Events

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Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Friday, may 22, 2:30-4:30pm

Come visit us at our Studio in Orchard House on Friday afternoons through June 12. 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.

Special demonstration days: January 16: Spinning; February 13: Sewing with Felt; March 20: Nuno Felting.

Schedule notes: There will be no Open Studio on February 27, March 13, April 3, or May 29.

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 & the Threefold Branch

Spiritual Science and the Role of Technology in Evolution
With Andrew Linnell

Friday, May 22, 7:30pm

Topics covered will include: The future of human-machine interaction • robotics and avatars • neuroplasticity of the brain • and electricity, thinking, and consciousness.

Andrew Linnell is a 41-year veteran of the computer industry and a graduate of the University of Michigan (BSE ’72, MSE ’73) and Emerson College, England (’79). A CC Toastmaster and VP of the Anthroposophical Society in Greater Boston, Andrew has been lecturing on various themes from art history to the ancient mysteries to artificial intelligence, to the ecological dangers from nanotechnology.

Admission: $0-$30.

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

Information: Contact Abigail Dancey: abigail@threefold.org or 845-352-5020 x25.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

Abraham Lincoln:
Spiritual Aspects Connected with His Task for the United States and for Humanity (+15 April 1865)
A Talk by Virginia Sease

Thursday, May 28, 7:30pm

Virginia Sease has been a member of the Executive Council of the International Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland since 1984. In addition to her Vorstand work she is responsible for the Anthroposophical Studies Program in English at the Goetheanum.

Admission: $15 / $9 students and seniors.

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

Information: Contact Abigail Dancey: abigail@threefold.org or 845-352-5020 x25.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Graduation Performance

Saturday, May 30, 8:00pm

On May 30, our fourth-year class will present their graduation performance at Threefold Auditorium for family, friends, and all who have supported them on this incredible journey! Our three students in the "JJ” Class are from the US and Peru. Their graduation program will include works by Haydn, Brahms, Bach, Bartok, Wilfred Owens, William Blake, a Czech fairy tale, and many other surprises. Seating is limited, and tickets must be reserved in advance from the Eurythmy School office.

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

To reserve your seat: Call 845-352-5020 x13 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Sheep and Wool Festival

Sunday, May 31, 10:00am-4:00pm, Rain or Shine

Celebrate Nature’s Gifts and Fiber Transformation.... Meet Sheep, Goats and Bunnies.... Participate in fiber craft activities, including spinning, weaving, knitting, felting, and plant dyeing....

Delicious food too!

Admission is free. A small fee will be charged for activities. All proceeds benefit the Fiber Craft Studio.

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

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


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

Recitals and Talks at the
Fellowship Community

Next Event: Sunday, May 31

Sunday, May 31, 4:15pm
Glen Williamson performs Beat the Devil! Faust, the Whole Story
(Admission is free/donations accepted)

Location: All events will be held in the Goethe Room at The Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

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


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Sunbridge Institute
Summer Series 2015

June & July 2015

Go here to view our great line-up of 18 professional development and introductory courses and workshops — including two new offerings on topics in early childhood and four new offerings in grades 1-8 education — and be the first to register.

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


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

The Art of Acting:
End-of-Year Performance
and Sharing

Saturday, June 6, 4:00pm

Laurie Portocarrero and the students of The Art of Acting invite you to their end-of-year performance and sharing. This unique weaving of individual pieces with ensemble speech and movement is the culmination of nine months of intensive work with the techniques of Michael Chekhov, speech formation, clowning, improvisation and much more. Come share in the joy and accomplishment of the 2014-15 class of the Art of Acting.

Some material in the performance is not suitable for children.

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

Admission is free. The performance will last about one hour and fifteen minutes.

Information: Email billday@threefold.org or call 845-352-5020 x24.


Sponsored by The Christian Community—
Movement for Religious Renewal

“The Mystery Journey of
Johannes and Maria”:
Excerpts from Rudolf Steiner’s
Four Mystery Dramas
Performed by Glen Williamson
and Laurie Portocarrero

Friday, June 12, 7:30pm

A young artist, befriended by the most advanced pupil of a high spiritual master and initiate, seeks his own spiritual development. As he struggles through joy and despair, certainty and illusion, triumph and disaster, a friend accompanies him, guiding him along the path with her own ever-growing strength and love.

In The Mystery Journey of Johannes and Maria, Laurie Portocarrero and Glen Williamson trace Johannes's spiritual development and his relationship to Maria through excerpts from Rudolf Steiner's four mystery dramas. Unique in the annals of drama, these four plays trace their characters' paths and destinies through repeated incarnations from ancient times up to the twentieth century, vividly depicting the interplay of karma and free will at work as human beings struggle to take responsibility for their destiny.

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

Suggested donation: $10-$20, at the door.

Information: Call 845-573-9080.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Summer Handwork Camp
For Children Ages 7-10

Monday-Friday, June 15-19, 9:00am-1:00pm

A week to experience nature's gifts and a variety of handwork activities . . . Carding • Spinning • Knitting • Crocheting • Sewing • Plant-Dyeing.

Children will enjoy time in the dye garden, artistic activities, and hand crafts.

Fee: $450, including snack and 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. Click here to download a registration form.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education: An Immersion into the World of the Waldorf Nursery/Kindergarten
With Lisa Miccio

Sunday-Friday, June 21-26

In this comprehensive course designed for prospective teachers, parents, and anyone interested in working with young children, we’ll explore the essential elements of Waldorf early childhood education. Through the guidance of highly experienced Waldorf early childhood educators, 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 lessons in handwork, art, movement and circle time activities, and develop a true practical understanding of Waldorf early childhood education.

Lisa Miccio teaches kindergarten at Green Meadow Waldorf School (NY), where she also co-chairs the Early Childhood section and sits on the Collegium Committee and the Board of Trustees. Lisa has been in education for 18 years, with 15 years experience as a Waldorf early childhood educator.

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

Course fee: $775 (includes all materials and non-refundable $50 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 Eurythmy Spring Valley

Exploring Soul Gestures —
Summer Eurythmy Week 2015

Sunday-Friday, June 21-26

Spend a summer week in Spring Valley moving with others who, too, enjoy the width, depth and pleasure eurythmy can bring. In this course, we will delve into the nature of Soul Gestures, as they are the very essence of eurythmy when it comes to making visible the dramatic content of mood and feeling. Eurythmy has opened the hearts of many with its simple, direct and potent gestures and movements. Learning and doing these gestures encourages us to 'know' in our depths where our center is and what it is; the gestures strengthen us and teach us about ourselves. During this week we will take a dramatic poem and intensify the experience of it through working with Soul Gestures. This exploration through speech eurythmy will be enhanced by sessions in tone eurythmy, creative speech and singing. Our Summer Eurythmy Week faculty members include: Annelies Davidson, Elsa Macauley, Jennifer Kleinbach and Patti Regan.

Come join us for this week-long course focused on giving a direct experience of the refreshment and depth that eurythmy can provide.

Course fee: $400.

Information, and to register: Call 845-352-5020 x13 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Thursday, June 25, 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, June 25, 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

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

Sunday, June 28, 3:15-5:30pm

Eurythmy is essential in order for Waldorf Education to fully serve the child. But what is eurythmy? What does it actually do for the child? How does it fit into the Waldorf curriculum, and what is its contribution and impact? 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.

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

Fee: $25 when registering for another Summer Series offering or $35 as a stand-alone. 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

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

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

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.

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