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Please click here for the February issue of  "Inform."  Inform February 2012

Inform is a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally. By including this page in your regularly published bulletin or newsletter, you help us keep our entire Waldorf constituency up-to-date on pertinent issues affecting the movement."  (01/31)

22nd Annual DownEast Country Dance Festival, March 30 & 31 2012, Mount Ararat Middle School, Topsham, ME
Contras, English, Scottish, Israeli, International & more. 20+ bands, non-stop dancing, instruction & exhibitions,
Singing & instrumental workshops, concerts & jams, Children 10 and under free.
Survivors Sunday, April 1, 2012, Wescustogo Hall, North Yarmouth
11:00 am Brunch, 11:30 Spirited Singing
12:30 - 4 pm Contradance with Notorious, Will Mentor caller
Information call (207) 563-8953 or email (01/31)

We are delighted to share our Renewal 2012 course offerings with you:

Karine Munk Finser, Renewal Courses Coordinator, Center for Anthroposophy, Wilton, New Hampshire


New Youth Initiative at the Rudolf Steiner Health Center: From July 4-8, 2012 the Rudolf Steiner Health Center in Ann Arbor will be hosting a free Youth Conference as part of their new Learn-Work-Share Summer program, a new Youth Initiative for interested 16-30 year olds. During the Youth Conference participants will be introduced to general anthroposophy, anthroposophic medicines, nursing, artistic therapies, and biodynamics. Group projects and artistic activities will foster a healthy social dynamic and bring new insights to group discussions. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Simple vegetarian meals will be provided. Online application and more info are available at (01/31)

Winter Camp at Camp Glen Brook - What Will You Do During February Vacation?
Enjoy 250 acres of snowy woods, sledding hills, and a deep ice pond for wintry fun and warm friendships. We invite you to join our staff, along with other instructors, parents, and junior counselors for a week of wintry fun, cozy fireside storytelling, arts and crafts and old fashioned sleigh rides. Click on the link below for more information. (01/31)

Cinderella Ate My Daughter...And What You Can Do About It (Click to link)
Thursday 02.09.2012, Starts at 7:00 PM, Ends at 10:00 PM, Free, All Ages.
Join Hardy Girls Healthy Women for a book talk and discussion with Peggy Orenstein, author of Cinderella Ate My Daughter and member of Hardy Girls' National Advisory Board.
"Cinderella Ate My Daughter and What You Can Do About It" is a talk focused on solutions for raising healthy, happy, hardy girls. Co-sponsored with SPACE Gallery, The Telling Room, USM Women & Gender Studies Program, Add Verb Productions, and Longfellow Books. (01-24)

HVNC Biathlon: A Fun Cross-Country Skiing & Shooting Race for Youth & Adults
With support from Southern Maine Biathlon Club & Teens to Trails, Sunday, February 5, 2012, Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. Click here to see the HVNC Biathlon Poster. (01/24)


Connecting With the Earth: Discovering the Egolessness of Self
The foundation of all Buddhist practice is the development of an unbiased awareness of what our minds actually do moment after moment. This is called mindfulness meditation.
      By practicing mindfulness we realize that our minds are rarely still, in fact they are in constant, habitual movement. The constant movement of habitual mind doesn’t follow any rational pattern neither is it related to what is actually happening. The first step on the path is to realize that this habitual, discursive mind, which Buddhists call Ego, actually creates enormous pain for ourselves and others. As we begin to see this more clearly we develop renunciation and the wish to tame our crazy minds for the sake of ourselves and others.
      This class will focus on the problem and its solution as developed by the historical Buddha 2500 years ago and rediscovered by millions of practitioners since then. We discover that through mindfulness practice or Shamatha as it is known in Sanskrit, our minds can become workable and our lives no longer driven by random habitual thoughts and emotions.
“Disgust with samsara leads us to seek a discipline that will cut through habitual patterns. We look for a path, a teaching that is not based on accumulating further neurosis and confusion. The discipline that provides the framework for our entire path is the formal practice of sitting meditation.” Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin
Class Time: Sunday February 5, 2012 from 9 to12
The Dzogchen Meditation Center
4 Armstrong Way, West Bath, ME 04530
Call: (207) 443-3842 to register or email
Regular silent meditation practice every Sunday 9-12. Dharma Discourse/ Class first Sunday of each month.
Tashi Armstrong is resident teacher at the Dzogchen Meditation Center. He was a disciple of Trungpa Rinpoche and his Vajra Regent Osel Tendzin. He currently studies with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche in Bodhnath, Nepal. (01/24)

Flatbread Pizza Benefit for ReTreeUS - Flatbread Pizza in Portland will host a benefit for ReTreeUS on January 31st. For each pizza purchased that evening, Flatbread will donate $3.50 to the ReTreeUS program. The dinner will be at the restaurant at 72 Commercial St # 5 Portland, ME 04101-4749, from 5 to 9 p.m., and a representative from ReTreeUS will be available to share information and answer questions.
      Both of the efforts mentioned above will benefit your school by helping to fund the installation of your orchard, as well as our educational workshops. Please help us spread the word by posting or distributing the attached Holiday Tree flyer to families. We will send another flyer for the Flatbread event after the New Year.      
Sincerely, Moriah Salter, ReTreeUS Co-founder,   (01-17)