Linda Thomas – Friday, October 24, 7pm
Creating Sacred Spaces
that our Children may thrive
co-sponsored by Rudolf Steiner College, San Francisco Waldorf School and Lifeways
Friday, October 24, 7pm
SF Waldorf High School Campus
470 West Portal Ave, San Francisco
Free to the community
Donations gratefully accepted.
Ms. Thomass lecture is the opening of a two-day conference on Spirit and Health in Everyday Life.â€ Join us also on Saturday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm to learn about Anthroposophic Medicine with Dr. David Gershan and Therapeutic Eurythmy with Maria Helland-Hansen.
Similar to the quality of mercy, we may also claim that caring, is twice blessed; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.â€ The care of our home is rarely spectacular; it continually confronts us with the necessities of life. Through consciousness and devotion to the small things, we learn to transform the act of cleaning into a nurturing act of caring. When we care for our surroundings, we not only remove dirt, but we create space for something new, space for education an self-education. One of the main purposes of the care we give our home, schools and Kindergartens, is to create a foundation which will enable our children, not merely to grow physically, but to develop the necessary skills, social and other, to build a new generation. In these places, our children can start by doing small chores, which will help them to develop confidence, knowing they are able to help and contribute to the community.
Linda Thomas was born in 1953 and grew up in South Africa. She is an expert, professional cleaner who ran her own ecological cleaning company for 22 years. From 1993 to 2012, she was responsible for cleaning the Goetheanum buildings near Basel, Switzerland. Her passion for cleaning and her love for the profession of the homemaker enabled her to discover that cleaning can have a profound effect not just on the spaces we care for, but on our own wellbeing and personal development. It led her to discover a path of inner training through everyday work. Currently, she is responsible for Housekeeping at the Klinik-Arlesheim in Arlesheim, Switzerland. Her book Why Cleaning has Meaning was published in March 2014. She lectures widely.
Threefold, Governance, and Leadership
A Mini-Conference with John Bloom
Friday, October 17, 8:00â€”10:00 pm San Francisco Waldorf School
Saturday, October 18, 8:30â€”10:30 am 2938 Washington Street, SF
Donations gratefully accepted
John Bloom is Senior Director of Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco (www.rsfsocialfinance.org), where he has developed innovative philanthropic programs and contributed to the organizations thought leadership in the field of social finance. As part of his work at RSF he has been developing and facilitating conversations and programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. He writes frequently for RSFs Reimagine Money blog on aspects of the new economy, and has fostered collaborative dialogues on the topics of: Money, Race, and Class; Money and Intuition; and Money and Biography. He has worked with over 100 non-profits over the last seven years in the areas of capacity building and culture change. John has founded two non-profits, served as a trustee on several, including Yggdrasil Land Foundation, an agricultural land trust, and worked as the administrator at San Francisco Waldorf School for eight years before joining RSF in 1998. He was part of founding Live Power Community Farm, the first CSA west of the Mississippi, twenty-six years ago, and has been actively involved with helping to develop the CSA model across the US. His book, The Genius of Money: Essays and Interviews Reimagining the Financial World (SteinerBooks) was published in October 2009. In 2012, he edited and introduced a collection of essays entitled Slow Investing: How Your Money Can Transform the World. He lives in San Francisco.
Dear Waldorf Community,
We’re inviting you to take one hour out of your busy lives to be nourished and reconnected to your family and friends that have crossed the threshold, recently or long ago.
Meeting Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: SFWHS, 470 West Portal Ave. ( parking available)
Music by Carol Adee from Hildegard of Bingen
Eurythmy by Maria Helland-Hansen and Monika Leitz
Short talk and verse
Silence and candle lighting.
This event is an offering to the San Francisco Bay Area community each year. Please join us, all are welcome.
IN DIALOGUE WITH LIFE
Anthroposophical Spiritual Practice in Meditation and the World
A SteinerBooks Spiritual Research Seminar, October 31-November 2
Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm, Santa Rosa, California.
On Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday morning, Christopher Bamford, Robert McDermott, Jon McAlice, Beth Weisburn, Brian Gray, and Renate Lundberg will lead us in exploring questions about meditation and what it means to live an anthroposophic spiritual life.
Click to email Marsha Post for information or to register. Click on the image above to download the brochure (pdf), which includes details, seminar schedule, and a mail-in registration form.
Conference fee is $150 (includes full conference, Saturday lunch and dinner, and snacks).
Sunday, September 21, 2:30pm
Michael with Raphael and the Dragon, Leszek Forczek
At the home of Gloria Huber
4872 Reno Lane, Richmond, CA 94803
All are welcome to come!
Singing, verse, study, sharing, snacks.
Sassafras Kindergarten Update Letter
San Francisco Steiner Free School
A Waldorf/Lifeways, Nature-based Homeschooling Collective in Central San Francisco
We are getting the ball rolling on The San Francisco Steiner Free School. The school initiative has been met with great enthusiasm from friends, colleagues, and prospective members. We are on track for “opening” Sassafras Kindergarten in July, only a few short weeks away!
Along those lines, over the past several weeks, Colene was able to create some initial informational documents that begin to lay out our ideas, plans, and mission/vision. Also she was able to meet with a number of families during weekend and evening moments here and there. More than ten families have shown a strong interest in the school, and we seem to have a solid core group of families forming. Yay!
On Wednesday, July 9th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. will be our first PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL MEETING at Park Library at 1833 Page Street in the Haight. Please come! Tell your friends; spread the word!
We will begin classes on Monday, July 14th, and will hold class on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays through the summer, starting at Julius Kahn playground in the Presidio and then moving on, after a time, to different locations in SF. Our “soft start” will be at 8 a.m.; “firm start” is at 9:15 as we will then be hiking out into the Presidio, returning to the playground at 11 for lunch, with closing circle at noon. If you haven’t had a chance to talk with us prior to this time, it is ok to just show up at 8 a.m., with your child! We will find time to connect, and there will be many opportunities to answer questions.
Our collective meetings will be Saturdays in July, beginning Saturday,July 12, at our home, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. Initially, these meetings will be required for all joining families; it is possible we may schedule them for Tuesday evenings if Saturday isn’t a favorable time, so if you are planning to sign up, do let us know what works for you.
Those of you who know Colene well know of her long love and practice of capoeira. We have a wonderful opportunity this summer to collaborate with Mestre Cafu, Colene’s teacher, who also taught at Greenwood School this year; he is running a capoeira camp in July, and we enrolled students of Sassafras Kindergarten, who are fully enrolled, will be able to take part. Let us know if this is of interest.
We are also making progress forming a core “visioning group” for our wider, long-term picture, the San Francisco Center for Steiner Arts and Renewal, or “SF Center STAR”. We have been gathering artists, people working out of anthroposophy, and visionaries who want to meet regularly with us to support this initiative on the spiritual and emotional levels, even while the practical side of the school formation unfolds on the ground.
We, Jeremiah and Colene, are kick-starting all of this activity with a week’s retreatin the wilderness of the Angeles National Forest; we will be working to develop a “FAQ sheet” for Sassafras Kindergarten, and a detailed daily/weekly schedule of our program, as well as working with Steiner’s ideas on the Threefold Social Order and some wonderful pedagogical materials Jeremiah unearthed in Dornach which are not available in the U.S. at all!
Please contact us at email@example.com with questions, comments, connections — we will mostly be offline next week but look forward to jumping in feet first when we return from our forest retreat!
Colene and Jeremiah Turner
Rudolf Steiner College provides many summer enrichment programs and courses. Please see their catalogue of offerings by clicking here.
Welcome to the summer 2014 Renewal Courses at the Center for Anthroposophy!
Welcome to Renewal Courses for 2014 â€“â€“ our 15th summer atop the beautiful campus of High Mowing School in Wilton, New Hampshire.
As in previous years, we are offering two weeks of five-day courses, with some 10 courses each week. Participants can sign up for one or two weeks of courses, taking one five-day course per week, since it is our belief that immersion in a subject is the most effective way to experience rejuvenation and the development of capacities.
The first week of courses begins on Sunday evening, June 22nd, with a festive opening that includes keynote speech, music, and an overview of the different courses presented by the instructors themselves. This first week ends with a closing ceremony at lunchtime on Friday, June 27th . The second week begins on Sunday, June 29th and ends on July 4th.
The program starts each day at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m., except on Friday, when we finish early to allow for travel homewards. We begin every morning with a gathering of all participants for brief exercises in eurythmy and singing. Classes commence at 9:00 and run until lunchtime, with a half-hour coffee/tea break at 10:30. A two-hour lunch break allows time for a rest, walk in the woods, swim in the pool, or time with new and old friends. The afternoon program begins at 2:30p.m. and ends at 5:00p.m. , punctuated by a short mid-afternoon break.
Dinner is available at 5:30 p.m. (except on Sundays when dinner starts at 6:00 p.m.), followed by some free time before the optional evening events begin at 7:30 p.m., including lectures, music, and other artistic sharings.
Karine Munk Finser
Renewal Courses Coordinator
Charles Andrade will be offering a course “Darkness to Light — Charcoal Pastel and Veil Painting,” June 22-27, in Wilton, New Hamphsire, utilizing the color philosophy and techniques developed by Liane Collot d’Herbois. Sign up by clicking here.