Episode 21: Fighting the Good Fight through Waldorf Education with Whitney MacDonald

When my husband John and I first heard Whitney MacDonald speak, we were floored at the breadth and depth of information he offered his audience. He was a guest speaker at our children's Waldorf school and he was speaking about rites of passage and helping boys transition into manhood. Because of him I became enthralled with stories of the hero's journey and in Joseph Campbell's work (he often recommends "The Power of Myth" which is a book written from a PBS documentary where Bill Moyers interviewed Joseph Campbell... it is excellent- you can find it on YouTube and I highly recommend it as well. I've included the link below in the resources).

Whitney is a calming presence, a grounded, generous and very noble man, and a very learned individual. In short, he is a mensch. I am excited to have you hear him speak and generously share what he has lived and what he has learned.

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Fighting the Good Fight through Waldorf Education with Whitney Macdonald

Enjoy the conversation and thanks for listening!

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BIO:

Whitney MacDonald has been involved in Waldorf Education for over twenty years.  After receiving his Masters in Education and Waldorf certification at Antioch University he taught at the Emerson Waldorf School where he carried a class from first through eighth grade and then became the school’s PE/movement teacher.  During that time he served in various roles including faculty chair, college chair, athletic director, community outreach coordinator, head of the school’s social inclusion program (which works with teasing, bullying and social issues) and created the school’s health education program.  He coached many of the school’s athletic teams and has over thirty years of coaching experience.  He has specialized training in Spacial Dynamics, Social Inclusion, Simplicity Parenting, conflict resolution and athletics coaching.  For the past ten years Whitney has been working extensively mentoring schools and teachers, participating in and leading teacher trainings and conducting workshops on parenting, movement and Waldorf curriculum and also leading camps for children.  He has a particular interest in working with teens and fathers.  Whitney is the father of two sons who graduated from Waldorf schools and lives in North Carolina with his wife, Amy.

* CONTACT INFO:

Website(s): www.creatingmen.com

Email: whitmac61@gmail.com

 

* WHITNEY RECOMMENDS:

   *** BOOKS:

The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

The Water of Life by Michael Meade

Fate and Destiny by Michael Meade

Why the World Doesn't End by Michael Meade

Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne

The Soul of Discipline by Kim John Payne

The Recovery of Man in Childhood by A.C. Harwood

Theosophy by Rudolf Steiner

Glow Kids: How Screen Addiction is Hijacking our Kids- and How to Break the Trance by Nicholas Kardaras

Understanding Waldorf Education: Teaching From the Inside Out by Jack Petrash

 

*** WEBSITES AND OTHER LINKS:

Spacial Dynamics (Jaimen McMillan's movement of the study of and enhancement of the relationship between human beings and space)

Mosaic Voices (Michael Meade's organization)

Simplicity Parenting (Kim John Payne's work)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLoOYuwMQC8&list=PLiJELyO9hcAZ_JVEmAI3sByatFwdSy6F7 (Power of Myth videos)

https://nypost.com/2016/08/27/its-digital-heroin-how-screens-turn-kids-into-psychotic-junkies/