Environment

Spirituality

Waldorf schools, including Nairobi Waldorf School, are non-sectarian and include students from numerous ethnicities, nationalities, paths of life, and abilities.

Waldorf schools don't subscribe to the beliefs of a particular religion, nor are any particular religious or philosophical teachings taught.

However, Waldorf education is implicitly infused with spirituality. The fundamental tenet underlying Waldorf schools and community is the recognition of the human spiritual dimension and an appreciation for the earth and all living things. It is this sensibility that guides our education with spiritual guidance aimed at awakening the child's natural reverence for the wonder and beauty of life.

In our classes we welcome families/parents of any and all religions and cultural heritages and encourage you to share your personal experiences. A key point to remember for parents is that Waldorf education is based on the spiritual nature of each child and that your family's particular beliefs will be respected.

Keep in mind that each of us is special because we are different, we have come together because we have our differences to bring to each other, so listen to the other, as the other listens to you, and we will hear ourselves grow into the realisation of expanding mutual respect. - Karl König

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Waldorf schools, including Nairobi Waldorf School, are non-sectarian and include students from numerous ethnicities, nationalities, paths of life, and abilities.

Waldorf schools don't subscribe to the beliefs of a particular religion, nor are any particular religious or philosophical teachings taught.

However, Waldorf education is implicitly infused with spirituality. The fundamental tenet underlying Waldorf schools and community is the recognition of the human spiritual dimension and an appreciation for the earth and all living things. It is this sensibility that guides our education with spiritual guidance aimed at awakening the child's natural reverence for the wonder and beauty of life.

In our classes we welcome families/parents of any and all religions and cultural heritages, and encourage you to share your personal experiences. A key point to remember for Parents is that Waldorf education is based on the spiritual nature of each child, and that your family's particular beliefs will be respected.

Waldorf Aesthetic

With an emphasis on holistic education, the aesthetic-spatial arrangements of Waldorf schools mirror and support the growth and development of a child. There is within the school ongoing reflection regarding the fit between the children, their age-specific needs, and education. Waldorf education is designed to bring out the best of all aspects of the child by harnessing the imagination. As Albert Einstein said 'the true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination'.

It is now commonly understood that our environment deeply affects who we are as human beings. The effect of the aesthetics on our psyche can be profound. Many studies have shown the effect of colour on human beings; for example the Hamid & Newport 1989 study on pre-school children which showed that the children demonstrated more physical strength and positive mood in a pink-coloured room than in a blue-coloured room.

Waldorf Education sees a pleasing and pleasurable environment as part of a human's fundamental and basic needs. Rudolf Steiner was immensely interested in colour and aesthetics and brought this interest into the environment which he created in early Waldorf Schools. This aesthetic is even more important in a world in which children are increasingly bombarded with glaring and harsh images and surroundings that do not leave their developing senses with a place to rest and grow.

    Some specific aspects of the Waldorf aesthetic include:
  • Materials should be as raw and natural as they can be - this also allows different materials to blend naturally together. (i.e. wood, felt, beeswax, silk etc., and no plastic or synthetic fabrics)
  • The tools used to create the materials are themselves often handmade and a pleasure to work with.
  • Materials and what they make are lovely to touch.
  • Colours used are usually those that are found in nature and not artificial.
  • Curved and natural formations rather than straight or hard lines are often used as is the case in nature.
  • Designs should be kept simple - this is beautiful in itself but also allows the child to develop their imagination by ‘filling in the details'.
  • Most importantly - children are very often involved in the production of the creations used in the classrooms.
  • Spirituality as experienced in the natural world is infused throughout the design - bringing in the element of the sacred, e.g., on each class' nature table.
  • The seasons and nature rhythms are honoured within the classroom, e.g. with flowers.
Karen Campus
  • Miotoni Road
  • +254 722 823 463
  • info@nairobiwaldorfschoolac.ke
Lavington Campus
  • Mageta Road
  • +254 728 617 423
  • lavington@nairobiwaldorfschool.ac.ke
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