Emerging Ventures in Education


EVE is not just an educational service business, it is a movement. We are partnering with like-minded individuals around the globe to change the paradigm of education by breaking down the walls of the classroom and taking the lessons to the world. Robin Theiss, founder of EVE, is a 20 year veteran Waldorf teacher and international speaker. She is passionate about working with youths and empowering their internal wisdom and strength. Through the EMERGING process, we support you in:

Choosing the Right Education

Reconnecting to Nature in a Virtual-Reality Laden World

Providing Space for Gratitude and Empathy

Getting Focused in a Distracting World

Finding Opportunities that Lead to Success

We lead retreats and workshops designed to motivate you from the inside out, helping you to emerge and engage you on a path of success. Join us in our venture to emerge into the future with an education for life!


Robin Theiss

Robin Theiss is passionate about breaking down the walls of education and listening to the wisdom of our youth. She is the author of “Motivating Adolescents: Your Child’s Journey to Success.” After 20 years of teaching in the Waldorf schools, she founded Emerging Ventures in Education LLC, leading workshops and retreats for adolescents and adults. She travels the globe through Europe, Asia, and America giving educational lectures. When she is not traveling, she retreats to her small beach cottage in Huntington Beach, California.

Naqib Shifa

Naqib Shifa teaches humanities and sports at the Highland Hall Waldorf School. He was born and raised in Southern California and graduated from UCLA in Geography/Environmental Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern and North African Studies. Upon graduating, he worked professionally in the environmental industry, both in health sciences and consulting. However, his ongoing love of seeking knowledge and sharing that knowledge led him to go into teaching. He has been teaching at the High School level since 2013 in various fields including: Modern World History, Middle East History, Developing World, Global Economics, Constitutional Law, and an upperclassmen elective on Current Events where students study and discuss a wide variety of topics in the news today and then derive solutions for those topics that they share with the federal government. In his time outside of teaching, he loves to delve into Islamic studies and the related subjects of the religious sciences such as theology and spirituality. He also enjoys a myriad of sports and coaches Boys’ Flag Football and Boys’ Basketball and is Co-Athletic Director.’


Retreats for Adolescents / Young Adults with Robin Theiss and Naqib Shifa

2019 Retreats

“Gratitude” — Idyllwild, Ca. November 23–26, 2019
“Connecting With Your Destiny” — Ojai, Ca. August 31–September 1, 2019
Upcoming Retreats
Nepal — Clean Water Project- Coming Soon!

Retreats for Adults with Robin Theiss

“Uncovering Your Biography” — Sold Out

Workshops for College Application Success with Robin Theiss and Areum Kim

2019 Workshops
“Finding Your Passion — Choosing Extra-curricular Activities to Build your College Profile” — October 12, 2019
“Building Your College Profile” — October 5, 2019
“Finding Your Authentic Voice — Writing a College Essay to Distinguish You From the Others” — September 28, 2019