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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Shared Seed Moments

, September 9, 2016

At Encountering our Humanity‘s plenum participants were asked to share something small enough to carry with them, take care of it and make it grow. Here are some seeds. À la plénière nous avons demandé aux participants de partager quelque chose d’assez petit pour qu’ils puissent l’amener avec eux, s’en occuper et le faire s’épanouir. Voici quelques germes. Gratitude for the encounters with others striving towards the spiritual within our humanity. Search, Cherche, Research, Recherche, Together, Ensemble Discovering my own forces through others’ mirroring attitudes. I will strive to make every encounter I have with the human beings I meet, a special encounter. In the encounter lives the key to opening the door to know ourselves and the world. From discouragement to hope. Play your Talk. Just take the leap. Fragmentation is Fairy dust to keep us awake. Merci! The new form for the Anthroposophical Society is perceptible in...

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