTICAL ARTS TO HEAL CHILDREN TODAY

Bodo Langen: PRACTICAL ARTS TO HEAL CHILDREN TODAY

 Learning the great gifts of Nature’s classroom and the hands on creative skills that can heal and strengthen body and spirit to meet our times.