Calgary Branch


Howdy from Calgary!

I’m Christine Wuerscher (aka Selbstaedt) and I’m responsible for getting the word out about any anthroposophical goings-on in Calgary.  If you have a relevant event of which I am not aware, or if you have questions or concerns, email me at [email protected].

Here is a list of events related to anthroposophy which will be happening in Calgary in the next few months:

THE TWELVE SENSES

The second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 8:00 pm

Until a short while ago, I was under the illusion that we had 5 senses.  And those 5 senses were not what I thought they were.  All that has changed as a result of being exposed to Steiner’s description of the 12 senses.  

In our regular study group, we are exploring the 12 senses in a new way. We are  using Albert Soesman’s Our Twelve Senses as our basic text but we are not reading it during out study time.  Instead, one (or more) person takes responsibility for reading the relevant chapter ahead of time and then introduces us to the sense, using the book and other materials he/she finds helpful, and then we explore it through conversation and activities such as movement, art, poetry, meditation, goethean science, etc.  Come and enrich your lives by learning how to use all your senses.

So far we have discovered that  the sense of touch tells us that there is a boundary between ourselves and the rest of the world.  We learn we are separate by the simple act of touching or being touched.  We even found out that we can be “touched” on a non-physical level and are able to sense the presence of another with our eyes closed!    This week we began to learn about the ego sense which is about learning to sense the self of another human being.

There was so much material and interest that we will be continuing this study next time on Nov. 28th.

Please also mark your calendars for Dec. 12th.  There will be no study group on Dec 26.

Please feel welcome to join us;  you don’t need to come to every meeting.  We begin with socializing at 7:30 pm and then read from 8-9 pm. Afterwards, we continue to discuss and to socialize over tea and snacks.  The location rotates among people’s homes.    Please email me at [email protected] to find out the location for the study group.

THE NEW REVELATION OF CHRIST:

THE SECOND COMING AND THE ‘LORD OF KARMA’ 

Nov. 18-21 at 6 pm

These are live webcasts of an open course of evening lectures presented by the Seminary of The Christian Community (the religious movement founded with the help of Rudolf Steiner).  Rev. Jonah Evans and Rev. Patrick Kennedy have this to say about the course they will be giving:

For hundreds of years Christians have lived with the idea: you have one life and how you live it determines what you will experience for all eternity.  Although the inestimable value of each human life was gained through this, traditional Christianity began to use the idea as a threat, the clergy often motivating people with fear.  Consequently, movements for human freedom have thrown off traditional forms of Christianity, often losing Christ in the process. But Christ is re-approaching humanity.  Every soul senses it, even if dimly recognized or not at all.  In this evening open course we will explore how He is leading us to the moral law that guides us through many incarnations, leading us towards creativity and mercy, spiritual responsibility and the heart’s true motivation: love.

The lectures are being presented live at the seminary each evening from 8pm to 9 pm EST.  You can either register to see the webcasts at your home (christiancommunityseminary.org) or we welcome you to watch them with others at 2402 Carleton St. SW each evening.  We will then have a chance to discuss it together afterwards over a potluck supper.  If you can, please bring a food item to share.  

HEART STREAM

December 20-21

A winter solstice celebration involving anthroposophic movement, art and  storytelling.  This is still in the process of being planned.  Contact [email protected] for more details.

HOLY NIGHTS

December 25-Jan 5

We will be marking the Holy Nights with several activities.  Details are still to be determined.  Contact [email protected] if you are interested in participating.

NATIONAL COUNCIL VISIT

JAN 9-13, 2020

The Council of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada strives to connect with Members across the country wherever possible through eNews, constant contact, AGMs and Council Retreats at various centres. Planning is underway in the Calgary Branch to host the Council here in our fair city January 9-12, 2020. Please mark your calendars, as more information will be available shortly.

Please see the itinerary below.  It was about 10 years ago that we last hosted the Council, so we look very much forward to another fulfilling engagement with them now.

We will be needing hosts to billet the council members.  If you can do so, please let Christine know at [email protected].  Billeting is a wonderful way of getting to know people. 

Jan. 9:  5:30 pm  potluck supper with council members and hosts

7:30 pm  Conversation with our study group and other interested people

Jan. 10    All day council meeting

Jan. 11:   All day clay workshop for members and friends with Jef Saunders on 

the Healing of Wounds

7:30 pm  Meeting of Members of the First Class of the School for 

Spiritual Science

Jan. 12:10:00 am  School for Spiritual Science Class lesson

Council lunch and departure

THE CLASS LESSON

Lessons of the First Class of the School for Spiritual Science are held in Calgary every couple months or so. Please direct enquiries to John Glanzer, Class Reader, at [email protected].

TALC of the town

By appointment

TALC is the acronym for the Tiny Anthroposophical Library of Calgary which is housed at 2402 Carleton St. SW in Calgary.  Because this location is a home, please email the librarian (Christine Wuerscher) at [email protected] to set up a time to browse.  There are over 200 different titles, with a few in German, which have generously been donated by the Anthroposophical Society of Canada, Hesperus Community, John Glanzer, Arwen Cruse, Diana Zinter, Carolina Mendez and others.  

EMAIL DISTRIBUTION LIST

If you would like to be emailed about upcoming study groups (and venues) and other events, contact me at [email protected] and I will “put you on the list, to make sure you won’t be missed.”

OTHER ANTHROPOSOPHICAL INITIATIVES IN CALGARY:

ANNUAL WALDORF FAIRE AND ARTISAN MARKET

November 23, 2019: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Every year the Calgary Waldorf School has a “Faire”.  The adults will find a fabulous selection of unique artisans in their Artisan Market and have an opportunity to see what classes look like.  There are many heartwarming crafts and activities for children.  The kids always seem very excited about it all.  Admission is $2 for adults; children are free.

CALGARY WALDORF SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

January 18, 2020: 10 am – Noon

Come and explore the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms with your child and meet the teachers in the “Kinderwing”. Families with children entering Grades One to Nine are invited to drop in and visit the main school where classrooms will be open with student work on display. Staff will be available to answer your questions about the programs and about admissions.  There are also school tours available almost each month.  Check out calgarywaldorf.org for more information.

SOPHIA ARTS

Drop-in every Friday morning from 9:30 am to noon

Malcolm Glover is offering “Spirit in Movement”.   In this practice of anthrosophic art and movement studies, the body, soul and spirit are engaged and we are aligned co-creatively and harmoniously with the world and the greater Cosmos.  You are welcome to drop in when you can. Suggested  donation is $45.  Enter by the side fire escape of St Barnabas Hall at 1407 – 7 Ave NW in Calgary.  Malcolm is an art therapist and has recently completed Auriel Eurythmy Training.  Contact [email protected] if you have questions. 

RESONANCE WELLNESS

Dr. Allissa Gaul began practicing in 1999, one of only a dozen naturopathic doctors in Alberta at that time.  Since then she has worked with thousands of patients to improve their health through Naturopathic and Anthroposophic Medicine as the founder and director of Resonance Wellness in Calgary. She has had remarkable success in helping her patients achieve a healthier state. You can see more information at www.resonance-wellness.com

If you have an anthroposophic initiative in Calgary, please let me know at [email protected], and I will include it on this page.

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