Under the motto "Am I Faust?", the International Youth Summer Conference will take place from the 25th to the 29th July 2016 at the Goetheanum, in Dornach, Switzerland. (The performance will be in German, simultaneously translated into English and Spanish).
This is a very rare opportunity with 17 hours of theater; workshops and lectures will tackle questions raised in Goethe's masterpiece on the development of identity, becoming human, etc. The conference offers young people a chance to reflect together on existential issues.
Thanks to a generous foundation support the conference fee could be reduced to only 150 CHF all inclusive (performance, accommodation and meals). Five days in Dornach for this price does not happen everyday! The conference is directed to students and those in training under 35 years old that can participate as a class, a group or individually.
The General Council and Leadership Team have announced to members that the next General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America will be John Bloom of San Francisco. John is Vice President, Organizational Culture, of RSF Social Finance (formerly the Rudolf Steiner Foundation). He will begin a four-year term at the fall conference and Annual General Meeting, October 6-9, 2016. The letter to members is linked here.
The June edition of Anthroposophy Worldwide is available now. Contents of this issue include:
- Social Sciences Section: Books on peaceability and conflict skills
- Pedagogical Section: World Teachers’ and Educators’ Conference
- Great Britain/China: Emerson College
- Turkey: Conference of Waldorf-inspired playgroups and kindergartens
- Italy: Course on Leonardo’s Last Supper
- China: Visiting the Waldorf schools, and a conference: “Growing individuality – moving forward together”
- Goetheanum Leadership: The diversity of methods in the Sections
- 2016 Annual General Meeting: Contributions regarding the School of Spiritual Science by Justus Wittich, Marc Desaules
- Reports of conversation groups and "speakers’ corner" sessions
- An obituary of actress Mirjam Hege
- Notes on the School of Cymatics
- 45 Years of the International Cultural Centre in Achberg, a hotel, a restaurant and conference facilities inspired by social "threefolding"
Also, a special edition of AWW was issued in April with articles about the special Michaelmas conference in September. Read it here.
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.
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:
Charles noted that his own farm is not fully biodynamic, but uses many of the BD approaches.
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. ]
Location: Berkshire-Taconic region, NY-MA + PA, VT
a free open air puppet show based on the children's story 'Momo' by Michael Ende [more]
Location: Chestnut Ridge, NY
Programs continuing through July 29 [more]
Location: Fair Oaks, CA
Workshops, Conferences, and Academic Programs – Summer 2016, June 8 to August 26. [more]
Your Dates. Your Space. Your Pace. [more]
Location: Dornach, SWITZERLAND
On the Goetheanum Stage, with English translations in an international festival week [more]
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.
[ View online here or download to enjoy later. ]
Read more and see pictures on the RSL blog.
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."
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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