Foundation Studies

Application deadline for 2017-2018 Foundation Studies is July 6, 2017

"Foundation Studies was one of the best investments in myself I’ve ever made. I loved every class, from story-telling to eurythmy to the lectures. My capacities were expanded in every direction, liberating me artistically, philosophically, and perhaps even karmically. I am still amazed at what a fulfilling, soul-enriching, life-changing, and, above all, fun experience I had."  Jim K - Foundation Year Participant 

Sound Circle’s Foundation Studies in Arts and Anthroposophy is a creative gateway into the work of Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and the profound world-view of Anthroposophy. This program of discovery, self-transformation, personal growth and practical activity leads toward professions that renew culture and heal the earth. Foundation Studies is the prerequisite for the Waldorf Teacher Training Program

Through artistic activity, study, group work, movement, seminars, and more, Foundation Studies offers an opportunity to explore Anthroposophy - the wisdom of being human - through our thinking, feeling, and practical activity. 

We study the basic books of Rudolf Steiner through deep questioning in seminars, conversation, the arts, biographical study, journaling, and more.

We develop our individual artistic capacities through painting, drawing, clay modeling, singing, speech, eurythmy, Spatial Dynamics, writing, and more.

We gain experience of life in a Waldorf school, and explore other initiatives in the cultural realm that spring from the work of Rudolf Steiner.

Foundation Studies offers a time for each individual to explore his or her own creative capacities, to study the inner laws of nature, to deepen an understanding of the evolution of human consciousness, in the context of a striving, healthy community. 

THE ART OF BEING A WALDORF TEACHER Begins with foundation studies
In the heart of a Waldorf teacher lives the commitment to help each student reach for his or her highest potential. Waldorf teacher preparation gives you a deep understanding of the whole human being as it unfolds through the critical phases of ​childhood—so that you can guide students on their life journey.

Equally important is the Waldorf teacher’s commitment to ongoing self-development. Waldorf teacher preparation stretches you in all directions— socially, intellectually, physically, and artistically—to push you beyond your comfort zones and help you develop the capacities needed to inspire your students.

Waldorf teaching is, above all, an art. Waldorf teacher preparation builds the capacities needed to create lively, memorable lessons in which your students are engaged and self-motivated..

The next Foundation Studies will begin in September of 2017. To apply, please complete the online application.   Applications are due July 6, 2017.  

Foundation Studies Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Sound Circle located?

Sound Circle Center partners with area Waldorf schools to present our program. Currently, classes are held at the Seattle Waldorf School in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of North Seattle, where we have held classes since our inception in 2009.

Are there any prerequisites for admission into Foundation Studies?

No.  Everyone is welcome to participate in Foundation Studies.  Admission is subject to an interview with the Pedegogical Coordinator.

How many hours of homework can I expect each week?

In Foundation Studies, there is weekly reading and reflection for study, inner work, journaling and writing assignments. How much time is spent on this is up to you. It is possible to cover everything in a few hours per week, although many students choose to spend more time going deeper.

If I am commuting from far away, is there somewhere for me to stay on Friday nights?

Over the years, we have had students commute regularly from Port Townsend, Olympia, Bellingham, Whidbey Island and Bainbridge Island. They have found regular places to stay in the SCC community.

Does Sound Circle offer any distance learning/online classes?

No.  Waldorf education is a holistic approach to educating a child's head, heart and hands.  In this pedagogy, the will to learn, the feeling life in relationship to self and others, the living process of thinking are engaged.  In order to train a teacher to teach a child, the student teacher must engage deeply with the peer students and teachers in study and artistic processes. This learning environment meets the skills required to work work with children in the classroom.  As this learning environment is not met in an online setting, Sound Circle Center does not offer an online Foundation Studies or Teacher Training Program.

What sources would you suggest for me to learn more about Waldorf education?

We recommend Why Waldorf Works, a comprehensive site about Waldorf Education sponsored by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA).

What are the days, dates and times of the classes?

Classes begin in September and continue through May. Classes on Fridays are from 4:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Classes on Saturdays are from 8:00 am - 3:15 pm.

Foundation Studies is offered in two tracks:  

  • Track I is a one-day (partial) program.  You choose either Friday or Saturday classes.
  • Track II is a two-day (full) program.  You take both Friday and Saturday classes.

You have completed Foundation Studies when you have taken both Friday and Saturday classes.  For those who choose Track I, it will take two years to complete Foundation Studies.

The dates for 2016-2017 are listed in the attached schedules below.

What is the tuition for Foundation Studies?

  • Track I is is $3,250.00 for Fridays, $4,450.00 for Saturdays.
  • Track II is $7,700.00.
  • Payment plans are available.
  • Financial Aid/Tuition Assistance is not available for Foundation Studies.
  • Tuition is subject to change without notice.

Is there Financial Aid/Tuition Assistance available for Foundation Studies?

No, there is no financial aid or tuition assistance available for Foundation Studies.

What payment plans are available?

After your non-refundable application fee of $125.00, a deposit of $500.00 is required to secure your placement in Foundation Studies.  The remaining balance can be paid in full ( a 3% discount is applied for this option),or in 8 equal payments.  Students sign an Enrollment Agreement and make their first payment prior to the first day of class.

Who do I contact if I have questions about Foundation Studies?

Your questions are welcome anytime at information@soundcircle.org.  Come to an Open House to learn more!  Please sign-up for our mailing list to receive the latest information.