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Calgary Branch

, May 10, 2018

Ongoing events; Study Group: Our study group meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month from 8 pm to 9 pm at various people’s homes.  We are currently working our way through Steiner’s Christianity as Mystical Fact.  People come as early as 7:30 pm to socialize.  Please call Chris or Christine at 403-242-7175 or email [email protected] to find where the meeting will be held.  On May 10th, we will meet at 2402 Carleton St SW.    NEWCOMERS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME:) Library: We are in the process of creating an anthroposophical library and will have a grand opening in the early fall.  A generous donation of books from the Anthroposophical Society of Canada seeded the library and we would welcome more books from people who would like to donate books related to Anthroposophy and all its daughter movements.  Also, we will have “satellite libraries”.  These are the personal books...

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Friends, Colleagues, how can we, ourselves, do spiritual research?

, April 18, 2018

Introduction to exercises In the course of our work in anthroposophy, the impulse to do primary spiritual research can naturally awaken.  Yet our own limitations immediately confront us. “I am not an initiate.  What could I possibly bring to the world which Steiner has not already presented in clearer and more direct forms than I could ever hope to share?” And yet the question of how to approach (or whether to attempt) spiritual research is deeply connected with the question of how to walk the path of knowledge.  From a certain perspective, they are the same question. There are indeed many ways to take up this question, as many ways as there are individual human beings.  I wanted to share one approach, with which I have engaged for many years and which reached a certain culmination last year. When I first read the Philosophy of Freedom at the age of...

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The Atelier d’art social de Montréal is 33 years old “I would not be who I am without the people I have known …”

, March 20, 2018

Michel Dongois, in collaboration with Denis Schneider   The Atelier d’art social de Montréal has just celebrated its 33rd year of existence. Thirty-three years, the great death-resurrection cycle… Since its beginning on May 28, 1984, the Atelier has touched hundreds of individuals with its lectures, workshops, artistic exercises and biography sessions. Denis Schneider, its founder, now asks himself: “Today, the Atelier has reached a turning point, a chrysalis stage. After these many years of effort on the part of participants and collaborators that have created the caterpillar, how can we now encourage the butterfly to free itself and spread its wings? Whatever the answer may be, two important questions must be faced: what to do at the present time and what are the needs that must be addressed?”   It was upon returning home from England with wife and son, following a training course in social development at Emerson...

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Mystery Drama Initiative in Vancouver

, March 20, 2018

In Vancouver Marie-Reine Adams, a coworker at Cascadia (our urban Camphill), has been working with an enthusiastic group to perform the medieval scenes ( 6, 7, 8 and 9) from Steiner’s second mystery drama, The Soul’s Probation. This group has been practising twice a week for an hour though not everybody can come each time. The performance is scheduled for March 25th, Palm Sunday at the Waldorf School. There will be a talk at 5:30 pm on the Knights Templar with the evening performance of the four scenes at 7 pm. Marie-Reine comes from Botton Village in England where, together with a professional director, she worked with companions and coworkers to perform the first three mystery dramas. She also helped with the presentation of the third mystery drama in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The challenge now is for everyone to learn their lines. Another challenge is that a few people have...

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Featuring Douglas Cardinal – courtesy of Calgary University

, March 20, 2018

On the eve of the anniversary of Rudolf Steiner’s birth, we’d like to share with you a story and an interview conducted recently at the University of Calgary, featuring Canadian architect Douglas Cardinal. Mr. Cardinal, considered to be Canada’s most important and celebrated Indigenous architect, cites Dr. Steiner, his work and his philosophies, as one the earliest influences in his career. He also refers to his experiences at the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Architecture (and the education he received, and teachings on Steiner there) as being key to his own beliefs and philosophies on the possibilities of design. We’d like to invite you to view the video and read the recent story generated at the University of Calgary, which focuses on Indigenous design thinking and features Mr. Cardinal. We’ve created a DropBox that contains the shortened video for the story (which is available on You Tube) and the...

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Remembering D’Arcy Mckenzie

, March 9, 2018

April Quan: AHWS parent and former Facilitator: Many of us in the Waldorf school community, downtown and in Thornhill, are grieving the loss of D’Arcy Mackenzie. He passed away peacefully in the hospital, surrounded by his family, close to a year after his diagnosis of brain cancer. D’Arcy and Leslie’s daughters, Molly and Isobel, graduated from Waldorf Academy, Molly in 2009, Isobel in 2016. In Molly’s early years at Waldorf Academy, D’Arcy was class rep, and around 2003 he became co-chair of the Parent Council. He was already involved in other areas of the school, having demonstrated an ability to penetrate deeply into issues ranging from finance to curriculum review and revision of the governance model. His commitment, insight, and hard work served the school well on committees, and he was a natural to join the Board, where he served terms as Chair and as President. He demonstrated leadership...

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