Upcoming Events


Please excuse us for any omissions. And please accept that there is no preference being given to what initiatives are receiving space on our website, but rather reflects what is readily accessible to the volunteer that is making an effort to make local events and initiatives more accessible to friends of the Berkshire-Taconic Branch.

Imbolc Riverfire: February 2, 2019 at 4pm

Basilica Hudson 110 S Front Street Hudson , New York
Imbolc is a cross quarter day in the Celtic calendar between winter solstice and spring equinox . It is also called Candlemas, St. Bridget’s and Groundhog Day, marking the beginning of Spring and return of the light.
Imbolc Riverfire is a festival performance inspired by
the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone.
FIRE, SPECTACLE, PERFORMANCE AND MUSIC IN AN EPIC PRODUCTION.
Imbolc Riverfire begins its creation in September of 2018 with a “Patron of Candlemas” subscription. This early purchase will fund the making of the props, costumes, pageant wagons.
A $30 donation will include a reserved seat and a memento of the event on February 2 , 2019. There is a limit of 400 members.
Go to imbolcriverfire.com and use Paypal or mail checks to :
Imbolc Riverfire
P.O. Box 776 Philmont, NY 12565

The Concerts at Camphill Ghent, 2018–19 season

Camphill Ghent’s concert series is now in its seventh sea- son. Artistic Director and pianist Gili Melamed-Lev brings together world-class artists to perform chamber music in an intimate setting. Please reserve your tickets in advance. Season subscription: six concerts for the price of five; Single tickets (Adults-$30, Seniors - $25, Students - Free) by email, or by calling: Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

November 10, 2018 3pm: Beethoven Unbound
Aaron Boyd - Violin, Gili Melamed-Lev - Piano;Beethoven The Spring and The Kreutzer sonatas

December 8, 2018 3pm: Young Masters, Old and New
Benjamin Hochman - Piano; Bach, Chopin, Gilad Cohen, Mozart and Brault

February 16, 2019 3pm: “The Long Nineteenth Century (Started with Mozart)”
Eugene Drucker - Violin, William Frampton - Viola; Roberta Cooper - Cello, Gili Melamed-Lev - Piano; Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg and Brahms

March 9, 2019 3pm:The Keyboard Astride the Centuries
Simone Dinnerstein - Piano; Schumann, Couperin, Satie and Glass

April 6, 2019 3pm: Brahms away!
Students of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program of the Bard College Conservatory of Music; Dawn Upshaw artistic director, with instrumental students from The Bard College Conservatory directed by Robert Martin and Kayo Iwama and Gili Melamed-Lev - piano 4 hands; Brahms clarinet quintet and songs by Bernstein, Brahms and Faure

November 2018

Meetings and Events

Berkshire-Taconic Branch All Souls Festival
Friday, November 2, 7pm
At Windy Hill. Please take a moment to remember those who have crossed the threshold this past year and contact Leland Lehrman with those names, that they may be read during the evening (even if you yourself cannot attend): Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Curative Education Study Group - CANCELLED!  Going to All Soul’s at Windy Hill!

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First Class: Sunday, November 4, 3:15 for 3:30pm
Camphill Ghent. Contact Anna - Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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The Unique Contribution and Relevancy of Biodynamic Agriculture, a talk by Ueli Hurter
Monday, November 5, 7:30 pm
Ueli Hurter, co-leader of the International Agricultural Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland and experienced biodynamic farmer will give a talk, “World Report on Agriculture: The Unique Contribution and Relevancy of Biodynamic Agriculture,” at Fountain Hall at Camphill Village (84 Camp Road, Copake, NY). Ueli is visiting the Northeast on his way to the North American Biodynamic Conference in Portland, Oregon. This talk is for anyone interested in learning more about this ecological way of farming and its potential for improving the health of our soils and planet. $10 suggested donation at the door.

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First Class: Thursday, November 8, 3:45 for 4pm
Conversation re: Lesson 3
—in the residence of Anna and Brian, Camphill Ghent. Contact Anna - Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Theme of the Year Branch Study Group
Thursday, November 8, 7:30 pm
Everyone is welcome! All are invited to participate in the study of the 2018-2019 Theme of the Year. Please prepare ahead for the meeting by studying the following text: The Christmas Day 1923 address by Steiner “The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Anthroposophical Society,” also with emphasis on the address of Monday the 31st on the rhythm for that day. Call Nick - Contact information is in the Chanticleer. if you have comments or questions. At Camphill Ghent, in the MAGNOLIA HOUSE (second entrance on the service road).

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November Nights - Arteum Painting Weekend.
Friday 6:30pm - Sunday, 2:00pm, November 9-11
Painting with Hans Schumm; Eurythmy with Karen Derreumaux. Mysterious darkness, fog, clouds, bare brush and trees are some characteristics of the final month of the Autumn season. How can the magic of such sceneries be captured through color? Open to all. Windy Hill Studio Barn. Sliding scale $150-250. Tuition help available. Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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The Concerts at Camphill Ghent:
Beethoven Unbound Saturday, November 10, 3pm
Violinist Aaron Boyd (from the Escher String Quartet) and pia- nist Gili Melamed-Lev will perform Beethoven’s two most cele- brated and well known violin works, the Spring and The Kreutzer sonatas. Don’t miss these great works! Please reserve your tickets in advance. Single tickets (Adults-$30, Seniors - $25, Students - Free) Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Christian Community Craft Fair
Sunday, November 11, noon to 3pm.
The annual Craft Fair to benefit the Christian Community in Hillsdale will feature handmade crafts, wood novelties and knitwear, homemade preserves, Advent calendars, Christmas decorations, and a second hand boutique which currently seeks donations of finer clothing. A silent auction of artwork and mer- chandise discounts will be featured, to close the following Sunday. For those who wish to bid or shop during that week, visits may be arranged. Contact information is in the Chanticleer - to schedule.To offer clothing items, call Diane - Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Staying Connected Study Group
Tuesday, November 13, 7:30pm
Beginning in November we will begin with the series of Steiner lectures in the book Staying Connected. It may be obtained from SteinerBooks or the Rudolf Steiner Library.This would be a good time for anyone considering attending this study group to join us as we begin a new book.

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Branch Initiative Meeting
Friday, November 16, 3pm
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. We begin each meeting with a verse before engaging in brief study of a letter from The Life, Nature, and Cultivation of Anthroposophy. Contact the editor or anyone listed as a participant in the group on the mailer page of this newsletter. At Windy Hill.

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Poem, Tale or Fairy Tale? A Beginning exploration of Goethe and Novalis
Saturday, November 17, at 10 in the morning!
Continuation of a gathering of those interested in exploring the offerings of Goethe and Novalis. At the home of Christiana Williams 83-7 May Hill Rd. near Harlemville. For information and directions call Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Nature Spirits Study Group
Wednesday, November 21, 7:00pm
We will work with lecture ten of Nature Spirits: Selected Lecturesby Rudolf Steiner at the home of Christiana Williams 83-7 May Hill Rd. near Harlemville. For information and directions call - Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Looking Ahead & Further Afield

The Seminary Of The Christian Community In North America
Open Course: Christology With Rev. Erk Ludwig December
3-7, 2018
The deed of Christ on earth is the central event in the course of history. Yet it does not take place, so to speak, along the law of earthly development, it does not follow any natural, moral or karmic law. From beyond necessity, Christ involves himself in humanity's evolving out of love for mankind, out of grace. For this deed not to remain stuck in the historical past, but to continue today and in the times ahead, the inner activity of human beings is called upon. This course wants to encourage and support such activity. Open Course Suggested Contribution: $300.00 per person. If you have financial questions, please visit our web site. For more information visit www.christiancommunityseminary.org. Register online or by email or call Contact information is in the Chanticleer Location: Seminary of The Christian Community, 7 Carmen Court, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

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ISIS, Sophia, Madonna -Arteum Painting Weekend
Friday, December 7-9 - Sunday, 2:00
pm
Painting with Hans Schumm; Eurythmy with Karen Derreumaux; Enter into the etheric world of color as we paint the archetypal image of the Advent season, the Madonna -surrounded by blue, the luster of the soul, and yellow, the luster of the spirit, beckoning the “incarnation of the child”, incarnadine, the living image of the soul. And more colors to come. Open to anyone who would like to learn more about the language of color. Windy Hill Studio Barn. Sliding scale $150-250. Tuition help available. Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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The Concerts At Camphill Ghent:
Young Masters, Old And New; Saturday, December 8, 3
pm 
Benjamin Hochman - piano (Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant) Bach, Chopin, Gilad Cohen, Mozart and Brault.

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Freedom And Destiny In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence: Third Annual Technology Retreat
Friday, Dec. 7, 3:45 pm To Sunday, Dec. 9, 12:30
pm
At Threefold, Chestnut Ridge, NY. An Exploration of Ethical Individualism, Thinking as a Spiritual Activity, and Human Morality from the Perspective of Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophie der Freiheit. Co-sponsored by Threefold Educational Foundation and the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research. During this retreat, we will investigate essential questions raised in the Philosophie der Freiheit to gain a view of the human being that can enable us to understand more fully the effects of technology on our lives without losing the idea of individual freedom.

A digest of pertinent passages from the Philosophy will be made available in November as preparatory reading, both for those who are familiar with the work and those to whom it is new. The digest is meant to be a stimulus to read, or re-read, the whole work.

For more information and to register (by November 25), visit http://www.threefold.org/events/tickets.aspx, and scroll down to the appropriate listing. Local contact is Gary - Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Holy Nights With The Festival Study Group
The Festival Study Group, dedicated to studying Rudolf Steiner’s major works about Christianity during the festival seasons of the year, will meet during the Holy Nights to discuss the lecture series The Gospel of St. Luke. We will cover lectures 1-6 at this time and complete the cycle during later festival times. More details in the December Chanticleer.

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Imbolc Riverfire: February 2, 2019 at 4pm
At Basilica Hudson, 110 S. Front Street Hudson. Imbolc is a cross quarter day in the Celtic calendar between winter solstice and spring equinox . It is also called Candlemas, St. Bridget’s and Groundhog Day, marking the beginning of Spring and return of the light. Imbolc Riverfire is a festival performance inspired by the Greek myth of Demeter and Persephone. Fire, spectacle, performance and music in an epic production. Imbolc Riverfire begins with a “Patron of Candlemas” subscription. This early purchase will fund the making of the props, costumes, pageant wagons. A $30 donation will include a reserved seat and a memento of the event on February 2 , 2019. There is a limit of 400 members. Go to imbolcriverfire.com and use Paypal or mail checks to: Imbolc Riverfire, P.O. Box 776 Philmont, NY 12565.

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The Nature Of Animals And Developing Dynamic Thinking 2019 Winter Course At The Nature Institute February 17 -21, 2019
Join us as we give our attention to the animals and ask: What are their unique ways of being in the world? What do they bring to our lives and what can we bring to theirs? And how can we develop capacities of observation and thinking that allow us to know the world more truly? Visit our website: natureinstitute.org for more information and to register.

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Foundation Course In Goethean Science
At The Nature Institute
Encountering Nature and the Nature of Things - This year-long, low-residency program gives a grounding in Goethe’s “delicate empiricism,” a holistic and contextual approach to encountering and understanding nature. The course begins with a two-week intensive from June 24 to July 6, 2019, and concludes with a second two-week intensive in summer 2020. During the year between, participants will be mentored in their own research and practice, and will also share ongoing study. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. More details available at natureinstitute.org

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October 2018 Meetings and Events


Branch Initiative Meeting
Fridays, October 5 & 19, 3pm
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. We begin each meeting with a verse before engaging in brief study of a letter from The Life, Nature, and Cultivation of Anthroposophy. Contact the editor or anyone listed as a participant in the group on the mailer page of this newsletter. At Windy Hill.

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Curative Education Study Group
Friday, October 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm
We will continue studying from the book by Rudolf Steiner,The Modern Art of Education reviewing lectures 8 and 9 after the summer break. This study group is usually held on the first Friday of each month at the home of Christiana Williams of 83-7 May Hill Rd near Harlemville. Everyone who is interested in Curative Education or Waldorf Education is invited to participate. For directions or information call, Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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An Evening with Color
Talk and hands-on painting demonstrations by Hans Schumm
Saturday, October 6, 7:00pm at Windy Hill
The well-known painter Wassily Kandinsky created his first ab- stract composition between 1909 and 1910, and with this he lat- er became the “father” of abstract art for many of his followers. Twelve years later, in 1922, Rudolf Steiner offered a different, yet lucid and objective approach to color and painting, by providing a sequence of color sketches for training. He called on artists to paint from the living world of colors and, upon request, demon- strated that process to painters and teachers. Numerous lectures about painting and color were given by him between 1915 and 1924. Is this painting impulse still relevant today?, Tomorrow? We shall hear and see! The evening will be filled with plenty of humor, earnestness, and surprises. Contact information is in the Chanticleer. $5 - $20.

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First Class: Sunday, October 7, 3:15 for 3:30pm
Camphill Ghent. Contact Anna Rée, Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

First Class: Thursday, October 11, 3:45 for 4pm
Conversation re: Lesson 2—in the residence of Anna and Brian Rée, Camphill Ghent. Contact Anna Rée, Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Staying Connected Study Group
Tuesday, October 9, 7:30pm
The Staying Connected study group will meet to discuss the last lecture in the collection Life Beyond Death. It is entitled Death as Transformation and was given in Nuremberg on February 10, 1918. We meet at the home of Margaret Rosenthaler and Gloria Kemp Contact information is in the Chanticleer. Beginning in November we will begin with the series of Steiner lectures in the book Staying Connected. It may be obtained from SteinerBooks or the Rudolf Steiner Library. This would be a good time for anyone considering attending this study group to join us as we begin a new book

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Conversation Group
Wednesday, October 10, from 7:00 to 8:30pm
We will begin our fall/winter work together on Wednesday eve- ning, October 10, at Windy Hill. There will be six meetings, 10/10; 10/24; 11/7; 11/28; 12/5 and 12/19. All are welcome, come to any or all of the meetings. To hear more about the group and answer questions please call Ruth or Franz. Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Theme of the Year Branch Study Group
THURSDAY, October 11, 7:30 pm
Everyone is welcome! All are invited to participate in the study of the 2018-2019 Theme of the Year. Please prepare ahead for the meeting by studying the following texts:The Christmas Day 1923 address by Steiner “The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Anthroposophical Society,” also with emphasis on the address of Sunday the 30th on the rhythm for that day. Call Nick. Contact information is in the Chanticleer, if you have comments or questions. At Camphill Ghent, in the MAGNOLIA HOUSE (second entrance on the service road).

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The Concerts at Camphill Ghent
Saturday,
October 13, 3pm: Horn of Plenty, Plenty of Horn
Michael Slatkin - French horn and The Lev-Evans Duo; Mark Evans and Gili Melamed-Lev - piano 4 hands; Brahms, Mozart, Faure, Straus, Poulenc and Bizet. Season subscription: six concerts for the price of five; Single tickets (Adults-$30, Seniors - $25, Students - Free) are available, Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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The Prophetic Times Are Now:
Rudolf Steiner’s Perspectives on Technology and Human Evolution, presentation by Gary Lamb
Sunday, October 14, 4:00-5:30 pm,
This is an updated version of the presentation of the same title that took place on September 14 at the Christian Community Church. A familiarity with the basic evolutionary principles of Spiritual Science and Christianity will be helpful for appreciating this presentation. Suggested donation: $5 to $25. If you plan to attend, please RSVP Gary by Friday, October 12, Contact information is in the Chanticleer. Proceeds from this event will go to support the Rudolf Steiner Library and the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research’s Ethical Technology Initiative. Windy Hill Barn, 1030 Route 21, Harlemville.

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Nature Spirits Study Group
Wednesday, October 17, 7:00pm
We will continue with lecture nine of Nature Spirits: Selected Lectures by Rudolf Steiner at the home of Christiana Williams 83-7 May Hill Rd. near Harlemville. For information and directions, Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Poem, Tale or Fairy Tale? A Beginning exploration of Goethe and Novalis
Saturday, October 20, at 10:00 in the morning!
Continuation of a gathering of those interested in exploring the offerings of Goethe and Novalis. At the home of Christiana Williams, 83-7 May Hill Road; Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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How to Know, Confront & Work with Evil
Saturday, October 20, 9am-6:30pm to Sunday, October 21, 10:30am-4pm
With Rev. Bastiaan Baan, at The Christian Community Church, Hillsdale.
Suggested donation: $75–100 for entire conference; per lecture $15–25.

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Three Ways of Crossing the Threshold—Consciously
A talk by Are Thoresen
Sunday, October 21, 7:30 pm
Are Thoresen, DVM, is an internationally renowned healer, teacher and author from Norway.
See full article, p. 2 of this month's Chanticleer.
At Windy Hill Studio. Contact Christina Porkert, Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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Arvia and Karl Ege Ceremony
Tuesday, October 23, 4pm
A short ceremony dedicated to Arvia and Karl Ege will take place at HVWS in front of the main building by the flow forms. A memorial plaque will be inserted in the ground where their ashes reside. We look forward to welcoming anybody who feels a connection to the impulse that Arvia and Karl Ege brought to the valley.

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Esoteric Christianity, Seminar with Enzo Nastati
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 26–
28
Underlying all branches of Anthroposophy—whether agricultural, pedagogic, medical, philosophical, or artistic—lies the Earth- and evolution-altering spiritual-physical reality of the Mystery of Golgotha. Most practitioners of the different disciplines, how- ever, feel they have enough to do without taking this into account. No so, Enzo Nastati, who, in a certain sense is an anthroposophist and an esoteric Christian, before he is a biodynamic specialist. By training an electronic technician and land surveyer, he spent years plumbing the depths of the Agriculture Course, always understanding that behind everything Rudolf Steiner taught—in whatever field—lay the Mystery of the Christ. He studied An Outline of Esoteric Science deeply, as well as the esoteric materials and all the Christological lectures. He even taught him- self Greek and made his own translation of the Gospel of John. SteinerBooks is therefore honored to be able to bring him back to Mettabee Farm to speak, not this time about agriculture, but about the fruits of his meditative work with the Gospel of John.

Friday evening lecture | October 26
6.15 On-site registration and check-in
7.00 Opening greeting and introduction 
7.15 The Holy Birth.

Saturday lectures | October 27
9.00 Fundamental Elements of St. John’s Gospel
11.00 Importance of the Articles in St. John’s Gospel
1230 LUNCH BREAK
2.00 Internal Resonances of St. John’s Gospel
4.00 Interpretation of the life of Christ according to St. John

Sunday | October 28
9.00 The Seven Miracles of St. John’s Gospel 11.00 The Raising of Lazarus
12.30 LUNCH BREAK
2.00 The Phantom Body of Christ

Enzo Nastati has studied biodynamics and esoteric Christianityfor over forty years. He is the principal director of The Eureka Institute, Codroipo, Udine, Italy, where he conducts continuing research. He will deliver his presentations in Italian, translated in segments by his assistant. At Mettabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Road, near Hawthorne Valley School, in Hillsdale.

Conference Fee: $100 Single lectures: $15.00

To Register:
Go to our website: steinerbooks.org and find the green “Register Now” button on the right hand side of the page.
By mail: Check or money order (payable to “SteinerBooks”) to SteinerBooks “ATTN: Seminar” 610 Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 01230
In-person: Beginning at 6:15 pm on Friday, October 26, at Mettabee Farm.

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Past Events


Please excuse us for any omissions. And please accept that there is no preference being given to what initiatives are receiving space on our website, but rather reflects what is readily accessible to the volunteer that is making an effort to make local events and initiatives more accessible to friends of the Berkshire-Taconic Branch.

Large Michaelmas Gathering

Saturday, September 29, 4pm to 7pm,
At
Mettabee Farm and Arts

ART/CONVERSATION/POT LUCK 

In Celebration Of The Human Heart : An Answer To The Dragon Of Our Time

For friends of all ages, families welcome, child care provided.
More information and schedule of activities to come, but please mark you calendar and plan to join in!

Sponsored by your Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. 

September 2018 Meetings and Events

Branch Initiative Meeting
Fridays, September 7 & 21, 3pm
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. We begin each meeting with a verse before engaging in brief study of a letter from The Life, Nature, and Cultivation of Anthroposophy. Contact the editor or anyone listed as a participant in the group on the mailer page of this month's Chanticleer newsletter. At Windy Hill.

Staying Connected Study Group
Tuesday, September 11, 7:30pm
The Staying Connected Study Group will continue discussions of lectures in the collection Life Beyond Death, a selection of lectures given by Rudolf Steiner. On this evening we will discuss Lecture 12, “Concerning the Affinity of the Living and the Dead,” given in Berlin, February 5, 1918. We meet at the home of Gloria Kemp and Margaret Rosenthaler, Contact information is in the Chanticleer-September.

Theme of the Year Branch Study Group
Friday, September 14, 7:30pm
Everyone is welcome! All are invited to participate in the study of the 2018-2019 Theme of the Year. Please prepare ahead for the meeting by studying the following text: The Christmas Day 1923 address by Steiner, “The Laying of the Foundation Stone of the Anthroposophical Society,” also with emphasis on the address of Saturday the 29th and the rhythm for that day. Contact information is in the Chanticleer-September.

Anthroposophic Meditation Workshop
Friday, September 14, 7pm to Sunday, September 16, 1:30pm
How do I come into a meditative deepening that connects me to my own spiritual source? In meditation you find a place of inner quiet. You become centered and enlivened. In the course we explore many facets of anthroposophic meditation, always followed by a sharing of our experiences. On Saturday afternoon we will go out into nature and practice perceiving the nature spirits at work there. Agnes Hardorp and Thomas Mayer have been teaching courses in anthroposophic meditation in Europe for the past 14 years.
Friday 7pm
–10pm;
Saturday 9:30am–6:30pm;
Sunday 9:30am–
1:30pm
At Mettabee Farm, 551 Harlemville Road, Hillsdale, NY. For more information:
www.anthroposophical-meditation.info
Course fee: $150, for Friday night only $30; Registration information is in the Chanticleer-September

The Prophetic Times Are Now:
Rudolf Steiner’s Perspectives on Technology and Human Evolution,
Presentation by Gary Lamb
Friday, September 14, 7:30 pm
Gary, along with Virginia Hermann and Martin Miller, are working on a compendium of Rudolf Steiner’s indications on technology, and he will share some key findings in this presentation. Steiner’s perspectives, which are intimately connected to human and earth evolution, will be presented in the context of modern-day and future technology. An openness to, or a familiarity with, the basic principles of Spiritual Science and Christianity will be helpful for appreciating this presentation. Suggested donation: $5.00 to $20.00. Proceeds from this event will go to the support of the Christian Community Church and the Hawthorne Valley Center for Social Research and its Ethical Technology Initiative (www. csr.hawthornevalley.org). At the Christian Community Church, 10 Green River Lane, Hillsdale, NY If you plan to attend, please RSVP Gary by Thursday, September 13, contact information is in the Chanticleer-September.

Hawthorne Valley Community Festival Chorus
will start up rehearsals again on Sunday, September 16, at 4:00 pm in the Music Room of Hawthorne Valley School. All voices are welcome. For details call Diane Barnes, contact information is in the Chanticleer-September.

Nature Spirits Study Group
Wednesday, September 19, 7:00pm
We will continue/review lecture eight and begin lecture nine of Nature Spirits: Selected Lectures by Rudolf Steiner at the home of Christiana Williams 83-7 May Hill Rd. near Harlemville. Contact information is in the Chanticleer-September.

CELEBRATING THE NATURE INSTITUTE’S FIRST TWO DECADES!
Friday, Sept. 21, 7:30pm: Where Does an Animal End? The American Bison, talk by Craig Holdrege
Saturday, Sept 22, 9am to 4pm: Learning to See the Animal, with Craig and Henrike Holdrege
In September 1998, our community of friends attended the founding celebration of The Nature Institute. This year, we invite you to celebrate with us the first two decades of our work. At The Nature Institute, on Friday evening, after an introduction by Henrike Holdrege, Craig Holdrege will give a talk with slides on “Where Does an Animal End? The American Bison”. On Saturday, Craig and Henrike will offer a Michaelmas workshop on “Learning to See the Animal.” All workshop participants are asked to also attend the talk by Craig.
The workshop is free.
We will have a potluck lunch Saturday noon. Please bring a dish to share.
Please register for the workshop by September 17.
The Nature Institute, 20 May Hill Road, Ghent, NY; Contact information is in the Chanticleer-September.

Poem, Tale or Fairy Tale? A Beginning exploration of Goethe and Novalis:
Saturday, September 22, at 10:00 in the morning!
(NOTE: This month only, session to be held on fourth Saturday, not the third Saturday.) Continuation of a gathering of those interested in exploring the offerings of Goethe and Novalis. (We will concentrate on Chapter 4 of Novalis novel.) At the home of Christiana Williams, 83-7 May Hill Road; Contact information is in the Chanticleer-September.

Celebration of the Michaelmas Festival and Honoring the Spiritual Beings in Nature
Saturday, September 22, 4:30
6pm, Pot Luck Supper begins at 6pm
We in our community will gather together to prepare healing substances for the good Earth, celebrate the festival, and recog- nize the Elemental Beings and the Spiritual Beings behind the creation of nature. Each festival is unique when we share thoughts about the festival, songs, poetry, music, eurythmy, or other artistic of- ferings. Children and adults alike are invited to participate. At the home of Christiana Williams, near Harlemville. Contact information is in the Chanticleer-September.

The Festival Study Group
Friday, September 28, 7:30pm
The Festival Study Group will begin the season with a study of a lecture given by Rudolf Steiner in Dornach on November 28, 1919. We have this lecture in the volume The Archangel Michael: His Mission and Ours, where it is, is Lecture 4 of Part 2. It also may be found in The Mission of the Archangel Michael: Revelation of Essential Secrets of the Human Being. At the home of Margaret Rosenthaler and Gloria Kemp Contact information is in the Chanticleer-September.

Branch Michaelmas Gathering: AN ANSWER TO THE DRAGON OF OUR TIME
Saturday, September 29, 4pm–7pm
At Mettabee Farm and Arts. See page 3 of September's Chanticleer.

Free Columbia Summer Courses

Summer 2018

July 2–6 Overview of Rudolf Steiner’s Sketches for Painters

July 9–13 Sunrise/Sunset: The 8th and 9th Sketch

See Free Columbia Page for details

Into the Invisible: Encounters in Aboriginal Australia

Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7 pm

Michael Kokinos has worked in the remote and isolated communities of Arnhem Land, Northern Australia, for over 15 years. In a special evening presentation he will describe his extraordinary encounters among the ancient people of the great southern continent with images of their connection to land & sky and their particular expression of the Human Spirit through paintings, songs and stories of senior songmen and wisewomen. The effect of colonization has been devastating for Australia’s First People. Through his work, Michael recovers fragments of wholeness, bringing back specific aspects of the living dreamtime, which these elders have encouraged him to share.

Join SteinerBooks on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 7 pm, for a remarkable meeting at The Christian Community/Taconic Berkshire in Hillsdale, New York

10 Green River Lane, about 1/2 mile from the Massachusetts/New York border on Route 71


 

Understanding Technology and its Effects on Human Beings Workshop
 
Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, 2018

Presented by: The Center for Social Research

The Center for Social Research's Ethical Technology Initiative presents: "Understanding Technology and Its Effects on Human Beings:  Computation, Human Thought, and Physiology,” an Interactive Workshop with Gopi Krishna Vijaya, PhD, which will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, at the Hawthorne Valley Waldorf School (330 County Route 21C, Ghent, NY 12075).

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a Conceptual System;
  • Machine Learning and the Internet of Things;
  • Boolean Algebra and Creative Thought;
  • Physiological Effects of Electrical, Magnetic, and Radioactive Fields;
  • Enhancement and Diminishing Effects of Computation on the Human Being.

    Full schedule and registration info here.

Free Columbia holds 3rd ART Convergence

July 16-22, 2018

 

Building upon the Art Conferences at the Basilica in Hudson NY 2010-12 and the Art Convergences of 2013 and 2017, Free Columbia has scheduled a gathering this summer — July 16-22 — of 16 artists from various places including California, England, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Vermont, as well as local artists from Columbia County, NY. These artists will 'converge' and work together for five days on the following questions:

  • What passes between us when we work together as artists?
  • What is it to create?
  • What is it to create together?

Artists will come to the Convergence willing to work with these questions artistically in collaboration with others. At the Convergence, time will be set aside each day for collegial conversation. The rest of the day will be dedicated to continuing artistic projects that may stimulate informal dialogue and/or collaboration. On Saturday, July 21st there will be a series of events in Philmont—performances, an exhibition, demonstrations and/or a panel discussion—that will be open to the public. Visit Free Columbia's website for updates.

Richard II by William Shakespeare

Directed by Melania Levitsky; Starring David Anderson
at the Hawthorne Valley School Hall
Preview: Wednesday, July 18, 7:30 pm
Evening Performances: July 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, & 28, 7:30 pm
Sunday Matinees: July 22 & 29, 2 pm

“Eurythmy Arise!”   A Family Exploration

July 29-August 4, 2018
at Mettabee Farm and Arts, Hillsdale, NY

Come join our experiment as we seek to discover what can arise and live in us through eurythmy  in a new setting: SUMMER CAMP!
 For a few days, we will form community together in service of learning eurythmy, the wonderous movement that is born out of the essence of the Creative Word. Our goal will be to find this movement in a way such that it could arise spontaneously in our everyday life, such as a chance for parents to open the day or close the day, transition into a new activity, to bring stillness and focus, a chance to engage their limbs in the spiritual forces of the heavens and of the earth.
 The children will have organized movement in the morning and in the afternoon time for farm work, recreation, learning to care for the sheep. So will the helping parents, though meal preparation will probably replace working in the garden. We’ll look to provide adult movement and conversation where we can find ourselves more strongly within balance and freedom to meet the creative forces of each new day and of our lives in general.  Other arts such as painting may be available in the afternoon. Final plans are not yet complete.
This first year of our eurythmy camp will be created “johnny on the spot.”
We need courageous families who can bring a helping spirit and a wish to engage in eurythmy for themselves and their children.
The camp will be held at the beautiful Mettabee Farm and Arts in the Harlemville, NY area:  (http://www.mettabeefarm.com). We’ll be camping on the land, so plan to bring your tent. Local housing may be available if needed.
  It’s likely that we will be making most of our own meals, camp fires; interspersed activity between movement, talking, working, laughing, learning, swimming, relaxing in the awe of nature. Musical instruments are welcome.
The basis for this work will be Anthroposophy, where we can find a practical understanding of the whole human being that becomes viable in daily life.  Time to talk and explore aspects of this after the kids go to bed will be nurtured. We may try to bring in some home healing applications depending on level of interest.
Leading the camp:
 Toril  Alex, pedagogic eurythmist from Sweden, where she is currently involved in classroom teaching and the creation of artistic productions.  As a mother of five, she was previously involved in creating a homeschooling movement in Scandinavia, later providing humanitarian aid in eastern Europe and Russia, living and traveling extensively there with her family for 4-5 years.  She has her B.A. in eurythmy and has studied pedagogy, Russian, literature and musical science.
Cathy Sims-O’Neil, D.O.: anthroposophic physician, grandmother of two homeschooled children, and ever looking for ways to bring eurythmy out into the world.  “I’ve done eurythmy in the bathrooms of every hospital where I have ever worked.” She currently works as a neurologist in anthroposophic settings including Camphill, Waldorf  schools, and private practice.
Details:
    •    Designed for children 1st grade through 8th grade
    •    Limit will be 12 children
    •    No previous experience with Eurythmy is necessary
    •    Children and parents will be participating in eurythmy
    •    Children must come with a parent
    •    Plan on bringing your own tent
    •    Likely cost: $400 per family, including one parent and one child;
    •    More information to be available when we have our group of participants
    •    Arrival time: 4 pm Sunday, July 29th, 2018
    •    Camp ends after clean up and ending circle on Saturday morning, August 4
To sign up:  contact Cathy Sims-O’Neil Contact information is in the Chanticleer.

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, John Scott Legg, by e-mail- berkshiretaconicbranch@gmail.com

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