Dear Members and Friends.
We are hoping that we will be able to resume our activities at the Los Angeles Branch with the following two events in September. The Planning Committee has been meeting every month to try to re-schedule the events we had planned for the Spring and add new events that will be meaningful to you. We had rescheduled the AGM for August when, at the end of July, it became apparent that the rising number of Covid-19 cases would prevent us from meeting. We will have the AGM sometime in March 2021. In the meantime, we will be updating the calendar of events as the situation with the pandemic unfolds. If it looks like we can move forward, we will, of course, observe all the safety protocols, such as facemasks and social distancing.
The Planning Committee
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING : Postponned Until March 2021
A Weekend with John Bloom
THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENTS IN LIGHT OF SPIRITUAL SCIENCE
John Bloom, General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society
Friday, Sep 18, 6 pm - 8 pm
Saturday, Sep 19, 10 am – 12 noon and 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
John Bloom, General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society, will address the importance of Rudolf Steiner’s work today. We will look at the current state of affairs in our culture, rights, and economy; identify where the challenges are; and find what Rudolf Steiner was proposing as a way forward that we can bring to contemporary challenges. We will of necessity encounter and explore the issues of race and class, power, the wealth gap, and climate chaos, along with the healing impulses that Rudolf Steiner initiated after the devastation of World War I, which continue to be relevant and under-recognized. The overarching purpose of our time together will be a sober assessment of where Anthroposophy sits today and what it will take to bring its gifts in service to healing spirits, overcoming social isolation, and reimagining the future. We will have some leading thoughts, time for conversation, and artistic activities.
John Bloom is the General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society. He is also the Vice President of Organizational Culture at RSF Social Finance in San Francisco (rsfsocialfinance.org). Part of his work is in developing and facilitating conversations and programs that address the intersection of money and spirit in personal and social transformation. He has written two books, The Genius of Money, and, Inhabiting Interdependence. He lives in San Francisco.
ATTEND IN PERSON or ONLINE
Welcome to a new adventure with the Los Angeles Branch: a workshop both online and in person - at the same time. We have been propelled into this by six months of inactivity in our building. “The eyes are the windows to the soul” and it is time to look at one another again!
John Bloom has graciously agreed to participate in this new adventure, but we are beginners so there may be a few glitches: however, we believe that by offering both ways of meeting, the interaction will be richer, and more people will be able to participate.
All safety precautions will be in place in the building and you know what they are: spacing, masks, and no food, just bottled water.
To meet Covid guidelines, masks will be required—and available if needed. We know that some people may not feel comfortable with this, but personal compromises are needed to allow as many people as possible to participate. If you have any issues, please call Margaret Shipman to discuss them, and if you have any hesitation at all about anything, please join us on Zoom. We took this step in the LA Branch because we want to be able to work together again and to have as many people participate as possible.
REGISTER to Attend In Person or Online
Please note that registration is required for this event. Registration will be needed to allow you into the online meetings and for in-person so we know how many to expect in the building and help us in setting up the room. If you plan to attend please click this link:
Thank you for taking part in the visionary work of John Bloom. We look forward to what he will bring and to sharing conversation with him.
Sept. 26 (Saturday) 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
This will be an in-person event only, with attendance limited to 23. As with the recent weekend with John Bloom, wearing masks inside the building will be required, and there will be some on hand for those who don't have them. Please RSVP to Roger Rindge at: firstname.lastname@example.org He will reply with a confirmation email.
We are very much hoping to gather together to celebrate Michaelmas this year, especially having had to forgo the Easter and St. John’s Festivals at the Branch. How, in fact, might a Michaelmas Festival be celebrated now, not just in a pandemic, but in the 21st century? Nearly 100 years ago, Rudolf Steiner asked this question for the 20th century in a talk he gave in Berlin on May 23, 1923. There is only an extract of this available (“The Creation of a Michael Festival out of the Spirit,” included in The Festivals and Their Meaning, page 377, and online at rsarchive.org [easy to search by date]). Reading this aloud could be a fruitful starting-point for bringing ideas and imaginations for what a contemporary Michaelmas Festival might look like—so please bring your own!
The harvest-gifts of eurythmy and music will be included: Silvia Hanustiakova will offer eurythmy, and David Zedaker music for piano. Printed copies of the lecture will be available.
Silvia Hanustiakova teaches eurythmy at the Waldorf School of Orange County’s middle and high schools. She graduated from Waldorf eurythmy training and art therapy in Vienna, Austria in 2003. She has taught extensively in Waldorf schools in Slovakia (her homeland) and performed in eurythmy troupes in several European countries. In 2019, she graduated with a Master’s degree in art therapy.
David Zedaker has both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano performance; his graduate research paper addressed adapting piano lessons for the needs of autistic students. He teaches performing arts/piano at the Waldorf School of Orange County, along with accompanying eurythmy, choral, and instrumental ensembles.
Oct. 3 (Saturday) 10:00 – 1:00
A new initiative to involve more friends and members in our Branch life. The members of the Planning Committee understand that it is often difficult to make the drive to Pasadena. We are hoping that by offering these Community Saturdays once a month, a more diverse offering will allow people to take part in one or more offerings each time. From 10:00 – 11:00, we will have a study and discussion by different speakers. Following a short break, we will have a eurythmy class from 11:15 – 12:15 followed by a chance to practice attentiveness from 12:30 – 1:00. At 1:00, once the pandemic is over, we hope to offer a social time for anyone interested in staying or perusing the library or bookstore. This first Saturday, we have:
10:00: Bari Borsky: The Wizard of Oz as a Metaphor for the Nine-Year Change
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum is a story familiar to most of us growing up in the United States. Judy Garland singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and the image of her dancing down the yellow brick road toward the Emerald City with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion are part of our collective experience. Besides being entertaining, the story is a metaphor for countless philosophical and psychological theses. In Waldorf education the “nine-year change” is a time of significant transition that is often sudden and perplexing for both the child and the parents. This hour will be a study, discussion and exploration about changing consciousness and development that can, and will, happen at any time in one’s life. We will use the archetypes presented in the story to help make sense of our own life experiences.
11:15: Andrew Dzedulionis: Eurythmy with a focus on the Calendar of the Soul:
Rudolf Steiner brought a new art form into the world, Eurythmy, which means beautiful rhythm. Eurythmy stands between classical dance (ballet) and modern dance forms. In dance and other forms of movement, the center of gravity is in the hips; we relate to the earth through the hips. In Eurythmy, the center of gravity is elevated to the heart space.
Eurythmy expresses music and the spoken word through the movement of the human body with its center of gravity located in the heart. No experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and soft shoes if you have them.
12:30: Linda Connell: Practicing Attentiveness
Over six short monthly sessions we will explore some exercises given by Rudolf Steiner to increase our attentiveness to the world around us, and to our own thinking, feeling and will. All exercises are designed for any level student and are useful for everyday life. It is a chance to challenge ourselves to be more aware of our own limitations and fixed viewpoints. These will be take-home exercises (“practice”), and we can review our experiences together at the following session. A notebook or paper would be useful.
Oct. 12 (Saturday) 10:00 - 11:30 and 1:00 - 2:30
The Sistine Chapel Paintings of Michelangelo
By George Hastings
Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel ceiling is George Hastings’ favorite subject. He finds the pictures enhance the spoken and written lessons of Rudolf Steiner and Steiner’s lessons enhance the allegorical lessons on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. He will bring two power point presentations on Saturday. On Sunday, those who wish will gather in Garden Grove to see the wonderful exhibit of these great paintings.
George Hastings was introduced to Anthroposophy around 1990. He soon discovered that Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle operas contained many esoteric lessons. Since then he has been researching hidden allegorical messages in the arts and mythology. In 2010 he wrote ‘Rudolf Steiner, Richard Wagner, and Allegories of The Ring’ which put The Ring cycle into the perspective of the precession of the equinox. He hopes to rewrite and republish it someday. His other favorite subjects include Homers Odyssey, King Minos and the Minotaur, Jason and the Golden Fleece, and Mozart’s The Magic Flute. He lives with his wife, Celeste Bennett, on Marrowstone Island in Washington.
This will be an in-person event only. Suggested donation: $25.00
THE SISTINE CHAPEL EXHIBIT
Michelangelo created a huge series of paintings for the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican in Rome. These were commissioned by Pope Julius II. Michelangelo worked on this project from 1508-1513, often lying on a scaffold 60 feet above the chapel floor. Twenty-six years later he began painting The Last Judgment, which has 390 figures and occupies the whole west wall of the chapel. This is a rare opportunity see life-size reproductions of these paintings until August, ‘up close and personal’, not 60 feet over our heads as they are at the Vatican.
After enjoying Mr. Hastings’ presentations on Saturday we will be more prepared to appreciate these masterworks. The exhibit is in the Cathedral Cultural Center, 13280 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove CA 92840. It is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets are $18, or $12 for seniors. If enough people are interested we can share rides and get a discount on the tickets.