Events

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Sponsored by The Speech School of North America
& Threefold Educational Center

Renewing the Speaking Word:
A Foundation Year in the Art of Creative Speech

September 2016–June 2017

The year of study will include: Basic exercises • Epic, lyric and dramatic speech • Poetics • Dramatic exercises and Chekhov work • Greek gymnastics • Eurythmy • The anthroposophical speech and drama course • General anthroposophical studies.

Core faculty: Helen Lubin, founder of “Speech and Drama in Waldorf Schools in North America” and faculty at Rudolf Steiner College since 1992 • Barbara Renold, Sunbridge College faculty 1983-2007 and director of the Threefold Mystery Drama Group.

Location: The training will take place on the campus of Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Contact Jennifer Kleinbach: jennykbach@gmail.com.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Friday, September 9, 2:00-4:30pm

Come visit us at our Studio in Orchard House on Friday afternoons through December 16. Browse, see us at work, and experience our unique plant-dyed materials. Our yarns and fiber craft kits are available for sale, and we are ready to assist you as needed.

Don't miss our special demonstration days, where you can watch us work and have a unique hands-on experience:

  • September 9: Plant-dyeing
  • October 21: Sewing

Extended holiday hours: On December 9 and 16, we will be open 11:00am-4:30pm.

Location: The Fiber Craft Studio, Orchard House, 275 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY. Park on Orchard Lane.

Information: Call 845-425-2891, email information@fibercraftstudio.org, or visit our web site.


Co-Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

“There Slumber in
Every Human Being . . .”
A Course to Awaken Us to Our Own Relationship to the Spiritual Worlds
With Jennifer Brooks Quinn

Four Saturday Workshops starting September 10

The world stands more than ever in need of insights and actions that are born of the spirit, but what is our connection to the spiritual world? How can we find knowledge and insight to help us connect to ourselves, to others and to the spiritual world in a responsible way?

This is a course dedicated to the exploration of the faculties and conditions that join us to the spiritual world. We will study the chapter “Conditions for Esoteric Training” in Rudolf Steiner’s book, Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment. We will engage in artistic exercises, biography work and conversation to explore this territory, bringing together our questions, experiences and practices.

Open to all, including those new to anthroposophy. This is a core course that can support any program of foundation studies in anthroposophy program.

Jennifer Brooks Quinn is a Waldorf teacher, an adult educator and a biographical counselor with a practice in Spring Valley and New York City. She has been a director and co-director of Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy at Sunbridge College and The Brooklyn Waldorf School. She offers workshops, courses and retreats in Latin America, China and the United States.

Location: The course will meet at Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY on September 10 and 24, October 8, and November 5.

Course fee: $580.

Information, and to register: Please contact Jennifer Brooks Quinn: jbrooksquinn@gmail.com or 845-356-6389.


Sponsored by The Christian Community—
Movement for Religious Renewal

Summer Harvest
Community Gathering

Sunday, September 11, 9:00am

A story and singing at 9:00 will be followed by regular services. A pot luck lunch and conversation will follow the service, starting at 11:30am.

All are welcome!

Location: The Christian Community, 15 Margetts Rd., Monsey, NY.

Information: Call 845-573-9080, or email christiancommunitysv@gmail.com.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Harvesting Fall Colors:
Plant Dyeing with Chris Marlow
& Goethean Color Study
with Henrike Holdrege

Friday-Sunday, September 16-18

In September, we have available the peak of summer harvest from nature and the dye garden. The brilliant colors surrounding us in the fall foliage give a hint of colors hidden within the plants, if you know how to release them. We will coax yellow from flowers, red from roots and blue from leaves and apply them to our prepared natural fibers. Don't miss this opportunity to deepen your experience of color with our special guest, Henrike Holdrege!

Chris Marlow is Co-Director of the Fiber Craft Studio.

Henrike Holdrege is Senior Researcher at the Nature Institute, Ghent, NY.

Fee: $195 (including materials).

Schedule: The workshop will meet on Friday, September 16, 7:00-9:00pm; Saturday, September 17, 9:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday, September 18, 9:00am-1:00pm.

Location: The Fiber Craft Studio, Orchard House, 275 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information, and to register: Call 845-425-2891, email information@fibercraftstudio.org, or download this registration form.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

One-Year Part-Time
Practical Training in Biodynamics

Starts Saturday, September 17

In thirteen full-day workshops from September to June, the Pfeiffer Center’s One-Year Part-Time Practical Training in Biodynamics covers all the timely activities of biodynamics and gardening through the seasons. In the classroom, Mac Mead and expert guest faculty introduce and explain Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, the foundation of biodynamics. In the field, we learn and do good gardening practices — tilling and shaping beds, building compost piles, pruning, and much more. At the same time, the principles introduced in the classroom come to life in the field as we learn — by doing — how each of the biodynamic preparations is made and used through the cycle of the year.

Information: Follow these links for a full description, schedule, and registration information.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community
The Threefold Community presents

The Hungry Hollow
Family Music Festival

Friday, September 23, 8:00pm
Saturday, September 24, 10:00am-6:00pm

On Friday evening, Emmanuel Vukovich and John McDowell play a very special concert in Threefold Auditorium.

On Saturday, scheduled artists include The Chapin SistersThe Bill Pernice Jazz BandMamma Tongue with John McDowellWalking Shapes with Jesse KotanskyAdam Falcon and FriendsMark Sganga Tyler Pearce Project • and many more to be announced!

Proceeds from this event will benefit educational and eldercare initiatives in the Threefold Community.

Location: The Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Tickets: When ordered online by September 21: Adults $18; Children (ages 6-17), $10; Family Pack (admits 2 adults and 3 children), $45; children 5 and under are free. Tickets at the gate will be higher. Click here to order online, or stop by one of these fine retail establishments to purchase tickets in advance: The Hungry Hollow Co-op Food Market, Meadowlark Toys and Books, Sign of the Times, or Abigail Rose and Lily Too.

Information: Call Skip Herman at 845-664-4411, email rsffoffice@fellowshipcommunity.org, or visit our Facebook event page.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

Drama as a
Path of Consciousness:
Introductory Chekhov Workshop
with Laurie Portocarrero

Saturday, September 24

In the twentieth century, famed acting teacher Michael Chekhov explored how consciously directed physical movements can create a free inner space for the soul to express authentic human feeling. By studying the actor’s art, he said, we can learn to direct and express our feeling life by inviting our body, voice and soul to move in ways chosen by our higher self.

This one-day introductory Chekhov workshop will use speech, movement, and ensemble work — plus games and play — to dig into our individual habits of speech and movement. Then we will explore how Chekhov’s basic exercises can bring fresh consciousness and new choices to our everyday self-expression. We will experience the first step on a path toward a quality of consciousness that can empower body, soul and spirit to access and express our authentic inner selves.

No previous Chekhov experience is required — this is a great opportunity to dip your toes into this rich and enlivening work.

Schedule: This one-day workshop will begin at 9:00am and end at 8:00pm, with generous breaks for meals and snacks.

Location: The workshop will take place on the campus of Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, 35 miles from New York City.

Workshop fee: $95. Click here to register. Workshop attendees who enroll in The Art of Acting will receive a credit of $95 on their course tuition.

Information: Contact Bill Day: 845-352-5020 x24 or billday@threefold.org.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

Third Annual Farm-to-Table Dinner
Benefit for the Pfeiffer Center

Saturday, September 24, 6:00pm

Celebrate our autumn harvest with a farm-to-table dinner of fresh biodynamic ingredients from the Pfeiffer Center and our neighbors in the Hudson Valley.

This event is co-sponsored by the Parent Council of Green Meadow Waldorf School; all proceeds benefit the programs of the Pfeiffer Center.

Tickets: $75 (plus tax) per person. Click here to purchase tickets.

Information: call 845-352-5020 x20, or email info@pfeiffercenter.org.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

Michaelmas Festival
in the Garden

Sunday, September 25, 1:30-4:00pm

All are invited to help make, stir and spray the biodynamic preparation #500, which supports humus formation and root growth. This child-friendly event is a well-loved community tradition. We look forward to seeing you there!

Location: In the Pfeiffer Center garden, opposite 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY; click here for directions.

For more information: call 845-352-5020 x20, or email info@pfeiffercenter.org.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Michaelmas Festival

Sunday, September 25, 4:00pm

The Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble will perform Rudolf Steiner’s Michael Imagination for the first time on Sunday, September 25. This verse, which Rudolf Steiner gave at the very end of his lecturing activity in 1924, speaks of Michael and his tasks in an unusual and direct way. The eurythmy forms, given for six people, are equally stunning and dramatic, translating the intensity of the verse directly into a spatial experience. We thank Ute Medebach, from Dornach, Switzerland, for bringing us the many indications Rudolf Steiner gave for interpreting this verse.

Location: Threefold Auditorium, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: There is no charge for this event; donations welcome.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x13 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Frontier Eurythmy
Independent Training Course

Starts September 25

Consider a life in eurythmy!

This fall, we are are beginning a new class in our Frontier Part-Time Training, which has been a doorway for many devoted eurythmy friends to start their professional training in eurythmy. The Frontier program is ideal for those who want to begin their studies in professional eurythmy while honoring other existing commitments. The format also works well for those who live at a distance, as they attend the School of Eurythmy for study blocks during the year. Between blocks, students work on their own at home, with a local eurythmist as their mentor. The Frontier Part-Time Training focuses on the first year of the full-time training, learned over a two-year period of time.

Unlike the full-time training, we don't offer a new Frontier class every year, so if you've been thinking about beginning the eurythmy training, this is your best opportunity to enroll in our new part-time training program.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x13 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Green Meadow Fall Fair

Saturday, October 1, 10:00am-5:00pm

Join us for a beautiful Fall tradition, with children's activities including cider pressing, pumpkin carving, and hayrides, plus unique vendors, live music, organic food, and much more! The Fair draws close to 3,000 visitors each year to our school's beautiful, 11-acre wooded campus.

Location: Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: Free admission and parking. Activity tickets are $1 each.

Information: Contact Averi Lohss at 845-356-2514 x301, or alohss@gmws.org.


Sponsored by The Anthroposophical Society in America

Representing Anthroposophy:
Fall Conference and
Annual General Meeting

Thursday, October 6-Sunday, October 9

The 2016 Fall Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society in America will be held at Threefold Educational Center.

The planning group began meeting in December to talk about themes and intentions for this year’s conference. Several threads are being carried as the program comes into expression:

The evolution of consciousness as expressed in drama. Under the direction of Barbara Renold, speech artists and eurythmists are rehearsing scenes from Oedipus Rex, a Shakespeare Medley, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Trial of the Soul to be performed throughout the conference. Thank you to Creative Speech North America for a grant to help fund this work!

Working with the Theme of the Year, self-knowledge and the experience of evil today, as we strive to birth the consciousness soul individually and within our communities.

Integrating the members’ meeting throughout the weekend to inform and allow dialogue to flow.

How can these threads support our conversations on the life and cultivation of anthroposophy within the Anthroposophical Society in America?

Please save the dates and watch for further program information and early registration.

For information, and to register: Please visit this page.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Tone Eurythmy Elements Based on Major and Minor and the Eurythmy Figures
With Ingrid Everwijn

Monday-Thursday, October 10-13, 9:00am-12:30pm

The two Tone-Eurythmy-Figures given by Rudolf Steiner in summer 1924 contain in their shapes and colors a variety of aspects and can be explored as a key to all musical elements. Ingrid Everwijn will explore in a four-morning workshop what practically can be developed by these key-figures.

Ingrid Everwijn studied eurythmy with Lea van der Pals and Christof Graf in Dornach, therapeutic eurythmy in England, and earned a Master of Arts at the University of Plymouth, UK. Since 1995 she has been a teacher and member of the directing colleagues at the Akademie für Eurythmische Kunst Baselland which transformed to Eurythmeum CH in 2011.

Location: The School of Eurythmy, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: $300.

Information: Pre-registration is required. To register, call 845-352-5020 x13 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by the Threefold Branch
and Threefold Educational Center

The Battle for Human Being and the
Need for Moral Imagination –
In light of the theme of the year
With Christine Gruwez

Friday, October 14, 7:30pm

For those who can't attend Christine Gruwez's weekend workshop, The Battle for Human Being and the Need for Moral Imagination, the Friday evening lecture is open to the public. Please join us.

Admission: $15 / $10 students and seniors (at the door).

Location: To be announced.

Information: Contact Gino Ver Eecke at 845-356-1380 or gfbver@gmail.com.


Sponsored by the Threefold Branch
and Threefold Educational Center

The Battle for Human Being and the
Need for Moral Imagination –
In light of the theme of the year
With Christine Gruwez

Friday, October 14–Sunday, October 16

More and more, we are confronted with meaningless violence, with terrorism, war, conflicts, resulting in an increasing feeling of insecurity and raising hate and fear. What has come under attack is nothing less than the humanity of human being. Facing this challenge, there is an urgent appeal to make a step towards moral imagination, as Rudolf Steiner developed in his Philosophy of Freedom. There is an urgent need not to think new ideas but to think in a new way, to think new in order to find Michaelic answers to what is aked from each of us.

The darkening that seems to have come over the world and humanity is not to be answered by light, but is to be transfigured by light shining through the darkness. In this way a new substance is developing in our midst: the substance of light having gone through the darkness: “transparency.” Transparency as a way to transform the darkness from within allows us to open an inner space where the need of our time can express itself and where moral imagination starts. This is the meaning of transforming the world and ourselves. The future Manichaean impulse, this radical project of redeeming the forces of evil, as understood by Rudolf Steiner, is in this way a continuing of the mystery of Golgotha towards the final transfiguration of earth and mankind.

Christine Gruwez studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of Louvain, Belgium. Since 1997, she has researched and written on Manichaeism and its relationship to anthroposophy. She has led many seminars and traveled extensively in the Near and Middle East, visiting places along the Silk Road where there are still traces of Manichaean communities. Her book, Walking with Your Time: A Manichaean Journey, addresses the question of good and evil in our time. Since 2012, Christine has been a member of the Vorstand of the Anthroposophical Society in Belgium.

Schedule: This workshop will begin with an evening lecture at 7:30pm on Friday, October 14; continue through a full day on Saturday, October 15; and conclude at lunchtime on Sunday, October 16. For those who cannot attend the full workshop, the Friday evening lecture is open to the public; click here for details.

Workshop fee: $150. Click here to register online.

Meals and housing are not included in the workshop fee. For information about housing options in and near the Threefold community, please click here.

Information: Contact Gino Ver Eecke at 845-356-1380 or gfbver@gmail.com.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

The Art of Acting:
Drama As a Path of
Inner Development

Ten weekend workshops
from October 2016 to June 2017
First workshop: October 15

In ten weekend workshops from October to June, Laurie Portocarrero leads The Art of Acting on a journey into the essence of human self-expression.

Each workshop blends the exercises of Michael Chekhov with movement, gesture and speech work drawn from a variety of supportive techniques. Most classes include instruction from speech artist Jennifer Kleinbach. In addition, special workshops on clowning and improvisation are contributed by Laura Geilen of Nose to Nose of North America and David Anderson of Walking the dog Theater. At the end of the year, the course culminates in a public performance/sharing.

Whether acting is an avocation or your vocation, this course is a challenging, supportive, playful, soul-stretching opportunity to pursue deeper self-awareness through art. You need only bring a desire and willingness to play and explore!

Now registering! For a complete course description, click here; to see the 2016-17 schedule, click here; to register on line, click here.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

How Apollonian and Dionysian Principles Inspire Our Work in Artistic, Pedagogical and Therapeutic Eurythmy
With Jan Ranck

Monday-Thursday, October 17-20, 9:00am-12:00pm

This course will research the expression of the Apollonian and Dionysian principles as they manifest within the eurythmic elements and pervade all aspects of eurythmic activity, culminating in an exploration of their presence in the forms for the Weekly Verses of Rudolf Steiner and their application in artistic choreography.

Jan Ranck is the founding director of the Jerusalem Academy of Eurythmy and the Jerusalem Eurythmy Ensemble and a faculty member of the Jerusalem Waldorf Seminar in David Yellin Academic College of Education, where she received her MA equivalency. She trained in the Eurythmy Academy of Lea van der Pals in Dornach, Switzerland and the Curative Eurythmy Course in Stuttgart, Germany, and taught in the Eurythmy Academy in Dornach and The London School of Eurythmy before moving to Israel in 1989.

Location: The School of Eurythmy, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: $300.

Information: Pre-registration is required. To register, call 845-352-5020 x13 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community Associates

Creating a Biography of Health:
Integrative/Anthroposophic Medicine With Dr. Steven Johnson

Thursday, October 20, 8:00pm

Integrative/anthroposophic medicine suggests that the process of health is both hereditary, physical as well as spiritual. The concept of mindfulness has become a cliché these days, but there is a common experience that millions of people share about the connection of mindulness to the quality of life in modern times.

In this presentation, Dr. Steven Johnson will survey different ideas about early childhood, nutrition, mindfulness, practice and the process of aging in light of the work of Rudolf Steiner and emerging health paradigms.

Location: The Goethe Room at Hilltop House, The Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

Information: Call 845-356-8494 x2, or email rsffoffice@fellowshipcommunity.org.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

The Healing Quality of Tone Eurythmy
With Evamaria Rascher

Friday & Saturday, October 21 & 22

In the third of our fall series of professional courses for eurythmists, Evamaria Rascher will take up the theme of working with the musical intervals in relation to the different ethers, with beat, rhythm and pitch. As part of this exploration she will bring pieces that appear out of the elements. Evamaria's research on the healing quality of tone and many other themes in eurythmy and come from her decades of experience in teaching and guiding the Camphill Eurythmy School at Camphill Botton Village. We look forward to having her share some of the fruits of her life work with us in this course.

Location: The School of Eurythmy, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: $100.

Information: Pre-registration is required. To register, call 845-352-5020 x13 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by The Seminary
of the Christian Community in North America

Cultivating an Individual
Relationship with Jesus Christ
With Rev. Bastiaan Baan
& Rev. Patrick Kennedy

Monday, October 24–Friday, October 28

In the being of Christ there lives the power to heal, transform and spiritualize the world. In our time, he does this work — not alone — but in and through individuals.

How can we develop a living relationship with him so that our life becomes his life? How can we break through in prayer to his presence?

Visitors are invited to participate in the full daily program of the priest training.

Fee: $150, includes breakfast each day.

Location: The Seminary of the Christian Community, 7 Carmen Court, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

For information, and to register: Email info@christiancommunityseminary.org, call 845-356-0972, or visit this page.


Sponsored by the Otto Specht School

Masquerade Ball:
An Otto Specht School Gala

Saturday, October 29, 8:00-11:00pm

Save the date for this very special event featuring music, food, and a silent auction.

Proceeds from this event will benefit The Otto Specht School.

Location: Threefold Café, 285 Hungry Hollow Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Tickets: $50 per person.

Information: Contact Chieh DeJong: cdejong@gmws.org.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Waldorf Middle Schools —
Realizing Our Potential:
Sunbridge Teachers Conference
With Keynote Speaker Betty Staley

Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5

Save the date, and check back for details.

Location: Sunbridge Institute, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Schedule: Friday, November 4: 6:30-7:00pm Registration; 7:00-9:00pm Conference. Saturday, November 5: 9:00am-5:30pm Conference.

Fee: $225 with online registration (available through 7:00pm, Thursday, November 3). Cost includes snacks and lunch and a $25 non-refundable registration fee. Space permitting, we will accept walk-ins on the day of the conference; walk-in fee is $240, payable at the door through check or credit card.

Information: Contact Amina Phelps at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by The Seminary
of the Christian Community in North America

Seeing Christ through
Twentieth-Century Art
With Rev. Bastiaan Baan,
Rev. Patrick Kennedy,
& Nathaniel Williams

Monday, December 12–Friday, December 16

Looking back to the twentieth century, we see mankind go collectively through a profound crisis. We entered a dark abyss. Out of the darkness Christ revealed himself anew. Traces of this event are reflected in the art and artists who lived through it.

In this course we will learn to see these traces.

Visitors are invited to participate in the full daily program of the priest training.

Fee: $150, includes breakfast each day.

Location: The Seminary of the Christian Community, 7 Carmen Court, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

For information, and to register: Email info@christiancommunityseminary.org, call 845-356-0972, or visit this page.


The Agriculture Course:
An Intensive Study of the Origins
and Future of Biodynamics

January 13-16, 2017

Save the date for the Pfeiffer Center's annual midwinter intensive study of biodynamics. This long weekend is truly a unique educational and social opportunity to broaden and deepen your understanding of the role of biodynamics in the development of humanity and agriculture. Make plans to join us, and watch this space for news and information.

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