ABOUT REFRESHMENTS: At the recent Annual General Meeting, the question of refreshments for events came up. It was agreed that refreshments will now be on a potluck basis. If there’s an event, or class, that you’ll be attending, please consider bringing something to share–especially if you’re looking forward to enjoying something to eat!
THE FUTURE OF OUR EARTH: WHAT CAN WE DO?
Rev. Bastiaan Baan
Friday, August 17, 8:00-9:30 pm. Saturday, 10:30-12:00 and 1:30-3:00.
(There will be a talk on Sunday, Aug. 19, 11:45 a.m. at The Christian Community,
11030 La Maida St., North Hollywood)
Nothing seems to be as unpredictable as the future. We have to adapt constantly to new developments that no one expected. The phenomena of our present time can indicate at best a direction towards the future but not a prediction.
In this conference, we will try to grasp the newest developments in science that seek to “design” the future. We will work with the concept of an emerging future that counteracts and interacts with human actions. Finally, we will elaborate on the existential question ‘What can I do for the future of the Earth?’
$25 per lecture or $60 for the whole weekend
REV. BASTIAAN BAAN has worked during the past 6 years with these questions in lectures and is currently writing a book on this theme. He is a Christian Community priest and is just completing his work as director of the priests’ seminary in New York. His books include Lord of the Elements and Old and New Mysteries.
FROM NECESSITY TO FREEDOM – THE EVOLUTION OF HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS, SOCIAL SCULPTURE, AND EXPERIENTIAL DISCOURSE
With Hazel Archer Ginsberg
Saturday, September 8, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 – 5 p.m.
How can I co-create with destiny, to spin the thread of my life with integrity, to heal and clear the collective karma, and achieve my true becoming? From the vaporous cleft of Mount Parnassus, and the birthplace of Greek philosophy, to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, and the Holy Grail; – from prophesy to warning, from fate to karma, from destiny to free will. What is YOUR life question?
Suggested donation: $25
Please bring refreshments to share.
HAZEL ARCHER GINSBERG is the Festivals Coordinator and a Council Member of The Rudolf Steiner Branch in Chicago, a member of the Central Regional Council of The Anthroposophical Society, and founder of ‘Reverse Ritual’-–Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year’ (www.reverseritual.com)
Glen Williamson, actor and storyteller presents:
Kaspar Hauser: The Open Secret of the Foundling Prince
Saturday, September 29, 4 p.m.
Refreshments: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Conversation: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
A true story of an innocent boy imprisoned in a dark cell for most of his childhood. In a journey through darkness to light, this tale explores what it means to be human.
Created as an epic fairytale with historical interludes, this story includes inspiring spiritual pictures as well as the latest scientific research about one of 19th century Europe’s most compelling figures.
Suggested donation $25
A STUDY FOR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS
Sunday, October 14, 2-3:30 p.m.
Last year at Michaelmas we read a lecture which Rudolf Steiner gave in Torquay, England, on August 21, 1924: ‘Michael, Arthur, and the Grail’, Lecture 3, Volume VIII of Karmic Relationships. While we were amazed by the contents of this lecture, we also became very confused by the time lines and how certain relationships fit into the time lines. By the end of the evening we had promised to read the same lecture again this year, with – “charts or graphs or something” to help penetrate its complexity. We will do just that. Copies of the lecture will be provided.
Please bring refreshments to share.
THE INNER WORK PATH: STRENGTHENING THE FOUNDATIONS OF MEDITATION
With Lisa Romero
Friday, October 26, 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.
Living Stages of Inner Development
The inner work provides accessible insights into the workings of the human soul and evolves our inner capacities to transform our outer lives. By building a bridge between the spiritual and the earthly, our meditative life supports unfolding soul capacities and deepens understanding. This workshop examines the various stages of inner development and offers examples of the most practical exercise for each step along the path.
“Every step an individual takes affects the collective development of humanity. The world we experience now is a result of the inner work of past generations. By consciously working to understand and experience our connection to the higher worlds, we are more able to fully realize and contribute to the higher unfolding of humankind.” – Lisa Romero
Suggested donation: $20 each session
$50 for the weekend
ALSO WITH LISA ROMERO
Sunday, Oct 28, 11:45 a.m.
at The Christian Community,
11030 La Maida St., North Hollywood
Sun Healing and The Holy Spirit
As humanity evolves, so does our relationship to working with health and healing. The Consciousness Soul Age brings increasing challenges and greater difficulties and asks us to re-meet these questions: What is healing today? How can we develop the connection inwardly that supports healing in community and relationships?
LISA ROMERO is an author, complementary health practitioner, and adult educator. Her capacity to share esoteric wisdom imbued with living insight has allowed her to provide support for contemporary seekers throughout a diverse range of communities and professions in Australia, Japan, Europe and the United States.
STAYING CONNECTED: A FESTIVAL OF RELATIONSHIP
Saturday, November 3, 4-5:30 p.m.
There is not life and death for the spirit: only life and life. Rudolf Steiner gave several series of lectures on this subject, reminding us that we can remain in the care of those who have crossed the threshold through loving thoughts and reading aloud to them. They can “add warmth and purpose to our earthly lives” as Adam Bittleston says.
We will explore the theme of staying connected through verses, remem-brances, poetry of Christian Morgen-stern, and words from The Bridge Over the River.
THE BEATITUDES: OUR ARMOR AGAINST THE OPPOSING SPIRITUAL POWERS
With Edward Schuldt
Friday, November 16, 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2:30-4:30p.m.
This workshop will explore the protection that the Nine Beatitudes, as given in the Gospel of Matthew, provide against the attacks of the opposing spiritual powers which inhabit the nine layers of the interior of the earth. Each Beatitude is the antidote to the evil found in one of the sub-earthly layers.
Not only in our inner work, but in our everyday lives, we are subject to the attacks of those beings. The Beatitudes, when rightly understood and taken as the substance of contemplation and meditation, give us the strength to meet the opposing powers, not with force, but with insight and love. We will see how the moral teaching of the Beatitudes is living in certain of the Grimm folktales, providing a door for entering the inner path of the Beatitudes.
Suggested donation: Friday, $15
$30 for the weekend
Please bring refreshments to share
After taking a degree in philosophy at the University of Chicago, Edward Schuldt spent his professional life largely in Camphill and the Waldorf Movement, concentrating in administration and organizational development. He has brought the esoteric back-ground of literature and history to life for over thirty years, with subjects ranging from the ancient to the modern, including Gilgamesh, Egyptian and Greek mythology, Parzival and the Grail, and the Beatitudes.
NVC: NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
With Gail McManus
Saturdays, September15, October 6, November 10, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.
Nonviolent Communication is a set of skills which enable us to clarify our intentions and understand our objectives as we come to a compassionate balance within ourselves. We learn how to communicate fearlessly what is important to us in such a way that others will listen fearlessly as well.
Suggested donation, $25
Sunday, September 9
3:30 p.m. Conversation about A Way of Serving, Chapters 13 and 14
5 p.m. Lesson 1
Sunday, October 7
3:30 p.m. Conversation about Lesson 1
5 p.m. Lesson 2
Saturday, October 20
2 p.m. Conversation about The Soul Calendar , Verses 29, 30, and 31
at the Christian Community
Sunday, November 4
3:30 p.m. Conversation about Lesson 2
5 p.m. Lesson 3
Note that September’s lesson is on the second Sunday of the month
All events are held at The LA Branch, 110 Martin Alley in Pasadena unless otherwise stated.
Suggested donations are not intended to exclude anyone’s participation.
Please come to our events and donate what you can.