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Olivera Todorovic ´– I Have My Goal before Me Always
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People from 17 nations collaborated to build the Goetheanum during the first world war, including several from both sides of the conflict. Though it was often difficult to master their patriotic emotions for the benefit of serving anthroposophy and humanity, they managed. Indeed, as article 4 of the Statutes of the General Anthroposophical Society states, party politics are not considered to be part of its task. Anthroposophy is not about separation, it is about association. How does anthroposophy relate to a conflict such as the recent NATO war against Yugoslavia? Since anthroposophy itself does not relate to war, one must rephrase the question: How do human beings relate to it in the spirit of anthroposophy? The members of the Anthroposophical Society belong to many nations, and their feelings are influenced by their nationalities. They need not give this up any more today than did the Germans and British during the world war, who were able to work together as anthroposophists in the service of humanity during the same years that they had to fight each other as citizens of particular nations. The same holds true for a conflict like the NATOYugoslavian war. From an anthroposophical point of view there can be no position for or against one side or the other. Every judgement calls forth an immediate opposite judgement; a politically-motivated search for truth is necessarily one-sided. This is quite different from the kind of characterization that would serve to uncover Truth. From an anthroposophical perspective, we interest ourselves in the world, indeed in the whole world. Anthroposophy thus leads us through characterizations to intuitions that are healing. I would like to offer an example of what I consider to be a healthy way of occupying oneself with a conflict such as Kosovo. It is Albert Schmelzer’s comment in the June issue of this paper, where he mentions an idea that could contribute to overcoming conflicts between nationalities: threefolding the social organism. Anything that is healing for social and international life cannot be good for one person and simultaneously bad for the other. Good for the one is good for the other. Oskar Borgman-Hansen, Denmark
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Justus Wittich Correspondents: Jürgen Vater (Sweden) Marianne Møller-Nielsen (Denmark) Andrew Wolpert (Great Britain) We expressly wish for active support and collaboration. to build any building. Only the future will tell. Mexico. Campestre San Angel. but because I have the text of Theosophy in my computer for test purposes.” However. for example. that Waldorf schools do not exist to produce anthroposophists. We already have reference books (such as Emil Mötteli’s) that allow for this. in any case. while others have already begun the work of making his works electronically accessible (in German). Arrowsmith Ltd. Usually the young people are the ones who take decisive action to prevent authoritarian “atmospheres. this demonstrates the problematic nature of quick research as opposed to in-depth reading in context.ch © Copyright 1999 General Anthroposophical Society. It is still true. Germany 2 Soul Calendar in Spanish Coordination of Translations Toni Zenker arrived at the Pan American Conference with a Spanish translation of Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul fresh off the press. In any event. Andreas Heertsch. The process of building a team of editors and correspondents has not yet been completed. 7/1999 An “authoritative atmosphere” is probably seldom a reason for not wanting to be part of the Anthroposophical Society. This is not new in principle. Avenida Revolucion 1341–18. Switzerland Finding Younger Members Response to “Few Members Are under 30. However. Until now. CH–4143 Dornach 1. There are also other themes that could be used to discredit Steiner today. Address: Weekly Paper “Das Goetheanum”. this kind of access to the Complete Edition will doubtless encourage detached intellectual thinking. Also. With a CD. When the search is so easy (with the CD one can locate virtually any phrase of the collected works) Rudolf Steiner’s work becomes a boundless quotation quarry in which anyone can cut the stones they want. This raises questions such as: What kind of consciousness would be fostered by this form of the collected works? In Theosophy. not only anthroposophists would be able to use such a CD. Recently.” in Anthroposophy Worldwide. Rudolf Steiner writes: “This cannot be read as books are usually read in our time. It also appears as a supplement to the weekly paper “Das Goetheanum”. Initial contact with spiritual science is usually undertaken by the (as yet) unenlivened mind. please apply to the Anthroposophical Society in your country. it can be written immediately. To receive Anthroposophy Worldwide. or not. because preliminary versions of it are already in circulation. and they are currently grappling with the technical and moral questions involved. only the subscribers to “Das Goetheanum” should contact the address below. Dornach.Forum Rudolf Steiner’s Complete Works on CD? Should the collected works of Rudolf Steiner be made available on CD so that they can be accessed by computer at home? This question is currently being considered by the Caretakers of Rudolf Steiner’s Estate. Switzerland. Sebastian Jüngel. Box. does not a CD encourage a merely intellectual grasp of spiritual science. Anthroposophy Worldwide “Life in the Anthroposophical Society – Anthroposophy Worldwide” is published monthly. thereby contradicting any kind of meditative study? Yes. then the dangers of a quotation quarry will probably be worth the risk. It would allow the independent young people to arrive at a standpoint from which they could decide whether to join the Anthroposophical Society. Michaela Spaar. If CDs can help Rudolf Steiner’s work reach the public. If questions with the distribution arise. Stephan Stockmar. Perhaps unnecessary duplications could be avoided and existing translations better shared among the Spanish-speaking countries if translators knew of each other’s work. represented by Paul Mackay Editors: Carol Brousseau (responsible for the English-Language Edition). and help individual anthroposophists in their studies. it contains color illustrations by Irma Roldán and Toni Zenker and was published by the San Juan de la Cruz Branch in Mexico. the question is no longer whether the Complete Edition should appear on CD or not.W. Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 . Bristol Toni Zenker has offered to help coordinate translations of anthroposophy into Spanish. Translated by Miriam Schwebsch. of course (as Rudolf Steiner said). fax +41/61/706 44 65 e-mail: wochenschrift@goetheanum. the only question is who will do it and how. Publisher: General Anthroposophical Society. CB Contact: Toni Zenker. but it is also possible that the ideas will unexpectedly startle the intellect out of its lethargy. For all others the address is the address of the Anthroposophical Society in your country. Peter Völkner. But a well-founded knowledge of anthroposophy would help to serve this end. one had to read a lot of material to be able to write such an article. MX–01040 Mexico DF. Dietrich Rapp. if the schools would not merely base their teaching on anthroposophy but also teach more anthroposophy itself. quotations by Rudolf Steiner were published in a non-anthroposophical magazine in such a way as to give the impression that Rudolf Steiner was antisemitic. based on the words “cannot be read. Nr. but rather to raise independent human beings.” I remembered this sentence only vaguely. Ursula Remund Fink (responsible for this issue). It is distributed by the regional Anthroposophical Societies – in some cases augmented with independently edited news and articles. I was able to find the quote immediately. albeit with more effort. Col. The complete works will appear in electronic form. Switzerland Printing by J. The rights to the lectures and to the form of publication still rest with the Caretakers of Rudolf Steiner’s Estate in Dornach.” New young members of the Anthroposophical Society could come from Waldorf schools.
possible dates. the world’s biggest corporations gain more and more power.). France. Ecuador.O. who incarnated for the sake of humanity.). He portrayed the present situation as already having apocalyptic dimensions. Ecuador. Chile. A Native American prophecy that speaks of a time when the eagle of the North will fly with the condor of the South accompanied the conference as a picture of the cosmopolitan Michaelic impulse for the Americas.S. Peru. It is hoped that the coordinator will be able to collect and distribute ideas and information toward a future conference: suggestions. the conversations during the conference opened many new vistas and a better understanding for all participants. Meeting and conversing with friends from Latin America was an important part of the conference. Finland. a being came into the world in Central America. His name was noted phonetically by Rudolf Steiner as “Vitzliputzli.S. rendering entire countries dependent and poor. Ecuadoreans to Help Coordinate During a Curative Education Conference in Ecuador in July.A. Quito. Many young people died. every workshop. Patricia Kaminski (U. Leading us back to the sacred earth of the Americas.. who did not appear in a physical body but in an elemental form. trade contracts through technologies we experience the unleashing of elemental spirits occupied by Ahrimanic beings. U. Mexico. He condemned especially the U. by offering more translations into Spanish there and by contributing to conferences in the Spanish-speaking regions.Anthroposophy around the World The Spiritual Mission of the Americas Pan American Conference in San Diego. Jorge Sanz-Cardona (U. Ecuador Contact: Rama Micael. in a very subtle way. Canada. the greatest black magician who ever walked the Earth came and continued the bloody ritual. All the translators did a marvelous job! May this conference be the first of many! Uwe Stave. are to be made available to anyone who wants to send or receive information. – At the same time. out of the Ahrimanic Mysteries.) pointed to the dark mysteries of modern time exemplified by the atomic bomb. Els Woutersen (U.). and the Pan American Conference in the U. inspired the ritual sacrifice of human beings. U. In many modern 3 .com or efrendo@hotmail. A spiritual being refered to as Taotl. July 31–August 6. Box 17-04-10454.A.A. venues.S. The child of this union was a high being from the sun. Ahriman. Brazil. Nicanor Perlas (Philippines) lectured in his charismatic way about the need for globalization. Several different spiritual streams originated on the American continent. Philippenes. Great Britain. It is out of these cosmic organisms that the new mysteries will need to be shaped. so that they can begin to recognize the Christ Being in the etheric realm. Denis Schneider (Canada). were asked to coordinate the flow of information. Switzerland.. and Arthur Zajonc (U. etc. For one thing. and hardest to accomplish. Finally. with the aim of intensifying the work. an Ahrimanic degeneration of the Great (Atlantean) Spirit. The Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 question came up: How does Ahrimanic activity express itself today in our culture. Columbia. we need a better flow of information.A. Excerpts from a report in Aspects. The Americas have a significant role to play in this. P. 1999 The Pan American conference was a landmark meeting attended by about 150 people from Argentina. Newsletter of the Faust Branch in Fair Oaks.S. A very great number of souls were affected. threefolding. Then. An impulse was also expressed for the Goetheanum to join in with the work of the Spanish-speaking world more closely. This event in Central America succeeded in holding back the Ahrimanic forces in the fourth and fifth epochs.A. Ecuador. The art program of the conference deserves special praise! Also.” He lived for 33 years as the unknown contemporary of Christ in the Western Hemisphere.S. needs to be better integrated. The old mysteries are cosmic organisms in time and space that still live on today. The etheric Christ has to enter the hearts of human beings in order to transform evil. Today’s black magic shows up in strong egoism. Other lecturers were Florencio Herrero (Spain). Spain. The spiritualization of economic life is most needed. Germany. We might understand the spiritual mission of the Americas to be the task of helping people understand old “traditions” in a wider context.A. At the turning point of time there occurred signs and events indicating that a high spiritual being had entered the material plane. the peoples were guided by initiates of the Mystery Centers./fax 593/2/468421.S. in art. and indeed within each country. it became clear that the anthroposophical collaboration between North and South America. He presented many facts about modern civilization and economics. and every announcement was provided in two languages.A.com Photo: Michael Kochowiec Efrén Donoso with two editors of Anthroposophy Worldwide. e-mail pjaramil@ramt. it needs to be said that every lecture. English and Spanish. Through lively personal presentations by friends familiar with today’s Central American culture and its history. As a result of both conferences. Czech Republic. In the old Mexican Mysteries. themes. Micael Branch. this “false prophet” was captured and nailed to a cross by Vitzliputzli.S.S.S. and in modern technology? Some friends expressed the feeling that the old Mexican Mysteries have changed their “appearance” but not their Ahrimanic spirit. Lucifer and later the Asuras were actively involved in the ritual activities of tribes and peoples living in Central America. about two weeks later. in the year one of our calendar. tel. and spiritualization. Sandra Beals and Carol Brousseau which. This was done in such a way that the victim’s soul would want to avoid returning for another earthly incarnation. and Efrén Donoso in particular. the Micael Branch in Quito. and Uruguay. born to a virgin who had conceived through a supersensible power pictured as a feathered being. Virginia Sease (Goetheanum) began the series of keynote lectures by describing how in earlier times. U. The final lecture was presented by Manfred Schmidt-Brabant (Goetheanum) on the theme of the Americas in the mystery tradition of humanity.
the students were not at all interested in representatives of the political parties. Denmark is unusual in that it has long had an independent. Instead. Denmark Poland Koberwitz Palace in New Splendour Memorial Plaque Honors Agriculture Course When I last visited Koberwitz Palace. the recently founded alternative bank. The idea was to let the young participants plan the week themselves. Since most of them are likely to have daily business. Today it has a total of 20 coworkers. the life of rights was represented by the president of the Swedish police and a woman prison pastor. old trees. it was a ruin. The bank was founded in 1982. arranged for a plaque commemorating the agriculture course to be placed to the left of the entrance. feminism. Germany Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 . This had once been the property of the Count Carl von Keyserlingk family. A guard eventually understood the interest of the reverent German guests and secured permission by telephone for them to tour the residence. has just opened a third branch in Arhus.Sweden Questioning Society Waldorf Students in Discussion with Prominent Citizens For once a different start to the school year: the twelfth graders from all of the Swedish Waldorf Schools came together in Järna for a seminar on questions of society. Its first branches were in Nordjütland (Ålborg) and Kopenhagen. Merkur has been an actual bank from the beginning. When a group from Breslau visited the palace in May 1999. Marianne Møller-Nielsen. The discussion groups received a series of visitors who were pioneers active in various anthroposophic fields: art. and Ekobanken. Waldorf education. Today it looks after the needs of 5000 customers from different sectors of Danish society. workshops. but little is done. Such forms of collaboration might actually help Waldorf education to continue here. particularly in the park with its pond full of reeds and water lilies. 1998) to discuss various projects and future collaboration. and the grounds had grown wild. They helped decide what would be done and which speakers to invite. Sweden 4 Denmark Danish Alternative Bank Opens its Third Branch Merkur Andelskasse. and evening parties. discussion groups. Merkur has a representative in Hamburg and collaborates with Triodos (the Netherlands) and GLS Gemeinschaftsbank (Germany). curative education. Today the palace is used for cultural events and the local administration. it is not always easy to find qualified teachers for every single subject. for more than 100 people. particularly when the movement was still young and investments were considered too risky by the established banks. Christian von Wistinghausen. an alternative bank in Denmark. Two students from each class were involved in the planning from the start. (Of the 440 independent schools. Norway. The most popular was a “workshop” called “Siesta. where Rudolf Steiner held his course for farmers in 1924. the nights can become quite short – and people do need to sleep sometime… Now a written evluation of the week is to be sent to the Waldorf schools. The workshops dealt with themes relating to money. Denmark’s second largest city. Merkur also sent an “Agricultural Memorandum” to the political parties in 1998. The renovation had been undertaken by the Koberwitz municipality – wealthy through the sale of land. Perhaps similar initiatives will follow. The bank publishes a quarterly magazine. It was exactly 75 years since the Koberwitz course! Charlotte Eckloff-Dietz. 2. The visitors of 1999 were impressed by the etheric wealth in the light and warmth of the broad Silesian landscape. “Better a Fellow Citizen than a Subject” was the theme of the week-long event. The initiative had arisen from a group working with questions of threefolding in connection with Ekobanken. In a small country like Sweden. that has only ten full-sized Waldorf schools. state-supported school system with many different kinds of schools. etc. It meets several times a year with other anthroposophically oriented financial institutions in Scandinavia (Cultura Sparebank. future networks for young people. school reports. and practical artistic exercises. The bank’s customers are involved mainly in education (including social work. They wanted to approach young people who have just acquired the right to vote. legal and cultural life were also invited – and came. The group felt that threefolding is discussed a lot. who worked as an agricultural advisor in Poland for many years. Prominent representatives from Swedish economic. the bank must employ a relatively large number of people. curative education and child care) and agriculture (biodynamic or organic). Meeting Decision Makers Nearly all of the invited guests were prominent Swedes.) Merkur has contributed a great deal to the development of organic agriculture in Denmark. and the tall. In 1998 the budget was 220 million krones. However. only 17 are Waldorf schools. Jürgen Vater. Nr. Sociale penge has a circulation of 4000 and includes contributions by their customers and perspectives on threefolding. Sweden – see Anthroposophy Worldwide. The end result was a week with morning lectures. economics.” When 160 young people meet. they were surprised and delighted to find that everything had been excellently renovated.
Ralph Shepherd (South Africa). A. Alexandra Iván. S.000 Swiss Francs to the following projects: Fundación Tobias. and performed dramatic scenes in English. The first. Mahaballipuram.” An audience of 250 came. 1998. tel.S. This official status will enable the group to bring speakers and educators into the prison. e-mail: hansbrodal@privat. Switzerland. The visiting youth group sang in chorus. CH–4051 Basel. 1999 the visitors celebrated a public assembly with the Indian children. A high point of the trip was the encounter with students. The reaction to the television programs was very positive. and Fundación La Escondida. a priest of the Christian Community in Basel. The 1500 copies were given to a publishing house in Madrid (Editorial Rudolf Steiner). 1999 – January 3. SE–416 56 Gothenburg. The brand new first graders showed a counting game. A group has committed to explore the possibility of developing a prison outreach program in the U.se Source: ACACIA-Rundblick Contact: ACACIA. e-mail: Louisehill@aol.). The current initiators are Håkan Blomberg. which incorporates Steiner’s six basic exercises. Birkagatan 10C.com IN BRIEF Argentina. Preparations are now underway for a conference in Gothenburg. From a report in News for Members. played instruments. Contact for the Northern Conference: Anthroposophical Society. a psychologist who works with groups of incarcerated men. peaceful.ch Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 5 . Fundación La Choza. Louise Hill. Anand Mandaiker. It was also possible to persuade a Basel printer (Druckerei Linsenmann) to print a Spanish translation of Rudolf Steiner’s Curative Education course free of charge. This even came to expression in the unavoidable Indian school uniform – the children in their tri-colored. 2000) on the theme “The Anthroposophical Society and its Living Relation to the Present Social Intention of Michael. Paul Zachos (U. A series of conferences deliberately placed on different parts of the planet aims to help renew civilization on the basis of a living relationship with the Time Spirit. who begin asking for more information about anthroposophy. On July 29.S. Most of them were from Switzerland and Southern Germany. Jesaiah Ben Aharon (Israel/U. Germany U. Susanne Reubke. Sixty of the books will be given to the above projects – students who buy it will receive a discount – and 2. Elite Globalization.50 Swiss Francs of every book sold will go to the Argentina Fund of ACACIA. and the Threefold Social Order.A. After a warm welcome. the students travelled to Bangalore (to attend the first Christian Community baptism in India) and visited temples and palaces in Belur. “Shaping the Future. The trip was organized by the Basel Christian Community. Hans von Essen (Sweden). warm uniforms radiated joy and great warmth. This stimulates questions from the men. Sweden (December 29. June 1999. the second graders acted the fable of a fox that outsmarts a rooster. tel. a first public assembly was held before 300 guests at the Greenpark Hotel.S. Mysore. Fonds für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit. fax +46/31/84 69 41. They happily planted more than 4000 trees together with school groups from the region. fax 262 15 12. KarlJulius Reubke (Germany) held a lecture on education and elements of Waldorf education in India. Janney introduces an anthroposophical perspective. has developed a course called Self Development in the Penitentiary. chili. Self Development in Prison Prisoners Work with Basic Exercises Fred Janney. Fundación Ita Wegman. cultivating cotton. Kancheepuram. On the afternoon of July 29. +46/31/ 21 90 19. They visited the Sloka Waldorf School and the biodynamic Maikaal project. Hans Brodal.India European Students Visit India First Public Assembly and 4000 Trees For one month (July 7– August 7. Nicanor Perlas (Philippines). Janney uses examples from prison life so that the men can identify with the content of the exercises. With generous donations from the Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society and Anthroposophic Press. This two-hour event also drew the interest of the press and television. Anthroposophy. particularly by fostering threefolding initiatives. teachers. the conference will move to Cape Town. South Africa. did eurythmy. It was moving to experience the loving. After the encounter with Sloka. During the first three weeks they were given the opportunity to add their efforts to the Maikaal project.utfors. 3/1999.A.” In January/February 2001. 1999. a study group formed that continued for over three years. The Anthroposophical Society in America supports this initiative. the visiting students entered into a lively discussion on the theme “Mutual Help and Consideration among Waldorf Students. Wonderful encounters and rich experiences arose for them with the farmers and their families living in the remote areas by the Narmada River. Several curative education projects in Argentina were described in Anthroposophy Worldwide Nr. The following day. bright. World. One of the group members took the initiative to create an official prisoner organization called Friends of Anthroposophy. parents. Halebid. which involves more than 1000 farmers. +41/61/263 35 00. We can only hope that Sloka will soon succeed in financing a larger school building and that it will be able to continue to develop as well as it has so far. tel. soy. Now ACACIA reports that the Basel City Fund for Development Collaboration has contributed 30. A press conference was arranged. along with reporters for Indian television. and Madras. In presenting these exercises. and friends of the Sloka Waldorf school in Hyderabad. U. +1/610/827 16 46.). and enthusiastic atmosphere that surrounds the hundred children of this school. Eisengasse 5.A. July 28–30.S. Contact: Louise Hill. and other crops. When issues of death and evil arise in the ensuing discussions. e-mail: acacia@datacomm. the students visited the Sloka Waldorf School and observed classes in the three kindergarten groups and grades one and two. had prepared the young people thoroughly. Later.” was held in the Philippines October 25–30. 1999) thirty young people aged 15–24 visited India.
I have to stay in commuAnthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 How is the anthroposophical work progressing? There is a group of about ten people who meet once a week to study books by Steiner.Portrait I Have My Goal before Me Always Interview with Olivera Todorovi´ c A simply-clothed. In Panˇ cevo. a small city nearby. I have to buy one. I am disappointed when the others do not want to. Our periodical appears just once a year. There is a biodynamic farm in Subotica. tions. Then we put them aside and speak of anthroposophy. Schädel. since there is not enough money to publish it more often. There is still hardly anything really practical being done. but so far interest has not grown much. I seize the opportunity and introduce myself. Does it perhaps have something to do with the Balkans? Is it a reflection of what is happening there politically? Yes. However. Last February. and we have various translations and publica- Photo: Privat . is to apply it to real life. Very few have had any kind of practical anthroposophical training. I organize all these things in order to find parents who would be interested in Waldorf education. This disappoints me. came in 1996. What has been achieved since you founded the Association? After I completed my training in Bern in 1995. I intended to continue doing what I had done before – work for the public kindergarten system. Our next visitor was Heinrich Schneider. mothers have been meeting regularly in my apartment to create puppets. to discuss things and make plans. I have a very strong connection to the Goetheanum and the Anthroposophical Society. Perhaps it is becoming more likely now. The difficulties lie elsewhere. three or four young people meet regularly. We have made several attempts to meet once a year. Various friends have visited Belgrade. So far no one has thought of gathering. reticent woman arrives at the editors’ office. Perhaps I will be able to buy a small additional piece of property and start a kindergarten there. This is a little hard for me. there is no strong sense of responsibility. I am the only one who has done a training outside of Yugoslavia who came back.) Olivera Todorovi´ c is an educator who works for the public kindergarten system of Belgrade. Friends from the surroundings come into Belgrade for special events. I do not have to send invitations any more. I do not think it is because of lack of interest. also because of visa problems and the war. Others think this is unnecessary. I will just take the children whose parents want a private kindergarten in my part of town. There were usually fifteen or twenty of us. and with two or three people in Slovenia and Bosnia. Dr. Do you also have larger gatherings of anthroposophists from different parts of the country? Not really. a doctor from Bern. We study anthroposophy. certainly. I found that I really wanted to start a Waldorf kindergarten in Belgrade. Why has it not yet been possible to open a Waldorf kindergarten? We have space problems. We need more initiatives besides the ones in Panˇ cevo. Another wish of mine would be to find better rooms for our anthroposophical cultural center. Difficult. but then I need to look at what the others are doing. celebrate festivals. It is not enough to be responsible for myself alone. Is there is a readiness to think about spiritual questions in spite of every-day worries? Yes. What are your plans? My main interest is education. however. However. but then the war started. So far there is no group at all south of Belgrade. 6 Is there a group of parents behind your plan? There are interested parents. 4/1999. which we opened in 1994. to examine children and give lectures on childhood illnesses and anthroposophical medicine. but it has not really worked. Our problem is to become a Society.) There are two or three other initiatives near Belgrade that are growing slowly. a pediatrician. For this reason. 1992–1995. Schneider came again. they just do not feel it. but a house with a garden is very expensive. one can know a lot and enjoy the weekly gatherings. (See Anthroposophy Worldwide Nr. I have been hearing more and more from people who want to visit us. We also need better translations for our library. (They attended the Faust youth conference at the Goetheanum this year. I expected many people to be interested. I would like to support the idea of meeting regularly. however. Sometimes we come together and speak first about our problems. Dr. One can take in a great deal theoretically. I still have not been able to find a room. This is the biggest problem. Jon McAlice of the Pedagogical Section came with Juriaan Cooiman to give a workshop which included formdrawing and eurythmy. so they will not be able to send their children if I am outside the center. I do not know why. When I hear that she is from former Yugoslavia. but they are scattered around Belgrade. In 1995 she founded the Association for Waldorf Education and Art in Belgrade. and those who have do not usually return to the country. Switzerland. bringing medicines with him. In addition. Subotica. slender. I began organizing fewer events. In addition to these events. I cannot just do what I want. Personally. so I created the Association with the help of friends from outside of Yugoslavia. We have received money from various friends and foundations. I am in contact with people in Croatia. We had planned eurythmy classes for April. She studied Waldorf kindergarten teaching in Bern. Political problems and our personal worries are another matter. or go for walks. people want to come. and Zrenjanin in the Vojvodina. I share a house with two families. I can share responsibility with others. I have my goal. All the others just read. He lectured to the public and studied anthroposophy with us privately. We quickly make a date to discuss her initiative in Belgrade and the general situation in her country.
We also have to improvise with the food. fax 61 70 26 33. which lived in his austerely devotional background. It was generated by the war. one develops love. earmarked: “Kiga Belgrad. fat. For those involved in science. experiences of violence. This quality is lacking somewhat here. and we felt these good relations in Sarajevo – still do. Turks. We visit all 200 groups to see how they are doing and whether they have any problems. so I can speak about Waldorf education. I am optimistic. I have a good connection with them. 7 .e. This is strictly regulated and I do not have much freedom. We always give several addresses. Can you say a bit more about your work in public kindergartens? I work as an advisor and instructor. The thought forms and thought “habits” of scientific people. But we are very limited by official directives. The same happened during the second world war. Many guests have tried to explain to us the difference between a Society that unites various groups as opposed to many isolated groups and initiatives. against other people. they said it was the others. They are very aware of the problems. I always have hope. GLS Gemeinschaftsbank bochum. How is the violence reflected in the children? They act out what they see on television. The time has arrived when science and scientific ways of thought have ceased to be the preserve of a very few. Sometimes there seems to be a deliberate plan to ruin the people. I experience my lack of freedom. I think people are not familiar with such a process. They bring weapons to kindergarten. 175. in which one does not necessarily develop hate. I think so. I cannot speak about it. for example. milk. a task. It is strange – there is always enough money for plastic things such as Legos. We feel that we lack the strength. Everyone says that. I have made many puppets. One can choose between two paths: either to hate. have now. So far. Someone told me that one should not occupy one’s mind with Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 the violence. He – or his group (one senses that he is not alone) – created the situation in Bosnia. or psychologists. So we each just do our own thing. or simply to develop love. and governments. but not in the way that it was portrayed later in books and the press. We have often spoken about it. by means of mechanisms invented by that very same thinking. An old anthroposophist in Belgrade once said to me that the schools of the 20th century teach people to make war. How do you see the situation in your country? Do you have concerns or hopes? Yes. etc. and I have been able to replace some of the plastic toys with wooden ones. as well as we can. Everyone makes mistakes… Yes. to insist that we come together. they learn to be egoistic. things are still very much like they were in communist times. of course). Maybe it is just the laws that the government makes. with hierarchy. to make sure that the children get enough vitamins. I know I did not want to think about it. but one senses clearly that it is not normal. but the effect that thinking scientifically has upon the human soul. Bosnia used to be a good example of how different peoples and religions can live peacefully together. One must think individually. even if one knows exactly what is going on. A man like Michael Faraday in the early 19th century could still perform extremely simple investigations with magnets and wires. especially in Bosnia (now in Kosovo. However. greed. Did Milosovic sow hate among the people? It is not so much hate. However. Did the media convey a false picture? Yes. We buy toys. With us. But it was not genuine hate against another folk. There are certain situations. It was bad. and respond with a kind of innocent awe and reverence towards the world and its marvels. books. educators. i. treating every new discovery with a kind of religious sensitivity.” Signs of the Times We Are Already within the “Skin of the Dragon” As the year 2000 approaches. It would be good to imagine for a moment the social situation of 1831. it would seem a valuable exercise for anthroposophists involved in various branches of activity to ask themselves how their field of work relates to the spiritual situation in the world at large. this problem takes a particular form. We need to learn to forgive. for example. we do not have a representative or even a central address. I think. trade. selfishness. I keep my goal before me always. the chief importance of science to mankind is not the content of science or the use to which science is put. multiplied themselves in the souls of virtually everyone in the western world and far beyond. We make a schedule for the year. However. Their teachers have often told me how hard it is to deal with the childrens’ aggression or restlessness. and I do not give up. Anthroposophy fosters responsibility? Yes. one that perhaps not everyone wants to take on. All of us have a chance. They are supervised by a director and two to four advisors. D–10997 Berlin. +49/30/61 70 26 30. He goaded them. A terrible situation like war is always also an opportunity to do something better. The one in which I work has 200 kindergartens. once confined to a tiny minority. account nr. Belgrade has 13 districts. etc. One needs to be quite clear about the fact that in Faraday’s opinion. when I want to do something for and with the children and my suggestions are not accepted. I think that European education is similar. We try to make the rooms as beautiful as possible and to acquire the things that the children really need.nication with them. it is a challenge. 13 042 010. tel. but we never have enough of other things such as paper. People do not learn social values. when I am with the teachers I can speak openly. science was something to be studied because it made men “amiable and liberal. Young Serbs are still falling in love with young people of other nationalities (Croations. because one has suddenly lost everything. There is no one to take responsibility.” It would be worth asking how Faraday or his like would view a world which has turned his inventions entirely towards the very things he avoided. All of us are developing. Interview by Michaela Spaar in August 1999 Donations for the Association for Waldorf Education and Art in Belgrade: Freunde der Erziehungskunst. Köpernicker Str.” whereas trade made them “vicious and selfish. discuss supplementary training. Alba- nians) and other religions (Catholics and Muslims) and vice versa. But I do experience a great deal of mental violence as an educator. no one wanted to admit they were wrong. As Rudolf Steiner was at pains to stress on many occasions. What was your experience of violence during the war? I did not experience physical violence personally. BLZ 430 609 67. A Society must have a connection to the Goetheanum.
when electromagnetism was more or less discovered. interest. while awakening with humorous candor and descriptive biography the lessons written in everyday human experience and in the nature surrounding us. Our work. such crises and difficulties only solidified our resolve. despite their long journies. through everyday. A “science” conducted by disembodied messages transmitted electronically can in no way whatever be a science in which human beings express their full humanity.A. thoughts. It is significant to note that these two conferences were. and for other human beings (to whom he was generosity itself). an attitude of being uninvolved and impartial. Great Britain Reprinted from the Science Group Newsletter. this need to maintain living human interest in other human beings and in “things” is precisely what is being subtly and cleverly undermined and overwhelmed by the fantastic proliferation of information towards which the real human soul cannot possibly be related. In addressing the conference theme from another direction. Various phrases about “transforming the dragon from within” and so on are cited. a sort of cold lack of interest in other people and even in nature. The content of the week consisted of a morning gathering after breakfast and exercises that Dennis Klocek brought. Among the self-development workshops. and love.S. tends more than anything else human beings do towards a kind of soulessness. confronted with a dragon which wishes to deny the human soul and utterly misrepresent to the human being its own true nature. this should not be believed without question. and having been consumed. Vital Systems (a company dedicated to sustainable development and to supporting youth activities that had arisen from the 1997 International Youth Conference) facilitated the building process of a strawAnthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 . Having perceived this. July 1999. however. work. a task without a vision is drudgery. The characteristic of science and scientific investigation is that they require of the human being a very definite effort of soul. A few presenters could not make it to the meeting. surf boards. in a general sense. Monday began with planners. i. and contrast it with the use of electricity today in every branch of life. presenters and participants scattered about – finishing tasks. and Community – Where the Inner and Outer Worlds Touch. Such lessons provided a wonderful mirror into the human soul through reflection on Nature’s present state of being. and this is cited as a kind of justification for anthroposophical science circulating information on the Internet and using all the paraphernalia of modern information technology. School of Spiritual Science YOUTH SECTION Bringing Spirit into Action International Youth Conference. Bill Cranstoun’s “Spatial Dynamics” wove along strongly from opening to closing as well as picking up the occasional dropped stitch in the middle. Stephen Moore-Bridger. A vision without a task is a dream. and arriving at Mount Madonna. practical experience and thought. polar opposites to one another. Otherwise one would feel obliged to take drugs or murder people in order to enter the skin of drug takers and murderers! Such an idea would be utterly absurd. U. forces of wonder. The event sprung from the desire to further the energy generated during the 1997 International Youth Conference.e. After the object exercise. This effort of soul. “At the Turning Point – Bringing Spirit into Action. 8 the computers. so the following day. One participant made it all the way to the California border from Michigan when his vehicle decided to call it quits. everyone scattered to workshops or the office. We hear on all sides that the task for anthroposophists is to come to grips with modern life and transform it.” towards a practical. natural and the only possible way of life.” was a truly timeless event in which over 250 planners. and participants gathered in the redwood forests that Mount Madonna Center has so elegantly nurtured for over 21 years. Therefore. It demands a very special effort of soul to keep alive the forces of soul of which Faraday was a pre-eminent example. The idea that one should “enter the skin of a dragon” cannot be applied to every situation. being by its nature factual. “Conversation. It was truly an amazing experience to witness travelers from various parts of the Earth coming together with such enthusiasm and high spirits. demanded a more focused location and atmosphere. to prepare and set up. However. we are already fully within the dragon of soulless information. there can be no question whatever of imagining that scientific discovery can ever again be a preserve of a kind of gentle otherworldliness in a world where what Faraday called “viciousness” is considered absolutely normal. everyone could feel the history that we were embarking upon together. hands-on form. based on the experiences of everyone gathered for the conference. There was a constant battle around contacting the outside world as our portable phone would frequently lose its connection in the middle of registering lastminute participants and coordinating other details. California. Scientific discovery. our task is to reassert the human soul and to demonstrate – by a heart-filled way of thinking. crayons. It takes little to see that this attitude spills over into life as a kind of indifference to others. There was an instant kinship that formed at each individual meeting. by the end of the opening ceremony. and we pushed forward with increased enthusiasm. 1999. There is no question of having to enter a dragon’s skin. Yet. but a task with a vision can change the world. and one could feel the strength and potential that each one brought. Consciousness. preparing each workshop room. presenters. speaking and acting about science – the way out of the dragon for other human beings. and thus the theme “Bringing Spirit into Action” reflects this relationship perfectly. and the refinement of our vision. and planners made their way to the Santa Cruz Waldorf School for two days of meetings with conference presenters. and there was a certain recognition or cognition of the goal we had set ourselves as a result of our collaboration. though this journey was just beginning. The planners arrived at the Santa Cruz Arboretum four days before conference registration began.. anthroposophists should surely be among those who feel committed enough to the real issues of life today as to assert in the strongest possible terms the fully human soul in all they do. So. Dennis Klocek’s “Drawing from the Book of Nature” challenged many a young and old soul. – Black Elk The 1999 International Youth Conference. September. both for nature and its miracles.
and pedagogical practice. In the afternoon there were artistic courses: copper work. or initiatives associated with these conferences. This provided both an enlivening start to the day and an increased appreciation for the excellent performance on Thursday evening. 1999 The impact of the magnitude of São Paulo as a city. His amazing capacity to bring his presence to a room ignited many to share their heartfelt experiences. along with visiting speakers from Germany and Switzerland. Orland Bishop’s “Community Development & Healing” workshops opened the hearts of most. This was emphasized by the fact that the closing was filled with a heavy. Dr. who arranged the financial support for many of the visiting speakers. These meetings were often small. sweat. Following these workshops. The anthropology workshop demonstrated a way to lead young people to a consequential confrontation with reductionist Darwinism and the potential despair that follows from this meeting. This enthusiasm to know what the other is working with is something that could be learned by many schools. The evenings were devoted to lectures by the various course givers. eurythmists from the Performing Group introduced elements from Goethe’s Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily. drumming. The endless horizon of buildings and lines of traffic are the exterior for a vibrant life. working with experimental phenomena. and the eurythmy performance. led by Christian Ohlendorf and Johannes Greber from Kassel. potent feeling of purpose and an amazing thankfulness. The conference began smoothly. some of which will last.” A word of thanks needs to be said to those people from the São Paulo School who initiated and organized such a fine conference and also to those. For further information on the 1999 International Youth Conference. Colombia brought a tone of active realism to the mood by saying approximately the following words: “We have heard much over the last week. and have lasted. laughter.com/news/ PEDAGOGICAL SECTION The Natural Sciences and Waldorf Education São Paulo. So if one judges through actions rather than words. through several lifetimes. geological processes. Barker. July 3–10. and deep way through the steps of cognition that a person can develop in coming to a universal understanding of the world. a truly inspiring capacity that is urgently needed in the world at this time. feet. and finally the idea. Through working with it we will prepare ourselves for the next time we come together. He then went on to show how the three essential steps of cognition are worked with in the different ages of childhood. These were usually groups of people who were actively involved in teaching a subject at high school level and wanted to deepen the content of their courses by going into pedagogical questions. 3conversations@usa. and the other led by Peter Glasby from Mt. and dancing into sculpting and completing the building. he led us in a highly original. As the end of the conference drew nearer. Colombia.arteverywhere. with participants arriving from many parts of Brazil (a country with an area larger than the Australian continent). which brings a new level of connection to the world. Standing as “Guardian of the Gate” between these two poles of Spirit in Action. the conference divided into two work groups on subjects for class twelve – one working with optics. Chile. The six and a half days of the conference had a tight. spontaneous groups formed to discuss the implications of the various courses. and how these ages each demand a different activity from the teacher. Over seven mornings. with a population comparable to that of Australia. is the achieving. future conference planning. The most important aspect. intense. Georg Glöckler offered a workshop in mathematics and led the participants into a challenging and stimulating way of working in the realm of pure idea and number. gold. part of which is evident in the Rudolf Steiner School and its surrounding community. and Peru. which provided a good supplementary activity to the workshops.A. Peter Glasby. watercolour painting. the connection that was felt during the beginning of the conference grew stronger and stronger. and the time for that coming together will also become clear. and involving the participants deeply in the qualities of substance. great strides have been made. and practice-oriented. human development. Every morning. a way was shown to lead the class twelve students into the area of illumination and images whereby they become active participants in the self-conscious knowledge process. eurythmy. Using observation exercises. and cultural evolution. well organized format that allowed for intense. active interest – which naturally lead to a mood of expectancy for the future. These were followed by two more working groups on chemistry and mathematics. however. Through the way in which the participants first united with the phenomena in observation and then formed questions. The courses had been followed with animated. please subscribe to the Conversations Newsletter. brawn. they were ble to gain a deeper insight into the nature of light as well as into their own process of knowing. Manfred von Mackensen.S. One can develop a new way of contemplating the “facts of evolution” that includes human experience in the field of cognition. as well as a slightly dampened festive evening.net or www. Sonya Maria from Cali. Now that such an event is once again living in the hearts of hundreds of people. in which the eurythmists and a group of musicians performed the whole fairy tale to a very appreciative audience. he teased out Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 the steps of coming to a perception. Following the tea break. Germany. In the optics course. A challenge remains: Will we truly allow ourselves to learn from one another and be open to giving or receiving whatever is needed of us? Jesse D. who worked with the content of the anthropology/biology main lesson. The seven sessions provided a seldom-heard synthesis of epistemology. concepts. varied work and flexibility for spontaneous interest groups to form. Australia. U. von Mackensen gave a dramatic workshop on iron. memories. lively. Let us go back to our schools and work with what we have been given. The eurythmy was followed by the ongoing morning course with Dr. which culminated on Saturday afternoon with nearly 200 participants contributing their hands.bale animal house. was not lessened by the second visit. and bookbinding. We had pushed through the momentum necessary to create such a timeless event and were rewarded with many fresh experiences and connections. The conference was impressive because so many of the participants were class teachers from the primary school who – though they do not teach the subjects at high school level – still found that it is essential to work with the existential questions that are tackled in the high school. Osmer. including Georg Glöckler. only time will tell if the goal was achieved. and lead. All this work was brilliantly translated by a team of very impressive translators. Australia Extracts from a report 9 . forming representations.
with several additional guests. We then hope to publish a further revised version with the invitation to the regular General Meeting of April 15/16. with the members of the previous Constitution Group. Paul Mackay Possible Changes to the Constitution The exact wording of the suggested changes to the Constitution mentioned by Paul Mackay in his report is not quite ready for print. details of related organisations. also stating the deliberate continuation of the impulse from the 1923/24 Christmas Conference. The Assembly of General Secretaries. the full text of future newsletters will be published on the site.uk/Science). of interest to Waldorf teachers. Based on these discussions. which deals with the General Meeting. Roel Munniks. Justus Wittich. Rolf Kerler. £1.00 British pounds (overseas postage: add £0. and possible further suggestions received. did not vote me out of office. The plan is to publish it in the November issue of Anthroposophy Worldwide and then to discuss it again on November 13 (afternoon) and 14 (morning) during the Branch and Group Leader Meeting. and the exact wording has not been checked with those who are responsible for the process at this point. researchers. Michaela Glöckler. EN FRANCE mainly to give my collegues the chance to work toward a way out of the crisis on their own. –To do this. Dr.50 Europe. with additions being made according to the intentions of the Anthroposophical Society that are recognizable today. –An addition to §8 would state that various other explanatory notes were used as time progressed. However. In additon. rue de la Grande Chaumière.Anthroposophical Society GENERAL ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY Draft of Revised Constitution to Be Presented As reported in Anthroposophy Worldwide Nr. 1999 of my own free will. 2 et 4. to the School of Spiritual Science. totally replacing the By-Laws. cooperation and adaptive mutations: complementing ecological and evolutionary paradigms. Charlotte Roder. +33/1/43 26 09 94. the suggestion is for the General Meeting to make a declaratory decision that describes the planned revision as the result of a historical development. The Group already publishes a peer-review scientific journal. David Heaf. and Manfred Schmidt-Brabant. 5) includes arti10 IN G R E AT B R I TA I N cles on the following: “The projective lemniscate. who made fruitful recommendations.” “Towards a history and sociology of the anthroposophical research institutes in the 1920’s. Decisions would have to be approved by both the Assembly of General Secretaries and the General Meeting. a new group formed last year from the Goetheanum Councils and General Secretaries to continue the work on the Constitution. Germany The briefly sketched intentions given here are nothing more than an attempt to inform the members by someone who has participated in parts of the process.S. 2000.” “Participation. –In §7. Archetype. Société Anthroposophique en France. Price: 4. tel. teacher of Rudolf Steiner. 1999. The site includes details of the Group and its affiliations. The author represents only his own view. Hafan. GB–Gwynedd. the suggestion is to add that the leadership of the School of Spiritual Science is independent of the General Anthroposophical Society. and people interested in the history and philosophy of science. –The Statutes would stay as they are. fax 43 54 93 15. AS in GB. Cae Llwyd. Paul Mackay. questions will be answered. I left it on May 2. It is not the view of any committee. The Statutes would describe neither the leadership of the School of Spiritual Science nor how it is chosen. the Group would like to present a draft to the members. The current issue (Nr.anth. would vote on the same points that are to be raised in the General Meeting immediately afterwards. For now. we ask those of you who are able to come to the presentation on November 13/14 to reserve For the Group these dates. articles. LL52 0SG . All members are warmly invited to attend this presentation. which deals with Rudolf Steiner’s organization of a School of Spiritual Science and the naming of a possible successor. –Most additions would be made to §10. a mistake was made in reporting the way in which I left my post as General Secretary.” “Foreword to The Natural Scientific Writings of Goethe. It has to be stressed that the Council of the Anthroposophical Society in France. Initially I was part of this group. Llanystumdwy.” “Karl Julius Schröer. UK bank checks or Eurochecks payable to “Science Group. FR–75006 Paris. This group has been working to form a new Council. 1999. Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 SOCIÉTÉ ANTHROPOSOPHIQUE Correction In the previous issue of Anthroposophy Worldwide. on which I have served for eleven years as General Secretary. as representatives of the countries and regions. France The Anthroposophical Society in France would welcome an exchange with neighboring country Societies regarding the sect problem mentioned in the previous issue. the group has now drafted a possible revision of the Society’s Statutes. Another meeting is planned for October 4. a book list. M. I will continue to support them in other ways. Extraordinary general meetings would be possible at the request of 1/5 of the members (although other suggestsions are still under discussion).org. where the draft will be explained. In 1998. SCIENCE GROUP Science Group Website The Science Group (Great Britain) has been on the Internet since April 1999 (http://www. (Its members are Otfried Doerfler. 3/1999.” Contact: Dr. the former Council had proposed that it expand to become a collegium. Cricieth. The right of the members to submit motions would revert to procedure set out in the Christmas Conference. –An essential addition to §10 would be to include the world Society in the General Meeting more by having a two-house system. This draft was discussed on September 13. or to the General Secretaries. there has been no Council since our general meeting of March 21.” Archetype: 60 pages. Attila Varnai. From March 2000 onwards. it is possible to indicate the intentions of the Constitution Group at this point: –The Christmas Conference Statutes would form the basis of the Constitution of the General Anthroposophical Society. publications. Nothing has changed regarding my fidelity to the Council of the General Anthroposophical Society. etc.00 elsewhere).) With the help of a Swiss legal consultant.” “The fruitfulness of Goethe’s approach to science at the present time.
and with integrity and fidelity that is both inspired and inspiring. will bring life and serenity. is very appropriate for this special moment. Black Earth. Porn Panosot started Panyotai. This gave the whole event a strong. was an important step toward a new phase at the portal of the new millennium. Andrew Wolpert. and beautiful form within which much could take place. in which a child takes physical form. There were lectures about its rhythms and about its structure and relevance to the School of Spiritual Science. in the evening the eurythmists presented the mantram in its entirety in English. it holds the future within it. the group worked with the “Saturday Rhythm” of the Foundation Stone in eurythmy. and artistic performances. but the overwhelming mood was one of recognition and acknowledgment – of each other and of our chosen destiny together. These eurythmy presentations raise the question of which translation to use and whether it is appropriate to do them in translation at all. Great Britain 11 Jostein Saether. Germany. yellow. anthroposophy in Thailand is also moving to a new stage of development. The picture of a child who is ready to become a full human being in the years to come. a Waldorf initiative in Bangkok. and guided plenary conversations on the conference theme. Following the Foundation Stone Meditation. was the guest lecturer. At the beginning of each day we were shown the Rhythms in eurythmy. which has gained wide recognition. This was greatly helped by the livingly recreated substance of the Foundation Stone Meditation. Rain was pouring down. a memorable experience for many. Then three rose candles in red. in every respect. both eurythmists from Perceval in Switzerland. Such questions can only be resolved in clarity of thought. Switzerland. according to Thai belief. The inauguration of the Anthroposophical Group in Thailand was a moving ceremony among friends who have taken the same spiritual path and. The Foundation Stone Meditation was the heart of our work. Janpen Panosot. and artistic and study groups that also took up these themes. Certainly there . Hans also brought some gifts from friends in New Zealand demonstrating their commitment to form a bridge between the two countries. known for his past life investigations. honest. but the necessary freeing of prejudices is greatly helped by the intense experience of the substance presented by a group of artists who have worked together for nearly two years consistently. Janpen and Dr. His engaging. The whole event had a mood of sober celebration. and Ireland joined 105 members from Great Britain at Emerson College to cultivate this work of our Society. 1999. Since then the work in the group has helped to strengthen our individual work. Porn Panosot expressed it in his opening speech. A few years ago. Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 IN G R E AT B R I TA I N were moments of disappointment and frustration that may have had to do with the encounter of spiritual streams or just of egos. In addition to several other artistic and study groups. The founding group ANTHROPOSOPHICAL SOCIETY In the Hearts of the Members Notes from the Summer Conference.ANTHROPOSOPHICAL GROUP Anthroposophical Group in Thailand Inaugurated As the new millennium approaches. and blue – gifts from one of the parents – were lit by Dr. as Dr. whom he represented. IN THAILAND The ceremony began with Thai classical music performed by a member of the group who is also the Chinese teacher at Panyotai Steiner Waldorf School. Hans van Florenstein Mulder (General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in New Zealand) brought the warm greetings and wishes of the Goetheanum Council. there were daily sessions on the composition and restructuring of the Council of the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain. France. in the thoughts of the opening and closing lectures. and in the eurythmy presentations of the Rhythms and the whole mantram every day. The quality of the conference was greatly enhanced by three hours of free time in the afternoons for spontaneous meetings and individual initiatives (which in this conference included a request for additional eurythmy). Yet the golden sunlight that came right after is generally regarded as a sign of hope. and specific claims gave rise to doubts in others. and artistic approach appealed to many who might be overawed by the notion of spiritual research. Although still small at the moment. Panosot. though his methods. Thailand The inauguration of the Anthroposophical Group in Thailand on August 7. read by Janpen. organic. The event proved to be a committed and encouraging affirmation of the spiritual reality that we have united with. 1999 can be compared to the moment of birth. including a glimpse of the Mystery Drama Group’s new piece. July 26–31. Last year the Anthroposophical Initiative Group was founded to host the third AsiaPacific Conference. and of the significance of our Anthroposophical Society. which. led by Tho and Lisi Ha Vinh. Nine members from Norway. 1999 “Meditation is Spiritual Research” was the title of the Society Conference in July. epistemology. while our previous activities resembled the period of conception.
a natural science potential supporters to discuss build. its colors.develop strength for the outer work. The rooms develop their own initiatives.” and Kassel. Life and the Cosmos. the builders wanted to has thus increased naturally. People feel comfortable in the biography work. International Kinderwork as well. The Kassel Branch had Hänel. the Gerthing of the past. the metal industry union. building loans. Hardly a However. There is branch as well. eral meetings.Feature Seventh Anniversary of the Anthroposophical Center in Kassel It had not been easy to bring together station.other classes is broad: voice lessons. the members of the Kassel Many other organizers have Branch have achieved in these recognized this. the public.after the visitors. to create conferand anthroposophical instituence premises at a central tions is thus developing well. There are also public lechappen. However. own work. The center whether the original intenprovides meeting space for tions of the project have been professionals from the region. The original idea of encourWhat did the project aging contact between the originally aim to achieve? For Anthroposophical Society one thing. etc. The branch garten Association. Kassel their help and thereby get to know the Of course there is the branch Branch.space for all kinds of classes. Reinhard Bielefeldt. and employees are covered. too. location in Germany. the Goethe Society. the Apocalypse. cal Society in Germany. further? Perhaps through the This. an education and The finances are well orgascience union. the The anxiety over whether media industry union. Public outreach by the branch practiced continually within the reached. with nearby anthroposophical Now that the center has institutions. There is still space for addisometimes by groups that tional initiatives. instead of having to ly art classes and eurythmy. and ments towards financing the 16 mil. It would be one would not necessarily ideal if the center provided expect: a banking and insurstart-up financing for them. More than once discussions. The large hall of the center. Raphael organizers who have used the Steiner. along with its used to intensify the work. the world such as this would center for meetings and cononly succeed if openness were ferences shows that this goal has been guests.building. especial. For them. man Union of Environmental the center’s income is still Protection. Liane-Heide Niederhoff. Walter Hempel. had been intended: efforts of people who would interaction between very difuse the created framework to ferent partners. were hired 350 times last year. cre. Physics.reputation for openness and liberality. Germany. Germany 12 Anthroposophy Worldwide 8/1999 . back: long list of anthroposophical Wolfgang realized that an opening to Werner Tetzlaff. jointheir ideas for the new building sometimes for plenum ing at length. the None of the Kassel members Chamber Music Association. for example in completed its first seven years connection with the School of of activity. the partners (Anthroposophi. Rosemarie Bünsow. the exchange with many rent them. lectures. ance union.Various branch members volunteer tures and weekend workshops. Johannes Wolter. realized. the works nized. The The Building Committee (from left to right): Front: Ursula Krause. Occult Science. it is time to ask Spiritual Science. the money could be important. Before this could There are only a few employees. The center has a Mystery Dramas. the central location is paid off. and a meets in five thematic groups training community) discussed after a shared beginning. And it had been and – not least – the people who look study groups on Rudolf Steiner’s even harder to get definite commit. day goes by now that does not have different people from the periphery with its excellent acoustics reaching its eurythmy class. This is the only way to own suitable premises for annual gen. The raise an additional question: anthroposophical center has How might the original thus become one of the culimpulse be intensified still tural institutions of the city. The spectrum of has also lent new perspectives to their even the farthest row of listeners. Also. Helga Steiner. doubtless because of its gen. the such an ambitious project Bavarian Ministry of Agriculcould be financed at all is a ture and Forestry. Doctors Against being used to pay back the Nuclear War. All classes are open to lion mark project. The costs of building council of the German airline. There is also contact would fail. among them seven years.group working with “Quantum ing an anthroposophical center in erous architectural forms. If they were too. will misunderstand me if I and concert agencies. and fesit had seemed that the effort tivals. One can only admire what ates a special atmosphere. proximity to a major train Erhard Fucke.
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