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Olivera Todorovic ´– I Have My Goal before Me Always
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People from 17 nations collaborated to build the Goetheanum during the first world war, including several from both sides of the conflict. Though it was often difficult to master their patriotic emotions for the benefit of serving anthroposophy and humanity, they managed. Indeed, as article 4 of the Statutes of the General Anthroposophical Society states, party politics are not considered to be part of its task. Anthroposophy is not about separation, it is about association. How does anthroposophy relate to a conflict such as the recent NATO war against Yugoslavia? Since anthroposophy itself does not relate to war, one must rephrase the question: How do human beings relate to it in the spirit of anthroposophy? The members of the Anthroposophical Society belong to many nations, and their feelings are influenced by their nationalities. They need not give this up any more today than did the Germans and British during the world war, who were able to work together as anthroposophists in the service of humanity during the same years that they had to fight each other as citizens of particular nations. The same holds true for a conflict like the NATOYugoslavian war. From an anthroposophical point of view there can be no position for or against one side or the other. Every judgement calls forth an immediate opposite judgement; a politically-motivated search for truth is necessarily one-sided. This is quite different from the kind of characterization that would serve to uncover Truth. From an anthroposophical perspective, we interest ourselves in the world, indeed in the whole world. Anthroposophy thus leads us through characterizations to intuitions that are healing. I would like to offer an example of what I consider to be a healthy way of occupying oneself with a conflict such as Kosovo. It is Albert Schmelzer’s comment in the June issue of this paper, where he mentions an idea that could contribute to overcoming conflicts between nationalities: threefolding the social organism. Anything that is healing for social and international life cannot be good for one person and simultaneously bad for the other. Good for the one is good for the other. Oskar Borgman-Hansen, Denmark
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this kind of access to the Complete Edition will doubtless encourage detached intellectual thinking. for example. It would allow the independent young people to arrive at a standpoint from which they could decide whether to join the Anthroposophical Society.” However. Address: Weekly Paper “Das Goetheanum”. of course (as Rudolf Steiner said). There are also other themes that could be used to discredit Steiner today. it can be written immediately. quotations by Rudolf Steiner were published in a non-anthroposophical magazine in such a way as to give the impression that Rudolf Steiner was antisemitic. the only question is who will do it and how. and help individual anthroposophists in their studies. However. Mexico. and they are currently grappling with the technical and moral questions involved. please apply to the Anthroposophical Society in your country. If CDs can help Rudolf Steiner’s work reach the public. We already have reference books (such as Emil Mötteli’s) that allow for this. based on the words “cannot be read. Also. only the subscribers to “Das Goetheanum” should contact the address below. Until now. Switzerland Printing by J. Germany 2 Soul Calendar in Spanish Coordination of Translations Toni Zenker arrived at the Pan American Conference with a Spanish translation of Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul fresh off the press. albeit with more effort. Avenida Revolucion 1341–18. Sebastian Jüngel.” New young members of the Anthroposophical Society could come from Waldorf schools. but because I have the text of Theosophy in my computer for test purposes. The complete works will appear in electronic form. CH–4143 Dornach 1. Arrowsmith Ltd. Dietrich Rapp. fax +41/61/706 44 65 e-mail: wochenschrift@goetheanum. but rather to raise independent human beings. It is distributed by the regional Anthroposophical Societies – in some cases augmented with independently edited news and articles. Box. Recently. but it is also possible that the ideas will unexpectedly startle the intellect out of its lethargy. does not a CD encourage a merely intellectual grasp of spiritual science. not only anthroposophists would be able to use such a CD. Switzerland. Rudolf Steiner writes: “This cannot be read as books are usually read in our time. Usually the young people are the ones who take decisive action to prevent authoritarian “atmospheres. Peter Völkner. This is not new in principle. Anthroposophy Worldwide “Life in the Anthroposophical Society – Anthroposophy Worldwide” is published monthly. When the search is so easy (with the CD one can locate virtually any phrase of the collected works) Rudolf Steiner’s work becomes a boundless quotation quarry in which anyone can cut the stones they want. Bristol Toni Zenker has offered to help coordinate translations of anthroposophy into Spanish. 7/1999 An “authoritative atmosphere” is probably seldom a reason for not wanting to be part of the Anthroposophical Society. MX–01040 Mexico DF. Andreas Heertsch. Only the future will tell. Perhaps unnecessary duplications could be avoided and existing translations better shared among the Spanish-speaking countries if translators knew of each other’s work. Justus Wittich Correspondents: Jürgen Vater (Sweden) Marianne Møller-Nielsen (Denmark) Andrew Wolpert (Great Britain) We expressly wish for active support and collaboration. it contains color illustrations by Irma Roldán and Toni Zenker and was published by the San Juan de la Cruz Branch in Mexico. To receive Anthroposophy Worldwide. But a well-founded knowledge of anthroposophy would help to serve this end. this demonstrates the problematic nature of quick research as opposed to in-depth reading in context.W. Nr. if the schools would not merely base their teaching on anthroposophy but also teach more anthroposophy itself. It is still true.” in Anthroposophy Worldwide. Dornach. then the dangers of a quotation quarry will probably be worth the risk. In any event. thereby contradicting any kind of meditative study? Yes. Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 . Ursula Remund Fink (responsible for this issue). Campestre San Angel. The process of building a team of editors and correspondents has not yet been completed. I was able to find the quote immediately. For all others the address is the address of the Anthroposophical Society in your country. This raises questions such as: What kind of consciousness would be fostered by this form of the collected works? In Theosophy. the question is no longer whether the Complete Edition should appear on CD or not. while others have already begun the work of making his works electronically accessible (in German). If questions with the distribution arise.” I remembered this sentence only vaguely. Michaela Spaar. The rights to the lectures and to the form of publication still rest with the Caretakers of Rudolf Steiner’s Estate in Dornach. Translated by Miriam Schwebsch. Col. Switzerland Finding Younger Members Response to “Few Members Are under 30. or not.ch © Copyright 1999 General Anthroposophical Society. Publisher: General Anthroposophical Society. Initial contact with spiritual science is usually undertaken by the (as yet) unenlivened mind. because preliminary versions of it are already in circulation. CB Contact: Toni Zenker. in any case. It also appears as a supplement to the weekly paper “Das Goetheanum”. Stephan Stockmar. one had to read a lot of material to be able to write such an article. that Waldorf schools do not exist to produce anthroposophists.Forum Rudolf Steiner’s Complete Works on CD? Should the collected works of Rudolf Steiner be made available on CD so that they can be accessed by computer at home? This question is currently being considered by the Caretakers of Rudolf Steiner’s Estate. to build any building. With a CD. represented by Paul Mackay Editors: Carol Brousseau (responsible for the English-Language Edition).
Canada. Nicanor Perlas (Philippines) lectured in his charismatic way about the need for globalization. Peru. He presented many facts about modern civilization and economics. P. The spiritualization of economic life is most needed. threefolding.A.O.A. This event in Central America succeeded in holding back the Ahrimanic forces in the fourth and fifth epochs. an Ahrimanic degeneration of the Great (Atlantean) Spirit.S.S.S. – At the same time.A.A. Ecuador. Box 17-04-10454. A spiritual being refered to as Taotl. who did not appear in a physical body but in an elemental form. U. the greatest black magician who ever walked the Earth came and continued the bloody ritual. The child of this union was a high being from the sun.S. Spain. All the translators did a marvelous job! May this conference be the first of many! Uwe Stave.com or efrendo@hotmail. out of the Ahrimanic Mysteries. born to a virgin who had conceived through a supersensible power pictured as a feathered being. Today’s black magic shows up in strong egoism. English and Spanish. U. The old mysteries are cosmic organisms in time and space that still live on today.A. and hardest to accomplish. Excerpts from a report in Aspects. France. Chile. Germany. Patricia Kaminski (U. Meeting and conversing with friends from Latin America was an important part of the conference. Columbia. Newsletter of the Faust Branch in Fair Oaks. This was done in such a way that the victim’s soul would want to avoid returning for another earthly incarnation.Anthroposophy around the World The Spiritual Mission of the Americas Pan American Conference in San Diego. Brazil. themes. Finland. Ecuador. The art program of the conference deserves special praise! Also. and Arthur Zajonc (U. and spiritualization. needs to be better integrated.. Philippenes. and indeed within each country. Lucifer and later the Asuras were actively involved in the ritual activities of tribes and peoples living in Central America. and Uruguay. trade contracts through technologies we experience the unleashing of elemental spirits occupied by Ahrimanic beings. The Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 question came up: How does Ahrimanic activity express itself today in our culture. every workshop. The Americas have a significant role to play in this. rendering entire countries dependent and poor. the Micael Branch in Quito. Czech Republic. so that they can begin to recognize the Christ Being in the etheric realm. who incarnated for the sake of humanity. Other lecturers were Florencio Herrero (Spain).) pointed to the dark mysteries of modern time exemplified by the atomic bomb. it became clear that the anthroposophical collaboration between North and South America. He condemned especially the U. in art. We might understand the spiritual mission of the Americas to be the task of helping people understand old “traditions” in a wider context. It is hoped that the coordinator will be able to collect and distribute ideas and information toward a future conference: suggestions. Virginia Sease (Goetheanum) began the series of keynote lectures by describing how in earlier times. At the turning point of time there occurred signs and events indicating that a high spiritual being had entered the material plane. It is out of these cosmic organisms that the new mysteries will need to be shaped. Through lively personal presentations by friends familiar with today’s Central American culture and its history. possible dates. As a result of both conferences. An impulse was also expressed for the Goetheanum to join in with the work of the Spanish-speaking world more closely. the world’s biggest corporations gain more and more power. Mexico.com Photo: Michael Kochowiec Efrén Donoso with two editors of Anthroposophy Worldwide. The final lecture was presented by Manfred Schmidt-Brabant (Goetheanum) on the theme of the Americas in the mystery tradition of humanity. Jorge Sanz-Cardona (U.A. in a very subtle way. the peoples were guided by initiates of the Mystery Centers.). etc./fax 593/2/468421. and in modern technology? Some friends expressed the feeling that the old Mexican Mysteries have changed their “appearance” but not their Ahrimanic spirit. Sandra Beals and Carol Brousseau which. Several different spiritual streams originated on the American continent. a being came into the world in Central America. and the Pan American Conference in the U. Denis Schneider (Canada).A. Micael Branch. inspired the ritual sacrifice of human beings. this “false prophet” was captured and nailed to a cross by Vitzliputzli. Ecuadoreans to Help Coordinate During a Curative Education Conference in Ecuador in July. U.S. e-mail pjaramil@ramt. the conversations during the conference opened many new vistas and a better understanding for all participants. Ecuador Contact: Rama Micael. A Native American prophecy that speaks of a time when the eagle of the North will fly with the condor of the South accompanied the conference as a picture of the cosmopolitan Michaelic impulse for the Americas.” He lived for 33 years as the unknown contemporary of Christ in the Western Hemisphere. His name was noted phonetically by Rudolf Steiner as “Vitzliputzli. Many young people died. For one thing. Then. Ecuador.S. A very great number of souls were affected. July 31–August 6. Switzerland. Finally. venues. and Efrén Donoso in particular.S. Els Woutersen (U.. we need a better flow of information. Ahriman. Quito. Leading us back to the sacred earth of the Americas.). He portrayed the present situation as already having apocalyptic dimensions. by offering more translations into Spanish there and by contributing to conferences in the Spanish-speaking regions. are to be made available to anyone who wants to send or receive information. Great Britain. tel.). with the aim of intensifying the work. about two weeks later. 1999 The Pan American conference was a landmark meeting attended by about 150 people from Argentina. and every announcement was provided in two languages. in the year one of our calendar.S. were asked to coordinate the flow of information. In many modern 3 . it needs to be said that every lecture. In the old Mexican Mysteries. The etheric Christ has to enter the hearts of human beings in order to transform evil.S.
the life of rights was represented by the president of the Swedish police and a woman prison pastor. The bank’s customers are involved mainly in education (including social work. The end result was a week with morning lectures. particularly in the park with its pond full of reeds and water lilies. When a group from Breslau visited the palace in May 1999. Today the palace is used for cultural events and the local administration. Merkur also sent an “Agricultural Memorandum” to the political parties in 1998. The bank was founded in 1982. particularly when the movement was still young and investments were considered too risky by the established banks. curative education. it was a ruin. but little is done. Merkur has a representative in Hamburg and collaborates with Triodos (the Netherlands) and GLS Gemeinschaftsbank (Germany). the bank must employ a relatively large number of people. 1998) to discuss various projects and future collaboration. Denmark’s second largest city. It was exactly 75 years since the Koberwitz course! Charlotte Eckloff-Dietz. The initiative had arisen from a group working with questions of threefolding in connection with Ekobanken. Waldorf education. However. A guard eventually understood the interest of the reverent German guests and secured permission by telephone for them to tour the residence. (Of the 440 independent schools. The bank publishes a quarterly magazine. Instead. the students were not at all interested in representatives of the political parties. feminism.Sweden Questioning Society Waldorf Students in Discussion with Prominent Citizens For once a different start to the school year: the twelfth graders from all of the Swedish Waldorf Schools came together in Järna for a seminar on questions of society. It meets several times a year with other anthroposophically oriented financial institutions in Scandinavia (Cultura Sparebank. state-supported school system with many different kinds of schools. Meeting Decision Makers Nearly all of the invited guests were prominent Swedes. Christian von Wistinghausen. Today it looks after the needs of 5000 customers from different sectors of Danish society. The workshops dealt with themes relating to money. Denmark is unusual in that it has long had an independent. The idea was to let the young participants plan the week themselves. This had once been the property of the Count Carl von Keyserlingk family. Marianne Møller-Nielsen. old trees. Such forms of collaboration might actually help Waldorf education to continue here. Nr. The group felt that threefolding is discussed a lot. for more than 100 people. legal and cultural life were also invited – and came. workshops. Prominent representatives from Swedish economic.” When 160 young people meet. it is not always easy to find qualified teachers for every single subject. Sweden 4 Denmark Danish Alternative Bank Opens its Third Branch Merkur Andelskasse. only 17 are Waldorf schools. Merkur has been an actual bank from the beginning. The discussion groups received a series of visitors who were pioneers active in various anthroposophic fields: art. Since most of them are likely to have daily business. the nights can become quite short – and people do need to sleep sometime… Now a written evluation of the week is to be sent to the Waldorf schools.) Merkur has contributed a great deal to the development of organic agriculture in Denmark. and practical artistic exercises. Today it has a total of 20 coworkers. They wanted to approach young people who have just acquired the right to vote. Jürgen Vater. The most popular was a “workshop” called “Siesta. economics. Germany Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 . Its first branches were in Nordjütland (Ålborg) and Kopenhagen. The visitors of 1999 were impressed by the etheric wealth in the light and warmth of the broad Silesian landscape. and Ekobanken. In a small country like Sweden. Denmark Poland Koberwitz Palace in New Splendour Memorial Plaque Honors Agriculture Course When I last visited Koberwitz Palace. and the tall. etc. curative education and child care) and agriculture (biodynamic or organic). future networks for young people. that has only ten full-sized Waldorf schools. discussion groups. and evening parties. “Better a Fellow Citizen than a Subject” was the theme of the week-long event. who worked as an agricultural advisor in Poland for many years. the recently founded alternative bank. Two students from each class were involved in the planning from the start. Perhaps similar initiatives will follow. Sociale penge has a circulation of 4000 and includes contributions by their customers and perspectives on threefolding. Norway. school reports. In 1998 the budget was 220 million krones. arranged for a plaque commemorating the agriculture course to be placed to the left of the entrance. has just opened a third branch in Arhus. where Rudolf Steiner held his course for farmers in 1924. and the grounds had grown wild. 2. They helped decide what would be done and which speakers to invite. Sweden – see Anthroposophy Worldwide. an alternative bank in Denmark. The renovation had been undertaken by the Koberwitz municipality – wealthy through the sale of land. they were surprised and delighted to find that everything had been excellently renovated.
A. which involves more than 1000 farmers. e-mail: acacia@datacomm. and performed dramatic scenes in English.” In January/February 2001.com IN BRIEF Argentina. One of the group members took the initiative to create an official prisoner organization called Friends of Anthroposophy. We can only hope that Sloka will soon succeed in financing a larger school building and that it will be able to continue to develop as well as it has so far. Janney uses examples from prison life so that the men can identify with the content of the exercises. They visited the Sloka Waldorf School and the biodynamic Maikaal project.). The brand new first graders showed a counting game. KarlJulius Reubke (Germany) held a lecture on education and elements of Waldorf education in India. The reaction to the television programs was very positive. Self Development in Prison Prisoners Work with Basic Exercises Fred Janney. cultivating cotton. Several curative education projects in Argentina were described in Anthroposophy Worldwide Nr. On July 29. Eisengasse 5. In presenting these exercises. This stimulates questions from the men. The first. 3/1999. warm uniforms radiated joy and great warmth. e-mail: hansbrodal@privat. 1999.). tel. a study group formed that continued for over three years. tel. 1999) thirty young people aged 15–24 visited India. Anand Mandaiker. S. 2000) on the theme “The Anthroposophical Society and its Living Relation to the Present Social Intention of Michael.A. South Africa. This two-hour event also drew the interest of the press and television.India European Students Visit India First Public Assembly and 4000 Trees For one month (July 7– August 7. played instruments. Fundación La Choza. +1/610/827 16 46.S. A press conference was arranged. Hans Brodal. Hans von Essen (Sweden). When issues of death and evil arise in the ensuing discussions. particularly by fostering threefolding initiatives. On the afternoon of July 29. Alexandra Iván. the visiting students entered into a lively discussion on the theme “Mutual Help and Consideration among Waldorf Students. e-mail: Louisehill@aol. The visiting youth group sang in chorus. Sixty of the books will be given to the above projects – students who buy it will receive a discount – and 2. peaceful. This official status will enable the group to bring speakers and educators into the prison. 1999 – January 3. Sweden (December 29. parents. June 1999. It was moving to experience the loving. CH–4051 Basel. Preparations are now underway for a conference in Gothenburg. A.000 Swiss Francs to the following projects: Fundación Tobias. Birkagatan 10C. Fonds für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit.A. Germany U. “Shaping the Future. which incorporates Steiner’s six basic exercises. Paul Zachos (U. and friends of the Sloka Waldorf school in Hyderabad. Susanne Reubke. Janney introduces an anthroposophical perspective. and Madras. The following day. the second graders acted the fable of a fox that outsmarts a rooster. Elite Globalization. has developed a course called Self Development in the Penitentiary. bright. tel. Contact for the Northern Conference: Anthroposophical Society. A group has committed to explore the possibility of developing a prison outreach program in the U. 1998. Jesaiah Ben Aharon (Israel/U. along with reporters for Indian television. Switzerland. a psychologist who works with groups of incarcerated men.” An audience of 250 came. fax +46/31/84 69 41. The 1500 copies were given to a publishing house in Madrid (Editorial Rudolf Steiner). who begin asking for more information about anthroposophy. Mahaballipuram. Kancheepuram.50 Swiss Francs of every book sold will go to the Argentina Fund of ACACIA. Anthroposophy. the students travelled to Bangalore (to attend the first Christian Community baptism in India) and visited temples and palaces in Belur. A series of conferences deliberately placed on different parts of the planet aims to help renew civilization on the basis of a living relationship with the Time Spirit. Ralph Shepherd (South Africa). They happily planted more than 4000 trees together with school groups from the region. SE–416 56 Gothenburg. The current initiators are Håkan Blomberg. After the encounter with Sloka. Halebid. A high point of the trip was the encounter with students. the students visited the Sloka Waldorf School and observed classes in the three kindergarten groups and grades one and two. Now ACACIA reports that the Basel City Fund for Development Collaboration has contributed 30. From a report in News for Members. teachers. After a warm welcome. Nicanor Perlas (Philippines). This even came to expression in the unavoidable Indian school uniform – the children in their tri-colored. U. had prepared the young people thoroughly. Contact: Louise Hill.ch Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 5 . It was also possible to persuade a Basel printer (Druckerei Linsenmann) to print a Spanish translation of Rudolf Steiner’s Curative Education course free of charge.” was held in the Philippines October 25–30. July 28–30. Most of them were from Switzerland and Southern Germany.S. and Fundación La Escondida. the conference will move to Cape Town. Mysore. and enthusiastic atmosphere that surrounds the hundred children of this school. chili. and the Threefold Social Order. a first public assembly was held before 300 guests at the Greenpark Hotel. fax 262 15 12. With generous donations from the Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society and Anthroposophic Press. During the first three weeks they were given the opportunity to add their efforts to the Maikaal project. The trip was organized by the Basel Christian Community. soy. 1999 the visitors celebrated a public assembly with the Indian children. +41/61/263 35 00.S. did eurythmy. Wonderful encounters and rich experiences arose for them with the farmers and their families living in the remote areas by the Narmada River. The Anthroposophical Society in America supports this initiative. World.S. Fundación Ita Wegman.se Source: ACACIA-Rundblick Contact: ACACIA. Later.utfors. Louise Hill. a priest of the Christian Community in Basel. and other crops. +46/31/ 21 90 19.
In addition.Portrait I Have My Goal before Me Always Interview with Olivera Todorovi´ c A simply-clothed. but so far interest has not grown much. This is the biggest problem. One can take in a great deal theoretically. So far no one has thought of gathering. I am the only one who has done a training outside of Yugoslavia who came back. However. There is still hardly anything really practical being done. however. Then we put them aside and speak of anthroposophy. a small city nearby. All the others just read. We quickly make a date to discuss her initiative in Belgrade and the general situation in her country. and those who have do not usually return to the country. or go for walks. When I hear that she is from former Yugoslavia. Is there is a readiness to think about spiritual questions in spite of every-day worries? Yes. I cannot just do what I want. I began organizing fewer events. came in 1996. and Zrenjanin in the Vojvodina. but then I need to look at what the others are doing. Last February. bringing medicines with him.) There are two or three other initiatives near Belgrade that are growing slowly. I organize all these things in order to find parents who would be interested in Waldorf education. I am in contact with people in Croatia. tions. Do you also have larger gatherings of anthroposophists from different parts of the country? Not really. Jon McAlice of the Pedagogical Section came with Juriaan Cooiman to give a workshop which included formdrawing and eurythmy. I seize the opportunity and introduce myself. Perhaps I will be able to buy a small additional piece of property and start a kindergarten there. 1992–1995. and we have various translations and publica- Photo: Privat . Switzerland. mothers have been meeting regularly in my apartment to create puppets. Our periodical appears just once a year. Personally. She studied Waldorf kindergarten teaching in Bern. However. Our problem is to become a Society. also because of visa problems and the war. We also need better translations for our library. so they will not be able to send their children if I am outside the center. however. Dr. which we opened in 1994. Why has it not yet been possible to open a Waldorf kindergarten? We have space problems. so I created the Association with the help of friends from outside of Yugoslavia. slender. There is a biodynamic farm in Subotica. I will just take the children whose parents want a private kindergarten in my part of town. reticent woman arrives at the editors’ office. What are your plans? My main interest is education. I would like to support the idea of meeting regularly. Friends from the surroundings come into Belgrade for special events. celebrate festivals. I share a house with two families. 4/1999. Various friends have visited Belgrade. Does it perhaps have something to do with the Balkans? Is it a reflection of what is happening there politically? Yes. to discuss things and make plans. Another wish of mine would be to find better rooms for our anthroposophical cultural center. Sometimes we come together and speak first about our problems. I do not think it is because of lack of interest. but it has not really worked. I am disappointed when the others do not want to. This disappoints me. three or four young people meet regularly. We had planned eurythmy classes for April. We have received money from various friends and foundations. So far there is no group at all south of Belgrade. Our next visitor was Heinrich Schneider. I can share responsibility with others. certainly. There were usually fifteen or twenty of us. I have a very strong connection to the Goetheanum and the Anthroposophical Society. I have to buy one. I found that I really wanted to start a Waldorf kindergarten in Belgrade. We have made several attempts to meet once a year. In addition to these events. one can know a lot and enjoy the weekly gatherings. He lectured to the public and studied anthroposophy with us privately. I do not know why. since there is not enough money to publish it more often. I have my goal. Very few have had any kind of practical anthroposophical training. I do not have to send invitations any more. I intended to continue doing what I had done before – work for the public kindergarten system. Dr. but they are scattered around Belgrade. For this reason. In Panˇ cevo. I have been hearing more and more from people who want to visit us. people want to come. Others think this is unnecessary. (They attended the Faust youth conference at the Goetheanum this year. I have to stay in commuAnthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 How is the anthroposophical work progressing? There is a group of about ten people who meet once a week to study books by Steiner. This is a little hard for me. there is no strong sense of responsibility. Political problems and our personal worries are another matter. We need more initiatives besides the ones in Panˇ cevo. In 1995 she founded the Association for Waldorf Education and Art in Belgrade.) Olivera Todorovi´ c is an educator who works for the public kindergarten system of Belgrade. Subotica. (See Anthroposophy Worldwide Nr. Difficult. What has been achieved since you founded the Association? After I completed my training in Bern in 1995. It is not enough to be responsible for myself alone. Perhaps it is becoming more likely now. they just do not feel it. Schneider came again. a doctor from Bern. a pediatrician. We study anthroposophy. 6 Is there a group of parents behind your plan? There are interested parents. The difficulties lie elsewhere. I expected many people to be interested. and with two or three people in Slovenia and Bosnia. but a house with a garden is very expensive. but then the war started. is to apply it to real life. Schädel. I still have not been able to find a room. to examine children and give lectures on childhood illnesses and anthroposophical medicine.
How is the violence reflected in the children? They act out what they see on television. But it was not genuine hate against another folk. and I do not give up. etc. Everyone makes mistakes… Yes. There are certain situations. or psychologists. BLZ 430 609 67. We buy toys. Their teachers have often told me how hard it is to deal with the childrens’ aggression or restlessness. 175. An old anthroposophist in Belgrade once said to me that the schools of the 20th century teach people to make war. and I have been able to replace some of the plastic toys with wooden ones. The time has arrived when science and scientific ways of thought have ceased to be the preserve of a very few. to insist that we come together.” It would be worth asking how Faraday or his like would view a world which has turned his inventions entirely towards the very things he avoided. All of us are developing. There is no one to take responsibility. etc. I cannot speak about it. Did Milosovic sow hate among the people? It is not so much hate. a task. Can you say a bit more about your work in public kindergartens? I work as an advisor and instructor. One can choose between two paths: either to hate. All of us have a chance. i. when I am with the teachers I can speak openly. especially in Bosnia (now in Kosovo. They bring weapons to kindergarten. as well as we can. I think people are not familiar with such a process. they learn to be egoistic. but the effect that thinking scientifically has upon the human soul. they said it was the others. I have made many puppets. 13 042 010. experiences of violence. one that perhaps not everyone wants to take on. even if one knows exactly what is going on. one develops love. The thought forms and thought “habits” of scientific people. I know I did not want to think about it. We need to learn to forgive. As Rudolf Steiner was at pains to stress on many occasions. So we each just do our own thing. They are very aware of the problems. I think so. Many guests have tried to explain to us the difference between a Society that unites various groups as opposed to many isolated groups and initiatives. 7 . against other people. treating every new discovery with a kind of religious sensitivity. and respond with a kind of innocent awe and reverence towards the world and its marvels. Köpernicker Str. fat. once confined to a tiny minority. multiplied themselves in the souls of virtually everyone in the western world and far beyond. Young Serbs are still falling in love with young people of other nationalities (Croations. Alba- nians) and other religions (Catholics and Muslims) and vice versa. But we are very limited by official directives. We visit all 200 groups to see how they are doing and whether they have any problems. Turks. It is strange – there is always enough money for plastic things such as Legos. The same happened during the second world war. I experience my lack of freedom. We try to make the rooms as beautiful as possible and to acquire the things that the children really need. I am optimistic. GLS Gemeinschaftsbank bochum. People do not learn social values. this problem takes a particular form. for example. We feel that we lack the strength. We have often spoken about it. D–10997 Berlin. It would be good to imagine for a moment the social situation of 1831. with hierarchy. Belgrade has 13 districts. for example. However. But I do experience a great deal of mental violence as an educator. trade. which lived in his austerely devotional background. I keep my goal before me always. I think that European education is similar. It was generated by the war. when I want to do something for and with the children and my suggestions are not accepted. Sometimes there seems to be a deliberate plan to ruin the people. A Society must have a connection to the Goetheanum. For those involved in science. have now. We also have to improvise with the food. by means of mechanisms invented by that very same thinking. account nr.e. but we never have enough of other things such as paper. Someone told me that one should not occupy one’s mind with Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 the violence. greed. Did the media convey a false picture? Yes. to make sure that the children get enough vitamins. educators. or simply to develop love. but not in the way that it was portrayed later in books and the press. Interview by Michaela Spaar in August 1999 Donations for the Association for Waldorf Education and Art in Belgrade: Freunde der Erziehungskunst. I always have hope. It was bad. One must think individually. books. science was something to be studied because it made men “amiable and liberal.” Signs of the Times We Are Already within the “Skin of the Dragon” As the year 2000 approaches. selfishness. earmarked: “Kiga Belgrad. things are still very much like they were in communist times. One needs to be quite clear about the fact that in Faraday’s opinion. it would seem a valuable exercise for anthroposophists involved in various branches of activity to ask themselves how their field of work relates to the spiritual situation in the world at large. He goaded them. of course). and governments. Anthroposophy fosters responsibility? Yes. This is strictly regulated and I do not have much freedom. This quality is lacking somewhat here. fax 61 70 26 33. The one in which I work has 200 kindergartens. I have a good connection with them. but one senses clearly that it is not normal.” whereas trade made them “vicious and selfish.nication with them. +49/30/61 70 26 30. Maybe it is just the laws that the government makes. We always give several addresses. Bosnia used to be a good example of how different peoples and religions can live peacefully together. Everyone says that. no one wanted to admit they were wrong. because one has suddenly lost everything. They are supervised by a director and two to four advisors. tel. What was your experience of violence during the war? I did not experience physical violence personally. A man like Michael Faraday in the early 19th century could still perform extremely simple investigations with magnets and wires. He – or his group (one senses that he is not alone) – created the situation in Bosnia. in which one does not necessarily develop hate. So far. it is a challenge. With us. We make a schedule for the year. How do you see the situation in your country? Do you have concerns or hopes? Yes. discuss supplementary training. However. milk. I think. the chief importance of science to mankind is not the content of science or the use to which science is put. so I can speak about Waldorf education. we do not have a representative or even a central address. A terrible situation like war is always also an opportunity to do something better. and we felt these good relations in Sarajevo – still do. However.
It takes little to see that this attitude spills over into life as a kind of indifference to others.S. It is significant to note that these two conferences were. Vital Systems (a company dedicated to sustainable development and to supporting youth activities that had arisen from the 1997 International Youth Conference) facilitated the building process of a strawAnthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 . Dennis Klocek’s “Drawing from the Book of Nature” challenged many a young and old soul. and there was a certain recognition or cognition of the goal we had set ourselves as a result of our collaboration. There was an instant kinship that formed at each individual meeting. September. and arriving at Mount Madonna. Our work. and planners made their way to the Santa Cruz Waldorf School for two days of meetings with conference presenters. thoughts. and participants gathered in the redwood forests that Mount Madonna Center has so elegantly nurtured for over 21 years. The event sprung from the desire to further the energy generated during the 1997 International Youth Conference. The planners arrived at the Santa Cruz Arboretum four days before conference registration began. and the refinement of our vision. and we pushed forward with increased enthusiasm. and love. preparing each workshop room. natural and the only possible way of life. and this is cited as a kind of justification for anthroposophical science circulating information on the Internet and using all the paraphernalia of modern information technology. In addressing the conference theme from another direction. anthroposophists should surely be among those who feel committed enough to the real issues of life today as to assert in the strongest possible terms the fully human soul in all they do. speaking and acting about science – the way out of the dragon for other human beings. “Conversation. There was a constant battle around contacting the outside world as our portable phone would frequently lose its connection in the middle of registering lastminute participants and coordinating other details. This effort of soul. Bill Cranstoun’s “Spatial Dynamics” wove along strongly from opening to closing as well as picking up the occasional dropped stitch in the middle. The characteristic of science and scientific investigation is that they require of the human being a very definite effort of soul. this need to maintain living human interest in other human beings and in “things” is precisely what is being subtly and cleverly undermined and overwhelmed by the fantastic proliferation of information towards which the real human soul cannot possibly be related. an attitude of being uninvolved and impartial. surf boards. everyone scattered to workshops or the office. confronted with a dragon which wishes to deny the human soul and utterly misrepresent to the human being its own true nature. and thus the theme “Bringing Spirit into Action” reflects this relationship perfectly. polar opposites to one another. both for nature and its miracles.” was a truly timeless event in which over 250 planners. 1999. A vision without a task is a dream. One participant made it all the way to the California border from Michigan when his vehicle decided to call it quits. However. however. It demands a very special effort of soul to keep alive the forces of soul of which Faraday was a pre-eminent example. and Community – Where the Inner and Outer Worlds Touch. i. crayons. Among the self-development workshops. there can be no question whatever of imagining that scientific discovery can ever again be a preserve of a kind of gentle otherworldliness in a world where what Faraday called “viciousness” is considered absolutely normal. despite their long journies. to prepare and set up. a sort of cold lack of interest in other people and even in nature. so the following day. this should not be believed without question. A few presenters could not make it to the meeting. hands-on form. we are already fully within the dragon of soulless information. We hear on all sides that the task for anthroposophists is to come to grips with modern life and transform it. work. “At the Turning Point – Bringing Spirit into Action. a task without a vision is drudgery. Scientific discovery. through everyday.” towards a practical. 8 the computers.. Such lessons provided a wonderful mirror into the human soul through reflection on Nature’s present state of being. presenters. based on the experiences of everyone gathered for the conference. So. such crises and difficulties only solidified our resolve.when electromagnetism was more or less discovered. Various phrases about “transforming the dragon from within” and so on are cited. Therefore. by the end of the opening ceremony. and having been consumed. Consciousness. U. Having perceived this.e. our task is to reassert the human soul and to demonstrate – by a heart-filled way of thinking. Otherwise one would feel obliged to take drugs or murder people in order to enter the skin of drug takers and murderers! Such an idea would be utterly absurd. California. forces of wonder. and for other human beings (to whom he was generosity itself). A “science” conducted by disembodied messages transmitted electronically can in no way whatever be a science in which human beings express their full humanity. July 1999. The content of the week consisted of a morning gathering after breakfast and exercises that Dennis Klocek brought. while awakening with humorous candor and descriptive biography the lessons written in everyday human experience and in the nature surrounding us. being by its nature factual. everyone could feel the history that we were embarking upon together. Monday began with planners. demanded a more focused location and atmosphere. – Black Elk The 1999 International Youth Conference. tends more than anything else human beings do towards a kind of soulessness.A. After the object exercise. and contrast it with the use of electricity today in every branch of life. Stephen Moore-Bridger. but a task with a vision can change the world. presenters and participants scattered about – finishing tasks. practical experience and thought. in a general sense. interest. School of Spiritual Science YOUTH SECTION Bringing Spirit into Action International Youth Conference. Great Britain Reprinted from the Science Group Newsletter. The idea that one should “enter the skin of a dragon” cannot be applied to every situation. It was truly an amazing experience to witness travelers from various parts of the Earth coming together with such enthusiasm and high spirits. There is no question of having to enter a dragon’s skin. and one could feel the strength and potential that each one brought. though this journey was just beginning. Yet.
feet. intense. Manfred von Mackensen. he led us in a highly original. and bookbinding. spontaneous groups formed to discuss the implications of the various courses. Georg Glöckler offered a workshop in mathematics and led the participants into a challenging and stimulating way of working in the realm of pure idea and number.” A word of thanks needs to be said to those people from the São Paulo School who initiated and organized such a fine conference and also to those. The most important aspect. These meetings were often small.com/news/ PEDAGOGICAL SECTION The Natural Sciences and Waldorf Education São Paulo. This provided both an enlivening start to the day and an increased appreciation for the excellent performance on Thursday evening. So if one judges through actions rather than words. One can develop a new way of contemplating the “facts of evolution” that includes human experience in the field of cognition. as well as a slightly dampened festive evening. These were followed by two more working groups on chemistry and mathematics. Osmer. Germany. Orland Bishop’s “Community Development & Healing” workshops opened the hearts of most. they were ble to gain a deeper insight into the nature of light as well as into their own process of knowing. he teased out Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 the steps of coming to a perception. well organized format that allowed for intense. including Georg Glöckler. All this work was brilliantly translated by a team of very impressive translators. Barker. only time will tell if the goal was achieved. future conference planning.A. Australia.net or www. which culminated on Saturday afternoon with nearly 200 participants contributing their hands. His amazing capacity to bring his presence to a room ignited many to share their heartfelt experiences. Following these workshops. some of which will last. The courses had been followed with animated. The eurythmy was followed by the ongoing morning course with Dr. Now that such an event is once again living in the hearts of hundreds of people. sweat. As the end of the conference drew nearer. The conference was impressive because so many of the participants were class teachers from the primary school who – though they do not teach the subjects at high school level – still found that it is essential to work with the existential questions that are tackled in the high school. Through working with it we will prepare ourselves for the next time we come together. In the optics course. and involving the participants deeply in the qualities of substance. which brings a new level of connection to the world. von Mackensen gave a dramatic workshop on iron. lively. a way was shown to lead the class twelve students into the area of illumination and images whereby they become active participants in the self-conscious knowledge process. and pedagogical practice.arteverywhere. and finally the idea. In the afternoon there were artistic courses: copper work. Dr. laughter. through several lifetimes. who worked with the content of the anthropology/biology main lesson. 3conversations@usa. July 3–10. concepts. Through the way in which the participants first united with the phenomena in observation and then formed questions. which provided a good supplementary activity to the workshops. and how these ages each demand a different activity from the teacher. or initiatives associated with these conferences. Sonya Maria from Cali. Following the tea break. with participants arriving from many parts of Brazil (a country with an area larger than the Australian continent). working with experimental phenomena. 1999 The impact of the magnitude of São Paulo as a city. great strides have been made. human development. and the eurythmy performance. This enthusiasm to know what the other is working with is something that could be learned by many schools. led by Christian Ohlendorf and Johannes Greber from Kassel. varied work and flexibility for spontaneous interest groups to form. and cultural evolution. Chile. a truly inspiring capacity that is urgently needed in the world at this time. brawn. Over seven mornings. eurythmists from the Performing Group introduced elements from Goethe’s Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily. and deep way through the steps of cognition that a person can develop in coming to a universal understanding of the world. The conference began smoothly. Standing as “Guardian of the Gate” between these two poles of Spirit in Action. The anthropology workshop demonstrated a way to lead young people to a consequential confrontation with reductionist Darwinism and the potential despair that follows from this meeting. forming representations. the conference divided into two work groups on subjects for class twelve – one working with optics. The endless horizon of buildings and lines of traffic are the exterior for a vibrant life. along with visiting speakers from Germany and Switzerland. and have lasted. Let us go back to our schools and work with what we have been given. eurythmy. please subscribe to the Conversations Newsletter. drumming. and lead. Colombia. These were usually groups of people who were actively involved in teaching a subject at high school level and wanted to deepen the content of their courses by going into pedagogical questions.S. Peter Glasby. watercolour painting. in which the eurythmists and a group of musicians performed the whole fairy tale to a very appreciative audience. For further information on the 1999 International Youth Conference. with a population comparable to that of Australia. and the time for that coming together will also become clear. A challenge remains: Will we truly allow ourselves to learn from one another and be open to giving or receiving whatever is needed of us? Jesse D. Colombia brought a tone of active realism to the mood by saying approximately the following words: “We have heard much over the last week. He then went on to show how the three essential steps of cognition are worked with in the different ages of childhood. U. gold. Australia Extracts from a report 9 . and the other led by Peter Glasby from Mt.bale animal house. however. potent feeling of purpose and an amazing thankfulness. geological processes. The six and a half days of the conference had a tight. the connection that was felt during the beginning of the conference grew stronger and stronger. part of which is evident in the Rudolf Steiner School and its surrounding community. and dancing into sculpting and completing the building. active interest – which naturally lead to a mood of expectancy for the future. We had pushed through the momentum necessary to create such a timeless event and were rewarded with many fresh experiences and connections. The evenings were devoted to lectures by the various course givers. who arranged the financial support for many of the visiting speakers. memories. Every morning. and Peru. Using observation exercises. was not lessened by the second visit. and practice-oriented. This was emphasized by the fact that the closing was filled with a heavy. The seven sessions provided a seldom-heard synthesis of epistemology. is the achieving.
–An essential addition to §10 would be to include the world Society in the General Meeting more by having a two-house system. to the School of Spiritual Science. as representatives of the countries and regions. AS in GB. Llanystumdwy. 2 et 4.) With the help of a Swiss legal consultant. France The Anthroposophical Society in France would welcome an exchange with neighboring country Societies regarding the sect problem mentioned in the previous issue. Roel Munniks. The site includes details of the Group and its affiliations. of interest to Waldorf teachers. the suggestion is for the General Meeting to make a declaratory decision that describes the planned revision as the result of a historical development. cooperation and adaptive mutations: complementing ecological and evolutionary paradigms. which deals with Rudolf Steiner’s organization of a School of Spiritual Science and the naming of a possible successor. Michaela Glöckler. The current issue (Nr. +33/1/43 26 09 94. Rolf Kerler. GB–Gwynedd. Cae Llwyd. Paul Mackay Possible Changes to the Constitution The exact wording of the suggested changes to the Constitution mentioned by Paul Mackay in his report is not quite ready for print. teacher of Rudolf Steiner. with additions being made according to the intentions of the Anthroposophical Society that are recognizable today. publications. a book list. who made fruitful recommendations. did not vote me out of office. £1.50 Europe.org. the full text of future newsletters will be published on the site. However. on which I have served for eleven years as General Secretary. Charlotte Roder. etc. It is not the view of any committee. In 1998. or to the General Secretaries. I left it on May 2. EN FRANCE mainly to give my collegues the chance to work toward a way out of the crisis on their own. –Most additions would be made to §10. and people interested in the history and philosophy of science. M. Société Anthroposophique en France. The right of the members to submit motions would revert to procedure set out in the Christmas Conference. fax 43 54 93 15. and the exact wording has not been checked with those who are responsible for the process at this point. we ask those of you who are able to come to the presentation on November 13/14 to reserve For the Group these dates.S.00 elsewhere). For now. 3/1999. 1999. the former Council had proposed that it expand to become a collegium. Another meeting is planned for October 4. All members are warmly invited to attend this presentation. UK bank checks or Eurochecks payable to “Science Group. a new group formed last year from the Goetheanum Councils and General Secretaries to continue the work on the Constitution. with the members of the previous Constitution Group. where the draft will be explained. –In §7. researchers. The author represents only his own view. LL52 0SG . This group has been working to form a new Council. I will continue to support them in other ways. FR–75006 Paris.anth. It has to be stressed that the Council of the Anthroposophical Society in France. (Its members are Otfried Doerfler. Attila Varnai. questions will be answered. and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant. The Group already publishes a peer-review scientific journal. This draft was discussed on September 13. The Statutes would describe neither the leadership of the School of Spiritual Science nor how it is chosen. SCIENCE GROUP Science Group Website The Science Group (Great Britain) has been on the Internet since April 1999 (http://www.” Archetype: 60 pages. also stating the deliberate continuation of the impulse from the 1923/24 Christmas Conference. –To do this. the Group would like to present a draft to the members. From March 2000 onwards.” “Towards a history and sociology of the anthroposophical research institutes in the 1920’s. Price: 4. Cricieth. which deals with the General Meeting. it is possible to indicate the intentions of the Constitution Group at this point: –The Christmas Conference Statutes would form the basis of the Constitution of the General Anthroposophical Society. David Heaf. The plan is to publish it in the November issue of Anthroposophy Worldwide and then to discuss it again on November 13 (afternoon) and 14 (morning) during the Branch and Group Leader Meeting. Initially I was part of this group. would vote on the same points that are to be raised in the General Meeting immediately afterwards. Extraordinary general meetings would be possible at the request of 1/5 of the members (although other suggestsions are still under discussion). Paul Mackay.” Contact: Dr. articles. and possible further suggestions received. 5) includes arti10 IN G R E AT B R I TA I N cles on the following: “The projective lemniscate. 2000. totally replacing the By-Laws. Hafan. Nothing has changed regarding my fidelity to the Council of the General Anthroposophical Society. Decisions would have to be approved by both the Assembly of General Secretaries and the General Meeting.” “The fruitfulness of Goethe’s approach to science at the present time.uk/Science).Anthroposophical Society GENERAL ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY Draft of Revised Constitution to Be Presented As reported in Anthroposophy Worldwide Nr. Based on these discussions. –An addition to §8 would state that various other explanatory notes were used as time progressed. the group has now drafted a possible revision of the Society’s Statutes. details of related organisations. with several additional guests. –The Statutes would stay as they are. there has been no Council since our general meeting of March 21. We then hope to publish a further revised version with the invitation to the regular General Meeting of April 15/16. Germany The briefly sketched intentions given here are nothing more than an attempt to inform the members by someone who has participated in parts of the process. Archetype. In additon. tel.00 British pounds (overseas postage: add £0. the suggestion is to add that the leadership of the School of Spiritual Science is independent of the General Anthroposophical Society.” “Participation.” “Karl Julius Schröer. 1999 of my own free will. The Assembly of General Secretaries. Justus Wittich. 1999. a mistake was made in reporting the way in which I left my post as General Secretary. rue de la Grande Chaumière.” “Foreword to The Natural Scientific Writings of Goethe. Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 SOCIÉTÉ ANTHROPOSOPHIQUE Correction In the previous issue of Anthroposophy Worldwide. Dr.
and blue – gifts from one of the parents – were lit by Dr. Rain was pouring down. will bring life and serenity. but the overwhelming mood was one of recognition and acknowledgment – of each other and of our chosen destiny together. Then three rose candles in red. and specific claims gave rise to doubts in others. in the thoughts of the opening and closing lectures. This was greatly helped by the livingly recreated substance of the Foundation Stone Meditation. The Foundation Stone Meditation was the heart of our work. This gave the whole event a strong. and artistic and study groups that also took up these themes. Janpen and Dr. in which a child takes physical form. Nine members from Norway. it holds the future within it. Andrew Wolpert. Germany. known for his past life investigations. anthroposophy in Thailand is also moving to a new stage of development. including a glimpse of the Mystery Drama Group’s new piece. which has gained wide recognition. there were daily sessions on the composition and restructuring of the Council of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain. Switzerland. Janpen Panosot. The inauguration of the Anthroposophical Group in Thailand was a moving ceremony among friends who have taken the same spiritual path and. July 26–31. At the beginning of each day we were shown the Rhythms in eurythmy. Hans also brought some gifts from friends in New Zealand demonstrating their commitment to form a bridge between the two countries. as Dr. In addition to several other artistic and study groups. Yet the golden sunlight that came right after is generally regarded as a sign of hope. Although still small at the moment. led by Tho and Lisi Ha Vinh. organic. in every respect. a memorable experience for many. Porn Panosot started Panyotai. Following the Foundation Stone Meditation. and of the significance of our Anthroposophical Society. and guided plenary conversations on the conference theme. read by Janpen. The founding group ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY In the Hearts of the Members Notes from the Summer Conference. The whole event had a mood of sober celebration. and in the eurythmy presentations of the Rhythms and the whole mantram every day. Such questions can only be resolved in clarity of thought. Certainly there . The picture of a child who is ready to become a full human being in the years to come. is very appropriate for this special moment. 1999 can be compared to the moment of birth. The event proved to be a committed and encouraging affirmation of the spiritual reality that we have united with. the group worked with the “Saturday Rhythm” of the Foundation Stone in eurythmy. Great Britain 11 Jostein Saether. France. and beautiful form within which much could take place. IN THAILAND The ceremony began with Thai classical music performed by a member of the group who is also the Chinese teacher at Panyotai Steiner Waldorf School. A few years ago.ANTHROPOSOPHICAL GROUP Anthroposophical Group in Thailand Inaugurated As the new millennium approaches. Panosot. and artistic performances. honest. was an important step toward a new phase at the portal of the new millennium. but the necessary freeing of prejudices is greatly helped by the intense experience of the substance presented by a group of artists who have worked together for nearly two years consistently. whom he represented. Last year the Anthroposophical Initiative Group was founded to host the third AsiaPacific Conference. Hans van Florenstein Mulder (General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in New Zealand) brought the warm greetings and wishes of the Goetheanum Council. and Ireland joined 105 members from Great Britain at Emerson College to cultivate this work of our Society. was the guest lecturer. epistemology. Thailand The inauguration of the Anthroposophical Group in Thailand on August 7. There were lectures about its rhythms and about its structure and relevance to the School of Spiritual Science. yellow. His engaging. Black Earth. which. in the evening the eurythmists presented the mantram in its entirety in English. according to Thai belief. a Waldorf initiative in Bangkok. Porn Panosot expressed it in his opening speech. both eurythmists from Perceval in Switzerland. Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 IN G R E AT B R I TA I N were moments of disappointment and frustration that may have had to do with the encounter of spiritual streams or just of egos. 1999 “Meditation is Spiritual Research” was the title of the Society Conference in July. and artistic approach appealed to many who might be overawed by the notion of spiritual research. These eurythmy presentations raise the question of which translation to use and whether it is appropriate to do them in translation at all. while our previous activities resembled the period of conception. and with integrity and fidelity that is both inspired and inspiring. though his methods. Since then the work in the group has helped to strengthen our individual work. The quality of the conference was greatly enhanced by three hours of free time in the afternoons for spontaneous meetings and individual initiatives (which in this conference included a request for additional eurythmy). 1999.
space for all kinds of classes. There is still space for addisometimes by groups that tional initiatives. lectures. will misunderstand me if I and concert agencies. realized. And it had been and – not least – the people who look study groups on Rudolf Steiner’s even harder to get definite commit. the world such as this would center for meetings and cononly succeed if openness were ferences shows that this goal has been guests. The rooms develop their own initiatives. There is also contact would fail. etc. People feel comfortable in the biography work. Liane-Heide Niederhoff. were hired 350 times last year. Also. the metal industry union. the builders wanted to has thus increased naturally. International Kinderwork as well. further? Perhaps through the This. the partners (Anthroposophi. with nearby anthroposophical Now that the center has institutions. It would be one would not necessarily ideal if the center provided expect: a banking and insurstart-up financing for them.other classes is broad: voice lessons. The center whether the original intenprovides meeting space for tions of the project have been professionals from the region. the money could be important. One can only admire what ates a special atmosphere. The branch garten Association. cre.building. among them seven years. There are also public lechappen. The large hall of the center. the The anxiety over whether media industry union. the central location is paid off. a natural science potential supporters to discuss build. Helga Steiner. especial. the Gerthing of the past. Reinhard Bielefeldt. Walter Hempel. The costs of building council of the German airline. instead of having to ly art classes and eurythmy. and ments towards financing the 16 mil. Before this could There are only a few employees. For them. Occult Science. Raphael organizers who have used the Steiner. There is branch as well.” and Kassel.reputation for openness and liberality. and fesit had seemed that the effort tivals. Johannes Wolter. it is time to ask Spiritual Science. The Kassel Branch had Hänel. The original idea of encourWhat did the project aging contact between the originally aim to achieve? For Anthroposophical Society one thing. to create conferand anthroposophical instituence premises at a central tions is thus developing well. ance union. Hardly a However. building loans. This is the only way to own suitable premises for annual gen. Physics. The spectrum of has also lent new perspectives to their even the farthest row of listeners. If they were too. the such an ambitious project Bavarian Ministry of Agriculcould be financed at all is a ture and Forestry. and employees are covered. jointheir ideas for the new building sometimes for plenum ing at length.Various branch members volunteer tures and weekend workshops. the exchange with many rent them. All classes are open to lion mark project. had been intended: efforts of people who would interaction between very difuse the created framework to ferent partners. proximity to a major train Erhard Fucke. the Apocalypse. an education and The finances are well orgascience union. its colors.Feature Seventh Anniversary of the Anthroposophical Center in Kassel It had not been easy to bring together station. man Union of Environmental the center’s income is still Protection. The The Building Committee (from left to right): Front: Ursula Krause. Germany. Kassel their help and thereby get to know the Of course there is the branch Branch. for example in completed its first seven years connection with the School of of activity. back: long list of anthroposophical Wolfgang realized that an opening to Werner Tetzlaff.develop strength for the outer work. the members of the Kassel Many other organizers have Branch have achieved in these recognized this. and a meets in five thematic groups training community) discussed after a shared beginning. However. location in Germany. the Goethe Society. eral meetings. too. Public outreach by the branch practiced continually within the reached. cal Society in Germany. doubtless because of its gen.after the visitors. Germany 12 Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 . own work. along with its used to intensify the work. More than once discussions. day goes by now that does not have different people from the periphery with its excellent acoustics reaching its eurythmy class.group working with “Quantum ing an anthroposophical center in erous architectural forms. Doctors Against being used to pay back the Nuclear War. the public. The raise an additional question: anthroposophical center has How might the original thus become one of the culimpulse be intensified still tural institutions of the city. The center has a Mystery Dramas. Rosemarie Bünsow. the works nized. Life and the Cosmos. the None of the Kassel members Chamber Music Association.
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