Our Philosophy

Greenwood Tree provides a dynamic, rhythmic, and holistic learning environment in which children and adults are guided in their exploration by the framework of gentle daily rhythms, and the awareness of the inherent cycles of nature. The arts, humanities, and sciences are interwoven with one another to inspire a passion for life-long learning, and to encourage the discovery of joy in and through all of the senses. We respect and encourage physical, mental and spiritual balance by bringing together kinesthetic, academic, and artistic activities. The children are surrounded by the moral qualities of truth, beauty and goodness, in the way the classroom and school is built and cared for, in the actions of the adults around them, and in the content of the lessons.

As a cooperative, we are inspired by the Waldorf philosophy of education and are committed to its study; we also feel free to engage complimentary perspectives. Teachers and staff will have an understanding of Waldorf education and whenever possible, will have formal training. Please note that Greenwood Tree itself is not a Waldorf accredited entity, though many of our teachers are. The classrooms, activities, and lessons will be given and received personally – electronic media is not part of the classroom. Practical experience is seen as an essential part of learning. Children are always, if possible, allowed to experience material first, create their own artistic expressions of it, and then discuss or otherwise intellectually grasp the subject. Our aim is to assist in the development of free-thinking, socially and environmentally responsible, high integrity individuals who can navigate any field they come across and still maintain the outlook that the world is an interesting and good place to live in. The goal of our education is to enable students as fully as possible to choose and, in freedom, to realize their individual path through life as adults.

Greenwood Tree is celebrating 10 years this year, and Waldorf education is celebrating 100 years.  Find out more about the Waldorf 100 movement in these videos and discover why we work with this philosophy.