Linda Bergh

Linda Bergh has an MS in Psychology and an MA in Counseling. She has worked with Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education for thirty years and has taught core programs and mentored the Novalis Institute since our inception.

Professionally she has worked as a teacher and administrator, a college professor and a licensed psychologist.

Susan Lyon

Susan began her active study of and experience with anthroposophy through Minnesota Foundation Studies (now Novalis Institute) in 2000. She graduated from the LifeWays Childcare and Human Development Training in 2004, and from the Waldorf Collaborative Counseling Program, through Antioch University in 2007. Susan serves as a mentor for LifeWays North America and as a board member for Novalis Institute.

Susan has experienced the gift of Biography classes as components of her trainings, as well as classes taken through Novalis Institute/Minnesota Foundation Studies. She completed the Biography Facilitator Training with Linda Bergh through Novalis Institute and also attended a Biography master class through Arscura School for Living Art, in Toronto, Canada. Susan enjoys bringing Biography concepts and experiences to adults of all ages.

Susan has four children. For sixteen years, she was a parent of students at either the Minnesota or City of Lakes Waldorf schools. For six years, she served as the Little Sprouts teacher (parent and toddler classes) at City of Lakes Waldorf School.

Susan has a B.A. from the University of Michigan. She is currently pursuing Spacial Dynamics Training as well as a Master’s in Education with a Trans-disciplinary Focus on Healing Education from Antioch University New England.

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Tal Simchoni

Tal Simchoni installs and maintains vegetable gardens, maintains yards, and does handyman work in the Twin Cities metro area. He brings a passion for sustainability and humanity into his work and personal life. He began a biodynamic garden apprenticeship in northern California in 2000 as means to address the need to heal the earth and ourselves, and has continued with Biodynamics since. Following his apprenticeship he completed a certification to teach gardening at Waldorf schools. He has worked in two biodynamic Community Supported Agriculture farms, and managed a 2 acre biodynamic vegetable garden for six years at Camphill Village Minnesota, an intentional agricultural community that includes adults with special needs. He currently lives in South Minneapolis with his partner and her 8 year old son, who is a student at City of Lakes Waldorf School. He gardens biodynamically at home and with friends.

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Donna Webb

Donna Webb

Donna is an artist whose works are in the permanent collection of The Walker Art Center, The Plains Art Museum, and numerous private collections. She taught art at Normandale Community College for ten years, at Spring Hill Waldorf School and privately at the Center for Wholeness. She currently teaches through The Edina Art Center and at her studio in the Casket Arts Carriage House in NE Minneapolis. Donna’s studies of the Hauschka Therapeutic Painting Technique became the cornerstone of her Master’s Thesis on Wholistic Arts, blending art therapy with studio arts. Donna is currently taking training in Collot methods of “Light, Color, and Darkness”.