The July-August edition of Anthroposophy Worldwide is available online. Some of the many interesting reports:
- The Social Sciences Section has a new, solo leader; one of Gerald Häfner's first actions was to participate in the June Reimagining America conference in Kimberton, PA
- The Medical Section has recently sponsored a World Eurythmy Therapy Conference ("Forces involved in forming the body") and an Early Childhood Conference ("The importance of adults for young children")
- The Section for Agriculture has a new Coordination Center for Nutrition
- Brazil has chosen a trio of General Secretaries: anthroposophic physicians Sonia Setzer and Derblai Sebben and social activist Ute Craemer; and the USA has chosen John Bloom to succeed Torin Finser
- India has seen another large Waldorf teacher training event in Khandala
- Germany reports an innovative meditation circle
- The Goetheanum Leadership held its annual retreat, pondering the "existential threat to ‘I’ development"
- The Education Section sponsored a conference for religion teachers on universally human aspects of Christianity
- An assessment of the Goetheanum's extensive art collection has led to an urgent appeal for support in improving its care
- A sculptor is designing arts to climb on
The Waldorf Educational Foundation has awarded a grant of $15,000 to the Anthroposophical Society in America that will enable the society’s national research and lending library, the Rudolf Steiner Library in Hudson, New York, to offer free one-year individual memberships to Waldorf school faculty and staff, Waldorf teacher trainees, and parents of Waldorf school students at any of the Waldorf schools and teacher training centers in the continental United States, for the period September 1, 2016, through August 31, 2017.
The Rudolf Steiner Library has 19,000 titles, with 2300 resources on Waldorf education and child development, including books, periodicals, DVDs, and audio-recordings, with multiple copies of many works available for lending. The library also has thousands of resources that support the Waldorf curriculum, including materials in the arts, history, literature and fairy tales, religion and festivals, and the sciences.
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.
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.
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: Crestone, CO
Experience Nature through Art with Jennifer Thomson [more]
Location: Philmont, NY
Anthroposophic music foundation course for musicians, music educators, class teachers, eurythmists, and fellow... [more]
Location: Decatur, GA
with Stuart Weeks, Founder of the Center for American Studies [more]
Location: Fair Oaks, CA
Go deeper with Brian Gray into one of Rudolf Steiner’s “basic books” [more]
Location: Decatur, GA
Building community in the Southeast [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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