Sound Circle Speech

Working with one’s own speaking can be a powerful path of self development.

To a trained ear, the spoken word reveals the inner, wisdom-filled soul life of the speaker. Speech carries a spiritual potency that moves both the speaker and the listener. When our speech becomes a blessing, we too are blessed.

This is reason enough for anyone to journey on the path of cultivating living speech, but there are other gifts too, particularly for those whose vocation it is to guide children. Speech training enables the speaker to consciously use ego forces to direct the flow of the etheric body and engage the astral body; As a word gives shape to thoughts and experiences, the ego structures and guides the process. It is through this activity that we become worthy of imitation. Furthermore, Speech is the main instrument of the teacher whose speech patterns are absorbed by the children - every day, every hour, for years, no matter how penetrated their speech may be. A teacher’s speech may bless, bludgeon or rattle on like dry leaves. When mastered, speech can be a most powerful means for guiding children through daily activities, making classroom management invisible, and can provide generous spoonful's of soul-spiritual nourishment, not only through enlivened images of story and poetry but through the very movement within living speech that washing through the children, supports their life forces and nurtures imagination.

Sound Circle Speech

Craig Giddens & Daniel Stokes have dedicated their lives to cultivating a living speech and to guiding others to enlivened speech. In this new training they will lead us on this path of speech for self and human development, especially suited for teachers. If you are so moved, please join us in a Sounding Circle for the good of speech.

New Cohort Starting July 18, 2022 - Langley WA campus

Registration Deadline May 31

Program Structure

We will gather for 30 in person, retreat days on Whidbey Island, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest:

2 weeks July 18-30 2022

3 days February 17-19 2023

3 days April 28-30 2023

2 weeks July 2023 TBD

We will also carry the work through the year, with classes meeting weekly on zoom plus weekly 1:2 tutoring sessions.

2022-2023 calendar

July 2022, 2 weeks - Mon. July 18 through Sat. July 30th

Feb 2023, 3 days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) dates TBD

April 2023, 3 days (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) dates TBD

July 2023, 2 weeks dates TBD

Students will be granted Pedagogical Speech Training Certificate from Sound Circle upon completion of all coursework with the option of continuing toward completion of a full speech training.

Sound Circle Speech Schedule

In person days emphasize the activity of moving, artistic speech.

Daily in person schedule template:

8-8:30 Opening Sound Circle

8:30-10 Speech

10:10:30 Break

10:30-11 Guided Practice

11-12 Eurythmy

12-1:30 lunch break

1:30-3:00 Speech

3:00 break

3:30-4:00 Guided Practice

4-5 spatial dynamics

5-6 guided practice

6-7:30 dinner break

7:30-9 Evening Social and artistic activities to vary by evening.

In person dates:

July 18-30 2022

February 17-19 2023

April 28-30 2023

July 2023 TBD

Weekly distance learning days will deepen anthroposophical studies in relation to speech.

Year one will include understanding of pedagogical implications for the teacher’s speech to promote a healthy soul environment for children in daily discourse and through story telling, verses, drama, including therapeutic possibilities and teacher preparation. The year will include blocks with guest teachers.

Distance learning dates:

30 Sundays of online lecture and discussion with the entire class for 2.5 hours 12:00-2:30- Pacific time


10/2,9,16, 23, 30

11/6,13, 20, 27


1/8,15, 22, 29

2/5,12, 26

3/5,12,19, 26


5/7, 14, 21,28,

One hour sessions of 1:2 instruction each week for 30 weeks to be scheduled with instructors.


Daniel Stokes has worked within the Waldorf Education movement since 1975. He received his teacher training at Emerson College, England and a diploma for Speech and Drama in Sydney, Australia. He co-founded Mythos Storytellers and Looking Glass Theater which performed and led workshops in schools across Australia. Over the past 24 years Daniel has been a class teacher and has brought a love for the spoken word, specifically its use in the classroom, through courses in poetry, storytelling and drama in Waldorf training centers throughout the U.S. He currently lives with his wife in Portland and spends some of the year abroad training teachers and mentoring in Waldorf Schools.

Craig Giddens - A Goetheanum recognized speech artist since 1978, Craig has been a Waldorf class teacher, speech teacher and a mentor in Waldorf schools in both the U.S. and in Europe for more than fifty years. He was a founding member of the Center for Anthroposophy in New Hampshire, a founding member of the Speech School of North America, and has been a part of the faculty at the Antioch New England Waldorf Teacher Training since it began in 1982. He is currently teaching speech at Sound Circle Waldorf Teacher Training in Seattle and at the Waldorf High School Teacher Training in New Hampshire. He lives in Freeport Maine where he is mentoring Waldorf teachers and teaching speech at the Maine Coast Waldorf School.