Ludwig Polzer-Hoditz – was born in 1869 in Prague (then in the Austro-Hungarian Empire) to an aristocratic family with royal connections. Polzer-Hoditz was one of Rudolf Steiner’s most valued, independently-minded colleagues. Leaving behind his background traditions, he would become a key player in Steiner’s regenerative threefold social impulses, working tirelessly for a genuinely unified, free Europe. He also fought to protect Rudolf Steiner’s esoteric legacy and the integrity of the Anthroposophical Society. Following Steiner’s untimely death, Polzer-Hoditz fostered a broad range of friendships and alliances with key figures such as D.N. Dunlop, Walter Johannes Stein, and Ita Wegman. In a bid to avoid further division and conflict, he made significant interventions to alter the tragic course of events that consumed the Anthroposophical Society, although he was unable to stop the major split within the membership that followed. In the final decade of his life, he concentrated his energies on world issues and on influencing events, especially in Europe, while lecturing widely and writing books. In contrast to the destructive special interests of the national and religious groups that craved dominion and power, Polzer-Hoditz sought to build a true understanding between Central and Eastern Europe and to cultivate a spiritual connection with the West.
Thoreau College is seeking a group of five motivated, idealistic, and hardworking young people to come and live in Viroqua from late September 2017 to June 2018. While here, the Founding Fellows will collaborate with the Thoreau College Steering Team, local and remote partners, and each other to lay the foundations for the establishment of the college. The schedule of the year will include a mixture of classes focused on the philosophy and history of higher education and skills for social entrepreneurship, collaborative work sessions, artistic practice, and internships with partner schools, organizations, farms, and businesses. Throughout the year, the Founding Fellows will live and labor together to plant the institutional seeds from which Thoreau College will grow.
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These two weeks of five-day retreats are for anyone seeking personal rejuvenation and social renewal through anthroposophical study, artistic immersion, good food, and fun.
Every year the first week is devoted to courses for educators with grade-specific courses. Immerse yourself all day long in lectures, discussions and bountiful artistic activities with master teachers Christopher Sblendorio, Neal Kennerk, Patrice Maynard, Alison Henry, and Signe Motter, Regine Shemroske, Robert Lanier, and Lynn Thurrell.
Christof Wiechert will resume his certificate course on “The Child Study: Deepening Our Understanding of the Mysteries of the Young Unfolding Human Being” for facilitators who are being trained to lead their faculty meetings in this gentle art. Christof will also offer a series of five short morning lectures for everyone.
David Gable (music) and Cezary Ciaglo (eurythmy) will enhance the teaching courses with singing, music and eurythmy. Roberto Trostli will offer sessions in science teaching for the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade courses.
Week Two - for everyone, not just for teachers!
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Sound Circle --- For Waldorf Early Childhood Teachers: Summer Intensives Earlybird Discount Ends Soon!!
Take Advantage of a $50 Savings if you register by May 7th!
EARLY CHILDHOOD OFFERINGS
Summer Intensives 2017
Join us for these exciting explorations into the World of Waldorf
Early Childhood Education
(Earlybird Discount Available Until May 7, 2017)
The Healing Tools of Waldorf Education, with Dr. Michaela Gloeckler
Monday, June 26 - Friday, June 30, 2017,.
Morning Lecture: The Five Pillars of Healthy Development in Childhood and Youth
Health is not a stable state - it is fragile, because human beings are permanently developing and in transition. They are vulnerable, not only in childhood, but throughout life.
Health is emerging out of the ongoing battle between influences on human nature which cause disorder and illness, and the body's own resources of restoring and healing. Each day has its own particular health condition. Dr. Gloeckler will describe the main principles of Illness and Healing and how they are met by Waldorf Education. She will also integrate questions and concerns from participants.
Afternoon Offering: How do we meet the needs of the individual child?
How do we learn to "read" the needs of the child? What tools does Waldorf Education use in the daily practice of the classroom to support and promote a child's health? How can we understand and positively counterbalance the inclination of today's children towards eating disorders, aggression, depression, anxiety, lack of concentration and disposition toward addiction?
How do we manage the inclusion of children with special needs into our classrooms?
The Social Art of the Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher
Monday, July 3 - Friday, July 7, 2016
In today's technological world, the quality of our human relationships is even more important than ever. The Early Childhood teacher works, not only with the children in her classroom to model healthy relationships, but also with parents and colleagues in significant ways. Rudolf Steiner spoke about the various arts in relation to human development and referred to social art as the highest form of art. In this intensive, we will explore how to more effectively practice the social arts in our relations with the children, in working with parents, in our collaboration with colleagues, and in building a sense of community within the school.
Our main theme will be enhanced by courses in improvisational theater games, where we learn how to listen and support one another in a playful way, and in watercolor painting, where we will explore the connection between feelings and the world of color. We will also work with colored wool in our hand work course.
We invite you to join us at Sound Circle Center this summer. All offerings are held at the Seattle Waldorf School, High School Campus. Click on the links above for detailed course descriptions, faculty bios or to register. "Earlybird" discount registration available until May 7, 2017!
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Southeast Wisconsin, where the BDA office is located, has welcomed spring with fresh tree buds, hours of gentle spring showers, and lots of activity on trails and waterways. In the spirit of new beginnings, and to thank you for being a member of this vibrant biodynamic community, I wanted to highlight some new resources and share information in which I think you'll have interest. As a brand new member benefit, the BDA's committed Business Partners are offering BDA members discounts on products and services to help you sustain yourself and the biodynamic community. We expect to add more Partners soon, but check out the first exciting offer here. Revisit the talks you loved and explore what you missed through the 2016 Biodynamic Conference recordings. By purchasing now, you can instantly access video recordings of all 10 keynote speakers and popular 90-minute workshops with leading biodynamic educators Gunther Hauk, Mac Mead, and Sherry Wildfeuer, as well as audio recordings of more than 35 workshops. BDA members receive a $75 discount! Visit our website to watch video clips from keynote presenter Karen Washington and workshop presenter Gunther Hauk.
We are starting a Waldorf School in Guatemala City, Guatemala this August, and we're looking for Early Childhood teachers who will lead the way and guide us through the educational tasks and content. We are starting Trinus so more people can dedicate themselves to the things they´re passionate about, to help them have a clear understanding of the values they want to uphold in their lives, and for them to have a positive impact in society. We believe the best way for us to accomplish this, is by implementing a Waldorf Education. We are offering unique opportunity to be part of founding team of our new school and help set the initial culture, as well as great salaries and great benefits. These include full tuition remission for the children of our teachers, and additional economic benefits according to the growth of the school. More ...
Kolisko Institute Annual Workshop - October 19-22, 2017, Hartland, Wisconsin, United States. We will work deeply on this complicated theme - of which Rudolf Steiner himself said that "it should never leave us again". Two main threads will be pursued: certainly a practical one revolving around the seven planetary types; but more importantly working towards gaining a restored connection with Rudolf Steiner's impulse toward a renewed ritual and cultic activity in esoteric anthroposophy. The lectures will be followed by practice and discussion sessions. We will learn specific eurythmic exercises that can be continued at home. They will include curative eurythmy and movements related to the indications given by Rudolf Steiner on the TAO. Main contributing faculty: R. Rentea MD, Mark Kamsler MD, Andrea Rentea MD and Eurythmist Glenda Monasch. We hope to see you there, The Kolisko Institute Team ... more ...
There will be over 300 songs in The Waldorf Book of Songs. But I just couldn't wait for the book to come out to share four great songs with you. I set them in a landscape format, so they are a bit larger than normal. They all print out on a full letter size sheet and fit nicely on a music stand and, where and for whom applicable, they are perfectly sized for "Baby Boomer" eyes. The screen shots below link to the printable pdf for each song. There are notes as well, which couldn't fit here, but they're in the pdf. If you like what you see, just imagine the other 296 songs. Please visit our fundraising campaign on Indiegogo and find a way to contribute. —David Kennedy, Waldorf Today Books
Just click on the sheet music to see a full size pdf and print from there if you want to. Achshav is in Hebrew and a great fit for spring in the third grade. Kye Kye Kule is a call and response song from Ghana. Call and response songs start in the fourth grade. The seventh grade Africa main lesson block could also resound to these sounds. Let Us Sing Together is an infectious and catchy round to sing with fifth grade and up. Namasté is a round / mantra for fifth grade and up. Breathe.
APO is excited about a contest we have entered for non profits! Hosted by USA Today, A Community Thrives is designed to encourage and fund programs working to solve critical social issues in their communities. Programs with the most votes are judged by a panel and the Gannett Foundation will award one $100,000 grant and two $50,000 grants per category on or around May 28, 2017. We've created a 3 minute video about what we do at APO and it's been accepted! Now we need your help. The voting period begins next week on April 12th. We hope you’ll take a moment each day to vote for us! How this grant contest could help APO: With one of these grants, APO would be able continue building and expanding our nationwide community, and spread the word so that every incarcerated individual in the United States can have access to anthroposophy regardless of their situation. The effects of active participation in the program bring inner freedom, hope, and direction for a meaningful life, whether individuals remain in prison or transition to the larger world.
Voting starts on April 12 and ends a month later on May 12, and all you have to do to help us is vote once a day for Anthroposophical Prison Outreach and spread the word! (Voters 13 years and over are eligible.) We feel this is a unique opportunity to win a substantial amount of funding for our program, advertise our initiative nationwide, and become an even stronger resource for friends, family, individuals and organizations advocating self-education for prisoners. Please vote daily beginning on April 12th, and share our video and goals with your friends and colleagues. Together we can bring anthroposophy to more prisoners around the country, providing hope and direction for a meaningful life. To view the video, which has been accepted into the wellness category of the contest, click here! To learn more about the grant contest, A Community Thrives - Awarding Grants to Great Ideas, follow this link. For more information about the Anthroposophical Prison Outreach program, part of the Anthroposophical Society in America, contact Kathy Serafin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members and Friends! Come together in Phoenix, Arizona October 13, 14, & 15, 2017 for the Anthroposophical Society in America's annual conference and general meeting. Please save the dates and join with friends old and new for a weekend of inspiration, conversation, and community. The conference, Friday, October 13th through Sunday, October 15th, will include intergenerational discussion, artistic expression, a class lesson, a youth gathering, and many opportunities to share ideas and grow initiatives. Please join us as we gather to meet in community and commit to our labor of love! Looking forward to seeing you! The AGM Planning Group: Charlie Burkam, Daniel Evaeus, Virginia Hermann, Micky Leach,
Ray Manaças, Laura Scappaticci. Stay to explore Phoenix's natural beauty and museums! More information coming soon! Thank you to Eduardo Yi Man for the beautiful artwork. More ...