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Coastal Youth Orchestra Spring Concert, Monday May 20th, 7PM Orion Performing Arts Center: The Coastal Youth Orchestra 's Spring Concert will be held Monday May 20th at 7PM at Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham. The concert is free and a reception will follow. Come and enjoy a great selection of music! The program will include works by Mahler, Bizet, Rogers and Hammerstein, Leroy Anderson and theme music from Pirates of the Caribbean. CYO, directed by MWS music teacher Nancy Roderick, is comprised of three ensembles. The youth orchestra gives string students of every level a chance to play in a group with other children and to explore quality music. The Fiddleheads, CYO 's youngest group is a beginning string orchestra.The Coastal String Ensemble is an intermediate level string orchestra and the Coastal Chamber Orchestra is a more advanced ensemble that includes strings and brass. MWS students Siona Henze, Louise Ahearne and Fiona Ahearne will all be performing.
For more information contact Nancy Roderick at (05/14)

LifeWays Early Childhood Training on the coast of Maine: Registration closes June 7 for the current LifeWays training in Maine this July 7-20. Special guest teacher Cynthia Aldinger also Susan Silverio for Child, Family & Community, Meg Chittenden for music, Tish Pierce for Eurythmy.On the campus of Ashwood Waldorf School, Rockport, Maine. For more information and to apply: click here. (Next cycle of training begins July 2014) (05/14)

Junior Counselor Opportunities Available at Crystal Spring Farm Camp! Kids ages 13-15 have fun being outside, engaging in farm tasks while building leadership skills with younger children. All four weeks in July. See webpage at or contact Maura at 729.1112 or (05/14)

Horse Riding Lessons: Winterberry Farm has openings for lessons, located in North Yarmouth 10 minutes from school. Donna Thurston is an experienced instructor who has been running a riding school in North Yarmouth for more than 30 years. This is a small, quality program on 26 acres with horses that are well trained, gentle and loving. The focus is on making a connection with horses, nature, safety and correct equestrian skills both in the ring and on the trails. Times avaliable are after school and possibly Saturday. Mothers are welcome Wednesday mornings. Please call 829-6570 for more information or email

Apogee Adventures: Summer Scholarship/Discount Opportunities:Maine-based Apogee Adventures is committed to developing confidence, character, and communitymindedness through carefully designed hiking, biking and service adventures throughout the US and beyond for students between the ages of 12 & 18. We are pleased to announce a limited number of scholarship opportunities available for summer 2013. Scholarship/discounts are available for the following trips: New England Mountains & Coast. Click here for PDF. (05/07)

Coming soon to Portland, ME. Waldorf Alum, Elizabeth Frishkoff, will offer a course in an internationally acclaimed movement therapy that has been found to complement and enhance Waldorf education.
The Foundations and Applications of HANDLE®, Levels 1&2 – open to all
June 21-23, Spring City, PA
September 21-23, Portland ME
Many Waldorf teachers, parents and students find HANDLE to be useful and meaningful. HANDLE (Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopment and Learning Efficiency) was developed by Judith Bluestone, who herself overcame neurological and physiological challenges and became an award winning therapist and educator.
HANDLE offers a unique paradigm for understanding behavior as communication. It recognizes that all humans’ innate desire is to achieve, grow and be helpful. If this is not happening than the resulting behavior is a compensation technique, not an intention to do wrong. Confusing behaviors then can become clues into sensory and processing challenges. Through intuition and academic study, Judith developed deep and penetrating understandings of her own irregularities and saw clearly how to help others achieve integration and balance.
Learn practical tools that can be applied immediately in the classroom and home.
Contact Elizabeth Frishkoff: 413-528-0477; or or to register go to
Elizabeth Frishkoff, MSW, attended four Waldorf Schools from nursery through 12th grade, graduating from Hawthorne Valley School in 1986. She received her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University and went on to post-graduate studies in Waldorf pedagogy and child development. Her quest for finding ways to meet the growing complexity of learning needs in Waldorf schools lead her to the HANDLE Institute, where she studied under the founder Judith Bluestone. She was inspired by Judith’s ability to explain the neurology behind movement patterns, bringing new insights into her movement experiences in Eurythmy and Spatial Dynamics. Now a certified HANDLE Practitioner and Instructor, Elizabeth consults privately through her practice based in Great Barrington, MA, and travels and consults in programs and schools throughout the North East. Her clients range in age from 2 to 92 years old, some have mild learning issues, others complex challenges to functioning and life. Her greatest love is to share this knowledge and experience with Waldorf communities and enhance their ability to blend consciousness and intuition in meeting the diverse needs of the children entrusted in their care. (05/07)

Alewives are a migratory fish that swim to lakes and ponds in May-June to spawn. They make one of the world's great migrations and provide a chance to see wildlife in numbers that we rarely see anymore (fish, osprey, eagle, heron...) Volunteers are needed to count the alewives that pass over Nequasset fish ladder in Woolwich from May - early June. Get more information at or email Alicia Heyburn ( This a great family activity. (04/30)


Primordial Purity and Complete Trust: The Practice of Buddhist Meditation in the Dzogchen Tradition The teachings of Buddhism point out that the basis of our present experience is “Primordial Purity.” The practice of Buddhist meditation is remarkably straightforward. We simply sit without distraction and allow our mental projections to arise and dissipate in our mind. In this way we begin to recognize the fresh, present wakefulness of reality beyond the daydreams of mental projection. This is the practice of complete trust in present awareness.
Ongoing Classes each Wednesday from 10am–12noon and Tuesday 5-7pm
All Welcome – By Donation, The Dzogchen Meditation Center
4 Armstrong Way, West Bath, ME 04530
(207) 607 3392 or,
Tashi Armstrong was a direct student of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and is a ngakpa or Tantric practitioner in the Surmang Kagyu Order. Tashi has been a student of Trungpa Rinpoche’s lineage for over 30 years. He attended the 1986 Vajradhatu Seminary and lived in residence at Trungpa Rinpoche’s Contemplative Centers for five years. He continues to study with many central teachers of the Kagyu and Nyingma Lineages of Tibetan Buddhism. (04/30)

Judith Lief to lead retreat on Chögyam Trungpa’s Profound Treasury of the Ocean

of Dharma: Judith Lief, a senior student of Chögyam Trungpa, will lead a retreat on Trungpa’s Profound Treasury of the Ocean of Dharma at the Sky Hy conference center in Topsham, Maine, from May 24 through June 2. The program is open to all, but space is limited, so participants are encouraged to register soon. For more information, click here, or contact
Lief edited the three-volume collection, which presents in lively, relevant language the comprehensive teachings of the Tibetan Buddhist path of the hinayana, mahayana, and vajrayana. The retreat will cover the first volume, The Path of Individual Liberation, about the hinayana, or foundational vehicle. 04/30)

Please click here fora PDF of the May Awsna newsletter, Inform.
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"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.


May Events at the Freeport Community Library:

World Music is coming to the Freeport Community Library on Tuesday, May 14th at 10:00am! Come listen and dance to music from around the world with children’s musician Rob Duquette. For toddlers - kindergarten.