Research 2012

Toward an Art and
Science of Wholeness

2012 Living Questions Research Symposium

Co-sponsored by the North American Collegium
of the School of Spiritual Science
September 20-23

How can we develop a research methodology that connects the physical, life, and soul-spiritual realms? Where do art and spiritual research connect, and what can they tell us about being and identity? How can we transform our personal life questions into objective questions for research?

Join us in a working conference where we will share in one another’s efforts to wake up to the realms of existence where solutions to today’s most pressing problems are to be found.

Click here to register.


Keynote Speakers

Craig Holdrege, Co-founder and director of The Nature Institute, Ghent, NY • Robert Karp, Executive Director, The Biodynamic Farming and Gardening AssociationMichael Howard, Artist and educator, Living Form StudioMalcolm Gardner, Biologist, translator and editor • Lisa Romero, Homeopath, inner path and health educator

Research Perspectives

Space has been made available for eight individuals or organizations to present and discuss their research directed to developing and applying new capacities for observing and investigating the world, including phenomena beyond the sense perceptible. The following researchers will receive a grant of $500 from the Threefold Educational Foundation, and will present and discuss their work during the Friday or Saturday Research Perspectives session.

John CunninghamRenate Hiller and Mikae TomaLynn JerichoEdward KiewraJames Morley, PhDDean PollardLaura SummerNathaniel Williams

Community Labs

Representatives of five Threefold Community institutions will offer hands-on demonstrations of the research basis of their daily work:

The Pfeiffer CenterEurythmy Spring ValleyThe Fiber Craft StudioThe Fellowship CommunityThe Christian Community.

Conversation Groups

Experiment in social research with facilitated conversation groups exploring the methods used to pursue one’s living questions.

Open Space Sessions

Opportunity for participants to share prepared materials and initiatives or to form a session for further discussion.


Symposium Schedule

Thursday,
September 20
Friday,
September 21
Saturday,
September 22
Sunday,
September 23
  8:00
Breakfast (pay as you go)
Symposium Registration at Threefold Auditorium
8:00
Breakfast (pay as you go)
Symposium Registration at Threefold Auditorium
8:00
Breakfast (pay as you go)
      8:30
11th Class Lesson (Blue Cards required); Concurrent introduction to the First Class
  9:00
Craig Holdrege: My Pathway in Goethean Phenomenology
9:00
Malcolm Gardner: Contradictions as Stepping Stones to Higher Knowledge
 
      9:45
Full Symposium Plenum
  10:30
Robert Karp introduces form and structure of conversation groups; Break
10:30
Break
 
  11:00
Living Conversation Groups
11:00
Living Conversation Groups
11:00
Break
      11:30
Full Symposium Plenum Continues
  12:30
Lunch (pay as you go); Open Space Board established
12:30
Lunch (included); Open Space Sessions
 
      1:00
Symposium Closing
  2:00
Research Perspectives: Concurrent Presentations
2:00
Research Perspectives: Concurrent Presentations
 
      2:30
Presenters and organizers debrief and discuss next steps (open to all)
  3:30
Break
3:30
Break
 
  4:00
Community Labs: Hands-On Workshops
4:00
Conversation Groups
 
5:30
Symposium Registration (Threefold Auditorium)
5:30
Dinner (included); Open Space Meetings
5:30
Dinner (included); Open Space Meetings
 
7:30
Welcome; Introduction by Robert Karp; Craig Holdrege: Living Inquiry in Our Time: An Introduction
7:30
Michael Howard: Discovering Art as a Path of Spiritual Research
7:30
Lisa Romero: Cultivating Capacities: The Inner Schooling Necessary for Spiritual Scientific Research
 
9:00
Eurythmy Verse (with Speech) to close the day
9:00
Eurythmy Verse (with Speech) to close the day
9:00
Eurythmy Verse (with Speech) to close the day
 

Schedule and presenters are subject to change


Conference Registration

Conference Fee: Sliding scale symposium fee $200-$400, includes three full vegetarian meals at Threefold Café (dinner on Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday), as well as coffee/tea and snacks during breaks.

Click here to register online. To pay by check, or for a printable registration form (PDF), click here.

A limited number of work-exchange places are available. Contact research@threefold.org for information.


A Pathway to Living Knowledge:
A Week-Long Course with Craig and Henrike Holdrege

Paid participants in the research symposium are entitled to a $100 discount on this week-long course with Craig and Henrike Holdrege of the Nature Institute. The course begins September 24, directly after the research symposium, and will focus on the nature of phenomenological inquiry, both in its roots in Goethe’s approach and in its further development through Rudolf Steiner. Click here for details.


Meals

Three meals (dinner on Friday and lunch and dinner on Saturday) are included in the conference fee.

For other meals, Threefold Café, located in Main House, serves nutritious, reasonably priced, mostly organic and biodynamic food. The Café's meal service is buffet with a vegetarian option and usually a meat or fish option, prepared from scratch. The nearby Hungry Hollow Co-op Natural Foods Market serves organic take-out, and there are many restaurants within driving distance.

Housing

If you need housing for the conference, you must make separate arrangements. For information about housing at Threefold and area hotels, please click here.

Conference Location

For detailed directions to Threefold Educational Center, plus a map of the campus, please click here.

For More Information

... About the conference or conference registration, contact Lory Widmer: 845-352-5020 x18 or events@threefold.org.


The symposium is being supported in part by the Henry Barnes Fund for Anthroposophical Research, which is administered by the North American Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science.

Grants are available through the Henry Barnes Fund for researchers with longer-term projects and for financial help with transportation costs of getting to the symposium. To learn more about this opportunity, please write to research@threefold.org or call 845-352-5020 x18.

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