Cascadia Reaches Out – by Susan Koppersmith

, July 11, 2017

Karl Koenig (1902-1966) was an Austrian paediatrician who founded the worldwide Camphill movement of therapeutic communities for those with special needs. Ita Wegman, an Anthroposophic physician, invited him to work closely with her at her institute for people with disabilities. The Cascadia Society for Social Working is an urban Camphill centre in North Vancouver BC with a day program serving 34 individuals with developmental disabilities. In addition 11 of these individuals live in 4 Cascadia residences located in close proximity to each other.   Cascadia’s Main House   Workshops in the day centre include fibre arts, painting, basketry, candle-making, gardening, clay and home skills as well as a myriad of other artistic, educational, and therapeutic activities. Eurythmy and music play a strong part in the life of Cascadia. I had several meetings with Ruth Tschannen, a therapeutic Eurythmist, who has spent 30 years in Camphill communities. She has been a...

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The Land of the Heart

, March 11, 2017

The second part of a message from Helga Natoli from Greece through the good offices of Ingrid Krause Athens, 14th of November 2016 In Athens, in a section of the Ellinikos old airport – to be exact – live 300 refugee children from Afghanistan, aged 1 to 18. Their shelter is an abandoned building, the former arrivals terminal, now unused and left to fall apart for more than a decade. In July 2016 there were 2000 people living in this building, of which around 900 were children. Many have left since, having found better shelters for themselves. Some really lucky ones might have crossed borders and been awarded asylum in other European countries. Yet the ones that remain, live in tents for over a year now, on the upper floor of this building. An external rusted metallic staircase takes them down to what once was the parking lot of the airport… broken glass, cement, rubbish and...

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Waldorf comes to a refugee camp in Greece

, January 10, 2017

Ingrid Krause, a member of the Anthroposophical Society who lives in Quebec, has recently returned from Greece. This is a country she knows well, having explored it for the first time on a motor bike shortly after completing her studies in Germany. Since retiring, she has gone back again five times. “Greece welcomes me like a sister soul with the uplifting radiance of her sky, the brilliant blue of her sea which causes the melancholy heart to rejoice, and the warmth and friendliness of her people.” She owns some plot on the island of Cythera where “I share the land with wild mountain goats on hills fragrant with the scent of thyme and sage set against a backdrop of the blue sea.” The scene is however far less pastoral in Athens, where this fall she visited the Ellinikos refugee camp. The people there are among the thousands of migrants...

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An interview with Ralph Danyluk on electro-magnetic pollution and modern wireless technologies

, December 5, 2016

Ralph, you and I have been good friends since the early 70s in Vancouver where we first met Anthroposophy. Back then you were finishing a Master’s Degree in Biophysics at SFU. I understand that you have an active interest in Electro-Smog, wireless technologies and so forth. Can you tell me more about this and how your interest developed? My interest in this area was piqued during the time I spent working and studying at the Goetheanum beginning in 2008. It was really a convergence of a lifelong interest in science and technology from my personal and working life of over 30 years, especially in the fields of electro-magnetism, radio and computing, and Rudolf Steiner’s numerous indications and writings about this subject. It was in Dornach that I was introduced to the work of Paul Emberson who brought a sharp focus (at times controversial) and awareness to Steiner’s writings on...

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Interview with John Bach by Susan Koppersmith

, October 1, 2016

John Bach, at the August 2016 Encountering Our Humanity conference in Ottawa you gave a workshop about your research on biodynamic beekeeping. What is your background and how did you become interested in bees?     I have been studying Anthroposophy for 25 years, gardening biodynamically for 15 years and for the last 8 years I have maintained beehives.   What are some of the key elements of your research on bees?   Most readers have will have heard of the steady decline of the overall health of honeybees in the last 30 years. This has everyone very concerned. Scientists and beekeepers have blamed this decline on disease, mite infestations, the use of new pesticides on agricultural crops, as well as the potent chemicals applied to bees to control mite and fungi infestations. The effect of electro-magnetic radiation (EMR) so prevalent everywhere has also been studied. Interested readers can...

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Participant responses to the conference

, September 10, 2016

“I would like to acknowledge with gratitude how I felt accommodated by the ethos of the conference Encountering Our Humanity. The Ottawa event really spoke to the spirit of the Cambridge Music Conference. I really valued the autonomy I was granted. I felt the true spirit of my work was recognised. My effort to commission music in dialogue with eurythmy as a way to present ‘ideas in action’ really resonated with the ideal ‘conscious knowledge to conscious action’ at the heart of the Ottawa conference. I valued Doug Wylie’s efforts to align the Cambridge Music Conference with charitable initiatives especially meaningful. I found it deeply moving that Amnesty International was present endorsing their position ‘No More Stolen Sisters’. Sylvie Richard’s understanding of our music collective was reflected in her sensitive interview on CBC Radio French Canada acknowledging how the Cambridge Music Conference’s commissions give the most vulnerable a voice...

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