Stephen Spitalny

Early childhood consultant and writer Stephen Spitalny offers inspiring lectures, workshops and mentoring around the world. Teachers and parents alike rave about their experiences and want Steve back for more!

Chamakanda Blogs is written by Steve and gives support for teachers and parents in connecting with and understanding young children. Go to Chamakanda Blogs  

Steve was a kindergarten teacher at the Santa Cruz (California) Waldorf School for 24 years. Steve's mixed-age kindergarten included children from 3-years-old until they were ready for first grade. Since the mid-1990's, he has given workshops, lectures and courses on many themes for various institutions and groups including Rudolf Steiner College and various schools in Indonesia and China. For the past 7 years Steve has been on the faculty of WISC(Waldorf Institute of Southern California) . He is a former Board member of WECAN (Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America) as well as former editor of Gateways, the bi-annual newsletter of WECAN, and his many articles have been published in Gateways and various other publications. Steve's first book, Connecting With Young Children: Educating the Will, was published in 2011.

Steve has recorded two cds of storytelling accompanied by music, and as a musician has appeared on several other cds.  

Steve Spitalny is available for teacher and parent mentoring and coaching, as well as workshops, lectures and courses on various themes including:

Connecting With Young Children
Spiritual Parenting
Storytelling and Storymaking as Nourishment for the Young Child
The Senses as the Windows to Connection with the World
The World of the Young Child
Beyond Sticks and Carrots
Creative Discipline
Nurturing Imagination Through Creative Play
Circle Time with Young Children
Inner Work/Self Development for teachers and parents
Child Study
Cultural Diversity and Waldorf Education - Inclusiveness as a Practice

Check out this interview with Steve from The Wonder of Childhood


 "Chamakanda was a very good friend to the children." 

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Steve sends out special  thanks to Leslye Lawrence for amazing coaching, proof-reading, editing, partnership and life journeying together!!