May 2019

Foundation Studies Intensive in Hanoi, Vietnam, June/July 2019

Once again this summer the RSCT, in cooperation with Trinh Huynh, is offering a course in Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy in Hanoi, Vietnam. This summer's course will run from June 24th to July 19th.

Reg Down, Paul Hodgkins, Regine Kurek, and Jonah Evans will be teaching the course. The translators will be Trinh Huynh and Lan Nguyen. Trinh writes:

"About the course content, the course will be Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy. About the course structure, it's 4 weeks long, excluding weekends, running from 8:30am to 4:30pm every day. The mornings are lectures, and the afternoons are various other activities: eurythmy of 1.5 hour every day led by Reg, study groups on "Philosophy of Freedom" and "Theosophy", and Biography sessions led by Regine.

About the morning lectures, in the first 2 weeks, Paul will lecture on core topics in Anthroposophy, that is, "the Science". In the mornings of the 3rd week, Jonah will lecture on "the Religion" theme, connecting Buddhism, which is the most popular religion in Vietnam, to Christianity and Anthroposophy. And in the mornings of the 4th week, Reg and Regine will lecture on "the Art" theme, guiding the students through the outer and inner space of the First and Second Goetheanums, showing the various archetypes of the human being found therein."

If you know anyone who would like to enroll in this course please have them contact Trinh at:

You can read reports about last year's course on the RSCT blog.

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Nicanor Perlas to Speak on "Humanizing Artificial Intelligence" and "Social Threefolding", June 26 & 27

The RSCT, in cooperation with the Thornhill Group of the Anthroposophical Society, and the Money for a Better World group at Hesperus, is looking forward to welcoming author and activist Nicanor Perlas to Thornhill, where he is scheduled to speak June 26th on "Humanizing Artificial Intelligence" and June 27th on "Social Threefolding". Both events will take place at 7:00 pm in the evening, in the music room of the Toronto Waldorf School.

However, this visit is still subject to confirmation, since the Canadian embassy in the Philipines has not yet issued a visa for his visit. The RSCT has provided him with a letter of invitation for his planned visit to Toronto. And the Anthroposphical Society in Canada has issued a letter of invitation for his visit to Vancouver, where he will be going after Toronto. Earlier in June he will be speaking at various events across the United States.

The biographical material below is from a promo for a week-long workshop he will be doing at the University of California in Santa Cruz. Nicanor will also be speaking in Seattle and in New York state (probably in Spring Valley).

"Nicanor Perlas is an adviser, global activist, writer and speaker on artificial intelligence, globalization, societal threefolding, Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD), post-materialist science or the second and more spiritual scientific revolution, leadership, and self-mastery. He has advised global civil society networks, social enterprises, UN and Philippine government agencies, including the Office of the President.

He headed global and national civil society networks, that were responsible for stopping 12 nuclear power plants, banning 32 pesticide formulations, and mainstreaming sustainable development, including organic farming in the Philippines, thereby educating citizens worldwide on their inherent power to create a better world.

He has written over 500 articles, monographs, and books including Shaping Globalization: Civil Society, Cultural Power and Threefolding, an international bestseller, translated in 9 languages as well as Humanity’s Last Stand: The Challenge of Artificial Intelligence, A Spiritual Scientific Response. He has been a plenary speaker on a diverse range of topics, in over 100 global conferences in 25 countries and 130 national conferences in the Philippines. Perlas was recently Undersecretary Designate for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

He is a member of the Philippine Senate Technical Working Group on Artificial Intelligence and is helping the mayors of seven cities and towns practice participatory governance and direct democracy by empowering altogether more than 300,000 citizens to collectively embark on sustainable development. For the global impact of his work, he has been given, among others, the Outstanding Filipino Award (TOFIL), UNEP’S Global 500 Award and the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize). "

Photo by Wolfgang Schmidt, from the page for Nicanor's 2003 Right Livelihood Award

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Foundation Studies Encounter Dates for 2019-2020

Encounter Course Locations, Dates and Times for 2019-20

Wednesday Mornings in Thornhill 8:45 am - 12:30 pm (30 weeks)
Free Introductory Talk Sept 11, 8:45 am

Term I: Sept. 25 - Dec. 11, 2019
Term II: Jan. 8 - March 11, 2020
Term III: Apr. 1 - May 27, 2020

Saturday Mornings in Thornhill 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (30 weeks)
Free Introductory Evening Sept 11, 7:30 pm

Term I: Sept. 28 - Dec. 14, 2019
Term II: Jan. 11 - March 14, 2020
Term III: April 4 - May 30, 2020

Saturday Mornings in Downtown Toronto 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (30 weeks)
Free Introductory Evening
to be announced
Term I: Sept. 28 - Dec. 14, 2019
Term II: Jan. 11 - March 14, 2020
Term III: April 4 - May 30, 2020

Monday Evenings in Guelph (Trillium Waldorf School) 
To be determined

to be determined

More information about Foundation Studies generally

More information about Foundation Studies Encounter

More information about Foundation Studies Distance (continuous intake)

Register for the 2019-2020 Foundation Studies Encounter Program in Thornhill

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Online Payment Hiccups Now Patched on RSCT Website - So Go Ahead and Register Now

If you’ve been trying to register for the Summer Festival or other RSCT programs and have encountered error messages (like the one above) or other issues with PayPal, we’d like you to know that we are aware of the problem and have provided the good folks at PayPal with all the information and documentation they’ve asked for. Now we're just waiting for them to re-activate our account.

From PayPal to Square

In the meanwhile, so as not to inconvenience people any longer than necessary, we’ve switched all our registration forms to another payment processor, Square. This will enable you to pay your registration fees using VISA or MasterCard credit cards. So if you've had difficulty registering before, please try again now.

Also, anyone who has recurring payments set up on PayPal for Foundation Studies tuition installments, please contact James Brian at the RSCT ( and ask him to send you an alternative single payment form (for each installment) using Square.

We may switch back to PayPal once their service is restored, since their commission fees are lower for charities like the RSCT.

Thank you for your assistance and understanding as we deal with these challenges. 

May 23 update: PayPal is now finally working againand we've switched most of the payment forms back to PayPal.

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Anthoposophical Youth Conference August 2019

This is probably the Youth Conference that was to have taken place in Halifax this summer, concurrently with the World Waldorf Festival. However, since the World Waldorf Festival has now been postponed until the summer of 2020, this summer's Anthroposophical Youth Conference will instead take place in Spring Valley New York. Learn More

Also Emerson College Alumni Gathering August 7-11

The Emerson College Gathering will also be happening at about this time in August. It's for everyone who has been connected in any way with Emerson College (in Forest Row, Sussex, England). Details on the Emerson College Gathering August 7-11, 2019.

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The Many Faces of Larry Young - One Highlight From the Summer Festival of Arts and Education

Larry Young, a former high-school art teacher from Green Meadow school in Spring Valley New York, will be leading a Week Two (July 15-19) workshop on "Faces – an Artistic Doorway to the Self".

"In this watercolour workshop participants will work with physiognomy and the four temperaments to explore characteristics of the human soul as we experience it here in the physical world. Through this in-depth examination of ourselves and our fellow human beings we hope to achieve glimpses of a higher soul life.

Larry Young is a graphic designer, illustrator, painter, filmmaker and former high school art teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School. He is the co-founder of the Phoenix Arts Group a non-profit in New Jersey dedicated to raising public awareness of the role art plays in human development and social renewal. 

The cover painting on the Summer Festival brochure (photo below) is one of several hundred faces Larry has painted in a still-ongoing personal art project. The composite picture above includes a few of Larry's face paintings, along with a photo of Larry's own face.

Download a copy of the full Summer Festival brochure here.

More information about the Summer Festival on the RSCT website.

The Summer Festival also offers grades intensives for Waldorf teachers going into grades 1-8, from July 8-12th. Application deadline for the 2019 Summer Festival of the Arts and Education is now extended to June 30th.

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Part-Time Grades Waldorf Teacher Program - Starting in July 2019 - Spaces Still Available

Unlike with the Early Childhood part-time program in which new students can start only every other year (next cycle starts summer of 2020), new students can join the part-time Waldorf Grades Professional Development beginning any year in July. 

This year's part time program (for both new and returning students) starts July 8th, 2019 and runs concurrently with the Summer Festival of the Arts and Education.

A few spaces are STILL AVAILABLE for the part-time Waldorf Teacher Professional Development program starting in JULY 2019.

New Deadline June 30th for BOTH Full-Time and Part-Time Professional Development for Waldorf Grades Teachers programs.

Full-Time Waldorf Teacher Program Details  

Part-Time Waldorf Teacher Program Details

PLEASE NOTE: Teachers or any interested adult may register for courses in the Summer Festival even if they are not part of the part-time Profesional Development for Waldorf Teachers program.

Early Childhood Teacher Programs

At this time in Early Childhood education the RSCT is only accepting students for the full-time professional development program, since the two-year part-time program is half-way through, and will begin again in June of 2020. New deadline for Early Childhood full-time applications is June 30th, 2019.

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Young Adult Summer Retreats in July and August at Glencolton and Wakefield -- DEADLINE EXTENDED

This is the first year that the RSCT has offered week-long retreats for young adults (18-35) to explore anthroposophy in a social setting. It's an experimental program. Two dates and venues are being offered.

The first, from July 19-25, will be at Glencolton Farms in Durham Ontario. Michael Schmidt's Glencolton Farms is an established biodynamic farming and community-fostering initiative that has welcomed school classes and apprentices for many years, and contributed much to the culture of agriculture and music, while exploring new social forms for farm ownership, operation, and customer involvement.

The second retreat will be August 18-24 at Wakefield, Quebec, in the Gatineau Hills, not far from Ottawa. This retreat will focus on working with the arts, including drama, in a natural resort setting.


More about the Glencolton Farm Young Adult Retreat

More info about the Wakefield Young Adult Retreat

Help Sponsor a Young Person to Attend one of these Retreats

Photo: Glencolton Farms, as seen from the top of the farm's windmill tower.

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March 2019

Star Seedlings Family and Childcare Centre in Guelph Getting Ready for April 6th Open House

James Brian, Karen Weyler and the whole Star Seedlings team have been working hard on getting the 81 Speedvale Ave. E., Guelph location ready for it's inaugural open house on April 6th, which will be the Saturday after this coming Saturday. As you can see from the photos, a lot of progress has been made, but there is still more to do.

Kudos to everyone on the great progress so far, and here's hoping everything goes smoothly with the work that still remains to be done to get the Star Seedlings Family and Childcare Centre ready to meet the parents and children who will be joining the community. Thanks to James for the photos (from March 28th, 2019).

Sign up for email updates at the Star Seedlings website:

Initial Application Form

Enrollment Form

Program Statement

Parent Handbook

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Emergency Pedagogy Conference - April 5, 6

The unspeakable happens every day. Afer that, nothing is as it was. Every day, children are traumatized by violence, abuse, war, expulsion, accidents, medical interventions or natural disasters. The younger the victim is, the longer and more intense the traumatic event continues, and the closer the relationship between the trauma victim and the perpetrator, the more lasting the traumatic shock becomes.

Dealing with Students who have Suffered Trauma

Psycho-traumas are psychological wounds that can lead to life-threatening complications if inadequately treated. If children and adolescents do not succeed in coping with their stressful events, various trauma sequel disorders can occur, which can eventually lead to a biographical break in the event of a severe continuing chronic process.

Often victims then become perpetrators. Waldorf education as emergency pedagogy is a partial aspect of an overall trauma pedagogy concept that is based on a four-phase trauma progression model. Emergency pedagogy is not trauma therapy. It is an attempt to stabilize traumatized children and young people by means of pedagogical interventions, to activate their self-healing powers and to support them in the processing and the biographical integration of their traumatic experiences.

Introduction to Psycho-traumatology Seminar

With Bernd Ruf, author of "Educating Traumatized Children"

Suggested Donation: $100

Friday, April 5th from 1 PM to 8 PM (dinner included)

Saturday, April 6th from 9 AM to 12 PM

at The Everlasting Tree School

775 Seneca Rd, Ohsweken, ON,

N0A 1M0

For more Information and Registratoon: Send an e-mail to or call 519-445-1333

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