Nurturing Living Connections, Early Childhood through Grade 12

Within a Larger Organization

Since its founding in 1973, Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School has been part of something larger, a not-for-profit association of diverse initiatives committed to social and cultural renewal through the integration of education, agriculture, and the arts. Inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner, Hawthorne Valley Association has developed into a unique mix of cultural and economic endeavors. Today, the Association includes:

  • Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School: A Nursery through Grade 12 Waldorf day school with boarding and exchange programs. Cross country patroon champions in 2010, an impressive academic and college acceptance record, and inspired contributions to the community through art, community service, and other individual pursuits.
  • Hawthorne Valley Farm: A 400-acre Biodynamic farm with on-farm education programs for children and adults, a 65-cow dairy herd, an on-site Creamery, 14 acres of mixed vegetables with 300-member CSA, a full-line natural foods store, an Organic Bakery, and a Sauerkraut Cellar.
  • Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program: A research and outreach branch of Hawthorne Valley Association with a general focus on agriculture and land use change in Columbia County. The Program aims to encompass a spectrum of enquiry and outreach spanning close contact with farmers through countywide efforts to understand not just agriculture but farming’s wider natural and socio-economic context.
  • Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research: A research and outreach branch investigating the dynamics, jurisdiction, and interdependence of the three primary spheres of social life: culture, rights, and the economy. Includes demonstration projects that apply the principles of freedom and choice in cultural life, equality and democracy in political life, and associative cooperation and concern for others in economic life.
  • Hawthorne Valley Alkion Center: Offering Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy, Waldorf Teacher Training, and visual arts courses and various workshops throughout the year. Grounded in the path of inner development outlined by Rudolf Steiner, the goal of these courses is to awaken the individual to the working of the spirit in the human being, nature, and society.
  • Hawthorne Valley Adonis Press: A publisher and distributor of books on phenomenological science while also offering poetry, essays, and a large selection of translated works by Swiss poet Albert Steffen.

Nestled in the foothills of the Taconic Mountains on 400 acres of fields, farmland, and rolling hills, Hawthorne Valley Association has been engaged in place-based learning for children and adults for over 35 years. No matter what your age, Hawthorne Valley truly is a vibrant place to learn and grow!