The need for imagination
A sense of truth and
A feeling of responsibility
These three forces are the very nerve of education.
Swadhaa, meaning one’s own nature or spontaneity,
is envisioned to be a place, where each child blossoms
at her own natural pace and fulfills her unique destiny.
A growing community of teachers and parents who believe in the holistic education that develops not only the intellect but the whole human being, we are a Waldorf learning centre based of the philosophy of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, offering Kindergarten to Grade VII and adding a higher grade every year aiming to grow to Grade X by 2022.
Our commitment is to nurture liberal, responsible individuals with warm hearts.Know more
Co-founder of Swadhaa, Shefali is a postgraduate in the Vedanta stream of Sanskrit. It was during the course of her education that she was captivated by the beauty and depth of knowledge in Indian heritage. Therefore, though she went on to work in the corporate sector for many years, she kept alive an enthusiastic exploration of alternative living communities. She travelled and interacted with them often – came across many individuals involved in alternative education….thinkers and teachers questioning the why and the how of conventions.
She then started to transition to the education sector herself. She underwent a formal training in early childhood education and worked with children and travelled to alternative schools to explore enriched learning spaces for children. She observed these ‘schools’ and their ‘syllabi’, questioning their nature and structures and was fortunate to study places and people giving children an education much beyond the boundaries of syllabi…educating them for life.
With a vision of creating learned, culturally rooted individuals, sensitive to oneself, nature and life, she found in Dr. Rudolf Steiner’s educational work a basis to take her vision forward. She trained in the Waldorf pedagogy and started the first Steiner School in Pune.
Shefali is particularly keen on deepening her journey with children. She is interested in Sanskrit & Hindi Literature, world cinema and likes works of art, especially tribal art.
Co-founder of Swadhaa, Shyam is a geologist and a postgraduate in petroleum technology, he has served in the oil rigs in India and abroad. Later he opted for photography, which was his heart’s call, as a full time career as an independent and established industrial photographer. A wildlife enthusiast, flautist, he is a certified teacher of Yoga of the Art of Living and The Sivananda Ashram and conducts Yoga courses and workshops.
As an individual who seeks to live each day meaningfully, learning that enables children to move towards that end is very close to his heart. He is a visionary, giving valuable inputs about overarching principles and values.
Swadhaa is a passionate community that meticulously plans and delivers education at its best. My kid (Grade 6) has a lot more zeal, feels inspired and confident and never misses a single day. This school is the best place to help children nurture themselves and explore their full potential.
The curriculum is well thought out and involves every child from varied levels of interests and backgrounds. Teacher to child ratio is fantastic, encouraging more individual attention. The founders and teachers of the school are a lovely bunch of people and are constantly available to help and guide parents. The concepts of Waldorf teaching and classrooms are a must see. I strongly recommend to stop by for an open day session to learn more and see for yourself.
Blessed and lucky to have been a part of Swadhaa!!! It is an Innovative, creative, sincere, patient and hardworking community at its best. Swadhaa has so much love to give you and will always welcome you with open arms!! Happy souls and happy place!!
Swadhaa is an excellent school and only one in Pune deeply immersed in the Waldorf/Steiner philosophy and curriculum. They have classes from Kindergarten till 7th grade and increasing the grades every year as the students continue. This is an alternative learning school and I would suggest this to every parent who does not want to put their kids in the rat race. They conduct superb workshops for the parents and create a sense of community. The kids are always happy and an overall growth rather just the academic growth is the focus. This is not just limited to nature walks, handwork, woodwork, and gardening but includes many other things. The teachers are all parents and behave as in the tag line… “In wonder with children”.
Swadhaa is the school where a child can live and express without any apprehensions. The basics of the wellbeing and growing process are just so sorted, simple and clear – no complications. It is a place where learning is fun and learning is growth by being one with Nature … An experience where the teacher becomes your child’s mother. A holistic approach is the school’s mantra. Love and feel blessed to be a part of Swadhaa family.
Swadhaa is a beautiful school with very caring, open and knowledgeable staff. The ONLY place in Pune if you want to see Waldorf curriculum and methods in action for your precious child.
Excellent school – just what my daughter needs! Here is the school which focuses on self-development of kids; physically, mentally and emotionally and not just trying to make their students competitive robots who can do a piece of work more efficiently. If you as parent think that your kid should take education to learn things and not just become literate, then you should explore SWADHAA.
Lovely school…. The way kids are learning here is different…. Simply amazing! Happy to be a part of Swadhaa family.
Swadhaa – A school that inspires the child’s soul from within! It addresses a child at every level – physical, mental, social and spiritual. To be curious is human nature, and to watch such gentle nurturing of this natural curiosity has been a treat! To be able to capture the beauty in everything around children and make them feel it is not an easy task. But Swadhaa has proved that it is not an impossible one. From the founder to the helpers in the school, everyone is immersed in the joy of learning and pass it to the kids. I am proud to be a Swadhaa parent. I would (for as long as possible) love to see my child blossom in this school. I am yet to experience a school across India which truly partners with the parents with such transparency, honesty & sincerity.
Amazing School that follows the Waldorf approach. Extremely child centric that honours the whole child.Gives an integrated learning experience which nourishes the mind, body and soul of a child. We have explored many schools in Pune but have not seen any place close to this, where the teachers totally live the philosophy. Nothing beats the experience when you see your kid jumping into the teachers’ arms after a long summer break instead of bawling their eyes out of about going back to school!
My deep bow to Rudolf Steiner, a man who, a century back, had such clairvoyance which is so fresh even today. What initiated me into Waldorf education is the beauty of imparting education, giving importance to all three aspects of growth i.e. the head, the heart and the will. To nourish all three, efforts have been taken to have a curriculum for each aspect.The bringing together of the spiritual with physical being is unique to the Waldorf schools. A sensitive,intelligent enthusiastic individual shaping up is higher probability with such a holistic environment.
Swadhaa has the solid backing of its pedagogy, the Waldorf education system, proven worldwide for more than a 100 years, of protecting and nourishing children at all levels. Besides, the school is taking the essence of the system and rooting it back in the local culture of Bharat. Its teachers are also Waldorf parents themselves for whom it is a life’s journey and not a job. Love for children is what binds and energizes this community to do all that can be done for children, not a commercial business disguised as education. The society needs more of such schools who will raise purposeful human beings and not robotic nuts who will only fit into the corporate cog wheels.
When we admitted our son to Swadhaa, we did not know much about the Steiner method. But as we learnt more, during workshops organised by school for parents, we started to appreciate that our son was in a really special place. And that everything being done here was well thought out, had a solid basis in observations of children’s needs: for example, the practise of avoiding too much instruction-giving in kindergarten. Also, the school is responsive to the children’s social-cultural context, for example, celebrating festivals like Baisakhi, Id, Holi and Christmas in an elaborate manner.
“Swadhaa’s No-Instruction methodology is the ultimate winner. Robots are generally created by feeding them with instructions in their program; Humans only need empathy, trust, and experience to grow. And that’s precisely what we received through Swadhaa for our son!
Just like the bamboo tree first grows under the ground for first few years only to become the fastest growing plant species after a few years in the outer world above the ground, Swadhaa offers an intimate environment for children to grow in their inner world for a delayed but amazing gratification.If you are on a mission to grow your child as a great human being, an exceptional learner (The inner world champion), Swadhaa is the right place.
I have witnessed my son grow and change into a confident and happy child. Everyone at Swadhaa has been very supportive and understanding of the changes in his world both at school and home. His challenge was lightened as Swadhaa provided him a stable, non-judgemental environment to return to each day. I am grateful and extremely happy with my choice of this learning centre.”
The need for an effective, truly human education
has never been greater than it is today.
Our times call out for individuals who can recognize
needs and bring right initiatives to the world.
To achieve this, children need school in which childhood
is appreciated and allowed to unfold, and where capacities of
imagination and intelligence,
of courage and fortitude, of practicality and skill are
gradually awakened, nurtured, and strengthened.
– The Association of Waldorf School of North America
Waldorf education offers a developmentally appropriate, balanced approach to education.
It weaves academics with the arts, giving richness to both, and inspires students to embrace learning. The Waldorf curriculum moves from imagination and movement in early childhood through increasingly academic and artistically created lessons in the lower grades.
Year by year, the curriculum expands with the maturing child, matching themes that mirror the child’s inner development with skills, knowledge, and modes of expression appropriate to their age.Kindergarten Grades
Swadhaa believes in education that is based on a deep understanding of human development. Come experience the natural rhythm of our campus and learn more about how Waldorf is transforming education.
The Waldorf spirit is infectious and we welcome you with open arms to experience it during our open house events that happen twice each year!
Take a glimpse into the Waldorf world – learn about the philosophy and curriculum – and walk through the classrooms that echo the songs and stories of the children.
Mark your calendars and take this opportunity to meet our enthusiastic and endowed educators, interact with our passionate parent community and let our children guide you into their magical world of education!Know more
The healthy social life is found when in the mirror of each human soul
the whole community finds its reflection, and in the community the virtue of each one is living.
~ Rudolf Steiner
There is no shortage of opportunities for you to share your gifts and time.
Parent volunteer Programme goes on throughout the year and we couldn’t do what we do without you.
Rudolf Steiner - 20th Century European Scientist, Educator, Artist and Philosopher
RUDOLPH STEINER WAS A GREAT MIND
He was tremendously talented. In fact, it is very rare to find another mind to compare with Rudolf Steiner. He was so talented in so many directions and dimensions; it looks almost superhuman: a great logical thinker, a great philosopher, a great architect, a great educator, and so on and so forth. And whatsoever he touched, he brought very novel ideas to that subject. Wherever he moved his eyes, he created new patterns of thought. He was a great man, a great mind…