February 1999

Making Space – an Artistic Impulse Anthroposophic Lifestyle – Allergy-Free?
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Georgian Enamel Art – An Alchemic Craft
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Forum: Branch Work Today
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Forum, Editorial Anthroposophy around the World Cosmos of Conversation Portrait Anthroposophical Society School of Spiritual Science Feature

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One might think that all of life’s expectations have been met once we have a closed space to live in, a home. We live on the earth, and we want it to be beautiful and comfortable. To live in this sense is to have a passive attitude, one which nourishes the need to let oneself fall back into the hand of God – the one who made this world seem so round and complete. Whoever lives in this way looks around himself, at best, is amazed, admires this creation and contents himself with counting and measuring it. This can so fulfill him, that he may overlook the thorn on its edge, which is constantly trying to goad him into creative disquiet. Here, on the edge of creation, you cannot live. This is where the artist pursues the mysterious attraction of what is open and unfinished. He begins his creative act at the point where he experiences the world to be open; where there is still space to bring something to a possible completion. The painter Paul Klee describes this process of artistic genesis in his “Creative Confession” (1920): “A fire, to arise, comes to life, flows through the hand, streams onto the canvas, and from there it jumps like a spark, closing the circle from which it came: back to the eye. Pathways for the cropping eye of the observer, which is like a grazing animal, are incorporated into the picture.” Remarkable in this passage is Klee’s inclusion of the observer directly into the artistic process. The artist does not complete the process alone. He prepares “paths” for the observer who comes later, makes space for him, because his artistic activity would exhaust itself without the co-creator after him. Once the work of art has passed through the stages of its genesis to a definite form, then a new impulse of opening strikes it. The “freedom of the other person” is alive within it. The observer’s creative glance fructifies it, keeps it alive. Anthroposophy calls upon our artistic capacities. Rudolf Steiner tried to create an anthroposophic society as a work of art, as a “social sculpture” (Beuys), which requires a co-creator. It, too, wants to make space for the freedom of the other person …
Dorothea Rapp, Germany
Translated from the German


3/1998. dogmatism is sin. A large festival is planned in Prague with “Ars Alchemia”. All being is entwined in thanks. And one should respond helpfully to the children’s karma. Dietrich Rapp. Waldorf education is more than a fully developed school with class teachers for every age group. Justus Wittich Correspondents: Jürgen Vater (Sweden) Marianne Møller-Nielsen (Denmark) Andrew Wolpert (Great Britain) We expressly wish for active support and collaboration. He advocates that he or she remain on the periphery. This is what he sent the editors: A few years ago (I live in New Zealand) some people came to me who had heard of Waldorf education. We regret very much the small mistakes that crept in: the respected leader of the Timisoara Branch in Romania is Mr. 2. Sebastian Jüngel (responsible for this issue). I may bear witness to it out of my own experience. From the periphery we look thankfully to the friends at the center. The lively discussion that “Anthroposophy Worldwide” would like to help cultivate has come to life between some of the readers. This pioneer spirit holds true for everything else as well. Sadean. In the southern hemisphere this is also true of the Christian festivals. Fifteen to twenty families were interested in the project. and in “Anthroposophy Worldwide” Nr. special subject teachers and a full curriculum. and the cost of studying abroad. had even read some anthroposophy. Fax +41/61/706 44 65 Email: wochenschrift@goetheanum. Address: Weekly Paper “Das Goetheanum”. Box. CH–4143 Dornach 1. Bristol Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 . everything depends on the people and 2 not on the institution. If questions with the distribution © Copyright 1998 General Anthroposophical Society. It encourages. Art also seems to have became a main theme for this issue of “Anthroposophy Worldwide” – also in the extended sense of art as exchange. Could I help? They lived far away from any established Waldorf school. as Rudolf Steiner emphasized to the teachers at the end of his lecture cycle “Study of Man”. It works. who had written about her situation in Canada in “Anthroposophy Worldwide Nr. As the only teacher. The loving interest of European friends is an enormous help. For all others the address is the address of the Anthroposophical Society in your country. if already trained). and who wanted this kind of education for their children. has the necessary sensitivity and imagination and works meditatively with the three basic forces of education) gets to know his or her children. The readers in the Netherlands appear to be particularly gifted with languages. as conversation. It should recognize the needs of the time. It also appears as a supplement to the weekly paper “Das Goetheanum”. Steiner was eminently practical. They receive “Anthroposophy Worldwide” along with their monthly magazine “Motief” – alternately in English or German. I had about 20 children aged 4 to 12. He was asked to put his thoughts to paper. But a Waldorf school with just one teacher and such a large age difference among the children? A kindergarten in the same room? What about block lessons? Perhaps without any eurythmy? Impossible! I asked myself what Rudolf Steiner would have advised and I requested his help. Dornach. Sebastian Jüngel Anthroposophy Worldwide “Life in the Anthroposophical Society – Anthroposophy Worldwide” is published monthly. To receive Anthroposophy Worldwide. Carl Hoffmann. Michaela Spaar. I was familiar with the situation. It is distributed by the regional Anthroposophical Societies – in some cases augmented with independently edited news and articles.Forum Things Are Different on the Periphery During the Class Reader meeting at the Goetheanum last December 1998. The process of building a team of editors and correspondents has not yet been completed.W. even if the training there is taught by only one teacher. the “spoiled” anthroposophists can look towards the periphery and perhaps even thank the friends there. Carl Hoffmann spoke of the need for such meetings to pay more attention to the themes which are relevant to “the periphery”. From the center. Here. the teachers should “read” the children and from this find a healthy way of helping these specific children. The quality of education has not improved thereby. gives strength. 1998 Marianne Møller-Nielsen reported from Denmark. without an exchange of ideas. everything has to be consciously spiritually fought for. Most of them were farmers. The quality of the education need not be less than that of a fully developed school. We have forwarded all these letters to her. About 25 of their children were of school age. He perceived a concrete situation and adapted himself to it. Switzerland Printing by J. Siberian colleagues are hosting a “Freedom in Siberia” week in Irkutsk. This attitude leads to a true global consciousness. After mentioning the situation for anthroposophists in Europe. Carl Hoffmann then asks whether someone who lives on the periphery should travel to Europe or America to study eurythmy. Ursula Remund Fink. We are pleased to welcome Marianne Møller-Nielsen as a new correspondent and we hope to print her name correctly in the future. On the periphery. We were very pleased to receive letters for Marilyn Riopel. represented by Paul Mackay Editors: Carol Brousseau (responsible for the English-Language Edition). I can imagine that a teacher in a fully developed eurythmy school in Europe can put herself in the position of a colleague in the new world and accompany her with good thoughts. New Zealand Translated from the German Editorial The year 1999 may prove to be a year for anthroposophic inspired art. Switzerland. and cites the karma that she or she “has brought to Australia or New Zealand”. Everything depends on the teacher. who often work in the most difficult of circumstances. Such schools do not exist anymore in New Zealand. Arrowsmith Ltd. She often leads a lonely life. a Faust Festival will be held at the Goetheanum. Hoffmann continues: Steiner spoke earnestly of the necessity for developing global consciousness. who do so much good. whether or not he is allowed to live and work near the Goetheanum or far away – without the stimulation that this building radiates. Stephan Stockmar. It creates a healthy “internet” of people who want to collaborate on the development of humanity. only the subscribers to “Das Goetheanum” should contact the address below. he or she will – as a modern Pestalozzi – develop and apply the right methods. It is not without reason that the parents of 25 children are looking for a better school. since I had begun my work as a public school teacher nearly 50 years ago in a country school. And if the teacher (who is firmly rooted in anthroposophy. It lies in the karma of the individual person. for example (or to teach eurythmy there. please apply to the Anthroposophical Society in your country. Publisher: General Anthroposophical Society. The children are taken to larger schools in busses.

the researchers felt inspired to go on to further studies. This means that the curriculum needs to be extended. The researchers described the presence of furry pets. for example. so the study will be expanded into other parts of Europe. The causes are not clear. Thus the inclination towards allergies was twice as high as with Waldorf students – an extremely clear difference in the scientific field. Large scale studies of Waldorf students are being planned. and they ate more ecological food. especially acid vegetables. there is the “Periodic Seminar”. Several months ago Swartz had already presented a study showing that the value of mass inoculations may be doubted. The internationally noted “Karolinska Institutet”. However. To corroborate this scientifically. every third child suffers from oversensitivity. Workshops are needed for practical and artistic subjects. Günter Altehage of the “International Association for Eastern Europe” (IAO) in Stuttgart. collaborated on this project with the “Vidar Clinic”. Also. Allergies are increasing. Because of these surprisingly clear results. State support for the school in Rjasan was cancelled. dollars. and they suddenly found themselves in debt from having to pay for rent. Scandinavia’s only anthroposophic hospital. schools were once again shut down because the State had no money to pay the teachers. The more characteristics of an “anthroposophic lifestyle” that a family had (the study calls them “Steiner units”).” says Jörgen Nielsen of the “Periodic Seminar”. he approached the “Institute for Environmental Medicine”. for example. Dr. which offers part time courses for teachers from the provinces. the less prone the children were to allergy. passive smoking and Russia Suddenly in Debt The Drop in the Exchange Rate Endangers Waldorf Schools When the ruble suddenly dropped in value in August 1998 and Russia’s financial crisis became obvious. which is one of the most respected research institutes in the world. Germany 3 . regularly organizes training courses and literature for the newly arising upper schools.Anthroposophy around the World Sweden “Anthroposophic Lifestyle” – Fewer Allergies? Children who attend Waldorf schools have fewer allergies than children who go to public schools.” Silke Heuser. because State-supported Waldorf schools were also affected. electricity and garbage collection. Money for school materials comes in the form of goods. Also essential is the training of upper school teachers. This was the conclusion of a study by the “Institute for Environmental Medicine” at the “Karolinska Intitutet” in Stockholm. is urgently seeking apparatus for chemistry and physics. where everyone becomes more or less a survival artist. What explains this difference? No differences were found between the groups with regard to risk factors such as heredity. these studies have not been sufficiently documented. Since by no means all Waldorf students grow up in anthroposophic families.S. such as sacks of sugar or coupons for products from the local jail. The 18 established Waldorf Schools in Russia now have seven to nine classes and they face the task of starting an upper school and organizing final exams. The news was widely covered by the Swedish media. even though some studies indicate that nutrition and infections might play an important role. a teacher earns 300 – 700 rubles per month. The “Friends” are helping to strengthen the collaboration between the schools regarding curriculum. All of the children were examined by doctors and were tested for allergies. before the money can be used to buy school books or physics apparatus. it is likely that the difference from the mainstream students would have been even greater if only the children of anthroposophic parents had been compared. 295 Waldorf students of 5 – 13 years of age were compared with 380 students of the same age from mainstream schools in Järna. so that the authorities will allow them to teach upper school classes. which includes the components black market. Jürgen Vater. For a full picture one must also take into account that Russia has its own form of economy. for example to ascertain whether childhood illnesses might have a favorable effect on the development of the child. Besides the teachers’ seminars in Moscow and St. In the Russian provinces. they had more infectious illnesses such as measles and mumps. Previous infections and the use of antibiotics and immunizations were noted. These Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 things first have to be sold. barter and family solidarity. This new study is therefore unique worldwide. teacher training and the upper school. or to study how lacto bacteria in vegetables affects the intestinal flora. which corresponds to about 18 – 47 U. eating habits and environmental factors. Strong differences were found with regard to what the study called “anthroposophic lifestyle”: Waldorf students received decidedly fewer antibiotics and immunizations. which selects the Nobel prize winners in medicine. Cries for help went out to the “Friends of Rudolf Steiner’s Education”. “The next three years will probably be the hardest. Jackie Swartz noticed that Waldorf students have fewer allergies. “and we very much hope that it will be possible for us to accompany the schools through this time as well. The school in Kasan. In it. Petersburg. Also studied were their social circumstances. Germany. Salaries are often delayed for months. In many industrialized countries. Sweden Jackie Swartz at work the results as being surprising and significant: 13 percent of the Waldorf students had allergy problems compared with 25 percent of the state school children. with the necessary material for natural science. This will require a larger population than can be found in Sweden.

In October 1999 there will be another international conference on the subject of the small child up to three years. F–84210 Venasque. The Speech School of North America will open September 1999 and will award a diploma that is recognized by the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum. CH4143 Dornach. the Leader of the Section for the Arts of Eurythmy. Rüttiweg 30. two of those in Kopenhagen). Fair Oaks. Speech Formation USA. especially all those who wanted to return to their homes. fewer job openings in Waldorf schools – the waning interest in speech formation led to the idea of holding a speech festival. France. F–84700 Sorgues. Denmark has the highest rate of working women: 78 percent before they have children. Tel. Regine Rohlfs./Fax +49/2222/56 18. Estonia. +33/490/39 45 36 (English spoken). Nothing like this has ever been tried since the death of Marie Steiner. Tel. After the war. 4 Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 . By comparison. Spring Valley. German and English discussion groups. +1/914/425 25 27. Switzerland Information about the initiative “Children in Bosnia” from Mirela Silajdˇ zic. Members of the Association Council worked for three years with Virginia Sease. Marianne Møller-Nielsen. One project is a toy collection. There will be apartments for those who are healthy and independent. even if they should later need nursing care. Spring Valley or Washington. Our artistic suggestions were joyfully accepted and supported. In February 1998 there was a first international conference in Odense. A training in creative speech has finally been founded in North America. and a nursing tract with medical care. Tel. There are now five Waldorf day care centers (one on Fyn. It would serve to take stock of the present situation and simultaneously place speech formation in the public eye. Christof Kalden and Frank Grave. The training will take about four years. CH–4143 Dornach. Bosnia Open to All Parts of the Population Artist Initiative Helps Bosnian Kindergarten In summer 1998. where they will be able to live the last years of their lives with the help of anthroposophy. 259 Hungry Hollow Rd. NY 10977. with lectures by Bruno Callegaro and Michaela Glöckler. This undertaking was funded by the Goetheanum’s “East Fund”. 11. this time in Dornach in collaboration with the Medical Section. +33/490/66 61 73 (German spoken). carved large rocking animals out of beech and a column with carved lilies for the dining room. Denmark. the municipality welcomed all parts of the population. the “Foundation to Support Anthroposophic Art and Life” (Zürich). who had met while helping to renovate the Goetheanum’s main auditorium. This means that the Danish children spend the most time away from their families – 46 percent of the children spend time in municipal institutions. France. Maglaj is one of the many cities that were cut off from their surroundings for many months by the siege. which does not include the number of children who get private care. Norway. Tel. a festival of recitation. Impasse du Ronquet. The home is part of a biodynamic farm. Suggestions and ideas to: Huguette Bruneau. and Skandinavian. Fax 352 50 71. An international group of about ten people is working on questions of Waldorf day care. Speech and Music. workshops and lectures will be held March 5 – 7. Information: “Fercher-von-Steinwand-Verein”. Görreshof 96. Contact: “The Speech Association of North America”. Seattle. Speech and Music to prepare this unusual school. Denmark is represented by Zilla Mørch Pedersen (Odense) and Helle Heckmann (Kopenhagen). culture and crafts will lend rhythm and harmony to daily life. England. The sculptors. a group of artists from Germany and Switzerland. D-53347 Alfter. and 82 percent afterwards. Denmark France For Dignity in Advanced Age A Home in Provence A small group in southern France is planning to create a place for retired people. All who join should be able to stay for the rest of their lives. Angela and Gotthard Killian sang and played with the children. Organizers: “Speech Artist Association”. Finland. Eighty years after speech formation began. An important experience for all of us was to see how necessary and liberating direct human contact through art is – beyond all ideology – especially after the events of recent years. Hauptstr. went to visit the teachers and children of a kindergarten in Maglaj. in the Netherlands it is 29 percent and in Germany 32 percent. Gotthard Killian.. Email: msteinrueck@mindspring. Switzerland or Gotthard Killian. “Fercher von SteinwandAssociation”. Cinderella and playing children. from Belgium. Russia and Sweden. USA. Claire Hänni. four on Seeland./Fax +41/61/702 01 05. Mas Athena. the Netherlands. and one week before her birthday. Students may take courses in Chicago.Denmark Care Outside the Family Waldorf Day Care Centers Respond to Need The work with children under three years of age has been developing well in Denmark in recent years. Section for the Arts of Eurythmy. 1999 in Stuttgart. About 100 people came. Opportunities for art. Bosnia. tuned the pianos and built xylophones. Support also came from “Acacia – Fund for Development Collaboration”.com Germany. and a benefit concert. Switzerland. Within the European Union. A number of young people helped the painters Marianne Altmeier and Maria Kühl-Weigmann to lazure all the rooms and paint large murals of Snow White. Mirela Silajdˇ zic. This open attitude was easy to feel in the kindergarten. Germany. Dwindling audiences. Further efforts for the children of Bosnia are planned for 1999. Tel.

education. USA 5 momentum toward the elimination of nuclear missiles. It may just be the coincidence that one person meets another several times during those five days. Often someone may ask: “Can you show me one example where your ideal model can work within the complex context of given forces in which I – as political leader or corporate executive. since 1995. but not his debts). The Forum pursues outer. when reflecting on the state of fear. it arbitrarily . if you had not received it from above”? (The former normally falters when it comes to the call – or grows very quickly!) The fact that such conversations occur. their witnesses seen – for example when Youth Forum participants. And named many heavenly ones. as it says in one of Rilke’s poems. people who rarely are given the opportunity to meet one another in conversation without a narrow agenda. Often the conversation touches the question: “But when. or the one who understands: “You would have no power. Jim Garrison. measure. where pesticides are no longer used: 75% of the country’s entire cotton production.S. or as spiritual leaders within their communities. inferred from statistics and probability. how they could seize the Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 (Hölderlin) part in the Whole Child roundtable. Cosmos of Conversation The State of the World Forum as a Manifestation of Change Eight hundred people from 103 nations went to San Fransisco to participate in the fourth “State of the World Forum”. a “forum”. to cultivate an interdisciplinary dialogue in search of a new vision for the next millennium: official leaders in their fields. it is often the case that the realization of a desirable state falls terribly short of our visions. already. and at the same time able to understand the whole as an organism: in his words. continue to fight in the world of opposites. who survived political massacres. This is what the human being must try over and again: provide a vessel. the way of listening and interpreting weighs as much as the words that are spoken. Sometimes it is a casual conversation with a neighbor at the dinner table that sparks interest for a detail that remained unobserved within the floods of information. find words for the unspeakable. where new impulses for a metamorphosis of civilization and consciousness can embody themselves and be perceived. business. Strategic Air Command sat side by side in front of a plenum of 800. has gathered men and women from all regions of the world. materialistic reality. especially if he or she is on the other side of a dividing line. the Forum’s president. to meet the truth in its manifold aspects. and Joan Almon took Every autumn. the San Francisco-based State of the World Forum.” The power of the ambitious ego. Normally they work in isolation. Every year. finally they end up speaking with one another. invites the participants “to join for conversations that matter”.000 acres of organic and bio-dynamic cotton in Egypt. Friedemann Schwarzkopf. escaped from torture and life-long imprisonment. Schwarzkopf offers some thoughts on the Forum.” It requires from every participant the heart to listen to the other. But many a participant is equally aware of the inner dimension: “World-Inner-Space”. Everyone in the audience had tears in their eyes. founder of Sekem. off-shoot of the Gorbachev Foundation. Friedemann Schwarzkopf convened a roundtable on sustainable agriculture. This dialogue was not considered as a part of reality (it was withheld from the “scientific” world-view. No “agro-business” can simply brush it off the table when Ibrahim Abouleish. or their throats in a grip. or public entrepreneurs. Far too often people in power simply are not aware of alternatives that would be available to them. which had for decades taken hostage a whole generation’s trust in life and its future. at the expense of another. The previous year. “We want to try to envision a world that is more just. where the dialogue. its context of interests. who are serving in politics. condemned to the egoistic thinking of the systems that have employed them: in short-term election cycles – or just quarterly reports – a system of reality that seems to be unchangeable by any individual alone. shows that the World Forum provides a “stage”. for example. Since conversation we are. can point to 800. ignored the dialogue. for example – have to serve?” Thus it was a great fortune that the conveners of a roundtable on sustainable agriculture were able to bring witnesses to the Forum who could document their achievements with biodynamic agriculture on a significant scale. Everyone feels that it makes a difference that the voices of the underprivileged are heard. the arts. to liberate him or herself from the constraints of his or her position.Signs of the Times Much has experienced mankind. in other words. which concluded this objective. to learn to remain – for a moment – in the paradoxical tension in which we find ourselves. when Russian ex-president Gorbachev and retired General Lee Butler of the U. “to enter the space of the dialogue”. in duality. as well as provides a stage for an inner event. and shared from the process of the Geneva arms reduction conferences. Here. was part of a science roundtable. without clinging to prior judgements. Others cannot find this an excuse not to engage themselves – because the space of this conversation is one. makes a difference. An awesome example of such a meeting was given during the 1996 Forum. “to try to withhold from instant answers to solve the problems”. Arthur Zajonc. living in a particular region of the earth. common concerns are discovered that find solutions through the other. The World Forum offers a place where such understanding can enter the stream of time. Those who want to believe that everything is already “setup” behind the scene. When the scientific dialogue in the past centuries “determined” that the “objective” parameters of reality are “what we can count. Who listens in this space? There were few for whom this question was not an answer in itself. practical purposes. Several anthroposophists took part. and that “in reality” the naive individual does not know that it is suspended like a marionette “on strings”. There are others who stand for their conviction – and have often proven it with their lives – that it requires the “the power of one. science. The outer purpose is easy to see: At a time in history when those in power have to search for pragmatic answers to match their ideal goals. representing the multilingual global dialogue of humanity. together with Christopher Mann. And able to hear from each other. Below. and how is the story going to turn around?” There are those who answer with the “100th-monkey-theory”. speak and describe their ordeals. a world that can work for everyone. and weigh”. for example. as if a dishonest merchant would only publish his assets. or the accumulation of the necessary “critical mass” – both somewhat mechanistic models.

around 1974. During the 10th to the 13th century. the chemist analyzed and I worked with him for two years. occult facts. Monks made these enamel pieces. We can only guess what knowledge they had regarding the use of amalgam. They must have had very deep knowledge. These workshops ceased their work during the course of the 14th century. But in Georgia itself the art was lost. The culmination had been during the transition from the 11th to the 12th century. Why? The actual cause of the demise of this art seems to me to lie in the fact that the spiritual impulse had run dry and later generations in later centuries no longer had the same esoteric level. During the initial years I made these old iconographic motifs. Esotericism. also of an alchemic kind. which David the Builder founded. we looked into the most varied occult movements. much of that ebbed away. which were all within the Church. Gold is really the appropriate material for this kind of enamel work. for example in the workshops of Limoges (Cloisonné). Then I fasten cross pieces about 2 or 3 millimeters wide onto the gold Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 An exhibit of Ermine Magradse’s works was held at the Goetheanum over Christmas. He was studying Georgian enamel work from the Middle Ages. on small amulets or crosses. I see the fact that the Mongolians overran Georgia as a consequence of this ebbing away of the esoteric stream. It had an effect as long as it was lived so strongly. How did you come to work with enamel? It was in 1973. In doing so. If one sees a portrayal of Paul or Peter . Georgia had deep occult knowledge and intentions. there were Georgian monestaries in Bulgaria. Is there an alchemic process to be found here? That was not our conscious goal. He suggested that I collaborate with him as an artist. not as the cause. science and religion. Esoteric Tradition of the Middle Ages Can one say that you are the person who has been able to renew this old art in Georgia? I took up this old technique and developed it further. It was something new. there were Georgian connections to Jerusalem. For me it was a question in my destiny. Sebastian Jüngel and Ursula Remund met with the Georgian artist and Hans Hasler. Georgia until 1980. They were also in the [Goetheanum] exhibit. Ermine Magradse (born 1953) studied at the National Art Academy in Tiflis. is obvious. we came across anthroposophy. What is it like for you to delve fully into this old tradition and yet to have your own artistic impulses? How do the two go together? The thing that interested us (the chemist and me) was the esoteric side of this old tradition. the ideas that live deep within me and make them visible in the forms that arise. who translated from the Russian. There are connections between old Georgian art and the art in Western Europe. On January 8. At that time there were very lively cultural connections between Georgia and the Byzantine Empire. and through it we began to understand the occult background of old 6 or the mother of God. This can be seen in all of Georgian art. Very difficult situations arose for Georgia. The art form continued to a certain extent in Western Europe. Silver/Enamel Georgian art. what materials they used. in dealing with the materials. the art work. but I also use a lot of silver or gilded silver. Creative Cosmic Processes How do your works of art arise? First I prepare a very thin base out of gold or silver foil (showing us an amulet). It was more the aim to penetrate the esoteric element with fresh understanding and to bring it into art by means of these sacred motifs. The Representative of Mankind. It is totally esoteric. The Esotericism of Christianity What esoteric motifs and aspects – with regard to Georgia – do you mean? It is the esotericism of Christianity. The old Georgian art of working with enamel was lost by the end of the 14th century at the latest. were very much alive in them. But works of art could still be seen in museums and people wondered how they had been done. We asked ourselves how such artwork could be made today. What you have said so far suggests the trinity of art. Since then he has lived and worked in Gori. All the enamel workshops were connected with monestaries. 1999. They no longer understood what had been done in earlier times. In searching to understand this form of art. I was studying at the National Art Academy in Tiflis when I met a metallurgist and chemist who had studied such materials. Around 1080 there was the world famous Academy of Gelati. and so on. That all three areas join together here. one tries to understand the esoteric aspect within the event. In searching for an understanding of this occult background for the art of the Middle Ages. of the metals and substances that they needed to make the colors. This was how I got to know enamel. Georgia played a very central role in the whole eastern region of that time. in the churches. how it was done. In addition. That was the great time of David the Builder. it was the finding of what I had been searching for. the books of that time. but entirely in the style of the Middle Ages. a small town 80 kilometers west of Tiflis.Portrait Enamel Work from Georgia Talking with Ermine Magradse about the History and Motifs of an Alchemic Craft What is most important to you in your artistic work? I want to express the impulse. Georgia was overrun by the Mongolians from Asia. In the 14th and 15th centuries.

he was very modest. until I finally went. so he is now visiting for the second time. These forms are much more open with regard to their further development. Since he does not speak a Western language. If you imagine what processes have to occur in the cosmos before a precious stone is formed. I would never know what it is based on. which has been a source of continual inspiration to him. something comparable arises from rock crystal and metallic substances. He never showed his work. We thank you for this conversation! The situation of anthroposophy in Georgia will be reported in a later issue. clear stones formed by nature. When everything is prepared to this point. 400 or 600 years from now. but it flows from the same esoteric source. Do you experience a difference between making a work based on sacred-traditional motifs and one based on the forms of Rudolf Steiner? Magradse: I experience primarily the harmony of their esoteric foundations. Has your anthroposophic impulse been recognized within anthroposophic circles? Hans Hasler: He was better known for this work in professional circles than among anthroposophists. Iron. Works Inspired by Initiates Enamel art is not restricted to anthroposophic circles. He did not know Rudolf Steiner’s forms. Could one also say that these traditional motifs are like the security of one’s home. in two sizes. it is an expression of this new eternal life. silver/enamel also with support. whereas Rudolf Steiner’s motifs are more like the journey’s goal? Yes. The cross pieces create closed spaces for the various granular materials. There are the most wonderful stones. The material is raised to another level. which depend on the color. These are the forms in which the pictures arise. The basis for the substance is ground rock crystal. A year ago the idea of arranging this exhibit arose. if we look at the various colors. iron oxide. He came regularly with his friends from Gori to the meetings which were leading up to the founding of the Anthroposophical Society in Georgia. copper. which give different colors. gold. five times so far. Really. To this are added metals or metal oxides. silver/ enamel or silver foundation. One needs to find substances that melt at the same temperature for the various colors. I make my own granulate materials and I always make my own mixture with the colors that are then ground up. I have a certain reputation for enamel work in Georgian art circles. icon. the goal is not foreign. Ermine Magradse is the only person I know from anthroposophic circles who cultivates this craft. I can not and do not want to buy ready-made enamel granular material as one can do everywhere here in the West. In this sense I experience them as being similar. it is something one can unite oneself with. I met Ermine in the fall of 1996. George. for renewing the old tradition. and we talked. I experience the old motifs as being more static. His room in one of the eurythmy houses has an oven. and something of this cosmic process occurs in enamel art. How has your art been received in Georgia? It has been perceived with interest and Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 Hans Hasler Seal. is not somewhere far.St. you realize that it is a question of developmental processes arising from cosmic forces. Since then I have been visiting them twice a year. I realized that he was actually looking for something more than these traditional works and pieces of jewelry. Some of my works are displayed in the relevant museums. The Mysteries of the Future. nickel – actually all metals can be used. from amethyst to aquamarine – colored. he never came into personal contact with people from the West who brought this art impulse. which arose out of himself. they are pictures of processes. I could imagine that it will be different again. One can see Photos: Michaela Spaar 7 . where he had some conversations with Christian Hitsch. In fall 1997 I invited him to come here. He invited us repeatedly to visit Gori. We gave him Rudolf Steiner’s book on craft work. silver. You can’t have one that melts at 600 degrees and another that melts at 800. they have to match. I experience a difference in that Rudolf Steiner’s form-language really corresponds to the needs and necessities of the 20th century. I sense that the old works were inspired by initiates and that they arose from an esoteric stream. Does the use of these substances have an esoteric effect? Definitely. There were larger exhibits of my work during Soviet times and today I have works on display in museums in Hungary. What I do is to re-enact these processes. thus arriving at materials that are like precious stones. one could say that. Sometimes very cheap materials are used. When I went there for the second time I said to him: “Why don’t you try making these seals?” He then made two complete series of them. He also made the four Mystery Drama seals. “Portal of Initiation” that his work has been enlivened through having met Rudolf Steiner’s art impulse. However. except for a seal which he had seen on the back of a book. In Rudolf Steiner’s forms I also experience what he as an initiate inspired in the way of forms for the 20th century. We encountered one another often. but at first I did not realize what he did. Also the rock crystal. Color and substance become something like a precious stone. If I make something like a portrayal of Christ with an aura and use a specially deep green in certain places. with a place where he can work. far away. at an incredible pace during the years 1997 and 1998. and he created new forms. We were able to arrange for him to stay here for three further weeks. Processes arise more strongly. it goes into the oven.

The exhibit has already had a showing in collaboration with the “Slovakian Environment Protection Agency” June 2-5. we are very happy that we now have two rooms in Prague for public and internal lectures and for other larger group activities. The future will show how the efforts of the younger generation will pave the way for the anthroposophic movement within the spiritual striving of Slovakia. So we would like to warmly thank all those who supported us. the other for about 50) and the smaller side rooms last spring and has been converting them during the summer and fall. Although the interior furnishing is not yet complete. The exhibit aroused great interest and was also mentioned in “Enviromagazine”. The rooms are on the ground floor of a new building and they have an entrance directly on the street. The interview appeared in various regional papers under the title “Anthroposophists Join Scientific Debate”. which works with drug addicts. medicine and education. A press release by the spokesperson for the Anthroposophical Society prompted a reporter with “Geistesleben” to interview Edith Lammerts van Bueren on the subject of genetic engineering. but our dream has come true. according to the large example of the Christmas Foundation Meeting – in what “from our hearts we would found/and from our heads direct/with single purpose”. In Slovakia. Danica Janc ˇ áryová. The anniversary itself was celebrated in the Hague on November 18 with a lecture and podium discussion. Beforehand on November 27. 1998 in Driebergen was devoted to the encounter with nonanthroposophic spirituality and social responsibility. described the development of the Anthroposophical Society and anthroposophic institutions extensively. we had the opening. The anthroposophic work in the southern part of the Netherlands was the subject of a third large report in the regional “Brabants Nieuwsblad/De Stem” with the title “Anthroposophy Has No Gurus”. This has since been taken up by the Dutch press.Anthroposophical Society S L O VA K I A Translation into Slovak Anthroposophy in Slovakia Today In spring 1999 Jochen Bockemühl’s paintings from the “Dying Forests” exhibit are going to be shown at museums around eastern Slovakia. with the Foundation Stone Meditation and the first Class Lesson. An anniversary volume with the content of the lectures. Two conversations with Sergei Prokofieff on November 28 and 29. it only happens in the form of individual “sparks” – often private initiatives which are not supported by the State. “The Influence of Spiritual Beings upon Man” (1996) and “Cosmic Memory” (1997). The Society bought the two large rooms (one for 70 – 80 people. podium discussions and group work will appear in spring 1999. especially works by Rudolf Steiner. Recent years have brought a number of translations of anthroposophic literature into Slovak. and Roel Munniks. combined with what was left over from the money donated by the Anthroposophical Society in Switzerland in 1991. we reported on the Anthroposophical Society in the Netherlands (see Anthroposophy Worldwide Nr. for the General 8 IN NEDERLAND Dutch Press Service. It was done in the form of interviews with Ron Dunselman. 1/1998). A great deal of space was given to the newest anthroposophic institution. now anthroposophy is being shown as a more or less serious alternative within today’s one-sided. the Chairman of the Society. which brings lectures and information on anthroposophic themes. While it had been only the racism issue that appeared in the press in recent years. A Slovak translation of the exhibit catalogue is in progress. Roel Munniks. The new center is also very accessible by underground and tram. in the larger hall of the Christian Community. In this respect the anthroposophic movement is stronger in the Czech Republic. “De Folkskrant”. Various papers also published his report of the semi-public anniversary symposium on November 22. The walls are not yet decorated. Czech Republic ANTROPOSOPHISCHE VERENIGING Anthroposophy as a Serious Alternative 75 Years Anthroposophy in the Dutch Press On the occasion of its 75th anniversary. Very different was the amicable report in the “Reformatorisch Dagblad” in which Dunselman and John van Schaik spoke about anthroposophy and Christianity. Less lively is the work of translating Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual ideas into practical fields such as agriculture. Since 1994 there has also been the periodical “Sophia”. “ARTA”. 1998 began the work. a major public newspaper. 1998. its General Secretary. Changing Climate Thus the climate in the press has changed. Heinz Zimmermann spoke on his view of the Anthroposophical Society in the Netherlands and of anthroposophy’s future. May we succeed there – on our own small scale. it discusses environment protection from a spiritual scientific point of view. including “How to Know Higher Worlds” (1995). thank Anthroposophia herself and other good spirits. the pictures not yet hung. The Netherlands vignette by Elisabeth Wannert Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 . A symposium on November 22. Lammerts van Bueren was one of the two main speakers at the symposium. materialistic and intellectual culture. The purchase was made possible by the gift of one of our members. Switzerland ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC A Permanent Meeting Place The Anthroposophical Society in the Czech Republic now has its own premises. Jan Bouzek. albeit still provisionally. 1998 in Banská Bystrica as part of the “International Festival for Environment Protection in Film and Television”. We have been longing for our own premises since the possibility for public work opened up again in 1989.

1998) is now available in English and may be ordered for £2. which is something Rudolf Steiner saw the need for almost a century ago. for all matters of spirit and knowledge. to take up the battle in the Michaelic sense. Germany GENERAL ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY Invitation to the Annual General Meeting 1999 On January 24. there are courses in eurythmy. In October 1998 the “Latvian Anthroposophic Association of Doctors” was accepted into the “International Association of Doctors” at the Goetheanum. Karl-Heinz Falkenberger. Now also available in English is the Petition by the G.S. in order to build bridges and establish a reconciliation between spirit and matter in the human soul. Especially awake and interested are Professor Janis Mihailow’s educated younger and more mature students at the “International Institute of Practical Psychology” (Riga). […] Anthroposophy would need to become. as a ferment. Hafan. however: serious people will be repelled by it. Since I am a scientist. her graduating class. From: David J. Llanystumdwy. May the Michael impulse overcome the darkness of our time with ever more strength. Cricieth. because both Latvians and Latvian Russians are showing initiative and they want to put spiritually conscious education into action. Dakweiler are offering strong support to curative education. Doenges.A.2773@compuserve. an “Anthroposophic Laboratory” was set up. Its director is Uldi Saveljevs. 1999 the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society published an invitation to its Annual General Meeting. Alfter” (from Germany) with the Latvian eurythmist Ilze Pasternaka. the problem is this: it wants to open this arouses my suspicions of course and I ask myself: what is going on here? Above all. in every anthroposophic center and in every region – and we could veritably die in peace. but to a certain extent this is only possible at the cost of losing substance. […] Who would be more called upon to follow the course of science worldwide. 3. form drawing. who would inform people about serious spiritual streams. Constitution Report Available The Interim Report by the Constitution Group (see “Anthroposophy Worldwide” Nr. what “Greenpeace” is for environment protection. Heaf. The agenda will be announced later. which is scheduled to take place March 27 and 28 at the Goetheanum. multi-facetted. uniting spiritual culture in word and art. We anthroposophists could be the donator channel which collects public and private funds for training and supporting fulltime spirit speakers. Not substance that is dogmatically defined. For 1999 a second public anthroposophic conference is planned. At his suggestion. GB-London NW1 6XT. every beginning that points in the right direction. […] Peter Petersen. If the Anthroposophical Society and movement were to consider themselves to be a responsible. or Email: 101622. karma techniques and the laws of biography. The strength that is used up in grappling with the public in the full light of day would very naturally need to be strengthened among one’s own kind at the home hearth of the cultivated spiritual fire. […] We could offer “knowledge holidays” […]. […] We would have the most alive and strong in knowledge – a distinct new Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 character. but substance that is part of its nature.ANTHROPOSOPHIC WORK IN LATVIA Particularly Awake It is a joy to experience how anthroposophy in Latvia stimulates young people especially. Germany 9 . Two further institutions for social therapy (in Valmira in the north and Dagda in the east) are now to be added to the four already existing Waldorf schools (in Adaˇ zi. towards a thriving whole. Germany Openness at the Cost of Substance? As far as I can judge the anthroposophic movement. speaks out in public. however.– from the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain. or Email: rsh@cix. In view of the year 2000. where useful ideas towards goetheanizing and spiritualizing appear. to become an authority which takes a position. and teachers from the school. LL52 0SG. 35 Park Road. 2 /1998 (translated from the German) “Greenpeace” of the Spirit I wish for and I could very well imagine the Anthroposophical Society or anthroposophic movement going beyond branch work and moving more strongly into the course of public events. initiative-taking force which – mindful of its rich spiritual inheritance – feels called upon to draw together every fragment. Gwynedd. Grobina. Which sets up a private professorship for reincarnation Riga and Stikli). Early November 1998 brought a eurythmy tour by the “Alanus College. Klaus G.compulink. we could sow academies of spirit knowledge. F o r u m : B r a n c h Wo r k To d a y Does the Future of the Anthroposophical Society Lie in Branch Work? Some responses to our appeal in “Anthroposophy Worldwide” Nr. for example. joins in. Great Britain. For example it would be a task to bring significant and long-overdue themes such as reincarnation into public discussion on a scientific basis that would be taken seriously. Cae Llwyd. for example. Constitution Initiative. The anthroposophic movement would need to take its place in the arena of spiritual confrontation visibly and audibly. it would be good for an anthroposophic movement to organize something like a world congress on after-death experiences and reincarnation. Rudolf Steiner House. I feel it to be shameful. filling them with enthusiasm in the best sense of the word. meditation (from Rudolf Steiner’s “Knowledge of Higher Worlds”. who more called to connect them with truths from spiritual science and esoteric Christianity. when representatives of the anthroposophic movement handle truth very superficially in public. it would soon become certain of having a firm place in the news and of enjoying the ongoing attention of the media! This would swiftly give the familiar evening branch meeting – where we keep ourselves inwardly awake. catalyst and motor. In addition to the ongoing study of anthroposophy. Branch life and the School of Spiritual Science are in lively development. Hans Friedbert Jaenicke and Mr.

in Germany. quietly at work in many individuals who become the “salt” that seasons the life in which they are involved in the outer world. The counter spirit is ceaselessly. Would it be not work. they cannot be solved intellectually. with more a part of branch life than it has branch leaders and others. Ursula Klakov. Germany Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 Experiencing Other’s Questions […] We must not forget that “esoteric” work is also active work and brings results not always noticeable to those who only look for results in outer life! Thoughts are realities. I find this life essentially in the branch and in the events held at the regional center. Ways approach interested people on a of reducing this isolation are often broader basis. We have lively and usually In the USA this problem is differ. but unfortuWe should invite more speakers nately without true consequence.friends”. can it not? Does the Anthroposophical Society really stand relatively isolated within cultural life. position in life and temperament colour one’s involvement in anthroposophic life too. […] If we deal with questions that show our world interest and our world responsibility. […] cited and then little or nothing hapWhat do we consider our tasks to pens. wish would be that those of us in oth. as a medicine”. […] Not only expressing oneself occasionally is important. we often have to deal with calls for much time and patience. […] I understand Stephan Stockmar’s appeal in the sense that “local work” must not exclude exchange elsewhere. But this. who look at God and the world from Lack of money and lack of time and another point of view and with other opportunity are unfortunately usually means. In any case. The individuals who are quietly working in small local groups bring life questions and problems they struggle with in outer life into these working groups. genuine collaboration. Cer. This has been successful. is not easy. “A circle for moral improvement of human life. To generate the ent than in Europe. too. My first been up to now. USA Paying Attention to Others Only with increasing age did I realize why Rudolf Steiner put so much emphasis on serious and therefore deepening mutual work within the branches. as you believe? Is today’s question one of externalizing or internalizing? What are we lacking? […] In what direction could our will be strengthened? Why is it so hard to listen patiently? […] Florian Zebhauser. The one calls for the other. […] possible to send the minutes of the Recently we. but tion planned for this? […] it is to be discussed again at a memThat our Society has a “relatively bers’ meeting this spring. on the mutual effort to converse. I have consciously trained myself to listen to. We all agree on this.Unfortunately we usually lack the er branches. “Humanity will need to protect itself from the intelligence that has become evil”. putting to the branches and groups worldaside our spiritual science as being too wide. and many a theme is chosen to find answers to them through study and discussion. […] So where do those who want to participate in Mr. could hear more about the and interpret the signs of the times. to follow. “To practice the basic virtue of restraint”. “It is important to maintain culture”. The only help is a deepening mutual exertion of thinking. they need each other and I experience them in the branch. they complement each other. problems (and their solutions?).professionals who can correctly read ed there. we would weaken and harm the spirit being of anthroposophy. have opened meeting to the branches worldwide? our branch meetings to “members and Or is some other form of communica. […] Collaboration with the institutions will not intensify of itself. which is often cultivated on a weekly basis. this would better demonstrate the public usefulness of our association. It is also something that we need in order to be able to withstand attacks better. ability. most life questions need “living with”. mutual perception of one another in our destinies! Rhythmic practice – as in our Waldorf education – will help us to maintain our human dignity. Not only loving. merely by putting more emphasis on the “pressing questions of our time”. but there are also sional knowledge it will not and can many mutual questions. But your article raised quite other questions for me than the relevance of branch work: A group […] can be open for non-members. To this solemn “local” work – rhythmic – which must lead from antipathy and sympathy to a superpersonal level – it is very important to include external events and conferences. Germany 10 . if we did not take the deepening work of branch life seriously enough. It is certain: we must do now.To Know about Others. It Instead. it is be? Organizing community building on practically every agenda in our meetings is at the top of the list right meetings. and which also take public interests into account. We need to true both globally and locally. Stockmar’s appeal meet? […] Could lists perhaps be made of groups or people with whom we could collaborate on certain themes or tasks? If the others do not come to our events. rather do we feel part of and at one with the whole of humanity and contribute to it at the place where karma has placed us. […] Marga Henshaw. Include other Views In your item you refer to a meeting at questions of our time” should be the Goetheanum in November. And without good profesdifferent countries. I think that “Anthroposophy difficult to understand.fruitful discussions. However. “Grappling with the pressing Uwe Stave. Branch”. But we do not feel “cut off”. it appears to me. discussed (at least here). which is the prize in this spiritual battle. but we do this […] pretty well. “interested” people who quickly We would like to stay connected return to their everyday lives. but it will only thrive on the basis of encounters. for example. Worldwide” is a very good start. The ability to make connections. then we could go to theirs and perhaps report on what we find. […] Members’ work and world interest are not opposites. But the theme is alive here. too. I admit that age. also with the beings which stand above us: I experience them in the very branch work that you question! Anyone who wants to can experiment with other forms. It is no easy task to invite speakmore and come up with new ideas! ers from near and far.[…] No one wants to explain it and tainly the problems are different in discuss it. But even isolated position in today’s culture” is this is not enough. Heinz Schörner. Great Britain English original Responsibility for the World What would such pressing contemporary questions be? For example: “To enhance our responsibility for the whole of the world”. what others say in the branch work. Germany The Spiritual World […] What matters in the Anthroposophical Society is the life that is cultivated within it. The general public financial means for doing this is one has signficantly fewer reservations of the first duties of our “Faust than it does. anonymously working to make us superficial. who were not represent.

we agreed that they would find out what expectations people have in each country regarding the objectives. In a future report I would like to go into the content of the November 1998 meeting in more detail. Then the individual suggestions and offers made before. farms. Already before the meetings. especially with regard to the steps we plan to take next. some of whom had met Rudolf Steiner personally. The aim was to improve the quality of our work. Heinz Zimmermann. In the second place. This will be more essential than whether one is physically present at the Michaelmas 2000 meeting or not. some of which have already been taken. All members around the world are warmly invited to give their suggestions and ideas to their General Secretaries by Easter 1999. which many groups did. form and invitation modus for the Michaelmas Conference. Depending on what kind of meeting emerges.School of Spiritual Science I N I T I AT I V E MEETING 1998 / M I C H E A L M A S C O N F E R E N C E 1999 Review and Preview Initiative Meeting November 1998 In the previous issue. We would also like to invite various groups of people to different meetings. During a thorough review at our December retreat we tried to work through our own impressions and the many verbal and written thoughts of the participants. while on the other hand interest in the Anthroposophical Society and the Goetheanum is diminishing: they have difficulty reaching the public. and poised on the threshold of two centuries: On one side we have the experiences of the past and Rudolf Steiner’s inauguration of anthroposophy. Only in this way can the world Society really be present. 1986 – “Where do we stand?” Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 OF THE ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY ! into fellow warriors of the true Time Spirit. which will be reported when the time is right. during. in order to deepen the themes of the November 1998 meeting and include other participants if possible. “Anthroposophy Worldwide” would like to accompany this process on a regular basis. We are convinced that we need strengthened. To that initial report with spontaneous reactions by some of the participants I would like to add some thoughts by its hosts. clinics. What is pending for the year 2000? There is not all that much time left before Michaelmas 2000. Goetheanum TO ALL MEMBERS The Anthroposophical Society has been cultivating a certain rhythm since 1979: every seven years approximately 1000 representatives of the world Society have met at the Goetheanum. A mutual process in this sense could also become a seed for the 21st century. A tendency towards a dilution of the anthroposophic substance may be observed in the publically active institutions today. suggestions and objectives necessarily excluded each other – which was to be expected and which caused disappointment – nevertheless they enabled us to substantially extend our field of perception. including many of the older meritorious pioneers of the movement. and they will hopefully lead to the necessary improvements. Other people expressed their willingness to contribute to future steps. locally-won experience and perspectives – not only to prepare the Michaelmas Conference. That is why we directed our invitation mainly to people who are working in anthroposophic institutions. Nevertheless. there was a report of an initiative meeting held last November at the invitation of the Goetheanum Executive and Section Leader Councils. Even if some of their expectations. Already at the meeting of General Secretaries which followed. The last of these planned large conferences is scheduled for the year 2000 – which is 100 years after the dawn of the Age of Light. Some concrete individual initiatives arose out of the meeting. In this sense it was a more impulse-oriented world meeting. as they fight for their identity. The idea of an initiative meeting arose in the first place from our conviction that the future of the anthroposophic movement and our Society depends on how our connection with the publically active institutions develops (schools. These will lead to an initial framework for the Michaelmas Conference 2000 when the General Secretaries next meet at the Goetheanum. With them we wanted to discuss what needs to be done for the Society and the School of Spiritual Science. which – as always – will only be possible for a fraction of the members. it will be necessary to decide whether the Goetheanum will work as the conference venue. More important than organizing a large conference is the question of whether we who are connected to the Anthroposophical Society can make ourselves 11 . There were important impulses to overcome leftover historical conflicts. These offers will need to be followed up. in particular to help prepare the Michaelmas Conference. many suggestions and offers reached us. perhaps we can succeed in creating a time of intense preparation which is inwardly accompanied and supported by many of us. Here the suggestion was made to study one of the seven mysteries each year. on the other we have the anticipation what is to come. and after the November 1998 meeting will bear fruit in different ways and in different working constellations. while others must follow. Naturally this could only be one step among many. to explain the direction of our objectives. etc. 1993 – “What do we want for the future?” Members of the School of Spiritual Science were invited according to fixed quotas and suggestions made by the countries and sections. or whether there are other ideas.). Justus Wittich for the Editors of “Anthroposophy Worldwide” by arrangement with the Goetheanum Executive Council Appeal for Ideas and Suggestions for the Michaelmas Conference 2000 Members of the School of Spiritual Science were called together to take stock of the School and Society. and to consider future steps. committed collaboration with people who can contribute their different. So we would very much like to heartily thank all of the invited participants for their active collaboration. but for the necessary development of the Society and the School of Spiritual Science themselves. this meeting was also an opportunity to look towards the coming Michaelmas Conference 2000. with invited members of the Anthroposophical Society. – The international Michaelmas conferences held so far could be briefly summarized as follows: 1979 – “Who are we?” An open festival of encounter.

coordinated by Claudio Bertalot. It all began with the appearance of a Portugese translation of the drama in print in 1996. Contact: “WiSh ArT”. Brazil In Finland: To Packed Halls Rudolf Steiner’s “Portal of Initiation” was performed for the first time in Finnish in December 1998 – to soldout theaters with more than 700 people in Helsinki. The actors are a mixed group of twenty people who are joined by their interest in anthroposophy and theater. which will organize further stage productions and Europe-wide tours. Performances are also planned in Switzerland. by players from Britain and the United States. Fax +33/1/42 55 53 16. Tampere and Lahti. since we were sent news of several premiers in different languages within a short time. White. Primary objectives were a brisk pace and a didactic. It was only Murbach’s conviction and perseverance that made it possible. 26. after all the experimental theater of the past decades? People are looking for spiritual depth more and more – and this was wonderfully present in the drama’s fresh artistic presentation. tastefully hung cloth creates the setting. a speech artist trained at the Goetheanum. M. From the second scene onwards eurythmy is often used to express supersensible aspects of the action. understandable approach. Shirley Harvey. F-75018 Paris. Original music by Marcela Petragila provides atmosphere with economy. Friends who were able to see the two performances are full of thanks for this exceptional achievement. rue Francœur. 12 Anthroposophy Worldwide 1/1999 . “The Soul’s Probation”. The same thought pressed itself upon your editors. Rudolf Steiner’s “The Portal of Initiation” was performed in Brazil for the first time. Director Amauri Falseti succeeded in creating a dynamic production from Murbach’s basic overall concept. Ingrid Böhringer. We hope that the second drama. A sizeable part of the audience was nonanthroposophist. This led to a small production of the meditation of Johannes (Scene 2) in the rooms of the eurythmy school “Centro de Arte”. which changes in the play of colored light. to attempt a production of the whole drama. a European-oriented production firm was founded under the name of “WiSh ArT”. Now that the whole drama has been performed. Some of the actors have a training in speech formation and have television and/or film experience.S. The necessary funds have not yet been secured. The production was sponsored by the “Tobias Association” and private donations. are rehearsing the drama with professional actors. A translation is already in progress. Two directors. the Frenchman Wilhelm Queryas (trained as a speech artist in Great Britain) and the Russian Valéry Rybakov. we can look back on a process of work and development that many thought doubtful two years ago. most of them fourth-year students at the Speech and Drama School of Snelman College in Helsinki. art is probably the most accessible way to introduce anthroposophy to people. The reaction of the audience encouraged Mattias Murbach. Another first was the performance of all four dramas in English at the Goetheanum last summer. This production was the work of an enthusiastic group of young people. In Brazil: Brisk and Understandable Last July and August 1998. will follow. For Brazil. Finland In France: Performances Planned “The Portal of Initiation” is scheduled to be performed for the first time in French (translated by Simone Rihouët-Coroze) in November and December 1999 in Paris. They were deeply impressed by the dynamic and artistic production (director: Sirpa Honko). Has the time for the Mystery Dramas finally come. Reijo Wilenius.Feature Mystery Dramas around the World “Has the time for the Mystery Dramas finally come?” asks Reijo Wilenius from Finland in his brief report on the premier of “The Portal of Initiation” in Finnish. In January 1999. Eight eurythmists contributed to this.