A conference centered on Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom and inspired by the late Sergei Prokofieff, "Freedom as the Way to Keep Human Identity," was held June 26–30 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Though illnesses and the international tensions in the region kept away some presenters and participants, LoAnn Olin reports that the event was a valuable one. Read her report in the Articles section.

The noted and highly regarded anthroposophist Sergei Olegovich Prokofieff has died July 26th in Switzerland. Author of many books of anthroposophical research and insights into the legacy of Rudolf Steiner and the spiritual situation of humanity, he was a member of the Executive Council at the Goetheanum until failing health required him to step back. He was also formerly leader of the Anthroposophical Society in Russia.

For a list of his books in English translation, see SteinerBooks and Temple Lodge publishers. A brief biography is at Wikipedia.

Services will be held in the Schreinerei, the carpentry hall of the Goetheanum, on Tuesday July 29, and at his request, instead of flowers, friends are asked to make donations to the Anthroposophical Society in Russia.

A campus view at RSC

Rudolf Steiner College issued the following press release on Wednesday, July 9:

The Board of Rudolf Steiner College is pleased to announce that the College has formally entered into an agreement with Meristem, a new nonprofit, to work together on the campus in Fair Oaks, California. Meristem will provide educational services to young adults on the autism spectrum, while new resources will be provided to the College to enhance its standing as the preeminent center for Waldorf teacher education internationally.

“This is a major step forward for Rudolf Steiner College,” said Betty Staley, Interim President of the College. “With this additional support, the College will be able to undertake many positive steps—upgrading facilities, enhancing administrative and faculty staffing, designing new educational offerings, and building the infrastructure leading to full accreditation. We are most enthused about this agreement.”

Meristem’s efforts will be closely aligned with the College. Its offerings are inspired by the work of Ruskin Mill Trust in England and The Center for Transformative Movement in the United States. The agreement is the culmination of months of discussions between the Board and leadership of Rudolf Steiner College and the Board of Meristem.

The website theconversation.com presents a clear, concise account from down under of Steiner/Waldorf education entitled "For creativity, capability and resilience, Steiner schools work." The author, an educational developer at Victoria University in Melbourne named Tao Bak, "attended a Steiner school for part of his education."

The first thing that strikes a visitor to a Steiner school is often the aesthetic quality of the surroundings and the emphasis on artistic activities. The schools are usually small, multi-age, and teachers, students and parents appear calm. Based on a holistic and integrated approach, the Steiner curriculum aims to develop the various dimensions of the growing child. This includes cognitive, emotional, ethical and spiritual aspects. ... Through its focus on capabilities, creativity and resilience, Steiner education aligns with many of the goals of 21st century education. The view of Rudolf Steiner was that the human being must be free and autonomous. The research, although limited, appears to endorse the effectiveness of Steiner education in attaining its broader goals.

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Each spring at the annual meeting of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Switzerland a theme is offered for study and conversation by groups around the world. The latest and recent themes are available on line here.

The new theme for the current year is “The I Knows Itself” – in the Light of Michaelic World Affirmation. General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada Arie van Ameringen has offered some helpful reflections on this theme that are available now on the ASC website.

The summer email from the Youth Section has arrived, full of articles, news, and events. And inspiring words from Rudolf Steiner:

'We can already sense the life of the future in embryonic from, and we need to foster it through festivals of hope and expectation. Hope and expectation (not sharply defined ideals) must bind us together in these festivals. The image of Michael with his guiding eyes and hands and his spiritual armor must stand before us.' (Breslau, June 9th 1924)

Read it here...

The Annual General Meeting and conference "Bringing Anthroposophy to Life!" takes place Friday evening through Sunday morning, October 10-12, at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks (Sacramento), California. In "Emptying the Cup" Dennis Klocek will speak on Rudolf Steiner's key transformative exercises. Robert McDermott will address the "why" of Rudolf Steiner, anthroposophy, and the Anthroposophical Society. An evening panel, artistic workshops, and afternoon workshops and small group conversations contribute to a rich offering. Online registration is open.

Engage! Events & Visitor Weekends - Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco

Sat, Sep 06 2014 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Location: San Francisco, CA

Program Director Joan Caldarera and Associate Director Robert McDermott will discuss the transformative path of... [more]

Cosmic Cycles, Earthly Rhythms

Fri, Sep 12 2014 7:00 PM to Sat, Sep 13 2014 12:00 PM
Location: Decatur, GA

The Cycle of the Year as it can be understood through the current cosmos with Mary Stewart Adams [more]

Practical Training in Biodynamics

Sat, Sep 13 2014
Location: Chestnut Ridge, NY

The Pfeiffer Center's One-Year, Part-Time Program is starting... [more]

A Second Classroom, with Torin Finser

Sun, Sep 14 2014 to Tue, Sep 16 2014
Location: Los Altos, San Francisco, Sacramento, Davis, Fair Oaks, CA

Parent-Teacher Relationships in a Waldorf School [more]

Visitor Weekends - Rudolf Steiner College in San Francisco

Fri, Sep 19 2014 to Sat, Sep 20 2014
Location: San Francisco, CA

Program Director Joan Caldarera and Associate Director Robert McDermott will discuss the transformative path of... [more]

The arc from Society to individual is continued with the new "Theme for the Year" 2014-2015 from the Goetheanum: "'The I Knows Itself' – in the Light of Michaelic World Affirmation.' Like the Society, the individual confronts the same challenges as other contemporaries and must also find a connection to the world—as a basis for self-knowledge. Read the article by Constanza Kaliks.

Beverly Amico, leader of outreach and development for the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA), is part of a conversation in the New York Times about technology in schools. As Beverly explained in the News from AWSNA email,

CNN recently sponsored a tweet chat in coordination with Screen-Free Week, which intrigued the New York Times to follow up by soliciting a variety of opinions on the subject. We are grateful that Waldorf Education was included in this discussion, and that my description of the way computer technology best serves children was part of the piece.

She opens her Times article:

Over the past several decades, and despite unremarkable results, significant financial resources have been dedicated to technology integration in classrooms. The focus has been on how best to use computers as educational tools while largely disregarding the more fundamental issue of their effects on child development.

Read Beverly's full statement here, add your comment, and navigate to others' views. (Note that nytimes.com allows free access to ten articles per month.)

Since March Marianne Schubert has been the new leader of the Visual Art Section at the Goetheanum. As an architect she is not only interested in building but also in the social life arising from the way one builds. Her wishes are for a culture of togetherness, where people develop their communal awareness for new methods of working and evaluating. [Read the article from Anthroposophy Worldwide.]

Nancy Jewel Poer shared some thoughts from her hospital room by e-mail with friends on Martin Luther King Day. We asked if we could share them further here, and she agreed. Nancy is a person of many deeds and concerns -- teacher, historian of the spirit of America, social activist, lecturer and filmmaker, advocate for conscious dying, and her website is well worth a visit. At this moment her attention was drawn to the cosmopolitan life of a Sacramento hospital, where she found herself passing along some history around Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech on the Washington Mall in 1963, including the little-known role played by the great gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in his speaking forth "the dream." Read more...

Founded by Rudolf Steiner, the Anthroposophical Society supports individuals in working on inner development and in bringing its fruits to benefit the world. More...

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