Summer is over in the US calendar and we hope it has been wonderful for you. Now it’s time to make plans for the annual fall conference and AGM or “annual general meeting” of the ASA, coming up in California in just over a month. Beginning late Friday afternoon October 10th and running through midday Sunday, October 12th, this event looks to be especially rich and memorable. There are special pre-registration meetings for School members and newer Society members and friends at 4pm. Then a reception, Torin Finser’s welcome, and the sort of opening panel that quickly opens a breadth and depth of perspectives on our whole movement.
Saturday morning includes a talk by Dennis Klocek, “Emptying the Cup,” which will delve into key spiritual practices recommended by Rudolf Steiner. Small group conversations and a break lead into “Speaking and Moving out of Authenticity”: artistic workshops in eurythmy, singing and speech. (Snacks, lunch, and dinner are included Saturday to give you more time with old and new friends.)
The afternoon begins with your choice of eight workshops. These are led by Dennis Klocek, Robert McDermott, General Section members, Leah Walker, Rev. Jonah Evans, Jeremy Strawn, Members of the Social Science Section, and Daniel Bittleston.
At 4pm Robert McDermott will attempt to answer the question whyâ€ with respect to Rudolf Steiner (initiate), anthroposophy (teaching and practice), and the Anthroposophical Society. He will “build up the picture of Rudolf Steiner as the most comprehensive esoteric and spiritual teacher of the present time, how anthroposophy has a greater relevance and fewer limitations than other spiritual paths, and why the Anthroposophical Society is necessary to deepen the esoteric research and Rudolf Steiners influence in our world today.” A second small group conversation time is set aside then, with dinner following on campus and something completely different for the evening: Balkan folk dancing, no partner or experience needed!
Both Saturday and Sunday start with singing and eurythmy, and Sunday morning Torin Finser facilitates a conversation on personal experiences of serving the Society. What are the challenges? What are the opportunities? Introduction of the General Council and Society reports follow, with a last small group conversation and singing to close by 1pm.
Do follow this link to see all the practical details and register online.
I hope to see you there, in the lively and beautiful setting of Rudolf Steiner College!
John Beck Editor, being human
PS: As preparation the summer issue of being human published part of a lecture by Rudolf Steiner on how anthroposophical groups prepare for the next great culture age. Here’s a shortened link to view it online or print it: http://goo.gl/GSOgsU