“Rainbow Bridge – A Centre for Guidance, where Education is looked at, as a support system for social, emotional and healthy development of a child. Rainbow Bridge offers a wide range of Early Child Care Development programs, workshops and relevant products.”
A deep search for a holistic approach that nurtures the love for learning in a young child is what led Preeti Misra, the founder of Rainbow Bridge, to Anthroposophy – a philosophy based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner – where she found answers not only on education, but was a guiding light to a deeper understanding of the human being.
In 2011, Preeti along with her sister Vineeta Bulusu founded Rainbow Bridge, a Waldorf early child care center in Belapur, Navi Mumbai. Over the years through its kindergarten, daycare, parenting programs and the Little Hands, the handwork club, it kindled hope and love in the hearts of children and parents alike. Growing very organically, the work expanded with more hands and hearts joining the impulse.
A constant supporter of Rainbow Bridge has been Sucheta Garud, with whom the work with the educators’ community began and to date continues to grow deeper at many levels. From getting the Waldorf kindergarten educators community in Maharashtra together to initiating the Waldorf early childhood training course in Navi Mumbai which is now a certified course, their work, their team and the overall intent is earnestly serving and working in the early childhood education sector.
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Sucheta and Preeti share a beautiful working relationship of over a decade now that has been consciously nurtured with love, respect, and a deep understanding for the other over the years. The ebbs and flow of life has strengthened this bond to an extent that they have become a pillar of strength for each other.
They complement each other so beautifully, having worked upon their strengths and weaknesses, their personalities and idiosyncrasies blended to allow the best to flow through them. This connection and quality is reflected in the teachings they offer.
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Sucheta Garud never thought of becoming a teacher, until she got introduced to Anthroposophy in 2003 and since then it has been no turning back.
Seeing her growing interest in the philosophy, a distant relative asked her to visit Abhaya school in Hyderabad. It was only after 2 years that she along with her two young boys actually visited the school, and that started her career as a Waldorf kindergarten teacher from 2003-2010.
Her father’s advice to always see the good in others has been the guiding light in Sucheta’s life. After teaching at Abhaya, Sucheta began to support, train and mentor Kindergarten teachers across India. She joined hands with Preeti Misra to initiate the Waldorf Kindergarten training program in 2014 in Navi Mumbai.
She is a Council member on IASWECE i.e. International Association for Steiner/ Waldorf Early Childhood Association, representing Sadhana, Indian Waldorf Kindergarten Association.
She has facilitated kindergarten groups in conferences like the IPMT, Khandala for over 5 years and the National kindergarten conference since 2016. A voracious reader, Sucheta loves to paint and do handwork, especially for her 2-year-old granddaughter.
She also uses the medium of painting to take others on an inner journey of self-development through images in nature. Her current passion is to write healing stories and help spread the goodness advised by her father.
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Preeti Misra always had the deep desire to work with children. Her journey took shape while working with children for an NGO in the slum community, when she realised her quest for a holistic approach in education. Her desire and intentions manifested when she came across Anthroposophy in 2009.
Little did she know it would become a way of life for her and transform the lives of many parents, educators and children.
Her love for children and the relentless quest for a holistic approach in education became the driving force behind the start of Rainbow Bridge – a Waldorf early child care center in Belapur, Navi Mumbai – in 2011. Preeti’s calm and warm demeanor made it easy for parents to seek guidance for creating a stress-free home environment where children thrive and feel nurtured, backed by her decade-long experience as a Simplicity family life coach.
She has also been instrumental in initiating a structured Waldorf training program for teachers known as the Foundation Course in Early Childhood Education in 2014 in Navi Mumbai. She is an active member of the anthroposophical community and has been involved in organizing and coordinating conferences like the IPMT, Steiner painting course amongst others. She manages the administration and finance of Sadhana, Indian Waldorf Kindergarten Association and also facilitates teachers groups in the Kindergarten national conference.
Preeti also loves crafting dolls, which led to an eco-initiative called, Aatman Toys in 2019. When she is not training or making dolls, Preeti indulges in cooking, gardening, listening to bhajans, reading texts from different philosophers and healers or painting and sometimes, doing nothing 🙂