Educating the Etheric Body

Master Waldorf teacher, Douglas Gabriel, unfolds a comprehensive curriculum for wisdom children of all ages.  

The mysterious and often hidden nature of the ethers are revealed in this one-of-a-kind manuscript. Douglas Gabriel brilliantly presents a Theory of Everything that encompasses a wide variety of spiritual teachings from ancient Indian sacred beliefs to classical Greek philosophies, from the voice of ancient gods to modern scientific theories.


The ethers were called the tattvas in the Hindu pranayama teachings, quintessence in Aristotle’s scientific philosophies, the ether by Newton, and the luminiferous ether by Einstein. These seemingly magical ethers are the component parts of creation that exist as the foundation of all space and are the eternal mechanisms that create life.


 To truly see the ethers as a comprehensive theory that explains creation, destruction, and rebirth requires insight and spiritual scientific imagination that can create new icons that embody these fundamental forces that create the miracle of life.

At the heart of Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf curriculum is the belief that a child from age seven to fourteen recapitulates the intellectual and cultural development that humanity as a whole passes through over time. Until now, the exact scheme of how the Waldorf literature curriculum, grades one through eight, follow the model of collective humanity’s evolution was not clear, even though the effectiveness of the curriculum could be observed.


After three decades of being a Waldorf teacher and teacher trainer, the author discovered a comprehensive and practical scheme of ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny while drawing the standard charts and diagrams that formerly had been used in attempts to explain this foundational concept of Rudolf Steiner’s pedagogy.

It became quite clear that since we teach the “etheric body” of the child from grades one to eight, teachers need to understand what the etheric body is and what it is composed of, and why the curriculum’s literature and cultural studies needed to be presented in a specific order that is not historically chronological.

Click here to listen to Tyla Gabriel's foreword to the book. 

Spirit of Childhood

While you are waiting for the publication of The Eternal Curriculum for Wisdom Children, download Spirit of Childhood.  Waldorf teacher-trainer and master teacher, Douglas Gabriel introduces teachers and parents to Rudolf Steiner’s Waldorf School curriculum in an all-encompassing curriculum book that can be used for the first grade and beyond. Spirit of Childhood presents an overview of the curriculum from different disciplines such as history, mythology, child development, and religion.

A fairy tale for people young and old, Douglas describes a place of imagination that creates an understanding of Sophia's Temple of Wisdom. 

There it was in front of him, the Ferryman’s humble hut at the edge of this world and the next. It had to be the place, for it fit the description perfectly. From the outside it looked like a small wooden house on the shore of a river emptying into the ocean. Jules could not believe that he had finally reached the home of the Wise One of the North. He had so many questions that he wanted answered and he longed to meet this mystery man that his father had told him so much about.  The first question would be, “How and why does the Ferryman live here in this tiny hut in the cold and desolate northland?” 

In the north, there is an island that looks desolate and barren to the uninitiated eye but is, in fact, home of the Master of the Threshold who guards a holy river where the narwhals go to take their last breath and die on the land they have always longed for, later, to be swept back into the sea at the river’s mouth to their final resting place. There, at the place where fresh water and saltwater meet, where land and sea create the shore; there, between land and water, the northern lights and the ocean’s dark depths are where myth and reality meet.

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