Events

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Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

Farm Stand

Friday, June 14, 12:00-4:00pm

Every Friday from noon to 4:00pm, stop by the Hand & Hoe for fresh-picked, biodynamically raised produce and herbs grown in the fields and gardens of the Pfeiffer Center and the Fellowship Community’s Duryea Farm. A farmer will be on hand to assist you.

Before or after shopping at the Farm Stand, be sure to stop upstairs for fresh bread, granola, Duryea Farm milk, and a home-made lunch at the Hand & Hoe’s weekly café. Don’t miss their hand-made gifts and toys, plus books, gems, and other treasures.

Location: The Fellowship Community’s Hand & Hoe, 241 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

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


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Friday, June 14, 2:00-4:30pm

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.

Upcoming Open Studios: June 21, June 28.

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 Threefold Educational Center

Upgrading Humanity:
Defending and Nurturing the Truly Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
Lecture and Workshop with Nicanor Perlas

Saturday, June 22, 7:30pm (Lecture and Q&A)
Sunday, June 23, 9:00am–3:30pm (Workshop)

Although still in its earliest stages, artificial intelligence (AI) is radically transforming all aspects of society. With the immanent emergence of Artificial Super Intelligence (ASI) and the illusory temptations of “transhumanism,” humankind stands at a crossroads. Nicanor Perlas makes an urgent plea. It is imperative, he says, that we take immediate steps to ensure that digitized technology is aligned to human values and priorities.

The lecture and workshop will be based on the Nicanor’s recent book, Humanity’s Last Stand, available online from SteinerBooks (or call 703-661-1594). Advance reading is highly recommended.

Nicanor Perlas is an adviser, global activist, writer, and speaker on artificial intelligence, globalization, and spiritualized science. He has advised UN agencies, the Office of the Philippine President and Congress, as well as cities and towns undertaking large-scale social threefolding projects. For the global impact of his work, he has received the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize), the Outstanding Filipino Award, and UNEP’S Global 500 Award.

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

Admission: $65 (Saturday lecture plus Sunday workshop), or $15 / $9 students and seniors (Saturday lecture only). Pre-registration for the Sunday workshop is required. Click here to register..

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x122.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Sunbridge Institute
Summer Series 2019

June 23-July 26

This summer's schedule includes seventeen professional development and general interest 5-day courses and weekend workshops on topics in Waldorf education from early childhood through high school, plus leadership and the arts, including a brand-new workshop on Essentials of Anthroposophy.

You can view the complete 2019 lineup here.

Information: Contact Barbara Vitale at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

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

Sunday, June 23-Friday, June 28

Join us for a wondrous journey! 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 through an early childhood student’s morning routine; and develop a true practical understanding of Waldorf early childhood education. A perennial Sunbridge summer favorite, this rich and extensive course has launched many early childhood careers.

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

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

St. John’s Festival

Sunday, June 24, 7:00pm

Join us for torch lighting, bonfire, a children’s performance, the Showed-Up String Band, and 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.

Admission: Donations welcome.

Information: Call 845-356-8494 x2.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

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

Friday, June 28-Sunday, June 30

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. Our Waldorf Weekends are a most memorable—and fun!—learning experience.

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

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by The Christian Community—
Movement for Religious Renewal

Developing an Approach to
The Elemental Beings of Bees
with Karsten Massei

Saturday, June 29
9:00am: The Act of Consecration of Man
10:30am: Talk
11:45am-1:00pm: Exercises and Conversation
3:00pm: Talk
4:15-6:00pm: Exercises and Conversation

Lectures and carefully introduced meditative exercises open the door to our own insights.

Born in 1963 in Berlin, Karsten Massei trained as a curative education teacher in Switzerland, where he has lived for more than thirty years. For many years he has used his supersensible capacities to research the world of elemental beings with particular emphasis on the animal world, trees, medicinal plants, death and transformation, and meditation. In particular, he has a love for bees and works with beekeepers as well as giving seminars on bees and beekeeping. He has also written a book on the subject, Die Gaben der Bienen (The Gifts of the Bees, 2014 untranslated), while his interest in healing the landscape involves him in “dialogues with the earth.”

Suggested donation: $95/$60, includes snack and light lunch ($25/$20 talks only).

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

Information: Email franziskahesse@gmail.com, or visit this page to register.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

Tango!
Argentine Dance Class

Saturday, June 29, 4:30pm

Learn the art and heart of the Argentine Tango with Madalyn and Nelson Avila. No partner necessary!

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

Admission: Donations welcome.

Information: Call 845-356-8494 x2, or visit www.fellowshipcommunity.org.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

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

Sunday, June 30-Friday, July 5

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.

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

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Applied Arts Program 11th Cycle

Summer Dates: July 1-12
Winter Dates: February 24-28

The Applied Arts Program, a professional development opportunity for Waldorf handwork teachers and aspiring teachers, explores the art, philosophy, practice and pedagogy of teaching handwork. The course meets in the Fiber Craft Studio on the Threefold campus for two weeks each summer and one week each winter for four years. In their time together, students and teachers form a learning community that supports their artistic development as well as their spiritual and practical striving.

A path of learning and inner development based on the study and practice of anthroposophy, Waldorf education, the arts, and the fiber crafts for Waldorf handwork teachers.

Nicole Nicola Rodriguez, Program Director Nicole has been the handwork teacher at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia for 25 years. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and the first cycle of the Applied Arts Program. She has been the program director and lead teacher for the 4th, 6th, and 9th cycles of this program and will return in this role for the 11th cycle.

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

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


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

East Coast Singing Retreat
Led by Christiaan Boele

Friday, July 5-Sunday, July 7

“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 5, 6:30-8:30pm; Saturday, July 6, 9:00am-6:30pm; Sunday, July 7, 9:00am-12:30pm.

Tuition: $225.

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


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Essentials of Anthroposophy: Encountering Rudolf Steiner’s Philosophy, Path of Inner Development, and Picture of World Evolution

Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21

This new workshop, led by two dedicated students of anthroposophy, offers a unique opportunity to discover and explore the basic elements of anthroposophy and to reflect upon what Rudolf Steiner’s ideas have to offer our lives today. Through presentation, conversation, and experiential learning, participants will delve into Steiner’s picture of the human being and the evolution of consciousness as illumination for a path of inner development. There will be ample open space for questions while exploring Steiner’s ideas in a spirit of seeking understanding.

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

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

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

Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26

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.

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

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

YES!
Youth Eurythmy Summer Intensive

Saturday, July 27-Saturday, August 3

This course for young adults age 16-20 will include intensive daily eurythmy rehearsals, augmented by poetry writing, art, music, swimming in the pond, an outing to NYC, and bringing one’s inner story to life! From the first moment, the course process is about discovering the deep potential in eurythmy for artistic exploration that can build insight and foster growth. The intensive will culminate in a final performance of the work created together during the week.

The faculty will include Sea-Anna Vasilas and Virginia Hermann of Eurythmy Spring Valley, with other guest artists.

Location: School of Eurythmy, 289 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: $750, includes tuition, food and lodging. Scholarships and payment options are available.

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


Sponsored by The Steiner School for Speech Arts & Threefold Educational Foundation

Mystery Drama Summer School:
Interdisciplinary Intensive
With Barbara Renold

August 8-18

Polarities in the social chaos of our time . . .

First performed a century ago, Rudolf Steiner’s four mystery dramas trace the evolving relationships of a group of individuals through multiple incarnations, from ancient times to modern. The unfolding on stage of these interwoven destinies reveals the deep origins of interpersonal and social polarities and strife, and points the viewer toward paths for understanding and reconciling the social issues of our time.

This summer, Threefold Educational Foundation, the Steiner School for Speech Arts, and Eurythmy Spring Valley offer two ten-day intensives especially for those who wish to deepen their relationship with this massive work of art. Each morning, participants in both intensives will join together for speech work, movement exercises, and study. Daily group explorations of Rudolf Steiner’s Speech and Drama Course, given in September 1924, will illuminate the origins and significance of this massively significant piece of twentieth-century art. Each day will also include ample time for rest, recreation, and summer fun in the Threefold community’s bucolic setting.

Created for all levels of familiarity with the plays, the Interdisciplinary Intensive with Barbara Renold offers an interactive, participatory plunge into the third mystery drama, The Guardian of the Threshold, with a focus on scenes 3, 7, and 8: Lucifer and Ahriman’s kingdoms and the Guardian. Study and discussion will be enriched and illuminated by group artistic activities, including actors’ workshops, eurythmy, and speech exercises.

This shared artistic and social “hands-on” experience will create a unique opportunity to • develop your understanding of these important works • explore artistic activity as a path of inner development • and experience art as a path to understanding and resolving interpersonal and social strife.

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

Tuition: $450-$700, sliding scale. Tuition includes lunch daily at Threefold Café; financial aid and work-study opportunities will be offered.

Information, and to register: Visit this page, call 845-352-5020 x122, or email mysterydrama@threefold.org.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley, The Steiner School for Speech Arts & Threefold Educational Foundation

Mystery Drama Summer School:
Professional Eurythmy Intensive
With Dorothea Mier

August 8-18

Polarities in the social chaos of our time . . .

First performed a century ago, Rudolf Steiner’s four mystery dramas trace the evolving relationships of a group of individuals through multiple incarnations, from ancient times to modern. The unfolding on stage of these interwoven destinies reveals the deep origins of interpersonal and social polarities and strife, and points the viewer toward paths for understanding and reconciling the social issues of our time.

This summer, Threefold Educational Foundation, the Steiner School for Speech Arts, and Eurythmy Spring Valley offer two ten-day intensives especially for those who wish to deepen their relationship with this massive work of art. Each morning, participants in both intensives will join together for speech work, movement exercises, and study. Daily group explorations of Rudolf Steiner’s Speech and Drama Course, given in September 1924, will illuminate the origins and significance of this massively significant piece of twentieth-century art. Each day will also include ample time for rest, recreation, and summer fun in the Threefold community’s bucolic setting.

The Professional Eurythmy Intensive with Dorothea Mier will be devoted to exploring the archetypal spiritual beings portrayed in Rudolf Steiner’s four mystery dramas. Our focus will be on Lucifer, Ahriman, the Guardian of the Threshold, and the Soul Forces Philia, Astrid, Luna, and the Other Philia.

For professional eurythmists, this is a unique opportunity to work with Dorothea Mier and your professional peers to • develop your understanding of these important works • explore artistic activity as a path of inner development • experience art as a path to understanding and resolving interpersonal and social strife • and to let the mystery dramas enliven your own eurythmy work.

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

Tuition: $450-$700, sliding scale. Tuition includes lunch daily at Threefold Café; financial aid and work-study opportunities will be offered.

Information, and to register: Visit this page, call 845-352-5020 x122, or email mysterydrama@threefold.org.


Sponsored by The North America Youth Section

Questions of Courage:
North American Youth Conference

Thursday, August 8-Sunday, August 11

Join us in Spring Valley, New York this summer, as we bring to life what lies just outside the margins of the comfortable, to stir the deeper questions that articulate the soul and move us in our more intimate moments . . . In gathering together we hope to find inspiration to re-imagine new futures, new possibilities for our earth and humankind.

Presenters: Lisa Romero, Andrea De La Cruz, Paul K. Chappell, Emmanuel Vukovich, Meaghan Witri & Seamus Maynard, Chris Burke, Anne De Wild, Sebastian Heycke, Hannah Schwartz.

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

Information: Visit this page.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Summer Eurythmy Week 2019!
Polarities and Balance:
An Exploration in Eurythmy

Sunday-Friday, August 11-16

Summer Eurythmy Week 2019 will be an exploration of polarities in nature and the human soul. We will discover the balancing element of human activity through movement, creative speech, nature observation, and biodynamic gardening. In tone eurythmy, we will experience the way harmony in music expresses itself through the breathing of the human soul in major, minor . . . and even in dissonance! Through Rudolf Steiner’s eurythmy forms for the Calendar of the Soul, we will discover the dynamic interplay of the human being and the world. Evening activities, shared meals, and outings will complement our week-long immersion into the art of eurythmy. Beginners very welcome. We hope to see you!

Location: School of Eurythmy 289 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

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


Sponsored by Nature Place Day Camp & The Pfeiffer Center

Farm and Garden Days:
A Hands-On Garden, Farm and Forest Experience for Children Ages 5 to 13

Monday, August 12-Friday, August 16

Farm and Garden Days is a small (80 participants), specialized, hands-on farm, garden and nature experience for children ages 5-13. Digging potatoes, picking peas, milking cows, visiting horses and honeybees, making pizza in an outdoor clay oven, and more — with plenty of time for swims, exploring nearby woods and streams, art activities, music and games.

Farm and Garden Days is a collaboration between The Nature Place and The Pfeiffer Center. Activities take place in the Pfeiffer Center’s biodynamic gardens and at neighboring Duryea Farm.

Fee: $925 for the week. ($1,200 for children coming from New York City; includes bus transportation from Manhattan and Brooklyn.)

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Summer Refresher Courses for Eurythmists

Week One: Monday, August 12-Friday, August 16
Week Two: Monday, August 19-Friday, August 23

Eurythmy Spring Valley is delighted to offer two weeks of pedagogy for third- and fourth-year students of eurythmy and professional eurythmists. The theme for both weeks is the heart of childhood: the nine-year change through 7th grade.

Week One: August 12-16
Cristina Geck, from Shining Mountain Waldorf School, will present the eurythmy curriculum, especially through the lens of the major festivals of the year: Michaelmas, the Rites of Spring, the Maypole, and others for grades three to six. A vigorous, insightful, and joyful approach will be offered for teaching eurythmy to students as they navigate the tender and formative heart of childhood.

Week Two: August 19-23
John Holmes, from Kimberton Waldorf School, will present the nine and twelve-year thresholds, and how to understand children’s movement in these stages. John articulates a clear picture of the developmental, therapeutic/hygienic reasons for the pedagogical approaches he presents, offering an invaluable foundation for teaching at any stage.

Each week will provide a review of pedagogical forms and their relevance in this period of childhood, and themes from the curriculum, especially adaptable for use in eurythmy. Practicing teachers will have time to demonstrate and share materials and consider together the challenges of the twenty-first-century child in eurythmy.

Location: School of Eurythmy, 289 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information, and to enroll: Call 845-352-5020 x113, email info@eurythmy.org, or visit this page.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Enrolling a New First-Year Class at Eurythmy Spring Valley

Starts in September

We're excited to announce the opening of a brand-new first-year class in September 2019. This course is open to all applicants who want to begin 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, creative speech, music studies, poetics, and others that support first steps in eurythmy.

Location: Eurythmy Spring Valley, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

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


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Performance Project 2019 for Professional Eurythmists

September 4-October 9
Application Deadline: August 15

The ESV Performance Project 2019 is a unique opportunity for professional eurythmists to experience bringing dynamic tone and speech eurythmy pieces to fruition over a four-week period, then performing it regionally in different venues. The project has been designed for those wishing to experience a short artistic intensive into the singing qualities of different string instruments, the essence of choral eurythmy, and the awakening elements of contemporary poetry.

Location: Eurythmy Spring Valley, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

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


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Eurythmy Spring Valley Postgraduate Program

Application Deadline: July 15

The full-year Postgraduate Program will focus on English speech eurythmy, the deepening of tone eurythmy elements, and the stage art of eurythmy, leading to a year-end performance, and a short local tour.

Location: Eurythmy Spring Valley, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

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


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

The One-Year Part-Time
Practical Training in Biodynamics

First Class Meets Saturday, September 14

In thirteen full-day workshops from September to May, 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 Otto Specht School

Otto Specht School
Community 5K

Saturday, September 21

In the spirit of the Waldorf 100 Marathon around the World project, the Otto Specht School presents a 5K race through the Threefold and Fellowship communities.

Save the date and lace your sneakers up!

Information: Contact Chela Crane: ccrane@ottospecht.org.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Green Meadow Fall Fair

Saturday, October 5, 10:00am-4:00pm

Now in its fourth decade, the Fall Fair is a beloved annual event offering seasonal children's activities including a hayride, face painting, caramel apples, pumpkin carving, candle dipping, a zipline, obstacle course, and much more, as well as delicious organic food from the grill. Carefully curated vendors from around the region sell woolen items for children and adults, organic skin care, handmade jewelry, handcrafted wooden toys, raw honey, and much more!

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

Admission: Admission and parking are free; activity tickets are $1; food prices vary.

Information: Visit this page, or contact Lynne Wu, Director of Development, at 845-356-2514 x304 or lwu@gmws.org.

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