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Please click here for a RDF of the February AWSNA Newsletter, "Inform."
It can also be found here:
"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. (02/05)

Waldorf Swim Club at Bowdoin College Greason Swimming Pool with Waldorf Grad Coach
Admission will be offered to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at Merriconeag Waldorf school.
Saturday Mornings 10am
Session 1: March 2 – April 6, $48
                    March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6
Session 2: April 13 –May 25, $48
                     April 13, April 27, May 4, May 11 (Medieval Faire day: swimming will be before or after faire or on Sunday afternoon), May 18, May 25 (possible swim meet against Bowdoin College Swim team who may not use their legs)
      Coach Ryan Kulesza is a serious member of the Bowdoin College swim team and a very nice gentleman. He attended Waldorf school for grade school and high school in Washington, DC. His home is Bethesda, Maryland. He is also available privately for swimming instruction at $40 per hour. Ryan's swim coach fee is also $40 per hour. This calculates out to $8 per student per one hour session.
      Acceptance will be on first come, first serve basis. Limit will be multiples of 5 up to 15 students (5, 10, or 15). If we get 10, swim club will be 2 hours. If we get 15, it will last 3 hours. Your child will participate one of the 3 hours. If you miss a session you do not get reimbursement because this would raise the cost for the other members of the swim club.
FMI: Contact John Joseph, 207-504-2021, Founder/Manager,
Coach: Ryan Kulesza, 207-522-2643,
Equipment/Water boy: Bennett Joseph
Any parent who would like to be involved is welcome. I will even give you an official title. (01-29)

Upcoming Events at the Freeport Library:

Bugs from Around the World
Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30pm
What do tarantulas, scorpions, Madagascan hissing cockroaches and giant walking sticks have in common? They are all part of Jim Nutting’s fabulous collection of insects and invertebrates. Some are live; others are preserved in beautiful stained glass display cases. Don’t miss the chance to see these amazing creatures in person at the Freeport Community Library. (01/29)

Summer Solstice Retreat, June 16-21, 2013
5-day Writing, Yoga and Meditation Workshop
At beautiful Stout's Island Lodge, WI
With award-winning writer, author, and experienced Waldorf teacher, Jeannine Ouellette
and certified yoga and meditation teacher, Maria Toso
Daily yoga and meditation sessions ignite and support creative synergy. As you connect your body, mind, and senses through movement and stillness, you release tension and cultivate deep insight and balance.
Morning and afternoon writing sessions bring your gaze over the edge of doubt and into the space of the unexpected, where new things come from, while reconnecting you to the innate joy of language and possibility. Experience these brilliant workshop techniques drawn from the work of anthroposophist, poet, and master teacher Paul Matthews, who uses playfulness as a portal to the profound, as well as from James Pennebaker’s groundbreaking work with writing for healing and transformation. You will have plenty of free time to enjoy the beautiful and contemplative island setting.
$1,695//$1,495 per person for single or double occupancy (includes all lodging fees & taxes, most meals, and all programming)
Please register early, space is very limited and the retreat may fill quickly.
For more information visit You may also email or call 612.244.0865 with questions and for additional information about tuition discounts or payment options. (01/29)


Join Us For Tibetan New Years Celebration, Dzogchen Meditation Center
Monday February 11th All Day Event
9:00-10:00 coffee and donuts in community room
10:00 – 11:00 Opening chants and sitting in the main shrine room
Padmasambhava Sadhana and Sangcho
Kyudo Bonenkai – purification of the New Year
Champagne Brunch with I Ching Divination
Hike at Butler Head (optional)
Free time
4:30 Sadhana of Mahamudra
6:00 Fireworks and refreshments
Shambhala Anthem
Movie “Lion’s Roar”
All events are open to the community on a Donation Basis. For more information Contact us at 607-3392, (01/29)


Renewal Courses 2013, June 23 - 28 & June 30 - July 5. Click here to view booklet. (01/29)