Waldorf: Cutting Edge for the Past 100 Years

Waldorf100: Celebrating 100 Years of Waldorf Education

Act locally, affect globally

You can help show appreciation for the longevity of Waldorf Education through giving! Here’s what we are aiming for:

  • $100K of annual giving from our current CWS community
  • $100K of annual giving from the community at large (alumni, grandparents, friends)
  • $100K of fundraising from events and allocated donations

Steiner/Waldorf schools change the world

The first Waldorf school was founded in Stuttgart in 1919. Today there are over 1,100 Waldorf schools and almost 2,000 Waldorf kindergartens in over 80 countries around the globe.

One hundred years after the first Waldorf school opened, the movement has become a worldwide force for educating young people by promoting individual freedom, community, tolerance, and reverence for our earth. With many exciting projects on all continents. Keep your ears and eyes open, and be part of the movement: 100 years are just the beginning!


CWS is joining in a global celebration of the 100th anniversary of Waldorf Education with several worldwide initiatives.

World-Wide Postcard Exchange

The World-Wide Postcard Exchange is a project in which Waldorf Schools around the world send personalized postcards to every other Waldorf School by the end of 2019. These student-decorated postcards illustrate something about the country, school, or self.

Charlottesville Waldorf School students have begun creating postcards and receiving them from schools from every continent!

Would you like to help us make this possible? Mailing 1,100 postcards to schools around the world is expensive! If you would like to support us with a donation for postage, please contact Andrea Bostrom.


The Bees & Trees campaign, geared toward keeping bees at all Waldorf/Steiner facilities.

6th Graders learning about beekeeping
6th Graders learning about beekeeping

Bees, these creatures of the sun, help many of our food crops to multiply, and at the same time show us the state of our souls: “The entire beehive is actually permeated with love life” observed Rudolf Steiner. Bees are an image of the spiritual power that lends dignity to freedom: for the power of love that wants to become effective.

But bees are dying all over the world. We want to step up and do something about it along with many other Steiner/Waldorf facilities, so CWS is working with beekeeper & honey-monger Diego DeCorte, Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF), and the Thomas Jefferson Soil & Water Conservation District (TJSWCD) to keep bees at our school.

Jerre Creighton of the DOF and Dana Pauly (Master Gardener and Teacher)
Jerre Creighton of the DOF and Dana Pauly (Master Gardener and Teacher)

Dana Pauly (Master Gardener and Teacher) and Jerre Creighton of the DOF in front of the newly planted pollinator meadow that surrounds the bees enclosure and the beehives in the background.
Thanks to the donation of 150 seedlings by the DOF, Waldorf school was able to fundraise $1,300. They were able to buy the bees and the bee gear for the students. 

CWS students potted the seedlings, built the hives and frames, and built the enclosure for the bees and planted the garden. Now they are on their way to become beekeepers! #WaldorfBeesAndTrees 

The earth should once again become a place where bees can thrive.

To keep in touch with Waldorf100 and all of the projects to celebrate the Centennial, go to waldorf-100.org/en