Events

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Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Friday, June 22, 2:00-4:30pm

Come visit us at our Studio at Orchard House on Friday afternoons through June 22 (except May 25).

Browse, see us at work, and experience our unique plant-dyed materials. Bring your questions and projects for consultation. We use natural fibers, such as wool, cotton, and silk, dyed with plants, many of them grown in the Studio's biodynamic dye garden. Our yarns and craft kits are available for sale, and we are ready to assist you as needed.

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.


Sponsored by The Christian Community—
Movement for Religious Renewal

“From Guilt to Grace”:
St. John’s Call to Conscience and the Act of Consecration of Man

Friday, June 22-Saturday, June 23: Workshop
Sunday, June 24: Festival Services

Through presentations, conversation, and song, we will explore the St. John’s liturgy as a doorway to the Act of Consecration of Man. The workshop will be conducted by Rev. Patrick Kennedy, Anna Silber, and Kate Kennedy.

Friday, 7:00-9:00pm: Opening conversation and singing
Saturday, 9:00am-12:30pm: Presentation, singing, and conversation, followed by lunch

Suggested donation: $40.

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

Information, and to register: Email Gail Ritscher: gailritscher@comcast.net.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Sunbridge Institute
Summer Series 2018

June 24-July 27

Welcome to Summer Series 2018! We have an exciting roster of courses and workshops in store for you this summer on a variety of Waldorf-related topics, offering professional development and continuing education opportunities for those already working in Waldorf education and leadership, and introductory experiences for those interested in learning about Waldorf education, contemplating a Waldorf career, or simply seeking personal enrichment.

Each course (5 or 3 days) or workshop (2 days) is designed with both balance and rigor in mind, and includes a mix of content-based work, artistic work, and discussions, all tailored to the specific subject you have come here to study. Come prepared for full days of learning!

Information: Visit this page for a complete list of courses and workshops. For more information, contact Penelope-Myles Voss at summer@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Eurythmy and the Growing Child:
How Does Eurythmy Enhance and Support the Waldorf Curriculum?

Sunday, June 24, 3:00-5:00pm

In this highly experiential workshop, you will deepen your understanding of why this art form is so essential to the Waldorf pedagogy, and experience for yourself elements of the eurythmy curriculum from kindergarten across the grades.

Maria Ver Eecke teaches eurythmy at The Waldorf School of Garden City. Her teaching career spans many decades, having taught in several Waldorf schools (including Green Meadow Waldorf School, where she taught for 30 years), and charter and home-schooling program; she has also performed on stages throughout the United States and Europe.

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

Fee: $45.

Information, and to register: Contact Penelope-Myles Voss at summer@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education: An Immersion in the World of the Waldorf Nursery / Kindergarten

Sunday, June 24-Friday, June 29

In this comprehensive course, you’ll explore the essential elements of Waldorf early childhood education. Through the guidance of a highly experienced Waldorf early childhood educator, you’ll delve into child development; learn about rhythms, transitions, and the cycle of the year; explore the importance of play; examine the inner development of the teacher; experience circle time activities and lessons in handwork, art, and movement; go though an early childhood student’s morning routine; and develop a true practical understanding of Waldorf early childhood education.

Lisa Miccio teaches kindergarten at The Waldorf School of Garden City. Prior to joining the Garden City faculty in 2017, she was on the faculty of Green Meadow Waldorf School for a dozen years; while at Green Meadow, she taught kindergarten and parent and child classes, served as a co-chair of the early childhood section, director of early childhood admissions and family programs, and a member of the Collegium, the Collegium Committee and the Board of Trustees.

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

Fee: $855.

Information, and to register: Contact Penelope-Myles Voss at summer@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

St. John’s Festival

Sunday, June 24, 7:00pm

A St. John’s Tide performance of the Four Elements by community children will precede the torch lighting of the bonfire. The Showed-Up String Band will then play and there will be a square dance caller. Watermelon and popcorn will be served.

All are welcome!

Location: The South Lawn of Hilltop House, The Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Call 845-356-8494 x2.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Come Unto These Yellow Sands!
An Evening of Eurythmy

Monday, June 25, 7:30pm

“Come unto these yellow sands,” and join us in welcoming the summer! In this performance, two members of the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble, Ivilisse Esguerra and Clifford Venho, together with pianist Gili Melamed-Lev and speech artist Barbara Renold, will explore a wide range of artistic moods and landscapes. From the sweeping beauty of romantic composer Johannes Brahms to the playful songs of Shakespearean comedy, this program offers a rich evening of poetry and song through the movement art of eurythmy. The program arises out of an exploration of poetry and music for which Rudolf Steiner gave forms and indications, which present wonderful ways to enter into the deeper aspects of language and music. These are then supplemented by other pieces, with original forms by the two eurythmists. We hope you will partake in this exciting adventure!

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

Admission: $15 / $9 students and seniors.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x113 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Steiner the Visionary:
Past, Present, Future
With Fred Amrine

Tuesday, June 26, 7:15-8:15pm

Join us for a conversation with Fred Amrine, PhD, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of German at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Amrine has been an anthroposophist his entire adult life. In addition to Rudolf Steiner, his interests include Goethe and the Goethezeit, German and English Romanticism, and modernism — especially The Blue Rider, Freud, and Jung. He has a deep connection with Owen Barfield and Joseph Beuys.

This one-hour talk is part of the Sunbridge faculty panel series. Please arrive promptly.

Location: Brookside Building, next to Threefold Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

Information: Email info@sunbridge.edu, call 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by the Pfeiffer Center

Pfeiffer Center
Volunteer Days

Thursday, June 28, 9:00am-12:30pm

One day a month in season, the Pfeiffer Center welcomes volunteers to pitch in and work along with Mac, Megan, and the interns. It's a great opportunity to get your hands dirty, make new friends, and get a taste of life in the garden.

Upcoming Volunteer Days: Thursday, June 28; Thursday, July 26; Thursday, August 30; Thursday, September 27; and Thursday, October 25.

Information: For all the details, please visit this page.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Waldorf Weekend:
Foundations and Fundamentals of Waldorf Education from Early Childhood through High School

Friday, June 29-Sunday, July 1

Our popular Waldorf Weekend workshop is designed to provide an in-depth and experiential survey of the basis and the basics of Waldorf Education. In addition to exploring the Waldorf curriculum, your workshop will include a discussion of Rudolf Steiner’s insights in human development and a look into the anthroposophical underpinnings of the Waldorf impulse. You’ll enjoy hands-on artistic activities such as music, movement, and drawing, and there’ll be plenty of time for questions and answers.

Anna Silber is Sunbridge Institute’s Director of Education. Anna taught as a class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School for five years and served there as a member of the Teacher Development Committee; she also worked with the Green Meadow administrator on curriculum-related projects and offered teacher support.

Elizabeth Hall is currently the sixth grade class teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School. This is the fourth class of middle schoolers Liz has led at Green Meadow since joining their faculty in 2006; she also serves on the school’s Collegium. A full-time class teacher since 1998, Liz has been involved with home schooling, tutoring, and working with children with special needs in Waldorf environments since 1992.

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

Fee: $225.

Information, and to register: Contact Penelope-Myles Voss at summer@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Classroom Management
and the Heart of Teaching
With Karen Crandall

Tuesday, July 3, 7:15-8:15pm

Join us for a conversation led by Karen Crandall, class teacher at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs and member of the Sunbridge Summer Series faculty.

Karen currently teaches sixth grade at Saratoga Springs. This is her third class cycle; she led her first class, grades one through eight, from 1993-2001 and her second class from 2007-2012. She has chaired her school’s Teacher Development Committee since 2010 and sits on their Collegium. A seasoned instructor of Sunbridge’s “Approaching the Grades” summer courses and a facilitator of our pedagogical leadership workshops, Karen holds a BFA from Penn State University and an MSEd from Sunbridge College.

This one-hour talk is part of the Sunbridge faculty panel series. Please arrive promptly.

Location: Brookside Building, next to Threefold Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

Information: Email info@sunbridge.edu, call 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Sunbridge Institute
Early Childhood Commencement

Friday, July 6, 11:30am-1:00pm

The public is invited to join in celebrating the graduation of Sunbridge Institute's Early Childhood Class of 2018.

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

Information: Contact Penelope-Myles Voss at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by The School of Uncovering the Voice
& Threefold Educational Center

East Coast Singing Retreat
Led by Christiaan Boele

Friday, July 6-Sunday, July 8

“Every human being has a singing voice. Our work is to unveil, take away the hindrances, and free the voice.”

— Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström

For anyone interested in singing in a holistic, spirit-filled and heart-opening way! Discover the innate potential of your voice. This retreat is for singers of all levels, musicians, teachers, and any person yearning to sing with creative renewal. No special talent or musical ability is required.

Christiaan Boele trained at conservatories in the Netherlands and Germany and is the leading authority on the Werbeck method. He has devoted his life to the School of Uncovering the Voice, performing, conducting, and teaching courses around the globe.

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

Schedule: Friday, July 6, 6:30-8:30pm; Saturday, July 7, 9:00am-6:30pm; Sunday, July 8, 9:00am-12:30pm.

Tuition: $225 if paid by July 1, $275 thereafter.

Information, and to register: Contact Shannon Boyce: 646-932-6062 or shannonaliciaboyce@gmail.com.


Sponsored by The Christian Community—
Movement for Religious Renewal

Lazure Workshop for Beginners
With Master Lazurist
Charles Andrade

Tuesday, July 10-Thursday, July 12

The workshop begins with a Tuesday evening lecture, “Color Theory for the Home,” outlining how luminous color can bring rejuvenating energy to every room in your home. The talk concludes with a demonstration of the lazure painting technique. On Wednesday and Thursday will be full days of lazure painting the church lobbies and gathering area.

This workshop is a unique social opportunity to create lasting beauty in a shared community space, while learning how to bring light-filled color to any room in your own home or business.

Charles Andrade has owned and operated Lazure Custom Wall Designs for over thirty years.

Fee: $200 (includes two custom lazure brushes).

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

Information, and to register: Email Gail Ritscher at gailritscher@comcast.net. Pre-registration no later than June 25 is required.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

From Nature to Art:
A Summer Renewal Course for Teachers

Friday, July 13-Sunday, July 15

We will take up the theme of our connection to nature through classes on the handwork curriculum, gardening, nature observation, clay modeling, plant-dyeing, and various craft activities including sewing and felting.

Faculty: Jon McAlice, Chris Marlow, Judit Gilbert, Megan Durney, and Nicole Nicola.

Fee: $255, includes all materials, snacks and evening lecture.

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

Information, and to register: Call 845-425-2891, email information@fibercraftstudio.org, or visit our this page.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Exploring Waldorf High School Education: Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Approaches for Teaching Today’s Teens

Sunday, July 15-Friday, July 20

This course explores Waldorf high school education from a multitude of vantage points and with a particular focus on the challenges and opportunities that teaching today’s teenagers offers us. Through lecture, conversation, and practical activities that express the signature of Waldorf high school education, you’ll explore elements of the Waldorf curriculum with master teachers from a variety of subject areas, all of whom possess decades of Waldorf teaching experience and are currently involved in teaching and in leading Waldorf high schools around the country.

Stephen Sagarin (Lead, Child Development, History, Life Science) is co-founder and faculty chair at the Berkshire Waldorf High School, where he teaches history and life science. He is also a former teacher and administrator at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School and the Waldorf School of Garden City, the high school from which he graduated and is a core faculty member of Sunbridge’s Elementary Teacher Education program, where he has been teaching since 2000.

Brigitte Bley-Swinston (Painting and Wire Sculpting) teaches fine arts at Green Meadow Waldorf School’s high school. Previously, she taught at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan and served from 1992-2004 as the resident art teacher for all Sunbridge College programs; she also frequently taught courses at the Rudolf Steiner Institute and co-directed the Foundation Studies Program in Anthroposophy at the Brooklyn Waldorf School.

Alix Christofides (Literature) teaches high school English, art history, and drama at Green Meadow Waldorf School. A member of the Green Meadow faculty since 1997, she sits on their Collegium, Teacher Development, and Parent Alumni committees, and is faculty advisor for the high school literary magazine.

Marisha Plotnik (Physics and Math) has been teaching physics and mathematics at the Rudolf Steiner School (NYC) since 1995; she also sits on their College of Teachers. She has mentored math teachers at Waldorf schools across the country and also serves as a board member for The Nature Institute.

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

Fee: $825.

Information, and to register: Contact Penelope-Myles Voss at summer@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Collaborative Leadership: Personalized Strategies for Becoming a More Effective Member of Your Leadership Team

Sunday, July 22-Friday, July 27

No matter what your position or title is, if you participate in a planning or problem-solving process in your school, business, or organization, you have leadership responsibilities. In this highly useful course, our focus is on the practical work of being a leader and decision-maker. Through a process imbued with the anthroposophical understanding of the human being, and successfully applied in organizations from multi-million dollar nationals to Waldorf schools, Collaborative Leadership will help you learn how to improve your effectiveness as a member of your leadership team.

Joachim Ziegler, PhD, has been working in the fields of Organizational Development and Human Resources Development since 1994. A partner in MIRA, an international group of consultants, Joachim’s current list of American and international clients encompasses the banking, pharmaceutical, retail, and manufacturing sectors, as well as anthroposophical institutions and Waldorf schools.

Jessica Heffernan Ziegler has been the Executive Director of Sunbridge Institute since 2008; previously, she taught collaboration and group dynamics in Sunbridge College’s Administration, Biography, and Elementary Teacher Education programs. Jessica has worked as an executive coach and organizational development consultant for Waldorf school administrators and teachers, as well as other professionals, since 2004, consulting in diverse institutions and schools in both the US and Germany with a focus on governance issues, personnel development, and leadership skills.

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

Fee: $905.

Information, and to register: Contact Penelope-Myles Voss at summer@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by the Pfeiffer Center

How Are My Bees?
Understanding and Meeting
Your Bees’ Midsummer Needs
With Bill Day

Saturday, July 28, 9:00am-5:00pm

This workshop will focus on midsummer tasks every beekeeper should have in mind to ensure healthy hives and successful overwintering. Topics covered will include: Assessing hive health; when to super, and when to take off boxes; harvesting honey; assessing honey stores, and knowing when and how to feed; monitoring and managing varroa; management options for weak hives; and more. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Weather permitting, much of the day will be spent outside in the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, where techniques discussed in the classroom will be demonstrated.

Location: The Pfeiffer Center, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: $95.

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by the Center for
Biography and Social Art

Meeting Yourself

Saturday, August 4, 10:00am-4:00pm

Join us to engage in a new way of seeing your life story. Discover the treasures. Come with an open heart and willingness to explore and be in wonderment. Through creative activities, conversation and reflection we will practice genuine interest and reverence toward the hidden mysteries to be found in every life. Through words and images we will allow the deeper meanings in our lives to speak, to illuminate the story.

Location: Lower Brookside, Threefold Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: Sliding scale, $65-$80.

Information, and to register: Email center4biography@gmail.com. Register by July 28.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Summer Eurythmy Intensive
for Young Adults

Sunday, August 5-Sunday, August 12

At ESV we are inaugurating a new artistic, performance-based summer eurythmy intensive for high school and gap-year students aged 16-20. The faculty for the course will include Sea-Anna Vasilas, Virginia Hermann, and Cameron MacArthur from our ESV faculty and ensemble, with guest faculty, Laura Radefeld, of Green Meadow Waldorf School. The course will include intensive daily eurythmy rehearsals, augmented by poetry writing, art, music, games, swimming in the pond, and an outing in NYC. The youth eurythmy intensive will culminate in a performance of the eurythmy program created during the week. Participants will stay with a chaperone in the Holder House dormitory on Threefold Educational Center's campus, and all meals and necessary transportation will be provided.

Location: School of Eurythmy, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Tuition: $750, including tuition, food and lodging. Scholarships and payment options available.

Information, and to register: Call 845-352-5020 x113 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

A Wellspring Within:
Eurythmy as an Art to
Cultivate Our Humanity
Summer Eurythmy Week

Sunday, August 12-Friday, August 17

Through eurythmy, music, poetry and nature observation, we will connect with the renewing and regenerating activity that is at the core of our humanity. How can we cultivate the wellspring of rejuvenation within and around us, offering a counterbalance to the ever-increasing activity of our time that threatens to do just the opposite? Please join us for a week of immersion into a healing and life-serving inner and outer movement; eurythmy with Sea-Anna Vasilas, Clifford Venho, and other faculty to be announced. Beginners very welcome!

Location: School of Eurythmy, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Course Fee: $400 if paid by June 9, $450 thereafter.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x113 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Full-Time Eurythmy Training

Starts in September

We're excited to announce the opening of a brand-new first-year class in September 2018. This course is open to all applicants who want to start a professional training in eurythmy in the English language. Our fall semester curriculum commences with an exploration in the basic elements of speech eurythmy and an invigorating block of rod exercises, surrounded by introductory courses in anthroposophy, biodynamic gardening, poetics, and others that support first steps in eurythmy.

Location: School of Eurythmy, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x113 or email info@eurythmy.org. The application deadline is July 15.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

ESV Post-Graduate Training:
A Professional Artistic
Eurythmy Immersion

September 2018-May 2019

The ESV Post-Graduate Training for the coming year will focus on English speech eurythmy, tone eurythmy elements and on the stage art of eurythmy, culminating in a performance and a local tour. The program will include: Work with master teachers on tone and English eurythmy elements; mentored solo work; elements of stagecraft; local performances, festivals, a culminating program performance, followed by a local/regional tour.

Join us for this unique opportunity to deepen your performance and artistic skills in eurythmy.

Location: School of Eurythmy, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x113 or email info@eurythmy.org. Deadline for application: July 15, 2018.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

The One-Year Part-Time
Practical Training in Biodynamics

First Class Meets Saturday, September 15

In thirteen full-day workshops from September to June, the Pfeiffer Center’s One-Year Part-Time Practical Training in Biodynamics covers the basic principles and all the timely activities of biodynamic agriculture through the seasons.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x120, email info@pfeiffercenter.org, or visit this page.


Sponsored by The Seminary
of the Christian Community in North America

Open Course:
Sacramentalism and Alchemy
With Rev. Bastiaan Baan
& Rev. Jonah Evans

Monday, September 24–Friday, September 28

All forms of sacramentalism work in order to eventually transform the earth. This is also the intention of alchemy. In this Open Course we will research the connections between alchemy and sacramentalism — and begin to recognize how in daily life and in celebrating the sacraments we can help to realize this future task.

Location: The Seminary of the Christian Community, 7 Carmen Court, Chestnut Ridge, NY. Evening lectures at the Christian Community, 15 Margetts Rd., Monsey, NY.

Suggested contribution: $300. If you have financial questions, please visit our web site.

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


Sponsored by the Threefold Branch & Threefold Educational Foundation

“Toward a Deepening of the
Christmas Foundation Impulse”:
Third Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Gathering

Friday, October 26-Sunday, October 28

As we approach the hundredth anniversary of the Christmas Foundation Meeting, let us consider the lofty ideal expressed by Rudolf Steiner on January 13, 1924: “The soil in which the Stone was laid could be no other that the hearts and souls of those united in the Society. And the Foundation Stone itself must be the attitude of mind which grows when anthroposophy gives shape to life. This attitude in life, as it is required by the signs of the present time, lies in the will to find — by deepening the human soul — the path to an awakened vision of the Spirit and to a life proceeding from the Spirit.”

How does this “path to an awakened vision of the Spirit” relate to the anthroposophical movement, the Anthroposophical Society, and the School of Spiritual Science? And how can the Anthroposophical Society assist in this deepening of the human soul? Does the School of Spiritual Science have a role to play in the life of the Anthroposophical Society? These are some of the questions and ideas that can fill our souls when we meet in October.

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

Fee: $95 (includes Saturday lunch and supper and three coffee breaks).

Information: Contact Christa Lynch at 845-352-5020 x122 or christa@threefold.org.

Pre-registration is required. To register, visit this page, or click here to download a printable registration form.

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