Healdsburg • PetalumaSebastopol


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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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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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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Azalea Cottage Playgarden

Sherri Crichton
south Sebastopol

Teacher Sherri Crichton holds a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal/Holistic Counseling Psychology, is Lifeways certified and also completed a Learning in Nature course, through Lifeways. Sherri has worked with children most of her life and has raised two Waldorf schooled boys. She has been sub, an assistant teacher and a lead teacher in several local Lifeways/Waldorf preschools.

License # 493009913

Azalea Cottage Playgarden, located in south Sebastopol, is an outdoor wonderland, filled with animals, both wild and domestic, and as many raspberries as your little one can eat! Our days are filled with story and song, work and play, becoming ourselves, and embracing our friendships, all under the loving guidance of an experienced teacher, who is known for “creating loving, trusting relationships in which children can safely grow and learn.”  Healthy social experiences, problem solving, teamwork, communication, motor skills, coordination, manners and hard work are all taught in a playful, flexible atmosphere, held with rhythm and healthy boundaries. Azalea Cottage is open every weekday, except Wednesdays, from 9-1, and serves children ages 2-5.  Two healthy meals are shared together each day.

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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

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

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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