Health and Well-being Guidelines

At the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh, we strive to recognize and ensure the continued development of these seven areas for students, employees, and families. We also acknowledge their interdependence.

Physical Well-Being: Care of our physical bodies and the quality of our physical spaces

  • Nutrition
  • Movement
  • Sleep
  • Warmth
  • Use of Benign Materials – those materials with which we surround ourselves (Building Materials, Classroom Materials, Cooking Materials)
  • Ecology
  • Green Cleaning
  • Hygiene
  • Beauty
  • Safety
  • Community support through meals (births, deaths, etc.)
  • Balance

Emotional Well-Being: Recognizing and honoring our own feelings and those of others

  • Code of Conduct
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Healthy Schedule
  • Arts
  • Biography work
  • Processing time (ex: 24 hour response)
  • Humor
  • Out of school social time
  • Balance

Social Well-Being: Nurturing relationships with others

  • Community Festivals
  • Direct Communication/No Gossip
  • Artistic Work
  • Working collaboratively
  • Fostering a culture of joy and collegiality
  • Biography Work
  • Cultural Diversity and Inclusion
  • Out of school social time
  • Balance

Financial Well-Being: Making financial decisions based on our values

  • Purchasing (conscious consumers)
  • Financial Sustainability (no deficit spending)
  • Maintaining healthy relationships with individual and organizational funders
  • Fair compensation for employees, contractors
  • Support for continued education for Faculty and Staff
  • Financial assistance to promote inclusion balanced with financial stability
  • Foster a culture of giving (related to Annual Fund)
  • Balance

Professional/Vocational Well-Being: Finding new opportunities to grow professionally

  • Workshops
  • Trainings
  • Mentoring
  • Maintaining healthy relationships with professional organization (WECAN/AWSNA/MidStates)
  • Space and time to engage in non-school interests
  • Evaluation process
  • Committee work outside of faculty meetings
  • Balance

Intellectual Well-Being: Acknowledging the need for a diversity of perspectives

  • Keeping an open mind
  • Asking questions
  • Holding questions
  • Seeking solutions
  • Clear communication (procedures and protocols)
  • Shared vision
  • Balance

Spiritual Well-Being: Our deepest, most innermost experiences of the soul and heart; What makes us human.

  • Meditation
  • Seasonal festivals (outward expression and inward contemplation)
  • Child study
  • Group and/or individual study
  • Honor faith traditions
  • Power of intention
  • Reverence for life
  • Anthroposophical study
  • Balance


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