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Blackberry Cottage

Autumn Phipps
Healdsburg, CA, 95448

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.
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Apple Garden

Catherine Schlesinger
Napa, CA 94558

Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher
Waldorf certificate from Acorn Hill Children’s Center, a 2 year program which included an apprenticeship.
Lic.# 283002040
Near Mt. George in rural Napa, Apple Garden is a haven for children, ages 2 1/2 to 6 years, and their parents. The focus is on creative, imaginative play in a calm, supportive environment where each child can unfold their own inherent gifts in these important early years of childhood. Parents are invited to many seasonal festivals and are also asked to deepen their understanding of Waldorf education through parent evenings and study.

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Singing Winds Playgarden

Novato, CA 94945

Lead teacher Completed 3 1/2 years out of 4 of Waldorf teacher training at RSC and is also Lifeways certified and holds a CA state teacher’s credential, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum Development. We are a Lifeways Representive Site.
Second teacher completed Bay Area waldorf teacher training
Lic.# 214005010
Ages “walking” to 6 years. Singing Winds Playgarden offers a three, four, or five-day morning program, Mon. – Friday, from 8:30 – 1:00, Sept. to mid-June. Extended care available until 4:00. Guided by Waldorf and LifeWays principles, Playgarden offers a gentle and loving “home-like” environment, dedicated to nurturing and supporting the developmental needs of young children and their families. Our day revolves around “home” tasks and includes baking, cleaning, singing, storytelling, plenty of opportunities to play inside and out, gardening, nature walks, Eurythmy and more. Organic snacks and lunch are provided daily.

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Open Arms Play Garden

West Petaluma, CA 94952

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

Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Completed foundation year at Center for Educational Renewal (one of 4 year program)
Ongoing LifeWays Training – Will complete in June 2016
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 2-5 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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Rainbow Playgarden

Midori Boyd
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Trained at Rudorf Steiner College
RIE Trained at Resource for Infant Educaring (
HUNDLE course level I, 2 trained at the HUNDLE Institute (
Lic. # 493008398
Rainbow Playgarden is a home-based early childhood program inspired by Waldorf education and RIE ( philosophy. We provide an environment that protects and stimulates children’s developing senses by providing simple, natural toys and playthings along with developmentally appreciated, meaningful experiences through daily activities.Activities: creative play, circle time, stories, baking, gardening, painting and more.Age:18 months to 5 years.
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Willow Garden Preschool and Urban Farm

Betsy Thagard and Ryan Smith
213 Willow Street,
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Teacher Betsy Thagard 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.  She is currently enrolled in the Lifeways training and in the final year of the Curative Training at Mulberry Farm in Santa Rosa.  She completed 2 of 4 years teacher training program at the Center for Educational Renewal.Assistant 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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Apple Garden

Cheri Dawe
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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

Victoria Lester
Sebastopol, CA 95472


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.
12 children, M-Th, 9-1pm, Sept – JuneBack to top

Golden Apple Preschool

Caroline Duarte
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Teacher holds a Multiple subject teaching credential
Supplemental credential in music
Early Childhood Education
Teacher has completed 1 1/2 years out of 4 of Waldorf teacher training from the Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm.
20 years of preschool experience
License # 493000987

In our little school house the child’s imagination is brought forth through storytelling, music, art, and play. On a farm setting with lots of room to play, care for animals, and explore nature. Multicultural and bilingual activities are included. We offer seasonal gatherings sharing our songs, stories, and cooking. Open Year round for ages 2 to 5 with “Summer, Sing, Swim, and Spanish” in the afternoons for 3 to 7 year olds. Organic meals included.

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Mothering Arts

Kerry Ingram
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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

Marigold Playgarden

Jennifer Bowen
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Waldorf Teacher Training at Rudolf Steiner College completed 1999
Enrolled in Curative Education Course at Mulberry Farm
Lic. # 493006655
A warm and joyful home playgarden for 2.5 – 5 year olds, we nurture the whole being of each child with a daily rhythm of creative play, circle time, active outdoor play, storytelling and puppet plays. Seasonal crafts, baking, painting, gardening and cooking of organic meals and snacks are also woven throughout our days. Tue – Fri, 9-1pm, with 2 day, 3 day and 4 day enrollment options.Summer Camp available for 3-6 year olds.

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The Mighty Oak

Rebecca Rusoff Armstrong

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

Juliana Langley
Sebastopol, CA 95472

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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