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THIS WAR IS NOT INEVITABLE A play for two actors written by Michael Hedley Burton and performed by Lightweight Theatre

, January 21, 2018

An Interview with Susan Koppersmith   Michael Burton, could you say a little bit about your play? I wrote this play in January 2017 in New Zealand, where I live. It is a 90-minute piece of theatre that has been performed 35 times in various countries. It is based on real events that took place during the First World War when a certain young man, in despair about the death and destruction happening around him, approached Rudolf Steiner who “seemed to have the answer to everything”. In reply to the young man’s inner turmoil, Steiner explained to him an idea of a society which could have ended WWI earlier, saving millions of lives, and done away with the reasons for WWII. This idea of Steiner’s is what we now call the Threefold Social Order, though I personally prefer to use the term Threefold Social Organism. It is based on...

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Opening of Northern Lights School – Arlene Thorn

, December 11, 2017

On September 29th, 2017, Northern Lights School held the official opening of its kindergarten with a small group of 7 students, a Waldorf-trained teacher Vicki McQueen, a group of dedicated parents and a motivated Board. Our mission is to re-imagine education in Thunder Bay, a centre for Northwestern Ontario. The vision to support the unfolding of each child through the head, heart and hands has sprouted. The kindergarten is in the upstairs of the North McIntyre Recreation Centre. The space is open, clear, light-filled and simple. Each object is beautiful and meaningful. The teacher has a calm warmth and clarity in her movements and her speaking. The space is blessed with presence and a feeling of joy. The children are thriving. The parents are heartened and grateful. Community Building We have made a wonderful start. Our devoted families host a monthly dinner to create community, celebrate the students, enjoy the...

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Canada: The Great Lakes – Lake Superior – Thunder Bay – Northern Lights Waldorf Kindergarten – Arlene Thorn: by Elyse Pomeranz

, December 11, 2017

Part 1 One individual can create ripples. Arlene Thorn is an individual who creates ripples in the lives of many who have studied with her over the years, through many initiatives that support what is whole and well and full of wonder in our world. I have been blessed to visit Thunder Bay four times now. Each time I was hosted graciously by Arlene and her family. I heard of her many initiatives to support study/teacher training/adult learning all based in Anthroposophy. And this fourth time I was given the joy of a visit to the very new Waldorf Kindergarten initiative that she has tenderly nurtured into the world. The space is open, clear and simple. Every object is beautiful and meaningful. The teacher has a calm warmth and clarity in her movements and her speaking. This place is blessed with presence and a feeling of joy. All support...

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“The Portal of Initiation” in Thornhill — Richard Chomko

, December 11, 2017

TQuest productions wrapped up their final two performances, including the Canadian premiere, of Rudolf Steiner’s first mystery drama, “The Portal of Initiation”, October 27-29 and November 4th in Thornhill. Both performances were sold out in advance. For many in the troupe, it was the culmination of three years of intense working together to bring Rudolf Steiner’s words to life on stage, to represent the esoteric path of development in dramatic form, with spiritual beings such as Lucifer, Ahriman, nature spirits and soul forces appearing among the characters. This Canadian premiere of the full “Portal of Initiation” mystery drama drew a broad spectrum of people, some of whom had just recently heard about it from friends, and others who had been lifelong anthroposophists. Lack of knowledge of anthroposophy seemed not to be an obstacle to a meaningful experience of the drama for the newcomers I spoke to. At the after...

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WEST COAST INITIATIVES FROM THE IMPULSES OF RUDOLF STEINER

, November 18, 2017

Snapshots from “EverythingFlows”,  A Water Conference held in North Vancouver BC at Cascadia in September 2017 Jennifer Greene opened the conference by showing us her many-times-taped-together copy of “Sensitive Chaos: The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air” by Theodor Schwenk, an anthroposophist, engineer and pioneering water researcher who founded the Institute for Flow Sciences in Germany. She carries this volume around with her wherever she goes, calling it her “book of mysteries.” Jennifer continues Schwenk’s work at the Water Research Institute located in Blue Hill, Maine. “Everything about water registers in a single drop,” she said. We each made one with a syringe and then “grew” it and observed what changed and what remained the same. She asked, “What can we say about the intrinsic nature of water?” We noticed among other things that the drop was round and silvery and it quivered. We took a drop...

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Meditation with Robin Schmidt – by Paul Hodgkins and Susan Richard

, September 13, 2017

On Saturday, August 19, 2017, approximately forty people attended a day-long workshop on the practice of anthroposophical meditation, led by Robin Schmidt. Robin co-authored, with Heinz Zimmerman, a book on this topic, and his teachings on the workshop day were mostly based on the content of his book, Meditation. If you were not able to attend the workshop, you may learn a great deal about the practice of anthroposophical meditation by reading the book, which is available through the Anthroposophical Society in Canada. You can order it on the website. Robin’s presentation was very organized, clear, and thorough. He began by placing anthroposophical meditation firmly in the stream of European modernity, into which three ideas, consisting of infinity, eternity, and autonomy, flow. These ideas became impulses which gave rise to modern science and thinking; they were taken up by the Rosicrucians in a more spiritual way. The Rosicrucians recognised...

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