The Waldorf School of Santa Barbara

Meet our Next Speaker: Stephen Spitalny

Meet Stephen Spitalny on March 18th for a wonderful talk:
"How to Connect with the Young Child: Helping Your Child and Yourself Through Challenging Situations" 

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Stephen SpitalnyEarly childhood consultant and writer Stephen Spitalny offers inspiring lectures, workshops and mentoring to teachers and parents around the world. Steve was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz (California) Waldorf School for 24 years.

Steve's mixed-age kindergarten included children from 3-years-old until they were ready for first grade. Since the mid-1990's, he has given workshops, lectures and courses on many themes for various institutions and groups throughout the world.

Steve is a faculty member for WISC (Waldorf Institute of Southern California), a former Board member of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) as well as former editor of Gateways, the bi-annual newsletter of WECAN. He currently is leading a Waldorf Kindergarten Teacher Training in central China.

His many articles have been published in Gateways, Kindling and various other publications. Steve has 3 published books. His first book, "Connecting With Young Children: Educating the Will", was published in 2011 followed by "Conscious Parenting: A Guide to Living with Young Children" and "What's the Story: Storytelling as a Path Toward Living Happily Ever After" published in 2015. Read his blog at and check out his website 

Stephen offers teacher and parent mentoring and coaching, as well as workshops, lectures and courses on various themes including:


  • Connecting With Young Children
  • Spiritual Parenting/Mindful Parenting
  • Creative Discipline
  • Conscious Parenting
  • Storytelling and Storymaking as Nourishment for the Young Child
  • The Senses as the Windows to Connection with the World
  • The World of the Young Child
  • Beyond Sticks and Carrots
  • Nurturing Imagination Through Creative Play
  • Circle Time with Young Children
  • Inner Work/Self Development for teachers and parents
  • Child Study
  • Cultural Diversity and Waldorf Education - Inclusiveness as a Practice