Coleen Ryan – Waldorf School at Moraine Farm
In your words… Tell us about your organization, business, initiative.
Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is located in Beverly, Ma on the historic Moraine Farm property. We are in our 33rd year of providing education on the north shore for families, from parent & child classes all the way up to eighth grade. Our vision for education is easy to embrace. We help every student develop his or her unique gifts using a proven, holistic approach. Waldorf students become independent, creative thinkers who can act with a sense of responsibility and compassion.
Tell us a bit about you and why you do what you do? Share your passions for your business, initiative, organization.
I am the Admissions Director at Waldorf School at Moraine Farm. I enjoy connecting with like minded people who value a holistic and creative approach to education and community.
What role do you think your business plays in supporting a more creative community? OR your community in general. (Bonus! Why do you think a more creative community is important?)
Waldorf education uses art and creativity as a vehicle for learning. We know that when we integrate art thoughtfully and intentionally into our curriculum the students can connect with the subject matter through their heart and emotions. This allows them to learn more easily than if we rely solely on accessing learning through the head and intellect. We take this creative approach to our larger community as well, offering opportunities for adults to participate in creative workshops.
What was the last book you read that made an impact on you?
These days I am reading more fiction, needing less information and more creative escape from all that is happening around us. I recently finished Something Wicked This Way, by Ray Bradbury, which was a recommendation that came to me after I shared that I enjoyed Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern.
What’s the one thing people would be surprised to learn about you our your business?
We have often been called “a hidden gem” which is exactly what we don’t want to be, so having people know who we are and that we exist would be a great thing to share!