Six students from the Little Acorn Troupe of the Magical Puppet Tree performing The RainbowJanene Ping, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Kindergarten teacher and Magical Puppet Tree founder and artistic director, will travel to the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, this month to attend the Waldorf 100 World Early Childhood Conference. Conference leaders have asked her to present a puppet play and lead a workshop for the gathering of over a thousand Waldorf Early Childhood teachers from around the world.

Waldorf Kindergartens are a strong development in many places challenged by climate chaos, war, and displacement. There is much training activity also happening in China. In networking with colleagues from far and wide, this conference offers opportunities to deepen an understanding of diversity and strengthen forces for the protection of childhood in all places.

Janene will lead a workshop exploring aspects of the universal human through puppetry arts. In this workshop, participants will work with the story of “The Rainbow,” that was performed at Hawthorne Valley’s 2018 May Day Celebration and Spring Fair. Originally written by Dorothea Harrer, it is a story of climate chaos that arises when egotism deludes us from understanding the interdependence of all life. Images of the forces of nature bring a reflection of what happens when life is out of balance. Simplification of the story will allow the puppet tale to travel in a backpack, making this artistic form accessible to teachers and many children in all walks of life.