Greetings and welcome to the website of The Rudolph Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.  We are located near the bustling Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago.  Map

We have a rich life here at the branch, with many study groups, lectures, workshops, and PDF Festivals. Branch  Calendar

Ongoing events are listed below. Festivals and Special events are in the column to the right. 

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There are many things that need to happen to keep the branch life alive. WE NEED YOUR HELP!


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"Anthroposophy opens its wellsprings, and the human will, carried by love, may draw from the waters. It brings to life love for humankind and thereby works creatively in impulses for moral action and true social interaction.” — Rudolf Steiner


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Representing Anthroposophy: Transforming the World.  PDF An overview of our Fall Conference & AGM

Become a PDF member of the Rudolf Steiner Branch

Dear Friends, this is a clarion callThe Elderberries Three-Fold Café has been on Sunset Blvd. in the heart of Hollywood for over 9 years. They provide not only good healthy food, but nutrition for the soul - Rudolf Steiner’s Weekday Exercises are even on the back of the menu! The café is a hub for youth, hosting anthroposophical study groups, music, alternative film screenings etc - providing support for inner practices, meaningful work to those in need, & platforms for individual creative expression -imbuing all they do with a love for the future of our world. 


Our 3-fold friends, Dottie ZoldDaniel Evaeus & Frank Agrama, came in from Los Angeles to speak with the Branch Council & have an open conversation with members & friends, about the possibility of opening a second Elderberries 3-fold Café in the unrented space at the branch. It has long been the vision of Elderberries to create a “Michael Grail-Road” establishing 3-fold Café’s around the world where youth could come to find themselves thru anthroposophy.

Here are a few words about the Initiative from Dottie  Hazel    Daniel & Frank 

We remain ever steadfast in our commitment to the needs of this time and the future needs of the unborn. We are giving it our all and will keep striving everywhere and every way we can to be people of our time with what Rudolf Steiner shared would be the most important time for the future health of humanity and earth...We would like to be meeting the needs of the Chicago community, we ask for any council members, branch members, parents, students, etc. to write up their thoughts or wants for Elderberries Chicago, so we can incorporate the needs of Chicago in our request to John Bloom & RSF Social Finance ”. ~Dottie Zold

Here are a few PDF ‘testimonies’ so far. We hope if the spirit moves you, that you will add your voice to this Clarion call.

If this initiative resonates, &/or if you'd like to help make it happen - Please   let us know  

The gofundme page will be up soon, Please consider supporting this important work

Join your good will with ours that these fruits will ripen – casting ever more seeds - to flourish & feed the 3-fold social organism of humanity & the Being of Anthroposophia 

We will keep you posted as things unfold. 

~Hazel Archer Ginsberg


Please contact each event coordinator for information on a particular event.

For general questions, email:  RudolfSteinerbranch (at) yahoocom

To special order a book or specific item, or for information on lodging, please call Janis Ignoffo (773) 549-5753 

For information about the Festivals contact:   Hazel Archer-Ginsberg (773)-549-3026  ReverseRitual (at) gmailcom

Council Members:

David Kavesh - President

Chuck Ginsberg - Treasurer 

Mark Pelnar - Secretary

Andrei Onegin - Program Coordinator

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg - Festivals Coordinator

Kurtis Heath Estep

Elisabeth Swisher

2nd and 4th Sundays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Intentional Anthroposophical Community Study Group. Reading:  Awakening to Community by Rudolf Steiner, and a pamphlet - From the Basic Ideas of Rudolf Steiner on The Threefold Social Order by G. Wachsmuth.  The group desires to form an Intentional Anthroposophical Community in the Midwest, ideally in a rural setting. For good information on existing intentional communities, visit

Sunday Evenings, 5:00 to 7:00pm: The Apocalypse of St. John, by Rudolf Steiner.  For more information, contact Andrei at (773) 764-2313.  Location:Rudolf Steiner Branch-Upstairs

Wednesday Mornings, 8:00-9:45 am. Karmic Relationships Vol. 1, by Rudolf Steiner, incorporating: The Calendar of the Soul, Eurythmy, Focused Discussion, & Seasonal Artistic Explorations. For more information, contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg (773) 549-3026 Location: The Chicago Waldorf School Library 1300 W Loyola Ave. Chicago Il 60626

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm. This study group is working with The Boundaries of Natural Science, by Rudolf Steiner. All who are interested are welcome to join us. For more information, call David Kavesh (312-451-9872)

Thursday Evenings 7 pm - 9 pmThreshold of the Spiritual World by Rudolf Steinerfor more info. contact Clark Remington(773) 595-5793 

Third Thursday mornings, 10:30 am - Noon.  Once a month this group will study “Sleep and Death”, Chapter 3 in Rudolf Steiner’s book, An Outline of Esoteric Science. Please feel free to join us. Books are available at the Branch. For more information, contact Alice (773-528-5340) or Carolyn (773-539-3688).

Thursday Evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The Threshold of the Spiritual World. For more information, contact Clark Remington (773-595-5793).

First Class meets on the third Saturday of each month. (with some exceptions, see below) The lesson begins promptly at 6:00 pm.  Please arrive ahead of time, so you have a chance to come into the mood of the class before the lesson begins.

After the reading of the lesson, we will take a short break.  We will reconvene in a circle for conversation about the lesson.  Ending time is approximately 9:00 pm.


May 20, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 9

June 17, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 10

For information, Contact Clark Remington (773) 595-5793 

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Note: All events take place at the Rudolf Steiner Branch, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 except as noted.

Branch  Calendar - PDF Festivals


PDF Exploring the Mysteries of St John’s-Tide

Friday June 23rd 2017  - Zinniker Family Farm N 7399 Bowers Rd. Elkhorn, WI 53121

Pot Luck 6:30 pm - Bee & Stag Bon-fire & Drum Circle 8 pm

We begin with the setting Sun, in the dark of the New Moon.  Thru the drumming of our collective heart-beat, circle dancing, singing to the stars, & blessing the earth, we will celebrate the bright reflection of the Divine within ourselves & each other.

$10 - All Donations go to the Zinniker farm - Bring a folding-chair & your drum, shaker or music maker (or borrow one of ours)

For more info.  Hazel (at) ReverseRitualcom

From Summer Solstice to St. John’s-Tide - PDF Cosmic Rapture Grounded in Jubilant Hearts Understanding the evolving human consciousness, we move ecstatic-ritual into Heart-Thinking

Saturday June 24th 2017, 1 pm – 4 pm – at the Rudolf Steiner Branch

To pass the test of Summer we will explore many questions:  

v  How do we stand wakefully within the sublime mysteries of the SummerTide, to consciously embody ‘the spiritual wisdom of the gods’?

v  Who is the ‘John’ of St. John’s-Tide?  

v  What is the mystery of the Bee & Stag? The Dragon-fly, & other elemental beings?

vWho is the mysterious Archangel of Summer?

Together with  Dr. Elaine Wagner,  Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Karen Hartz. Victoria Martin, & Elisabeth Swisher, We will work to strengthen our true “I” – Enlivening our Will Forces with Social-Artistic Exercises



The  Center of Anthroposhopyis holding a PDF PDF foundation year training at Urban Prairie this summer



Art Opening Saturday JULY 1st 7 pm - 9 pm – The Englewood Arts Collective is Passionate about community work and the power of contemporary art to serve as a conduit for social awareness. Each of the artists are eager to use their skills to challenge public perception of Englewood and Chicago’s South Side, and to demonstrate a truer reflection of the community they all have deep connections with. They aim to inform the general public about the significance and importance of people within a community narrating their own story and image. 

Tonika Lewis Johnson: 

Sterling Price 

Joe Nelson

Jovanna Jackson is a mosaic, ceramic muralist, and knitter 


The Bridging Project Between Life and Death from Soul to Soul

July 5th, 2017 - 7:15 pm CST (8:15 pm EST)

With special guest Gisela Wielki, sharing her many years’ experience working with the so-called dead from the perspective of a Christian Community Priest



Designing & implementing a windrow compost system for small to large farms

July 8, 2017 Field Day 9am-3pm, $70 (lunch included) In the Big Brown Barn Michael Fields Agricultural Institute W2493 County Rd ES, East Troy, WI 53120

This field day workshop brings us on-site the Curtes Farm near West Bend, WI where Grounded LLC processes its hot controlled fermented compost. Explore the steps involved in choosing your compost site location, resources, tools and machinery, and how to best design, manage, and implement a windrow compost system for small to large farm operations.

This course will open discussions on how integrating biodynamic compost preparations can aid in the fermentation process and how high quality compost can reclaim damaged soils, build natural humus structure, and alleviate environmental impacts resulting from less ideal manure management styles.

Instructor: Angela Curtes, owner GROUNDED LLC

For questions and to register email worshops (at) michaelfieldsorg or call 262-642-3303 x 100 To register online go to


The Central Regional Council is hosting a Bridging to the ‘Great American Eclipse’ in St. Louis - August 19-22, 2017 

fileadmin/branches/Great_American_Eclipse_Der_Fokus_Das_Goetheanum2.pdfPDF Article in Das Goetheanum

Speaking from Soul to Soul with the Solar Eclipse At the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse, St. Louis, Missouri August 19, 5 PM CST through August 21, 5pm CST

RETREAT CONTENT: At this Central Regional retreat, we take The ‘Bridging Project’ into the realm of ‘Speaking with the Stars’. In the life between death and re-birth the human being is engaged in an intimate conversation with the ‘Stars’. We will prepare for, view and work to hold the light during the ‘Great American Solar Eclipse’, which will sweep from West to East across all of America, and will be visible in the St. Louis area on Monday August 21st 2017. Through the social arts of folk eurythmy, song, study, color, meditation, and an interactive pageant, we will engage with the spiritual significance of this powerful cosmic and earthly event. Afterward we will process, share and continue the conversation, working to understand the mysteries of the will. 

PDF Click to read the PDF of the PageantFrom Light Thru Darkness into New Light’ - A ‘New World Drama’ for the ‘Great American Eclipse’

RETREAT LOCATION: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse is located just south of downtown St. Louis, Missouri, overlooking the Mississippi River (

On Monday, we will travel to a TBD park or nature area about one hour south of St. Louis to experience the full solar eclipse, returning to The Motherhouse in the late afternoon.

TRANSPORTATION: Transportation is at the discretion of the participants (not included in retreat cost). The planning team will try to facilitate ride sharing opportunities if you request our assistance.  The closest airport is Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (Code: STL) (

LODGING PLANS: The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet  Motherhouse has 8 single and 2 double rooms available for the CRC conference. A few rooms have private bathrooms, and there are several shared bathrooms across the hall from the bedrooms. Rooms will be assigned on a first-registration basis to conference participants. If capacity allows, we will try to accommodate additional participants, whether at Carondelet or at local members’ homes.

MEALS: Meals will be provided by the Sisters of Carondelet during the fixed times listed below. Conference participants not staying at The Motherhouse are also able to order meals through this registration form. Vegan, vegetarian, non-dairy and gluten-free diets can be accommodated if requested in advance. Coffee, tea and ice water will be provided. Breakfast: 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM $7 Lunch: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM $10 Dinner: 5:15 AM – 6:15 PM $11

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Sisters of Carondelet are environmentally conscious, and no disposable water bottles are allowed in the property (but re-usable bottles are allowed)  Additional information will be provided to registered participants in July

click here to register 


Michaelmas & the Horn of Plenty – Fall Festivals Ancient and New – with Hazel Archer Ginsberg

Saturday, September 23rd 2017, 1 pm – 4 pm (at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

Friday September 29th 2017, 7 pm - 9 pm at the Rudolf Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society 4249 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL. 60618. MAP

Saturday September 30th 10:30 am – 4:30pm ( at the Theosophical Society)

Come join our Experiential Workshop celebrating the Autumnal Equinox to prepare us for the journey into the dark of the year. We will look back to the fruits of the past, and prepare for what is coming toward us from the future. Our ancestors called this Sabbath - Harvest Home or Mabon. The Hebrew folk count this as part of the High Holy Days. In Greece and Rome it is dedicated to Dionysus, or Persephone and Demeter.  Today, we are invited to stand with the powerful Archangel Micha-el, in balance, between the light and the dark, as we create the ‘festival of the future’, which we call ‘Michaelmas’. Forging confidence thru Heart-Thinking, Michael strengthens our Will & reinforces our higher “I” so that we have the Courage to find the Spirit behind the living cosmos.

$30 - (or pay what you can, no one will be turned away for lack of funds, contact Hazel if you’d like to do work exchange) All materials included.

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg  Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, and the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Founder of Reverse Ritual – Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year