The Hartsbrook School

Parent Education & Enrichment

A Community Series of Events, our 2017-18 Theme:
A Human Approach to Working with Technology

What does it take to balance the usefulness of technology with its tendencies to encroach upon, and at times, replace the more direct experiences with one another and the world? What cultivates the discipline to know a healthy limit? How can we help each other develop the capacity to make more conscious technology choices, especially when our cultural context is one where everyone is now connected and technology is in every aspect of our lives?

We are excited to launch a series of community events on this theme including  featured speakers, all school meetings and workshops.  CLICK HERE for more information

Simplicity Parenting Together:
A monthly workshop series
October 2017–April 2018

Only a few spaces left! Within a warm, supportive community, delve deeply into the benefits of simplifying home life to help reduce stress and create greater family connection and ease. Join us on this transformative parenting journey together! CLICK HERE FOR more

Facilitated: by Janet Lynch, M. Ed. & Certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach.
Saturday Section: 
9:30–11:30 am 10/14, 11/4, 12/9, 1/20, 2/10, 3/10, 4/7
Tuesday Section: 9:00–11:00 am 10/17, 11/7, 12/12, 1/16, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10
Fee: $140–$210 sliding scale-  accommodations happily made
To Enroll:  Janet at

Making Conscious Technology Choices For Your Child:
A weekly workshop Series with Susan McNamara, MA

In this workshop with Susan McNamara, M.A. Delve deeply into a more reflective, practical and developmentally appropriate approach to technology and your child; ones that takes into account their real needs, what matters most to you, and your precious time together as a family. Susan McNamara, MA, is the author of “Connection at Any Cost: How Technology is Failing Our Children”.  More about Susan

 Mondays: 10am-12pm  10/23, 11/6,11/13,11/20, 11/27
Fee: $125 -$175 sliding scale
To Enroll: (413) 586-1908, ext. 115

The Essence of Waldorf Education:
A Waldorf Study Group

Based on Peter Selg’s book “The Essence of Waldorf Education“, we will be exploring questions such as:

-What was the social context in which Waldorf Education began?
-What were Rudolf Steiner’s therapeutic and healing impulses for this education?
-How do we as a community understand and prepare for the future, and how do we cultivate love and respect for one another?

Led by Nicole Romer and Kathleen Bowen
Copies of “The Essence of Waldorf Education” will be available in the School (but are NOT required)

6 Fridays: 9:00-10:30am   October 6th, 20th, 27th November 3rd, 17th
No Fee
To Enroll: (413) 586-1908, ext. 115 or stop in!

Creative Art Classes:
With Hartsbrook School Art Teacher, Naomi Henderson

Come experience some of the media our students enjoy in their high school art classes… pastels, perspective, calligraphy, black and white drawings in pencil, pen and charcoal, scratchboard, printmaking, watercolor painting, clay sculpture, oil painting and more!

Sundays: 10:00 – 11:30am
Fall Session: 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19
Spring Session: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25, 4/8
Fee: $30-40 per class, sliding scale
To Enroll:  (413) 586-1908, ext. 115


Happy Simplified Holidays:
Keep family at the center of  celebrations

Do you ever wish that the holiday season could be simpler… more togetherness, less stress, and not quite so many toys and so much stuff? Join us for an afternoon using the wisdom of Simplicity Parenting to explore ways to un-clutter before the holidays begin, to be more intentional about the kinds of gifts we give our children (and steer relatives towards giving them), and to keep family connection— rather than material things or busy schedules—at the center of our celebrations this year. Each participant will return home with personalized first steps toward making their holidays simpler, calmer, and more in keeping with their values!  CLICK HERE FOR more

Facilitated: by Janet Lynch, M. Ed. & Certified Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach.
Saturday, November 4th 1:30-4:30 pm
Fee: $35 (aid available, please inquire)
To Enroll:  Janet at