Current Events and Study Groups

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April 2019 Meetings and Events

First a special section for local Easter Events,
followed by regular April Events.

EASTER 2019 

** Important TIME change**

** The Branch EASTER FESTIVAL is now 4pm **

** NOT at 3.**

The Berkshire-Taonic Branch Easter Festival
Easter Sunday, April 21st, 4pm
At the hall in Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

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Click here to read:
Easter Week Daily Meditations on St. Paul’s Conversion/Initiation Experience In Light of the Easter Thought

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Holy Week Events: at the Christian Community Church in Hillsdale April 14th-20th 2019

The Path of Passion. Every Morning and Evening:
Act of Consecration & Sermon every morning (see times below),
plus: a Close of Day & Conversation, Sunday through Friday 6:30—7:30pm.

**Saturday, there will be a talk after the morning service, but no Close of Day**

Sunday, April 14th, 10:30am - Palm Sunday - Footwashing
Monday, April 15th, 9:00am - Holy Monday - Scourging
Tuesday, April 16th, 9:00am - Holy Tuesday - Crowning
Wednesday, April 17th, 9:00 am - Holy Wednesday - Bearing the Cross
Thursday, April 18th, 9:00am - Maundy Thursday - Crucifixion
Friday, April 19th, 9:00am - Good Friday -Entombment
Saturday, April 20th, 9:00am -Holy Saturday* -Resurrection

The Forty Days of Easter: the Festival of Resurrection Easter Sunday, April 21st, following the Act of Consecration.

Join us for THE EASTER PUPPET PLAY and an Easter Joy Brunch directly following the Act of Consecration. Potluck contributions welcome!

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The Festival Study Group will meet during Holy Week to continue discussion of Rudolf Steiner’s lectures on The Gospel of St. Luke.
Palm Sunday, April 14th, 7:30pm – Lecture 7
Good Friday, April 19th, 7:30pm – Lecture 8
Easter Sunday, April 21st, members of the study group are invited to breakfast at 10am followed by a discussion of Lecture 9.

We will conclude this cycle of lectures at Whitsun.

Meetings are at the home of Gloria Kemp and Margaret Rosenthaler. Contact info in the Chanticleer.

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Celebration of the Easter Festival and Honoring the Spiritual Beings in Nature
Saturday April 27th, 4:30-6:00 pm, followed by a Potluck Supper to begin at 6:00 pm

We in our community will gather together to prepare healing substances for the good Earth, celebrate the festival, and recognize the Elemental Beings and the Spiritual Beings
behind the creation of nature. All who attend, who wish to, can contribute thoughts about Easter. Songs, poetry, a recitation of the Foundation Stone Meditation, music, Eurythmy, and Spacial Dynamics will be enjoyed by all.

Children and adults alike are invited to participate.
The festival will be held at the home of Christiana Williams. Contact info in the Chanticleer.

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Karl Konig's 'Maundy Thursday Play'
Thursday April 18th 7:30 pm
at Camphill Village Copake (Fountain Hall).
The Maundy Thursday Play was written by Dr. Karl Konig (founder of the Camphill Movement). The action takes place
in The Spirit or Heavenly Realm and also during The Last Supper with the 12 Apostles and Christ. It is Christmas time
in the Heavenly realm and those who reside there are eagerly watching the deeds taking place on the Earth, specifically the transformation of the loaves and fishes and later on with Christ’s ultimate sacrifice. A ‘Youth’ character tells three ‘Archangels’
of the new direction that is about to happen for the future
of Humanity and the Heavens. The Apostles and Christ are creating a new type of freedom in re-connecting with the Spirit. It is a transformation of sorts that one character, ‘The Speaker’ undergoes in the Heavenly realm. Ultimately the further connection between Earth and Spirit begins to re-enliven the two through the free deeds done on Earth.
** This play features members from the various Camphill Communities of Columbia County **

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April Events

Meditation worthy of the Name — by Michael Lipson
Times: Each Week on Tuesdays 11am; Thursdays 5pm. (Same theme twice each week.)
Location: 5 Hillside Avenue, Great Barrington, MA

For 19 years, I have led a meditation and spiritual practices group in my office in Great Barrington, MA. This is a drop-in group. Everyone is welcome. You can come once, or every time, or intermittently, just as you please.

We focus on wide-ranging themes of the spiritual life. “Spiritual” refers to those aspects of existence that normal consciousness may dimly sense, but cannot enter wakefully. In group, we try to enter them wakefully. It is not a study group. We’re after direct experience. And we laugh a lot.

For example, right now we are focused on the potentials within ageing -- a process rarely seen for its enormous promise. We have previously worked with healings in the New Testament, with the Lojong Slogans of Tibetan Buddhism, with Sufi practices of interpersonal encounter, with Gaian awareness and Goethean observation, and really the themes are endless.

In each case, our work is Word-oriented. We aim to participate knowingly in the co-creation of what Steiner called, “the flow of world occurrence.”

Times: Tues 11am; Thurs 5pm. (Same theme twice each week.) Location: 5 Hillside Avenue, Great Barrington, MA
Fee: $20

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Painting at Free Columbia
— Thursday Mornings —

For those of you who would like to paint on a weekly basis we are offering a 9:30am-12pm
Studio time, with instruction by Laura Summer if you want it. Most materials provided.
A contribution of $0-35 is suggested, this means you can choose an amount in that range that fits your budget.
Please contact Laura Summer if you want to come.

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Grief Support Group
— Thursday afternoons 
For people who’ve lost a loved one in the last year.
Shared support and presentations on ways to handle challenges. Led by Gregor Simon-MacDonald, LMSW, former Hospice Social Worker. Open to people with or without
a connection to Anthroposophy. Fee: $35
At The Christian Community, Green River Lane, N. Hillsdale.
Call Gregor for details. Contact info in Chanticleer.
Pre-registration REQUIRED

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** Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School Community Cabaret and Coffee House **

Join us for a celebration of community that also supports the school’s Annual Fund

Friday, April 5, 2019, 6:30pm – 9:30pm

The Hall at Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School, Suggested admission: $10 – $20 individual; $25 – $50 family This event celebrates our diverse community with a light-hearted and unique program of live entertainment, a selection of home-made desserts, and a raffle to benefit our school. This is a family-friendly event. Performances include singing, dancing, poetry, storytelling, skits, juggling, music, and moreAll funds raised from this event will support the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School’s Annual Fund which helps to bridge the gap between tuition income and annual operating expenses in support of making this education as accessible as possible to a diverse community of families.

More details:
Questions: Elizabeth Frishkoff (12th Grade Class Rep) Contact info in Chanticleer.

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Eldering as an Improvisational Journey **Canceled**

April 5, 7:30pm-9:00pm
April 6, 9:30am-4:30pm

with Signe Schaefer, Jennifer Brooks Quinn and Kathleen Bowen
We will use biography and social art exercises to bring to light the events and patterns in our earlier life phases to help us discover imaginations for our later years.

Event Location: Spring Valley, NY
REGISTER by March 29th

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Arteum Painting Course
Friday, April 5th, 6:30pm - Sunday, April 7th, 2pm
Painting with Hans Schumm
Eurythmy with Karen Derreumaux.
Color, Elements, Ethers and Temperaments seem to form
an interwoven unity. This can be discovered when we try to immerse ourselves objectively into the inner nature of color. Following the color in this way and using specific color sequences may lead to a wondrous painting journey into the Nature Mood sketches of Rudolf Steiner, with which we will work throughout the year.
For further details please call. Contact info in Chanticleer.

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** The Concerts at Camphill Ghent **

Saturday, April 6th, 3pm

Brahms and Bernstein away!

Six students from the Graduate Vocal Arts program led by Dawn Upshaw, and four exceptional students from the Bard College Conservatory of Music, led by Robert Martin, will perform songs by Bernstein, Handel and Schumann, and the exquisite Clarinet Quintet in B minor by Brahms.

Pianist Gili Melamed-Lev will join Bard faculty violist Marka Gustavsson and pianist Kayo Iwama. This is promising to be a festive, inspiring and joyous concert and students from ages 5 and up are strongly encouraged to come.

Free admission

All are invited to the reception to meet the artists.

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Curative Education Study Group
* This study group is usually held the 1st Friday *
Friday, April 5th, 7 pm
We will continue studying from the book The Modern Art of Education by Rudolf Steiner.
We will discuss lectures six and eleven.
At the home of Christiana Williams
83-7 May Hill Rd near Harlemville.
For directions or information call. Contact info in Chanticleer.

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Branch Initiative MeetingTime & Date Change
2nd and 4th Tuesday, April 9th and 23rd, 7 - 8:30pm
4 To accommodate people who cannot meet during regular working hours, beginning in April, the Branch Coordinating Group will be meeting from 7pm to 8:30pm
on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month 4
All are invited who wish to take an active part in the life of our Branch of the Anthroposophical Society, or just learn more about it. To learn more, contact John Barnes. Contact info in Chanticleer.
Meetings take place at Windy Hill.

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The Beatitudes in Word and Movement

Sunday, April 7th, 12:00pm

Liza Marcato will give an introduction to the Path described, and the Beatitudes will be performed in Eurythmy by Michal Bar-Shalom, Patti Regan, Ran Shimizu, Lynne Stolfo, and Jeanne Simon-MacDonald.
At the Christian Community Church in Hillsdale.

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First Class: Sunday, April 7th, 3:15 for 3:30pm
Camphill Ghent. Contact Anna Rée. Contact info in Chanticleer.

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The Staying Connected Study Group
Tuesday, April 9th, 7:30 pm
The Staying Connected Study Group will discuss Lecture 2 of Rudolf Steiner’s At Home in the Universe, five lectures given in The Hague, November 13-18, 1923.
At the home of Gloria Kemp and Margaret Rosenthaler. Contact info in Chanticleer.

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Theme of the Year Study Group Meeting
Thursday, April 11th, 7:30pm punctually
Everyone is welcome to participate in the study of the 2018-2019 Theme of the Year. Please prepare ahead for the meeting by studying the following chapters:
The Laying of the Foundation Stone, 1923 (p.36),
and the chapter of The Lord's Prayer, (p.76) — which will be the main focus.
Both from the book: The Foundation Stone, by W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven (published by Temple Lodge). We will also concentrate on the Third Panel.
The meeting will be at Camphill Ghent, in the MAGNOLIA HOUSE (second entrance on the service road). For comments or questions about the meeting call. Contact info in Chanticleer.

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Camphill Hudson Players presents Food Talks
Friday April 12th 7pm
After a sold out debut at Hudson Hall in 2018, integrated theater group The Camphill Hudson Players return with a new, tantalizing production exploring our relationship to food and the role it plays in the local community. With a series of funny and eye-opening vignettes, Food Talks asks, “Are you willing to have a conversation with the food you eat?”
at Hudson Hall 327 Warren St Hudson NY (Free)

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Goethean Science and the Native Science
of Indigenous Peoples - A talk by Jennifer Greene
Friday, April 12th at 7pm
At The Nature Institute
Jennifer Greene is the founder and director of the Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, Maine.
Sliding scale: $5 - $20

** Weekend Workshop with Jennifer Greene **
    at The Nature Institute
Moving, Forming, and Rhythm in Water Flow: 
Experiencing and Understanding the Fluid Event of Water...

Saturday, April 13th, 9am-4pm and Sunday, April 14th, 10am-12:30pm

On Saturday, please bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch.

How we know water determines what we see of water and, therefore, how we interact with it and, ultimately how we care for and manage it. If water is seen as a commodity only, water management projects lead to abandonment of our waterways and our depletion of water resources. This leads to the infringement on the right of all living creatures to clean water. If we see water a “right of all living beings,” as “an element for life,” which serves all life without prejudice, then our management decisions will be different and the sanctity of life will be understood and thus protected. We usually do not defile what we have come to revere.

Through this hands-on experiential water workshop, we will hone observation skills and precise language descriptions as we follow unfolding water phenomena. Through “thinking like water” we will try to develop insights that reveal water’s intrinsic nature.

Please register for the workshop by April 5. Sliding scale: $50 - $200

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First Class at Windy Hill
April 13th & 14th
Date Change for April (in consideartion of Easter)

April 13th, 7pm, Free Rendering Lesson 4
April 14th, 8:30am Conversation Lesson 4
If you have questions regarding the Class you can call either Hanna or John. Contact info in Chanticleer.

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Nature Spirits Study Group
* This study group is usually held the 3rd Wednesday *
April 17th, at 7pm
We will review lectures 1-6
of Nature Spirits: Selected lectures by Rudolf Steiner At the home of Christiana Williams.
For information and directions call. Contact info in Chanticleer.

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Poem, Tale or Fairy Tale?
A Beginning Exploration of Goethe and Novalis.
Saturday, April 20th at l0am

Continuation of a gathering of those interested in exploring the offerings of Goethe and Novalis. (We are currently working on the novel Heinrich von Ofterdingen by Novalis but the content is flexible to meet the interests of those attending.)
At the home of Christiana Williams.
For information and directions call. Contact info in Chanticleer.

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Creating Death-Caring Communities
April 26,27,28 Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School

Through interactive workshops, triad sharing, keynote discussions with Rev. Julia Polter, Lisa Romero, Linda Bergh, and Marianne and Dennis Dietzel, as well as experiential and artistic activities, we will consciously explore the spiritual and practical aspect of human life and death.

Full Schedule and details at
$195 full conference. Youth rate and scholarships available.
Daily Rates:
Friday evening: $50 -light reception included
Saturday: $80 - lunch/dinner separate
Sunday: $50 -light brunch included

Events which will be open to the general public:

Thursday, April 25th at 7pm
Screening of Living While Dying
at Hawthorne Valley School Auditorium- Open to the public!
($10 Suggested Donation)

Saturday April 27th: 9:00-10:30am
The Container of Community with Linda Bergh and Marianne and Dennis Dietzel
Celebrating a death-care community
In 1996 an event occurred in Harlemville that changed the community and the face of its death-caring understanding. Two new students from Minnesota attending Hawthorn Valley Waldorf School for 11th and 12th grades, Kirsten Bergh and Nina Dietzel, died in a car accident. Kirsten’s mother, Linda Bergh, survived. Linda, as well as Nina's parents, Marianne and Dennis Dietzel, will be present at the conference. They, along with many other voices from the community, will share this special story in an artistic weaving on Saturday morning, how this shared destiny continues to inform the community.

April 28th 2:00pm-4:30pm Post Conference:
Death, Dying and Surrender Post Conference with Lisa Romero
Through the inner work and the meditative life one has to understand the process of conscious surrender and letting go of attachments to the transitory life – “to die before we die”. This can be the hardest aspect of meditative practice and also the hardest aspect of life. With the esoteric understanding of death, dying and surrender we can actively take the steps that lead to the seeds of transformation and a new stage of growth, preparing us for the letting go of the body and the journey into the spiritual world.
(Free to conference participants. Please register with your main conference registration.)
Open to the Public $15-20 suggested donation.

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About the Anthroposophical Society

The Anthroposophical Society has branches all over the world.  The society is an association of individuals interested in a clear understanding of the spirit, both in the great universe and in the human heart, and interested in bringing this understanding into practical life and relationships.  The society is not a theoretical undertaking, it is a pursuit into deeper experience of the greater world and human life.  Recently, Bodo von Plato, a member of the leadership in the society, expressed these two guiding stars of the society as follows-

To conceive of human relationships as actual spiritual life, to know, to experience spiritual reality concretely in these relationships and then to learn how to work with these realities, this is a central motif of the Anthroposophical Society...and this is connected with the very heartbeat of the anthroposophical society, the idea of the school of spiritual science, and the relationships with concrete spiritual beings that this school implies.  Once again, this is not a relationship to some abstract  spiritual world, it is a relationship to concrete spiritual beings that such a world consists of.

-Bodo von Plato
current member of the council of the International Anthroposophical Society

A weekend gathering dedicated to the study of Rudolf Steiner's Philosophy of Freedom in Harlemville.

The Home of the Branch

The Berkshire Taconic Branch, as the name suggests, is a branch of the international society that is growing in the area that straddles the line dividing Massachusetts and New York among the Berkshires and the Taconic Hills. 

The Branch Newsletter

The branch puts out a newsletter 10 months of each year called the Chanticleer.  The Chanticleer contains articles, art, poetry, announcements, a calendar and news relevant to anthroposophy, mostly contributed by members from our area.  This newsletter is an important aspect of the branch that helps us develop community awareness. 

To subscribe to the Chanticleer contact our editor, Ella Lapointe, by e-mail-

Branch Activities

Our branch hosts a monthly meeting where anthroposophy is studied and discussed.  The branch also organizes, sponsors and hosts lectures, conferences, performances, art exhibits and festivals.  The Berkshire Taconic region area is full of initiative and activity inspired by anthroposophy.  These initiatives include waldorf schools, bio-dynamic farms, adult education inspired by anthroposophy for teachers, artists, scientists, therapists, social workers, Camphill Communities a congregation of the Christian Community and more.  The national society's Rudolf Steiner Library is located in our area.  You can contact Jordan Walker through this website if you have particular questions.

The School of Spiritual Science

The School of Spiritual Science which has its center in Dornach Switzerland and is dedicated to research of the spiritual aspects of reality, is also active in our area.  To learn about this school you can call Hanna Kress at 518-325-3648 or John Barnes at 518-325-1113.




1030 Rte. 21 Ghent, N.Y. 12075