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October 2017

20-21 Fri 7pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Evening talk and workshop

Star Wisdom
and Human Freedom

Jonathan Hilton

“To understand karma we must find again the true spiritual star wisdom, a new science of the stars. ...The start of the reign of Michael opens the gate to a new understanding of the stars.” Rudolf Steiner, 9/18/1924

This workshop will begin our practical understanding of a new star wisdom, as developed by Willi Sucher. We will explore questions of freedom and necessity through practical work with the stars at birth as well as the significance of the stars at death. Bring a compass and colored pencils on Saturday, if you have them. Some materials will be provided. Please read “Introduction to Astrosophy” in preparation; copies at our bookstore and at

Suggested donation: $50 Fri+Sat, $10 Fri only, $40 Sat only.

JONATHAN HILTON: had ongoing study with Willi Sucher from 1977 until his death in 1985. Jonathan has taught courses, lectured, and written on astrosophy widely. He is a trustee of the Astrosophy Research Center.

27 Friday 7pm – regular fees
Scorpio Eurythmy Circle

Going Deeper

Marta Stemberger

Celebrate the Sun’s traditional transit into Scorpio with gentle harmonious movement of eurythmy. Dare to go deeper. Contemplate your purpose in life. Take charge of your destiny. Experience the fascinating unity of people moving together in a eurythmy circle. We’ll practice to live piano music and beautiful poetry; move basic elements of music (beat this month, rhythm and pitch in Nov/Dec); and eurythmy gestures for powerful consonants S, Z, SH, ZH, CH, TH (“season”, “zenith”, “show”, “judge”, “chase”, “thunder”), from the stars of deep purple Scorpio.

Open to all who can walk. No prior movement experience needed. Next dates: Nov 17, Sagittarius; Dec 22 (free), Capricorn.

Marta Stemberger, MA: a harmonious movement teacher, mindful translator, spiritual researcher, radio host, and featured Huffington Post blogger. Marta has taught movement, performed, and lectured in Europe and the U.S. since 1989.

28-29 Sat 10a–4p, Sun 10a–2p
Weekend workshop

Steiner’s Heart-Logik: To Open the Heart Chakra in Text Study

Mark Riccio

Rudolf Steiner wrote his books in a way that can open the heart of the reader. We will cover topics from The Logik of the Heart: Organic Templates of Spiritual Writers, Rudolf Steiner, and The Philosophy of Freehood: What is Rudolf Steiner’s “heart-logik” and how to work with it in other authors; how to improve group study of a Steiner text; how to meditate on a Steiner book in order to be energized, experience healing, intense joy, and developing spiritual capacities; opening your heart chakra, staying grounded in your body, and expanding in your auric field; using the logik of the heart in your own writing. Please bring colored pencils (blue, green, red, yellow, and a lead pencil to the workshop; we will be sketching Rudolf Steiner’s texts. All texts will be handed out.

Workshop $120 both days, $80 Sat only. Please pre-register to markriccio@ymail.com; more info at www.organicthinking.org.

Mark Riccio: graduated from the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC and studied anthroposophy with Frank Teichmann in Stuttgart where from Florin Lowndes, author of Enlivening the Chakra of the Heart, he learned about Rudolf Steiner’s organic-living method of thinking and writing.

28 Saturday, 7-8:30pm - regular fees
Evening talk

Know Your Self: The Great Work

Serguei Krissiouk

Why is it important to know oneself? What does it mean? To know one’s own depth is to know the reality of oneself and the world. Rudolf Steiner defines the innermost core of a human being as the ego or ‘I’ organization. Purification and strengthening of the ego leads to concrete achievements in spiritual development and renewed understanding of one’s place and role in the world. Knowledge gives strength, understanding leads to freedom.

Serguei Krissiouk: a student of life and a seeker of knowledge. He is an anthroposophically trained physician, holistic counselor, homeopath, and musician.

29 Sunday 3:00–6:00pm – $40
Weekend workshop

The Practice of Forgiveness

Mark Riccio

Sergei Prokofieff writes that forgiveness is central to everyone’s spiritual path, and our lack of forgiveness is responsible for our inability to work together on important tasks. We will cover how forgiveness can be brought about in our various energy bodies. Based on this spiritual understanding, we will learn to take responsibility of our unloving reactions to our “neighbors” and bring healing by using Michael Ryce’s writing exercises (called “forgiveness sheets”). This workshop is perfect for those who often work with “difficult people” and for those of us who are difficult people. Bring a short list of topics/people you would like to forgive.

Please pre-register at markriccio@ymail.com; more detailed information at www.organicthinking.org.

Mark Riccio: (see October 28th)

November 2017

02 Thursday 7pm - donations
Georg Kühlewind memorial lecture

Inviting Insight

Gordon Collins

Explorations in social anthroposophy; working with moral technique, developing social sensibility, opportunities for generating insight in ourselves and others.

Gordon Collins: is an executive coach, consultant, facilitator, speaker, and pioneer in executive coaching in Canada. President and founder of The Coaching Network based in Ontario, Gordon has worked on every continent and is a twenty-year veteran of the Kühlewind-inspired Logos Working Group.

03 Friday 7pm – donations
Monthly meeting

Members’ Evening

Branches worldwide work with a “Theme of the Year” given from the Goetheanum, currently “Light and Warmth for the Human Soul.” These themes will bring us into a deep study of the heart of anthroposophy, The Foundation Stone Verse, given by Rudolf Steiner at the Christmas Conference in 1923. This evening includes artistic work, time for meeting each other, and refreshments.

Usually first Friday of the month. Next, Dec 8th`.

04 Saturday 9:30-11:00am - fees below
Watercolor painting classes

For the Love of Color

Gosha Karpowicz

These two classes may be taken together or separately. We will paint with liquid colors on wet paper. — Nov 4: Contemplating the quality of light in sunset and sunrise. The golden quality of the Sun can be a metaphor for the human heart.

Dec 9: Painting in Blue. Painting of the Star in the night’s blue landscape of the Earth, and the Advent painting. Winter’s blue landscape and Night’s Star.

Fees: Early Bird is two classes for $80 if paid before November 1st, $100 afterwards. Each class separately $50. All materials are provided.

gosha Karpowicz: born in Poland, a painter and 13-year High School Art teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School. Visiting faculty at Rudolf Steiner College and Sunbridge College; offers group and private lessons in NYC; , and .

04 Saturday 7pm – donations
Evening talk

Treating Soul-Imbalances Without Drugs

Beatrice Birch

Inspired by initiatives in Europe, Inner Fire is a new therapeutic community in Vermont. It offers the choice to withdraw responsibly from psychotropic medications while strengthening oneself on a deeper soul-spiritual level by holistic healing methods and practical activities. It grew out of the personal and professional experience of Beatrice Birch, a leading practitioner of Hauschka Artistic Therapy. She has over thirty years of professional practice in anthroposophical medical and therapeutic work in England and Holland, in prisons, inner cities, residential facilities, and private practice. Inner Fire () simply offers the choice everyone deserves.

Admission is free: donations to benefit Inner Fire’s “Support a Seeker Fund” are appreciated.

Beatrice Birch: Founder & Director, Inner Fire, Hauschka Artistic Therapist:

11 Saturday 2pm – donations welcome
“Open Saturday” afternoon

Spirits Spoke & Sang to Us

Natasha Guruleva

As young girls in Russia, Natasha Guruleva and Natasha Sholik shared friendship, poetry, and music. Natasha Sholik, a prolific poet saying her poems came from a spirit, stopped writing in her early twenties. Decades later in America, Natasha Guruleva came across her friend’s poems and a spontaneous flow of music came to set them to. An ocean now separating them, “Natashas’ Songs” became a multimedia album of meditations.

Natasha Guruleva: an award-winning multidisciplinary artist, she holds graduate degrees in science, theatre and communications.

13 Monday 7pm - regular fees
Evening lecture

The Mexican Mysteries

Thomas Meyer

This lecture delves into the deeply esoteric mystery linking the Mystery of Golgotha and the simultaneous, parallel crucifixion of an “initiated black magician” in Mexico (reported by Rudolf Steiner in Inner Impulses of Evolution: The Mexican Mysteries and the Knights Templar, CW 171). Comprehending this event in the light of the law of polarity described by Steiner and its relationship to the Earth’s nine subterranean spheres is critical to modern times, when new forces are entering human evolution from both the threshold to spiritual worlds and the threshold to the subterranean worlds. (This theme continues the following evening.)

Thomas H. Meyer: born in Switzerland in 1950; in 1990 he founded publishing house Perseus Verlag in Basel; he edits and publishes Der Europaer and since 2016 The Present Age, a monthly journal in English. He is the author of many books (see our bookstore!) and gives seminars, courses and lectures around the world.

14 Tuesday 7pm-10pm - special fees
Evening double-lecture

The Subterranean Spheres of the Earth

Thomas Meyer

[Please note that this is a two-lecture program with a short break between the lectures.] Rudolf Steiner gave only five lectures about the Earth’s subterranean spheres, four in 1906 and one in 1909. However, his very last writing (March 30, 1925 in Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts) was titled “From Nature to Sub-nature” and addressed the need to make such forces fully conscious: “Human beings can do this only if they rise in spiritual knowledge as least as far into super-nature as they have descended into the technical sciences in to sub-nature.” The nine levels of the spiritual world have a polar reflection in the nine layers of the subterranean world. These are known in Dante, mythology, and legend. The degree to which modern humanity is influenced by these unconscious and semiconscious forces and the necessity of becoming fully conscious of these chthonic energies to achieve balanced progress in moral–spiritual development will be presented.

Fee: $30; members and the discount group (snrs 65+, f-t students, active Waldorf teachers) pay *$23. If you are both a member and in the discount group the fee is **$15. Best contribution is allowed by prior arrangement; email request to anthroposophynyc@gmail.com

Thomas Meyer: (see Monday, November 13)

15 Wednesday 7pm – regular fees
Monthly lecture series

Anthroposophic Psychology

David Taulbee Anderson

These lectures explore and elaborates Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy, Psychosophy, and Pneumatosophy: anthroposophy, the relation of the soul to the body and senses; psychosophy studies the soul itself, in its own realm; pneumatosophy studying soul’s relation to spirit. Nov. 15 “Aspects of Soul Life.” We see the fundamental forces at work in our souls: 1) love and hate, 2) judgement. These two form the content of our inner life. Sense perception becomes interiorized through sensation resulting in a reservoir of mental images which live an ongoing life of their own. Judging combines them into judgements.

Next date: Dec 13. Come to any lecture, you do not have to attend the entire series!

David Taulbee Anderson: has taught drawing & painting around the world. He has an MA in Art and certificates from Emerson College (Waldorf education), and the Wagner School at the Goetheanum (teaching painting).

17 Friday 7pm – regular fees
Sagittarius Eurythmy Circle

Going Deeper

Marta Stemberger

Celebrate the Sun’s traditional transit into the star constellation Sagittarius with gentle harmonious movement of eurythmy. Prepare for the holiday season by enlivening the inner light within you. Experience the fascinating unity of people moving together in a eurythmy circle, and yes, go ahead, invite a friend or a family member to come with you. We will practice gentle harmonious movement exercises to live piano music and beautiful poetry; explore the basic elements of music—beat, rhythm, pitch/melody—moving to a lovely Mozart piano composition, played live for the class, and we’ll focus on exploring rhythm this month, and continue with pitch/melody in December. Learn to move the eurythmy gestures K and G, the offering from the stars in the constellation of the lavender Sagittarius, the Guardian of the Threshold.

Open to all who can walk. No prior movement experience needed. Next date: Dec 22 (free), Capricorn.

Marta Stemberger, MA: a harmonious movement teacher, mindful translator, spiritual researcher, radio host, and featured Huffington Post blogger. Marta has taught movement, performed, and lectured in Europe and the U.S. since 1989.

18 Saturday, 7pm - regular fees
Evening talk

Know YourSelf:
The Great Work, Part 2

Serguei Krissiouk

A discussion of practical aspects of inner work in the light of anthroposophy. Real understanding of a life’s purpose comes from discovery of the concrete facts of one’s inner dynamics. Practical exercises lead the Work on oneself toward tangible results and transformation. Self-observation and work with attention will be the focus of the second talk in this series.

Serguei Krissiouk: a student of life and a seeker of knowledge. He is an anthroposophically trained physician, holistic counselor, homeopath, and musician.

20 Monday, 7pm - regular fees
Monthly eurythmy

“Victorious Spirit”

Linda Larson

Please join us for this evening of movement, bringing us strength for the winter through the inspiring words of Rudolf Steiner’s verse, “Victorious Spirit.” Eurythmy can help us to discover deeper levels of harmony and the weaving together of the many facets of our being.

Linda Larson: Eurythmist, facilitates workshops, seminars, Eurythmy in the Workplace. Trained in Dornach, England, USA; MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Therapeutic eurythmist at Rudolf Steiner School, NYC.

   

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