Dear friends of the General Anthroposophical Section,
with this last newsletter of the year we would like to cordially invite you to our final Livestream from Edith Maryon’s house in English on Thursday, December 21, 8 pm (CET). Peter Selg will speak about Rudolf Steiner’s preparation for the Christmas Conference and his lectures on Mystery Formations (Mysteriengestaltungen).
Live Stream Link: https://allgemeine-sektion.goetheanum.ch/en/haus-maryon
|100 year Celebration
Of the Christmas Conference
January 6, 2024
A Collaboration of:
Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Branch of the Anthroposophical Society
General Section/Class Holders
Santa Cruz Waldorf School
Engaging activities centering around the Foundation Stone Meditation
All are welcome / free event
Paloma Hall4096 Fairway Drive
Soquel, CA 95073
7 PM Nightly
We would like to invite you all to our Holy Nights gatherings!We decided on reading World History and the Mysteries in the Light of Anthroposophy, lectures given by Rudolf Steiner from Dec.24th 1923 to January 1st 1924, exactly 100 years ago.
We will not meet on December 31st or January 6th.
On January 6th we will gather to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the re-founding of the Anthroposophical Society by Rudolf Steiner, from 1:30- 4:30 at Camphill (details will follow).We decided to practice the song “I Feel My Destiny” by Julie Courtney each night before the reading, because we will sing that song at the January 6th event.
Recordings of the music (from Esther), can be downloaded here, along with the sheet music if you wish to practice at home:
On Sunday, December 10th we will have a one-time practice session for this song at Susan Cook’s house (directions below) at 11 am, led by Esther. We will provide the sheet music then. If you would like to join us, please let me know ([email protected] ) so I can give Susan a head count.
We will have 10 nights (starting 12-26 and ending 1-5) to read the 9 lectures of World History and the Mysteries in the Light of Anthroposophy, so on January 5th we will read the first lecture from Christ and the Human Soul(GA155). I will provide copies! Details and directions are available on the community calendar page: https://anthroposophybayarea.org/calendar/.
If you have any questions, please contact me [email protected].
Do you love to sing, or yearn to sing, or wish that you could sing? Singing is a precious expression of our humanity and our voice is the most essential tool that we have for living our lives.
Singing unites people, creates community and can be a pure expression of our soul as well as a direct connection to the spiritual world. It also provides a deeply nourishing opportunity to receive renewal and self-care.
You are warmly welcome to join the 8th Foundational Singing Training of the School of Uncovering the Voice that begins this February! Everyone is eligible to attend, regardless of singing abilities. It is a transformational experience; not only is it inherently beneficial for your whole being; you will also discover the potential of your own unique and beautiful voice. More information can be found on our new website: https://www.werbecksinging.org/We would be grateful if you would please share this message with anyone in your greater community who might be interested.
While the group sessions for the upcoming training are held for a handful of days twice a year in Northern CA, most, if not all of the included private singing lessons can be held over Zoom, which makes this training manageable for people who live outside of CA.
Special message for those of you who are connected to schools:
Waldorf schools are at the forefront of understanding the value of singing and its positive impact on the healthy growth of children.
In an ideal world, every school contains teachers who have free, natural singing voices and can lead and model beautiful singing for the children and the greater community. Even better; imagine a community where everyone feels confident and comfortable singing!
Although many Waldorf teacher trainings contain some elements of the anthroposophical singing method, Uncovering the Voice (also called Werbeck singing) we have found that most teachers benefit from additional training in Uncovering the Voice.
We are offering a special discount for schools: if two or more staff members of the same school register together, they each get $50 off of the tuition per semester.
In addition, as an experienced, credentialed Waldorf class teacher and choir leader, Shayndel is also available for private mentoring of teachers in developing their singing abilities and working with grade-specific songs, from early childhood through the grades. She also mentors sound healers and singing professionals.
The Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay Branch is pleased to present:
Friday, December 15, 7:00 PM at the
Resource Center for Nonviolence, Santa Cruz
The Oberufer Shepherd’s play is a unique community Christmas event being performed one night only at the Resource Center for Nonviolence, December 15, at 7 PM. It has been performed every year since Medieval times by people around the world. It takes the Christmas story from the point of view of the Shepherds in a unique, humorous and warm-hearted way, with amateur local actors and musicians.
The cast this year is drawn from Hidden Meadow, the Santa Cruz Waldorf School, the Anthroposophical Branch, Blossom’s Farm, and Camphill Communities California. The special community feeling engendered by this event will be palpable to anyone.
This traditional religious story can serve to kindle in any of us the soul-light that can awaken in the depths of winter.
“City people today are hardly capable any longer of completely appreciating to its full depth what is connected with our annual festivals. It is hardly possible to feel that magic which passed like a spiritual breath through the souls, through the minds of those who believed that they were carrying Christ in their heart during the great festive events at Christmas or Easter. To feel this magic which passed through humanity in these periods like a spiritual breath has become really quite difficult …if we look at what ordinary people were able to feel when they were presented with the child in the manger … then we can say: such moods, such feelings should awaken in us when we look at what can be born in our soul… “
Rudolf Steiner, discussing the Oberufer play, Berlin, December 22 1910
Resource Center for Nonviolence
612 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Requested Donation: $30 for families (any size!) or$20 per adult
No one turned away.
Susan Cook, David Eyes, Douglas Wylie
The Core Group
Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay Anthroposophical Society
a branch of
The Anthroposophical Society in America