If you want to educate others, you yourself need to be educated. If you want to have any kind of influence on young people, you yourself need to stay young and continuously work on yourself.


Simon Gfeller, Swiss teacher and author (1868 - 1943)


Title: Regional Conferences on the Importance of Sleep
Start date: 01.10.2017
End date:  - 31.03.2018
Organizer: IASWECE Birth to Three Working Group
Location: worldwide


An Invitation to Collaborate

The IASWECE Birth to Three Working Group is preparing a study on the subject of sleep. We all need sleep to regenerate and connect to our dream life, and for the little child sleep is so important for the development of the physical body. The child needs sleep to grow.


In countries around the world in the surroundings of the little child we see a number of things that are making it harder and harder for children to have a healthy sleep rhythm. Such threats to sleep include the growing amount of screen time children are exposed to, economic pressures on parents to make money to support their families, less and less awareness by parents of the importance of sleep, the speed with which we expect children to learn things, early academics, more stress, and less and less time to simply "be", to let go, relax and have a spiritual connection.


In order to help generate awareness on this subject, we are inviting people from all over the world to work with us on this theme. In October 2017 and in March 2018 we hope that small conferences will take place around the world, in locations where people can come together to study the subject of sleep. These conferences are intended to be small and easy to attend for people working with small children, because the travel distances will not be as great as for international conferences. We would like to encourage educators, child care providers, parents and trainers, who are interested in hosting a conference on this theme in their region to contact us.


IASWECE can provide support for the preparation. A few ideas:

Public relations: We can make this subject known to the public. We can put information on

  • our websites and in our newsletters.
  • We are publishing a small booklet with quotes from Rudolf Steiner on the subject of sleep. This can serve as study material in preparation for the conferences.


We are looking forward to working with anybody who wants to join us in the preparation for these conferences!


Birth to Three Working Group

Jocelyn Roy, Stefanie Allon, Helle Heckmann, Lourdes Tormes, Claudia Freytag, Philipp Reubke


For further information contact info(at)iaswece.org.


Regional Conferences

  • Switzerland: “Day and Night Experience: How do we support a healthy rhythm of waking and sleeping through our pedagogical activity?” With Sibylle Luepold and others, September 2, 2017 at the Rudolf Steiner School, Zurich, Plattenstrasse
  • United Kingdom: “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream?”.  Conference with Louise deForest, 30th  September 2017, London, Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley. Program
  • Denmark: “About the Sleep of the Little Child. “ With Tanja Almberg and Dr. Elisabeth Möller Hansen. October 7th,  2017, St. Johannes Garden, Copenhagen.  Program. Registration: waldorfkurser@gmail.com
  • United States: “The Importance of Sleep.Receiving Sustenance from the Night.” Early Childhood Conference with Helle Heckmann. October 13th and 14th, 2017. Conference announcement.
  • France: “The Rhythm of Sleeping and Waking and Its Significance for Child Development.  Anthroposophical perspectives and suggestions for pedagogical practice” – with Michaela Gloeckler and others, November 10 and 11, 2017, Ecole R. Steiner de Haute Alsace, Mulhouse, France. For further information click here.
  • Germany: Work Day of the Working Group on the Small Child (AKK):”The Significance of Sleep in Child Care Settings for the Healthy Development of the Child” With Birgit Krohmer and others, November 17 and 18, 2017 at “the “Hof” Frankfurt, Niederursel, Germany. Invitation, Program, Registration.

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