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with Fred Dennehy

Transcendentalism, Romantic Science, Psychic Investigation and Early Theosophy

Saturday, Nov. 11, 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m.

Fred Dennehy has shared his knowledge on several subjects with us in years past, most recently on Shakespeare.  Today’s topic has many components, but he will weave them into an interesting whole to deepen our understanding of the foundations of anthroposophy.

FRED DENNEHY was a practicing lawyer for 40 years, and some years ago represented the National Society in its friend-of-the-court role in support of two Waldorf-influenced public schools in Sacramento. He has a doctorate in English Literature and has particular interests in Shakespeare and in 19th century literature and esoteric history. 

Suggested donation $15 each lecture or $20 for the day


With Rachael Abbott

Saturday  10 – 11 A.M.  November 18

 No previous eurythmy experience is necessary.  However, participants should try to attend most sessions, as Rachael would like to work with themes that carry through the whole series.

RACHAEL ABBOTT teaches eurythmy at the Pasadena Waldorf School. Before moving to Pasadena, she lived in Stuttgart, Germany for five years, performing in the Else Klink Ensemble for three years after completing her training at the Eurythmeum. She grew up in the Fellowship Community in Spring Valley, New York.

Suggested Donation $25 per session


Nonviolent Communication Workshops with Gail McManus

Sunday, November 19,  2-5 p.m.

In NVC workshops we learn that every interaction, every conversation, and every thought either promotes peace or perpetuates discord. As we practice NVC skills, we are able to heal pain, resolve conflicts, and spread peace on our planet. We develop an internal consciousness of our choices and intentions and we learn to express ourselves and listen empathically in diverse situations.

GAIL McMANUS is a practicing Communications Counselor and Mediator.  Contact Gail at or 518-653-2957. Gail’s website is

Suggested donation, $25 per session

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A presentation by Gunther Hauk

Friday, December 1, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Might our materialistic understanding of nature be the foundation of the many crises—environmental, social, educa-tional, political—we face in our time?  We are not always aware that much we have learned in school is devoid of spirit, leaving us with half-truths or outright falsehoods.  Rudolf Steiner’s words are pertinent:  “The human being will have to die the second death, death of the soul, if this is not prevented by a spiritualization of our knowledge of nature.”  (January 16, 1921).

GUNTHER HAUK has been a beekeeper and biodynamic farmer for over four decades.  He co-founded the Pfeiffer Center for Biodynamic Agriculture in 1996, and the non-profit Spikenard Farm Honeybee Sanctuary in 2006 (  In his book Toward Saving the Honeybee (2002 & 2017), he calls for a radical change in beekeeping methods to help avert the great crisis bees (and human beings, as their beneficiaries) face today.

Suggested donation $25


Please note:  On Saturday, December 2, Mr. Hauk will be giving an all-day workshop on beekeeping and biodynamics at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Please contact Highland Hall ( for details.


With Rachael Abbott

Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Dec. 2, Jan. 13, Feb. 3

Join us for ongoing monthly Eurythmy workshops on The Rhythms of the Seasons:  Let your body and soul become attuned to the rhythms of the seasons as we explore the colors, gestures, and forms of the weekly Soul Calendar through guided movement meditation.  No previous experience is necessary.  PUBLIC WELCOME.

Suggested donation, $25 per workshop

RACHAEL ABBOTT grew up in Spring Valley, NY.  She performed with the Else Klink Ensemble for 3 years after completing her eurythmy training at the Eurythmeum. She presently teaches in the Pasadena Waldorf School.

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Monday, December 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

You are invited to a reception and light dinner sponsored by the Council for Anthroposophical Organizations.  This group of 15 or so people, including John Bloom, General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America, represents various aspects of anthropo-sophical life, from education and medicine to biodynamic farming and the arts. They will meet in Los Angeles from December 3rd to 5th and extend this invitation as a chance to meet, greet, and share. You don’t need to bring anything but your appetite, curiosity and questions.


Three Nonviolent Communication Workshops with Gail McManus

Saturday, December 9 and January 13 and  February 17, all at 9:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Nonviolent Communication can help us become increasingly aware of our motives and intentions when conversing with others. We then discover an enhanced ability to compassionately understand the experiences and direction others take in their lives. We learn ways to converse effectively in diverse situations with persons holding points of view different from ours. Practicing skills for empathic listening and honest dialogue supports us in our efforts to bring peace to the world. Hope may replace discouragement as trust is built and previously unexplored strategies emerge.

“The best weapon is to sit down and talk.” Nelson Mandela

Suggested donation, $25 per session


GAIL MCMANUS is a practicing Communications Counselor and Mediator.  Contact Gail at or 518-653-2957. Gail’s website is



Sunday, December 10,  2:00-3:30 p.m.

Geometry is present everywhere we look, from the roses in our gardens to the doors of our sacred places.  With “The Star” as the theme, Teresita Gomez will provide the materials and teach us how to make origami window stars using beautiful paper, precision folds, and our own creative imaginations.  You are asked to contribute songs to sing or poetry to recite while we make stars to  illuminate our homes as we move toward the darkest part of the year.


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December 22, 7:00 p.m.

at the Rudolf Steiner Community Center,

110 Martin Alley, Pasadena

December 17, 12:45 p.m.

at the Christian Community,

11030 La Maida St., North Hollywood

Here is a Christmas event that persons of all ages delight in attending year after year. The Shepherds’ Play, is one of three plays in a 17th century Christmas trilogy. Rudolf Steiner gave the plays renewed life, producing and introducing them at every performance. The Shepherds’ Play combines reverent wonder with good-natured humor. Each holiday season it is performed in many languages and in many venues, making the production among those most performed in the world.

At this performance, young children are requested to sit with their caregivers.

Please give yourself extra time to find parking at either venue.

PUBLIC WELCOME (Ages 4 and older)

Donations Welcomed

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December 26 – January 6, 7:30 p.m.

at the Rudolf Steiner Community Center

(except for December 31–see below)

  “The writer of St. Mark’s Gospel read in the heavens the processes correspond-ing to the events in Palestine.”  So Rudolf Steiner characterizes the Gospel of St. Mark.  We will read Dr. Steiner’s lecture cycle, Background to the Gospel of St. Mark (given in Berlin, 1910/1911, plus two additional lectures), during the Holy Nights this year.

Because of New Year’s Eve preparations for the Rose Parade, we will meet for Lecture 6 on December 31 at the home of Philip Mees and Linda Connell.  Please call for directions:  818-546-1440 or 818-230-0551.




December 26 – January 6

Members and friends are warmly invited to join us in studying Rudolf Steiner’s Background to the Gospel of St Mark. 

Steiner says that it is particularly through studying this gospel that “the human soul can rise to an understanding of wonderful mysteries of cosmic happenings” and that these mysteries “are nourishment to the soul, helping us gradually to develop and rise to regions where we can more fully understand spiritual truths.”

For addresses and possible changes, please call the host or 714-990-2043.

Dec 26         5:00   Paul & Nancy Mitchell                714-965-8876

Dec 27         7:00  Elisabeth Beck                                949-394-8060

Dec 28         7:00  Elisabeth Beck                                 949-394-8060

Dec 29         7:00  Dale & Chris Heuermann               949-812-8203

Dec 30        4:00    Eloise Krivosheia                            714-990-2043

Dec 31       4:00  JoAnne McAllister                             714-528-5102

Jan 1          4:00  Carol Jacobson                                   949-766-1269

Jan 2          7:00  Paul & Nancy Mitchell                      714-965-8876

Jan 3          7:00  Liz & David Wenger                          949-645-9037

Jan 4         7:00  Helena Gorka                                      949-294-1759

Jan 5         7:00  Rachel & Brian Dumaine                 949-287-6586

Jan 6        4:00  Blythe & Jerry Fair                             949-718-3530

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Sunday, January 21, 2 – 4 p.m.

 We will read together a lecture by Rudolf Steiner, “Pre-Earthly Deeds of Christ,” given in Pforzheim on March 7, 1914.  Rudolf Steiner takes up and varies the theme, In the Primal Beginning was the Word.

Following the reading, Dory Rindge will lead an artistic activity.  Materials (and refreshments) will be provided.  The lecture can be found in Approaching the Mystery of Golgotha (CW 152, Steiner Books), and online at Photocopies will be available.



With Christiaan Boele, Master Teacher

Sunday, January 28, starting at 1:00 p.m.

The afternoon session from 1-5, with a refreshment break from 3-3:30, will consist of singing and reflections on the exercises developed by Valborg Werbeck Svärdstrom, founder of the School for Uncovering the Voice.  There will be a dinner break from 5-6:30, followed by an evening session of choral singing led by Christiaan.  The program is a healing, inspiring, and harmonious experience.

Suggested donation for the retreat is $75.    For information about having a private lesson with Christiaan, contact Rusty Vail at

CHRISTIAN BOELE is an internationally recognized Master Teacher of the School for Uncovering the Voice.  More at

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Sunday, February 11, 2 – 3:30 p.m.

 We will take up a lecture given by Rudolf Steiner on February 10th, 1924, “Phases of Memory and the Real Self,” an exposition of four metamorphoses of human memory.

The lecture from Anthropo-sophy, an Introduction, can be found online at, and in Anthro-posophy and the Inner Life:  An Esoteric Introduction.



A talk by Linda Connell with

Ancient Egyptian Eurythmy  by Andrew Dzedulionis

Saturday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.

Why did the ancient Egyptians make pyramids, a Sphinx, mummies and have animal-headed gods?  What new research is there about Ancient Egypt?  What did Rudolf Steiner say about the monuments and culture of that ancient civilization?  Join us for a mixture of interesting cultural highlights.

Suggested Donation $20


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CLASS LESSONS – Blue card required.


Sunday, December 3, 2017

3:30 p.m. Conversation on A Way of Serving,

Chapter 10

5 p.m.  Lesson 14

Saturday, December 16

2 p.m. Conversation on The Soul Calendar, Verses 36, 37, and 38, at the Christian Community

Sunday, January 7, 2018

3:30 p.m. Conversation on Lesson 14

5 p.m.  Lesson 15

Sunday, February 4

3:30 p.m. Conversation on Lesson 15

5 p.m.  Lesson  16

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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.