What is the ongoing background of research behind the growing biodynamic agriculture movement? Along with the work of each farm and farmer, and of the Biodynamic Association, there is the activity of the Agriculture Section of Rudolf Steiner's School for Spiritual Science.
Sherry Wildfeuer, who represents this section on the School's North American Collegium, has written about what it means to be a member of this section. [ Read the article here. ]
Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School. In this new webinar Torin Finser looks at "some of the larger archetypes, the larger pictures that stand behind our work as parents and teachers in a world that is, increasingly, challenging us, particularly in the realm of human relationships and world politics and social issues," along with the opportunities to rise to our higher self. - Torin chairs the education department of Antioch University Northeast and is general secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America.
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In September friends crowd-funded a trip by four North American Youth Section members to the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. The travelers promised a video of their experience, which was shown at the fall conference in St. Louis. Music was recorded at the Youth Section hostel, as a spontaneous hootenanny, the retro film making shot on Super8 and 4k by Frank Aleph Agrama with some images by Johannes Kronenberg on Super8. Watch it on YouTube.
The October issue of Anthroposophy Worldwide is available online. This always-interesting monthly has much to read this time: a co-leader for the Section for Social Sciences who has been a member of the German and European Parliaments; the Goetheanum leadership's fall retreat; planning for the 2016 Michaelmas conference; a Kolisko conference in Malaysia that drew 940 participants ("we are ready to change the world"); performances of Rudolf Steiner's mystery dramas in Israel (in Hebrew), in Japan (in Japanese), and in Sweden (in Swedish).
There is also a further article ("Man and World," by Swedish members) on the worldwide study theme of the year; a report on the May Literary Arts & Humanities Section conference on “Egypt—from the Mysteries to Today"; plus notes and memorials. There is an article on preconceptions in communications and notice of a conference of anthroposophical media professionals, which has the interesting observation that "Despite the public image of media, people who work in media are quite isolated in their profession. In serving the public they are almost unnoticed in their often quiet work—unless something goes wrong." [ Read here. ]
“After teaching ancient Persia this morning at Antioch here in Keene, I am traveling on two flights toward St Louis with an inspiring issue of being human in my briefcase... Mindful of the many members who care so deeply about their society and yet cannot be with us tonight at the opening of the AGM in St Louis, I thought you might post this on the web site, so more can be with us in spirit.” - Torin Finser
[ Read here. ]
The new Meristem Center for Transformative Learning [www.meristem.pro] is featured in the Sacramento (CA) Bee: "Innovative Fair Oaks school opens doors to young adults on the autism spectrum." Meristem is the first US offshoot of the UK's Ruskin Mills Trust and shares campus and core services with Rudolf Steiner College. The Bee reports that the program, designed for people age 18 to 28, opened in September with an eight-student pilot class and aims to help adults with developmental disabilities prepare for employment. The initial class will focus on agriculture, woodwork, other hands-on skills.
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Michaelmas, a traditional festival on September 29th of the Archangel Michael, and the season following, is for anthroposophy a call for human beings to raise themselves to a higher level of awareness. For the fifth year Bill Trusiewicz has contributed a wide-ranging and thoughtful essay on how we can know the Archangel Michael, who is most often pictured bearing a sword. Why a sword? Bill's topic this year is “Finding, Forging, and Wielding the Sword.” Read here.
The Waldorf School of Garden City (LI, NY) is remembering fifty years of service by Robert Weschler. "From 1951 to 2010, Mr. Weschler taught physical education, woodworking, gardening, stone sculpture, driver education and ballroom dancing; touching the lives of hundreds of Waldorf students. He died peacefully on Saturday, August 15th, age 89. Affectionately known as "Wesch” to his students, he served two years during World War II in General Patton’s Third Army, 4th Armored Division in Germany as a Tank Destroyer driver... 'Wesch' was hired by then-Faculty Chairman John Gardner as the school’s first physical education teacher and woodworking teacher in 1951. He also drove the Waldorf School bus, composed the school’s first playground rules and regulations, was responsible for checking the student’s eyesight, purchased Christmas trees" -- and much more!
Introducing the Summer 2015 issue of Lilipoh, editor Christy Korrow writes:
Being married to a farmer means that having dirt tracked into the house is a way of life. Fortunately, I like dirt. And I like living a life that keeps me close to the soil. Rudolf Steiner described the soul-like qualities of soil, and he spoke of soil as having an “inner life”—qualities we would normally attribute to sentient beings. Continue Reading...
Another fine video presents a highly multi-cultural school in Nairobi, Kenya. "Where is the book in which the teacher can read what teaching is? The children themselves are this book."
Dr. Virginia Sease's recollection of Sergei Prokofieff as a member of the Goetheanum Executive Council is one of many points of interest in the latest Anthroposophy Worldwide. There are also impressions of the UK's Emerson College today, and remembrances of Nick Thomas and Wolfram Schwenk.
There is a further article on the theme of the year by Hartwig Schiller, general secretary of the Society in Germany: “The ‘I’: bridge and gateway at the same time.” A young eurythmist speaks about the experience of the staging of Faust, Part I; Gary Lamb reports on the recent US gathering on ”Authentic Assessments and Accountability in Education”; there are reflections on the recent Whitsun conference when Rudolf Steiner's ”The Twelve Moods” (sketches above) could be experienced several times with full eurythmy; and much more.
Location: Online (Eastern Time - US)
A twelve-part series with Barbara Renold (begins October 6, sessions are recorded and available to new registrants) [more]
Location: Hudson, NY
What does a community do when the very reason for its existence comes under threat from a completely mysterious... [more]
Location: Spring Valley, NY
Different Ways to the Same Goal? [more]
Location: Fair Oaks (Sacramento), CA
Lecture by Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann [more]
Location: Springfield, MA
Exploring both of Leonardo da Vinci’s Virgin of the Rocks paintings together [more]
By way of the Social Science Section newsletter and John Moses in Virginia we heard about this video created by a parent at the Richmond Waldorf School. It's here on YouTube. Parents, teachers, students, alums shine in this well-made short movie. John says, “I would like to imagine that all can hold this initiative in their hearts. So much still needs to happen for this seedling to grow fully into a vibrant presence in this geographic area, welcoming the future.”
Thea Maria Carlson has been named co-director with Robert Karp of the Biodynamic Association (BDA). Founded in 1938, the BDA is considered to be the oldest sustainable agriculture organization in North America.
The BDA's website states that “Thea has been serving as Director of Programs and will now work together with Robert Karp to collaboratively lead the BDA in its next steps to promote, support and develop biodynamic agriculture in North America. Inspired by the many pioneering businesses and nonprofits profiled in Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux, Thea and Robert have already begun to implement several of the 'teal' organizational management principles outlined in the book, supporting staff in taking greater responsibility and ownership for their work through self-management practices, encouraging wholeness through incorporating biography and mindfulness into meetings, and tapping into the evolutionary purpose of the organization through ongoing collaborative visioning work.” Read more.
Back in 1994 an exhibit called Truth and Beauty went on display at the Cathedral of St. John in New York City. It was prepared by the Phoenix Arts Group, Larry and Kathie Young, and was an extensive display of the art work, grade by grade, of Waldorf School students.
We're not surprised that twenty-one years later Harlan Gilbert of the faculty of the Green Meadow Waldorf School (in Chestnut Ridge, NY) alerts us that the Best of Waldorf Art website has been developed by students at Green Meadow. Along with the main site it has a Facebook page. "If students at your schools wish to, they can submit their art via the link on the website. Do encourage them to do so! Enjoy the beauty!" How wonderful is that? Thanks students! Thanks Larry and Kathie!
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