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September 1, 2021
Knowing the world, knowing ourselves.
Fall Conference and Applied Anthroposophy Course registration open; APO Walkathon coming up.
A ZOOM SALON?
The Section for the Literary Arts & Humanities has an open Zoom hour on September 19, at 1-2 pm Pacific time, 4-5 Eastern.Email Bruce Donehower at TheLiteraryArts@gmail.com
FUTURE DAWNING
Join the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology for eight sessions this fall on Future Dawning, a Spiritual Fantasia on World Themes, by Glen Williamson, a new 21st-century mystery drama.
SACRED CREATION
An important new book for the anthroposophical movement, especially in North America, has arrived: A Road to Sacred Creation: Rudolf Steiner’s Perspectives on Technology; a compendium, volume 1, edited by Gary Lamb.
MORAL TECHNOLOGY
In Silicon Valley, too, the question is raised, “Can Tech Ethics Be Learned—or Is Society Doomed?”
READING “THOUGHT SCORES”
Steve Brannon and Mark Riccio have founded the George O’Neil Group named for the author of The Human Life and practitioner of Rudolf Steiner’s organic-living thinking. Download their first newsletter at oneilgroup.org or email mark@oneilgroup.org for study group information.
BRIEF NOTES
Sound Circle Center in Seattle welcomes a new cohort of its Grade School Teacher Training Course Sept 17th.
Lightforms Art Center’s World of Color Exhibition (Hudson, NY, through Sept 26) is “an interactive, experiential and educational experience for all ages. Four color/light experience rooms invite the visitor into a full surround color immersion.”
Awakening Connections; Creating Community: The Center for Biography & Social Art is pleased to offer a series of three half-day workshops over the school year for independent and charter Waldorf faculty, staff, parents, and board members.
The photos take us on a late road trip with stops in NYC, SF, LA, and DC.
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June 21, 2021
SUMMER
Welcome to summer! Despite good reasons for anxiety about extreme weather, this is a season of mysterious uplift as the summering parts of Earth reach up to the sun and raise our spirits.
ELEMENTALS
A month ago, almost 400 people signed up for a timely half-day conference with Bastiaan Baan, Lisa Romero, and Janey Newton on “Supporting the Elementals.” It is now available in the store.
The photos this time begin in the west at the Hearst Castle and end on Martha’s Vineyard off Massachusetts.
IPSWICH
If you will be in Massachusetts, the Anthroposophical Society of Cape Ann has announced its in-person 2021 Summer Series: the Monday evenings in July plus a Sunday, all 7:30-9:00pm.
THANK YOU!
Everyone should have seen the email announcement some weeks ago that at the end of May our Director of Programs, Laura Scappaticci, left her position to pursue new challenges after almost five years with ASA. She leaves with a great list of accomplishments! Thank you, Laura!
EARTH, ASKING
What is the Earth Asking of Us? That is the ongoing question of the Natural Science Section colloquia. Next Saturday’s event, “Change in Understanding of Matter and New Organics,” has been moved up to 12 noon Eastern Time.
REGENERATIVE
The World Social Initiative Forum (WSIF) which we mentioned in April is sponsoring an interactive workshop facilitated by Sundeep Kamath of the Biodynamic Association of India and General Secretary of the All India Organic Network Association (AIONA).
GARDENS
Susan Kurz has written a memoir where she talks about anthroposophy coming into her life as well as her time as CEO of Dr Hauschka Skin Care. We will have a review of Gardens of Karma: Harvesting Myself Among the Weeds in the summer-fall issue of being human.
VOICED
Gail Langstroth, eurythmist and poet, has created a new video with eurythmy-inspired movement as a means to be present, at least virtually, at a recent festival in Bonn, Germany; it is called VOICED : words from asphalt.
ART, SCHOOL
Sara Damerow, a member connected with George Washington Carver High School, the first public-Waldorf high school in California, sent us a link to the annual art show of the Sacramento Waldorf School, normally displayed in the school halls, but this year online!
SUMMER LEARNING
Our online calendar is full of summer activities, but often with only a sample of what is being offered. If you are looking for something with no travel cost, do follow the links and look around.
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June 6, 2021
COLOR
Color, said Rudolf Steiner, is the soul of Nature and of the entire cosmos. It’s a lovely statement, and it deepens quickly when set beside Goethe’s statement that Colors are the deeds and suffering of light-sufferings?-and his view of color emerging from between darkness and light. It becomes something worth pondering.
In this issue our photography, a word which means “drawing with light,” continues from Whitsun with images of flowers, at or near Rudolf Steiner House in Ann Arbor, with some vivid colors…
SUMMER, READING
Books of myth and legend and novels suitable for adults. Shirley Latessa.
A. Roz Mar. Eric G. Müller.
WALDORF, ALL TOGETHER
School Renewal and the Heart of Change is the first ever joint Waldorf education conference. Registration has been extended to June 17.
KIDS ON TECH
Henning Kullak-Ublick at Waldorf 100 has alerted us that “the film-maker who created our Waldorf-100 films has collaborated with us again to create an outstanding film on the contentious issue of children and technology.”
ECONOMY; HIBERNIA
The Economics Conference of the Goetheanum wrote about its various online resources, and announced an interesting new book.
EDITH MARYON
Dottie Zold writes about a program, Edith Maryon – Rudolph Steiner and the Christ Sculpture, June 26th, 11:00 am PDT, 2:00 pm EDT. Keynote by Peter Selg, introduction by Patricia Dickson, presentations by Brigitta Gallaher and Rembert Biemond of the Edith Maryon Foundation.
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May 23, 2021
WHITSUN
The important but little-known festival of Whitsun or Pentecost is fifty days after Easter, and therefore a moveable feast, May 23rd this year. It is a very beautiful time in the temperate northern hemisphere where it is a festival of flowers, as we recognize with Dwight Ebaugh’s photography.
YOUTH, INITIATIVE
The International Youth Initiative Program (YIP) is a 10 month residential “societal entrepreneurship” training, based in Sweden, for 18-28 year olds. YIP 14 starts August 29, 2021.
SWEATING THE MIDDLE EAST
Thinking of re:Generation, whose motto is “Imagine the Potential: Christian, Jewish, Muslim children together.”
Yeshayahu Ben-Aharon, co-founder of Kibbutz Harduf in north Israel, has reposted part of a lecture, “Israel and the Global Melting Pot” given in New York City in 2002, just after 9/11.
“These are the pains of convergence…”
WHITSUN SPEECH, FLOWERS, CHAKRAS
Anthroposophy’s interest in the Christian festivals arises from its far-reaching pictures of human evolution, affecting all of us, an evolution of consciousness, which Rudolf Steiner described.
TAKING ANTHROPOSOPHY INTO LIFE
Whitsun/Pentecost seems an appropriate time to speak about speaking. Bill Manning of Minnesota, engaged with anthroposophy for decades and recently retired from the practice of law, has a new web site which combines his human interests and professional reflections.
ROOTS, FLOWERS
Many plants are part of the wellness-promoting arsenal of anthroposophic medicine and personal care.
Ross Rentea, MD, on the dandelion.
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May 9, 2021
Mother’s Day!
INTO THE CLOUDS
We are offering some photographs of clouds for Ascension.
Why clouds?
Two weeks from today is Whitsun or Pentecost, a festival of flowers and inspired words.
A beautiful Whitsun webinar, “Five Good Words” with Orland Bishop, is available free in our store.
SHARE THE LOVE
Our spring appeal is for a new Youth & Inclusion Access Fund.
And a tax note for extra benefit from cash donations to many non-profits.
MARIANNE FIEBER / CRC NEWS
Marianne Fieber is stepping back as the Central Region representative on the General Council.
The regional council is looking for new council members.
DEMONSTRATING
Between Waldorf education and the Camphill schools and communities is a gap where many young adults on the autism spectrum can use help as they move into lives of greater independence. Enter Meristem.
EVENT & OPEN CALL
Lightforms Art Center Sculpture Show, May 14th, 7pm, masks required but open door.
Lightforms has also made an “open call to photographers” for a Nature Photography Show opening in November.
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April 25, 2021
In this issue…
PHOTOS: in southern California again.
EARTH DAY & SOCIAL INITIATIVE
World Social Initiative Forum adds an ecological fourth leg to the familiar threefolding.
SUMMER & YEAR-LONG
Our event calendar has been loaded up significantly with summer programs.
FIFTY YEARS
Hawthorne Valley is a remarkable achievement, a family of initiatives…
WARMING
Portland (Oregon) Branch’s new space, housewarming.
MANIFESTATIONS OF KARMA
The Central Regional Council’s “The Karma Project.”
PHOTO: a wall in SF, Helen Keller: “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.”
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April 11, 2021
NEW PODCAST
At The Anthroposopher: “Elemental Appreciation,” with Harald Hoven in conversation with Laura Scappaticci.
WHITSUN
The Western Regional Council invites you to join them in a study.
HEALTH
The Foundation for Health Creation, has a very useful new website.
ITA WEGMAN INSTITUTE
Peter Selg, MD, shares their recent newsletter.
being human ONLINE
The most recent print issue is now online with articles in a smartphone-friendly format.
SOPHIA
“A Sophia Mosaic” is good preparation for a new Sophia Community Circle starting in May (look for the email) and leading up to a Sophia Conference in 2022.
THREEFOLD
Aug 11-15 will bring a conference, The Twelve Senses: Sensing Justice in the Encounter.
PHOTOS
From early spring in Los Angeles
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March 28, 2021
Link to photos of the Goetheanum from this time in 2019.
EASTER
Program resources available for the Easter week that begins today.
HEALTH
The Medical Section at the Goetheanum report: “Covid-19: Looking to the future.”
Programs coming soon: SOPHIA & THE STARS
The Sophia Community Circle would like to invite you to gather with them monthly.
Mary Stewart Adams will offer The New Images of the Zodiac in the Cycle of the Year.
PERFORMING ARTS
Eurythmy, Speech Formation, Eurythmy Therapy: the Section at the Goetheanum offers a digital working meeting.
HELP FOR NONPROFITS
The American Rescue Plan Act details are at the website of the National Council of Nonprofits.
CALENDAR OF THE SOUL
Our page has been updated with Herbert Hagens’ dates for the year ahead, and other links.
FARM RELOCATION
Blossom’s Farm, active and socially-engaged, is facing that challenge.
BODY & SOUL
The Association for Anthroposophic Psychology offers “Psychological Disturbances in Relation to Lung, Liver, Kidney, and Heart.”
PHOTOS from Dwight Ebaugh taken this time of year in various locations.
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March 14, 2021
— The Goetheanum Youth Section has a full event calendar.
— A beautiful winter newsletter from Free Columbia
— The Economics Conference at the Goetheanum publishes a newsletter, Associate! Its January issue is devoted to youth financial literacy.
— The inspiring teacher, researcher, and author Dennis Klocek is offering an online “School of Soil, Soul and Spirit.”
— “Comprehensive Health” may be a good way to introduce Anthroposophic Medicine.
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February 28, 2021
— Thoughts on the pandemic deaths.
LISTENING?
The Youth Initiative Initiative Forum is coming up in just a few days (March 3-7).
MACBETH & THE PROBLEM OF EVIL
The Association for Anthroposophic Psychology and the Eckersley Shakespeare Trust announce a five-part series: Shakespeare’s Macbeth: Illuminating the Challenge of Evil.
THE MYSTERY DRAMA OF OUR LIVES
A continuing resource is the Center for Biography and Social Art.
THE MYSTERY OF TECHNOLOGY
One extraordinary event of “Covid-time” was the August 13-16, 2020, MysTech Conference.
BASIC HEALTH
There is now a four-part set of videos on YouTube that share basic anthroposophic medical concepts in a way that assumes no prior knowledge.
STEINER AUDIO
Sometimes it is nice to be read to; Dale Brunsvold has been recording Steiner for 17 years.
— Photographs of rural habitations are again contributed by Dwight Ebaugh.
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February 15, 2021
— photos by Dwight Ebaugh.
PROGRAMS
— Lisa Romero’s webinar the Spiritual Origins of Conspiracy is now in our store (free, donations welcomed).
— A 12-part program with Mary Stewart Adams will start May 17th: “The New Images of the Zodiac in the Cycle of the Year.”
— Save the date for a Sophia Conference in April, 2022.
YOUTH & AGRICULTURE
— The Youth Section in North America organizes a “Open-Pollinator Future Lab: a conversation across North America on Youth+Agriculture.”
— One pollinator presentation by Walter Goldstein is available in PDF form.
— The Pfeiffer Center is inviting applications for a three-month summer farm internship, prerequisite for a nine-month extended internship.
BEING HEARD
— Coming out of last September’s “How We Will 2020” was an impulse to create ALIANT, a US equivalent to the ELIANT alliance in Europe.
GREAT BOOKS
— View the latest from the UK’s Rudolf Steiner Press and Temple Lodge Publications and SteinerBooks and its imprints.
— Available now: Rudolf Steiner: Esoteric Lessons for the First Class of the School of Spiritual Science, volumes 1-4; with English and German texts printed side by side, plates with Rudolf Steiner’s handwritten notes of the mantras and reproductions of his original color blackboard drawings.
TALKING AMERICA
— The Sacramento Faust Branch holds meetings on Zoom: Exploring the Spiritual-Historical Background of America.
THINK TECH
— “Learning to Think Like a Smart Machine” is the latest essay online at Medium.com from anthroposophist Boyd Collins.
Also,
— The Portland (Oregon) Branch has found a home for its library of 3,000 books along with human get-togethers.
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January 30, 2021
— program notes: Lisa Romero “The Spiritual Origins of Conspiracy”; John Bloom & Laura Scappaticci podcast, “The Social Life of Money”
— four Goetheanum events:
—The Goetheanum Anthroposophy Studies.
—Rudolf Steiner mystery drama materials are being offered online.
—Youth and Agriculture Sections conference “Breathing with the Climate Crisis” from February 11-14
—Youth Section (Re)Search Summer School “for young people of all backgrounds, regardless of previous academic experience.”
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January 16, 2021
— thoughts of Gene Gollogly of SteinerBooks who passed on at 70
— full details now on “Die and Become ~ Bridging the Sacred Threshold” an interactive workshop series with Linda Bergh and Jolie Hanna Luba
— thanks from Deb Abrahams-Dematte for a strong response to our end of year appeal
— Remarkable offering from the Natural Science Section and the Goetheanum, an introduction and ten translated sessions for the October 2020 conference on climate
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January 2, 2021
— a short issue while we work on being human print edition
— “Die and Become ~ Bridging the Sacred Threshold” an interactive workshop series with Linda Bergh and Jolie Hanna Luba
— Beethoven and becoming human; “Beethoven is Prometheus”
— his one ballet, The Creatures of Prometheus
— a full performance online by the Philharmonia Orchestra
— Rudolf Steiner: 1906 statement on music and the spirit
— Photos from Southern California this time of year
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December 19, 2020
— the annual appeal
— Beethoven and his 250th birthday
— The Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch presents a Zoom talk by Prof. Peter Selg, MD
— The new outreach program of Anthroposophic Medicine has a timely focus on public health
— Otto Scharmer of MIT and Theory U addresses Post-Truth, Post-Democracy, and Post-Humanity
— Essential Anthroposophy reflects briefly on our human mission.
— Fred Amrine reviews Wolfgang Schad, Threefoldness in Humans and Mammals
— WECAN has wonderful books on sale
— The photos take us from dim northeastern winter to sunny California
— The Portland Branch Site Committee is polling friends and members about a home
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December 5, 2020
— the annual appeal
— plans for a Holy Nights daytime “seed gathering”: A Rose by Any Other Name
— seasonal inspiration in our store; a new Holy Nights Journal 2020-2021 from Alan Thewless
— Dennis Klocek: “The School of Michael: Soul Health in an Age of Falsehood”
— the Goetheanum’s report on the recent general meeting
— essential anthroposophy: Steiner’s all-embracing spiritual ecology
— the “great conjunction” Jupiter & Saturn this year at the Winter Solstice
— renewal a “farm organism” with the arrival of a new farmer
— photos of Rudolf Steiner House and environs dusted with snow
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November 21, 2020
— Anthroposophic Nursing Practice: the new book
— “Growing Roots at Plowshare Farm” at SentinelSource.com (Keene, NH)
— Link: the recent being human is now online
— Rudolf Steiner on Viral Illness and Epidemics – review by Michael Ronall
— Hazel Archer-Ginsberg: temperaments at ReverseRitual.com
— THANKSGIVING THOUGHTS
— Andrew Linnell on The Hidden Heretic of the Renaissance: Leonardo
— Rev. Gisela Wielki’s retirement and Franz Marc’s Fighting Forms (1914)
— Photos show a changed palette in our nearby arboretum.
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November 7, 2020
— Holy Nights online
— Leaving a Legacy of Will
— Upcoming Writers’ Salon
— Charles Andrade color class
— Homeopathy appeal to the FDA
— Bruce Donehower video of a poem by Novalis
— Sunbridge Institute Teachers Conference on Race
— Boyd Collins: To See with a Thousand Eyes
— A new website, TheLiteraryArts.com
— Kolisko Institute annual conference webinars
— Lightforms Art Center: Judy Pfaff; Place as Portal
— “Fear of Rest” from The Sun magazine
— Keats “To Autumn” and photos of foliage and leaves
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October 25, 2020 — the annual meeting and conference recordings
— the Goetheanum annual meeting livestream
— John Bloom reappointment as General Secretary
— Flight, a new sculpture by Martina Angela Müller
— Antioch University’s new EdD program with a Waldorf cohort
— Dan McKanan’s new book on Camphill; Camphill Research Symposium
— Photo: a flower gone to seed
— Essential Anthroposophy: the soul forces
— Photo: berries on a vine
— The NYC Branch Keep Talking blog
— The Goetheanum Leadership’s talks on “The Signature of Our Time.”
— Photo: Maple tree seeds on cement
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October 10, 2020 — Spanish is coming to RudolfSteiner.org!
— Another wonderful issue of the twice-yearly Art Section Newsletter
— Recalling Sally Voris of White Rose Farm
— Archangel Michael, illuminated manuscript, Germany
— The Front Range Anthroposophical Café
— Stella Natura 2021 Biodynamic Planting Calendar
— Photo of a very small flower unfolding an image of a whole constellation
— Photo of a garden in a crack in a cement sidewalk
— Edward Reaugh Smith passed away in August
— Lynn Jericho proposes “Holy Calm in Chaotic Times
– An Introduction to Equanimity”
— Photo of sunflowers in front of Rudolf Steiner House in Ann Arbor, MI.
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September 26, 2020 — Annual Conference: “Healing the Social Life, Preparing the Future” – keynote presenters
— ALIANT Alliance
— Philip Thatcher on Jupiter/Saturn, US Elections
— More eurythmy online
— Images of Archangel Micha-el, Russian, French, Italian
— Photo: late September mushrooms, SE Massachusetts
— The Michaelmas thought
— CAO racial sensitivity training
— CfA Explorations Online
— Anthroposophic Health Ass’n Resources
— Photo: late September, wild turkeys, SE Massachusetts
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September 12, 2020 — Western fires
— ‘Podding’
— APO Walkathon
— Anthroposophy Worldwide online
— Michaelmas preparations and podcasts
— Joseph Beuys, Cosmos and Damian Polished (1975)
— 9/11: Love, Service, Remembrance
— photo: Rockface, Sept, NE California
— Essential anthroposophy: living in the life of the Earth
— Dan McKanan interviewed
— Fred Amrine – Keryx Books
— New ASA events calendar
— photo: Dried cone and pine needles, Sept, NE California
— Joseph Beuys on suffering and compassion.
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August 29, 2020 — Fall conference suggestions
— Applied Anthroposophy Course “A Crash Course for Beginners” with Sherry Wildfeuer and Alex Tuchman
— CA Santa Cruz Fires / Gulf Hurricane
— September Art Dispersal with Laura Summer
— Eric Müller – Black Madonna novel
— The Annual Report for 2019 is now online
— Essential Anthroposophy: we are woven into the world
— A new General Secretary Page online
— Inventing Color: Late Works of M.C. Richards at Lightforms Art Center
— Waldorf Education: A Family Guide is available in a new, completely revised 2nd edition
— Photos of August clouds, afternoon and evening, from southern New Jersey
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August 15, 2020 — Eric Utne’s memoir is published
— Free Columbia Puppet Troupe performs a new work
— EduCareDo announces five new distance learning courses
— Lines by poet Seamus Heaney
— Essential anthroposophy: the stages of the human self’s development
— new books from Waldorf Publications
— How We Will in Chicago, August 17-30
— Youth Section study of the Foundation Stone – western landscapes
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August 1, 2020 — Applied Anthroposophy – coming in September
—Association for Anthroposophic Psychology continues its training online
— Boyd Collins writes about technology with a deep appreciation of anthroposophy
— The BD Association’s blog is always interesting
— Our online fall conference will have a first online art dispersal
— Essential anthroposophy: the journey of the ‘I’
— The Goetheanum has an English channel on YouTube
— How about educating outdoors?
— Gain skills with nine months at the Fellowship Community
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July 13, 2020
— Preparing the Sixth Epoch
— Eurythmy Online
— A new comet
— Goetheanum Climate Conference Feb 2021
— “The human being is a bridge” verse
— Essential anthroposophy: selfhood makes us human
— Anthroposophic Medicine conference in Sept
— International Lyre Day
— Steiner on viral illnesses and epidemics, collected
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June 29, 2020 — Social inclusion at a distance
— Our annual conference
— Biodynamic Association/Demeter USA merger
— Essential anthroposophy: the human form and constitution
— Lightforms Art Center
— The Twelve Senses Online from Threefold
— Steiner School of Speech Arts
— “Earth Alive”: Questions of Courage
— MysTech Conference
— Video: A Prayer
— Recruiting for initiatives
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June 15, 2020 — Fellowship Community fire
— John Bloom letter
— “Five Good Words” online
— “Teaching” by Molly McMullen-Laird, MD
— Essential anthroposophy: affirming humanity
— Michaela Glöckler, MD, on coronavirus questions
— Parent-Teacher support links
— Craig Holdrege: “Viruses in the Dynamics of Life”
— Regional reports
— Observing plants with the will.
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communications update

May 27, 2020 — Summering online?
Summer programs status – postponed, online, focusing on being human advertisers. — View the email

5 Comments

  1. Christopher Guilfoil on July 13, 2020 at 2:06 pm

    Dear friends,

    While most of the news from various anthroposophical endeavors now tends to be about stuff to do online, Zoom, webinars, etc., all well and good, it would be nice to also hear what folks are doing in person, face to face. These examples are needed now to balance the quick turning to screens.

    Yes, it can meet the desires and needs of many, 600 doing eurythmy online, but news of two or more gathering can be inspiring and insightful as well.

    Thanks for the good work,
    Christopher Guilfoil, Editor, Portland Branch Newsletter, Portland, OR

  2. Joan Tannheimer on July 14, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you Dear John Beck,

    Your writing is always inspiring, helpful, and kind. In response to Christopher, I am a flute and recorder player. We are now having rehearsals in a garden setting near a farm. Walking groups wander by and listen to us for awhile sometimes. Also in-person eurythmy has been available at the House of Peace, in the large barn space, for which my harpist friend and I play accompaniment. We can keep a distance, but the soul- warmth of interacting with friendly humans is invaluable.

    With Gratitude and earnest good wishes,

    • editor on July 14, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Christopher, thanks for the question. Joan, thank you for this lovely answer!

  3. John Schuchardt on July 14, 2020 at 11:43 pm

    Greetings, John.
    Another issue of New View has arrived containing many articles that I believe are important and helpful in our crisis.
    I had suggested a link to the earlier issue, which you said was a good idea, so I was disappointed that you omitted that.
    Now I also request a link to this important resource of the most recent issue of New View.
    with hopes that the efforts of our anthroposophical friends in Europe can be shared with our membership here,
    best wishes, John

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