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!
DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SIGRID HEEP
Saturday, June 2, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
You are invited to a private screening about the life of Sigrid Heep, a long-time member of our Branch who turned 96 in January and is still active, vibrant, and full of joy. Born in 1922, Sigrid grew up riding her pony, Lotte, in the forest near her home in Dresden, Germany. She survived the bombing of Dresden during World War II and immigrated to the U.S. in 1955 where she lived and worked on her brother’s ranch in Malibu. She has devoted her life to music, horses, art, and a healthy lifestyle. Q&A with Sigrid will follow the film.
SUMMER ARTS WORKSHOPS
Saturday, June 9, 6-9 p.m.
Sunday, July 8, 2-5 p.m.
We will co-create an interweaving arts workshop with streams of plant observation through drawing and watercolor, improvisational theater, speech, eurythmy, and an exploration of the mystery dramas, as offered by new Branch members and friends.
“The point where the line of beauty is the purest is the line of love. It is flanked by strength and weakness. Love is the point where they meet” – Goethe
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher” – William Wordsworth
Suggested donation: $15 -$ 25
Sunday, June 24, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
This year, St. John’s Day falls on Sunday, June 24, so we will be celebrating on the proper day. We will start with Rudolf Steiner’s “The St. John Imagination,” given on October 12, 1923. It is a magnificent picture of what happens on the earth and in the cosmos, spiritually and physically, at mid-summer. What might morality and conscience have to do with this warmest part of the year? There will also be offerings of music and poetry, and an opportunity to sing some rounds. “. . . at St. John’s time, all that can then be seen in weaving pictures would have to be transposed into powerful music. . .” (from Rudolf Steiner’s lecture). “The St. John Imagination” is part of the book The Four Seasons and The Archangels from Rudolf Steiner Press or online at rsarchive.org (search “The St. John Imagination); copies will also be available at the event. Please bring refreshments to share.
COSMOLOGY AND THE MISSION OF THE HUMAN BEING
Workshop with Brian Gray
Friday, July 20, 8:00-9:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 21, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Where did we come from? Who are we? Where are we going? Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual research reveals that our physical body, etheric or life body, astral body, and “I” individuality originated in distinct stages of our solar system termed Ancient Saturn, Ancient Sun, Ancient Moon and present Earth. Spiritual beings carefully crafted the human form and life settings so that we might become Spirits of Freedom and Love. In this Friday night and Saturday workshop we will explore how cosmic evolution corresponds closely with our individual human experiences, including birth, life cycles, death, our journey back into spiritual worlds, karma, and reincarnation. We will seek answers to the age-old injunction: Human being, know thyself!
$20 Friday or $40 for the weekend
BRIAN GRAY is a longtime anthroposophist and musician who teaches and writes about star wisdom, biography, cosmology, Waldorf education, sacred architecture, and esoteric Christianity. A faculty member at Rudolf Steiner College since 1981, for 16 years he directed its Foundation Program in Anthroposophy. Brian helped guide tours through Europe, Egypt and the Holy Land. Brian co-founded the Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative, and he authored Discovering the Zodiac in the Madonna Series (Wynstones Press, 2013). Videos of Brian’s talks can be seen at wisecosmos.com.
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.
with Rachael Abbott
Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m.,
June 2, 16 and 30
In mid-July Rachael will begin a year’s preparation and world tour with Lemniscate Arts, performing symphonic and speech eurythmy. (They will come to Santa Monica on April 6 and 7, 2019.) This June she will continue giving classes on The Rhythms of the Seasons, exploring this theme through colors, gestures and the forms of the weekly Soul Calendar verses.
Everyone is welcome!
$10-$25 per class
RACHAEL ABBOTT currently teaches eurythmy in the Pasadena Waldorf School. She received her training at the Eurythmeum in Stuttgart and performed with the Else Klink Ensemble for three years after graduating.
NVC: NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION
Saturday, June 9th, 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, June 3, 4 p.m.
Review of Lessons 11-19
We hope all will contribute. Please note the time change.
Saturday, June 30, 2 p.m.
Conversation on Soul Calendar verses for weeks 12, 13, and 14 at the Christian Community
There are no lessons during July and August.
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.