Think Beyond The Books

Ingress: Journey to Berlin


I had written a mail to Ms. Nana Goebel, Managing Director of Waldorf World Wide Education, seeking a meeting appointment. I waited patiently for her reply but got no news for three days.  After deep thought, I floated a gentle reminder about my original email.

To my delight, I got an immediate response and she explained humbly that the first mail got filed as spam and only the second mail reached her. She acknowledged my purpose and gave an appointment to see her at the Berlin.

Wow! I was super excited to make the long journey, from Stuttgart to Berlin to get her expert opinion on how we should proceed to make progress with the school set up strategy including teacher recruitment and student enrolment for successfully running the school in the long term. A lot of questions were in my mind & I hoped to remember every detail so that I could relay it back correctly and successfully transfer the ‘Know how’ to the Ingress team in India!

Ms. Nana Goebal

Ms. Nana Goebel, Managing Director of Waldorf World Wide Education

My appointment to meet Ms. Nana Goebel was in the morning at 10 A.M.  I had reached Berlin the night before and chose to stay at the Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners e.V.(Friends of Waldorf Education).  This is where I needed to meet Ms. Goebel  the next morning.

In my excitement, I could not sleep and I was all the time rehearsing and practicing the questions for her in my mind.  I wondered what direction the conversation would take and whether at all I would be able to accomplish the purpose of visit. I was not sure what to expect from her.  Nevertheless, I got up early around 6 AM and decided to do a ‘practice’ walk to Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners, Berlin where her office is situated. I did not want to be late and decided to use my nervous energy to make things easy on myself.  I had a route map with directions leading towards the holy place.  After a steady, short walk, I reached the venue at around 6.35 AM. Confident that I knew the way, I walked back to the hotel room and got ready for the big event.

I gobbled a quick breakfast from the café and walked to the Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners, Berlin and without any trouble, I had entered the Managing Director’s Cabin.  Ms. Nana Goebel was a simple and nice gentle lady, welcomed me whole heartedly and offered milk coffee with sugar.

She was quite familiar with Indian traditions and food styles, after basic enquiries about my stay and travel, she made me comfortable to discuss the purpose of my visit.

We started the conversation and it was incredibly successful. She poured information onto me readily including guidance on matters I asked and also that I had not asked!!!   Discussions took almost 2.5 to 3 hours.  She gave me the contacts in India and a wealth of information on how to approach Waldorf inspired education. She gifted me some books on Waldorf methodology and latest brochures for improving understanding of the model. She also promised to help in future, and answer any further questions that we may have.

I had a lot of information both in my mind as well physical material to carry.  I was keen to transfer the knowledge to Ingress and I was confident at these initial interactive phases of Stuttgart and Berlin would be strong foundation pillars for building Ingress Junior School.

As Rudolf Steiner Says,”A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when in the whole community the virtue of each one is living”. At IJS, we work as community to bring the best possible from each one of us to the betterment of the children.

When the intentions are pure, the angels will come to help in favor of you.  Ms. Nana Goebel is one such angel for the Ingress team.

After our meeting was done, Ms. Nana Goebel suggested some Museums to visit in Berlin.  I explored around the capital for a little bit in celebration of the contentment in my heart after my mission was accomplished. I had a wonderful time exploring the museums, getting on the city tour, graffiti artist’s tour & of course enjoyed super yummy Punjabi food in Berlin!!

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