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Please find attached the AWSNA newsletter "Inform," 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. Inform June 2012

It can also be found at http://www.whywaldorfworks.org/03_NewsEvents/index.asp (05/29)

Harraseeket Heritage Day: Tickets available: Join the Freeport Historical Society for an exciting day and evening on the waterfront in South Freeport on June 23.
Families and individuals are invited to come down to Brewer South Freeport Marine for a lively public celebration of Freeport’s maritime past, including viewing, touring or sailing aboard the historic schooner Bowdoin; trying their hand at knot-tying and oar-making with the Compass Project; enjoying maritime shanties and jigs; and more.
Celebrating the maritime history of Freeport, the schooner Bowdoin will be at the dock at Brewer South Freeport Marine for viewing, deck tours and sailing adventures. The Bowdoin, built in East Boothbay in 1921, has deep ties to Freeport. She was captained by Admiral Donald MacMillan, known far and wide for his Arctic explorations, which led him to receive the prestigious Hubbard Gold Medal from the National Geographic Society in 1953.
Harraseeket Heritage Day events will be held from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Brewer South Freeport Marine. Deck tours of the schooner Bowdoin will be held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and admission to the dock will cost $5 per person or $20 per family. Two-hour sailing adventures will depart at 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm, with a limited supply of tickets for $30 per person available in advance. Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent and must provide their own PFDs.
Children’s author Mary Cowans will do a reading for children from her award-winning book, Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer, and will be available for book signings. In addition, local artists of the Freeport-based Frost Gully Violins will be performing traditional maritime shanties.
In the evening, a fabulous Harborside Gala will be staged, also at Brewer South Freeport Marine, with entertainment by the Jason Spooner Trio and both silent and live auction as well as Giving Tree. The Harborside Gala will begin at 6:30 pm, with the auction ending at 8:00 pm and the Jason Spooner Trio performing live music. Tickets will be $40, including heavy hors d’oeuvres and there will be a cash bar available for beverages. Ticket sales will be limited and are available in advance.
All events will benefit the Freeport Historical Society and their public programs and two historic properties.
Contact Vito Courtney for ticket information or to purchase tickets. [email: vfccpa@fairpoint.net OR tel: 207-865-1961] (05/29)

Upcoming event at the new Tom Settlemire Community Garden in Brunswick: We are planning an opening celebration for the Community Garden on June 23rd which will include a fun Scarecrow Contest, a perennial plant sale and baked goodies, garden tours by a Master Gardener (or on your own), music, a garden dedication and sunflower plantings in dixie cups for kids. There are also great opportunities for hiking on the Crystal Spring Farm North Trails, which are accessible right from the garden. The Scarecrow Contest will have a kid's category (12 years and younger) and an adult's category and ribbons will be awarded. Click on the links to see the event flyer and the Scarecrow Contest Rules and Entry Form. Contest guidelines & entry form.   Event flyer.

Linda Long, Intern at Brunswick Topsham Land Trust

Excursions/Volunteers/Family Camps
Dear Friends of the Waldorf Pedagogy,

      I hope this letter finds you in great Steinerian Spirit. My family and I we live on an organic farm where every year we organized Waldorf oriented family camps and reasonably priced Waldorf friendly excursion here in Costa Rica.
      Our farm, “Los Pinitos” is a 30-acre organic farm and forest property overlooking the Turrialba Valley and the Central mountain range of Costa Rica. The average temperature on the farm is an ideal 70o.
      Camp participants stay in spacious, bamboo-framed family tents with private bathrooms, hot water, and electricity. Our farm provides resting space and feed for migrating birds and belongs to the Association of Small Organic Farmers of Turrialba.
      The student program includes all meals, transports inside Costa Rica, lodging, plus a selection of the following activities:
· Community work (according to needs: reforestation and gardening, giving a concert or play at the orphanage or senior citizen house, repainting or refurbishing school or community rooms, etc.)
· Nature excursions: hiking through the largest coffee farm of Costa Rica, visiting national parks, monuments and botanical gardens, active volcanoes, coconut-shaded beaches, lush waterfalls, abundant tropical biodiversity, plus activities such as rafting, canyoning, zip-lines or boat tours on the Tortugero canals by the sea.
We also are always hiring volunteers that are friendly to the Waldorf school philosophy to help during camps.
To see photos and descriptions go to:
http://costaricaschoolexcursion.blogspot.com/
For more information, please contact Gina Baker Muschler, gmuschler@gmail.com, Tel + (506) 2296-2047,
Turrialba Organic Producers Association (APOT) (05/29)

The Guardian of the Threshold: Our Spiritual Mentor
2012 Mystery Drama Conference, July 18-22
Threefold Educational Center, Chestnut Ridge, NY
Lectures by Barbara Renold, John Alexandra, Daniel Hafner, Herbert O. Hagens, Stephen Usher, and Els Woutersen
Full Performance: July 21, 2:30 to 10 pm
With conversation groups, acting workshops, evening performances, and more
Registration is now open for the 2012 conference and performance of The Guardian of the Threshold. We hope you will join us for this transformative journey through Rudolf Steiner's four Mystery Dramas. Attendance of previous conferences is not required.
For more details and online registration, click here (05/22)