October 10, 2019 | Parent Education: "The Twelve Senses," Talk by Nancy Blanning


What: Parent Ed: “The Twelve Senses” Talk by Nancy Blanning
When: October 10th, 7pm
Where: Grades Campus

“The Twelve Senses” Talk by Nancy Blanning
Thursday, October 10th, 7:00pm, Grades Campus

We are proud to announce that renown Waldorf Speaker and Educator Nancy Blanning is coming to the Waldorf School of Palm Beach to give a talk to parents at our school titled: “The Twelve Senses.” Every child born to earth has a big task. Everything is new and foreign. How does a little child begin to “make sense” out of it all? Through the doorways of the twelve senses we “make sense” of the experiences that come towards us. What we learn through our senses helps us to connect different parts of each experience and build a construct of the world.

Rudolf Steiner was the first to propose that there are 12 senses. He described the senses which relate to the perception of: the body (touch, of life, of movement, of balance) the external world (smell, taste, sight, temperature) and the immaterial, spiritual world (hearing, speech, thought, ego). It is important that a child develops and uses as many of their senses as possible because each sense reveals another aspect of the sensory reality. Sensory perception also forms the basis of the relationship with oneself, their surroundings, and the people around them. In order for a child to learn to observe well, they must use their senses comprehensively and frequently. Come listen to Nancy Blanning as she shares her knowledge about the 12 senses and how you can further develop them in yourself and in your children.

This talk is open to the community, both past and present, and for those interested in learning more about Waldorf education. We are very fortunate that Nancy Blanning is coming to our school and sharing this enlightening talk with our families. We encourage all of our school parents, both in Early Childhood and Grades, to attend. 

$20 Suggested Donation
If you have any questions about the talk please contact Charissa Routhier at charissa.routhier@seastarinitiative.com.

Please RSVP if you plan to attend so we can better coordinate refreshments for this event.


Nancy Blanning has been active in Waldorf early childhood for the past 35 years as mixed-aged kindergarten and therapeutic support teacher at the Denver Waldorf School. She co-authored Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures, Vol. 1 and 2 and is an editor of WECAN publication Gateways. She is faculty at Sunbridge Institute.

A member of the Sunbridge faculty since 1994, Nancy assumed the title of Early Childhood Co-Director in 2015. Nancy has also been on the faculty of The Denver Waldorf School (CO) for the past 25 years, where her teaching experience includes 17 years as lead Kindergarten teacher. For the past 12 years, she has been the school’s Educational Support Teacher; she also travels to schools in the US and Canada to provide teacher mentoring and evaluation and conducts developmental observations. Nancy’s main focus is therapeutic education with a special emphasis on developmental movement as supporting young children’s physical incarnation and sensory development.

A longtime Board member of WECAN (the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, based in Chestnut Ridge, NY), Nancy is also a frequent keynote speaker at national and international early childhood conferences. Her writing credits include contributor to Gateways, contributor and collaborator to “You’re Not the Boss of Me” (WECAN publication), Editor of WECAN’s First Grade Readiness, Editor of WECAN Journal, regular columnist for Lilipoh, and co-author, with Laurie Clark, of Movement Journeys and Circle Adventures, a collection of original movement imaginations for the classroom. She holds a BA from the University of Colorado in English, with teaching credentials. She also earned a certificate as Extra Lesson provider and therapeutic educator from Gradalis Seminars, where she attended four-year anthroposophical therapeutic/remedial training in Extra Lesson and supplementary therapies and academic support strategies.