The Winkler Center is dedicated to the proposition
that learning is important for adults as it is for young
people. Through seminars, lectures, arts workshops and Foundation
Studies in Anthroposophy, the Center works to foster a deeper
understanding of the human being and the deeper meanings of human
Class of 2009 and Faculty
The Centerís mission is to sponsor learning that
comes from activities of the artistic and moral nature of the human
being. Through cooperative learning and social consciousness, ideas
become the ideals and catalysts for change, on personal, familial
and societal levels. The Center provides a meeting place for new
relationships founded on interest in spiritual values.
We offer Foundation Studies, a program which
includes study of
the philosophical and pedagogical works of Rudolf Steiner, the founder
of Waldorf education, combined with work in the arts: eurythmy,
painting, speech, and music. The two-year program began in
collaboration with The Center for Anthroposophy in Wilton N.H. that
sponsors similar programs around the country, as well as a high
school teacher training program and renewal courses for teachers.
Since 2006 the Garden City program has continued to expand locally
and the Winkler Center for Adult Learning was independently
established. It continues to provide Foundation Studies, a solid
basis for Waldorf teacher training as well as art courses,
seminars, and lectures that encourage self-actualization and a
spiritual view of life.
Franz E. Winkler, M.D. (1907-1972) was a strong
advocate for adult education, and his writings and public talks
often emphasized the need for seminars and programs through which
adults could meet for intellectual study, artistic work and
friendship. Dr. Winkler as the school doctor for the Waldorf School in
Garden City in the 1950ís and 60ís and sought for the spiritual
causes behind the physical symptoms of illness. It is in
honor of his work with children, adults and families that the
Center is dedicated.
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Student work from the
"History of Consciousness Through Art" course.