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Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able out of their own initiative to impart purpose and direction to their lives.
Rudolf Steiner, founder of Waldorf Education

Welcome to Whidbey Island Waldorf School

Outdoor Forest Kindergarten at WIWS!
Outdoor Education at its Finest
Reverence for nature and honoring of her seasons and cycles are part and parcel of a Waldorf education. In keeping with this spirit of reverence and in accordance with our strong support of play-based Early Childhood education, our Kindergarten students enjoy significant time out-of-doors.
Our young students in the Sunflower Kindergarten begin their days inside with an art or craft, and then go outside for walks and play on the beautiful 100-acre forest preserve upon which our beautiful campus is situated.
Students in the Golden Forest Kindergarten spend all their time outside on the land, playing, singing, moving, walking and at least one day a week, roasting potatoes!
To read more about Forest/Outdoor Kindergartens, click

"Balance is a key word in our education. A child is not some cerebral machine stuck behind a desk

to be stuffed with facts and information. A child is an awakening intellect, a burgeoning emotive being,

and a being of the will--the will to live, discover

and grow. Any education worthy of the name

must address itself to all three of these faculties

in the name of wholeness and health."

~Bill Bryant, from "Waldorf Education: The Art of Awakening the Child"

Link to our Resource Gallery to read an article about 6th Grade Archery here at WIWS!

"I rejoice that my children are met each day by our outstanding and dedicated faculty, by the juicy

curriculum, and by the spirit of this education which, 

at its heart, has true respect for the soul of the child

I am so grateful to have found 

this fertile soil for their eager, budding selves."

   ~Sarah Walston, WIWS parent

2015-16 marks 30 years of 

Waldorf education at WIWS!

View our Student Gallery for videos of student performances!

View our Gallery Page for videos, interviews, and articles of interest
about Waldorf Education!    



"It is aliveness that must be the guiding principle.
Joy and happiness in living, a love of all existence,
a power and energy for work, and imagination,
a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility...
These are the forces which are the very nerve of education."

~ Rudolf Steiner

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Whidbey Island Waldorf School
Help us to nurture, grow and support our inspired education.
Thank you!

Welcome to our 31st year!

Tours every Thursday at 11:30 am during the school year. No need to reserve a space, just arrive and off we go.

Tours available at other times too, please email karina@wiws.org to book a day and time.

Thursdays or other days by email only starting the week of Thursday June 2nd - Thursday September 8, thankyou!

Celebrating 30 years of Waldorf Education on Whidbey Island.

Auction Winners !!
Come collect your winnings

Distillery tasting for 4 - Betsy Gmerek
Painting - Mark Gmerek
Whidbey Art Escape package - Kelly Sweeney
Cabin Weekend Retreat -
Blake, raffle number 040061

Please call our office at 360-341-5685 to come collect!

Great thanks to our beautiful South Whidbey-wide community, for supporting our first ever Bayview Hall benefit concert for WIWS, and for supporting our school in the first-ever WIWS float in the Maxwelton 4th of July Parade!
We had such a wonderful time at both, we're planning to make them annual events. Thank You Everyone!

Up Next...


off our campus
for children 3-6
taught by Cordula Hetland, WIWS Early Childhood teacher
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(or as otherwise arranged)
$7.00 per child/hour
At Cordula's home in the Sunlight Beach Community, Freeland
Registration by email or phone


Whidbey Island Waldorf School is looking for someone with IT skills who can help out in the office from time to time. Please call the office if interested!

We are always happy to welcome new parents and friends in our school community to Volunteer!


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