Same Light, Many Candles

Working with Vulnerable Children and Mothers within Toxically Stressed Communities

Carol Cole

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  • The definitive account of the Sophia Project from beginning to end
  • Shares the approaches and techniques used which produced such effective results in all the families who took part
  • A powerful case-study of the effectiveness of Waldorf principles to transform lives

The remarkable story of a project which helped to turn around the lives of over one hundred mothers and children at risk of homelessness and abuse.

216 x 190 mm
WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America)
Steiner-Waldorf Education; WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America)
8 b/w illustrations
144 pages
Publication date:
08 Feb 2018


For fourteen remarkable years, the Sophia Project in California served over one hundred mothers and children, all of whom were at risk of or had experienced homelessness and abuse.

Drawing on the principles of Camphill and a Waldorf approach to child development, staff worked intensively with families, introducing them to daily rhythms and routines, assisting with job applications, shopping and tax forms, and even tutoring to pass tests and exams. Over a period of five years, the families regained confidence and independence. None returned to homelessness or abuse.

Same Light, Many Candles is a definitive account of the Sophia Project: its origins, the journey, the families and its eventual end. Both moving and inspiring, it powerfully demonstrates the effect on real lives of structured, caring intervention based on Waldorf principles.


Carol Cole and her husband David Barlow founded and led the Sophia Project (1994-2014), which has become a model programme for serving children and families at risk of recurring homelessness and its effects.

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