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September 2020

Foundation Studies Free Introductory Talks Thurs. Sept. 17th (Thornhill) and Mon. Sept. 21st (Halton)


Once again it's that time of year when students come together to study the foundations of anthroposophy at the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto. Anthroposophy is the basis of so much exciting work in the world, from Waldorf education and biodynamic agriculture to architecture, medicine, and psychology, and organizational renewal, to mention but a few realms of prctical life in which anthroposophical ideas have been fruitful. And then there's the personal path of inner development, the awakening of the slumbering faculties of spiritual perception through disciplined inner exercises.

This is the first year in a long time when the Foundation Studies Encounter course at the RSCT is not being led by Paul Hodgkins, who crossed the threshold this past summer. While Paul will surely be missed by all who knew him, the work of carrying the program, is now being taken up by a capable and devoted group of teachers including Grant Davis, Robert McKay, George Ivanoff, Diana Hughes, James Brian, Reg Down, Jan Patterson, Dorothy LeBaron, Fiona Hughes and Siobhan Hughes.

Two Courses, one in Thornhill, one in Halton

So far the only confirmed Foundation Studies Encounter programs that are being scheduled are at the RSCT in Thornhill on Saturday mornings from 9 am to 1 pm, starting Sept. 26th. and at the Halton Waldorf School, also 9 am to 1 pm, and also starting on Sept. 26th.

The Foundation Studies free introductory talk will be given twice, once in Thornhill, on Thursday, September 17th, and once in Halton, at the Halton Waldorf School, on Monday, September 21st. Both talks start at 7:30 pm

Encounter Course Locations, Dates and Times for 2020-21

Saturday Mornings in Thornhill 9:00 am - 1:00 pm (30 weeks)
Free Introductory Evening Thursday Sept 17, 7:30 pm at RSCT Thornhill

Term I: Sept. 26 - Dec. 12, 2020
Term II: Jan. 9 - March 6, 2021
Term III: March 27 - May 29, 2021

Saturday Mornings at the Halton Waldorf School, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (30 weeks)
Free Introductory Evening Monday September 21 at 7:30 pm (at Halton Waldorf School)

Term I: Sept. 26 - Dec. 12, 2020
Term II: Jan. 9 - March 6, 2021
Term III: March 27 - May 29, 2021

Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy offers a remarkable opportunity for personal growth as well as a foundation for work in anthroposophical professions including the RSCT's Waldorf Teacher Education program, for which it is a prerequisite. 

Covid-19 Restart Plan and Precautions

When the RSCT shut down last March, the announcement said that the RSCT would not re-open until there was a science-based plan for how that could be done safely. Such a plan was finalized last week. You can read the full 10-page document here on the rsct.ca website. But here are a few highlights from the many points and procedures outlined in that plan:

  • Daily self-assessment for faculty and students before coming to class
  • Personal protective toolkit for each person with masks, sanitizer, dishes and cutlery
  • Contact tracing through monitoring people coming through
  • Mask wearing and social distancing indoors
  • Minimizing exposure to shared surfaces
  • Frequent sanitizing of shared surfaces
  • Encouraging personal hygienic practices such as frequent hand washing etc.
  • Arrangements of furniture in offices and classroom to support distancing
  • Enhanced cleaning protocols for interior spaces
  • Reduction in discretionary personal travel for faculty and students
  • Signage and communication of practices and protocols to students and others

Read the full 10-page document for the complete outline of Covid-19-related safety and security procedures now in place at the RSCT.

Thornhill Anthroposophical Campus Michaelmas Events 

This Michaelmas Events Brochure including events for September, October and November. Download a pdf copy of the Michaelmas brochure right here.