Ashwood Alumni

Ashwood alumni are creative thinkers, confident in their own abilities, possessing a reverence for life, a strong sense of personal responsibility, and the ability to thrive and adapt in a changing world.

An Ashwood education was one of the best gifts my parents could have given me.  A community dedicated to the appreciation of nature, music, arts, rigorous thought, nourishing relationships… an education in what it is to be human.

Caroline Ginsberg

Class of 2000

I thank my Ashwood education for encouraging my open-mind, fearless authenticity, and reverence for earth. These qualities were nurtured in the safety of your classrooms and communities, and they have brought me a deep sense of peace as I navigate life.

Brenda Reddy

Class of 2006

By the time Waldorf students reach us, they are grounded broadly and deeply and have a remarkable enthusiasm for learning. They possess the eye of discoverer and the compassionate heart of the reformer, which when joined to a task, can change the planet.

Arthur Zajonc, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics, 
Amherst College

Alumni spotlight: Iyla Hopkins '01

Greetings from Oregon! I graduated my two year teacher training program last June, at Waldorf Teacher Education Eugene with a grades teaching certificate. I am currently employed as a specialty teacher at the Eugene Waldorf School. I teach garden, orchestra, and games classes. I also assist in the 4th grade for a child with special needs, help in handwork classes, and teach after school violin and viola lessons. The students call me Miss Iyla.

In my free time, I enjoy gardening, playing music with friends, exploring the surrounding mountains and hot springs, and riding my bike everywhere.

Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for my time at Ashwood. I would not where I am today without the dedication of the pioneering teachers who started the school. I think of them often and am inspired by all the lovely memories of our amazing education!

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Alumni Artisans

Ashwood alumni have gone on to a variety of interesting pursuits. Many are artists, musicians, craftspeople, and entrepreneurs in midcoast Maine and beyond. If you’re an alum and would like to list your endeavor here, write to

Tiyana Wolf-Whitehead and Nathaniel Stimson - Goldenrod Textiles

Tiyana (class of ’00) and Nathaniel (class of ’02) own and operate Goldenrod Textiles, a new studio space and store front in Thomaston, Maine. The pair hope to inspire “appreciation and stewardship of our local and global environment through the making of clothing and textiles from local natural fibers and botanical dyes.”

Ella Simon - Coastal Caps

Coastal Caps was created by Ella Simon (Ashwood ’13) and Grace Kenney, students at Bennington College with a shared passion for art and the environment. Both women are very concerned about plastic pollution, and their idea for Coastal Caps emerged during first year studies helping to advocate for a plastic ban law in Vermont. Single use plastic bags are one of the most difficult materials to recycle, but Ella and Grace have created a new way to repurpose these bags into the brims of their unique, handmade caps.

Ben Breda - Breda Knives

Ben Breda (class of 2000) has a home forge and studio in Hope, Maine, where he began making knives in 2012. He attended the New England School of Metalwork, and earned his American Bladesmith Society Journeyman rating in 2014. Ben is now an award-winning bladesmith working towards his ABS Master Smith in 2020.


Where is everybody?!

Ashwood Alumni travel far and wide and live all over the world! Where have you been?

Selected College Acceptances

Allegheny College
Barnard College
Bates College
Beloit College
Bennington College
Berkely School of Music
Bowdoin College
Brown University
California College of Art
Champlain College
Colby College
College of Charleston
College of the Atlantic
Columbia College of Art
Columbia University
Concordia University
Connecticut College
Cornell College
Dickinson College
Evergreen State College
George Washington University
Gettysburg College
Goucher College
Green Mountain College

Hampshire College
Haverford College
Ithaca College
Kenyon College
Maine Maritime Academy
Massachusetts College of Art
Middlebury College
Montana State University
Mount Holyoke College
Northeastern University
Nova Scotia School of Art and Design
Oberlin College
Olin College of Engineering
Parsons Art and Design School
Pomona College
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design – RISD
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Sarah Lawrence College
Savannah College of Art & Design
Smith College
St. Lawrence University
State University of New York
Union College
Unity College

University of Colorado
University of Maine, Farmington
University of Maine, Orono
University of Maine, Presque Isle
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
University of Southern California
University of Vermont
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Vasser College
Warren Wilson College
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
Williams College