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Sunday,
Dec 26
through
Thursday,
Jan 6

2010-2011 Holy Nights: Festival Presentations

Each evening through January 5th is a presentation, conversation, singing, and refreshments. Donations are gratefully received. -- January 6th you are also requested to bring a dessert to share.
Sunday,
Dec 26, 7pm

Phoebe Alexander

Birth...
Artistic activity using pastels
Monday,
Dec 27, 7pm

Walter Alexander
Rudi Lissau's Task
Tuesday,
Dec 28, 7pm

Cynthia Lang

An Imagination in the Holy Nights
Wednesday,
Dec 29, 7pm

Barbar Simpson

The Connection of Music and Words
Thursday,
Dec 30, 7pm

Keith Francis & 15 St Singers

Reunion Concert for Christmas
Friday,
Dec 31, 7pm
Kevin Dann
The Dancing Stars at the Turn of the Year
The Holy Nights will see the Sun passing through Sagittarius, evoking the cosmic memory of deeply significant events in the life of Jesus Christ. We will gather for a conversation about these events, and then have an introduction to the Cosmic Dances of the Sun and Sagittarius. Cosmic Dance is "meditation in movement" through choreographic forms developed by Robert Powell.
Saturday,
Jan 1, 7pm

George Centanni

The Birth of Earth, the Birth of Christ, and the Birth of Man
Sunday,
Jan 2, 7pm
Lenard Petit
A Christmas Carol Told, in the Spirit of Charles Dickens
Performed by Lenard Petit, Directed by Meg Pentera
Monday,
Jan 3, 7pm
Linda Larson
The Song of Olaf Osteson: An evening of Eurythmy
We will move together to portions of "The Song of Olaf Osteson" as we enter into the mood of the Holy Nights with Eurythmy
Tuesday,
Jan 4, 7pm

Erk Ludwig

Christ & the Gods Of Ancient Mysteries
 
Wednesday,
Jan 5, 7pm

Fred Dennehy

In What Way is Imagination True?
Thursday,
Jan 6, 7pm
Hospitality Committee
Epiphany - Pot-Luck Desserts & Concert
You bring dessert, fruit, cheese, crackers, etc.
Wednesday, January 12, 7pm

Evening Talk

THE PRACTICE OF THE INNER YEAR

Lynn Jericho

What does the cycle of the year mean to my cultivation
of my inner life?

Do the Christian festivals mean anything to me and
my personal development???

Find the connection between the Sun, the Son and the evolution of your inner life. As beings of the natural world we respond to the yearly cycle of the Sun. As incarnating spiritual beings we respond to the yearly cycle of the Christian Festivals. Tonight Lynn will describe how the practice of the Inner Year brings clarity, strength and love to your soul and your practical life.

Lynn Jericho

is a writer, personal counselor and speaker, Lynn brings many years of anthroposophical study into intimate relationship and personal application with the struggles of daily living. Her annual Holy Nights messages at innerchristmas.com have developed into The Inner Year, an anthroposophically inspired program of personal spiritual development following the course of the sun and the Christian festivals.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Wednesday, Jan 19, 7pm

10-Part Lecture Series

ESSENTIAL STEINER: Insight Into Anthroposophy

David Anderson

 

Anyone coming to anthroposophy needs knowledge for understanding Rudolf Steiner. This series is offered as such a preparation.

Lecture 5: Projective Geometry.
To understand the living world of or-ganic beings, the geometry of Euclid is inadequate. Rudolf Steiner often recommended the use of projective geometry for the study of living (etheric) spaces.

Future dates:
2/16: Chemistry.  3/16: Spiritual Development and Meditation.  4/13: Rudolf Steiner & Anarchism. 5/11: Who Were the Ape-Men?  6/16: Architecture

David Anderson

holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting); has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Monday,
Jan 24, 7pm

Monthly Eurythmy Workshop

 

Eurythmy Workshop

Linda Larson

Finding Our Inner Light
Please join us for this evening of eurythmy as we welcome the new year. We will move together to the words of Herbert Hahn which
can bring us inner warmth and light in this time of outer winter cold: “Only when I think light does my soul shine.”

No experience necessary. Please bring soft-soled shoes and a willing heart.

Future dates: Feb 28, March 21, April 11, May 16, June 6.

Linda Larson

A eurythmist who facilitates workshops and seminars in various settings, including Waldorf schools and Anthroposophical Society groups. She is the therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, is on the National Council of the Eurythmy Association of North America and has diplomas in eurythmy from the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Thursday, Jan 27 at 7:30pm

Acting Workshop

CHEKHOV ACTING TECHNIQUES FOR NON-ACTORS

Dorothy Emmerson

These workshops present the art of acting for the non-actor as a means of awakening imagination and stirring creativity. We experience how the physical body becomes a more effective instrument of self expression when we develop a conscious relationship to space, movement and the inner self. Along with enjoying the little bit of actor inside each of us, this work can support us in being more expressive and open in daily life and in building presence and confidence to meet the world. First and last the workshop is experiential, in line with Chekhov’s remark that in consciousness the actor needs a large body but a small head!

Future dates: Feb 17, March 17, April 21.

Dorothy Emmerson

a long-time professional actress in regional theater, at Lincoln Center, off and on Broadway with Maureen Stapelton, Jerry Orbach and Dustin Hoffman. She has taught the Michael Chekhov acting technique in many cities and uses it also in teaching voice.

Questions: 212-580-8853.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, January 29, 1pm to 3pm MEMBERS’ SEMI-ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING

NY Branch Council & Members Only

This is our semi-annual meeting in which members will be updated on NY Branch activities and future plans. Items covered will include programs, communications, membership, finances, bookstore, building, volunteer opportunities, and any other key areas in the life of Centerpoint: Anthroposophy NYC. You are cordially invited to attend and be informed and involved in the life of the Branch. Refreshments will be served.

  

Friday, February 4, 7pm Monthly Members Evening

Letter To Society Members

Dear Friends,
Beyond offering an opportunity to participate with other members in branch life, Members’ Evenings provide a means to participate in a world-wide movement through work with the annual theme suggested by the executive council (Vorstand) at the Goetheanum. Insights coming out of anthroposophy show that when many over the world are able to form one body of thought in this way, a powerful spiritual organism is being created, one which both unites and inspires those who contribute their earnest effort.

Members’ Evenings also offer the essential ingredient of social life with other like-minded individuals. Our developing individualities are guided by angel beings along life paths that unfold through the laws of karma. Beyond angels in the spiritual world are the archangels, higher beings who work with groups and nations, and who work from soul to soul. We broaden our being when we work with the archangels. Although it is possible through individual study to raise ourselves to very high level in the spirit, without communion with others of like mind, we remain cramped and contracted. The ego can suffocate without this breathing from soul to soul. Joining in a circle of souls within a network or archangelic organization is the next step beyond personal cultivation of spirit.

Valuing and living in the themes together constitutes a spiritual breathing that moves over the earth and through the heavens. This can fill the individual with a powerful communion, inspiring and expanding the ego into love. This love is a fiery word that speaks to members who participate in the stream coming from the theme of the year.

David Anderson

Members Evening - Anthroposophical Society Members. Friday, February 4, 7pm - free, donations welcome. “Mystery of the Human I.” We meet monthly, usually the first Friday of the month. All members of the Anthroposophical Society are welcome to participate. The reading for February will be The Threshold of the Spiritual World from chapter 9 to the end of the book. Refreshments will be served.

Further dates this year are 3/4, 4/1, 5/6, and 6/3.

  

Saturday, February 5, 2pm

Museum Walk

Museum Walk - Rubin Museum

Joyce Reilly & Doug Safranek

Join Doug Safranek and Joyce Reilly as we tour the Rubin Museum’s exhibit, “Embodying the Holy: Icons in Eastern, Orthodox, and Byzantine Christianity and Tibetan Buddhist Thangkas.”

There are extraordinary similarities and some striking differences between these forms of sacred art. We will be led by one of the Rubin Museum’s knowledgeable guides as we enter the fascinating world of iconography, East and West. The Rubin Museum has a website www.rmanyc.org with fine preparatory materials, if you wish to read up in advance! We will gather in the front lobby at 2pm and we will repair to the beautiful cafe afterward for stimulating conversation.

The Rubin Museum is located at 150 West 17th Street, at the SE corner of Seventh Ave.

Cost: $10 museum admission plus donation for the tour guide (suggested $3-5), payable to Joyce Reilly on day of museum walk.

   

Sunday, February 6, 2pm–5pm

Art Exhibit Opening

Art Opening: “Contrasting Landscapes”

Lee Jamison & Christiane Marks

Christiane’s lush, vegetal, Berkshire landscapes in pastels contrast with Lee’s dry, bright desert landscapes in watercolor. At the opening, meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, buy some artwork, go home happy! This exhibition runs through Sunday, April 3rd. It is followed by a Watercolor Painting & Collage Workshop with Lee Jamison on Sunday, April 3rd, 2pm.

Contact Phoebe at 212-744-0257 or phoebe@artopathy.com  for viewing availability following the opening.

Lee Jamison

a native of the watery Hudson River Valley, finds inspiration in the very different landscapes of the fiery, American Southwest. Recent hiking trips to Utah, Arizona and Nevada led to the creation of these paintings and collages. Lee lives in Stuyvesant NY, Columbia County, where she works as a psychiatric social worker for people with developmental disabilities when she is not painting. Lee has studied painting with Jennifer Thomson and Laura Summer in Harlemville NY.

Christiane Marks

became wonderfully intimate with those Columbia County places she’s painted, and still feels that connection whenever she drives past them. She experiences the simple joys that go along with landscape painting, spending hours under the open sky, watching the clouds, listening to the birds, smelling the vegetation and the soil and watching the deer come out at dusk.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Monday, February 14, 7pm

Lecture

Freedom & Initiative: Anthroposophy in the 21st Century

Torin Finser

In this lecture, Torin Finser, general secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America, looks back on the 20th century and onward into the future. He describes how despite tremendous technological and material progress in the last hundred years, we have done little to resolve some of the most fundamental issues facing humanity. Similarly, despite wars and even revolutions fought in the name of freedom, few people today are truly free, or even have a real conception of freedom. And as for positively taking initiative, many feel hobbled by organizational structures, financial constraints and the general hectic pace of our modern lives.

Freedom and initiative are often paralyzed today because they lack the fertile bed of soul conditions that support the true intentions of the human spirit. Torin Finser describes how as a counterbalance to the forces that work so powerfully today against such conditions, anthroposophy is dedicated to helping the striving human being create and nurture them. — The lecture is based on a talk given at the Goetheanum last August during the International English Week.

Torin M. Finser, PhD

directs the Waldorf Teacher Education Program at Antioch University New England. He is a founding member of the Center for Anthroposophy, Collaborative Leadership Training, and Templar Associates in New Hampshire. He has been an educator for three decades and a keynote speaker at conferences in Asia, Europe, and throughout North America. He has consulted with many public and Waldorf schools in areas of facilitating change, mentoring and evaluation programs, and leadership development, and has written numerous books from Silence is Complicity and Organizational Integrity (2007) to School as a Journey: The Eight-Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class (1994).

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Wednesday, Feb 16, 7pm

10-Part Lecture Series

ESSENTIAL STEINER: Insight Into Anthroposophy

David Anderson

 

Anyone coming to anthroposophy needs knowledge for understanding Rudolf Steiner. This series is offered as such a preparation.

Lecture 6: Chemistry.
Most people approach chemistry as a dry and abstract subject. We will show how you can explore chemistry in-depth by “feeling” your way into its qualitative and artistic aspects.

Future dates:
3/16: Spiritual Development and Meditation. 
4/13: Rudolf Steiner & Anarchism.
5/11: Who Were the Ape-Men? 
6/16: Architecture

David Anderson

holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting); has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Thursday, Feb 17 at 7:30pm

Acting Workshop

CHEKHOV ACTING TECHNIQUES FOR NON-ACTORS

Dorothy Emmerson

These workshops present the art of acting for the non-actor as a means of awakening imagination and stirring creativity. We experience how the physical body becomes a more effective instrument of self expression when we develop a conscious relationship to space, movement and the inner self. Along with enjoying the little bit of actor inside each of us, this work can support us in being more expressive and open in daily life and in building presence and confidence to meet the world. First and last the workshop is experiential, in line with Chekhov’s remark that in consciousness the actor needs a large body but a small head!

Future dates: March 17, April 21.

Dorothy Emmerson

a long-time professional actress in regional theater, at Lincoln Center, off and on Broadway with Maureen Stapelton, Jerry Orbach and Dustin Hoffman. She has taught the Michael Chekhov acting technique in many cities and uses it also in teaching voice.

Questions: 212-580-8853.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, February 26, 7pm

Lecture (first of three)

How to Win a Losing Battle – Anthroposophy in Our Time

Eugene Schwartz

Rudolf Steiner’s Birthday Reflection
“Toxins and Teleology: The Interwoven Destiny of Nicotine, Alcohol, & Anthroposophy”

Since the time of the ancient mysteries, toxic substances have played a role in the dimming of ordinary consciousness and the awakening of spiritual faculties. In his lectures on esoteric Christianity and other subjects, Rudolf Steiner indicated that in the modern age substances such as alcohol and nicotine no longer served a spiritual purpose. In tonight’s lecture, Eugene Schwartz examines the interesting ways in which cigarettes and wine have been woven into the anthroposophical movement in the twentieth century, and discusses what we may expect in the twenty-first.

Second Lecture: Saturday, April 9th, 7pm
Lenten Thoughts: “Buddha, Steiner, and Christ: The Uncertain Future of Waldorf Education”
Third Lecture: Saturday, May 7th, 7pm
Earth Day Musing: “Reuse, Recycle, Renew: Reincarnation and the Fate of the Earth”

Eugene Schwartz

has been involved with the work of Rudolf Steiner for over 42 years, and he has been a Waldorf school teacher, an educator of teachers, and an educational consultant for 33 years. He has given nearly 2000 lectures on Waldorf education and anthroposophy and has had the privilege of knowing many individuals who knew Rudolf Steiner personally, while his work as a Waldorf consultant brings him into contact with thousands of individuals whose lives are interwoven with anthroposophy today. Eugene’s articles, podcasts, and videos may be found at www.millennialchild.com.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Monday,
Feb 28, 7pm

Monthly Eurythmy Workshop

 

Eurythmy Workshop

Linda Larson

“LIVING IN THE PRESENT MOMENT”

Please join us for a mid-winter evening of eurythmy as we explore this art of movement together. We will be working with a verse from the Sanskrit, “Look to this day.”

No experience necessary. Please bring soft-soled shoes and a willing heart.

Future dates:
March 21, April 11, May 16, June 6.

Linda Larson

A eurythmist who facilitates workshops and seminars in various settings, including Waldorf schools and Anthroposophical Society groups. She is the therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, is on the National Council of the Eurythmy Association of North America and has diplomas in eurythmy from the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Friday, March 4, 7pm Monthly Members Evening

 

For all Anthroposophical Society members.
“The Etherization of the Blood.” We meet monthly, usually the first Friday of the month. All members of the Anthroposophical Society are welcome to participate. The reading for March will be “The Etherization of the Blood“ from the volume, The Reappearance of Christ in the Etheric.

Refreshments will be served. Donations welcome.
Future dates: April 1, May 6, June 3.

 

Saturday, March 5, 1pm

Open Saturday

Open Saturday: Activism and Spirituality

Jesús Amadeo, Kevin Dann,
Ted McGlone

In the devastated post-war Germany of 1919, Rudolf Steiner was speaking regularly before large audiences, especially to labor unionists, about his economic vision and a new social order. Marx-ist-communists brought in agitators to oppose his ideas. Ehrenfried Pfeiffer recalled Steiner descending from the stage after one such event saying, “At the present moment it will not be possible to penetrate onto the way to a new social order that I have begun; we must first establish the spiritual life anew, and from now on I shall dedicate myself entirely to the tasks of the spiritual life.”

Today, seemingly amoral economic and political atrocities confront us daily. We’re reminded of John F. Kennedy’s comment, “Dante once said that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in a period of moral crisis maintain their neutrality.” On the other hand, listening to what parades so poorly as political discourse, we’re reminded of another JFK statement: “Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

How can the insights and practices of spiritual life inform activism today—in such way that at the same time the forces and beings of discord are not strengthened?

In this return of our Open Saturday format, we will hear brief presentations on aspects of this theme from Jesus Amadeo (corporate financial officer and frequent presenter at Anthroposophy NYC on spiritual research), Kevin Dann, PhD (author and former history professor at SUNY Plattsburgh), and Ted McGlone, PhD (associate professor of economics, St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue, NY) followed by open discussion.

Open Saturdays are informal, community events. Bring your lunch (beverages supplied, donations welcome) and join in!

  

Thursday, March 10, 7PM

Illustrated Lecture

Bruckner’s Last Battle

Keith Francis

Rudolf Steiner was a great admirer of the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), remarking that “something essentially spiritual, which is the foundation of all music, still lived in Bruckner.”

Bruno Walter said that Bruckner had found God, but the composer’s earthly existence was anything but ideal. At the time of his Ninth Symphony he suffered from poor health and a lifetime’s nervous agitation; after composing three magnificent movements he struggled mightily but was unable to complete the fourth.

Keith Francis will speak about Bruckner’s achievement, why he and his music are of great interest to the anthroposophical community and about the Ninth Symphony, its remaining incomplete, and efforts to reconstruct a complete final movement. The talk will be illustrated with passages from the symphony and those who wish may stay to hear a complete recording of the reconstructed finale.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

Related reading:
The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone (SteinerBooks)
Online: scores; discography.

Keith Francis

majored in physics at Cambridge University and worked as an engineer at Bristol Aircraft before becoming a teacher. On the faculty of the Rudolf Steiner School in NY for 31 years he taught physics, chemistry, mathematics, earth science, English and music. Since retirement he has written several novels and a history of atomic science and has founded and led the Fifteenth Street Singers.


  

Friday, March 11, 6:30pm to Saturday, March 12, 4:30pm

Seminar at NYU

Unbornness, Immortality, Reincarnation: The Continuum of Life Before Birth, On Earth, After Death

SteinerBooks Spiritual Research Seminar

A golden thread runs through all of Rudolf Steiner’s teachings. From his earliest moments to his last breath, he sought to find a way for contemporary human beings to experience the reality that the world is a spiritual world and that human beings are embodied spiritual beings endowed with organs of both sensory and spiritual perception, and who are thus both visibly and invisibly connected, as the world itself is, with spiritual realities and, indeed, the source of all reality. Rudolf Steiner gave us the task of realizing the continuity, the non-duality, of the visible and the invisible worlds, returning repeatedly throughout his life to the path of the continuity of life through death. Death understood as a metamorphosis of life, as a metamorphosis of love; this was Steiner’s own experience. From childhood, he was aware both of the non-mortal spiritual essence of the human being–our “I”–and the continued existence and earthly presence of human beings after physical death.

Peter Selg, Thomas Meyer, Michael Lipson, Christopher Bamford, and Rachel C. Ross speak at this year’s seminar, and guest artists include David Anderson, painting exhibit, and Eve Olive, poetry.

Full details are online at www.SteinerBooks.org

  

Wednesday, March 16, 7pm

10-Part Lecture Series

ESSENTIAL STEINER: Insight Into Anthroposophy

David Anderson

 

Anyone coming to anthroposophy needs knowledge for understanding Rudolf Steiner. This series is offered as such a preparation.

Lecture 7:
Spiritual Development & Meditation.

As long as one merely reads and collects information from Anthroposophical literature without a deepening through developing the culture of meditation, Anthroposophy remains inaccessible in its core and essence, which must come alive within the soul.

Future dates:
4/13: Rudolf Steiner & Anarchism.
5/11: Who Were the Ape-Men? 
6/16: Architecture

David Anderson

holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting); has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Thursday, March 17 at 7:30pm

Acting Workshop

CHEKHOV ACTING TECHNIQUES FOR NON-ACTORS

Dorothy Emmerson

These workshops present the art of acting for the non-actor as a means of awakening imagination and stirring creativity. We experience how the physical body becomes a more effective instrument of self expression when we develop a conscious relationship to space, movement and the inner self. Along with enjoying the little bit of actor inside each of us, this work can support us in being more expressive and open in daily life and in building presence and confidence to meet the world. First and last the workshop is experiential, in line with Chekhov’s remark that in consciousness the actor needs a large body but a small head!

Future dates: April 21, May 19.

Dorothy Emmerson

a long-time professional actress in regional theater, at Lincoln Center, off and on Broadway with Maureen Stapelton, Jerry Orbach and Dustin Hoffman. She has taught the Michael Chekhov acting technique in many cities and uses it also in teaching voice.

Questions: 212-580-8853.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday & Sunday, March 19th and 20th

Weekend Workshop

COSMIC CYCLES, EARTHLY RHYTHMS

Mary Adams

Astrosophy’s Role in Steadying Thought Life in the Face of our Widespread Confusion about the Cosmos

Sat 1–5pm:
“What is astrosophy?” & “A personal approach to understanding the stars in human biography.
Sat 7pm:
“The Vernal Congress of the Gods” The seasonal rhythm at hand between the Vernal Equinox and the Vernal Full Moon.
Sun 1–5pm:
Artistic Activity “What we bring back with us from sleep” & Lecture “Placing ourselves in the cycle of the year relative to the planets and stars—finding the mood for 2011”

The need for the application of star knowledge (astrosophy) to individual biography work has never been more pressing than in the current culture of misinformation, especially as propagated by the new “social media.” In this workshop, we will explore individual life rhythms relative to the planetary spheres, the current cosmic positions and their role in understanding the individual’s experience of the spheres. We will try to experience how this type of self-knowledge can have a steadying effect in a world which seems to teeter on its axis. Participants will be guided through an understanding of the new images of the zodiac introduced a century ago in the original 1911 Calendar of the Soul and shown how their contemplation and use of these tools fortifies our ‘speaking to the stars.

Journaling experience is essential to understanding the role of the stars in daily life. Participants are encouraged to review the past year prior to our event, or begin journaling to deepen awareness of our connection to the whole. — Eurythmy and other artistic activity will be part of this workshop. Refreshment will be served.

Fees:
Full workshop (discount): $100/$75, $75/$50 or 4 freq tkts.
Sat day only: $50/$38, $38/$25 or 2 freq tkts.
Sat evening only: $20/$15, $15/$10 or 1 freq tkt.
Sun day only: $50/$38, $38/$25 or 2 freq tkts.

Mary Stewart Adams,

astrosopher, has been immersed in the history of star knowledge and its attendant lore for nearly 30 years. As the leader of an initiative to create an international dark sky park in her Northern Michigan home, and through publication of her annual wall calendar Fairy Tale Moons, her mission is to safeguard the imagination by protecting access to the night sky and its stories. Her work has appeared in LILIPOH, New View, News for Members and through local media outlets including radio and television.

Suggested reading: The Cycle of the Year as a Breathing Process of the Earth by R. Steiner; The Human Life by George and Gisela O’Neil; Cycles of Becoming by Alexander Ruperti (a student of Dane Rudyar); The Sun Zodiac Experience by M. Rossler (trans. by Fiona Tweedale).

  

Monday,
March 21, 7pm

Monthly Eurythmy Workshop

 

Eurythmy Workshop

Linda Larson

“Color in Movement”

As spring approaches we will prepare by discovering our connection to life through color. With our eurythmy, we will move like the colors of the rainbow to a beautiful verse by Rudolf Steiner. We look forward to seeing you for this evening of color in eurythmy.

No experience necessary. Please bring soft-soled shoes and a willing heart.

Future dates:
April 11, May 16, June 6.

Linda Larson

A eurythmist who facilitates workshops and seminars in various settings, including Waldorf schools and Anthroposophical Society groups. She is the therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, is on the National Council of the Eurythmy Association of North America and has diplomas in eurythmy from the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Saturday, March 26, 9am sharp!

Museum Excursion & Walk

Visit to the Barnes Foundation

Joyce Reilly & Doug Safranek

Join us for a walk through the Barnes Foundation, one of the world’s best and most extensive collections of 19th and 20th century painting.

The collection is rich in Impressionist and modern French masterpieces, and has, as well, a fine collection of African sculpture and ritual objects. Dr. Alfred Barnes established his extraordinary collection just outside of Philadelphia as a teaching institute in 1922. It has delighted and amused visitors with its wealth of treasures in its present location in the Barnes mansion in Merion, PA. The collection will be moved to an impressive new building on Philly’s Museum Mile, which will be ready in 2012; this is a last chance to see it in its original space and form.

Leaving from the Branch (138 W 15th St, NYC) at 9am SHARP! Returning at 6pm. We will share the cost of gas and possibly the rental of a van, if there are too many for the cars available; admission to the Barnes is $12 per person for our group. Please bring a brown bag lunch; we will have tea in Philadelphia following the tour, before we return to the city, by about 6pm.

You MUST register for this event by Saturday March 19th so that transportation can be arranged! Respond by the 19th to: joycereilly@aol.com or call 973-635-2930, or the branch at 212-242-8945.

  

Sunday, March 27, 2–5pm

Artistic Workshop

Spring Blossoms

Phoebe Alexander

Crocuses are already heralding spring… and our flowering trees, shrubs & vines follow close behind. While azaleas and rhododendrons flower on already leafy plants, our deciduous forsythias, dogwoods, witch hazels, hawthorns, and wisterias all blossom on still-bare branches.

The image of blossoms bursting forth from bare wood (read “dead” wood) is also the image of the Rose Cross… of life springing from what has once died. This renewal is the essential inner experience of spring.

Take a walk through your neighborhood park, see how the buds have already begun to swell on the trees, and collect some of the twiggy branches that winter has knocked to the ground. We will take our inspiration from Mother Nature and let our branches blossom forth with glorious delicate flowers of translucent tissue paper.

All materials will be provided.
FEES: Adults: $15 & Children: $10 (fees include $5 for materials)

Phoebe Alexander

has offered art and seasonal craft workshops for many years, including anthroposophic painting therapy at the Fellowship Community for 15 years. She is trained in anthroposophic art therapy, therapeutic recreation, Waldorf pedagogy and horticulture.


  

Friday, April 1, 7pm

Members' Evening

Monthly Members Evening For all Anthroposophical Society members.
We meet monthly, usually the first Friday of the month. All members of the Anthroposophical Society are welcome to participate. The reading for April will be an overview of Steiner's “Threshold of the Spiritual World."

Refreshments will be served. Donations welcome.
Future dates: May 6, June 3.

 

Saturday, April 2:

11am-5pm
&
7:00pm

Workshop & Evening Talk

The Silly and the Sacred: Creative Writing

Poet, Priest and Fool

Paul Matthews

Saturday, April 2, 11am–5pm
Through guided tasks in writing (playful and profound, individual and
collaborative) we will call upon the spirit of the April Fool to help us
understand why ‘silliness’ and ‘soulfulness’ spring from the same root.
As we play with words we will discover the wisdoms hidden inside
them and explore what the German poet Schiller meant when he said
that only when we play are we fully free and human. Welcome to this
Feast of Fools! Beginners and the more experienced equally welcome.

Paul Matthews

poet, gymnast and long time Lecturer at Emerson
College, is the author of two inspirational books on the creative
process, Sing Me the Creation and Words in Place. The Ground that Love Seeks (Five Seasons Press) is a gathering of his poetry. His work with the craft of writing is at the same time a path of ‘right speech’ and the schooling of Imagination.

Saturday, April 2, 7pm
Poet, Priest and Fool

What shocks the virtuous philosopher
delights the chameleon poet.
–John Keats.

At this time of April Fools Paul will explore the role of the poet between the high office of the priest and the silly word play of the trickster. He will substantiate his theme through simple audience participation and the speaking of his own poetry.

Fees:
Full day + evening: $60/45 $45/30 or 3 freq tickets;
Workshop (day only): $50/33 $33/25;
Evening talk only:  $20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket
The lower fee in each pair is for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers.

   

Sunday, April 3, 10am–4pm

Art Workshop

Spring Transformations: Painting & Collage

Lee Jamison

“These collages were created from earlier paintings that I considered
unsuccessful. They were painted on paper that was handmade by
my daughter. It called for a transformation... the process of adding
layers and textures and complexities. This is what we will play with in
this workshop. Feel free to bring a discarded painting of your own to
transform. If you are a beginner, I will provide an array of transformational possibilities. Bring interesting materials that lend themselves to being glued. This outer work of transformation may serve in letting go of the old and welcoming this fresh April day!“

You’re invited to help take down Lee’s current (shared) exhibition at the end of this workshop, a good chance also to purchase art from either painter.

Lee Jamison:

a native of the watery Hudson River Valley, finds inspiration in the very different landscapes of the fiery, American Southwest. She works as a psychiatric social worker for people with developmental disabilities when she is not painting.

Course Fees:
$60/45* & $45/$30* or 3 freq tkts; Materials: $10 cash

   

Friday, April 8, 7–9pm

Art Opening & Exhibition

Chartres: Drawings & Paintings

Dan Marshall

This exhibition is on view April 8–June 30 and includes line drawings of the sculptures of Chartres; eleven triptychs “the Meditation Charts”; and ten paintings. Contact the artist for purchases at 212-369-0359.

Click here for PDF invitation.

Dan Marshall

lives and works in NYC; exhibits include the Arnaud
and 1816 Galleries in France and Tibor de Nagy Gallery here. He made
the film “Pig” with Andy Warhol, now in the MOMA collection.

Donations welcome

   

Saturday, April 9, 7pm

Lecture (second of three)

Anthroposophy in Our Time

Eugene Schwartz

Lenten Thoughts
“Buddha, Steiner, & Christ:
The Uncertain Future of Waldorf Education”

In the late 20th century the independent Waldorf school movement saw explosive growth, and the last decade brought similar growth in public Waldorf schools. Eugene Schwartz contends that it has not been possible for the anthroposophical/Christian foundations supporting Waldorf schools to keep up with this frantic pace, and he shares his experiences of the growing power that both materialism and the path of modern Buddhism are exerting in Waldorf schools. How can a truly Christian balance be regained as Waldorf nears its centennial?

Third Lecture: Saturday, May 7th, 7pm
Earth Day Musing: “Reuse, Recycle, Renew: Reincarnation and the Fate of the Earth”

Eugene Schwartz

has been involved with the work of Rudolf Steiner for over 42 years, and he has been a Waldorf school teacher, an educator of teachers, and an educational consultant for 33 years. He has given nearly 2000 lectures on Waldorf education and anthroposophy and has had the privilege of knowing many individuals who knew Rudolf Steiner personally, while his work as a Waldorf consultant brings him into contact with thousands of individuals whose lives are interwoven with anthroposophy today. Eugene’s articles, podcasts, and videos may be found at www.millennialchild.com.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Monday,
April 11, 7pm

Monthly Eurythmy Workshop

 

Eurythmy Workshop

Linda Larson

“Spring into Easter”

Please join us for this evening of Eurythmy at the start of spring, the time of renewal and resurrection. We will move together following the text of an inspiring Easter poem..

No experience necessary. Please bring soft-soled shoes and a willing heart.

Future dates: May 16, June 6.

Linda Larson

A eurythmist who facilitates workshops and seminars in various settings, including Waldorf schools and Anthroposophical Society groups. She is the therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, is on the National Council of the Eurythmy Association of North America and has diplomas in eurythmy from the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Wednesday, April 13, 7pm

10-Part Lecture Series

ESSENTIAL STEINER: Insight Into Anthroposophy

David Anderson

 

Anyone coming to anthroposophy needs knowledge for understanding Rudolf Steiner. This series is offered as such a preparation.

Lecture 8:
Rudolf Steiner & Anarchism.

Rudolf Steiner’s friendship with John Henry Mackay and their mutual interest in Max Stirner are the starting point for a look into the mood that led to The Philosophy of Freedom.

Future dates:
5/11: Who Were the Ape-Men? 
6/16: Architecture

David Anderson

holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting); has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Thursday, April 14, 7pm

Evening Lecture

Fifty Years of Anthroposophy

Keith Francis

Keith Francis encountered anthroposophy in 1961 in England and had his first experience as a Waldorf teacher in 1963. He will describe some early experiences among anthroposophists and Waldorf teachers, speak about the great changes that have taken place in both movements, and ask whether we take anthroposophy seriously enough. Is it sufficient simply to be aware of Rudolf Steiner’s warnings about our future as individuals and as a race of human beings? If not, will we be galvanized into action or frightened into passivity?

Keith Francis:

majored in physics at Cambridge University and worked as an engineer at Bristol Aircraft before becoming a teacher. On the faculty of the Rudolf Steiner School in NY for 31 years he taught physics, chemistry, mathematics, earth science, English and music.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, April 16, 1pm

Open Saturday

Open Saturday : Nutrition &
the Spirit

Carole Johnson & Serguei Krissiouk

Growing numbers of people are concerned about eating quality food
in order to maintain good health. Anthroposophy offers healthy ways
to develop both our thinking and our perceiving. Given that body,
mind, and spirit are connected, we can comprehend that in taking
food into our bodies we enter into a wide range of relationships with
cosmic and earthly forces and beings? With this, many questions come
up: about the forces we take in when we eat, about our connections
with plants and animals, and how our thinking affects our health.

Carole Johnson, RN

is a nutritionist and acupuncturist with training in biodynamic agriculture.

Serguei Krissiouk

practiced medicine in the Ukraine and studied anthroposophical medicine in England and Germany. He is currently building a holistic practice in New York.

Open Saturdays are informal, community events. Bring your lunch
(beverages supplied, donations welcome) and join in!

Donations welcomed

  

Sunday, April 17,
2–5pm

Workshop

Easter Egg Coloring Workshop

Phoebe Alexander & Cynthia Lang

The egg symbolizes life’s renewal and unexpressed potential, and the bird symbolizes cosmic wisdom come to earth.

The egg is also a symbol
of Easter’s resurrection, of the sarcophagus from which new life arises. Celebrating this renewal, we honor and decorate the egg. The eggs of different birds are unique in size, color, even form. Inspired by nature we will create beautiful and unique eggs for Easter. Various techniques will be shown, and all art materials will be provided.

Bring your own eggs, at least 1 dozen:
raw, if you’d like to learn to “blow” using an egg pump;
already “blown”;
and/or hardboiled (no cracks).

Fees : Adults: $15 & Children: $10 (fees include $5 for materials)
Questions? Phoebe: 212-744-0257 or phoebe@artopathy.com

  

Thursday, April 21 at 7:30pm

Acting Workshop

CHEKHOV ACTING TECHNIQUES FOR NON-ACTORS

Dorothy Emmerson

These workshops present the art of acting for the non-actor as a means of awakening imagination and stirring creativity. We experience how the physical body becomes a more effective instrument of self expression when we develop a conscious relationship to space, movement and the inner self. Along with enjoying the little bit of actor inside each of us, this work can support us in being more expressive and open in daily life and in building presence and confidence to meet the world. First and last the workshop is experiential, in line with Chekhov’s remark that in consciousness the actor needs a large body but a small head!

Future dates: May 19.

Dorothy Emmerson

a long-time professional actress in regional theater, at Lincoln Center, off and on Broadway with Maureen Stapelton, Jerry Orbach and Dustin Hoffman. She has taught the Michael Chekhov acting technique in many cities and uses it also in teaching voice.

Questions: 212-580-8853.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Sunday, April 24, 1–4pm

Festival Celebration

Easter Sunday “Afternoon Tea”

Hospitality Committee

Easter Sunday celebrates the resurrection of Christ Jesus, and thus the possibility of personal transformation and renewal. After a brief welcome and presentation by Joyce Reilly, our “Afternoon Tea” will be a pot-luck dessert & “tapas” buffet with musical sets and Easter carols.

Please bring a sweet or a savory Easter treat to share. Beverages and
beautiful fresh, hard-cooked Easter eggs will be provided. Dorothy
Emmerson is coordinating musical offerings (212-580-8853). Other
questions call Phoebe at 212-744-0257 or phoebe@artopathy.com.

Donations welcomed

  

Saturday, April 30:

1–5:30pm
&
7:30pm

Workshop & Performance

DRUMSONG dances in MY HEART

Gail Langstrong & Fred Johnson

Since their meeting four years ago, Gail Langstroth and Fred Johnson
have joined their expertise in research, workshops and performance. Fred’s international career in song and percussion, his love of eurythmy, along with Gail‘s forty years of dedication to the art of eurythmy, poetry and performance, create a unique synergy.

The journey from rhythm to beat to movement in space provide a foundation for eurythmy to be experienced as a dance of language. We learn to articulate the soul—we paint our story in space.

Click here for PDF Poster of this event (non-member prices only).

No experience needed. Wear loose-fitting clothing, and soft-soled shoes (if possible). Bring a djembe drum (if you have one).

Fees:
Workshop & Performance (Total Event): $60/45*; $45/30*
Workshop only: $50/35*; $35/25*.
Performance only: $20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket
The lower fee in each pair is for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers.

Gail Langstroth:

poet, avant-garde performer, master teacher and lecturer, desires nothing more than to share the awakening and joy that eurythmy can bring to the body, soul and spirit. She works out of a respect and knowing that we carry The Word in us. Writer Ross Gay comments, “Watching Gail move the language that she’s poured into the vessel of her body reminds you that language comes from bodies, depends on bodies for its existence...She is a master."

Fred Johnson:

internationally known vocalist and percussionist, is artistic director of Intersections International. He has collaborated with Deepak Chopra, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and Chick Corea, striving to bring peace to people around the world through art and song.
 

  

Friday,
May 6, 7pm

Members' Evening

Monthly Members Evening For all Anthroposophical Society members.

We meet monthly, usually the first Friday of the month. All members of the Anthroposophical Society are welcome to participate.

Refreshments will be served. Donations welcome.
Future dates: June 3.

 

Saturday, May 7, 7pm

Lecture (second of three)

Anthroposophy in Our Time

Eugene Schwartz

Earth Day Musing:
“Reuse, Recycle, Renew: Reincarnation and the Fate of the Earth”

The greening and blossoming weeks of spring that follow the popular modern pagan festival of Earth Day are a good time to reflect on the interplay of human activities and their ecological consequences. We will try to go more deeply, exploring such questions as: Is there a connection between the Second Coming of Christ and the environmental movement? How do contemporary efforts at "being green" relate to the necessity of a Western grasp of reincarnation and karma? In tonight's lecture, Eugene Schwartz will share the sometimes startling (and rarely politically correct) comments that Rudolf Steiner made concerning the relationship of humanity to Nature and the Earth, and he will explore the often-overlooked role of human consciousness as the key to the future of the planet.

Eugene Schwartz

has been involved with the work of Rudolf Steiner for over 42 years, and he has been a Waldorf school teacher, an educator of teachers, and an educational consultant for 33 years. He has given nearly 2000 lectures on Waldorf education and anthroposophy and has had the privilege of knowing many individuals who knew Rudolf Steiner personally, while his work as a Waldorf consultant brings him into contact with thousands of individuals whose lives are interwoven with anthroposophy today. Eugene’s articles, podcasts, and videos may be found at www.millennialchild.com.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Wednesday, May 11, 7pm

10-Part Lecture Series

ESSENTIAL STEINER: Insight Into Anthroposophy

David Anderson

 

Anyone coming to anthroposophy needs knowledge for understanding Rudolf Steiner. This series is offered as such a preparation.

Lecture 9:
Who Were the Ape-Men?

More and more fossils of beings that appear to be transitions between apes and humans are being discovered. A proper interpretation of them is sorely needed. How do we account for these disturbing revelations?

Future dates:
6/16: Architecture

David Anderson

holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting); has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Friday, May 13, 7pm

Lecture

Steiner, Gandhi, & Martin Luther King, Jr.

Robert McDermott

In 1906 Gandhi developed satyagraha (non-violent soul-force), and beginning in 1956 Martin Luther King, Jr. extended Gandhian principles in service of the American civil rights movement. Both of these world transforming movements emerged entirely independent of the esoteric and philosophical tradition from which Rudolf Steiner drew and to which he contributed. This lecture examines the ways in which Steiner’s philosophy of freedom might nevertheless serve as a foundation for the principles of non-violence and social justice advocated by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. The lecture will treat Gandhi and King as inspiring examples of Steiner’s call for free thinking and free deeds in the service of humanity.

Robert McDermott , PhD

president emeritus and professor of philosophy and religion at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco), is a former president of the New York Center for Anthroposophy and of the Rudolf Steiner Institute, and former chair of the boards of Rudolf Steiner College, Sunbridge College, and the Sophia Project. His recent publications include The Bhagavad Gita and the West (2009) and The New Essential Steiner (2009); he is series editor of the ten volume set, Classics from the Journal for Anthroposophy (2005-11) and is currently writing Unique Not Alone: Steiner and Others.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, May 14, 4pm

Afternoon Lecture

Rudolf Steiner & The Challenge of Evil in Our Times

John Schuchardt

Rudolf Steiner warned nearly 100 years ago of “carcinomas in civilization,” specifically mentioning human hatred and coldness. Forty-four years ago, Martin Luther King cited racism, materialism and militarism as the “giant triplets of evil” in our time. Today, in the wake of our insatiable need for energy, we witness successions of wars (Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya), and massive environmental disasters (global warming, BP oil spill, Fukushima). The toll of suffering that we ourselves cause raises profound and urgent questions. This afternoon we will have a presentation and conversation led by John Schuchardt of The House of Peace exploring the moral crises confronting us today.

John Schuchardt

attorney and former marine officer, is an active member of Veterans for Peace and the North Shore Coalition for Peace and Justice. Co-founder with his wife Carrie (see next event) of the House of Peace in Ipswich, MA, he has been on peace missions to Viet Nam, Nicaragua, Israel, Palestine, Yugoslavia, and Iran. Together they offered a nineday fast of repentance in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 2005.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, May 14, 7pm

Evening Lecture

The Hibaku Maria

Carrie Schuchardt

Reflections on the Madonna of Nagasaki and Japan’s Tsunami of Suffering

On August 9, 1945 a US atomic bomb consumed Nagasaki, Japan in a nuclear holocaust. Near the bomb’s epicenter the ruins of the once glorious center of Christianity in the East—Urakami Cathedral—smoldered in tragic ashes. Yet from the rubble of this mighty church the charred head of the beloved Madonna that had stood above the high altar was rescued, and years later, placed in the rebuilt Cathedral.

Carrie will tell the remarkable story of this “Hibaku Maria”, a Madonna scarred by radiation burns, a silent witness to the dawn of the Nuclear Age. As Japan is visited now by still more nuclear terror, we will reflect on this powerful sign of Sophia, her prophecy and her promise.

Carrie Schuchardt

has lived close to the mysteries of those whose disabilities or disfiguring wounds shine with profound meaning and healing force into the world. During her 15 years at Camphill Village, Kimberton Hills, PA, Carrie became foster mother to many children from Vietnam. In 1990, with her husband, John (see previous event), she founded the House of Peace in Ipswich, MA. This anthroposophically-committed community offers spiritual and physical refuge to victims of war in companionship with adults with special needs, and with extraordinary and special gifts. With John, Carrie works not only to serve victims of war, but also for the abolition of war and the weapons of war.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Monday,
May 16, 7pm

Monthly Eurythmy Workshop

 

Eurythmy Workshop

Linda Larson

Eurythmy with Wordsworth.
We will discover the words of Wordsworth as we move them through the art of eurythmy with his poem, “My heart leaps up when I behold.” Please join us for this enlivening evening of Eurythmy.

No experience necessary. Please bring soft-soled shoes and a willing heart.

Future dates: June 6.

Linda Larson

A eurythmist who facilitates workshops and seminars in various settings, including Waldorf schools and Anthroposophical Society groups. She is the therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, is on the National Council of the Eurythmy Association of North America and has diplomas in eurythmy from the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Thursday, May 19 at 7:30pm

Acting Workshop

CHEKHOV ACTING TECHNIQUES FOR NON-ACTORS

Dorothy Emmerson

These workshops present the art of acting for the non-actor as a means of awakening imagination and stirring creativity. We experience how the physical body becomes a more effective instrument of self expression when we develop a conscious relationship to space, movement and the inner self. Along with enjoying the little bit of actor inside each of us, this work can support us in being more expressive and open in daily life and in building presence and confidence to meet the world. First and last the workshop is experiential, in line with Chekhov’s remark that in consciousness the actor needs a large body but a small head!

Dorothy Emmerson

a long-time professional actress in regional theater, at Lincoln Center, off and on Broadway with Maureen Stapelton, Jerry Orbach and Dustin Hoffman. She has taught the Michael Chekhov acting technique in many cities and uses it also in teaching voice.

Questions: 212-580-8853.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, May 21 at 1pm

Open Saturday

Open Saturday: Rabindranath Tagore

Natasha Gurleva

2011 is the 150th birthday year of both Rudolf Steiner and Rabindranath Tagore, the Indian poet, writer, musician, painter and playwright. Tagore’s works are highly spiritual and philosophical. His collection of poems Gitanjali, translated into English and introduced by the great poet and esotericist WB Yeats, was an instant sensation upon its publication in London. In 1913, he became the first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize for literature. Born into a Brahmin family, Tagore was blessed with wealth, education, upbringing and talents. With his own funds, he founded a school, now known as Visva Bharati, combining the best of traditional Hindu education with Western ideals. We will explore his life and works and parallels with the life, genius, and aspirations of Rudolf Steiner. Each is truly a man of the whole Earth.

Natasha Guruleva

has masters’ degrees in biology, theatre and communications from universities and academies in Vladivostok, Russia. She has worked as a costume designer, independent filmmaker, doll-maker and children’s books writer/illustrator.

Open Saturdays are free, informal, community events. Bring your lunch (beverages supplied, donations welcome) and join in!

  

Sunday, May 22 at 3:30pm

Performance

“The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Laurie Portocarrero & Matthew Dexter

Many people will know this beautiful, gentle story, written perhaps for children, but appealing to the child in all of us. The adventures of a little prince who sets out from his tiny planet to discover the wider universe, who meets quaint and quirky characters and creatures on various other planets, and finally on the Earth, where he meets the pilot, the writer of the story. Saint-Exupéry succeeds where many modern writers failed: seemingly effortless he creates a fairy-tale, with a mysterious undertow of truth. It affects us deeply; we feel the nudge and pressure of its symbols. We hesitate to give them names and definitions, but feel their substance and their potency.

We present The Little Prince as dramatized story telling, acting out the characters as they appear, just enough to speak to the imagination of our audience. Note special student discount of $10. Ages 8 and over are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Click here for the PDF poster...

Laurie Portocarrero & Matthew Dexter

This is the first collaboration between Laurie and Matthew, both long-time actors and storytellers. Laurie presently offers Goethe’s Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily, the original Aeschylus Unbound, Celtic Story Song and Poetry, and Walking the Dog’s production of The Gospel of John in the US; Matthew has performed extensively in the UK with A Christmas Carol and Under Milk Wood. Laurie and Matthew will appear as Maria and Capesius in The Soul’s Probation by Rudolf Steiner, August 17–21, 2011 at the Spring Valley Mystery Drama conference.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+),
full-time students & active Waldorf teachers
special $10 student discount for this performance.

 

Friday,
June 3, 7pm

Members' Evening

Monthly Members Evening For all Anthroposophical Society members.

We meet monthly, usually the first Friday of the month. Michael Lucev will continue his discussion from May, focusing on the Christ impulse. All members of the Anthroposophical Society are welcome to participate.

Refreshments will be served. Donations welcome.
Future dates: September 9th.

 

Monday,
June 6, 7pm

Monthly Eurythmy Workshop

 

Eurythmy Workshop

Linda Larson

Grand is the Sun.
We will move together to the words of Walt Whitman as we welcome summer and the expansiveness of our being in relation to the sun and the cosmos. Eurythmy can be refreshing, relaxing and enlivening as we depart from our usual daily routine to join with others to discover space, time and imaginative dimensions in new ways.

No experience necessary. Please bring soft-soled shoes and a willing heart.

Linda Larson

A eurythmist who facilitates workshops and seminars in various settings, including Waldorf schools and Anthroposophical Society groups. She is the therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, is on the National Council of the Eurythmy Association of North America and has diplomas in eurythmy from the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA. from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

   

Sat June 11, 10am-1pm Annual Branch Members Meeting The Annual Meeting is designed to inform and update our members
on plans for the upcoming year. It is also designed to give our
members an opportunity to express their ideas as well as to get more
involved with key issues. We hope all members will be able to attend
and participate in the decisions involving the future life of the NY
Branch.   Refreshments will be served.

  

Sunday, June 12, 11am–5pm

Watercolor Painting Workshop

Color & Meaning: Color as a Language of the Soul

Phoebe Alexander

Centerpoint Gallery at Anthroposophy NYC presents an introductory watercolor painting workshop with Phoebe Alexander. We will explore the colors and moods of nature, and the meanings & inner gestures that these colors carry for us both in our culture and in other cultures. The technique is watercolor wet-on-wet; no prior painting experience is necessary. View poster here.

All art materials and coffee & tea will be provided, and there will be a lunch break. Registration is limited to 21 persons. Advance registration is recommended to secure a place; Make check payable to Anthroposophy NYC (for course fee only). Mail to Phoebe Alexander,
437 E 80th Street, #5, NY, NY 10075-0611. Include your contact info please… Questions, contact phoebe@artopathy.com or 212-744-0257. Sorry, no CEU or CEC are offered.

Fees: $60/*$45 non-members, $45/*$30 members; or 3 frequency discount tickets; plus $10 materials fee (cash at the door please). *The lower fee in each category is for seniors, F/T students, and active Waldorf teachers.

Phoebe Alexander

has offered art and seasonal craft workshops at Anthroposophy NYC and other venues. Her training is in anthroposophic art therapy, therapeutic recreation, Waldorf pedagogy and horticulture.

  

Wednesday, June 15, 7pm

10-Part Lecture Series

ESSENTIAL STEINER: Insight Into Anthroposophy

David Anderson

 

Anyone coming to anthroposophy needs knowledge for understanding Rudolf Steiner. This series is offered as such a preparation.

Lecture 10:
Architecture

Alongside nature as it appears in the landscape, architecture makes up a great part of our environment. Cultivating an understanding and aesthetic appreciation of it is a valuable enrichment to human life.

David Anderson

holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting); has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, June 18, 1pm

Open Saturday

Open Saturday: Creating Your Own Program for Spiritual Training - a Crash Course

Dan Mackenzie

Picture the modern anthroposophist rushing from the subway to the study group, clutching a Steiner book or lecture series under one arm while furiously thumb-pecking away at a Blackberry with both hands. Most anyone intrigued with anthroposophy is familiar with one or more of Rudolf Steiner’s works offering detailed instructions for spiritual self-transformation. We know he placed great importance on the practice of various exercises. But the pace, demands and information overload of today’s urban life are not exactly conducive to integrating all of these pieces through spiritual practice.

And to complicate matters further, the wealth of material on the subject that Steiner provided can be as intimidating as it is inspiring. — Drawing from his own experience working with various seminal works of Steiner, Dan Mackenzie will share the evolving methodology he employs toward creating a practical personal program for organized spiritual development. Open discussion and sharing of strategies will follow.

Dan Mackenzie

is an Emmy-nominated singer/songwriter and an active Anthroposophy NYC member. In March he was one of four songwriters featured in “Songwriters: The Next Generation” by the ASCAP Foundation and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has written several songs with British soul/pop star Joss Stone and this past year won the ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award.

Open Saturdays are informal, community events.
Bring your lunch (beverages supplied, donations welcome)
and join in!

  

Sunday, June 19, 1pm sharp!

Sculpture Garden Visit

"Far-Outing" to "Pacem in terris"

Joyce Reilly

We will travel to the home & sculpture garden of Frederick Franck in Warwick, New York, leaving from the branch at 1pm sharp! Bring picnic lunch/snacks and wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes.

There is a possible concert at 5pm, return by 8pm, latest. Register for this trip no later than Sunday June 12th by contacting Joyce Reilly at joycereilly@aol.com or 973-635-2930. Drivers with or without cars wanted! Number accommodated depends on number of drivers!

There is a free-will donation at Pacem; concert is ten or fifteen dollars. Driving time is eighty minutes; please chip in for gas! See www.frederickfranck.org for more information on this special place!

  

Sunday, June 19, 7pm

Film Showing

 

"Milk War"

with the film producers

Please join us for an exclusive screening of the original ichannel documentary MILK WAR, , narrated by Colm Feore, a 2011 James Beard Award winner for best documentary.
NOTE: The producers of the film will be in attendance
.

On a November morning in 2006, 20 armed officers raided a small biodynamic farm in Canada. They weren’t looking for drugs or guns. They were there for milk.

Dairy farmer Michael Schmidt found himself facing multiple charges. The offence: selling unpasteurized milk, a practice outlawed in Canada since 1991. Milk War, a documentary produced for ichannel by Stornoway Communications and The Path to Gimli, tells the story of one man’s battle with government authorities over raw milk – a fight that Schmidt insists is really about the fundamental right “to give people the freedom to choose healthy nutritious food."

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

Check out the MILK WAR page on the ichannel Web site to learn more about the film.
 

Friday, June 24, 7pm

Evening Talk

Money, World Economy , Social Renewal

Ulrich Roesch

Ulrich Roesch is a long-time co-worker of the Social Sciences Section at the Goetheanum. He will speak out of that work and his life experiences, which include working with artist Joseph Beuys.
Further details will be posted.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

POSTPONED TO FALL

Saturday, June 25, 10am-5pm
Sunday, June 26, 10am-4pm

Watercolor & Meditation Workshop

plus
Saturday, June 25,
7-9pm

Colored Light Experiments

 

Light, Darkness & Color

Martha Loving (Workshop)
Phoebe Alexander
(Sat. Evening)

POSTPONED TO FALL

Experience the moving color between light and darkness through painting & color meditation exercises in this two day workshop with Martha Loving. On Saturday evening, experience some of Goethe’s colored light experiments, facilitated by Phoebe Alexander. (Sorry, no CEC or CEU are available.)

Click here to view the poster.

Martha Loving, MFA

is an artist, educator, and astrologer. She teaches watercolor and meditation throughout the USA. She trained in Collot Painting Therapy in the Netherlands and is one of six such therapists practicing in the USA. Last January she was initiated as a Oneness Blessing Giver as part of the Worldwide Oneness Movement.
Contact: lovingcolor@earthlink.net & www.lovingcolor.org.

Phoebe Alexander

trained in anthroposophic art therapy, therapeutic recreation, Waldorf pedagogy and horticulture, she offers art and seasonal craft workshops at Anthroposophy NYC and other venues.

Fees: Full workshop – at the door: $200/*$150 & $150/*$100 or 10 frequency discount tickets, plus $10 cash for materials.

Early bird - 10% off: $180 / $135 & $135 / $90 (or 10 freq. tx) - plus $10 cash for materials paid on site.
Early bird registrations are full workshop only - must be received by June 20… Make check payable to Anthroposophy NYC for course fee only (materials fee should be paid in cash at the door). Write Martha Loving on the memo line. Please include your contact info with your payment – phone and/or email – so we can confirm receipt of your payment, or contact you in the event of a cancellation… Mail to: Phoebe Alexander, 437 E. 80th Street, NY, NY 10075-0611.

Saturday evening only (colored light experiments) can be taken independently for the regular fees:
$20/$15 & $15/$10 (or 1 freq. tx)

  

Sunday, June 26, 8pm

Evening Lecture

Rudolf Steiner as Spiritual Teacher

Peter Selg

The recollections of those who knew Steiner personally, gathered by Peter Selg, depict a man who was a dynamic, energetic “dual citizen” of both the spiritual and the physical worlds. While his whole life was dedicated in service to the spiritual evolution of humanity, he was also deeply sociable and a true friend, convivial, cheerful, humorous, and always able to enjoy–and tell–a good joke. At the same time, he was austere and painfully serious. In this talk, Peter Selg will present this paradox that is Rudolf Steiner.

Peter Selg

was born in 1963 in Stuttgart and studied medicine in Witten-Herdecke, Zurich, and Berlin and was head physician for juvenile psychiatry at Herdecke hospital. Dr. Selg is now director of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy (Arlesheim, Switzerland) and professor of medicine at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Germany). Married with five children, he lectures extensively and is author of many books, including Rudolf Steiner as a Spiritual Teacher (2010); and Rudolf Steiner and the Fifth Gospel (2010).

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members;
or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+),
full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

ANTHROPOSOPHY NYC WILL BE CLOSED JULY 1st TO SEPTEMBER 6th
Other programs of related interest in the region will be posted below on request...

June 26-July 1
and
July 3-8
in Wilton, New Hampshire
Renewal Courses 2011

 

Celebrating Rudolf Steiner's 150's Anniversary

 

Renewal 2011 in Wilton, New Hampshire:
Nineteen one week courses running from June 26th-July 1st and July 3rd-July 8th. 

Virginia Sease, Van James, Christof Wiechert, Aonghus Gordon and Craftspeople, Dr.Tobias Tuechelmann, and many more are coming to help us celebrate. Virginia's course will be "the Life and Work of Rudolf Steiner."

To request a brochure,
please call our office 603 654 2566 or
email  info (at) centerforanthroposophy.org

For more details, see the PDF attachment below.

June 27-July 2
near Hudson NY
Summer Retreat at Pleroma Farm

 

Rest, rejuvenate, and feel reborn on a small working Biodynamic farm.

 

 

 

In 2011, Pleroma Farm will provide a program for adults who are overworked, in pursuit of shaping their own questions and/or yearning for a spiritual content where needs of the body soul and spirit are being addressed.

Pleroma Farm responds to an impulse of healing where visitors can experience a combination of farm life and curative modalities provided on the premises. Initially a 100 acre fruit farm located in the micro-climate of the Hudson valley, it has been transformed into a diversified bio-dynamic farm.

Outdoor excursions include miles of hiking trails next to Olana State Park with swimming and boating in our spring fed pond or the Hudson River. We pose the question, “Could a week stay at Pleroma Farm restore your vitality for the coming years?” Your answer involves a conscious commitment and thinking ahead. The organizers will start to plan this event by the beginning of March and limited enrollment is necessary to preserve the retreats intentions.

Participation in farming is encouraged for a few hours a day. From the cultivation of gardens to tending livestock, each person finds individual insight through daily farm life and chores, a process that is in itself curative. To facilitate a restful experience use of the therapeutic baths, massage, eurhythmy, an extensive library, art, music and first class accommodations with gourmet meals will be offered.

During the summer of 2011, we will offer two, one week long courses for the educator. These courses will be tailored to fit the requests of participants; with topics ranging from remedial aspects of education, to the arts, math and science. Focus will be on the subject matter and skills needed to attract the attention of the modern young student. Discussions around interests and questions can be diversified and will involve time with faculty members. Our faculty will include farmers, educators, therapists, a chef and physician who understand the essence of Spiritual Science and its role for the Human Being. Again, this group encourages an educational program that arises out of questions and needs of guests.

The costs for the one week program will be $850 per person. Accommodation space is an additional $500 for single occupancy and $250 per person double occupancy rooms for the week. Camping space will be $150 for a two person tent platform. Shower and toilet facilities are available.

Contact Information:
Ana Lups MD
Pleroma Farm
Box 149 County Route 14
Hudson, NY 12534
pleromafarm@gmail.com
phone (518) 828-3292
fax (518) 828-3102

Tentative dates:
June 27 - July 2, 2011
July17 - July 23, 2011
August open schedule

• Discounts available for two or more teachers from a single school.
• Ask parents or collegiums for sponsorship to this program.
• Contact us for your questionnaire to help develop the summer curriculum.

 

June 30-July 3
in Harlemville, NY
Redeeming the Realm of Rights Conference

 

A Public Conference sponsored by the
Social Sciences Section of North America

Redeeming the Realm of Rights: From Inner Capacities to Outer Forms

Along with financial and environmental crises, we are facing a crisis in democracy and human relations. Most notably, financial and corporate interests take priority over the rights of the people, resulting in human and environmental exploitation and international strife. This is not simply the result of defective outer arrangements, but it is equally a failure of human beings to develop the capacities needed for a true democracy and a healthy social life. Our institutions and social forms are a reflection of thoughts and feelings that people carry within them. Therefore, meaningful change requires not only transformation of the outer structures and arrangements but also an inner transformation of the people who are active within them, including developing enhanced listening and speaking and a greater interest in others.

The social threefolding ideas of Rudolf Steiner will provide a framework for this conference to explore our political heritage, some of the most pressing political issues of our times, and the outer forms and inner capacities that we will need in the future to redeem the realm of rights. Along with presentations we will employ artistic exercises and focused and free form conversations to gain insights and develop new capacities.

Some of the confirmed topics we will consider are the social pathology of income inequities, rights in an intentional community, money as a right, school choice as a civil right, the right of access to land, transcending political parties, and rights as an earthly task.

The confirmed list of presenters, conversation Leaders, and artists at the time of writing of this article include Peter Buckbee, Michelle Bourassa, Steve Burman, Jennifer Daler, Alice Groh, Trauger Groh, Sarah Hearn, Michael Howard, Seth Jordan, Gary Lamb, John MacManus, John Miller, Luigi Morelli, Patrice Maynard, Ulrich Roesch, Penelope Roberts,  John Root, Jr., Channa Seidenberg, Christopher Schaefer, Denis Schneider, and Douglas Sloan.

Organizations that are collaborating to host this conference include the Berkshire Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society, Center for Social Research at Hawthorne Valley, Think OutWord, and Banjo Mountain Café.

In order to make this conference affordable to as many people as possible the conference fee will be on a sliding scale basis from $100 to $300. Complete conference information is available at www.rightsconference.org or by contacting Gary Lamb at garylamb (at) taconic.net or 518-672-7500, ext. 223.

July 18-22, 10am - 5:30pm
at the NY Open Center in midtown NYC
The Essential Rudolf Steiner: Philosopher, Seer, Educator and Initiate

Robert McDermott, PhD, Gertrude Reif Hughes, PhD, 
and Alexandra Spadea

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was one of the most remarkable spiritual teachers of the 20th century and left a phenomenal holistic legacy in fields as varied as education, agriculture, and medicine. At the heart of his work was an understanding of karma and reincarnation, and a beautifully profound esoteric philosophy developed in thousands of lectures. This course is intended for anyone new to his work and also for those who wish to deepen their understanding of anthroposophy’s core teachings and basic practices. Topics include philosophy, human nature, the evolution of consciousness, Christ and higher beings, karma and rebirth, the arts, the creation of a healthy society, the renewal of education, psychology, Gaia and the future. This workshop includes Steiner’s meditation exercises, which lie at the very core of anthroposophy’s path of knowledge and the practice of eurythmy The contemplative and artistic work we do together enriches our soul lives with insight.

Note: Recommended books: The New Essential Steiner (Robert McDermott, editor) and Start Now!(Christopher Bamford, editor).

A FIVE-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday–Friday, July 18–22, 10am–5:30pm
11SSW61S
Members: $450 / Nonmembers: $475
Individual days may be taken separately:
$95 (no member discount)
Call 212-219-2527 x 2 to register for individual days.

Robert McDermott, PhD, is president emeritus and chair of the department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness at the California Institute of Integral Studies (San Francisco). His publications include Radhakrishnan, The Essential Aurobindo, The Essential Steiner, The Bhagavad and the West and The New Essential Steiner.

Gertrude Reif Hughes, PhD
Gertrude Reif Hughes, professor emerita at Wesleyan University, is author of Emerson’s Demanding Optimism and past president of Rudolf Steiner Institute’s Board. She is also former chair of Steinerbooks and contributed two essays in the forthcoming Rudolf Steiner and American Thought.
 

Alexandra Spadea
Alexandra Spadea’s teaches eurythmy at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City. Trained in Dornach, Switzerland, she has started a biodynamic farm and taught at the Green Meadow Waldorf High School.

July 25-29, 10am - 5:30pm
at the NY Open Center in midtown NYC
The Art of Waldorf Education:
A Profound & Holistic Approach to Childhood Learning

Timothy Hoffmann, Alexandra Spadea and Jeff Spade
Co-Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute and the Rudolf Steiner School of New York

Join us for a week-long exploration of teaching with music, drama, poetry, color,and movement, intended for parents,teachers, homeschoolers and anyone with an interest in Waldorf Education.  The heart of this course is a re-imagination of childhood—at once timeless and rooted in the 21st century. In Waldorf schools, the image of the child as a spiritual being is always at the center of the method, curriculum, and even the administration of a school. We will discover the psychology at the heart of this holistic education of the future which, since its founding by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, has encouraged the creativity and autonomy of the child and in doing so become a worldwide force for innovation in education. Mornings we will explore Steiner’s description of the developmental stages from infancy to adolescence; the intricate, threefold capacities of the human soul; learning styles and temperaments; the principle of recapitulation, and see how all these are integrated. Afternoons the group will divide according to areas of interest from nursery through high school. Afternoons will be accessible and meaningful to those unable attend mornings. We have assembled a core group of faculty with extensive experience in Waldorf schools and adult education.

A FIVE-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday–Friday, July 25–29, 10am–5:30pm
11SEC71S
Members: $550 / Nonmembers: $575 /
Half-days (10am-1pm or 2:30-5pm)
$65 (no members discount)
or call 212-219-2527 x 2

Timothy Hoffmann studied anthroposophy and Waldorf education at Emerson College and the Goetheanum in Dornach. A class teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School of New York City since 1981, he has taught for many
years at the Rudolf Steiner Institute.

 

Jeffrey Spade teaches/Pedagogy and Singing for the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Teacher Training Program and is Director of Music for the Chicago Waldorf School.

 

Alexandra Spadea’s teaches eurythmy at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City. Trained in Dornach, Switzerland, she has started a biodynamic farm and taught at the Green Meadow Waldorf High School.

July 31 - August 5
in Blue Hill, Maine
Steps Toward Discovering the Intrinsic Nature of Water

 

A conference with Jennifer Greene, Wolfram Schwenk, and David Auerbach

 

The Water Research Institute of Blue Hill is pleased to announce a conference, “Steps Towards Discovering the Intrinsic Nature of Water,” led by Jennifer Greene, Director of the Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, with Wolfram Schwenk and David Auerbach. This conference will begin Sunday evening, July 31st and end Friday, August 5th at 5pm. (On Saturday, the 6th is the well-known Eggemoggin Reach Regatta, a true water event!)

Jennifer Greene is an educator and has led acclaimed water workshops nationally and internationally. Until his recent retirement, Wolfram Schwenk was the water biologist and senior scientist at the Institute of Flow Sciences in Herrischried, Germany. This Institute was founded by Theodor Schwenk, his father, author of Sensitive Chaos, which Jacques Cousteau called the first phenomenological treatise on water. David Auerbach, PhD, worked many years at the Max-Planck Institute of Flow Sciences, in Göttingen, Germany.

Amidst the beauty of Maine’s Blue Hill Bay and Acadia National Park with its waterfalls, boiling springs and beach, this hands-on, experiential conference will consist of water phenomena, artistic activities, conversation and field trips, offering participants an opportunity to experience how movement, form and rhythm in water flow becomes the “language of its fluid nature”. We will endeavor to reach the kind of “fluid thinking” that is needed to become conscious of water as an element for life, its role in the natural world, and how it can teach us to understand ourselves as knowers and participants in the classroom, in nature, and in the world around us.

This workshop stands at the crossroads of the present debate around the nature of water. Native peoples the world over hold water to have sacred value as an element of life—all life without regard to rank. The modern world views water as a commodity to be moved and used to serve the greatest need of the consumer, very often to the detriment of nature and humanity. How we “see” water dictates how we manage it. It is hoped that by taking up the journey of allowing water to teach us, our attempts to understand “the language of water’s intrinsic nature”
may help us to contribute to this dialogue.

This conference is for naturalists, educators, scientists, and anyone who has a passion for deepening their participation in the natural world around them. It is dedicated to the memory of Marjorie Spock, who lived many years on the Maine coast and was a deep friend of the Institute of Flow Sciences and the Water Research Institute.

For a full program contact Jennifer Greene at jgreene (at) waterresearch.org or call 415-254-9567. (The conference will be preceded by a meeting of the Natural Science Section in North America of the School for Spiritual Science.

August 5 - August 7
in Columbia County, NY
Summer Conference: Image Arts from the Perspective of Spiritual Reality

 

Sponsored by the Art Section in North America

This summer, August 5, 6, and 7, a conference will take place concerning anthroposophy and the various media which artists use to work with images.

The arts of photography, painting, and cinema will be our main focus.

The conference will include presentations of ideas, presentations of work, discussion and an exhibition of work on the theme "The Metamorphosis of Fear" by various artists.

The conference will take place in Columbia County, New York. If you are interested in more information you may contact:

Nathaniel Williams:  nafanyel79 (at) gmail.com   518 672 4090

or Laura Summer: laurasummer (at) taconic.net    518 672 7302

Aug 17-21, at Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY The Soul’s Probation:
The Drama of Individual Karma Within
the Context of Repeated Earth Lives

Rudolf Steiner's second mystery drama, performed complete and within the course of a conference, 100 years after the first performance was given. Details and registration click here.

In August 2011 the Spring Valley Drama Group will present Rudolf Steiner's second mystery drama, “The Soul's Probation,” on the Threefold stage in Spring Valley, New York. The production will take place during the course of a special conference (August 17 - 21, 2011) to mark the 100th anniversary of the play's first performance in Munich, Germany. In this drama the reality of former incarnations is placed on the stage.We don’t only hear about the previous lives of the main characters, but see their actual life situations in the Middle Ages portrayed on the stage. We see how the deeds and attitudes of one life set the stage for the thoughts and relationships in another incarnation. The way the different characters of the drama react to the perception of their retrospect varies greatly and determines much of the continuing course of their present life. The real necessity to take on responsibility for former deeds is a challenge which only few are capable of fulfilling.

For others, the perception of a former life is so daunting that they are unable to find their way back into their present life situation. In a time when it becomes increasingly difficult for human beings to find their true calling and destiny in life, “The Soul’s Probation” can show in archetypal pictures some of the spiritual challenges that underlie this struggle. Even though reincarnation and karma are often popular subjects in our modern times, a true understanding and sense of the consequences of this knowledge too often are lacking. The struggles which Capesius, Johannes, Strader and Maria face are very familiar to those of people who live in the 21st century. What Rudolf Steiner placed in the stream of dramatic history 100 years ago, is probably more real now than then. We hope you can join us in working with and contemplating this astonishing dramatic work of art, 100 years after it was first given to humanity.

-- Barbara Renold

A mystery drama conference in the Threefold Auditorium, Chestnut Ridge (Spring Valley), New York, begins Wednesday, August 17, 5pm, and ends at lunch on Sunday, August 21st. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday will include lectures, conversations, acting workshops, and performances of the drama in three groups of scenes.

A full, day-long performance of "The Soul's Probation," Rudolf Steiner's second mystery drama, will take place on Saturday, August 20, from 10am.

Sponsored by the Threefold Mystery Drama Group
Details and registration here.

Chestnut Ridge (Spring Valley) is about 45 minutes from NYC by car.

Please see the PDF attachment.

Friday, Sept 9, 7pm

Monthly Evening

Members’ Evening

Anthroposophical Society Members

We meet monthly, usually the first Friday, on the theme of the year.

Refreshments served. Next evening is Oct 7.

Donations welcome

  

Saturday, Sept 10, 7pm

Four-Part Lecture Series

Auditioning for Antichrist:
Part 1, Setting the Stage: 1850–1900

Eugene Schwartz



Eugene will preface this new series with reflections on 9/11, and its tenth anniversay tomorrow.

This first talk sets the historical scene for what is to follow, including Bismarck and German unification, the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires, and some of Steiner’s research concerning the “Anglo-American brotherhoods.” One of the most cautionary predictions made by Rudolf Steiner was that, beginning in the twenty-first century, the spiritual world would be obliged to allow forces of supreme evil to hold sway over humanity. As part of the working of cosmic balance in earthly life, Ahriman, the Antichrist, the representative of those forces that seek to imprison human beings in matter, would incarnate in a human body and assert his dominion over the earth.

Such an ominous event is likely to be foreshadowed, and Eugene Schwartz contends that harbingers of Ahriman have already appeared in the twentieth century to “test the waters.” He has chosen three world leaders who he believes were “auditioning” for the role of Antichrist: Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and perhaps surprisingly Woodrow Wilson.

Without wielding the might of Ahriman himself, their trajectories can still give us a preview of what to expect in the foreseeable future. Their careers have been exhaustively researched and described, but we will take a fresh look at their biographies. We will examine them from the vantage points of seven, nine, and twelve-year rhythms, and we will gain new perspective by placing their lives in relation to the life of their contemporary, Rudolf Steiner.

Parts 2-4 will be offered next year:
March 3, 2012 – Woodrow Wilson;
April 14 – Adolf Hitler;
May 12 – Joseph Stalin.

Eugene Schwartz

has been a Waldorf school teacher, an educator of teachers, and an educational consultant for 33 years. He has given nearly 2000 lectures on Waldorf education and anthroposophy. His articles, podcasts, and videos are at www.millennialchild.com.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Wednesday, Sept 14, 7pm

Ten Part Lecture Series

Evolution of Religions in World History: Part 1, Form Drawing

David Anderson

This series will take us from the ancient Indian culture until the present, describing how religion has left the narrow confines of outward religious institutions and entered into the intimate aspects of the personal lives of individuals and their social activities. — This evening is a warming up class to break the summer dreaminess and awaken the inner activity of participants. The forces that the activity of form drawing awakens are the same forces that can be used in modern spiritual activity, the activity towards which religions are evolving. No artistic talents or abilities are required. In fact, difficulty with or resistance to the activity suggests strongly that you need to be working with it. Please bring a large notebook or sketchbook to practice the drawings and a pencil or pen to draw with.

David Anderson

has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world. He holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), and the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting).

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, Sept 17, 1pm

Open Saturday

Nutrition & the Spirit, Pt 2

Carole Johnson, R.N.

The body, mind, and spirit are connected and reflect together the functioning of the cosmos. What we take in –in food and thought—has an enor-mous effect on our health and well-being. Carole Johnson will explore these connections and discuss how we can work with them in our daily lives. Following, on Sunday, we will apply this content with real forks and plates. (See 9/18, “Experience Raw Power—Leafy Greens” with health coun-selor James Ray. Open Saturday attendees receive an extra discount to this workshop.)

Carole Johnson, RN

is a nutritionist and acupuncturist with training in biodynamic agriculture.

Open Saturdays are informal, community events. Bring your lunch (beverages supplied, donations welcome) and join in! Donations welcome.

  

Sunday, Sept 18, 11am–3pm

Food & Nutrition Workshop

Experience Raw Power—Leafy Greens

James Ray

Health counselor James Ray will lead an informative experiential workshop focusing on one of the most nutritious food sources, raw leafy greens. He will cover their health benefits, selection, and preparation. Incorporating organic and raw greens, we will prepare and share tasty dishes. So bring your appetite! Recipes and handouts will be distributed.

FEES: at the door: $60/$45 & $45/$30 + $10 materials;
frequency discount tickets: 3 + $10 materials.
Special discount: $50/$37.50 & $37.50/$25 + $10 materials
for 9/17 Open Saturday attendees, for advance registration, and for set-up and clean-up helpers (limited to 2; come at 10am, leave around 4pm)

James Ray

a Certified Holistic Health Coach who studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, draws on his experience as a chef and the healing of his own health problems through nutrition to offer integrative, open-minded, and easily approachable viewpoints on food and well-being: www.jamesrayhealth.com

  

Sunday, Sept 18, 7pm

Art Exhibit Opening

Exhibit on display Sept 6 thru Nov 11

metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche & irony:
A Childhood in the Sudan

Khalid Kodi

 

 


Click picture to enlarge...

From a review by Kay Bourne:
“The fantastical vista is brighter in Khalid Kodi’s revisit to paintings inspired by stories from a childhood in the Su-dan. Now there is a more sophisticated blending and layering born of a longer history of personal dreams, memories, and the events of life... and the artist works from a more considered homage to the aesthetics of European abstraction and abstract impressionism. The work in the exhibit parallels the haunting refrains of ‘Shades of delight…Afro blue’; and like Mongo Santamaria’s jazz classic ‘Afro Blue’ (best known in its arrangement by John Coltrane), these new story tellings keep to a complex yet smooth beat.”

Refreshments will be served.
The exhibit is on display Sept 6 to Nov 11, with a related musical evening, “Songs from the Sudan,” on Sunday, Oct 16, at 7pm.

Khalid Kodi

born in the Sudan, immigrated to the United States in the early 90s. As an African living in America, he has embraced both cultures, and his work is a conversation of elements from both. He is Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Boston College as well as a resident artist in the African American Master Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP), and an adjunct of the Department of African American Studies, Northeastern University.

Donations welcome

  

Monday, Sept 26, 7pm

Eurythmy Workshop

Eurythmy for Michaelmas

Linda Larson

Please join us as we accompany each other in Eurythmy for the transition from the outer sun of summer toward winter-inwardness. We will focus on a special Michaelmas verse, recognizing Michaelmas and harvest-time as part of the cosmic breathing process of the year. – Bring soft-soled shoes & an open spirit. No previous experience necessary.

Linda Larson

a eurythmist, workshop and seminar facilitator, and therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, with diplomas from the Goetheanum and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Sunday,
Oct 2,
2–5pm

Community Event & Potluck

Michaelmas Festival Celebration

Hospitality Committee

 

Michaelmas Tide begins Sept 29 and marks the start of Earth’s in-breathing toward Christmas. Nature, so active in summer growing and flowering, now gives bountiful harvests of fruits and vegetables. Likewise, we bring together the fruits of our own summer growth.

Our Michaelmas Fest is our first major social event of the year, bringing together old, new and potential friends over shared gifts from nature’s harvest, musical offerings, and good conversation, with opening presentation by Joyce Reilly, musical offerings, beverages provided, and  savory appetizers & sweet desserts provided by YOU!

Please contact Phoebe Alexander at 212-744-0257, 917-443-7358, or phoebe@artopathy.com with any questions or offers of help…

  

Friday,
Oct 7, 7pm

Monthly Evening

Members’ Evening

Anthroposophical Society Members

We meet monthly, usually the first Friday, on the theme of the year.

Refreshments served. Next evening is Nov 4.

Donations welcome

  

Wednesday, Oct 12, 7pm

Ten Part Lecture Series

Evolution of Religions in World History: Part 2, "Comparative Religion"

David Anderson

This series will take us from the ancient Indian culture until the present, describing how religion has left the narrow confines of outward religious institutions and entered into the intimate aspects of the personal lives of individuals and their social activities. —  This week, an overview of the grand sweep of the evolution of world religions. The progress of the religions of the world is the setting for the evolution of each individual, because we have all had incarnations in each cultural epoch. During these incarnations, we absorbed what the contemporary culture and religion could instill in us. We bear these experiences deep within our subconscious lives.

David Anderson

has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world. He holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), and the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting).

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, Oct 15, 1pm

Open Saturday

Misfortune & the Path of Initiation

Serguei Krissiouk

Serguei will speak about the role of life’s difficulties in the process of awakening to spiritual realities. He will present misfortune and hardship in the world of ordinary affairs as valuable tools for initiating the quest for the real meaning of human life, for tempering the spirit of the seeker and gaining insight into the spiritual world as objective reality. He will attempt to uncover the meaning of misfortune, disease, loss, and failure in the light of the Mystery of Golgotha. Discussion follows.

Serguei Krissiouk:

a pediatrician by education, he studied anthroposophy and anthroposophical medicine in England and Germany, and currently resides and is building a holistic medical practice in NYC.

Open Saturdays are informal, community events. Bring your lunch (beverages supplied, donations welcome) and join in! Donations welcome.

  

Sunday,
Oct 16,
1–4pm

Watercolor Painting Workshop

Painting a Tree through the Seasons: “Autumn Tree”

Phoebe Alexander

We all love trees. Maybe it’s because their beauty increases as they age—not in spite of, but because they struggle patiently through the ravages of sun, storms and ice. Or maybe it’s their uprightness and individuality and their graciousness that we so connect with. When through painting, we grow our tree into the landscape or garden we’ve prepared for it, we are also growing ourselves. And when we revisit our tree from season to season (and each is individual enough that we come to recognize it), we’re glad to see it again—see how it’s doing, help it along. And in the process, we become our own gardeners.

No previous painting (or gardening) experience is necessary; only a willingness to explore, and a joy in discovery.
Future programs: Winter Tree, Jan 22; Spring Tree, Apr 22; Summer Tree, June 24.

Fees:
Single sessions: $40/$30 & $30/$20 (or 2 freq. discount tickets), plus $5 materials paid in cash at the door.
Four sessions paid in advance, 10% off: $144/$108 & $108/$72  (or 8 freq. disc. tickets), plus $20 materials paid in cash at the door.
Registration is limited to 18; register early to reserve a space. (Make check payable to Anthroposophy NYC, with “Seasonal Trees” on the memo line. Mail to “Phoebe Alexander, 437 E 80th St. #5, NY, NY 10075-0611.)

Phoebe Alexander

has offered art and seasonal craft workshops at Anthroposophy NYC, professional conferences, and other venues. She trained in Waldorf pedagogy (Emerson College, UK), anthroposophic art therapy (Akademie vor Kunstzinnig Therapie, Netherlands),  therapeutic recreation (MSEd, CUNY/Lehman); and holds a certificate in horticulture from the New York Botanical Garden School of Horticulture.

  

Sunday, Oct 16, 7pm

Gala Musical Evening Benefitting Darfur

Songs of Sudan

 

A gala evening of music from the Sudan, in the setting of the gorgeous paintings of Khalid Kodi...!

Come support the work of The Darfur Rehabilitation Project (www.darfurrehab.org) and the Darfur Resetlement Project of JVS in East Orange, NJ!

Food, music and friends from Sudan all there to meet you! We are helping to meet the crisis in the Darfur region of the Sudan and welcoming the newest country in the world- South Sudan, in this special evening. Be a part of it!

Donations of any amount are welcome, $25 suggested, split between DRP and JVS. Also, 50% of paintings sold will go to DRP.


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Friday–Saturday, Oct 21 & 22

Lecture & Workshop

Welcome To The Dark Ages:
The Role of Star Knowledge in Urban Environments and in Spiritual Practice

Mary Adams

Lecture: Friday, 7–9pm:
The laying of the Foundation Stone of the first Goetheanum (Sept. 20, 1913) was as the laying of a seed ‘into the womb of time’ for fructification by later events. Since that time, planetary gestures and historic events have revealed its significance, while also challenging members of the anthroposophical community to understand this deed of Rudolf Steiner’s as a foundation for the community of the Second Coming. In June 2012, with Venus approaching its final transit of the Sun until 2117, it is timely to revisit this deed and to understand how it lives among us now.

Workshop: Saturday, 10am–noon & 1:30–4pm
We will explore the consequences of contemporary star knowledge, scientifically and culturally, and in urban environments where light pollution blocks access to the night sky. How does star knowledge enhance spiritual practice? What do current cosmic positions reveal? How do we access this conversation when we can’t see the stars or don’t trust the connection? Contemporary astronomy has roots in the Copernican Revolution of the 15th–16th centuries, when humanity occupied a ‘different planet Earth’ held as stationary and central to a living cosmos. Intervening centuries focused on laws of the physical world, ultimately expressed in 2006 with the International Astronomers Union’s definition of a planet—a new foundation for shifting consciousness regarding Earth and its place in the cosmos.

Fees:
Fri evening only: Regular Fees
Sat day only: $50/$40 and $40/$30,
 or 3 frequency discount tickets
Full program (15% discount): $60/$47 and $47/$35,
 or 3 freq. tickets

Mary Stewart Adams

is an astrosopher, author and storyteller of the stars and has been immersed in the history of star knowledge and its attendant lore for nearly 30 years. As the leader of the initiative that created an Internationally-designated Dark Sky Park in Emmet County, Michigan, and through publication of her annual wall calendar Fairy Tale Moons, her mission is to safeguard the imagination by protecting our access to the night sky and its stories.

  

Monday,
Oct 24, 7pm

Eurythmy Workshop

Behold Yourself, Behold the World

Linda Larson

We will explore this theme of “self and the world” with a classic eurythmy exercise and a verse in polarities. As we approach the beginning of the 100th year since the birth of Eurythmy we will recognize in each workshop some of its fruits and the very first lessons given by Rudolf Steiner. Please join us for this evening of sound and movement.

Linda Larson

a eurythmist, workshop and seminar facilitator, and therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, with diplomas from the Goetheanum and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Thursday, Oct 27, 7pm

Georg Kühlewind Memorial Lecture

The Rest Is Silence: The Wordless Word in the Plays of William Shakespeare

Fred Dennehy

When consciousness ascends from the everyday to the realm of pure meaning, the comprehensibility of speech becomes fractured, and finally speech itself fades into silent understanding. This spiritual truth is luminously manifest throughout the later works of William Shakespeare.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

Fred Dennehy

a practicing attorney with a PhD in English Language and Literature, he is co-leader for the monthly esoteric lessons given in the First Class of the School of Spiritual Science founded by Rudolf Steiner and a member of the Meditation and Barfield Groups at Anthroposophy NYC. In recent years he has performed in productions of Shakespeare’s Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Julius Caesar, Othello, and The Tempest.

 

  

Friday,
Nov 4 ,
7pm

Monthly Evening

Members’ Evening

Anthroposophical Society Members

We meet monthly, usually the first Friday, on the theme of the year. Next evening is December 2nd.

Refreshments served.

Donations welcome

  

Saturday, Nov 5:

3-5pm

Art Workshop

7-9pm

Art Exhibit Closing Celebration

Khalid Kodi:
Art Workshop
and
Exhibit Closing

Art Workshop

Khalid will bring his unique insights as an African-American artist, and explore techniques he used in his current exhibition of paintings: metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony. Materials will be provided ($10 fee, in cash please). No prior painting experience is needed. Just bring your enthusiasm and a willingness to explore.

$10 cash materials fee, plus regular fee:
$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

Khalid Kodi

born in the Sudan, immigrated to the United States in the early 90s. As an African living in America, he has embraced both cultures, and his work is a conversation of elements from both. He is Adjunct Professor of Fine Arts at Boston College as well as a resident artist in the African American Master Artists in Residence Program (AAMARP), and an adjunct of the Department of African American Studies, Northeastern University.


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Exhibit Closing Celebration

Join us for a closing celebration of “Metaphor, Metonymy, Synecdoche, Irony” at Centerpoint Gallery. Khalid Kodi, a Wad Madani, Sudan native, is a prolific artist who has emerged as a central figure of his generation working on multi/cross-cultural concepts that focus on the milestones of human life. Works in his past series have poignantly addressed wars, genocide and their human impact. Refreshments with be served.

  

Sunday, Nov 6, 1:30–4:30pm

Lectures
and
Traveling Exhibit

Rudolf Steiner 150th Birthday Celebration

Encountering Evil:
Explorations into the Task of Our Time

Doug Sloan

The Third Attack:
Dismantling the American Republic

John Beck

This event celebrates the 150th anniversary year of the birth of Rudolf Steiner.

In the first lecture Douglas Sloan will explore what Rudolf Steiner described as one of the most critical tasks facing human beings now and into the future: understanding, overcoming, and transforming evil. This is a daunting task, given the extent and force of evil in its modern guises. A first step is to understand better the origin and nature of evil, in ourselves and in the world, and to identify some of the resources available in this task of transformation.

After a short break, John Beck will explore Steiner’s remark that “the most sophisticated attack will be reserved for the West”—following the Bolshevik attack on Russia and the then-emerging National Socialist and Fascist attacks on Central Europe. Here in North America we work most naturally with the unconscious forces of will, mechanism, and the dead world. We also carry the karmic shadow of Rome, republic and empire. Has the last forty years brought that third attack—so “sophisticated” that we have not seen it coming?

$10 cash materials fee, plus regular fee:
$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

Douglas Sloan

Professor of History and Education Emeritus at Teachers College, the graduate school of education at Columbia University, where he taught for more than thirty years. He was also Adjunct Professor of Religion and Education at Union Theological Seminary and The Jewish Theological Seminary in NYC. Among his books are Insight-Imagination: The Emancipation of Thought and The Modern World and Faith and Knowledge: Mainline Protestantism and American Higher Education. During the 1990s served as president of the Council of the New York Branch.

John Beck

editor of being human, the quarterly publication of the Anthroposophical Society in America, formerly general manager of the NY Open Center, and managing director of WNYC Radio & TV and WGBH Radio Boston. He is also a former president of the NY Branch Council.

SPECIAL NOTE:
A five-panel traveling exhibit on the life and work of Rudolf Steiner, created by Prof. Douglas Miller, will be on display for this event.

 

  

Saturday, Nov 12, 1pm

Open Saturday

Occupy Wall Street Protests: Finding Core Goals

Michael Lapointe

While the Occupy Wall St. protests make it clear that more and more people want radical economic change, the goals of this growing movement remain poorly defined. How can we “think” economics in a way that gives us a firm footing for seeing how money and ourselves, both spiritual at the core, can be related in a way consistent with healthy human life and evolution? What can working with spiritual science bring to the discussion? Michael Lapointe will offer insights and guide a conversation on these questions and issues.

Suggested preparatory reading: article on cooperation and competition in The Economist at www.economist.com/node/21524698

Michael Lapointe:

has a BS in finance from the University of Rhode Island (1990) and received a license in massage therapy from the School of Natural Healing in North Carolina (1996). He has also completed extensive studies in nutrition, Associative Economics (UK), and painting and art (NeueKunstSchule, Basel, Switzerland). Michael has considerable experience with entrepreneurial business building (franchising), and is currently conducting phenomenological research toward understanding the economy and the “threefold social organism.”

Open Saturdays are informal, community events.
Bring your lunch (beverages supplied, donations welcome) and join in!
Donations welcome.

  

Wednesday, Nov 16, 7pm

Ten Part Lecture Series

Evolution of Religions in World History: Part 3, "Ancient India"

David Anderson

This series will take us from the ancient Indian culture until the present, describing how religion has left the narrow confines of outward religious institutions and entered into the intimate aspects of the personal lives of individuals and their social activities. The situation is like that of an archeologist or geologist who knows that the lower layers at a site contain the records of bygone ages. The difference is that we must dig within our own souls to uncover relics of the spiritual past that continue to influence us in manifold ways today. By studying the outer records of the history of religions, we can make conscious these buried layers within our own souls. — Tonight the first post-Atlantean epoch will be our focus. We will look at the Laws of Manu with its caste system, and the Vedas, and see the metamorphosis of Indian thought and culture into its encapsulation in Buddhism. Buddhism has its later metamorphosis streaming into the Christ impulse and modern Theosophy and anthroposophy. India is a microcosm of the social interactions of the world’s peoples and its way of dealing with the social relations of the different castes can throw light on the problem of achieving harmony between racial groups and their evolution into a unified humanity. The last post-Atlantean epoch (the American Epoch) will symmetrically reflect the Indian epoch and many of the caste problems will be recapitulated and in some way resolved at a different level in the melting pot of America.

David Anderson

has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world. He holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), and the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting).

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, Nov 19, 3:00–4:30pm

Off-Broadway Play

Note location:
not at 15th St!

Beat the Devil! Faust, the Whole Story

Glen Williamson

Actor and NY Branch member Glen Williamson performs off-Broadway: “Love, sex, murder, magic, myth, war, waves, and a devil out of his depths. An exhilarating romp through Goethe’s theatrical masterpiece about heaven, hell and a battle for the soul of a man searching for truth, satisfaction...and a Goddess. Astonishingly pertinent to our time and our struggles to be truly human, this bargain with the devil has surprising twists.” 90 minutes including intermission, presented by Anthropos.

United Solo Theatre Festival at
Theatre Row, 410 W 42nd St, NYC
Tickets: $18 at the door or
Telecharge 212-239-6200 or Telecharge.com
 

  

Monday,
Nov 21, 7pm

Eurythmy Workshop

"Victorious Spirit"

Linda Larson

Victorious Spirit,
Flame through the weakness
Of fainthearted souls,
Burn up self-seeking
Kindle compassion
That selflessness rule
As life spring
Of the rebirth in the Spirit.
               -Rudolf Steiner

Please join us for an evening of moving together in eurythmy to this verse of inspiring and strengthening words from Rudolf Steiner. The art of eurythmy can bring balance, harmony, and form to our lives.

Linda Larson

a eurythmist, workshop and seminar facilitator, and therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, with diplomas from the Goetheanum and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Friday,
Dec 2,
7pm

Monthly Evening

Members’ Evening

Anthroposophical Society Members

We meet monthly, usually the first Friday, on the theme of the year. Next evening is December 2nd.

Refreshments served.

Donations welcome

  

Saturday,
Dec 3,
2-5pm

Art Exhibit Opening

 

Transforming the World - Faces of the World

Pam Hasegawa, Laurie Harden

 

On display Nov 18–Feb 8. Pam Hasegawa’s photography exhibit is titled “The Asian Rural Institute: Transforming the World a Village at a Time,” and Laurie Harden’s oil paintings and works in pencil, charcoal, pastel are titled “Faces of the World.” — Join us December 3rd for the opening re-ception, meet the artists, and enjoy refreshments.


Pam Hasegawa

“I have been taking photographs since age 10. My primary subjects have always been family, sustaining life on earth and meaning-ful interaction between people, including life ‘as it happens.’ Thus, this joint exhibit represents two of my three favorite subjects.”
www.pamhasegawa.com


Laurie Harden

“I became interested in depicting faces of the world as a college student working as a quick sketch artist at an amusement park. I was fascinated by different bone structures and skin colors, and by the differences and similarities in the responses of the people to my work. I hope to bring to light universal emotions and aspirations of people worldwide as they work and play and rest and toil.”
www.laurieharden-us.com

Donations welcomed.

Sunday,
Dec 4
at 5pm

Festival

 

Advent Garden

Cynthia Lang

 

At this time of year when the darkness of night threatens to overcome the light of day, we walk the advent garden, an inward and outward spiral of greenery walked alone by each individual.

It is a dynamic image of the past meeting the future. Lighting our candle from the central candle that represents the center of the universe, we are given the opportunity to then place our own little light on a star in the outward spiral of the garden.

The inner light growing as the outer light wanes, the kingdoms of nature represented by crystals, shells and greens – the simple and the profound in one great image that is evocative of the bridge between spirit and matter.

Cynthia Lang

is a Waldorf remedial teacher and kindergarten teacher. She has conducted Waldorf playgroups, taught children privately and offered parenting workshops. She has been involved with festival study and has led the Advent Gardens for children and adults for more than 15 years.

Donations welcomed.

Monday,
Dec 12, 7pm

Eurythmy Workshop

Advent - The Inner Warmth of Winter

Linda Larson

We will celebrate together this wonderful Advent time of inner warmth with a Soul Calendar verse from Rudolf Steiner created specifically for the beginning of winter. Please join us as we honor the art of Eurythmy, the art form which can bring balance, harmony and form to our lives.

Linda Larson

a eurythmist, workshop and seminar facilitator, and therapeutic eurythmist at the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, with diplomas from the Goetheanum and the London School of Therapeutic Eurythmy. She holds an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Wednesday, Dec 14, 7pm

Ten Part Lecture Series

Evolution of Religions in World History: Part 4, "Ancient Persia"

David Anderson

This series will take us from the ancient Indian culture until the present, describing how religion has left the narrow confines of outward religious institutions and entered into the intimate aspects of the personal lives of individuals and their social activities. It invites us to dig within our own souls to uncover relics of the spiritual past that continue to influence us in manifold ways today. By studying the outer records of the history of religions, we can make conscious these buried layers within our own souls. — Tonight we will survey the contents of the Zend-Avesta, focusing on the Gathas. The individuality through whom the Zend-Avesta was revealed (Zarathustra) has been a leader of humanity since the Persian Epoch and was destined to be instrumental in creating the vehicle (the Master Jesus) into which the Christ-Solar Word could incarnate. In ancient Persia, Zarathustra was able to convey the Logos revelations before the Logos appeared on the earth and while it still revealed itself in the great aura of the sun. We will compare the Persian and Indian cultures and their scriptures. — The impulse of the Manu was always that of the Sun Oracle, and the initiates that he entrusted with each succeeding cultural mission had in progressive stages to make known the revelations of the evolving Solar Word.

David Anderson

has taught drawing and Wagner painting at Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and around the world. He holds an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), and the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting).

$20/$15 Non-Members, $15/$10 NY Branch Members; or 1 frequency discount ticket; lower fee for seniors (65+), full-time students & active Waldorf teachers

  

Saturday, Dec 17, 1pm

Open Saturday talk + slideshow

The Christ Impulse in North America: Art, Cosmology and Culture over 1500 Years

Luigi Morelli

Luigi will offer a slide show presentation of art and cosmology in North America and how it was changed by the Christ impulse at two points in his-tory: the deed of Golgotha and of Vitzliputzli, and in the time of the Consciousness Soul by the Iroquois Peacemaker in contrast to the Aztec impulse in Mesoamerica. We can then either have a deeper conversation on these events, or move on to consider briefly what form these impulses have taken in the present. There will be plenty of time for conversation.

Luigi Morelli:

has worked with the anthroposophical social impulse for over 20 years and researched American history, myths and legends. The results have been published in Hidden America: Spiritual Forces at the Birth of a Nation and Spiritual Turning Points of North American History. Research concerning the South American continent will soon be released by SteinerBooks in Spiritual Turning Points of South American History.

Open Saturdays are informal, community events.
Bring your lunch (beverages supplied) and join in!
Donations welcome.

  

Monday,
Dec 26
through
Friday,
Jan 6

2011-2012 Holy Nights: Festival Presentations
Each evening through January 5th is a presentation, conversation,
singing, and refreshments. Donations are gratefully received. --
January 6th you are also requested to bring a sweet or savory treat to share.

Monday,
Dec 26, 7pm

Brigida Baldszun

Eurythmy: “Moving in the Golden Mean”
 performance - activity - perception
Tuesday,
Dec 27, 7pm

Keith Francis
Christmas Music
 with the Francis Family Singers
Wednesday,
Dec 28, 7pm

Cynthia Lang/Phoebe Alexander

“Night of Innocence - Imagining Innocence - Color of Innocence” - fairy tale + artistic part
Thursday,
Dec 29, 7pm

A Christmas Concert – Singing Group “Anacrusis”

with Melania Levitsky, Ksenya Lowenfels, Jimmy Mora, Erika Solaris
Friday,
Dec 30, 7pm

Walter Alexander

Rudolf Steiner: A New Morality,
the kind you can’t write down
Saturday,
Dec 31, 7pm

Kevin Dann

On the Eve of 2012: Michael’s Allies Past & Present
Joan of Arc and Kaspar Hauser as inspiration
Sunday,
Jan 1, 7pm

Marianna Reges & others

Conversation on
 the Spiritual Aspects of Money
Monday,
Jan 2, 7pm

Linda Larson

Olaf Ästeson and the Essence of the Holy Nights
Eurythmy, speech as movement, harmony in sound and silence
Tuesday,
Jan 3, 7pm

Fred Dennehy

Epiphany Poems and Stories
“epiphanies”: sudden realizations of meaning that change us,
  for a moment or forever
Wednesday,
Jan 4, 7pm

Jesús Amadeo

Light: How do we carry light
 during the Holy Nights?
 
Thursday,
Jan 5, 7pm

Erk Ludwig

Wisdom in Fairy Tales:
The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs
Friday,
Jan 6, 7pm

Hospitality Committee

Three Kings Day/Epiphany Festivities
Welcome: Joyce Reilly; Music & song; Pot-Luck Sweet & Savory Treats