What many people don't know is that Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf Education, also gave a curriculum for these children who need something more. He referred to this work as the deepening of Waldorf Education. He presented it in a course of lectures the title of which is best translated as "Curative Education". At Mulberry, we have been working out of Curative Education for the last ten years, and we have seen the results of Steiner's intentions carried out in the progress the children make.
Through this work many children have been able to return to a large classroom without significant difficulties and ready to take up their work academically and socially. Other children are served by Mulberry in that they can receive a Waldorf Education tailored for their own time schedule; one that allows them to succeed at their own pace and feel real pride in their work.
Curative Education also serves many children in the larger classrooms. By working to educate teachers we are able to give them new insights and tools to support more children in the large class. The work we do is applicable to every child and every family. All of us as human beings are in need of healing sometimes. Mulberry Farm exists to serve children who need this support more directly, but a knowledge of Curative Education is something needed more and more in every classroom and every family. More and more we are looking for answers to the difficulties we find as parents and teachers. As supporters of Waldorf Education we are familiar and comfortable with the concept of working from the whole to the parts. Curative Education provides a way of viewing the human being that mirrors this philosophy. We start with who each child is at heart; each one an individual, and then we work to find what is in their way of manifesting that individuality. This individuality is what Steiner calls the genius of the child. More mainstream approaches look at the symptoms and then attach labels to those symptoms. Steiner tells us when we do that we destroy the genius in the child. At Mulberry you won't find children with labels. You will only find children being helped to heal themselves, because this is how it should be. This is the kind of respect each human being deserves.