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February 2019

SAVE THE DATES: Upcoming Events at the RSCT, around the Thornhill Anthroposophical Campus, and in Halifax and England


Julian Mulock on Picturing the Invisible, April 7, 14 

Here's looking forward to two Sunday afternoons at the Steiner Centre April 7th and 14th, with artist, actor and illustrator, Julian Mulock, who will be exploring art works and art history related to the theme of "Picturing the Invisible -- the Spiritual in Art". Details are still being worked out. Check www.rsct.ca closer to the date for full info. Photo above is of Julian with some of the props he made for the local 2017 production of Rudolf Steiner's mystery drama "The Portal of Initiation".


RSCT Summer Festival of Arts & Education, July 8-26

Once again the RSCT will be offering grade-specific summer courses for Waldorf teachers, along with other study and arts courses based in Waldorf and anthroposophy, suited for a more general audience of parents and friends. The web page for the Summer Festival has been updated for 2019 on the RSCT website, and you can register online there already now. Or drop by the Steiner Centre for a more detailed brochure in mid-March (we're still putting it together) if you’d like to learn more. The theme for this year’s session is from Friedrich Schiller — “Only through Beauty's morning gate, dost thou enter the land of Knowledge”. Here's the link to the RSCT Summer Festival page with a link for online registration.


RSCT's First Ever Young Adult Retreats - July, Aug.

The RSCT is organizing a couple of week-long retreats for young adults this summer, in July at Glencolton Farms, in Durham Ontario (July 19-25), and in August at Wakefield (New dates Aug 18-24) in the Gatineau Hills of Quebec. The idea behind these programs is to create a week-long experience in which young people will be able to connect with anthroposophy through art, nature, farming, and the experienced mentors who will be running the programs. This is the first time such programs have been offered in Canada. Read more at this link. 


Waldorf Alumni/ae World Festival in Halifax, Aug. 7-12

TWS grad Micah Edelstein is one of the key organizers behind this event, which seeks to draw Waldorf Alumni from around the globe to come to Canada for a once in a lifetime festival of all things Waldorf. Fortunately the scheduling is such that festival attendees would be also able to take part in one of the RSCT retreats, either before or after the festival this summer. Read more on the Festival website.


Emerson College Alumni Gathering, Aug. 7-11

Emerson College in England is also having an alumni gathering in August of 2019. This may be the first such event that they have ever hosted. Unfortunately there is a date overlap with the Waldorf Alumni/ae World Festival in Halifax. So you won't be able to attend both. More details on the Emerson event here.


It's Anand Mandaiker Week at Hesperus Feb. 18, 21

The first event, on Monday Feb. 18th, at 7 pm is when Anand will be a guest speaker at the "Money for a Better World group", where we've been meeting twice a month since Easter of 2015 to study Rudolf Steiner's ideas on economics and the threefold nature of society. See the poster below for what exactly Anand will be speaking about. If you're coming for this event, RSVP to rchomko@gmail.com  Details on poster below:


 


The second event, on Thursday Feb. 21st, at 7 pm, titled "Buddha and Christ", is being presented by some members of the committee that is working towards the formation of a new members group here in Thornhill.


Arscura Open House March 1st - 3rd

RSCT partner Arscura will be having an open house exhibition of student work at 901 Rutherford Rd, Thornhill, opening March 1st 7-9 pm. Details on the poster below:

 


New Thornhill Area Members Group - Tues. Mar. 19th

We should take this opportunity as well to mention the meeting that is planned for Tuesday March 19th, to consider together taking the step of forming a new local anthroposophical society members group in the Thornhill area. Some people wonder if there isn't already a members group here. Well, there is. It is the Thornhill Group that has sponsored a number of events over the last few years. Up until now, that group has focused on coordinating outreach among the various initiatives on the campus. However, it has not been what people generally think of as a members group. 

And then there's the first Tuesday of the week study group at Hesperus which some people seem to think is a members group. It started out as a gathering of anthroposophists who happened to be living at Hesperus, and although the question was posed there as to whether this group wanted to take the step of becoming a recognized members group, the answer at the time was "no". The group has since evolved into a study group, that has been most recently working through some books about life between death and rebirth, and our relations with the so-called "dead".

The organizing committee, which has met three or four times so far, would like to invite all local members of the Society to gather in the Foundaton Room at Hesperus (upstairs living room in the old section) on March 19th at 7 pm, to come to a decision on forming a new local members group. If you are a member of the Society and can't be there that day, and would like your voice to be counted, either yea or nay, please email rchomko@gmail.com with your message for the meeting.

Not a Member?

If you are not yet a member, you can become one. Membership in the Anthroposophical Society is open to anyone who regards the work of the General Anthroposophy Society at the Goetheanum (in Switzerland) as a good thing, and is willing to support it’s statutes and principles, and through membership dues. For further membership questions or to join, please contact Jef Saunders at info@anthroposophy.ca

Waldorf Teacher Education, Consulting, Summer Festival  
  

NEW DATES August 18-24 for Wakefield Young Adult Retreat 2019


The new dates for the RSCT young adult retreat in Wakefield Quebec, in the Gatineau Hills, will be from August 18th to 24th, starting on a Sunday and ending on a Saturday. August 18th will be the day of arrival, with shuttle service provided from the Ottawa airport, and August 24th will be departure day, again with rides to the airport provided for attendees. And in between, there will be three full days of program.

Meeting the Challenge of Today's World

In the world we live in today, there is need and thirst for deeper understanding of what lies behind the material world. Technology offers greater connectivity and yet there is a need to be heard and understood. Many are suffering from the dissonance created by our modern lives. 

Our theme for the Wakefield retreat will be “World of the Senses and World of the Spirit” by Rudolf Steiner. Every day, through in-depth study groups, artistic expression in eurythmy, drama and creative exploration with land art, participants will get a glimpse behind the material veil and gain a better understanding of themselves and their place in world evolution. 

This week-long retreat is for young people who want to see themselves and the world in a new light, who want to feel they are a part of a whole not only an individual, who want to express themselves artistically, who want to share their story around a campfire, and who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.

Community

The team of people who will be leading the Wakefield young adult retreat are a community of professional artists, teachers and farmers, deeply rooted in the local cultural and agricultural communities, with a long standing interest in studying, teaching and creating events in the light of anthroposophy.

Jean-Charles Le Gal Leblanc

Jean-Charles LeGal-Leblanc has been a Waldorf teacher since 2005 and holds certificates from the Foyer Michael in France, and Waldorf teacher education from Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. He currently works at Trille des Bois, a French public Waldorf-inspired school and lives on a farm in the Wakefield area. 

Julie Le Gal

Julie Le Gal is a professional actor trained in Speech and Drama work and particularly in the Michael Chekhov technique. She has taught acting for professional actors in Melbourne, Australia, in the US and Canada. She has studied and worked with the findings of anthroposophy for over 20 years and lives with her family in the Wakefield area.

Sylvie Richard

Sylvie Richard, is a Spring Valley Eurythmy School graduate. She currently teaches pedagogical eurythmy to children in Ottawa and freelances in the United States. She holds a Biographical Counselling diploma from the Biography and Social Development Trust in England as well as a Masters in Education from Antioch University. Her thesis is titled “The Teacher as Artist”.

Sylvie is also a visual artist, and she will lead the afternoon program on Social Sculpture and Nature Art. See photo at the bottom of this page from one of her workshops, titled "Exploring Creative Forces in Nature and Art with Sylvie Richard, Visual Artist and Eurythmist".

Marc-Antoine Brodeur

Marc-Antoine Brodeur works as a trained eurythmy therapist and Waldorf teacher in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied eurythmy in Botton Village Camphill, England. After having taught theatre, singing, anthroposophy and eurythmy at the Foyer Michael foundation year in France he took part in a world eurythmy tour and then completed a curative eurythmy therapy training. 

Jean-Michel Brodeur

Jean-Michel has been working in artisitc education since 2002, creating and leading theatre workshops for the Stratford Festival, Théâtre français de Toronto and the Toronto branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada.  He has a certificate in artistic education from York University.  

As a professional actor, Jean-Michel has acted on stages across Canada and screens around the world. He has trained in theatre at Studio 58, the Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival and the Actors Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre. A co-founder of ArtiCulture, Jean-Michel is passionate about bringing people together with art and nature.

Stunning Location in the Gatineau Hills 

The retreat location, in the beautiful Gatineau Hills of Quebec, is on a wilderness ranch with a private 10-acre lake for swimming, canoeing and row-boating as well as 50 acres of wilderness trails for hiking, horseback riding and simply taking in the pristine nature. A short drive away is beautiful Wakefield, Québec. This full-service town is a gateway to Gatineau Park, offering hundreds of kilometres of back country trails and pristine lakes perfect for hiking, cycling, swimming, canoeing or kayaking.

The area offers the quiet of the country only 25 min outside the bustling capital, Ottawa, which has an international airport. The area is primarily an English minority in the vibrant French Québecois culture, unique for North America.

Click this link for more information, including schedule, registration, and links to brochures.

Help Sponsor a Young Person to Attend

There may be young people who would like to take part in one of these young adult retreats but who cannot themselves afford to pay the costs involved. If you would like to help sponsor a young person to attend one of these events, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the RSCT's sponsorship fund. Your generosity could make a big difference in someone's life.  Here is the link for making that donation.

From a poster for "Exploring Creative Forces in Nature and Art with Sylvie Richard, Visual Artist and Eurythmist". Sylvie Richard will be one of the featured presenters at the 2019 Wakefield Young Adult Retreat.

  

FIRST EVER: Young Adult Summer Retreat Weeks - at Wakefield Quebec and at Glencolton Farms


RSCT Offers First-Ever Retreats for Young Adults (18-35)

This year, for the first time ever, the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto will be offering retreats for young adults, between the ages of 18 and 35. Two different retreats will be offered on two different dates and in different locations.

In the world we live in today, there is great need for deeper understandings of what lies behind the material. Many are suffering from the dissonance created by the disharmony of our modern civilization. These weeks will help us to penetrate the greater currents at work in the world today and to find a way to bring harmony back into our lives and the world around us. 

1. At Glencolton Farms in Ontario in July 2019

The first will be July 19th to 25th at Glencolton Farm near Durham Ontario. This is the farm of Michael Schmidt and Elisa van der Hout. The theme for the week will be “Experiencing Anthroposophy on a Biodynamic Farm”. This is billed as a seven-day retreat for young adults from around the world, interested in deepening their knowledge of anthroposophy and nature. 

Glencolton Farm is a fully diversified 200 acre biodynamic farm in Grey County, Ontario, with cattle, chickens, pigs, horses, an orchard and a garden. There is also an extensive on-farm bakery operation.

The farm has hosted many young people from around the world who come to participate in biodynamic apprenticeship programs and school class visits.

Glencolton Farm has also been the venue and producer of an annual summer music festival, Symphony in the Barn, and a winter Christmas fundraising market for the Edgehill Country School, the Christkindl Market.

Not content to innovate solely in the means and methods of production, the farmers at Glencolton Farm have also developed a unique and innovative ownership structure. The farm is cooperatively owned by the farmers themselves. it is financed cooperatively with the investment of the community of people who eat the food which the farm produces, who are then not merely consumers, but also people who have “skin the game”. 

Glencolton Week Leaders

Michael Schmidt is a career farmer, who came to Ontario from Germany in the early 1980s to establish a biodynamic farm and help build community. In addition to his contributions to the Ontario biodynamic scene, he helped start the Edgehill Country School, and has pioneered a series of Symphony in the Barn summer music festivals on his farm, helping to bring not only biodynamic agriculture but also musical, and Waldorf educational culture, to rural Ontario.

Michael has also been a pioneer in the struggle — still ongoing — to legalize raw milk in Canada. And he has worked with others across Canada, and in the United States, and even in the political arena — running several times for public office and working with politicians — to promote freedom of choice when it comes to the foods people eat and drink. Court challenges and appeals are still ongoing with this work.

Elisa van der Hout, who will also be helping lead the week, is a Guelph university agriculture graduate who has been working in biodynamics now for 19 years.

The third leader for the week at Glencolton will be Greg Scott, who is a sculptor, Waldorf teacher, and adult educator.

Click here for more info on Glencolton Farm Young Adult Retreat


2. at Wakefield, in the Gatineau Hills in August 2019

The second retreat will be from August 18th to 24th, near Wakefield, in the Gatineau Hills of Quebec. There the focus will be deepening knowledge of art, anthroposophy and the natural world. Although this retreat will be held in Quebec where both French and English are spoken, this retreat will be conducted in English. Five people will be sharing the leadership of the Wakefield conference. 

Wakefield Leaders

Jean-Charles LeGal-Leblanc has been a Waldorf teacher since 2005 and holds certificates from the Foyer Michael in France, and Waldorf teacher education from Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. He currently works at Trille des Bois, a French public Waldorf-inspired school and lives on a farm in the Wakefield area. 

Julie Le Gal is a professional actor trained in Speech and Drama work and particularly in the Michael Chekhov technique. She has taught acting for professional actors in Melbourne, Australia, in the US and Canada. She has studied and worked with the findings of anthroposophy for over 20 years and lives with her family in the Wakefield area.

Sylvie Richard, is a Spring Valley Eurythmy School graduate. She currently teaches pedagogical eurythmy to children in Ottawa and freelances in the United States. She holds a Biographical Counselling diploma from the Biography and Social Development Trust in England as well as a Masters in Education from Antioch University. Her thesis is titled “The Teacher as Artist”.

Marc-Antoine Brodeur works as a trained eurythmy therapist and Waldorf teacher in Stuttgart, Germany. He studied eurythmy in Botton Village Camphill, England. After having taught theatre, singing, anthroposophy and eurythmy at the Foyer Michael foundation year in France he took part in a world eurythmy tour and then completed a curative eurythmy therapy training. 

Jean-Michel Brodeur has been working in artistic education since 2002, creating and leading theatre workshops for the Stratford Festival, Théâtre français de Toronto and the Toronto branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada.  He has a certificate in artistic education from York University.  

As a professional actor, Jean-Michel has acted on stages across Canada and screens around the world. He has trained in theatre at Studio 58, the Conservatory for Classical Theatre at the Stratford Festival and the Actors Conservatory at the Canadian Film Centre. A co-founder of ArtiCulture, Jean-Michel is passionate about bringing people together with art and nature.

Click here for more info on the Wakefield Young Adult Retreat

A word about Schedules

The seven days of each retreat include the day of arrival and the day of departure. Transportation to and from local airports is provided, as are all meals and accommodation during your stay at the retreat. This means that there will be five full days of program not counting the arrival and departure days.

Help Sponsor a Young Person to Attend

There may be young people who would like to take part in one of these young adult retreats but who cannot themselves afford to pay the costs involved. If you would like to help sponsor a young person to attend one of these events, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the RSCT's sponsorship fund. Your generosity could make a big difference in someone's life. Here is the link for making that donation.


EXTRA: Waldorf Alumni/ae World Festival

Coincidentally, these RSCT young adult retreats are scheduled both before and after the Waldorf Alumni/ae World Festival that will be taking place this summer in Halifax from August 7th through 12th. 

If you are coming to Canada this summer to attend one of these young adult retreats, why not plan to stay a bit longer and also go to the Waldorf Alumni/ae World Festival in Halifax.

Waldorf Schools, Summer Festival  
  
December 2018

Working with the Archangels - Jan in Ireland


Above: view of the historic town of Kilkenny in Ireland, from a local tourist information display.

Recently our Director of Early Childhood Education, Jan Ney Patterson, attended a four-day conference in Kilkenny Ireland for leaders of Waldorf early childhood education programs. The 89 participants included representatives from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, Canada and the USA. This conference was the third and final in a series of colloquiums. 

Lest Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot

During the conference, Jan was able to meet some of the people she had worked with at the earlier conference in Vienna. Jan also renewed her connection to Graham Kennish a colleague she knew from her time at Emerson College in the 1970s.

The theme for this conference was about the inner development of the educator. Who trains the trainer and how deeply do they drink from the well? 

Working Together with Other Teachers Around the World

Florian Oswald, leader of the Pedagogical Section in Dornach was the keynote speaker.  It was significant to have someone primarily related to the grade school focus working with the early childhood educators as the two areas need to work more closely together.

Florian admired how the International Association of Steiner/Waldorf Early Childhood Education (IASWECE) organization had established such high standards for the training of early childhood educators.

Every morning opened with the verse from Steiner’s mystery drama The Portal of Initiation setting the tone for the day. 

"When many people join in conversation, 

Their words present themselves before the soul 

As if among them stood, mysteriously, 

The Archetype of Man. 

It shows itself diversified in many souls, 

Just as pure light, the One, 

Reveals itself within the rainbow’s arch 

In many coloured hues."

WECAN photo above, from the Kilkenny colloquium, reprinted by permission. Other photos courtesy of Jan Patterson.

Ph.D. Equivalent for Early Childhood

A teacher educator must herself be a master of the subject she is teaching.  How do we gain this kind of mastery? How do we do spiritual research? In the academic world, professors are expected to have a Ph.D. but what is the equivalent for early childhood? To stand before our students we must be actively working on our own inner development.

To deepen our relationship Florian stressed the significance of what has come to be called “the night work”. Connecting to one’s own angel is the first step. The second is for our own angels to connect to one another through the activity of the archangels. From one to another, they unite us with colleagues all over the world. 

Above: view from Jan's bedroom, at the place she was staying, near Kilkenny Ireland.

Like Modern Monks - The "Night Community"

Florian called this activity “the night community”. We are like modern monks. But we only become a community when the space between us is filled with listening to the other. We need to hold back and become interested in what the other is saying.

We have two thresholds —sleeping and waking. In the night we digest the day. But in the day, we need to pay attention to what comes to us from the night. It’s a two-way process. Why is it that the person you need to talk to, suddenly show up? Or just the right thing happens. It is the angel sorting out your day. This is the morning call of “Michael.” 

Here in Canada we are attracting students from all over the world. This year we have our largest, most mature, and most diverse group of part-time and full-time early childhood student teachers. Now more then ever, we need the support of the archangels to allow us to do our work.

Florian is adamant that to do this we need to get rid of limited pre-conceived ideas. As a result of this work, life can start to change as it does for example when a child starts to change during a focused child study.

Learnings from the Workshops

Jan was also able to attend three of the many workshops that were offered. One was about biography, looking at one’s own life as a treasure chest, a self-education process. Another workshop was in Psychosophy to develop skills to become your own counsellor and look at yourself more objectively. And the third one was on using art postcards to enliven our teaching.

Holly and Michael Soule lead a sharing workshop about how we prepare our students to meet the social dynamics in a Waldorf school and how to nurture social capacities in teachers. 

Jan came away both enliven and with a stronger sense of the important role we play at the Rudolf Steiner Centre. Even though we are small in number, we still have the possibility of bringing a great light into the world, but in order to do this, we must first re-kindle our own light.

Jan Ney Patterson 

Above: Jan walking by the river. Below: one of the colloquium sessions in progress.

Waldorf Teacher Education, Waldorf Schools  
  

Christmas Greetings and Upcoming Events Dec-Feb


The photo above is from the RSCT's end-of-the-school year Christmas festival, which was celebrated with faculty, volunteers, friends, and this year's full time Waldorf Professional Development students, on Friday December 14th.

At this festival, the Teacher Education students presented a puppet show of an indigenous story in which one of the characters was a little bird. The students also made little birds out of white wool and gave one to each person who attended the festival. Many of the people in the photo are holding up the little white birds they were given.

Remembering the Wider Community

This is a time of year when we want to remember all those people who have connected, or will connect, with impulse of Waldorf education and anthroposophy and with the work of the Rudolf Steiner Center Toronto.

If you are one of those who has already made the connection, we would like to thank you for your participation and interest in sharing with us the task of helping people discover and learn more about Waldorf and anthroposophy through programs and events that the RSCT offers. And if you are one of those who will be connecting with this work in the future, please don't wait too long to get in touch.

We also hope you will support this work with your generous donations, volunteer help, and by confirming that you want to receive our emails. 

Best wishes for 2019

James Brian, RSCT Executive Director


Upcoming Events Dec. 14 - Feb. 12

Dec. 17 - Third Festival of Light at Toronto Waldorf School, 8:30 am

Dec. 19 - Oberufer Shepherd’s Play – Join the TWS faculty, staff, students, and members of the community for a performance of this traditional medieval shepherd’s play in the Toronto Waldorf School forum. Admission is by donation. 

Dec. 21 - Fourth Festival of Light at Toronto Waldorf School, 8:30 am

Dec. 22 - Last Village Market Saturday of 2018

Dec. 29 - Village Market closed for one Saturday. 

Jan. 5 - Village Market re-opens for 2019

Jan. 15 - Local members of the Anthroposophical Society are invited to meet on Tuesday January 15th, 7 pm in the Foundation Room at Hesperus to join an initiative group working together towards forming a new members group in the Thornhill area. For more info: rchomko@gmail.com

Feb. 1 - Registration begins for Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy, and Professional Development for Waldorf Teachers (both full-time and part-time). All of the above programs start in Sept. 2019. Foundation Studies will be offered both on Wednesday mornings (for parents) and Saturday mornings, at the RSCT in Thornhill. There may also be Foundation Studies programs in downtown Toronto, in Guelph and in Halton. Registration also begins in February for the RSCT’s Summer Festival of Arts and Education July 8 to 27. Contact: info@rsct.ca • 905-764-7570 • rsct.ca

Feb. 12, 19, 26, March 5 - Dr. Kenneth McAlister will give a course titled “Enlivening Our Concepts with Experiential Exploration” in the Foundation Room at Hesperus East. Sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in Canada. See details on poster below.


Waldorf Teacher Education, Waldorf Schools  
  

Wish List for the RSCT's First "Star Seedlings Family and Childcare Centre" in Guelph


The RSCT's Waldorf Childcare Enterprise Director, Karen Weyler, has been hard at work, getting ready for the opening of the first "Star Seedlings Family and Child Care Centre" in Guelph in the spring of 2019. The house which the new centre will inhabit, has been previously used as a childcare centre, which should simplify compliance and approvals.

However, as you can see from the interior photos above, it's going to need some loving work to make it into a "Waldorf" childcare centre. Karen has sent the following list of things that are needed to get the new centre up and running for the spring of 2019.

If you have any of these items and you're willing to donate them to the Star Seedlings, please contact Karen directly at karen.weyler@yahoo.com

Donations & gifts for four rooms needed & gratefully accepted:

Heavy duty washer and dryer

Fridge

Indoor plants

Wool Carpets and any area rugs of all sizes, plain/solid colour preferred

Love seats and cushions

Window blinds of various sizes

Fabric!

Wooden hand rail for stairs

Bookshelves of all shapes and sizes, wooden for rooms but also metal for storage

Tables, of all shapes and sizes

Chests of drawers

Lamps

TOYS - traditional hand made Waldorf toys, blocks, dolls, play stands, play kitchens.......

Natural materials - shells, pinecones, acorns/chestnuts, etc.

Wooden stumps, dry branches and wooden discs

Wool blankets - preferably solid colour

Baskets

Brooms and dustpans

Vacuum cleaner and industrial mop

Candle holders and lanterns

Picture frames

3-ring binders

Printer and office desk

Household kitchen cooking materials such as bowls, measuring cups and mixing

spoons, baking dishes eg. Muffin tins

Tool box with screwdriver, hammer, pliers, selection of screws and nails etc.

Gardening tools

Snow shovels

Once again, if you have any of these items and you're willing to donate them to the new Star Seedlings Family and Childcare Centre, please contact Karen directly at karen.weyler@yahoo.com Thank you!

 

Waldorf Schools, Family  
  
November 2018

Renewed Vision for the Future - 2018 Gift Appeal


Photo above: Faculty and friends with this year's full-time Waldorf Teacher Professional Development students at the RSCT's Michaelmas festival on September 28th, 2018.

Dear Friends of the Rudolf Steiner Centre,

We have wonderful news to deliver!

We have successfully turned the challenges of the last two years into a renewal of the Rudolf Steiner Centre. We listened closely to extensive input from 50 members of the community in a visioning meeting, interviewed past and present students, and our committed board engaged in several extensive retreats. As a result, the Rudolf Steiner Centre is moving into the future with new confidence and purpose.

From this comprehensive review we have developed a strong, three-year strategic plan for our future which can be viewed through this link.

The results of these efforts have already begun to bear fruit. Our programs are attracting increased interest both nationally and internationally, while we are also developing an exciting partnership with the Canadian Indigenous community.

None of this would have been possible without your steadfast support. We thank you!

We continue our efforts to become an accredited Private Career College so that we will be able to accept more applicants into our Waldorf teacher education programs and build a platform for future vocational training initiatives.

To do this requires concerted effort and expenditure. As we continue to expand our programs, we ask you to give generously to fund this and our future work as we continue to develop the transformative resources of anthroposophy.

To make a donation:

Please go to the Canada Helps “Giving” button on RSCT’s website home page – you will receive a tax receipt immediately: https://www.rsct.ca/

Or visit our website’s “Giving” page to send a cheque.

Warmly,

James Brian, Executive Director

Jan Ney Patterson, Director of Early Childhood Education

Robert McKay, Chair of the Board of Directors

 


RSCT 2018 Successes

June

• The Early Childhood Education part-time program is at full capacity of 17 for the first time. The 2018-2020 cohort is a remarkably diverse and mature group. The Birth-to-Three program was developed by Jan Patterson, our director of Early Childhood Education, to meet the needs of childcare educators seeking what Waldorf education can offer in caring for the youngest and most vulnerable of our children.

July

• The Summer Festival was a great success with over 150 participants. Full-day grade intensives were offered and received positive feedback from teachers and students.

• Nine participants graduated from the Teacher Education part-time program who are now teaching at schools across Canada and in the United States. Currently there are 16 students in years 1 and 2.

• RSCT sponsored an intensive four-week Foundation Studies course in Hanoi, Vietnam, with 35 graduates.

August

• Foundation Studies Encounter, under the leadership of Elyse Pomeranz and Les Black, saw the graduation of 12 Indigenous participants. This course was held at the Everlasting Tree School on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve.

September

• Two courses in Foundation Studies Encounter are being offered at RSCT in Thornhill: Saturday mornings and Wednesday mornings for Toronto Waldorf School parents, both under the leadership of Paul Hodgkins.

• A new course in Foundation Studies Encounter has started Monday evenings in Guelph at the Trillium Waldorf School under the leadership of George Ivanoff.

• RSCT was accepted last November as a Designated Learning Institute by Immigration Canada and currently has students from Korea, China and Mexico in the full-time Teacher Education program.

• To attract more Canadians and thus provide more teachers for Canadian schools, the Centre is now applying to become a private career college. We hope to be able to accept students starting in September, 2019.

November

• The Waldorf Development Conference, with the theme Working with Indigenous Cultural Material in the Waldorf School Setting, attracted 110 participants from Canada and the United States.

December

• We welcomed the return of Professor Fred Amrine for a well attended Sunday Afternoon at the Rudolf Steiner Centre.

• In the new year, RSCT will be opening a childcare centre in Guelph called the Star Seedlings Family and Childcare Centre. This will be under the leadership of Karen Weyler, our National Director of Childcare.In Memory of Gene Campbell

 


In Memory of Gene Campbell

Gene Campbell, the founder of the Foundation Studies Distance program, passed away this summer from cancer. She remained encouraging and dedicated to RSCT and played a big part in helping us implementing our new vision. A moving gathering in tribute to her memory was held at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in September.

We thank and acknowledge Gene Campbell for her dedicated role in helping RSCT expand our understanding of what is possible.

We send her on her journey:

May my love be the sheaths
That now surround you-
Cooling all warmth,
Warming all coldness-
Interwoven with sacrifice!
Live, borne by love-
Light endowed- upward!

Rudolf Steiner

 


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Julian's Play | Indigenous Waldorf Follow-up | Coach to Christkindl Market | Puppet Shows and Concert


Julian Mulock Directs a Play at the Curtain Club

Long-time RSCT supporter and visiting teacher Julian Mulock has a long history in the dramatic arts and especially in community theatre. His latest production is now showing at the Curtain Club in Richmond Hill. The play he is directing, "Enchanted April" is on from Nov. 16th through Dec. 1.

Julian says he was nervous up until opening night when everything came together. He expects it will be sold out due to word of mouth so don't be disappointed. Order your tickets soon! 

You can get tickets online or by calling the Curtain Club box office. If you order online please note that you must enter your address EXACTLY as shown on your credit card account statement.


Indigenous Waldorf Development Conference Follow-up

Earlier this month, the RSCT was pleased to welcome a record crowd of 120 teachers, parents and students to this year's Waldorf Development Conference which was about how to incorporate Indigenous cultural content into a Waldorf school setting.

In the photo above, Chandra Maracle from Everlasting Tree School presents the Haudenosaunee thankfulness prayer at the start of day on Saturday.

CBC Massey Lectures - "All Our Relations"

To learn more about the Indigenous experience in Canada you may want to listen to Tanya Talaga's CBC Massey Lectures, titled "All Our Relations: Finding the Path Forward". You may also want to read this interview with Tanya which appeared recently in the Toronto Star.

You may remember that we mentioned in an earlier post that Tanya was going to give the Massey lectures but now she has given them. The lectures were recently broadcast on CBC Radio's "Ideas" program, Nov. 12th through 16th. They are currently available online at the CBC website.


Concert and Puppet Shows at the Advent Fair December 1st

The annual Christian Community Advent Fair which will take place December 1st at 901 Rutherford Rd, Thornhill will feature two performances of a marionette puppet show.

"The Shoemaker and the Elves", will be performed at 11:30 am and again at 1 pm. It is suitable for children three and older. Tickets are $5.

At 3 pm there will be a concert featuring Anne Marie Kopp, flute and Elisabeth Chomko, piano, performing Bach, Debussy, Calpert, and Poulenc.

Also there will be perormances by young musicians and a community carol sing.

The Advent Fair takes place Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 am to 4 pm. at the Christian Community, 901 Rutherford Rd., Thornhill, L6A 1S2


There's Now a Coach Going to the Christkindl Market

Michael Schmidt and Elisa van der Hout of Glencolton Farms have arranged for a coach to take people up to the Christkindl Market Dec. 7th and 8th at their farm near Durham Ontario.

This is for people who'd like to go but don't want to drive two hours each way from Thornhill. The coach will leave Hesperus both days at 3 pm and return around 11 pm. 

Cost for the coach is $60 and includes admission to the Market and to the Sing-along Messiah.

Tickets available at the Village Market on Saturday mornings or call Marta at Hesperus at 905-764-0840, ext 241. Limited places available. No refunds. The Christkindl Market is a fundraising project for the Edge Hill School.


Frederick Amrine Lecture a Success, Sunday November 18th

In her introduction Diana Hughes said she would have been satisfied with 30 people attending but actually there were more than 60 people who came out to hear Fred's two lectures on karma last Sunday. See photo below. This was the first time Fred Amrine had spoken at the RSCT since 2015. 


More Coming Events

For more about coming events, see this post.

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Further to Frederick Amrine's Event Sunday Afternoon Nov. 18th at the RSCT


In our last story about University of Michigan professor Frederick Amrine, who will be speaking tomorrow, Sunday Nov. 18th at the RSCT, at 2:30 pm, we mentioned that Diana Hughes, John Kettle and James Brian had helped persuade Canadian Indigenous architect, Douglas Cardinal, to write a forward for one of the three volumes of Rudolf Steiner's lectures on architecture which Frederick Amrine was translating into English, a few years ago.

Since then we've been in touch with Douglas Cardinal and he has kindly sent us a copy of that forward to the third volume of Steiner's architecture lectures which professor Amrine translated. That forward is reprinted below, with Douglas Cardinal's permission.

Above: Douglas Cardinal (right) at an exhibit of anthroposophical architecture in Ottawa in 2016 as part of an Anthroposophical Society conference.

Forward

Architecture is a powerful medium that defines our everyday lives. When I am in the city amid the buzz of its activity what I sense most is the human chaos it produces. Cities and buildings have become functional, mechanical, analytical entities geared toward a materialistic and linear productivity. Human elements of love, beauty and compassion are, if not void, isolated to hermetic isles. Compartmentalization, alienation, and disconnection are paramount to mechanical efficiency, but originate much of our social malaise.

In the late 1950s, when I was a young architecture student at the University of Texas in Austin, one of my mentors who supported me in developing my own approach to architecture was Hugo Leipziger-Pierce. I felt, and still feel, that the profession should be geared towards creating balance and harmony between people and the environment. I wanted to develop my own practice to truly serve the needs of people by respecting and caring for families living more in harmony with nature, and with their own nature.

For this, Professor Leipziger-Pierce felt that it was necessary for my development to introduce me to the work of Rudolf Steiner. We spent many hours together as he translated Steiner’s philosophy of architecture, which at the time was only published in his native German language. I studied Steiner’s organic approach to architecture, its inspiration from nature, and the people who would live, experience and function in its spaces. The strong sculptural forms that he shaped into buildings captured my imagination and inspired me to approach architecture in a fundamentally different way.

Above: Douglas Cardinal with anthroposophical conference attendees on Victoria Island in the Ottawa river, in 2016, where Douglas hopes to build an Asinabka Cultural Centre.

There is a strong spiritual emphasis throughout Steiner’s philosophy, which demonstrates a deep love and caring for all life, and a reverence and respect for everyone, particularly children. His philosophy is holistic and centered on multidisciplinary approaches to understanding the purpose and application of any single discipline. This understanding was reinforced by my own Anishnaabe elders who taught me that everything in the Universe is connected. Every action affects another.

The principles of organic architecture allow us to envision a building as an organic entity, where all stakeholders give shape to the form they will use and inhabit. It works with abstracted forms from within nature, as well as our own dynamic living forms, to create spaces that add drama to each function. Like an embryo, each cell or space is interconnected to each other. Placing that organism on the site, it evolves further to respect not only the internal forces that are shaping it, but the external forces as well, such as topography, landscaping, sun angles and wind patterns.

Many of these concepts, which I have come to apply throughout my architectural career, I learned through my study of Rudolf Steiner, who has remained a critical influence for me, along with others such as Francesco Borromini, Antonio Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright.

From Architecture to Education

In laying the foundation for the lives of our own children, my wife Idoia and I discovered Waldorf Education. Also based on Steiner’s insightful philosophy, Waldorf schools provide a similarly nurturing environment that connects discipline with the emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth of the child. This has confirmed for us both how important it is to share the work of Rudolf Steiner with as many people as possible.

I feel privileged to have been able to draw deeply from Steiner’s philosophy as an inspiration in my work and in my life, and believe that these translations will broaden his influence for the benefit of the architectural profession and society as a whole.

Douglas J. Cardinal

Once again, here's the Sunday afternoon program with professor Frederick Amrine at the RSCT, Nov. 18th:

 

 

  

Some Background about Frederick Amrine


Diana Hughes first met University of Michigan professor Frederick Amrine on one of her trips to Ann Arbor on behalf of AWSNA to work with a developing initiative for Waldorf teacher education, The Waldorf Institute of South-East Michigan. 

At the time Fred was working on translating Steiner’s lectures on architecture. He had wanted to meet Diana’s partner, John Kettle, founding editor of “Canadian Architect” magazine, to ask him to write introductions to the books he was translating, Steiner’s “Architecture as Peace Work”, and “Towards a New Theory of Architecture”. 

Through the connection with John and Diana, and eventually James Brian, Canadian Indigenous architect Douglas Cardinal was persuaded to write a preface for one of Steiner’s books on architecture lectures that Fred was translating.

Fred’s first lecture at the Rudolf Steiner Centre, in October of 2010, was “Moral Imagination in Architecture: the case of Berlin”.

This was followed by several more years of annual visits with topics such as “Music as a Threshold Experience” (2012), Rudolf Steiner as Expressionist Architect” (2013),“Truer than True: Fairy Tales as Archeological Digs” (2014), and “Steiner, Beuys and the Bees” (2015).

And now, after three years, he returns to the RSCT for a presentation of “Two Short Lectures on Karma”, this coming Saturday Nov. 18th. 

In 2011, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Steiner’s birth, Frederick Amrine wrote an 11-page introduction to Steiner’s work, which Diana Hughes considers to be one of the best introductions to Rudolf Steiner and anthroposophy.

Initially it was published in “Being Human” but later reprinted as a booklet by the Anthroposophical Society in America.

Diana says she’ll have a few copies available after Fred’s lecture for $3 each.

And once again, here's the poster for Fred's November 18th presentation of two short lectures on Karma:

If you would like to help us promote the Fred Amrine lectures in November, you can download a printable pdf version of this poster at this link. Thank you.

  
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