“It’s important to have a positive impact on the world,” she says, remembering the square-dancing festival she helped organize this year in Nunavut that joined communities across three-hour distances by air. “I feel very alive when I do that sort of work. In the outdoors, the basics of life are clear—food, shelter, relationships, how people work together,” she says.
Not everyone has the creativity to adapt to such diverse societies, unpredictable wilderness and quick-tempered group dynamics, yet still maintain the passion to keep exploring. According to Jacklein, it’s the type of person that the Halton Waldorf School in Burlington, Ontario helped form.
"We were encouraged to follow different interests, to find common ground across cultures, periods in history and countries. Now I can build human connections with my students. Everyone is trying to find meaning and purpose."
This really puts Waldorf in context. The Waldorf style of tackling subjects like medieval history through music, food, dances, and games and letting the students find their own lessons “opened [Jacklein’s] eyes to a broader way of approaching the world. It was about promoting young people’s natural love of learning and curiosity.”