Biography and Waldorf Education
“Where do abilities of soul and spirit originate? What does the seed look like that becomes visible when transformed into a flower? Why do we see withering and atrophy instead of the awaiting soul forces? Where do the tendencies lie that later appear as physical health or organic disease?… I realize very quickly that, in order to follow the seed’s hidden transformations into flower and fruit, I must transform my thinking itself; I must make it more alive and active.” ―Willi Aeppli
Aeppli traces transformations in the life and soul of children and how we can respond to them. He explains their effects on the soul life and organic processes. This essay is also contained in Willi Aeppli’s collection of essays, The Developing Child.
About the Author
Willi Aeppli (1894–1972) was a master Waldorf teacher in the Rudolf Steiner School in Basel, Switzerland. He is remembered as an excellent teacher who used his observations and daily experience to enrich his classroom teaching. He also led many informal courses on the art of education for teachers and prospective teachers throughout his long career as an educator.