The Wisdom of Waldorf

100 Reflections on Waldorf Education to Enrich and Inspire

Introduction by Patrice Maynard; Foreword by Kevin Avison

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  • Part of 2019's worldwide Waldorf 100 celebrations, marking 100 years of Steiner-Waldorf education
  • 100 quotations about Waldorf education, from Rudolf Steiner as well as from teachers, authors and more, presented in a hand-crafted hardback gift book
  • An inspiring and insightful view of Waldorf education today

A collection of historical and original reflections from a range of voices in Waldorf education to celebrate 100 years since the founding of the first Waldorf school.

145 x 120 mm
Floris Books
Steiner-Waldorf Education
128 pages
Publication date:
20 Jun 2019


This is a beautiful gift book containing 100 inspirational reflections on Waldorf education and schools to mark the Waldorf 100 anniversary.

In 2019, the worldwide Waldorf community celebrates the centenary of the founding of the original Waldorf school, the first of thousands of Waldorf schools and kindergartens around the globe. This wonderful book celebrates the unique value that Waldorf education has brought to students, parents and communities.

The 100 reflections are historical quotations from key figures from Waldorf history, including Rudolf Steiner, as well as original words of wisdom from eminent members of the modern Waldorf community, such as European Council for Steiner-Waldorf Education President Dr Richard Landl, SWSF Early Childhood Executive Officer Janni Nicol, Alliance for Childhood coordinator Joan Almon and experienced Waldorf school teacher Elan Leibner.

Alternatively insightful, moving and empowering, the carefully selected thoughts in The Wisdom of Waldorf will be a source of enrichment and inspiration.
This hardback book is beautifully designed with a ribbon marker, making it both an ideal gift and a treasured keepsake.


'Wisdom of Waldorf brings forward the spirit and importance of Waldorf education in a subtle and simple way… This book is a great source for an artistic and to-the-point insight into Waldorf. It delivers straightforward answers to why Waldorf exists, why it is relevant now more than ever and why it is cherished through time and across the world. ECSWE members have already and will continue using it as an inspiration and we are grateful to the authors and editor for making it happen.'
-- The Board of the European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education

'A wonderful little book of nourishment and inspiration.'
-- Conkers Life

'This is a little treasure of a book, which is beautifully presented.'
-- Kindling

'An absolute gift to tired, busy but curious parents! It’s short enough to read in a single sitting… or dip into; tasting one or two [quotations] at a time, like a jar of tiny and intense sweets, exploring and savouring each flavour, giving them time to sink in.'
-- Lincolnshire Waldorf Group


Patrice Maynard is the Director of Publications and Development at Research Institute for Waldorf Education in the US. She was a Waldorf class teacher at Hawthorne Valley school for many years and led the outreach and development section of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America.

Kevin Avison has been a teacher in both state and Steiner schools. He is an executive officer to the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship. He lives in Stourbridge, England and has two grown up children who were educated in Waldorf schools.

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