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Guanacaste Waldorf School

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School type  Private Waldorf School
Administrator  Veronica J. Kauffman
Number of students  ~ 25
Phone  +506 8651 8301
Founded  2011
Faculty  4
Religious affiliation(s)  None
Grades  Maternal - 4
Student to teacher ratio  6:1
School district  Tamarindo
Color  purple and green
Guanacaste Waldorf School
Address  Pueblo Canafistula, 6.5 kms Southeast of Villarreal, 400 mts of Sabanero Lodge., Canafistula, Costa Rica
Motto  Accept the children with reverence, educate them with love, send them forth in freedom.
Similar  Costa Rica Internatio Academy, La Paz Community School S, Educarte, Tamarindo Costa Rica, La Paz Community School

Punto guanacasteco dance at guanacaste waldorf school on culture day

Guanacaste Waldorf School is a bilingual (English/Spanish), international K-6 school in Canafistula, Costa Rica. The school has a natural, nurturing setting inspired by Rudolf Steiner and the principles of Waldorf Education. Guanacaste Waldorf School is located 200 Meters west of El Sabanero Hotel in Canafistula.



Guanacaste Waldorf School was founded in 2011 by three families, who were immersed in Waldorf education in different ways. These families started a Waldorf homeschool in Guanacaste, offering this education and way of living to a small group of children. "Centro Biling├╝e Waldorf - Escuela Naturaleza y Pura Vida" was then founded. In 2013, the name was changed to Guanacaste Waldorf School and its location moved from the original Avellanas & Hernandez locations to the town of Canafistula.


The Pre-K/Kindergarten group starts with ages 2.5 to 6 years old. Nature has an important role in the day-to-day activities - e.g. during walks or while working in the garden. Outdoor play in rope swings, see-saw or hammocks, baking, puppetry, story-telling, finger knitting, sewing, watercolor painting, wool felting, songs and poems are part of the daily curriculum. Students assist with all tasks at school, developing self-confidence, a sense of responsibility and teamwork.


GWS now offers grades 1-6 and will be expanding to 1-8 for school year 2016-2017.

The main lesson, occupying the first two hours of each school day, is designed to immerse students in a subject over a period of two to four weeks. A four-week block of form drawing, for example, becomes a learning process supported by activities such as the recitation of poetry, singing, drama, drawing, and writing, all integrated with the theme, as well as the daily recalling and developing of the content explored in the lesson of the previous day.

Half of the lessons are held in English and the other half in Spanish. Additionally, German is introduced as foreign language two days a week.

Afterschool Activities

In cooperation with partners, Guanacaste Waldorf School offers horseback riding, tennis and ballet as afterschool activities.


Guanacaste Waldorf School provides students with healthy vegetarian snacks and lunches.


Guanacaste Waldorf School Wikipedia

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