A recent "Spirituality" column at SantaCruzSentinel.com opens with a problem facing young people: "what it takes to build community. ... Today we see on a global scale the havoc, carnage and chaos caused by young people enslaved, coerced and co-opted by those whose agenda is death and destruction. May we create new ways to model, mentor and manifest communities that help our growing children choose life."
The column then turns to an alternative vision. Camphill California in nearby Soquel, CA, "recruits young adult coworkers who volunteer to spend a year living cooperatively and working alongside adults with special needs. Ranging in age from 21- 35, coworkers live with adult residents in one of the eight houses on the Soquel campus. They learn leadership, communication and caregiving in the context of a community supported by peers and engaged in meaningful work. Work within the community also teaches specific skills. ... Individuals are encouraged to take part in artistic activities as a means of self-discovery, relationship building and engaging with the world."
Read the full column here.
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.
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: Spring Valley, NY
Different Ways to the Same Goal? [more]
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
The Great Lakes Branch offers a free presentation by Professor Frederick Amrine [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]
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.
[ Read more here. . ]
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.
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."
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