Posts made in December, 2017


Opening of Northern Lights School – Arlene Thorn

, December 11, 2017

On September 29th, 2017, Northern Lights School held the official opening of its kindergarten with a small group of 7 students, a Waldorf-trained teacher Vicki McQueen, a group of dedicated parents and a motivated Board. Our mission is to re-imagine education in Thunder Bay, a centre for Northwestern Ontario. The vision to support the unfolding of each child through the head, heart and hands has sprouted. The kindergarten is in the upstairs of the North McIntyre Recreation Centre. The space is open, clear, light-filled and simple. Each object is beautiful and meaningful. The teacher has a calm warmth and clarity in her movements and her speaking. The space is blessed with presence and a feeling of joy. The children are thriving. The parents are heartened and grateful. Community Building We have made a wonderful start. Our devoted families host a monthly dinner to create community, celebrate the students, enjoy the...

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Canada: The Great Lakes – Lake Superior – Thunder Bay – Northern Lights Waldorf Kindergarten – Arlene Thorn: by Elyse Pomeranz

, December 11, 2017

Part 1 One individual can create ripples. Arlene Thorn is an individual who creates ripples in the lives of many who have studied with her over the years, through many initiatives that support what is whole and well and full of wonder in our world. I have been blessed to visit Thunder Bay four times now. Each time I was hosted graciously by Arlene and her family. I heard of her many initiatives to support study/teacher training/adult learning all based in Anthroposophy. And this fourth time I was given the joy of a visit to the very new Waldorf Kindergarten initiative that she has tenderly nurtured into the world. The space is open, clear and simple. Every object is beautiful and meaningful. The teacher has a calm warmth and clarity in her movements and her speaking. This place is blessed with presence and a feeling of joy. All support...

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“The Portal of Initiation” in Thornhill — Richard Chomko

, December 11, 2017

TQuest productions wrapped up their final two performances, including the Canadian premiere, of Rudolf Steiner’s first mystery drama, “The Portal of Initiation”, October 27-29 and November 4th in Thornhill. Both performances were sold out in advance. For many in the troupe, it was the culmination of three years of intense working together to bring Rudolf Steiner’s words to life on stage, to represent the esoteric path of development in dramatic form, with spiritual beings such as Lucifer, Ahriman, nature spirits and soul forces appearing among the characters. This Canadian premiere of the full “Portal of Initiation” mystery drama drew a broad spectrum of people, some of whom had just recently heard about it from friends, and others who had been lifelong anthroposophists. Lack of knowledge of anthroposophy seemed not to be an obstacle to a meaningful experience of the drama for the newcomers I spoke to. At the after...

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