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Turning to the Spirit out of Freedom Truus Geraets: A Third World Congress at the Goetheanum?
The Essence of a Landscape
“Waldorf” – A Trademark?
The lighting up of free human individuality is accompanied by a darkening of cosmic and earthly reality. Individuality unconsciously pushes everything away which hampers it on the way to freedom. In the soul, this is felt as loneliness, isolation and a sense of homelessness. From a spiritual perspective, humanity is developing in a cosmic “corner” of the universe, but there is one cosmic being, Michael, who concerns himself with humanity’s development towards freedom. Both Michael and humanity, therefore, are faced with two fundamental questions: 1. How can humanity reconnect with its cosmic origin, without relinquishing freedom? Freedom would be lost if humanity wanted to go back to past stages of development, whether it be in relation to culture or nature. Such avoidance of the task of freedom would be accompanied by a clouding of consciousness, then numbness. 2. How is a future possible, without wanting to endow death (which is in the intellect and in technology, and which alone can make humanity free) with freedom? A culture of “dead freedom” is already at work in and around us. Michael is the being who wants freedom and who does not influence us. He wants to reconnect humanity with its origin through a form of knowledge which does not include old elements of culture or nature.
Michael is reachable through thinking. The push of will which brings us into direct connection with him, consists in aligning thinking not with the world, but with humanity itself. To follow this direction of understanding is to gain insight into the meaning of development. Development is connected to abstract thinking as the liberator of the human being; it is connected to a future in which humanity can turn to the spirit out of freedom. Gottfried Stockmar, Germany
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Dornach. Ursula Remund Fink. Defining Waldorf Education The Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) registered the name “Waldorf” as a trademark in 1993. “The Anthroposophical Society is now living with tensions over whether to honor requests for help from public schools.W. Waldorf-inspired schools have drawn vicious attacks on Waldorf education. Also. Training courses have introduced hundreds of public school teachers to Waldorf methods and ideas. who is Editor of “News for Members” and also active in education. Fax +41/61/706 44 65 Email: wochenschrift@goetheanum. AWSNA cannot assist in the design. “It is our belief that Waldorf methods can be applied in many different classroom settings. In 1996 AWSNA delegates adopted the following position statement: 2 “The AWSNA is an association of independent schools working out of the pedagogical indications of Rudolf Steiner. but they are based on the premise that state-supported schools should not be influenced by religions or sects. social. Another concern is that a new concept of a “second generation” Waldorf education. state-supported schools. Waldorf education is only possible if its practitioners and administrators are free to work out of clear recognition of and commitment to the development of the spiritual nature of the human being. 1/99). If questions with the distribution arise. Waldorf education is devoted to contributing to spiritual. For all others the address is the address of the Anthroposophical Society in your country. due to limited resources.Signs of the Times “Waldorf” – A Trademark? The increasing use of Waldorf-inspired methods in public schools since 1991 has sparked debate within the Anthroposophical Society in America. please apply to the Anthroposophical Society in your country. However. several scenes have been performed every summer. Switzerland.+33/344/08 62 05). and replaced by very much more affordable. Address: Weekly Paper “Das Goetheanum”. and methods of Waldorf pedagogy. It is distributed by the regional Anthroposophical Societies – in some cases augmented with independently edited news and articles. North America has over 125 independent Waldorf schools and 12 publically supported Waldorfinspired schools. The next one will be July 1–4. anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner in the local and national press. while its methods seem to want to forge a way to the children. Only schools which have been accepted as sponsored or full members of AWSNA may represent themselves as Waldorf schools or use the words “Waldorf” or “Rudolf Steiner” in their names or subtitles. Justus Wittich Correspondents: Jürgen Vater (Sweden) Marianne Møller-Nielsen (Denmark) Andrew Wolpert (Great Britain) We expressly wish for active support and collaboration. Dietrich Rapp. This reminded us of how important it is to give a contact address whenever possible. Waldorf-inspired public schools are being actively promoted on a national basis.B. Switzerland Printing by J. Michaela Spaar. Arrowsmith Ltd. for more than 20 years. Children who would not otherwise be able to afford private school tuition (even if there were a Waldorf school nearby) are responding well to Waldorf-inspired innovations.” This earnest effort by the Association was not received without controversy. “Waldorf is a trademark name in the United States and is reserved for independent schools which meet the membership standards established by AWSNA. a medical student in Berlin wanted to deal with the allergy/inoculation question in her thesis. information disseminated by some anthroposophic institutions with teacher-training programs blurs the distinction between independent Waldorf schools and Waldorf-inspired public schools. Furthermore. to prevent misuse. It should be understood by any school or institution seeking affiliation with AWSNA that Waldorf education is based on anthroposophy.” says Joan Almon. evaluation or outcomes of non-member schools. From France came the hope that the study would help to counter governmentenforced mandatory inoculations. Finally. The attacks rely on lies and misrepresentations. as part of public conferences in Laboissière-enThelle. Source: “News for Members” January 1999 Editorial Not long after we published Jürgen Vater’s report of the Swedish allergy study (“Anthroposophy Worldwide” Nr. Bristol Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 . insights. This has already happened for a few individual children. “AWSNA supports and encourages the work of any school or institution whose teachers wish to work with the philosophy. however: By what right does the AWSNA presume to “pass judgement” on the use of the name Waldorf by a serious group of anthroposophists who wish to start an independent school? Doesn’t AWSNA respect the need for freedom in the cultural life? – Thus teachers are currently wrestling for the identity of Waldorf education. only the subscribers to “Das Goetheanum” should contact the address below. CH–4143 Dornach 1. Guidelines for affiliation with AWSNA are available from the Association. Sebastian Jüngel (responsible for this issue). questions from readers began to arrive. and economic renewal. from Australia and Norway came requests for permission to reprint. It also appears as a supplement to the weekly paper “Das Goetheanum”.” She encourages debate in future issues of “News for Members”. Stephan Stockmar. Sebastian Jüngel Anthroposophy Worldwide “Life in the Anthroposophical Society – Anthroposophy Worldwide” is published monthly. Publisher: General Anthroposophical Society. C. So why should they not be allowed to benefit from whatever help they can get? One concern is that state-supported. The attacks may have repercussions for all other anthroposophic institutions in America. the philosophy initiated by Rudolf Steiner. Some wanted to know more about the study. represented by Paul Mackay Editors: Carol Brousseau (responsible for the English-Language Edition). independent Waldorf schools could be greatly reduced in number or even eliminated altogether.ch © Copyright 1999 General Anthroposophical Society. In 1995 the AWSNA’s “public school task force” reached the conclusion that it is not possible to have a true Waldorf school in the public sector. unhampered by any spiritual bias. 1999 (Tel. Gudula Gombert pointed out that Rudolf Steiner’s “The Soul’s Probation” had already been performed in full in French in 1985. Box. The process of building a team of editors and correspondents has not yet been completed. has been praised in the press. Also. quality. However. “A central question in this matter is whether involvement with the public schools weakens or even endangers anthroposophy’s commitment to freedom in education. To receive Anthroposophy Worldwide.
individual and social capacities emerge. The characters in “Wallenstein” are not merely victims of their circumstances. depth and freshness. The emphasis will be on the meeting between East and West. Mühlbach 5. His first project was the Russian fairy tale “Ivan. without merely expressing criticism or antipathy. which is not possible on a long-term basis. Europäische Festspielinitiative. It is important that our consciences be strengthened with respect to today’s events in all areas of life. surpassed all expectations. in the classical iambic of tragedy. Thus the initiators hope that a process of transformation. Most of the contributors are parents and teachers of the institutions of education and curative education in Irkutsk. They decided on Prague. Tel. Russia. Schiller deals with the theme of human conscience and freedom. guide the erring.S. Now we would like to introduce the Prague Festival “Ars Alchymia”.Anthroposophy around the World Czech Republic Person to Person Transformation “Ars Alchymia” Summer Festival in Prague Two major anthroposophic summer festivals will take place this Goethe year. a fairy tale from our own time. He helps loosen the consolidated. They ask themselves. engagement and community feeling. First directed by Bodo Bühling. after six months of work. sounding similar to the language of today. which are rare in their intensity. M. which now numbers 25 people. Krasnich Madjar 105–26. against the background of the Thirty Years’ War. which runs in long phrases of high drama or fear. When we feel responsible. translator. do I want to and can I consciously influence my destiny through my own choices? The audience is not handed a predigested opinion of fidelity. psychology and philosophy. a German eurythmist now working in Irkutsk. Tel. say Ghiga Smiechovska and Bettina Mieg. it is called upon to form its own judgement. dress maker. The new production. We become active at the decisive moment. it is now under the direction of Oswald Fuchs and Barbara Schall-Carma. mathematician. An exception is the camp scene. honor and other virtues. This production seeks to express the therapeutic aspect of language. 664047 Irkutsk. If the initiative is to have a future. The group’s performance on various stages in and around Irkutsk. reaching beyond the eurythmy sessions themselves. Another important motivation is Schiller’s language. an alchemic process. will be sparked by the Wallenstein story and accompanying conversations. Contact and tickets: E·F·I. D-83377 Vachendorf. This production hopes that the element of freedom will be clear to see. the work is a source of joy. “Who Are You?”. economics student. even in Russia. with much creativity. the Son of the Czar”. A fully heterogeneous group of people from the most varied backgrounds and careers (kindergarten teacher. eventually everyone should become ready to take on responsibility. and rejuvinate the obsolete. which will be held from July 11 to August 8. Joachim Heinz works entirely without a salary. There are no heroes. Brigitte Müller. For the past year and a half he has been developing a eurythmy group of Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 non-professionals aged 10 to 50. it urgently requires financial assistance. we look at events without passing them by. The joy in meaningful movement also shifts the way we handle people and problems. The idea for a festival. He works with eurythmy. The proceeds from the performances cover only the barest expenses. Right from the beginning. An extraordinary initiating effect emanates from it. Our awareness should grow. One is amazed by the changes in people: fears are reduced. 3 Photo: Private . doctor. wasted forces activated. Fax 69 81 11. requires 60 costumes. hangups fall away like withered husks. which is written in traditional doggerel. The members of the group contribute something if they can. it was clear that the festival should be held in Eastern Europe. +7/3952/ 27 07 36. Directly associated with this are his eurythmy courses. farmer) carried off a finished performance that was a unified whole. dissolve the dying. 1999. Russia Information: Joachim Heinz. Joachim Heinz is introducing us to the relationships of tensions that live within each and every consonant. In the previous issue of “Anthroposophy Worldwide” we looked at the Goetheanum Faust Festival. have acquired remarkable ability within this short time. But why “Wallenstein”? In “Wallenstein”. The festival will try to illuminate current events. For many. +49/8641 /69 82 81. Currently. They also have another hope: that the anthroposophists from Prague and Bohemia will feel encouraged and motivated to continue their anthroposophic work in various fields. Several particularly talented members of the group. the good must arise within the souls of the audience. arose out of their three year’s work with students of Waldorf education and speech formation on Friedrich Schiller’s “Wallenstein”. Russia Movements Bring People into Movement The Approach of Irkutsk Eurythmy Theater To move something – be moved – move oneself – move people: Various facets of the word have been taken up by Joachim Heinz. Fax 33 33 46. enthusiasm and initiative strength. For two years now he has led an intensive study of Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy of Freedom.
J. to show how this step has emerged out of their current tasks. painters. It also addresses the needs of morally endangered youth. Its greatest challenge right now is to integrate the 4 upper and lower schools and to reconcile Waldorf education and national exam preparation. a Palestinian from the refugee camp Aida. Now they hope to receive state funding. Professionals are still being sought (carpenters. The property includes 120 hectares of biodynamically farmed land. which is not comparable to the tensions on the streets of Jerusalem. holiday apartments.” Silke Heuser. Second. Here is a brief overview of the current concerns within these institutions. Israel “We Are All People” – Waldorf Schools in Israel Education in Jerusalem is influenced strongly by the many Jewish orthodox schools. as well as the enlargement of their workshop for small-scale woodwork and rattan weaving.) who can help in exchange for room and board. +41/61/263 35 00. as the current one is to be sold. Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 Photo: Jules Ackermann . This school has the support of the local mayor. a Curative Education Training is Planned For some time now work has been going on to develop a training for curative education in Argentina. In this short time.ch. near Perpignan. this will depend largely on whether this mayor remains in office. Sonnenhof (Switzerland) and Michaela Glöckler for the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science. A kindergarten is available for the families that live here and a few of the poor children from the neighborhood. Eisengasse 5. Mediterranean. M. Nine year-old Hanna. Nana Göbel of Friends of Rudolf Steiner’s Art of Education: “Here. Friends of Rudolf Steiner’s Education (Germany) Curative Education Seminar (Switzerland). Photo: Nana Göbel Address: Centre Suisse. with the “San Rafael Clinic” and the Waldorf schools “San Miguel” and “Perito Moreno”. who has offered to build a new building for them. This is a mutual effort of the two curative education day schools “Fundación Tobias” and “Associación Ita Wegman”. Tel. quite a different. They plan to build a common kitchen and bakery. They teach neither mathematics. (His class has studied Arabic since first grade. The third Israeli Waldorf school is in Tiv’on. It consists of accommodations with room and board. masons. helping them with personal development and practical skills. A home for young ex-drug addicts is here. in Harduf. was founded more than two years ago.S. Secretariat “Centre Suisse”. there is a venerable estate used by the “Fundacion La Choza” (see photo). says: “We are all people: everyone has a heart. the demand has been so great. the “Perito Moreno” Waldorf school was started 11 years ago and is now recognized by the state. Fax 262 15 12. is the only one in Israel with an upper school. International Kindergarten Association (Germany). which emphasize religious studies. Bahnhofstrasse 15. Mas de L’Alzine. CH–8259 Etzwilen. open climate holds sway. Another major question is their relationship to Jewish traditions. tries to counter such orthodox tendencies by arranging for his children to come together with a Palestinian third grade each week. donated by the Christian Community. People with handicaps can find work there. etc. S. As more children arrive and the earlier children grow up. that Centre Suisse was forced to move to a larger property in March 1999. where they play. work the ground./Fax +41/52/ 741 42 13. France. a class teacher at Jerusalem’s Waldorf school. Eyal Bloch. However. about 60 kilometers from Buenos Aires. ACACIA. Curative Education Association (the Netherlands). Three examples: First. helps to reduce prejudice and increase tolerance. a concern of many parents. after listing all the differences that she has found between her classmates and the Israeli children.) The weekly excursion to a nature preserve.Argentina As Anthroposophical Institutions Grow. conference rooms for up to 60 people and all-round education for young people especially.” A second Waldorf school. 12 to 17 years of age. nor modern foreign languages. Such schools provide the basis of the political orientation of a growing portion of orthodox Israeli youth. the “Fundación Ita Wegman” is also planning a bakery. CH–4051 Basel. Germany France Personal Development and Holiday Accommodations “Centre Suisse” To Be Expanded The “Centre Suisse”. A work camp is planned for April 5–24 to help renovate the place. Tel. new buildings are needed. electricians. Two state “supervisors” with a positive attitude towards Waldorf education visit it. eat. nor natural science. although this raises the question of whether the independence of the school will be threatened. F-66720 Tautavel. or pick and press olives. E-mail: acacia@datacomm. The following institutions support the curative education project: ACACIA (Switzerland). Third.
It has also lated it and four other books on Waldrawn some financial dorf education into Thai. with 16 children in addition to 10 in Other Bangkok Initiatives the kindergarten. can become full-time teachers when Other public and private schools are also trying to integrate Waldorf methneeded. in which formed an alliance of grass roots alterchildren from a shelter for the abused native education organizations. in her power to bring some Waldorf elements into her kindergarten.educators welcome these books. Janpen also brought zation. It is well-attended. working to obtain financial resources and proper premises. there was a sense of unreality and incongruity about it. Porn Panosot and his family moved back to Thailand in 1994. As for anthroposophy – it remained incomprehensible jargon. Recently. Panosot founded far-reaching social change. they have been used at a university. It was not until Dr. gartens in Europe and Japan and was very impressed. Dr. has recently been established in the name of a beloved Chinese teacher who died suddenly last year. Panosot started the “Reaching out for Broken Heart” program a teacher training program in which on Saturdays with his own funds. involving themselves increasingly in In the near future. and/or books. Open to All Determined to bring Waldorf education to people of all social classes. Within a short period Other groups interested in Waldorf education are trying to integrate some of the school has gained wide public its methods into their work. They are supposed to start with reading. It is ativity and Humanity. In 1998. it stitution. germinal stage. lectures.Thailand in the future. while the pedagogical work is the responsibility of the faculty. in order to bring Wal. Parents are Siripong Thammanimit Child Care Center and Meenaprasat Elementary School. New Zealand and Australia. Parents and support from the or. Parallel to all this. It spearheaded the includren benefit from each other.anthroposophy. that the impulse took root.Thailand. The comAnthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 Photo: Private 5 Photos: Horst Hellmann . they began a Panyotai and Waldorf education in Anthroposophical Initiative Group in weekend artistic program for children Thailand to another domain of indi. At the moment a school and teacher training center in Bangkok. hopes to become the calling it “Panyotai”. Ban Rak Kindergarten is a long-time proponent recognition. mission is also planning ahead. Panosot also started dren.dent education groups. Dr. Apart from editing Toward Cre50 in its third year. dom. a booklet of lecgradually gaining more tures given by Joan Almon in Bangkok co-operation from the in 1995 and 1996. Dr. the People’s Integrity Development Foundation plans to start the school organism. including Waldorf schools in and one teacher to manage the school. Although attempts to spread the idea of Waldorf education in Thailand were made a decade ago. More and more people are becoming Panosot was awarded a interested in Waldorf education Social Entrepreneur through the availability of her translaFellowship by Ashoka. representing 20 indepenthis policy. This will bring her enthusiasm to setting up the Shortly after returning. tions. such as Wat are urgently being sought. Janpen Panosot Ban Rajvithi Children's Home.land’s new National Education Bill. is chaired by Dr. Panosot. They had just spent three years getting anthroposophical and teacher training in Spring Valley. which was very much viduals who are actively working for Asia-Pacific Conference in November appreciated. Beginning with In the light of Thailand’s new con. though still at a Thailand’s first Waldorf school in 1996. She has done everything Panyotai currently has 6 teachers. New York. Meanwhile.Thailand Pioneering Waldorf Education in Thailand Thai children are generally under strong pressure to excel and compete academically. which means Collaborating for Freedom backbone of anthroposophic work in “The Rise of Wisdom”. which influenced them strongly. Despite the interest of parents and educators. bringing with them the hope of starting a Waldorf school in their motherland. there wasn’t a really knowledgable person to carry that impulse. Teachers of music and English ods that they have learned from workshops. she has already transauthorities. Dr. and has made considerable of Waldorf education. Abhisiree Charanjavanaphet visited Waldorf kinderimpact on education in Thailand. Panosot and others have A proper first grade started in 1998. 1998. The school parents embrace Education. From a report by Janpen Panosot his four children and a few others. This initiative. a visiting teachers join him in giving lecprogram for orphans at tures. to collect funds for the school. The learn and play with students from Network for Freedom in People’s Panyotai. The Tan Sok Hua Foundation. after years of planning and visthere is a commission of six parents iting various types of schools locally and abroad. Panosot started the “Foundation for Life” program one year later. since both groups of chil.sion of independent education in Thaidorf education to more needy chil. which allows for more freegrew to 17 children in the second year. This grew from has been working tirelessly to promote 20 children in the better understanding of Waldorf educabeginning to more than tion. which organized the 3rd and adults. writing and arithmatic from the tender age of two or three. Realizing the importance of an international non“Reaching out for Broken Heart” Program governmental organi. which has some of them are volunteers. but they about 130 children aged 1 1/2 to 6 years old. Dr. and phanage and the public. Dr.
then they are willing to accept something from us. But I think it is very important that such work be done everywhere. How else will they be able to understand today’s burning problems and then work towards solutions as adults? There is surely no lack of opportunity to develop multicultural initiatives. What do you mean by “everywhere”? What would be a multicultural initiative outside of Africa? I am just on my way to the U. We do this in collaboration with the Federation of Waldorf Schools in South Africa. Is it possible that we are missing the developments in the world’s new focal points. I always say: Just go to people of other cultures and learn from them! I think we often have too much theoretical knowledge. once someone has found the openness and the will.Portrait A Third-World Congress at the Goetheanum? An Interview with Truus Geraets As Truus Geraets was speaking in her warm-hearted way about her work and the many initiatives in South Africa. We are hoping to gain state recognition through collaborating with the Center for Creative Education in Kapstadt. Today multicultural learning is very important. mutual work between different cultures and ethnic groups. and it might bring entirely new impulses and enthusiasm to us. In 1985 I went to South Africa and worked ten years with black people. who could cover the costs of their guests? A colorful congress of pioneers would surely be enriching for us all.S. “Anthroposophy Worldwide” (address on page 2). Switzerland tiatives and supports multicultural exchange. Yes. So we need such very active individuals. especially from exchanging our various biographies.S. The social impulse was important to me. where expansion is now rapid? Without our warm interest. This takes place on one afternoon a week and in four intensive weeks a year. hate. the slightly lamed “Pale Faces” of the West. energy and also money in the burning questions which the third millennium unavoidably places before us. I taught eurythmy in a prison. There is still much to do. are right: It is time to invest more time. The development of a multicultural curriculum is essential. heart and limbs – everything seems to flow more. Could you give a short overview of the present state of affairs? Three schools and many kindergartens have grown out of our initiative of 1985. If we do not understand this and learn to deal with it. Multicultural endeavor is important to me: being enriched through meeting the other. This should become part of their total education. losing touch with the ground under their feet. messengers such as Truus Geraets. If you would like to help this initiative in any way. without our support – financial and human – the pioneers there will hardly be able to succeed. We definitely did not want to be missionaries. you have just returned from another long period of work in South Africa. and the stories and songs of this rich culture. Waldorf education has expanded greatly in South Africa in recent years. Let’s see what happens … Thomas Stöckli. then in the townships and the country. please notify me at “Third World Pioneer Congress”. Such initiatives are needed everywhere. How did you come to work there originally? As a eurythmist and eurythmy therapist I first worked for ten years in the U. I am convinced that all young people from the West should do some work in the Third World at some point. And how did you do this? Much arose from human contact. What influence does South African culture have on the Waldorf school curriculum? The Baobab Teacher Training Center offers an ongoing course. That is why I would like to suggest that we support the initiative of the these two social artists: A congress for pioneers who are at work in the Third World and developing countries. We founded the Center for the Art of Living. Truus Geraets speaks so concretely about the countless South African initiatives of recent years that one has to stop Mrs Geraets. I am deeply convinced that we have so much to learn from black people. I realize that generalizations about the 6 and digest it all. who encompass whole continents and who are able to open up entirely new dimensions of the anthroposophic work through their honest effort. I had to ask myself: why are we such a group of “Pale Faces” at most Waldorf schools and anthroposophic conferences? How can we develop a worldwide.. I find that black people in South Africa have a greater unity of head. and if we are willing to listen to them. and developed new impulses together with the local people. It assists Third World ini- . Most white people in western civilizations get carried away by their ideas. Of course we include African mythology. The Baobab Center has a two-year part-time training for kindergarten teachers. violence and war. the Center for the Art of Living in America. They were able to open a new training center with a kindergarten in the very poor township Philippi last NovemAnthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 cultures of white and black people are problematic. primarily with black people. for example. she and Ute Craemer. Let us invite a few hundred such active people to a future-oriented congress. first at a farm school in Pretoria. we deplore the current stagnation in the spread of anthroposophy and anthroposophic institutions. There I have founded a non-profit organization. Our friends there are very active. we will have ethnic conflicts. but I would like to express it this way out of my long years of experience. Why should it not be possible to find enough sponsors. who has been doing remarkable pioneer work in the slums of São Paulo. allhumanity-encompassing Michaelic culture? In Central Europe. We have become a multicultural society worldwide.
who come from particularly difficult backgrounds.I am sure that you and Mrs. Development Fund. Max Stibbe has a boarding program. The carpentry shop is badly needs help. but we need to collaborate on these That would be very relevant and global social and human questions. That over the world are engaged in workgives sustained support and indirectly ing out of an anthroposophic impulse. and we are both pre. We are very grateful that Weleda supports our work with donations. The The school in Soweto free space belongs to the school. It or also in the poor regions of the East. There is also the Novalis Institute in Kapstadt. Photos: private Inkayezi Waldorf School. Box 2302. or in former Yugoslavia. 803 80 64. but it certainly has a good chance of succeeding. where is money most needed at this The surroundings of the Inkayezi Waldorf School and time? Baobab Center for Teacher Training in Alexandra. Our collaboration with this last school is very good. This and the kindergarten training are only partially supported by the Mandela Children Fund. You and Mrs. I am deeply convinced that tegrate. Tel. They will learn to make and market products.ber. BLZ 600 400 71. It is a problem of the research is urgently needed. It has about 200 children. not just in the Third like to suggest that we hold a Third World. I would like to assure you of my own assistance. Commerzbank Stuttgart. There is no missionizing to do. which is very visible in South Africa. children have the possibility of transferring to the Max Stibbe school in Pretoria. The Baobab Community College in Alexandra is planning to start a Microbusiness Program. I have spoken about it in detail with Ute Craemer. 7714827. A monthly donation of 280 U. But it means for example in the refugee work with that the whole school is financed Palestinians. finances the teachers. donation is welcome. where young people can learn economic skills. Eighty percent of the children are black. Are there any other anthroposophic initiatives in South Africa? South Africa already had five Waldorf schools before we began in 1985. Address: Center for the Art of Living. This is very important. You can buy Weleda products everywhere. Let us see whether we can come a step further when we meet again at the teachers conference at the Goetheanum in 2000. Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 7 . Thomas Stöckli (a Waldorf teacher in Switzerland) spoke with Truus Geraets in January 1999 in Dornach. for example. years in the Third World have the The best way to help is to make a chance to come together. About sixteen languages are spoken there.O. For the upper school. through the very poorest students. Puppet workshop on the right: Front left: bread dispensary for hungry children. Financial help (please state purpose of donation): Friends of Rudolf Steiner Education. A important. The Friends of Rudolf Steiner’s Art of Education have already indicated their willingness to help organize a Third World congress. True South Africa. Possibilities include a copper jewelry or pizza business. Account Nr. the help of patrons and foundations will be needed. and a social exploimpulse should bring effective insights sion will result if nothing is done – to the problem. The pets are pigeons (which cannot be stolen). That is why I would everywhere. In some of the schools the integration of children from different races is minimal. 14–15/1999. Craemer pared to make every effort to bring it are finding open ears for this initiative. People all donation to the sponsors fund. Fax 706 85 44. about.S. Rivonia 2128 South Africa. They are much more available there. Every there. The Inkanyezi Waldorf school in Alexandra has become quite well known. Nelsen Mandela honored them with a visit.S. +27/11/ 706 85 45. Sadly. dollars pays for the place of one student in the upper school boarding program – surely a good investment for the future! I would also like to mention Weleda. World congress at the Goetheanum. than in the U. which focuses on working with Waldorf education in public schools. The chasm between rich and the anthroposophic threefolding poor is growing. and in Max Stibbe it is excellent. If anyone wants to do something financial: we badly need sponsors for ex-Alexandra students. Another part of the interview appeared in German in “Das Goetheanum”. P. If someone would like to help. is not a matter of giving a kind of We need to develop the right ideas “charity” to a few poor people in based on our experiences. in others it is somewhat better. Craemer will undoubtedly keep us informed. it is often easier to get money for things than for people. Otherentire worldwide social and financial wise the world will continue to disinsystem.Third World congress could be one crete ideas? contribution towards this. They have a special upper school plan with practical work experience and a boarding program. Do you already have con. We find it extremely important If these people are to travel to such a that all who have been working for congress. It appeals to one directly.
it was possible to hold lectures in private homes. Since he will continue with the task of General Secretary for one or two more years. The government is also corrupt. space is needed for new people and new impulses. because the water may stop by 4:00. There was no public access to anthroposophic literature. In the early 1990’s anthroposophy began to be mentioned in the press from different points of view. there are about 70 members who are still attached directly to the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum. Discussion was sparked sooner than expected. no heating. 1/99). perhaps within 24 hours. no running water. In 1996 they held their first solemn conference. Ermine Magradse said. a plenum discussion. Then we rush to cook something. R. for example. discussion groups and a moderated podium discussion on the question “What does ‘cosmopolitan’ mean today? A podium discussion is difficult to do at anthroposophic meetings. thereby getting into difficulties. he remains as a guest in the Collegium. The tasteful artistic elements of the program reminded one of the presence of artists in the Collegium (who helped organize the meeting: Anneka Lohn. There is practically no industrial production. considering all the changes that had been made in the Society’s leadership. he was featured in a humorous cabaret. Nevertheless. because of the social unrest. much too little agriculture. Dörmann explained that the work of a committee tends to become inflexible with time. one can see that things are gradually improving. Extraordinary Patience Speaking about the conditions of living in Georgia. Still. If you trusted someone. The last day included a lecture. or whether knowledge of the human ego is a prerequisite for cultural encounter. Or if the water starts flowing again. The Anthroposophical Society in Georgia was founded in 1995. We are glad if we have light for a few hours a day. In the 1980’s. for example. by the question of whether it is possible to learn from other cultures directly. March 12–14 Last month about 450 people gathered in Kassel for the Annual General Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society in Germany. There is little trust that things are really getting better. These you would quickly copy by hand. From an interview with Ermine Magradse and Hans Hasler (see “Anthroposophy Worldwide” Nr. whose work was exhibited at the Goetheanum four years ago. interest in anthroposophy has grown considerably in Georgia. An opening lecture by Bodo von Plato. He was the first one to use Christian motifs in his examination paintings at the Soviet Academy. The theme was “Encouragement for Anthroposophy”. There are about 130 members. Contrary to earlier decisions – due to time pressure and perhaps inattentiveness – the whole Collegium was re-affirmed as a group. Next year the Annual General Meeting will be held in Weimar. little time was given to Charlotte Roder’s retirement from the Collegium. rather than individually. In 1987. the only way to meet anthroposophy was through personal contact. Such a mishap seemed excusable. Before he took the podium to review his 14 years of work. and the painter Irakli Parjiani (who died in 1991). curative education. and he asked certain questions. Edited by U. In the 1970’s and 1980’s. The Annual General Meeting is held each fall. however. There are no end of difficulties. and the members of the new Collegium were re-affirmed. Since 1987 it has been possible to hold all events in public. anthropos8 IN GEORGIA ophy tended to circulate among academics. It is to be hoped that just as many interesting anthroposophists will participate as this year. The worst years were 1992 to 1994. Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 . “External life is no life! There is no electricity. and to publish books. because of his funny comments. Since 1998 there are even functioning trains and busses. the population is skeptical.Anthroposophical Society ANTHROPOSOPHISCHE GESELLSCHAFT Encouragement for Anthroposophy Annual General Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society in Germany. among the artists. The next day there were discussion groups and plenum discussions. Waldorf education and pharmacology. In addition. During the first phase. Wolfgang Held. Next on the agenda was the retirement of Friedhelm Dörmann as head of the central office. there were already several active architects (four of them spent five weeks helping to renovate the Goetheanum’s Great Hall). because discussion demands contradictions and different views. Forty or fifty people might be called together overnight by word of mouth. Florian Roder and Melaine MacDonald-Lampson). and since then they have held a spring conference every year. This interest is the most important requirement for the life of anthroposophy.” The population endures these difficulties with extraordinary patience. Study groups were formed. the Treasurer. both in Tiflis and elsewhere. was followed by words of welcome from Anneka Lohn and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant. who control business. One would like to count Dieter Pommerening. Many people have met it during this time. In the 1980’s things became freer. There was the enamel artist Ermine Magradse. and the whole economy is penetrated by cliques and clans. Since 1994/1995 things have become safer. There were very few anthroposophists who had carried the impulse forward from its earliest days. Switzerland IN DEUTSCHLAND ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY On the Growth of Anthroposophy in Georgia Since the 1970’s. we rush to fill every container that we have – even if it is 3:00 o’clock in the morning. and no public events were held. Sometimes it was energetically rejected. Unfortunately. But the economic situation is bad. then you secretly gave each other books. and food is a problem. Artists had felt anthroposophy’s influence much earlier. The fields which were most strongly taken up were medicine.
where they exchange experiences. The Independent Work Community currently has artisans. In experiencing the atmosphere of a landscape. found no words. they hold regular theme days. We climb a hill. can gain institutional membership for a contribution of $ 500 per year. Anthroposophical initiatives. The experience was ungraspable. by the atmosphere. architects and builders be fashioned that would take up Rudolf Steiner’s suggestions for an organic style of building. the view is “breathtaking”. of the landscape. As Goethe says. We become silent. we enter into its being and essence. perhaps with the intention of enjoying the view of the surrounding landscape.A. Indeed. and we notice that the inner experience and the externally-felt sense world definitely belong together. beautiful. There can be do doubt: something significant is happening. the element which gives senseimpressions meaning. As unfathomable as the experience first is. it is something which can best be termed “essential” or “real”. Contact: Bert Jan Douma. If we succeed in 9 Photos: Brit Stenshowt . artisans. It is recognized by the Collegium of the School of Spiritual Science in America as a legitimate experiment in threefolding. But this is also characteristic of the world of ideas. This is by no means abstract. the Goetheanum West Giving Group (GWGG) has been created. spread before my eyes? Where then is the landscape really? It touches me in my soul and is nevertheless apparently outside of me. ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY Goetheanum West Giving Group is Founded As a practical experiment towards possibly threefolding the Anthroposophical Society in America. look at various artistic impulses. Theme: “Entrance Design in Homes and Functional Buildings”. We begin again to listen within.“ I N D E P E N D E N T W O R K C O M M U N I T Y ” I N I T I AT I V E Creating a Community to Build New Forms Inspired by the mutual work on the Great Hall of the Goetheanum from August 1996 to Easter 1998. and put them into practise? They founded the Independent Work Community at Whitsun 1998. such as Waldorf schools. developing social organism. Stollenweg 1. sculptors. for it is only through ideas that perception wins its specific reality. to any recognized group or branch of the Society. D–79379 Müllheim-Feldberg. legal and spiritual level. 1999. At the top. and discuss specific building projects. But how and where does this contact take place? The answer seems easy: “Inside. in the soul!” And yet: doesn’t the landscape lie outside of me. painters and architects. So the Work Community sees its tasks in creating new forms of collaboration on an economic.S. or to future Goetheanums of West or East. a sense perception. The GWGG views itself as a complement to the economic process and activities already taking place within the School of Spiritual Science and Anthroposophical Society. The initiators of the Independent Work Community are convinced that new forms of collaboration are required to cope with the complex interconnections of comprehensive artistic building. It offers advice and accepts contracts on this basis. it is nevertheless significant: it holds the “breathtaking” element within it. Hörnliweg 16. It is an association which carries consciousness for gift-giving to the Anthroposophical Society and School of Spiritual Science in America. Central to their discussions was the following question: How can a community of artists. +49/761/409 83 90. D–79299 Wittnau. adding a health-bringing third element to these two already existing bodies. 9:00 am at the Goetheanum. IN AMERICA Practical Threefolding Experiment in the U. Further information: Tel. develop them. There is no trace of a reason to divide myself from the world. Source: “News for Members” January 1999 School of Spiritual Science N AT U R A L S C I E N C E S E C T I O N The Essence of a Landscape We all know this experience. it seemed to cover the sense world with an airlike transparent veil. Words cease for quite a long time. We had secretly wanted to be so touched. In order to encourage broad interest. Membership in the GWGG is open on an annual basis to any person who makes a contribution of $ 1000 to the Anthroposophical Society in America. Germany The next meeting will be held on May 10. Artur Rost. The Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America recognizes it on a tentative basis until the end of the year 2000. Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 Let us look at this event yet again. it is a “sense/supersensible” event. Frank Grave. We became speechless. a group of sculptors formed to look at possible future collaboration. We are amazed – touched – by the mood. The development of an organic style of building is only possible if it is done out of a viable. The GWGG believes that this will be sufficient time for the experiment to demonstrate its significance and value. to the Goetheanum.
You feel sure that it happened. demonic element can be part of the experience. Demonstrations and workshops led by members of the group allowed participants to experience elements of speech and eurythmy. rehearse over weekends at regular intervals at Emerson College. But it still is often difficult to speak about your own experiences – people do not want to hear it. we can make the step from mere experience to wide awake knowledge of the being of the landscape – we can refer to our subjective experience. which becomes expressible and understandable. S P E E C H AND MUSIC Foundation Stone Meditation in English Early in 1998. Coralee Schmandt. or encouragement. becomes a social event. and just below us a Blackcap presses chattering through its world of shrubs. But you may be able to interpret it only much later. We gain insight into relationships. To know this of each other gives us courage. including the appearance of the Christ in the etheric realm. calling a farheard cry. Landscape expresses itself in different ways. and the memory does not 10 fade. through these. love. only a shared commitment to working in depth with Rudolf Steiner’s forms. such as light. John van Schaik offered a course on “Christ Experiences in the 20th Century” sponsored by the General Anthroposophical Section in the Netherlands. Landscape thus becomes a participant in a conversation. and sometimes as something quite different. sharing. Norway. Financial Assistance is needed to organize and carry out the project: Postcheck. and brought examples from literature. The river which joins them is invisible from where we stand. and director. Coralee Schmandt. We might see a meandering movement. General Anthroposophical Society. The most important thing about the course was that it provided an opportunity to speak about these experiences to people who wanted to listen. unfold in an environment which is moist and shady. Last October and November. the elements of language. flat leaves. 1999. and. Please state that it is for “Workshop Week 1125”. Basel 40-5827-2. To enable people with low incomes to attend. Yet it is not always easy to find a way of doing so. Practicing in this way. By the end of the course. The first sharing of our work took place last October at the Performing Arts Conference in East Grinstead. it becomes communication. Many want to live their lives differently because of it. where one place comes to the fore. then the landscape begins to speak: we find our speech again. In the world of plants. GENERAL ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SECTION Christ Experiences in our Time How Do We Recognize Them? Much has been written about spiritual experiences in recent years. Landscape participates in community. The strongest is one’s inner evidence. van Schaik had collected a list of signs which are characteristic of a Christ experience. The encouraging support and financial assistance that we have been so generously given by many friends enable us to develop this timely work further. Not all questions were answered: How do we proceed from here? Many people have had such experiences. alternately. In 2000. Barbara Beedham. Hans Christian Zehnter Section Colleague Note: The Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum plans a workshop week on this theme in collaboration with the Solrenning Foundation and the Mountain Museum in Lom. a group of experienced eurythmists in England came together to begin research into presenting the Foundation Stone Meditation in English. a fund has been set up which still hopes for contributions: “Norway Fund 20646” to the same account. in contrast.reaching it via the senses. All spoke of a spiritual presence. Every spiritual experience of this kind is a moment of light. August 14–21. They are supported by a speaker. sometimes appearing as a clear picture of Christ. Melissa Harwood. Kristin Ramsden. and another holds back. with the richness of the meditation itself. by gently paying attention to which elements of the sense impression join themselves to our own inner experience. The world of animals shows us how different the experience of a landscape can be: a buzzard lets itself be carried on the rising air above us. Can we help each other with this? And can we inspire others? The chance to share these experiences was felt to be a gift. and it is hoped that future performances will be accompanied by similar opportunities to deepen and enliven the experience of the meditation. Summary of a report in “Motief” March 1999 SECTION FOR THE ARTS OF E U RY T H M Y. such as the Annual General Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain. Richly detailed leaf structures form in surroundings which are light-filled and open to the heavens. Soft. Van Schaik also described many kinds of mystic experiences from past epochs. The group. it is the surroundings which emerge. All this gave a context to the personal experiences that were shared. Sometimes a dark. Glenys Waters and Maren Weissenborn. which consists of Sigune Brinch. The project began with no performances planned. the Natural Science Section plans an international conference on “The Culture of the European Landscape”. These experiences varied greatly. John van Schaik introduced the subject by discussing the religious backgrounds and world views that will tend to color any supersensible experiences we may have. Janis MacKaye. Performances have been requested for several events. Great Britain Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 .
to place “the task of the Anthroposophical Society between past and future” at the center of the conference. or a phenomenon indicating that Anthroposophia now lives more widely? Should we develop a “20 year plan” for joining our work with other streams? What have they to offer us. much less an ahrimanic seduction. that we now need to develop a blueprint for our work. The Constitution question is a matter for the School of Spiritual Science. or suppressed? Is it possible for us to achieve true community through uniting our efforts – without the influence of an institutionalized hierarchy? In view of such questions. The Michaelmas Conference 2000. is not the only topic to be discussed. It is a discussion forum on the internet “for all with visions.” Questions and Suggestions from Great Britain How does Anthroposophia live in the world now? Still in the same way initiated at the start of the century? Many do not feel the need to join the Society. We also received a contribution from Günter Röschert. about contact with other spiritual movements. Christine Ballivet. Their idea is to share. the participants went home. Story of My Life. Justus Wittich took this idea up in “Anthroposophy Worldwide” Nr.ch/ Michaeli2000/Index.mens. institutions and the wider world? A Blueprint for the Future Anthroposophical Society After the nine-day Michaelmas Conference in 1993. and from there gradually (perhaps) reaching higher forms of knowledge. can match this expectation. non-institutionalized. especially. but the conference was not closed. people repeatedly asked about the connection between our anthroposophic work and the events of our time. including even looking at our seemingly inalterable institutions and habits. and how this conviction gained momentum just in time to become part of the preparations for the Michaelmas Conference 2000. might succeed in continuing through intermediate stages to the conference of the year 2000 – perhaps marking a decisive stage in the development of the anthroposophical movement. Germany Internet: “Inipur” Initiative The Initiative Meeting also led to the idea of harnessing the modern medium of the internet for the preparation of the Michaelmas Conference 2000. General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain. and resulting decisions into ideas (Rudolf Steiner. Günter Röschert. but under one condition: We need to look critically at ourselves. of Germany. The questions which had arisen from studying the seven life mysteries continued to live in us. and we them? What are the appropriate ways. It would consist of mutual inner experience. network of perceived goals. in time for their next Goetheanum meeting in March 1999. It was impressive to see the emergence of the worldwide conviction shared by many. independent of their relationship to the Anthroposophical Society. Thomas Stöckli. from out of the Michael stream. The Goetheanum Executive Council’s suggestion. as Manfred Schmidt-Brabant put it. A plan for the future of the Anthroposophical Society would translate the purpose. 11 . It would manifest itself in how we work together. by starting from the threshold of intuitive thinking./U. We considered them in connection with a central problem: What is the nature and task of the Anthroposophical Society and the School of Spiritual Science. ideas and initiatives which could further our environment and society in the next 30 years. unfinished particularly with regard to institutional critical self-awareness. Nick Thomas. concept of the Anthroposophical Society will become the theme of the Michaelmas Conference 2000. about building up the School of Spiritual Science “from the bottom up”. discuss and firm-up our various visions of anthroposophic work. but gradually emerging. It would be visionary.htm”. that could strengthen the communitybuilding impulse in our groups. and. 3/98) was to include as many people in the Michaelmas Conference 2000 preparation as possible. finally.R. It is now possible to register for a mailing list under: “http//sei. The “Inipur” Initiative. personally represented anthroposophic ideas and initiatives encouraged. also considers itself to be a contribution towards preparing the Michaelmas Conference 2000. Does the Society have sufficient selfawareness for this? Are independent. The initiators would like the best possible collaboration with the members and leaders of the Anthroposophical Society. David Heaf and Joseph Morel. They speak of their connection to the Michaelic virtues of courage and freedom.J. and they regard the quest for totally new and unusual ways of thinking to be a need of our time. This blueprint cannot be a prefabricated “vision”: it can only arise out of the collaboration of the members of the School of Spiritual Science. that is. I think that the still hidden. 1/99. perhaps even radically? During the conference. S. Six people are currently carrying this initiative: Johannes Wirz. The unfinished Michaelmas Conference of 1993. Chapter 6).FORUM: MICHAELMAS CONFERENCE 2000 Towards the Michaelmas Conference 2000 One suggestion made at the Goetheanum Initiative Meeting last November (see “Anthroposophy Worldwide” Nr. Is this merely obtuseness/misunderstanding. He raises the question of a blueprint for the future of the Anthroposophcial Society and School of Spiritual Science. has already collected a few thoughts from the members and passed them on to “Anthroposophy Worldwide”. it is not surprising that the Constitution question has gained such (for many) unexpected dynamic. though important. The legal form will emerge as a consequence. It falls within the responsibility of the General Anthroposophical Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 Section. No one should continue to believe today that the social and legal form of the Society and School of Spiritual Science is a marginal issue. But they also feel free to develop initiatives outside of current structures and institutions. when he invited members to make suggestions to their General Secretaries. now and in the future? In what way must our accustomed ways of working be changed. The initiators stress that the podium is open to all. Andreas Heertsch.
In these areas there is always much that one could do better. What was special about the Work Community? People from all over the world came together to actualize an artistic idea in this historically unique place. When will you consider the project to be truly complete? When the stage itself is renewed in seven to ten year’s time. Why are you announcing the final building accounts only now. CH-4143 Dornach 1. With gentle pressure we were able to get all of the firms to bill us by the beginning of February. Dornach. The contract has been awarded. Where is the organ? It is stored in the cellar of the Student Dormitory and in the shed next to the Sculpture Atelier. long-obsolete forms were resurrected in the Hall. I hope that our learning in this project will benefit future building projects. minor additions will be necessary from time to time. This sum has already been calculated into the final building accounts and set aside. J. and much more. Switzerland. PC 40-963-0. Will the money that was donated by the members to the hall project temporarily prevent them from being able to support the Goetheanum’s other tasks? It is indeed the case that many a donation for other tasks has failed to come in. Also. The Work Community had a key role in this.7 million Swiss francs total. Is the organ the final item of the hall project? Yes. But we have time. less sensitive parts are stored in the shed. Gemeinschaftsbank GLS Stuttgart. It seems to me that the hall in its current form responds more to spiritual speaking and listening. Sonderkonto Saalausbau. To condense anthroposophy right into the material of a construction site. S. for “Hall Project”. But it is extremely difficult to say how high this missing sum was. spoke with Hans Hasler in March 1999. Hans Hasler. What about the objection that old.76 million francs still remain to be financed. responds to questions about the finances. You estimate the value of work time donated to be 5 million francs. The installation of the organ is still to come. but there are also complications. But it would go beyond the scope of this interview. sent to Hans Hasler. Kto 10 084 509. And it is still not entirely certain how the organ will sound when it is re-installed. Vermerk: “Goetheanum Saal”. From Germany: Anthroposophische Gesellschaft. of his karmic background. and other criticisms? Criticism diminished considerably already before the end of the project. From Switzerland: Freie Gemeinschaftsbank BCL.000 francs. since a decrease in donations has been observed throughout the anthroposophical community. for “Allgemeine Anthroposophische Gesellschaft”. Donations towards the still unpaid sum of CHF 764. Can you say anything about the condition of the organ? Only the large.– may be made in the following ways: Through the Anthroposophical Society in your country. such as the adjustment of the electric installations. rejecting unspiritual activity more than it used to. BLZ 600 609 00. On March 21. Many think that the old organ does not fit the artistic impulse that is being cultivated at the Goetheanum. And much has happened since … Much is still to be done. or by a check made out to: General Anthroposophical Society. you wrote that not only did the project avoid using high interest foreign capital and the regular Goetheanum income. I experience many comments simultaneously as an expression of the person who is making them. 1999. and should have always been this way. 12 Anthroposophy Worldwide 3/1999 .3. but warrantee and maintenance work will soon follow. one year after the re-opening of the hall? You ask this because you are an editor. which is continually dehumidified. while an individual decision to support the project stood behind every hall donation. Goetheanum. it also did not rely on members’ contributions.Feature Calculations Completed – Renovation of the Great Hall In March 1999. All sums were finally collected by February 12. Goetheanum Building Manager. I am much too strongly influenced by psychological perspectives from my past in curative education. or to transform matter through human activity in a way that makes spirit perceptible. I wanted to show that the regular members’ contributions were used to run the Anthroposophical Society as usual. however. The rest is in the cellar. The organ builder has checked it several times and is confident that everything is fine. warranties and bank guarantees. First we would like to live with the new forms for awhile.000. Of the 25. They were able to form a social and practical whole that is not normally seen on a building site. only . How much is the re-installation of the organ expected to cost? About 110. Then we will approach the question of what a renewal of the stage would mean. What counts now is to describe our present tasks just as clearly and convincingly as we were apparently able to do with the hall. How would you say that the forms and colors have affected Goetheanum events in the year since its re-opening? For me it is the same as for many others. Would you do anything differently if you could do it again? Not in the design. and to criticism of the project. Postfach. and go over the necessary installation descriptions and revision plans. So were the main sponsors not members? Of course they were members. A building professional would have said: “How did you manage to present the final building accounts so quickly?” The final work was not done until November and December 1998. and safety measures on the stage. his relationship to anthroposophy. My task was organization and coordination. the Goetheanum Building Administration announced the final building accounts for the redesign of the Great Hall. A few minor matters are still in progress. It is as if it has always been this way. Speaking and listening have changed. Kto 400’290. marked “Goetheanum Hall Project”. Storage brings the danger of damage. Such perceptions have no place in a public forum. was truly a special experience. who say that they can hardly picture what the hall used to be like. Then we had to check the bills for possible reductions. Many large projects do not complete this process until two years after the opening. This has to do with factors that are not all related to the Goetheanum or the Great Hall.
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