- Pulling Together -
Innovation & Ecological Sustainability in Handwork

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Find the balance between innovating to meet the needs of our students here and now, while staying true to the foundations of Waldorf principles.

Pull together with colleagues around the world and hear from international experts.
Learn solution-based, ecologically sustainable handwork projects to bring to your students.

Link to conference materials page for registered participants

February Handwork Conference Online 2022 
Open for Registration!

Innovation and Ecological Sustainability in Handwork

Online February 20, 21, 22 (Sunday-Tuesday) 9am - 3:30pm Pacific Standard Time

Open to all handwork teachers in public, private, homeschool, and other settings

Registration opens January 1, 2022
$275 USD

Early bird discount $250 when you register before January 16, 2022
Some financial aid available - for details see our
Q&A page



Teaching Children Today - Finding the Balance - Betty Staley
Author, international speaker, founder of Rudolf Steiner College in California, 50+ years of
experience in teaching students and teacher trainees

Waldorf Education - Where the Past Meets the Future - Kevin Avison
Editor, TheTasks and Content of the Steiner Waldorf Curriculum (2014) Author, Introduction to
the new edition of Steiner’s Curriculum for Waldorf Schools


Fibershed - Connecting to Land and Community Through Handwork - Heather Podoll

 Partnership & Advocacy Coordinator for Fibershed. She has spent the past 20 years bringing together her background in ecological research and agricultural systems with a holistic and local perspective on fiber arts and textile systems.

Kumihimo Braiding - From Tradition to Innovation - Makiko Tada
Inventor of the Kumihimo disk, Makiko Tada, PhD (Engineering) former professor in the Kyoto Institute
of Technology, travels around the world to teach Kumihimo.

Weaving Together - Kate Hammond
Waldorf alumna, teacher of Spacial Dynamics, early childhood teacher, lover of handwork and
experienced adult educator


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Center around ecological awareness and solution-based education as we face environmental
challenges with our students. We will seek balance in the tension between traditional and
innovative handwork skills we bring to the children.

● Bringing beauty and care through mending

● Conserving and repurposing materials


  • Kantha Stitching - a zero waste tradition from the Bengali region of India

● Wild basketry - using local resources to create useful and beautiful simple cordage and
woven basketry items

● Kumihimo braiding - hear from an expert about the history of this Japanese art, and
explore more complex variations

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