at Rudolf Steiner College
Fair Oaks, CA 95628


Anthroposophy can only thrive as a living thing.
Its fundamental character is life,
for it is life flowing from the Spirit.
Hence it wants to be fostered by the living soul,
by the warm heart of man.

— Rudolf Steiner, GA 26, January 27, 1924


Friday • October 10

3:30 pm – 7:00 pm Registration
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Esoteric conversation for members of the School for Spiritual Science, blue cards required
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Anthroposophy in your life
A conversation hosted by Daniel Bittleston and Deb Abrahams-Dematte. [PDF details]
Bring your questions and intentions for the conference weekend. What would you like to know about membership in the Society, in the School for Spiritual Science, and the cultivation of anthroposophy in our organizations and communities?
5:30 – 6:45 pm Reception
7:00 pm Welcome – Torin Finser
  Panel discussion – with Jonah Evans, Christian Community; Marianne Grey, education; Hannah Schwartz, Camphill; Jeremy Strawn, biodynamics and science teacher

Saturday • October 11

8:30 am Singing and Eurythmy to start the day
  Welcome, announcements
9:00 am Emptying the Cup
A presentation by Dennis Klocek
In his later years, Rudolf Steiner was often asked which meditative exercise he thought was most fundamental to the work in spiritual science. He recommended the daily review as the key process for inner work, a practice that could be called emptying the cup. In the latter part of Knowledge of Higher Worlds, Steiner describes a path of development that he called “building the hut” and the “transformation of dream life.” In this lecture, Dennis will begin by exploring the many relationships between the daily review and building the hut. These themes will then lead to descriptions of the transformation of dream life as the focus of the mission of Christian Rosenkreutz in the anthroposophical movement. The fruits of this influence for an individual allow the soul life to evolve from analysis of texts into direct experience of the spiritual world. This evolution is central to the work of Rudolf Steiner.
10:20 am Small group conversation
10:45 am Morning break
11:15 am Speaking and Moving out of Authenticity
Artistic workshops in eurythmy, singing and speech
12:30 pm Lunch on campus
2:00 pm Afternoon workshops — click here for details
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm A presentation by Robert McDermott
This presentation will attempt to answer the question “why” with respect to Rudolf Steiner (initiate), anthroposophy (teaching and practice), and the Anthroposophical Society. Robert will build up the picture of Rudolf Steiner as the most comprehensive esoteric and spiritual teacher of the present time, how anthroposophy has a greater relevance and fewer limitations than other spiritual paths, and why the Anthroposophical Society is necessary to deepen the esoteric research and Rudolf Steiner’s influence in our world today.
5:20 pm Small group conversation
6:00 pm Dinner on campus
6:30 – 7:30 pm Free time
7:30 pm An evening of Balkan folk dancing — no partner or experience necessary!

Sunday • October 12

8:30 am Singing and Eurythmy to start the day
9:00 am A conversation on personal experiences of serving the Society
What are the challenges? What are the opportunities?
Facilitated by Torin Finser
10:15 am Break
10:45 am Introduction of the General Council and Society reports
12:15 pm Small group conversation
12:50 pm Singing



The Healing Force of Symbolic Stories

Dennis Klocek

In this workshop, Dennis will present the neurological roots found in many forms of attention disorders and the healing potentials for symbolic stories to address these issues. The stories will be chosen to represent the key challenges of space and time found in the right and left amygdala of the limbic structure in the brain. Through dialogue and mandalic processes, the space challenge found in Hansel and Gretel and the time challenge found in Briar Rose will be used as a foundation for exploring the feeling nuances surrounding issues of abandonment (space) and anxiety (time). Presentations on the neurology of feelings will be followed with exercises done with a partner to stimulate conversations about the challenges and solutions found in these two symbolic stories.


A Workshop Concerning Spirituality and Christianity

Robert McDermott

This workshop will focus on the difficulty of referring to spirituality and Christ in pluralistic, spiritually-based institutions (such as Anthroposophical Society branches and Waldorf schools). Robert will introduce for discussion ways of relating to the contemporary mantram, “spiritual, not religious,” and the possibility of liberating the connotation of “Christ” from Christian exclusivism.


Anthroposophical Research:
Working with Questions in Practice

General Section members

A workshop with members of the General Section of the School for Spiritual Science in North America.
This workshop will take up the theme of research as described in Rudiger Janisch and Penelope Baring’s booklet A Way of Serving, introducing will-based practice, going from question to questing.  Together we will explore one simple exercise in building a method for such research


Biography as Trusted Guide

Leah Walker

It seems that learning to meet the unknown, on a daily basis, is a task of our time. How do we see ourselves through? How will we find our way? The inner strengthening of soul forces occurs naturally when we allow life itself to speak—directly, simply. Biography is a good teacher.  When we slow down and look with a soft and open gaze, we begin to see genius in our story, our path. Isn't it a wonderful paradox to consider the power in a selfhood that is able to wait, in powerlessness, for something new to arise? And isn't this our longing?


Trial of Powerlessness
The Mystery of the Higher Self, Karmic Wisdom and The Christ Impulse in our lives

Rev. Jonah Evans

A workshop with Rev. Jonah Evans, priest of The Christian Community in Toronto, will focus on how the inner sources of anthroposophy can come alive in our hearts through the process of initiation we call life! We will explore the nature of the human "I", its eternal and earthly aspects and how this human self is challenged by the wisdom of our karma to become more truly human. We will culminate our time together with an exploration of how the Christ impulse can be felt and understood working in our lives.


Awakening to Thinking: Steiner’s Epistemology
in the Light of Projective Geometry

Jeremy Strawn

Rudolf Steiner’s research into the epistemological foundations of consciousness lies at the heart of much of his life’s work, and presents a great challenge to our thinking. The practice of projective geometry cultivates a qualitatively different way of thinking, one particularly suited to addressing this challenge. Together we will explore projective geometry as a path towards understanding Steiner’s epistemology, and in doing so, observe the nature of our own thinking.


Practical Threefolding

Members of the Social Science Section

The threefold social organism can be worked with in many helpful ways. The virtues of freedom in the Cultural/Spiritual realm, equality in the Rights realm, and sisterhood and brotherhood in the Economic realm can be practiced by everyone. Bringing these ideas to life by examining some of our pressing societal issues, such as healthcare reform, will help shape the discussion.


Transforming Our Relationship with Time

Daniel Bittleston

In 2014, many of us have a relationship with time that is not ideal. In 1907, while traveling throughout Europe, Rudolf Steiner began his esoteric lessons by addressing the majestic time-spirit of each day. The seven daily verses that he gave can help us to birth a new, healthy experience of time.


Registration & Costs:

Please register online. If you are unable to register online, please download the printable form and mail with payment.

Be sure to choose one morning artistic workshop and one afternoon workshop. When you register online, you will automatically receive a confirmation via email, which shows your workshop choices and payment.

In order to cover the costs for this conference, the average contribution needed is $150. We ask that you contribute what you can, within the range of $75 - $200. The conference fee covers the panel, all lectures and workshops, the reception on Friday evening and lunch and dinner on Saturday.

If you need financial assistance, please contact Cynthia at the Society’s office, 734-662-9355. Some scholarships are available. Donations to our scholarship fund will be gratefully accepted; you can make such a donation while registering. The scholarship fund will be used to enable others to attend the conference.

Everyone should plan to check in at the registration table which opens at 3:30pm on Friday outside Stegmann Hall. When you check in, you will receive your assignments for your artistic workshop and your conversation group.

For those who wish to attend selected parts of the weekend line-up we have divided the events into four segments: Friday night, Saturday morning (before lunch); Saturday afternoon (after lunch); and Sunday morning. Each segment costs $40 to attend, not including meals, payable at the door.

Refunds of your conference fee, minus a $35 processing fee, are available if requested by Monday, October 6th.


  • If you sign up for the eurythmy workshop, remember to  bring your eurythmy slippers with you.
  • To attend the Class conversation, you will need to show your blue card for admittance.
  • There is a lovely bookstore on campus, with more than just books, so you can plan to do some shopping!

Airports - Airport Shuttle:

The closest airport to Rudolf Steiner College is the Sacramento International Airport (SMF). It is approximately a half-hour drive to the College []

The San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the next closest airport to the campus, and is approximately a two hour drive []

The preferred airport shuttle service is the local SuperShuttle chain owned by Jun Mateo. You can arrange a pick-up by phone at 916-224-3783, or by e-mail [junmateo (at) yahoocom].
Make sure you let SuperShuttle know that you are reserving transportation for a Rudolf Steiner College event. Standard rates: One-Way $31, Round trip $30. []

Housing on the Rudolf Steiner College campus:

Housing in the college dorms, in single and double rooms, is available on a first-come/first-served basis. All reservations for dorm housing are made through the Housing Office of the college. For information about the dorms, and other housing options in Fair Oaks, as well as a link to download the application form for dorm accommodation, visit their website at []

Housing in private homes is also available. When the dorm rooms have filled, the Housing Office will issue a list of local housing directly to individuals attending the conference. Contact information for the Housing Office is available on their website [].


We have reserved blocks of rooms for conference participants at these two hotels:

The Holiday Inn
$79 double occupancy, includes breakfast
11269 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
3.7 miles from RSC

Reservations can be made online or by phone 916-635-4040. The code to book for our event and to receive the special conference rate is IP39W. Our block of rooms is available at this rate until Friday, September 19th. Shuttle service between the Holiday Inn and the College is provided by the Holiday Inn at no extra charge. Please mention if you want shuttle service when you book your room. More details are available from the Holiday Inn.
Marriott Rancho Cordova
$89 two queen beds; $79 king bed, includes breakfast
11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
3.6 miles from RSC

The code to book from our block of rooms and receive the special rate is “Steiner Conference”. Shuttle service is available to the College for free on a first-come/first-served  basis. Rooms in our block will be held through Friday, September 19th.


The costs of these meals are provided in your registration fee:

  • Friday evening reception (a light buffet-style meal of finger-foods)
  • Saturday lunch
  • Saturday dinner
  • Morning and afternoon snacks at the breaks.

In order to guarantee your meals you must register by Thursday, October 2nd.

Breakfast is served in the hotels and the dorm rooms have kitchens for quick breakfast prep. Groceries are available at a nearby Trader Joe’s, 5309 Sunrise Blvd., Fair Oaks, 95628 [map].


Online registration is closed; please register now at the door. Registration opens at 3:30pm with the evening program starting at 7:00pm. See you there!

The Youth Section is sponsoring
get-togethers during and around
the conference: click here!

Dennis Klocek
  is a teacher, researcher, artist, gardener, and alchemist. He graduated with an MFA in 1975 from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He then taught for seven years at a community college. In 1982, his love for the work of Rudolf Steiner took him to Rudolf Steiner College in Sacramento, California, where he has been the director of their Consciousness Studies Program (“Goethean Studies”) since 1992.
  Dennis is engaged in research, teaching, and writing in many fields, including weather, gardening, meditation, the human organism, and self-transformation. He founded the Coros Institute to teach and promote dialogue experiences based on esoteric wisdom.
  His books include Sacred Agriculture: The Alchemy of Biodynamics (2012); Cilmate: Soul of the Earth (2010); and The Seer’s Handbook (2005). His website is

Robert McDermott
  is president emeritus of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and is professor and chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department. He has served many institutions, including president, New York Center for Anthroposophy (1985-89), president, Rudolf Steiner Institute (1983-94), member of the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America (1995-2003), co-founder with Arthur Zajonc of The Barfield School (2005-08), chair of the board of Sunbridge College (1985-93) and Rudolf Steiner College (1989-96). He is the founding board chair of the Sophia Project for Mothers and Children at Risk of Homelessness in West Oakland and San Rafael (1999 – 2014) and is the newly appointed associate director for Rudolf Steiner College/San Francisco. He is the editor of The Essential Steiner (1984), The Bhagavad Gita and the West (2009), The New Essential Steiner (2009), American Philosophy and Rudolf Steiner (2012), editor of Classics from the Journal for Anthroposophy (2005 – 2011). He is currently writing Unique Not Alone – Steiner and Others. Some of his essays, lectures and interviews are available on his page at (or use this short, direct URL).

Torin M Finser
  received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Union Graduate School, his M.A. in education from Adelphi University, and his B.A. from Bowdoin College. He was a class teacher and special subject teacher at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, where he also served as faculty chairman and trustee.
  Torin has served on the board of six Waldorf schools, done extensive consulting in organizational dynamics and leadership development, and been a keynote speaker at conferences in Europe, Asia and throughout North America. He is General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America and is Chair of the Education Department at Antioch University New England.
  His publications include School as a Journey, In Search of Ethical Leadership, School Renewal, Organizational Integrity, Silence is Complicity, Initiative: A Rosicrucian Path of Leadership, Finding Your Self, Exercises and Suggestions for Teachers, and A Second Classroom: Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School.