Madu Waldorf was founded in 2016. We are located on the outskirts of Ubud, Bali’s cultural and artistic centre. Ubud has become a hub for healing, spirituality, yoga, and the arts. It is home to the annual International Ubud Writer’s Festival and Ubud Food Festival. Ubud literally means “medicine”.
Our Balinese and Indonesian teachers are trained in Waldorf pedagogy so that they may bring their own unique Balinese flavour to our school. Our mission is to bring Balinese culture and Anthroposophy (the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner) together. The Balinese philosophy of Tri Hita Karana strives to integrate our connection to nature, to society, and to spirit.
Our instruction is given mainly in English, and partly in Indonesian. Children participate in all the local Hindu-Bali festivals such as Galunggan and our Muslim and Christian teachers are encouraged to bring their festivals too.
We strive to give Waldorf education a distinctly local flavour. Children learn how to craft local materials such as palm leaves, clay, and bamboo, are served local food daily, and learn local songs, games, and rhymes.
We currently offer
- short-stay kindergarten, for families spending less than a year in Bali will be open in 2023.
- long-term kindergarten, for families that have settled long-term in Bali
- Grade School classes 1-4 for families that have settled long-term in Bali
- We will grow our school up to class 6 in the future.
We offer scholarships to local Balinese children.
Waldorf Education was founded by Rudolf Steiner in Germany in 1919 in response to the post-war need to refound society in a more balanced and harmonious way. The cultivation of pupils’ imagination and creativity in ways that serve their developmental needs is a strong focus. Qualitative assessments of student work are integrated into the daily life of the classroom, with quantitative testing playing a minimal role.
In kindergarten, we nurture a child’s development by facilitating creative, self-directed play, balanced with indoor activities such as baking, painting, story-time, songs and rhymes. Creative play awakens the initiative, imagination and flexibility needed later for academic learning and innovative thought.
In primary school, the core approach is through artistic presentation of material by the class teacher which promotes engagement, inspires deep learning and supports developing imaginations.
The values underpinning our education are gratitude, responsibility, collaboration, inclusivity, diversity and initiative. These are drawn from spirituality, engender self-worth, enrich relationships and develop a deep appreciation of our place in this world.
Waldorf education has become the largest independent school movement in the world, with more than 1,200 independent schools and nearly 2,000 kindergartens located in 75 countries.
Indonesia has five Waldorf kindergartens (Bandung, Yogyakarta, Balikpapan and Ubud) and two schools (Bandung and Ubud).