5-7 October 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria


Inside the Montessori classroom inspiring best practices

The next Montessori Europe congress will take place in Sofia from October 5th to 7th, 2018 and will be organized in co-operation with the Association Institute Montessori Bulgaria.

Dr. Maria Montessori’s work was not aimed at creating accelerated learning, better grades, or precocious children.  Her desire was to support the development of the whole child, the whole human being – not to isolate certain cognitive powers of the human being and build an educational system based solely on these.

Building up on the brilliance of the Montessori education for supporting the children’s development, Montessori Europe devotes its next congress to the best practices of Montessori classroom. The main objective is to gather, share and exchange experiences and ideas and to extend the people knowledge of Montessori education. The theme this year chosen for this Montessori event is “Inside the Montessori classroom – inspiring best practices”.

The annual event of Montessori Europe will be highly valuable for extending people’s knowledge of Montessori education and exchanging experiences and ideas. Aiming strengthening the community across Europe, providing networking opportunities, inspiration and refreshment, the forthcoming event will be a European forum for sharing and conversation of best practices inspired by the Montessori practice.

The program includes research-based knowledge presented by internationally recognized scientists, the expertise of world-class trainers and inspiring educators.  As part of the forthcoming event will be covered all the aspects of classroom practice, such as managing the group, facilitating individual and small group activities, providing effective and accurate feedback and practicing observation skills. Experiences of teachers and research results will be presented. Meetings, forums and discussions will focus on practitioners’ experiences at all age levels of Montessori education. This European forum will discuss how to support the development of children with special needs. The debates will concern all participants of the education process: pupils, teachers, parents, teacher trainers.

This year in Sofia (Bulgaria) Montessori international event will be organised by Montessori Europe in partnership with Association Institute Montessori Bulgaria, affiliated to AMI. Montessori education in Bulgaria is still very young and the Montessori Europe congress will hopefully be supportive in strengthening the position of the Montessori pedagogy in Bulgaria.

For the organiser:

It is Montessori Europe’s mission to be a hub for Montessori education in Europe. Montessori Europe organizes networking, collaboration, exchange, mutual support and wants to create synergy and to increase motivation.




For the hosting organisation:

Institute Montessori Bulgaria is the only national organisation in Bulgaria that is affiliated society of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), founded in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori as custodian of the history of the Montessori movement, responsible for articulating Montessori philosophy and practice clearly.

About the Congress

The program of the forthcoming European Montessori forum in Sofia is extraordinary combination of inspiring presentations, interactive bras-out sessions, working groups and discussions. ...
Speakers are international scientists, Montessori practitioners and world-known educators, writers, experts child development. ...
There are more than 20 workshops integrated part of the program of the event what will present best practices for supporting the child development and education from birth to maturity. ...




Read all the information carefully before submitting your registration.

You can register at http://mecongress2018.eventzilla.net

Please note: You register as a person, not as an organisation. You will receive a purchase receipt by e-mail which you can present to your organisation for reimbursement where necessary. We do not issue separate invoices. Attendance is limited by the capacity of the congress location – please register by 30 September 2018 at the latest.

This year we have a new option, which is the MMUN Teachers’ Workshop. The MMUN Teachers’ Workshop includes a number of congress activities: opening and closing event, reception and dinner, one workshop, one break-out session. There is a limited number of 25 places on a first come, first served basis. Please register by 15 June 2018.

ME members, Eastern Europe attendees and students can register at the reduced rates specified.

Early Bird Rebate
The Early Bird rates reduced by € 30 apply up to 15 June 2018.

To be eligible for the Early Bird rate, your payment needs to be completed by this payment deadline. Otherwise the congress fee increases automatically to the regular fee.

You can state your workshop preferences when you register for the congress. We will respond to these requests in September.

School Visits
You can declare your general interest for school visits during registration for the congress. Sign-up and information for school visits will be communicated in September 2018.

There is only a limited number of places per school visit available, allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. A fee of € 10 applies per school visit, paid in Sofia.

By attending the congress you grant ME permission to use photographs from the congress for marketing purposes of ME.

In you need to cancel your attendance, please send us your cancellation by email to registration@montessori-europe.net. Requests for congress fee refunds must be received by Montessori Europe e.V. no later than 15 September 2018. A cancellation fee of € 75 will be deducted from your refund.If you paid by bank transfer, please include your bank account (IBAN + BIC).

In case of the congress being cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, we ask for your understanding that there is no entitlement to reimbursement of the congress fee.

You can register at http://mecongress2018.eventzilla.net

For more information e-mail us: office@imontessori.bg.

Organisation Team

The members of the Programme committee of the 19th Montessori Europe Congress, 5th – 7th October 2018 in Sofia:

Mirjam Stefels, President of Montessori Europe

Dr. Beata Bednarczuk, Vice President of Montessori Europe

Christian Grune, Board member of Montessori Europe and Chairman of the Montessori Foundation in Berlin

Anna-Mariya Yotsova, Founder of Association Institute Montessori Bulgaria, affiliated to AMI

The members of the local congress organisational committee of the 19th Montessori Europe Congress, 5th – 7th October 2018 in Sofia:

Mirjam Stefels, President of Montessori Europe

Anna-Mariya Yotsova, Founder of Association Institute Montessori Bulgaria, affiliated to AMI

Anna Goumas, Cofounder of Association Institute Montessori Bulgaria, affiliated to AMI

Dima Chakarova, Cofounder of Association Institute Montessori Bulgaria, affiliated to AMI

Diana Manova, Principal and Cofounder of Montessori Children’s House, AMI guide

Antoniya Gerasimova, AMI Primary guide, Montessori Children’s House

Veselina Stoicheva, Principal of Montessori Hi Pre-School

Miroslava Ivanova, Montessori teacher

Miroslava Nikolova, Head teacher Primary Program of Otkrivatel Montessori School, AMI guide 3-6

Tsveta Borisova, Principal of  Tsvetna Gradina Montessori

Elena Dimitrova, MCI Montessori teacher

If you would like to support the organisation of the congress and contribute, please e-mail us: office@imontessori.bg.


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