Posts made in October, 2015


Visit of Joan Sleigh to the Toronto Area 30 September – 3 October, 2015 – Mark McAlister

, October 16, 2015

Some background: In 2014, the Thornhill Group hosted a number of events relating to social art.  (See: Resilience and Renewal Through Social Sculpture)  The “social sculpture” workshop with Deborah Ravetz   was a big highlight.  Here is a comment from one of the participants:  “As long as we as individuals do not look at our own “hidden, ignored and denied” issues, we will not move forward as a community. If we stay stuck in our old ways and don’t dare to jump,  we will not change anything. Only if we make ourselves vulnerable will we make progress. To face our own vulnerability is incredibly difficult for us, it requires such courage and strong will and not everyone is able to do take the important first step”. We studied the biographies of many individuals who emerged from shattering catastrophes, bringing powerful new impulses into the world.  We asked,  What is hidden,...

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THE DELICATE BALANCE OF GAIA Conference/Workshop Report 
6-10th August, 2015, 
Oakdene Centre, Bear River, Nova Scotia


, October 16, 2015

Duncan and Maggie Keppie, Jennifer Greene and Jonathan Swan This unique conference brought water and rocks together as subjects of Goethean observation of the processes common to water and the earth as a step towards a deepening understanding of the “Living Water and Earth or Gaia”. The stage was set by presentation of a beautiful puppet production of Goethe’s The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily by a group of South Shore Waldorf parents under the direction of Monike Wildemann. Goethe regarded the Fairy Tale as his way of presenting his most profound observations of nature in the transformation of the soul. The Fairy Tale is set in a landscape divided by a river that depicts the boundary between two lands: the land of our normal ‘daytime’ consciousness and the land of the super-sensible, which is not accessible to our normal sense perception. By the...

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Stand-Alone Performance of the First Third of the Portal of Initiation

, October 3, 2015

On Saturday 31 October, Christian Community Priest Daniel Hafner will deliver an introductory lecture on the Portal of Initiation.  Then, TQuest Productions of Toronto will perform the first third of the Portal of Initiation.  17 of us have been working for over a year now to cultivate the imagination which is reflected in this drama.  I hope you will join us! The event will take place at the Christian Community Church at 901 Rutherford Road, Thornhill, Ontario. Tickets will be available at the door.  Registration will commence at 12:30 noon.  Daniel’s lecture will commence at 1:00pm.  The play begins at 2:00pm and will finish by 5:30pm.  Price is $25.  For more information, download the Portal Flyer.  (This event is entirely independent of the Freedom Mystery Conference.)  This performance is sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, the Toronto Branch and the Thornhill Group.  It is also made possible by...

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The Freedom Mystery Conference as a Destiny Event by Robert McKay

, October 3, 2015

by Robert McKay In a conversation with Rudolf Steiner that took place in April 1922 in The Hague, Walter Johannes Stein asked Rudolf Steiner, “What will remain of your work in thousands of years?  Rudolf Steiner replied: “Nothing but The Philosophy of Freedom,” and then added: “But everything is contained in it. If someone realizes the act of freedom described there, he finds the whole content of Anthroposophy”.1 This is a fascinating statement and open to various interpretations. Will humanity lose the great treasure that is anthroposophy over the next thousand years? I doubt it. I suspect that Steiner was addressing what of his work will be an enduring contribution. I imagine that in a thousand years, there will be many initiates working on the earth and that their collective creativity will, as is the case in all true arenas of knowledge, have incorporated and surpassed what a pioneer,...

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The Freedom Mystery Conference

, October 3, 2015

Join us for a conference exploring the path of knowledge implicit in the Philosophy of Freedom, from Friday 23 October to Sunday 25 October, 2015 at the Christian Community Church in Thornhill, Ontario.  Don’t worry if you have found the book challenging to read – of if you have not read it at all!   We have worked hard to make this conference widely accessible and of real value to people who are not Philosophy of Freedom enthusiasts.  This conference is sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, the Toronto Branch and the Thornhill Branch.  It is also made possible by a donation from Vidar Foundation. A performance of the first third of Rudolf Steiner’s first mystery drama, “The Portal of Initiation” will be interwoven into the conference.  Christian Community Priest Daniel Hafner will accompany us on this quest, delivering lectures and introducing each scene of the Portal.  For more...

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