In the time honoured tradition at Waldorf schools the world over, Waldorf School Windhoek’s Grade 11 students successfully completed their Parzival Hike and presented what they learned about themselves and each other to friends and family at a small event full of poetry and conversation.
Each student shared their specific tales of hardship and struggle as they endured some tough physical challenges in Namibia’s wild. Accompanied, supervised, and guided by two Waldorf teachers, the students were in a controlled environment which permitted each student to test their physical endurance, thereby allowing emotional and spiritual barriers to be broken down and rebuilt in the intimate setting of a fire-side chat and the epic, wondrous tale of Parzival, the original Grail Knight.
Perseverance, team work, self-sufficiency, and fidelity to each individual end-goal—these were just some of the characteristics that were fostered in each student by the Parzival Hike, an annual undertaking which seeks to introduce students to their constant search for their truest self, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The Parzival Hike is one of the many ways in which WSW attempts to educate each child holistically, connecting them to themselves, each other, and the rest of the world around them.
Each student prepared an exquisite book documenting their journey and what they learned about as they searched for their own Holy Grail. While each book’s Grail is different and too personal to share, the beautifully-designed covers can, at least, be shared with the whole world.