Does anyone have experience with Rudolf Steiner College versus Threefold or know someone who does? What are the differences? Are they both basics to start you off or is one program more for those already teaching etc??
No, Emily. I never heard from anyone about the programs, and I haven't made a decision yet. I am graduating with my BS in May, so I'll be considering everything more seriously then. Let me know how it goes wherever you end up!
I started this thread over a year ago, and I was hoping some newbies might have something to add?? I've recently resigned from teaching preschool (perhaps only briefly), and I'm yearning for a change.
Rudolf Steiner College starts a new handwork training cycle this year, but Threefold's isn't until next year. So, I'm researching!!
I never learned anything about the program at Rudolf Steiner College other than what is on their website, but I have heard many great things about the Fiber Craft Studio. So, I have chosen to apply for the program there, and yes, also because of it's location. I did, however, find some Steiner-related art/art therapy programs abroad, but that opens a whole other can of worms!
You're correct about the length of the programs, but it looks like the overall length evens out in the long run. Each ends up being 12 weeks total.
I just wanted to post an update for those of you who were interested in this thread.
I'm currently at handwork training at Threefold, and I must say it was very much worth to get here (financially, travel, etc). There are 18 of us in the 8th Cycle and the instructors are quite amazing at times. It's fun but a lot of work... especially for me as a crocheter who's a slow knitter. Anyway, I never did meet anyone who had been in the handwork training at Rudolf Steiner College, but there are people here from CA if that says anything.
I know you have to have good basic handwork skills and they prefer that you have some experience/knowledge of Waldorf education and/or Anthroposophy. There are a variety of women in my cycle... Handwork Teachers, Handwork Assistants, Kindergarten Assistants, homeschool mothers, and a few others!
I'm in NC, and I drove! Straight through it's less than 9 hours, but of course that didn't happen. With traffic, rain late in the day, and a couple of short stops, it took me almost 11 hours I think! The drive home wasn't quite as long. I liked having my car there and being able to pack some food, linens, and various other things that were just easier to deal with in my own vehicle than on an airplane.
I never heard anyone say specifically other than the great reputation of the Fiber Craft Studio and the fact that they're a working studio doing research etc. Although it's located on the Threefold campus where Sunbridge Institute is located, it's its own entity dedicated to fiber craft.
Good luck! You're lucky to live so close. Since you are close, you could always come meet one of the other cycle groups to ask questions etc. The faculty is beyond awesome!