Rudolf Steiner eurythmy figure

A monthly eurythmy workshop with Linda Larson plus special events have long been a feature of the programs at Anthroposophy NYC. Marta Stemberger has been offering programs in the city along with emails, one of which shared the following description of this new art:

“As I’m talking about eurythmy at various holistic bazaars and trade fairs in New York City, many are intrigued about this movement art, and one gentleman called it ‘social yoga.’

“Yes, one can see some aspects of yoga in eurythmy, and much more. Eurythmy harmoniously blends movement meditation, social yoga, social tai chi, sacred dance, sacred geometry, esoteric astrology, spatial and kinesthetic awareness, poetry appreciation, musical sensibility, to name just a few ingredients. Rudolf Steiner, who developed eurythmy in the 1910s and 1920s, created a rich set of tools that allow us to make speech and music visible through movement.

“People also ask: ‘Why would one do this particular movement art?’ Let me share with you a short list of the benefits that I’ve personally experienced in myself and others:

  • Balance your thoughts, feelings, actions
  • Harmonize all dimensions of your earthly existence
  • Cultivate spatial and kinesthetic awareness
  • Enhance your capacity for creative problem-solving
  • Experience the soothing unity of people moving together
  • Nourish your life forces for increased well-being
  • Increase your overall grace and flow
  • Elevate your vibrations to feel peaceful
  • Relax and dissolve stress

“If you are in New York City, you can join me in eurythmy circles on a monthly and weekly basis.”

For more than a century the weekly verses of Rudolf Steiner's Calendar of the Soul have been a valued guide to the interplay of inner development with the outer seasons. Since the date of Easter is mobile, however, the dates for the verses need to be adjusted annually. Herbert Hagens has share his approach for many years, and you can download it here for 2016-17.

US and Canadian anthroposophical artists are invited to submit digital images of art works - paintings, sculpture, mixed media, multi-media and architecture created in the last 15 years - for an open exhibition at the August conference "Encountering our Humanity" in Ottawa, Canada. Deadline for submissions is June 1st; details are in this PDF document.

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A well-known British farmer was asked to record a greeting for the opening of a conference in Italy sponsored by the biodynamic farming organization. The conference is "For the Economy of the Earth - Our Common Home," and the video by Prince Charles, an active farmer, is posted on the website. He said, in part:

We have to allow proper room for nature, to rediscover how to work in harmony with her, and to restore a sense of the sacred once again.

If the planet were a patient, no responsible doctor would ever have allowed it to become as sick as we have made it.

Yet, for more than half a century, industrial farming methods based on chemistry instead of biology have prevailed, upsetting the harmonious balance of nature...

Rudolf Steiner was one of the first people to recognize the interconnectedness of soil fertility and the vital health of plants, animals, and people... We can only marvel at the prescience of Rudolf Steiner's thinking...

Charles noted that his own farm is not fully biodynamic, but uses many of the BD approaches.

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 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. 

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Will We Wake?

Fri, May 27 2016 4:00 PM to Tue, May 31 2016 1:00 AM
Location: Harlemville, NY

A retreat exploring inner work and meditation in service of the world especially for those 20-35 years old [more]

Opening the Realm of New Mystery Drama

Sat, May 28 2016 to Sun, May 29 2016
Location: Fair Oaks, CA

Presented by Lemniscate Arts [more]

Borealis Graduation

Sun, May 29 2016 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Location: Boulder, Colorado

4th-Year graduation from Sound Circle Eurythmy Training [more]

The Role of the Horse in the Farm Organism

Sat, Jun 04 2016 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Chestnut Ridge, NY

With Mac Mead [more]

Rudolf Steiner College Summer Programs

Wed, Jun 08 2016
Location: Fair Oaks, CA

Workshops and Academic Programs 2016 [more]

A new theme of the year will be announced at Easter: How can we grow in self knowledge through our experience of evil? In 2016 the Society’s Traveling Speakers Program is making a special offer to support programs around the country that involve biography work in connection either with this new Theme of the Year, or with the Goetheanum’s August Faust Conference in English. Find out more about the TSP offer here.

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.

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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