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.
This coming Friday in St. Louis begins an inspiring and informative gathering focusing on anthroposophy's engagement and impact in the world. A dozen remarkable individuals will present vignettes of initiatives and workshops on the reality of our relationships with others, with words and ideas, with ourselves. Read about the presentations, check logistics, and register — then join us in St. Louis!
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: Stuttgart, GERMANY
…is what makes everything into event; it makes everything new.
Location: St. Louis, MO
"To be young today is to call irresistibly for a fuller vision of the world, such as may fill our... [more]
Location: St. Louis, MO
Join the Central Regional Council in an Experiential Celebration of our ‘Speaking’ [more]
Location: Fair Oaks (Sacramento), CA
Lecture by Ronald Koetzsch [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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