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Dear Friends of Auriel Eurythmy,

, September 15, 2021

We hope you are having a warm and relaxing Summer. We have had an eventful year filled with many highlights and much hard work. We began our year in a new purpose built eurythmy room in Coyoacan, a beautiful old colonial neighbourhood of Mexico City, built by one of our students. We completed the year with a combined Summer module with all three groups of eurythmy students. Our first, second and fourth year joined together for this module. We began each day with singing, led by Karen Gallagher, and then worked with guest teacher Darsi Ribeiro from Peru, who led the students through sequences of therapeutic eurythmy exercises. Visiting us from Germany for this module was Astrid Infantas, one of our mentors from the Stuttgart Eurythmeum, who taught basic elements in tone and speech eurythmy. At the end of each day the students worked with Jennifer Brooks Quinn, recently moved...

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From the World Society Into the Future by Bert Chase, General Secretary

, September 14, 2021

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, How does the light shine through matter? How does substance receive radiance into itself?   Early in the twentieth century Rudolf Steiner began the practice of creating unique, identifying motifs for anthroposophical activities and publications. These designs were to be visual cues that artistically communicated the essential anthroposophical character of what was taking place. Rudolf Steiner’s intention was that these distinct forms would stand as signatures for what was arising out of his work.   Over the years this new art form has evolved extensively, becoming integral to anthroposophical initiatives wherever they occur. As such the quest for an appropriate design, that includes a typeface and colours that enhance the image, is one of the most important steps in developing a public presence for an anthroposophical initiative.   In 2016 the Council of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada began...

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From Above after F. R. Scott by Philip Thatcher

, September 14, 2021

From Above after F. R. Scott That is when you see it how water pervades this land From a single propeller Beaver low over Johnstone Strait, over the sounds and inlets reaching into sheer coastal rock before touching down so, so deftly on the Kingcome River Coming out of Inuvik, the Mackenzie Delta below a maze of ponds, channels a labyrinth of passage and dead ends looking for that Ariadne thread as westward the east slope of the Richardson Mountains marks where the last ice age came to a stop Flying west from Fort Simpson to the South Nahanni River and its falls, above the myriad lakes below and eastward from Yellowknife into Nunavut, then west again over lake upon lake, the blue of each alight at the ending of the day Rising out of Cape Dorset and looking north into Baffin Island, lakes spreading across the wet earth,...

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The Foundation Stone Meditation and the Challenges of Our Time

, September 14, 2021

We are so pleased to announce that the book The Foundation Stone Meditation and the Challenges of Our Time is now available for sale! This wonderful and important volume was made possible by donations from members of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada. Edited by Arie van Ameringen, former General Secretary of our Society, and Christianne Haid, who leads the Literary Arts and Humanities Section at Dornach, it contains fourteen unique essays that approach the Foundation Stone Meditation from the most diverse perspectives. This great meditation stands at the very centre of anthroposophical life. The more each of us can bring to it, the more it can enlighten us, warm us, and guide us in our lives and in our shared work on behalf of Anthroposophia. But it can also be an imposing practice to take on. This volume helps us get to know the meditation in its manifold richness. Reading these...

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Anthroposophy CanadaWide with Arlene Thorn

, September 14, 2021

Our Society will continue the Anthroposophy CanadaWide zoom calls, starting this month on Sunday, September 26 at 4 pm Eastern. Our first presenter will be Arlene Thorn who is active with the New Adult Learning Movement, a network of people seeking change through learning processes based on sevenfoldness. This movement comes out of the Dutch anthroposophical stream and the work of Coen van Houten, Bernard Lievegoed, and F.W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven. Over the past 20 years, Arlene has developed the Connections program for personal and professional development. This program offers courses in-person and online. Arlene’s talk on September 26th will be: Experiencing the Destiny of the Age through Karma Consciousness More zoom calls are being organized but, at the point of this writing, plans are not yet finalized. Our hope was that these calls could take place on the third Sunday of each month but this is not always...

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Calling All Writers! Articles Needed for Perspectives 2021/2022. Mark McGivern, editor

, September 14, 2021

The editorial team of Perspectives (our Canadian Society publication) is planning for our next few issues. We have decided to have two issues a year, one in the winter and one in the summer. We would like to prioritize youth in the winter editions, which we will publish just through the website. The summer editions will be in usual paper edition delivered to all members at their home and open to submissions from all members. Our upcoming themes come from planning that is taking place for the 100th anniversary of the re-founding of the Anthroposophical Society after the burning of the first Goetheanum in December,1922. As we recall, the original Goetheanum was destroyed in an all-consuming fire that left witnesses desolate. After the initial shock, it was Rudolf Steiner who comforted and encouraged everyone in the movement to look towards the future: “If we are able to change the...

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