Programs


Healdsburg • PetalumaSanta RosaSebastopol

Healdsburg

Blackberry Cottage
Playgarden

707.431.8283
Autumn Phipps
Healdsburg, CA, 95448
odetoautumn@hotmail.com

Completed British Columbia Teaching Credential
Completed California Coast LifeWays Early Childhood Certification
14 years teaching experience (including 2 years teaching kindergarten in Peru)
Lic.# 4930085488
Wonder • Play • Create.
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the adult world, Blackberry Cottage offers a warm and nurturing space where children can accomplish their most important task: to simply be children. Our mornings are filled with joyful activities: singing, circle games, stories, Spanish, baking free indoor and outdoor play and exploration, gardening, nature hikes/field days, painting, clay, and eurythmy. We enjoy seasonal celebrations with families. Nourishing organic lunch and snack provided.
Ages 2-6 years. Tues-Thur 9:00-1:00Back to top

Petaluma

Open Arms Play Garden

707-762-6935
West Petaluma, CA 94952
maayan@openarmsplaygarden.com
openarmsplaygarden.com

Both teachers hold a 4 year waldorf teacher certificate from the center for educational renewal at Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm in California.
Lic. # 493006986
We cherish early childhood and provide a stress free loving home environment that supports: imaginative play, self-initiated movement and the unfolding of each unique child. We provide home cooked meals, large outdoor space with animals and garden. Open year round we celebrate the seasons in song, movement, craft and stories.

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Santa Rosa

Little Poppies Playgarden

707-360-8880
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

www.littlepoppiesplaygarden.com
kosima@littlepoppiesplaygarden.com

Completed foundation year at Center for Educational Renewal (one of 4 year program)
LifeWays early childhood program completed 2016
Attending the Remedial Education, Extra lesson training
Lic.# 493009059

At Little Poppies Playgarden children are nurtured in a warm secure in-home setting where rhythm, play, imagination, nature and nutrition are valued. Little Poppies welcomes children ages 3-6 to come experience the joy and wonders of childhood while playing in a Waldorf home. Children thrive and are nurtured by the familiarity of rhythm. At Little Poppies Playgarden our daily activities, stories, and the songs we sing are guided by the rhythms of the seasons. We offer a 3 day a week program: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:45-1:00. Children play with natural and imaginative toys, care for the chickens, garden, bake and together help prepare our organic snack and lunch. All of these is held with love, warmth and humor.Kosima Grundy was raised in a Waldorf/Anthroposophical home and attended a Waldorf school. She understands through her own life and experiences as a mother of two how important the early childhood years are.

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Willow Garden Preschool and Urban Farm

Betsy Thagard and Brenna Smith
213 Willow Street,
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
betsy@willowgarden.org
707.879.8733
www.willowgarden.org

Teacher Betsy is a certified Lifeways teacher and holds a California Clear Multi-subject Teaching Credential and taught for four years as a Public Waldorf Teacher at Stone Bridge School in Napa, California. Teacher Brenna Smith completed her teacher training at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training and worked as Nursery Assistant and Kindergarten Aftercare Teacher at the East Bay Waldorf School.
Lic. #493009007
Willow Garden is inspired by the Waldorf philosophy.  Our children thrive in a home environment where daily rhythm and routine provide the structure for exploring the world with imagination and creativity. We spend most of our day outside — caring for small farm animals, picking strawberries and tomatoes in the garden, going on nature walks, singing, painting, dancing and listening to stories.

Willow Garden offers nursery, preschool and kindergarten programs. Ages 1.5 through 6. Monday thru Thursday, 8:45 to 1:00, with aftercare available.

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Sebastopol

Apple Garden

707-823-0270
Cheri Dawe
Sebastopol, CA 95472
cherisgarden@hotmail.com

Lead Teacher Completed and holds a lifeways training certificate and 1.5 years of course work offered at RSC including foundation year and early childhood courses.
Teacher has 25 years of early childhood teaching experience
Lic. # 490111947
8:45 – 12:45, Monday – Thursday, 1-5 years. Apple Garden is located in a beautiful country setting. We provide a loving, supportive environment where your child’s imagination, healthy development and well being is nurtured. Our rhythm is guided by the seasons of the year and includes cooking, baking, songs, stories, puppetry and movement. Outside we enjoy gardening and caring for the animals, orchard walks and adventures.

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Dandelion Playgarden

707-823-9646
Victoria Lester
Sebastopol, CA 95472
dandelionplaygarden@hotmail.co

 

Lead Teacher has Completed the following:
Waldorf Teacher Training- 2 year full time program
Remedial Education training- 2 year part time
Curative Education Training- 3 year part time
Lifeways- member
Waldorf Early Childhood Association North America- full member
International Association for Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education- member
Lic. # 490172045

A home based morning program dedicated to the healthy development of the young child in a warm and loving environment with emphasis on creativity, imagination, and positive social interactions.The aim is to have the child’s natural joy in activity be nurtured as a basis for joyful participation in adult life. The child’s reverence for life is acknowledged and her/his place in life is honored. Our hope is your child will be filled with love, beauty and enthusiasm.
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Mothering Arts

707-321-0981
Kerry Ingram
Sebastopol, CA 95472
motheringarts@gmail.com

www.motheringarts.com

LifeWays early childhood training completed in 2007
Foundation year at Rudolf Steiner college 2008
Waldorf teacher training at Center for Educational Renewal graduated with certificate 2012
Mothering Arts is a group for mothers and babies up to one year.
New groups gather each season and last for ten weeks. During our circle we sing together, play gentle games with baby, learn ways to care for ourselves as new mothers from local wise woman and elders, write in our journals, and enjoy a nourishing snack together. Kerry Ingram is a mother, a trained Waldorf teacher, a LifeWays representative site, and recently completed a postpartum doula training.Back to top

The Mighty Oak

707-291-5911
Rebecca Rusoff Armstrong
oshun2770@yahoo.com

Teacher holds a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential
and completed a 4 year Waldorf teacher training program at the Centre for Educational Renewal at Summerfield waldorf school and Farm, with early childhood practicum focus.
Teacher has experience teaching preschool through 8th grade.
Lic. # 493008626
A place where the young child is nurtured through play, nature, simple daily rhythm, circle times which engage their fine and gross motor skills along with verbal, seasonal stories and so much more. Children take part in organic gardening and meal preparation, seasonal crafts, and shared snack and lunch. Children are gently guided to feel self confident, learn what it means to be kind and make friends, feel safe and full of joy. Monday-Friday, 8:45-1.  I hold a Waldorf Teacher Certificate through Summerfield’s 4 year teacher training. My mentors were mostly in the kindergarten class. I hold a CA Teachers Credential and have decades of teaching experience!

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Seedlings Playgarden

707-823-5917
Juliana Langley
Sebastopol, CA 95472
seedlingsplaygarden@gmail.com

B.A. in Psychology
Multiple Subjects California Teaching Credential – 1 year
Early Childhood Education Training – ongoing
LifeWays certified – 1 year training

Lic. # 493006997

We are gently tucked into the nurturing folds of a family home where children are inspired to grow and learn, through imaginative play and healthy relationships while being held by a loving teacher. We are a “home away from home” with a daily and seasonal rhythm that includes healthy whole food and daily outside play. An appreciation of the magical world of nature that surrounds us is nurtured in the children as we spend one morning each week in the wild spaces of nearby Ragle Park.  Our daily “work” along with singing, painting, and dancing, round out our experiences through a developmental approach.  Ages 2 1/2 – kindergarten.  Monday – Thursday 9-1.

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