Events

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Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

Volunteer Days at the
Pfeiffer Center Garden

Friday, September 4 & 18, 9:00am-12:30pm

Here's your opportunity to get your hands dirty with Mac Mead, Megan Durney and the Pfeiffer Center interns!

No need to call in advance when you want to volunteer — we promise to have a variety of garden tasks available to do. Meet us in the garden at 9:00am, dress appropriately to work outdoors, and plan to work until 12:30pm.

Lunch and snacks can be purchased at Threefold Café, the Fellowship Community's Hand and Hoe, or at the Hungry Hollow Co-op.

We look forward to seeing you in the garden!

Location: The Pfeiffer Center garden, across from Threefold Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY. For directions, click here.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x20, email info@pfeiffercenter.org, or visit our web site.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Friday, September 18, 2:30-4:30pm

Come visit us at our Studio in Orchard House on Friday afternoons through November 20 (except October 16). Browse, see us at work, and experience our unique plant-dyed materials. Our plant-dyed materials and fiber 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 Pfeiffer Center
& the Parent Council of Green Meadow

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

Saturday, September 19

Celebrate our autumn harvest with a farm-to-table dinner of freshly picked biodynamic greens, apples, squash and herbs, artisanal cheeses, and roasted meats and vegetables from the Pfeiffer Center and our biodynamic neighbors in the Hudson Valley.

We'll gather with Mac Mead and his co-workers in the Pfeiffer Center garden for an evening introduction. Then it's on to the Main House terrace for biodynamic hors d'oeuvres, followed by a candle-lit dinner (with wine) prepared by Chef Charlie Miller in Threefold Café's Main House dining room.

All proceeds from this event benefit the programs of the Pfeiffer Center.

Admission: $75 per person. Tables for eight and ten are also available.

Information: Visit this page to order your tickets. This event sold out last year, so if you are thinking about attending, don't delay!


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Gender Matters:
Accepting, Supporting and Loving Our Children through the Maze and Mystery of Gender
With Nancy Blanning

Monday, September 21, 7:30pm

Nancy Blanning taught Waldorf Kindergarten for seventeen years before becoming the remedial and therapeutic teacher at the Denver Waldorf School. She also does teacher training and mentoring.

Location: The Arts Building at Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

Information: Contact Vicki Larson: 845-356-2514 x311, or vlarson@gmws.org.


Co-Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

The Seven-Year Cycles
and the Biography of the Soul:
Human Development in the Light of Anthroposophy
With Jennifer Brooks Quinn

Five Saturday Workshops
Starting September 26

Our lives unfold in seven-year cycles related to the development of new aspects of the body, soul and spirit. By drawing on Rudolf Steiner’s insights and through studying a fairy tale, this course will give us tools to deepen our understanding of human becoming, to look back over our own biography, and find threads that weave through our life story. In this way, we can begin to see the wisdom that lies at the heart of our challenges and opportunities and to discover truths that free us to stand as responsible human beings able to face the future with courage and resolve.

Artistic activities and exercises, as well as discussion, will be intrinsic components of this course.

Open to all, including those new to biography work and anthroposophy, this course will also serve those who already have experience with this work.

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 of Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy at both Sunbridge College and The Brooklyn Waldorf School.

Schedule: The course will meet on five Saturdays, 9:00am-3:00pm, at Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, New York: September 26; October 17 and 31; and November 7 and 21.

Course fee: $725.

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


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Harvesting Fall Colors
with Chris Marlow

September 26, 9:00am–3:00pm

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.

Chris Marlow is co-director of the Fiber Craft Studio and a graduate of the first Applied Arts Cycle in 1999. She was a handwork teacher at Green Meadow Waldorf School for fifteen years and at the West Side Community School, a charter school in New York City, for two years. She is program director for the Fiber Craft Studio's Applied Arts Program.

Fee: $90 (including materials).

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 visit our web site.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

Michaelmas Festival
in the Garden

Sunday, September 27, 1:30-4:00pm

All are invited to help make, stir and spray the biodynamic preparation #500, which supports humus formation and root growth. Refreshments will be provided from the garden. 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 Threefold Educational Center

Building a
Speech Chorus at Threefold:
Polyhymnia with Jennifer Kleinbach

Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am
Fall Series: October 3-November 21
Spring Series: March 12-May 14

“Speech formation creates healthy words, and each single healthy word creates a healthy being. Every group which practices such activities creates larger healthy beings who move through the world healing and sacrificing themselves to repair those things which other humans have previously damaged. They neutralize the evil powers.”

— Nature Spirits and What They Say

Through practicing any form of art, we cultivate the possibility of communicating with the divine. Art is our way of both speaking to lofty spiritual beings and hearing what they say to us. In the artistic forming of speech, we take as raw material our gift of speech and lift it, shape it, and mold it; then we breathe life into it and kindle its flame so it can fly free in a symphony of sound. This joyful, often playful work fully engages the whole human being, body, soul, and spirit — all our senses — our very breath.

This course will meet weekly (eight weeks in the fall and ten weeks in the spring), building a foundation of choral speech through exercises and seasonally themed pieces. The fall and spring blocks may be taken separately, and we will start small, but we will slowly build over years toward the capacity to take up performance of grander works, particularly Rudolf Steiner’s great Foundation Stone Meditation.

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

Fee: Sliding Scale, $10-$160 per season.

Information, and to register: Contact Virginia Hermann at virginia@threefold.org or 845-352-5020 x18.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

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

Ten weekend workshops
from October 2015 to June 2016
First workshop: October 10

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 2015-16 schedule, click here; to register on line, click here.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Green Meadow Fall Fair

Saturday, October 10, 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 Seminary
of the Christian Community in North America

Open Course:
Ways into Christian Meditation
With Rev. Bastiaan Baan

Monday, October 12-Friday, October 16

This Open Course is offered to introduce the publication of Bastiaan Baan's new book, Ways into Christian Meditation. We will investigate and practice exercises for concentration, contemplation and meditation. The evening lectures will include the themes: Prayer and Meditation • Meditations for the Deceased • Retrospective of the Day • Basic Exercises • Meditation on the Gospel of John.

Each day will follow this program:

8:00am The Act of Consecration of Man (at the church)
9:00am Breakfast (at the Seminary)
10:00am Open Course and Workshop (at the Seminary)
11:15am-12:15pm Lessons with the seminary students (at the Seminary)
7:30-9:00pm Evening lectures (at the church)

Location: The Christian Community Church (15 Margetts Rd.) and the Seminary of the Christian Community (7 Carmen Ct.).

Fee: The course fee of $150 includes breakfast and all workshops and lectures. Evening lectures may be attended separately; suggested donation $15 per lecture.

Information, and to register: Please contact the seminary: info@christiancommunityseminary.org or 845-356-0972.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

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

Friday-Sunday, October 16-18

Starting at 6:30 on Friday evening, and continuing for two full days of intensive individual and hands-on work, participants in this workshop will discover personal pathways toward what renowned Russian actor and teacher Michael Chekhov called the "Ideal or Essential Human Being."

Using games and play, plus speech, movement, and ensemble work, we will dig into our individual habits of speech and movement — the unconscious gestures we live in every day. Then we will explore how Chekhov's basic movement and speech tools can bring fresh consciousness and new choices to our everyday self-expression.

No previous Chekhov experience is required — it's a great opportunity to dip your toes into this rich and enlivening work. Those who have worked with Chekhov in the past will find this workshop a stimulating opportunity to flex your muscles and try new things.

Schedule: The workshop will start with a Friday evening session (6:30-9:00pm). The Saturday class will begin at 9:00am and end at 8:00pm, with generous breaks for meals and snacks; and the Sunday session will run from 9:00am to 4:30pm.

Fee: $195.

Information, and to register: Click here for a full description and registration information.


Sponsored by the Center for Biography and Social Art

A Taste of Biography and Social Art

Sunday, October 25, 1:00-3:00pm

Join us to learn about the new cycle beginning Summer 2016 on both coasts. Experience connection and interest through artistic exercises and conversation. This is a work that serves our times by bringing social artistry to life. Meeting each other in authentic ways we awaken connections within and with others.

Fee: This event is free.

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

Information: Email center4biography@gmail.com, call 413-320-1723, or visit our website.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

"This Little Light of Mine":
Moral Imagination and the American Soul
Lecture and Conversation with
Karl Fredrickson

Friday, October 30, 7:30pm: Lecture
Saturday, October 31, 11:15am: Conversation

This is the first of a series of lectures on the theme of moral development and the cultivation of 21st-century capacities. Out of a diversity of experience and perspectives, guest speakers will address how anthroposophy can serve as both a spiritual and concrete counter-balance within the crumbling edifice of higher education. In an age faced with radically destructive and overwhelming entities of power and persuasion, what forces can inspire the imagination and awaken moral impulses for leadership? What kind of training is necessary for our time?

These monthly Friday evening lectures will be followed by Saturday-morning conversations with the guest speaker for those interested in the finer points of development towards a new full-time educational program at Threefold.

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

Admission: Sliding scale, $0-$20.

Information: Contact Abigail Dancey at abigail@threefold.org.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Promoting Racial Literacy
in Schools
With Dr. Howard C. Stevenson

Tuesday, November 3, 7:30pm

Based on extensive research, Dr. Stevenson’s work explores how schools are often places where racial conflicts remain hidden, at the expense of a healthy school climate and the wellbeing of students of color.

Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, and former Chair of the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division, in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Location: The Arts Building at Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

Information: Contact Vicki Larson: 845-356-2514 x311, or vlarson@gmws.org.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Waldorf Elementary Teacher Education Open Day

Thursday, November 12, 8:15am-1:30pm

Come view Sunbridge in session and see first-hand what inspiring Waldorf teacher education is all about!

Our Elementary Open Day includes: Presentations and Q&A on Waldorf elementary class teaching and Sunbridge’s Waldorf elementary teacher education program with Director of Education Anna Silber and core faculty members • conversations with current program students • class attendance • tour of our Threefold campus, including the lower school section of Green Meadow Waldorf School.

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

Registration: Click here for a full description and link to online registration.

Information: Contact Ayla Dunn, Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator, at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education Open Day

Thursday, November 19, 9:00am-1:30pm

Come view Sunbridge in session and see first-hand what inspiring Waldorf teacher education is all about!

Our Early Childhood Open Day includes: Discussions and Q&A with Director of Education Anna Silber and Program Director Susan Howard on what it means to be a Waldorf early childhood educator and details about Sunbridge’s Waldorf Early Childhood Teacher Education program • conversations with current Sunbridge early childhood students • tour of Green Meadow Waldorf School’s early childhood section.

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

Registration: Click here for a full description and link to online registration.

Information: Contact Ayla Dunn, Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator, at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

The Art of Acting:
A Chekhov Intensive in
Dialogue, Scene and Group Work
with Laurie Portocarrero

February 26-28 & April 1-3, 2016
Registration deadline: January 29, 2016

This two-weekend, six-day retreat, designed for actors with some training in the techniques of Michael Chekhov, will provide an in-depth experience of the artistic presentation of dialogue, scene and group work. Over the course of two long weekends, students will work together with scenes from Shakespeare or a one-act play to deepen their experience of the basics of Michael Chekhov's technique.

The emphasis on ensemble work, and the immersive workshop setting, will offer a unique opportunity to go further with work begun in introductory classes.

Information, and to register: For a detailed description and online registration, click here.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

It’s Time to Have THE TALK
With Sharon Maxwell

Tuesday, March 1, 7:30pm

Our children are overwhelmed with information and stimulation by a culture that pushes them to be sexy before puberty begins. The social currency of sexy embeds itself into their self-image before they have any context for understanding what it means. How can they make sense of it all if we don’t provide an integrated framework for understanding sexuality?

Dr. Sharon Maxwell is a clinical psychologist in private practice, author, speaker, and consultant. Most importantly, she says, she is also a mom, who is passionate about the health and wellbeing of children and families.

Location: The Arts Building at Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

Information: Contact Vicki Larson: 845-356-2514 x311, or vlarson@gmws.org.

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