Jonathan Angus

Jonathan Angus has taught Steiner Waldorf education for over 20 years, more than half that time as a primary level Class Teacher. He started his teaching career in Early Years, with experience both as an independent contractor (a.k.a. ‘nanny’) and in a Waldorf creche. His has recently worked with children in the capacity of Learning Support.

Jonathan founded the Novalis Institute for Anthroposophical Studies in St. Paul, Minnesota. For nine years he was a director of the Early Childhood Education Programme in Ireland, and he inaugurated trainings for Waldorf Class Teachers and Resource Teachers to work with children’s special needs from a Steiner perspective. Over the last school year, Jonathan facilitated the Teaching the Steiner Way Seminar at Kildare Steiner School, where he also was the teacher of classes 1, 2 and 3.

He has published a masters dissertation on the Steiner approach in National Schools, and has contributed to Irish textbooks and international journals on the theme of Waldorf Education. He lives with his wife and teenage son in East Clare, where he engaged in research for a PhD.


Jonathan, Angus,  Steiner Waldorf Early Years Education in Early Childhood Education & Care: An Introduction for Students in Ireland (Gill and Macmillan, 2012)

Jonathan Angus and Doireann O’Connor, Give Them Time. An Analysis of Ireland’s Policy on Early Years Education and the Transition from Early Years Services and Primary School – A Steiner Waldorf Perspective in Education 3-13 International Journal of Primary and Early Years Education (2012)

Jonathan Angus, Steiner Waldorf Education and the Irish Primary Curriculum: A Time of Opportunity. MA Thesis, Institute of Technology, Sligo, 2011

Eileen Lydon

Eileen Lydon is a fully-qualified Steiner School Teacher from Galway. She trained at the Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley, and has been active in promoting Steiner education in the west of Ireland since 2000.

Lindsay Myers

lindsayMyersLindsay Myers teaches Italian and Children’s Studies at NUI Galway. She is a member of the Acting Board of Management for the new Steiner national School in Knocknacarra, Galway and one of the main conference organisers.


Pearse O’Shiel

POShielPearse O’Shiel is the Chairman of Lifeways Ireland Ltd.(the recognised Patron Body for Steiner National Schools in Ireland). He is the secretary of the Camphill Community Trust and over the last quarter-century he has been a driving force behind the development of Steiner Waldorf Schools in Ireland at all levels from early childhood to active learning for adolescents. He has a Masters in Education and he is currently engaged in doctoral studies at the Univeristy of Limerick.

Nell Smyth

NellSmythNell Smyth is a Steiner teacher and teacher trainer residing in Ireland. She has backgrounds in theatre, education and bodywork and has taught both at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education for over 35 years in both Europe and America. She is also a Middendorf breath work practitioner and trainer, the author of many plays for children which have been included in the National Association of Youth Drama repertoire, and the book, The Breathing Circle: Learning through the Movement of the Breath. Her new book,currently awaiting publication, is called Drama at the Heart: active learning in a n integrated curriculum. Nell teaches in ALFA, the Steiner secondary initiative in Clare, is drama co-ordinator in John Scottus Senior School, Dublin for cross curricular reform in the new junior cycle, and offers teacher workshops and seminars in schools and education centres.


Penelope Smyth, ‘The Breathing Circle: learning through the movement of natural breath‘ (Hawthorn Press, 2006)

Websites: www.breathspan.com, and vitalisinglearning.blogspot.ie


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