Posts made in April, 2019


From the World Society – On Our North Star

, April 28, 2019

Dear Members and Friends of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada Rushing toward Europe, 30,000 feet above the vast immensity of our Canadian north, I look down upon the threshold between night and day. From out of Europe and across the Atlantic night sweeps toward the rainbow hued radiance of the western sky. Across the Pacific and into Asia day slip back across the rapidly dimming horizon. Swiftly indigo mantles over the last memory of the day. Here and there, slowly at first, points of light appear against the vast above. Then in cascading radiance, the luminous blue night takes on her veil of stars. The swiftness of her coming is vertiginous. The abruptness of her advance reveals how swiftly the earth spin about her invisible axis. We can almost see the stars becoming streaks of light sweeping from dusk to dawn, inscribing the path of their journeys across the...

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The White Rose (from 1943 to the present): Valour clothed in gentleness – Part 1 of 2 – Michel Dongois

, April 28, 2019

There are certain stories that follow us all our lives and leave an indelible mark on our souls – inspiring stories that are still being written to this day. For me, the history of the White Rose (in German: Die Weisse Rose) is one such story. This group, made up primarily of medical students, was one of the most famous resistance movements in Germany under the Nazi regime. I feel it is relevant to raise awareness White Rose’s impulse as we prepare to gather for the annual general meeting of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, where the question of Evil will be taken up as the main theme. As a teenager in France, in my German classes I was always excited when I could translate White Rose political leaflets. And when working as a journalist in Quebec, I was delighted to be able to meet with two of the...

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Looking For Investors For Waldorf Schools

, April 26, 2019

The Vidar Foundation helps connect borrowers from socially worthy projects with lenders who want to invest their money in ways that can help the world to heal. Like our much larger counterpart in the USA, the Rudolf Steiner Foundation, we seek out and support initiatives in education, health, cooperatives, and sustainable agriculture here in Canada. We are currently seeking investors for two worthy Waldorf schools ready to expand; one very young and vigourous, and one more mature. The six year old Okanagan Waldorf School near Vernon, BC, is building a larger Early Childhood Center to expand their outreach, kindergarten program, and enrolment. They have already secured $800,000 in grants and gifts for their building, which is going up this month. The well established Halton Waldorf School in Burlington is now 30 years old, with 200 students, and is ready to take the last big step and open a high...

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Waldorf High School education growing in Burlington, Ontario

, April 26, 2019

Halton Waldorf is growing a high school. The school located in the Orchard neighborhood of Burlington, Ontario not far from the Niagara Escarpment and the shores of Lake Ontario.  Our mission is to enrich and strengthen each child’s potential to become a knowledgeable, reflective, and compassionate citizen of the world. After nearly 20 years in our current location we have grown into a strong, vibrant community with a parent-toddler program, preschool, three kindergartens, eight grades and a budding high school. As a result of the generosity of countless parents, alumni/ae, faculty, staff and friends, children in the Halton area have had the chance to experience extraordinary Waldorf education.   In September of 2018 we launched our high school program with the first grade 9 class. We have purchased a second property and are proceeding with construction plans for an additional school campus which will be home to the high...

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My Story and the Story Behind Myriad Village in Manitoba – Monika Pudelko

, April 26, 2019

It has been always my dream to live in a harmonious way with nature. I grew up in the country side in northern Germany and played each afternoon in fields and forests. In my early twenties I met anthroposophy which gave me answers to the big questions I had about the world. Along the way I studied painting, sculpture and eurythmy; I also became a Waldorf teacher and was active in the Youth Section. The need of environmental change and my deep connection to the arts and anthroposophy have always gone together. In 2008 at a Goetheanum conference I had the good fortune to meet Ibrahim Abouleish, the founder of Sekem in Egypt. From then on I knew for certain that it was possible to create a community, harmonious with nature and enlivened with the arts, Waldorf education and the practice of biodynamic farming and also made feasible with...

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