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Sponsored by Threefold Mystery Drama Group

The Reflection of Ancient Egypt
on the Current Era:
Thoughts on Rudolf Steiner's First and Fourth Mystery Drama

Wednesday, July 1 & 8, 8:00pm

On Wednesdays, July 1 and 8, we will be looking at the first scene of the first drama, The Portal of Initiation, and comparing it to the temple scene from the ancient Egyptian initiation rite, the eighth scene of the fourth play, The Souls' Awakening. Everyone is invited, whether or not you are familiar with Rudolf Steiner's Mystery Dramas. This is taking up the theme that Thomas Meyer spoke about in his lecture at Threefold, back in March. Bring a text if you can, if not there will be some extras.

Location: The Side Room of Threefold Auditorium, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Contact Barbara Renold: 845-216-9552.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Thursday, July 2, 12:00-2:00pm

Come visit us at our Studio in Orchard House on Thursday afternoons through August 6. 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 Sunbridge Institute

Contra Dance

Thursday, July 2, 7:30-9:00pm

Sunbridge Institute invites one and all to live music and community dancing every Thursday evening through July 23.

Location: The terrace at Threefold Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

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


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Rediscovering How to Play:
Revealing the Clown Within
With Angie Foster

Sunday, July 12

Through movement, games, and short improvisations, this workshop will help you remember what it is to play. Together, we will discover that what is most valuable is not being clever or “getting it right,” but rather the magic of being surprised by what reveals itself when we are vulnerable and open to the moment.

Angie Foster is high school drama teacher at Kimberton Waldorf School (PA), where she has been directing plays for 17 years, and is a clowning facilitator on the team of Nose to Nose of North America.

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

Fee: $40 when also registering for a 3- or 5-day Summer Series course or Waldorf Weekend or $50 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee).

Information, and to register: Click here for further details and the registration form. For more information, contact Ayla Dunn, Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator, at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Bringing Puppetry to Life: A Journey Through the Seasons with Puppet Play, Music, and Song
With Connie Manson

Sunday-Wednesday, July 12-15

In this course, led by a master puppeteer, you will explore the roots of puppetry, create and bring to life beautiful yet simple puppets, explore their use in seasonal puppet storytelling, and discover ways to bring puppet delight to home life. When possible, we will create and share puppetry in peaceful outdoor campus settings.

Connie Manson has taught Waldorf nursery, kindergarten, and parent-child programs for two decades and currently teaches kindergarten and music in the grades at the Suncoast Waldorf School (FL). She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and a master’s degree in education from the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College.

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

Course fee: $480 (includes all materials and non-refundable $45 registration fee). 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 the Center for Biography
and Social Art

Benefit Screening:
“Even Though the Whole
World Is Burning”

Wednesday, July 15, 7:00pm

A rare opportunity to see this beautiful film about Poet Laureate, two-time Pulitzer winner and environmental activist William S. Merwin. Even Though the Whole World Is Burning features interviews with Mr. Merwin, his family, friends, and other notables, and reflects on humankind and our relationship to this wildness called Earth. W. S. Merwin is a vibrant, humorous and challenging subject who has not been involved in a feature documentary before. This film is an intimate portrait of a man who is often called a “national treasure.”

“To me, he is a profoundly inspiring artist who has lived his life on his own terms,” says director Stefan Schaefer. “When I spend time with him or look at his work, he has made bold choices and he has been true to himself, and that has worked for him.” Stefan, a Green Meadow alum, will be present for Q & A post-screening.

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

Admission: $25-$15 (sliding scale). Proceeds benefit the Center for Biography and Social Art. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

Information: Visit biographysocialart.org, email center4biography@gmail.com, or call 413-320-1723.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

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

Friday, July 17-Sunday, July 19

Open to all, but especially relevant for current, new, and prospective members of Waldorf communities, including teachers, parents, grandparents, staff, and board members, our popular Waldorf Weekends are designed to provide an in-depth and experiential survey of the foundations and fundamentals of Waldorf Education.

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.

Schedule: Waldorf Weekend runs 7:00-9:00pm Friday, 9:30am-6:00pm Saturday, and 9:30am-1:00pm Sunday.

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

Fee: $110 when registering for another Summer Series 3- or 5-day offering or $215 as a stand-alone (includes all materials and non-refundable $25 registration fee).

Information, and to register: Click here for further details and the registration form. For more information, contact Ayla Dunn, Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator, at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Collaborative Leadership:
Personalized Strategies for
Becoming a More Effective Member
of Your Leadership Team
With Joachim Ziegler, PhD & Jessica Heffernan Ziegler

Sunday, July 19-Friday, July 24

If you are an administrator, department head, board member, faculty or section chair, director, administrative committee member, college of teachers member, staffer, or key volunteer in a school, organization, or business, you have leadership responsibilities. In this course for leaders and decision-makers, our focus is on practical work. 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, you will 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 is Executive Director of Sunbridge Institute. She has worked as an executive coach and organizational development consultant for Waldorf school administrators and teachers in both the US and Germany since 2002, 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: $815 (includes all materials, year-long coaching, and non-refundable $50 registration fee).

Information, and to register: Click here for further details and the registration form. For more information, contact Ayla Dunn, Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator, at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Creating Simple Garments
With Sono Kuwayama
and Laura Montaño

July 20-24, 9:00am–5:00pm

Exploring the nature of garments and creating simple pieces, which can bring expression to our inner and outer nature, using plant dyed fabrics. We will design, plant dye and sew by hand.

Sono Kuwayama, MFA is a graduate of the 4th Cycle of the Applied Arts Program and Foundation Studies program and has worked as Co-Director of the Crafts Certificate Program at the Brooklyn Waldorf School. She has been teaching handwork for several years and continues to work on her own studio practice and studies in art and anthroposophy.

Laura Montaño graduated from the 4th Cycle of the Applied Arts Program in 2009; she has taught workshops on plant dying and has worked closely with the craft certificate program in the Brooklyn Waldorf School. She currently teaches handwork at the Brooklyn Waldorf School in grades 1-8.

Course Fee: $680 (including some 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.


Co-Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

A Course in Sanskrit
With Michael Posnick

Six Monthly Workshops
Starting Saturday, August 22

Rudolf Steiner used Sanskrit words to portray the most important ideas of anthroposophy.

Now a course in Sanskrit sound and calligraphy is being offered to help deepen our understanding of the effect of language on our thinking.

Sound is creative. In the study of Sanskrit, sound is the highest priority. In the beginning, sacred texts were not written down, only chanted. Having a language that is 100 percent phonetic makes it much easier to preserve these sacred sounds. Pronunciation has always been extremely important, since sound is creative and all sound has an energetic effect.

The Sanskrit alphabet is called Devanagari, the City of the Gods. Sanskrit calligraphy offers practice in attention and an appreciation of the beauty inherent in these ancient forms.

Michael Posnick is a student and tutor in the School of Practical Philosophy, where the study of Sanskrit plays an important role in the curriculum.

Schedule: This will be a six-month course, meeting with Mr. Posnick once a month, on Saturday mornings for 2 hours, beginning August 22, 2015. Weekly practice sessions will be scheduled with his assistant for those interested.

Fee: A suggested contribution is $200 for the six-month course, which includes calligraphy materials.

Information, and to register: Contact Sam Leopold: singleopold@hotmail.com.


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 Threefold Educational Center

Building a Threefold Speech Chorus:
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 Threefold Educational Center

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

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 Threefold Educational Center

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

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.

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