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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Dear Friends - 

The 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 in March 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 can come to find themselves thru anthroposophy. 

 

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

 

Please help us pave the way for a 3-fold Cafe in the heartland!

Go to this link to find out more & donate if you will https://igg.me/at/michaelgrailroad/x/17233652

Thanks for supporting the future!

If you prefer to give a donation by check, or would like a receipt for tax purposes contact Chuck (at) ChuckGinsbergcom

*The good will of the Branch council & the membership at large shall determine whether this initiative will reside at the Branch. (Stay tuned for a ‘Special Members Meeting’ TBA) If it is not wanted here, Elderberries may take up root near a Waldorf School or other Chicago location.

You can get your donation back upon request if it doesn't come thru, or you can choose to support the mission in LA, or other future hubs in the Michael-Grail Road around the country.

~Hazel Archer Ginsberg

Andrei Onegin

Kurt Estep

Elisabeth Swisher

Chuck 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 

Elisabeth Swisher- Secretary

Andrei Onegin - Program Coordinator

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg - Festivals Coordinator

Kurtis Heath Estep

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 ic.org

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. 2, 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)

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. What is The PDF School of Spiritual Science?

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.

2017:

September 16, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 11

October 21, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 12

November 18, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 13

December 16, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 14

2018:

January 20, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 15

February 17, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 16

March 17, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 17

April 21, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 18

May 19, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 19

June 16, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: To be announced

  

 

 

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

Branch  Calendar - PDF Festivals

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

Saturday September 23rd, 2017 - 4 pm – 6 pm at the Rudolf Steiner Branch, Chicago

The Eleusinian Mysteries – Art & Mythos by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Song of Proserpine by Percy Shelley – Eurythmy with Mary Ruud

Michaelmas ‘The Festival of the Future’ – Art & Leading Thoughts by Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Copper Rod Eurythmy with Mary Ruud 

Singing with Elisabeth Swisher 

$10 Donation* & Snacks to Share Encouraged * goes to support eurythmist Mary Ruud

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Dear Friends - Please join us for :

An Open Conversation with PDF John Bloom, our new General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America

Sunday September 24th, 1 pm – 2:30 pm at the Rudolf Steiner Branch

All are Welcome to discuss the fate of the Branch Building, the Elderberries Initiative; the state of the Anthroposophical Society today; as well as explore how we can best serve the ‘Being of Chicago.’ 

John Bloom was appointed General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America in October 2016. He is Vice President, Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance. As part of his work at RSF he has been developing and facilitating conversations and programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. He writes frequently for RSF’s Reimagine Money blog and has fostered collaborative dialogues on the challenging social aspects money. As part of his work he has helped develop awareness of issues of land and biodynamic agriculture across the US. John has written two books, The Genius of Money, and Inhabiting Interdependence, both published by SteinerBooks. He lives in San Francisco.

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

Saturday September 30th 10:30 am – 4:30pm at the  Theosophical Society 1926 N Main St, Wheaton, IL 60187 -  Pre-registration 

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.

10:30am -The Eleusinian Mysteries, Art & Mythos

11 – Group Eurythmy with special guest Mary Ruud - ‘Song of Proserpine’ by Percy  Shelley

11:20 - Break

11:40 – The High Holy Days – ‘Atonement’ & a Sweet New Year

12pm - Ho‘oponopono an artistic Forgiveness Exercise

12:30 – 1:30 Picnic Lunch

1:30 -  ‘Mabon’ Harvest Home Fest

1:45 – Circle of Intuition: Questions as we go into the Dark of the Year

2:15 – Break

2:30 –Michaelmas, The festival of the future NOW,  Art & Leading Thoughts

3:30 - Iron Rod Eurythmy with special guest Mary Ruud

4  – Open Conversation - 4:30 pm - Close

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