1974 Feldman Gallery Poster

Joseph Beuys, the artist ("social sculptor") widely appreciated both in the mainstream and among anthroposophists, died just thirty years ago. A retrospect in The Guardian asks, “Was Beuys’s art – moulded out of everyday objects from VW vans to sausages – utopian drivel or full of remarkable foresight?”

It quotes the critic John Berger: “In matters of seeing, Joseph Beuys was the great prophet of the second half of our century. Believing that everybody is potentially an artist, he took objects and arranged them in such a way that they beg the spectator to collaborate with them ... by listening to what their eyes tell them and remembering.”

And what about the social part? “The revolution is us: that’s what Beuys believed. Perhaps he remains so controversial and misunderstood because the scale of his hope for humanity is too vast, too lacking in irony to be comfortable.” [ Read the full essay here. ]

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Interim Librarian Judith Kiely writes, "Yes, our library is back. And we couldn’t have done it without the generous and capable support of all our volunteers. In the six weeks from when we moved into our new location in Hudson, NY on November 10, 2015 until the Christmas holidays, nineteen volunteers from the community worked to get the library up and running... The total hours people contributed over those 6 weeks was 120!

"Thank you to all of our volunteers: Ann Finucane, Raimond Flynn, William Furse, Branko Furst, Caroline Gordon, Karin Haldeman, Mary Haley, Mary Linda Harrington, Seth Jordan, Tom Jordan, Emma Kiely, PatRick Kiely, Martin Miller, Tommy Moore, Christina Porkert, Maggie Paholak, Tim Paholak, Nathaniel Williams, and Jen Zimberg."

Modern Farmer has a rather wonderful story on Stephen Decater of Live Power Community Farm in California [corrected], which he and his wife Gloria started in the 1970s. It is "certified biodynamic and powered almost entirely by a team of Belgian draft horses and an array of solar panels. Each year Decater trains a crop of apprentices in the art of driving draft horses, and often hosts workshops on the subject for other farmers." Key thought: with a tractor you have brakes and a key; with draft horses, you want to know what you're doing, but it's still possible to learn. The story is beautifully illustrated. -- [ Read here. ]

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. 

Soquel community lunch

General Council Chair Dennis Dietzel has written to members of the Anthroposophical Society in America to ask for nominations for a successor to US General Secretary Torin Finser, whose term will end in October at the Annual Conference and Meeting. Read the letter and supporting materials here.

Moving from Surviving to Thriving

Fri, Feb 05 2016 7:30 PM to Sat, Feb 06 2016 5:00 PM
Location: Vancouver, BC, CANADA

Practical skills from Spacial Dynamics to create more space to breathe, enjoy, and even laugh, with Jaimen... [more]

Candlemas 2016 Painting Retreat with Victoria Temple

Sat, Feb 06 2016 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Santa Cruz, CA

"Colors are the deeds of light..." - Goethe [more]

Plants & the Living Earth: Winter Intensive

Sun, Feb 07 2016 7:00 PM to Fri, Feb 12 2016 6:00 PM
Location: Ghent, NY

Winter Intensive Course for Farmers, Gardeners, and Apprentices [more]

Open Course, "The Second Coming of Christ"

Mon, Feb 08 2016 to Fri, Feb 12 2016
Location: Chestnut Ridge, NY

With Rev. Bastiaan Baan and Rev. Patrick Kennedy [more]

Rudolf Steiner's "The Trial of the Soul" continues

Tue, Feb 09 2016 8:00 PM to Tue, Mar 22 2016 9:00 PM
Location: Online (Eastern Time - US)

A twelve-part online series with Barbara Renold (prior sessions are recorded and available to new registrants) [more]

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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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. ]

A report posted by the Stanford Graduate School of Education reviews the accomplishments of a K-8 school in Sacramento, CA, that has been working with Rudolf Steiner's educational approaches. The Alice Birney School, says the report,

a public K-8 school of choice within the Sacramento City Unified School District, provides a powerful example of an alternative educational approach within a public system. Rather than focusing on preparation for standardized tests, Waldorf students are deeply involved in a full range of expressive arts – ranging from watercolors and music to knitting and physical activity; they learn science by gardening and investigating natural phenomena, mathematics by designing and building things of practical value, history from studying biography and the human meaning of historical events, English language arts by writing their own books and extended accounts of what they are learning.  The school’s attention to comprehensive student development, including their social-emotional, physical and artistic development has profoundly shaped its graduates into young adults.

The report notes that "the terms Waldorf®, Waldorf-Inspired®, Steiner®, and Rudolf Steiner® are registered trademarks of the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America." AWSNA has licensed the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education to use the service-mark "Public Waldorf". Thanks to Janna Beckett for sharing the link. [ Read the full report. ]

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