Parent / Child Play Group

In our parent/child program we offer an opportunity for parents to come with their young children between ages birth to 3 in a special, peaceful setting in community with other families.  Together parents can deepen their understanding of early childhood development through conversations with the teacher and one another. Parents will have the opportunity to engage in simple craft activities while their child plays.  This allows parents the chance to observe their child from a distance and to connect with other parents.  Observation is the key to deepening our understanding of our children, so we will use every opportunity to allow them to teach us!

Topics of conversation will include things such as creative discipline, daily and weekly rhythms in the home, ideas for healthy activities, and creating a home environment that is supportive of your child's changing needs.

 Call for more information: (207) 838-1990


Rudolf Steiner Study Group

Coming soon!



Based on Kim John Payne╩╝s successful book Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kids, this workshop invites parents to learn more about an effective pathway to simplify their home environments, family rhythms, schedules and exposure to media to reduce stress and allow for more room for connection, creativity and relaxation with their children.

Call for more information (207) 838-1990

Nondiscrimination Policy - Nondiscrimination Heartfelt School admits students of any race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender preference, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. Heartfelt School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender preference, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, veteran or marital status or any legally protected status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.



Life as a Work of Art

Becoming Who We Are

Participants will explore the unique thread that runs through their own life story (biography).  Specifically, how the rhythms and patterns of our life can be examined through art making and conversation, giving deeper meaning to our human condition. Exploring ones biography--past, present and expectations of the future--leads to a richer understanding of oneself.   What intentions do we bring forward and what comes towards us as we grow? Can we see the challenges and resistances we face as learning opportunities? 

Awakening meaningful understandings of the self--in a co-created way--encourages a genuine engagement with life.

Facilitator:  Paul Gebhardt is the parent of two Waldorf school students, a founding member of the Heartfelt School and faculty member at the Maine College of Art. Currently a student at the Center for Biography and Social Art, Paul has over 15 years of experience working with communities and individuals as an educator, creative practitioner and facilitator.

For more information please contact the Heartfelt School.  

To register please contact us: 

(207) 838-1990


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Our teachers :

Jessica Gebhardt  -  Jessica is a certified Waldorf Teacher with a Masters degree in Education from Antioch University.  She has a variety of experiences teaching in Waldorf and non-Waldorf settings and teaching students of all ages.  She has worked in early childhood education for over 15 years and is a mother of two young children.  She is an artist, crafter and nature lover.  Jessica enjoys gardening, swimming, singing, painting, and working with children and families.  She values being part of a purposeful community, and working to make the world a better place. Jessica serves as the director and a teacher in the early childhood classroom.


Maria Smart - Maria is excited to be starting her second year with The Heartfelt School. She moved to Portland last summer from central Vermont where she played an active role in Orchard Valley Waldorf School’s nursery classroom, as an assistant for over seven years. She also ran a parent-child playgroup and substituted in the grades classes.  Maria was drawn to the beauty, simplicity and rhythm of the Waldorf early education classroom from the moment she and her son entered it years ago. Then came the love of laughter and joy while spending time as a parent in the classroom. When not teaching she enjoys cooking and exploring places with her four children and husband Rob. Over the years she has attended many Waldorf workshops and conferences, and plans to continue her education to bring the best thinking to the classroom.  Maria co-teaches in the classroom and leads our parent-child program.


Samantha D’Onofrio loves art and the outdoors, and so had a natural love for Waldorf upon discovering the Heartfelt School in 2012, where she volunteered in the classroom for their first year. She returned to Portland last year after several years of study at College of the Atlantic, and received a BA in Human Ecology last fall.  She has worked with children ages 1-13, and tries to bring an element of nature-based learning and craft wherever she goes.  In her free time she likes to craft, garden, hike, forage, and cook.  Sharing these wonders with children in a playful and compassionate setting brings her great joy. She has attended various Waldorf workshops and is planning to begin the Waldorf Early Childhood program at Sophia's Hearth in the summer of 2018.  Samantha is our afternoon program teacher and will assist in the classroom as well.


 (All of our teachers are First Aid and CPR certified)