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 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.
A JOURNEY THROUGH EURYTHMY
Saturday, Dec. 1, 5:30-7 p.m.
Come enjoy a performance of Andrew Dzedulionis’ most memorable Eurythmy pieces through the years. It will start in Vienna, Austria with poetry in German by Lea van der Pals, Novalis and Goethe; it continues with old Hebrew liturgy, and a translation of an ancient Egyptian pyramid text; and includes writings by Bob Dylan and one of Andrew’s own poems. Tone Eurythmy will include works by Mozart, Bach, Shostakovich, Kuprevicius and Richter. After the performance Andrew will “launch” the first self-published book of his artwork and poetry.
Suggested donation: $20
Sunday, December 9, 2-4 p.m.
On this second Sunday of Advent, we will read Lecture 7 of Rudolf Steiner’s The Festivals and Their Meaning, Christmas. In this lecture entitled, “The Revelation of the Cosmic Christ,” Rudolf Steiner treats many Christmas themes. Since the second light of Advent is the light of plants, we will briefly consider the symbolism of holly and its place in Christmas celebrations. We will close with singing of Advent songs.
Copies of the lecture will be provided. It can also be found online at rsarchive.org (GA209).
INTRODUCTION TO SPEECH EURYTHMY
Saturday, December 15, 2-3:30 p.m.
Experience the joy and healing qualities of spiritual movement through doing Eurythmy with others.
No experience is needed.
GABRIELLE ARMENIER, is a performing eurythmist, recently moved to Los Angeles.
Suggested donation: $10-25
THE SHEPHERDS’ PLAY
Sunday, December 23, 7 p.m.
at the Rudolf Steiner Community Center;
also Sunday, December 23, 12:45 p.m.
at the Christian Community,
11030 La Maida St., North Hollywood
(Please give yourself extra time to find parking at either venue.)
The Shepherds’ Play, a Christmas event performed annually, delights persons of
all ages and is a beloved part of holiday celebrations. This is one of three plays in a 17th century Christmas trilogy. The plays were rediscovered by Rudolf Steiner, who gave them renewed life. The Shepherds’ Play tells the story of the Nativity. It combines reverent wonder with good-natured shepherd innocence and humor. Each holiday season it is performed in many languages and in many venues.
Children 4 years and older are welcome.
HOLY NIGHTS IN LOS ANGELES
December 26 – Jan. 6, 7:30 p.m.
at the Rudolf Steiner Community Center
(except for December 31—see below)
Rudolf Steiner’s lectures on The Gospel of St. Mark were given in September of 1912. We will begin the Twelve Holy Nights by reviewing two lectures from last year’s readings of the Background to the Gospel of St. Mark. On December 26, “The Symbolic Language of the Macrocosm in the Gospel of St. Mark” (Lecture 4); then on December 27, “Mystery teachings in St. Mark’s Gospel” (Lecture 12).
From December 28 through January 6 we will read the 10 Mark lectures. The first words in Mark are “This is the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ” and – like the Gospel of John – it begins not with Jesus’ birth, but with his baptism in the Jordan River.
Because of New Year’s Eve preparations for the Rose Parade, Lecture 4 on December 31 will be at the home of Linda Connell and Philip Mees. Please call for directions: 818-546-1440 or 818-230-0551.
HOLY NIGHTS IN ORANGE COUNTY
Members and friends are warmly invited to meet in Orange County to celebrate the Twelve Holy Nights by reading and discussing Rudolf Steiner’s The Gospel of St Mark.
Also included: for Dec 26, “The Christmas Mystery” and for Jan 6, “Laying the Foundation Stone” from The Christmas Conference of 1923-24.
For addresses and possible changes, please call the host or 714-990-2043.
Dec 26 6:00 Liz/David Wenger 949-645-9037
Dec 27 7:00 Rachel/Brian Dumaine 949-287-6586
Dec 28 7:00 Julia Doemer 949-877-6156
Dec 29 4:00 Blythe/Jerry Fair 949-718-3530
Dec 30 4:00 Thomas/Angie Meier 949-951-7558
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 Anarah/Malik Sharif 714-965-8876
Jan 4 7:00 Brooke Natzke 949-877-6156
Jan 5 4:00 Dale/Chris Heuermann 949-812-8203
Jan 6 3:00 Linda Scotton 949-849-1717
SPOKE-IN ARTS FESTIVAL
Hosted by Frank Aleph Agrama
Sunday, January 20, 2-4 p.m.
Come all, come one
Each word is such fun
Share poems, hear verse,
Improvise or rehearse,
Have a favorite in mind?
Manuscripts ye must find?
To this festival of spoken beauty,
Open ears would be your only duty.
Join us as we share an afternoon
of spoken arts, with open hearts.
THE ART OF UNCOVERING THE VOICE
Christiaan Boele, Master Teacher
Monday, January 28, 6-9 p.m.
Once again Christiaan Boele will visit the Los Angeles Branch and share his expertise in the exercises developed by Valborg Werbeck-Svärdstrom with the collaboration and direction of Rudolf Steiner. Singers at all levels are welcome. Invite friends and colleagues. Everyone can benefit from the healing and enriching effect of this work. Discover the innate potential of your voice while enjoying an evening in a spirit-filled, heart-opening tonal environment.
Suggested donation: $40
(Please make checks payable to:
Anthroposophical Foundation of California)
To arrange private lessons with
Christiaan, contact Rusty Vail at: email@example.com or text her at
CHRISTIAAN BOELE is an internationally recognized Master Teacher of the School for Uncovering the Voice. More at www.Werbecksinging.com.
ENTER LIGHT: VOICES FROM PRISON
Poetry and Art Fundraiser for
Anthroposophical Prison Outreach
Saturday, February 9, 7:30- 9 p.m.
A special visitor, Chris DeRusse, will share his experience of reading the lectures of Rudolf Steiner while in prison. Local students and young poets will bring to life the poetry and biographies of incarcerated individuals who are striving for insight and inner change through the Anthroposophical Prison Outreach (APO) program. Through their poetry and artwork, the prisoners’ voices can be heard and understood, sharing their journey and their humanity beyond prison walls.
The suggested donation is left to you to help bring spiritual healing to those working toward self-rehabilitation through the APO program.
A WINDOW INTO THE DEVELOPING EMBRYO THROUGH MODELING
Saturday, February 23, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m.
When modeling with clay every gesture contributes to our identification and inner experience of the developing embryo. Working with our hands is a fundamentally different learning process and, above all, it is enduring. We will work in-depth with the first 60 days of life.
PATRICIA DICKSON, M.A., is a sculptor, and Director Emeritus of Visual Arts at Rudolf Steiner College. She founded the Waldorf Subject Teacher Programs in Handwork and Foreign Language. She is a co-founder of the Coros Institute.
NVC: NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
With Gail McManus
Saturdays, December 8, January 12, February 9, 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, December 2
3:30 p.m. An Advent-themed conversation about the Hierarchies, especially in Lesson 3
5 p.m. Lesson 4
Saturday, December 8
2 p.m. Conversation about The Soul Calendar – Verses 36, 37, and 38
at the Christian Community
Sunday, January 13
3:30 p.m. Conversation about Lesson 4
5 p.m. Lesson 5
Sunday, February 3
3:30 p.m. Conversation about Lesson 5
5 p.m. Lesson 6
Note : The Class Lesson in January 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.