We invite you to join us for our upcoming events which include guest speakers, artistic workshops, classes, and performances.

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The Genesis of Gems on Earth: Apocalyptic Geology

Bernd Bogusch

Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to noon


What is the connection of the twelve semi-precious and precious gemstones with The New Jerusalem? The Old Testament speaks of the origin of man from "dust from the soil". God's throne appears in the image of sapphire (Ez.1: 4-26).

Half of the stones listed in the Apocalypse of John can be found in the agates.  How do these stones of the Jasper family relate to human beings and to the forming of human senses? How can one approach these riddles?


BERND BOGUSCH is the former technical director of the Department of Mass Spectrometry at the Chemical State Institute of the University of Hamburg (protein research). He served as priest in The Christian Community from 1967 to 2005 and is currently volunteering as a material scientist photographer for the working group ‘Micromounter’, friends of minerals in Munich, Germany.


Suggested donation $20

Costs should not prevent attendance.

NVC-Non Violent Communication

Gail McManus

Saturday, June 8, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 7, 1-4 p.m.

Saturday, August 10, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Nonviolent Communication is a set of skills which enable us to understand and clarify our intentions and objectives. We learn ways in which to communicate compassionately and with confidence, enabling our listeners to listen fearlessly and empathically as well. Through NVC we deepen self-understanding, formulate workable strategies, and generate peace within and with others.


GAIL MCMANUS is a practicing Communications Counselor and Mediator. Contact Gail at 518-653-2957, or gail@gailmcmanus.com. Her website is gailmcmanus.com.


Suggested donation, $25



For Class Members only. Blue card required.

Sunday, June 2

3:30 p.m.  Conversation about the Hierarchies in Lessons 1-9

5 p.m.        Lesson 10

Saturday, June 29

2 p.m. at the Christian Community: Conversation about the Calendar of the Soul (Verses 12, 13, and 14)

No Classes in July and August



Tuesday Nights, 7 to 8:45 p.m.

This is an ongoing study group that reads books and lecture cycles by Rudolf Steiner. All are welcome.  For more information contact Linda Connell at 818-546-1440. 

No charge.

Experience Eurythmy

Brette Lavery

Saturdays, June 1, June 29, and August 24,

2 - 4 p.m.


Rudolf Steiner brought a new art form to the world, Eurythmy, which means beautiful rhythm. Eurythmy expresses the movement of speech and tones through the movement of the human body. Brette Lavery will lead these workshops. We invite you to participate in this rich legacy of the art of movement. No experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and soft shoes if you have them.

BRETTE LAVERY, a graduate from the American Eurythmy School, is currently teaching fulltime at the Westside Waldorf School.


Suggested donation $10-$25 per class

A Sunday Musicale

Margaret Shipman and Friends

Sunday, June 16, 3 -5 p.m.


Lovers of chamber music sometimes just play together, for themselves. Today, we share this with you.  We will have chosen music and worked separately on our parts, but will not have  rehearsed or played these pieces together.  Still, it will be a real concert—albeit informal.  Ingrid Burger, Joyce Pan and Mariam Hartman agreed to this noble experiment with Margaret.  They will play Haydn and Borodin string quartets, then take a break.  Those who wish to hear a third quartet will be rewarded after refreshments.


No charge

St. John’s Festival

Saturday, June 22,10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


This year’s celebration of St. John’s Day will be a community arts event.  Movement, song, poetry, and visual art will be included. In his lecture on The St. John Imagination, given on October 12, 1923, Rudolf Steiner said, “We must imagine how all that I have described should find artistic expression . . . in the fine arts,” and goes on to emphasize the importance, particularly, of music.  We will not read the lecture itself, but for those who have the book The Four Seasons and the Archangels, reading it ahead of time might be of interest. The lecture is also available on rsarchive.org (Search for “The St. John Imagination.”)  Midsummer refreshments will grace the community table.


No charge


Rhythms in the Human Being and the Cosmos

Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. to noon


We are all influenced by various rhythms which occur within us and in the world around us. Today we will have three short lectures on different aspects of this immense topic. Each lecture will be introduced with a short musical piece.


Almut Schroeder will speak about the seven-year cycles in the life of the human being.

Linda Connell will speak about the etheric, cosmic rhythms and the value of our human rhythms.

Bari Borsky will speak about rhythm, necessity and freedom, and the weaving of destiny.



No charge

The Rhythm of the Year: The Zodiac in Eurythmy

Johanna Laurelin

Saturday, July 13, 2 – 5 p.m.


How is the mighty zodiac – the macrocosm --  reflected in the human being –- the microcosm?  Johanna will lead us in discovering and exploring the characters of each sign of the zodiac: their colors, sounds, and inner meditative quality.

Eurythmy is an expressive art of movement that can be performed to speech and to music. As well as a being a professionally performed art, Eurythmy is used in Waldorf Schools and for therapeutic purposes.

Please wear comfortable clothing  and soft shoes.


JOHANNA LAURELIN, eurythmy and orchestra teacher, is the co-director of The Waldorf Institute of Southern California. She attended university in Hamburg.  She joined the Waldorf School of San Diego in 2005. She is a widely acclaimed eurythmist who performs with stage groups in Europe and the United States.


Suggested donation $20

Costs should not prevent attendance.

Exploring the Main Rhythms of Speech

Christine Burke

Saturday, July 20, 10 a.m. to noon


Movement equals life. Moving our speech can lead us to the discovery of the life forces that are active in speech. In this explorative workshop, Christine will guide us through exercises that help us free the word from our physical bodies. As we work with sounds and text, the creative forces are revealed.


CHRISTINE BURKE trained in Formative Speech and Drama at Artemis School of Speech and Drama in England. She later earned an MA in Communication Studies (with emphasis on Performance) through California State University, Northridge. Currently, Christine teaches courses in Communication Studies at Ventura College while running a Cosmic Café in Ventura. She teaches speech and drama internationally.


Suggested donation $20

Costs should not prevent attendance

The Foundation Stone Rhythms and the New Mysteries

Ross Rentea, M.D.

Friday, July 26, 8-9:30 pm; Saturday, July 27, 9 am-12:30 pm, 2–5:30 pm, and 7:30–9 pm


Friday Evening: Introduction to the Rhythms in the context of the New Mysteries

Saturday Morning: topics will include evolutionary principles of the Rhythms; metamorphosis and star connections; eurythmy related to zodiacal aspects of the Rhythms.

Saturday Afternoon: practical applications of work with the Rhythms, including medical and community aspects and questions and answers.

Saturday Evening: the Rhythms in relation to the Rose Cross.


ROSS RENTEA, M.D.went to Europe for intensive training in Anthroposophical hospitals after graduating from the Pritzker School of Medicine.  He has served on the Board of the American College of Anthroposophical Medicine and lectures internationally on Anthroposophical Medicine and curative eurythmy. He is a co-founder of the True Botanica Company and the Lili Kolisko Institute.  His book, Childhood Illnesses and Immunizations, was published in 2017.


Suggested donation

Friday $20, Saturday $45

Costs should not prevent attendance.