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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 24-Friday, July 29

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 course for leaders and decision-makers, our focus is on practical work. Through a process imbued with the anthroposophical understanding of the human being, 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: $840 (includes all materials, coaching calls, and non-refundable $75 registration fee). Click here for more information and online registration.

Information: Contact Amina Phelps at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center
The Free Columbia Puppet Theater Presents:

Momo, The Time Titan
An Open Air Puppet Show
Based on the Children's Story
“Momo” by Michael Ende

Monday, July 25, 7:00pm

An enthralling tale of an orphan girl who has made her home in a ruined amphitheater on the outskirts of a bustling, nameless city. Momo has a unique gift: in her presence troubles become less burdensome, conflicts are resolved, and imaginations take flight. But Momo's world is threatened when mysterious gray men appear, promising wealth and success to people who hurry through life now, saving time and depositing it in a Timesaving Bank. Realizing that all that is precious — life itself — is at risk, Momo sets out on a perilous mission to defeat the men in gray. This is truly a story for our times, an imaginative fantasy and a tale of suspense with far-reaching implications about the quality of life today.

The story will be told with a variety of puppetry techniques and styles. All puppets have been built for this show by members in the troupe.

Location: The lawn behind the Green Meadow Waldorf School Arts Building, 307 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on. In case of rain call 919-357-7622 one hour before showtime.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x18, email virginia@threefold.org, or visit www.freecolumbia.org.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Thursday, July 28, 12:30-2:00pm

Come visit us at our Studio in Orchard House on Thursday afternoons through August 4. 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 Threefold Educational Center
The Andrew Goodman Foundation presents:

Civil Rights and the 2016 Election

Friday, August 12, 7:30-9:00pm

A discussion between Clarence Jones, former speech writer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Ari Berman, author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America. Moderated by David Goodman, president of The Andrew Goodman Foundation and brother of civil rights activist Andrew Goodman.

The evening will also feature freedom songs performed by Michael Mark and the 2016 Hidden Heroes award ceremony, honoring five young activists who are carrying on the work of Freedom Summer.

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

Admission: Free; donations welcome.

Information: Contact Justyna Krygowska: 201-995-1808 x19 or justyna.krygowska@andrewgoodman.org.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center
& Green Meadow Waldorf School
Babbling Brook Players presents:

William Shakespeare’s
Much Ado About Nothing

Sunday, August 14, 6:00pm

Come spend an evening with Rockland County’s own Babbling Brook Players and a cast of characters that are sure to make you laugh and feel great in one of Shakespeare’s best comedies of love that triumphs over any gossip and mischief.

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

Admission: Free. (Suggested donation: $20.)

Information: Contact George Bekker: 917-747-9844.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Frontier Eurythmy
Independent Training Course

Class Forming in September

Consider a life in eurythmy!

This fall, we are are beginning a new class in our Frontier Part-Time Training, which has been a doorway for many devoted eurythmy friends to start their professional training in eurythmy. The Frontier program is ideal for those who want to begin their studies in professional eurythmy while honoring other existing commitments. The format also works well for those who live at a distance, as they attend the School of Eurythmy for study blocks during the year. Between blocks, students work on their own at home, with a local eurythmist as their mentor. The Frontier Part-Time Training focuses on the first year of the full-time training, learned over a two-year period of time.

Unlike the full-time training, we don't offer a new Frontier class every year, so if you've been thinking about beginning the eurythmy training, this is your best opportunity to enroll in our new part-time training program.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x13 or email info@eurythmy.org.


Sponsored by The Speech School of North America
& Threefold Educational Center

Renewing the Speaking Word:
A Foundation Year in the Art of Creative Speech

September 2016–June 2017

The year of study will include: Basic exercises • Epic, lyric and dramatic speech • Poetics • Dramatic exercises and Chekhov work • Greek gymnastics • Eurythmy • The anthroposophical speech and drama course • General anthroposophical studies.

Core faculty: Helen Lubin, founder of “Speech and Drama in Waldorf Schools in North America” and faculty at Rudolf Steiner College since 1992 • Barbara Renold, Sunbridge College faculty 1983-2007 and director of the Threefold Mystery Drama Group.

Location: The training will take place on the campus of Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Contact Jennifer Kleinbach: jennykbach@gmail.com.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Friday, September 9, 2:00-4:30pm

Come visit us at our Studio in Orchard House on Friday afternoons through December 16. Browse, see us at work, and experience our unique plant-dyed materials. Our yarns and fiber craft kits are available for sale, and we are ready to assist you as needed.

Don't miss our special demonstration days, where you can watch us work and have a unique hands-on experience:

  • September 9: Plant-dyeing
  • October 21: Sewing

Extended holiday hours: On December 9 and 16, we will be open 11:00am-4:30pm.

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.


Co-Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

“There Slumber in
Every Human Being . . .”
A Course to Awaken Us to Our Own Relationship to the Spiritual Worlds
With Jennifer Brooks Quinn

Four Saturday Workshops starting September 10

The world stands more than ever in need of insights and actions that are born of the spirit, but what is our connection to the spiritual world? How can we find knowledge and insight to help us connect to ourselves, to others and to the spiritual world in a responsible way?

This is a course dedicated to the exploration of the faculties and conditions that join us to the spiritual world. We will study the chapter “Conditions for Esoteric Training” in Rudolf Steiner’s book, Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and Its Attainment. We will engage in artistic exercises, biography work and conversation to explore this territory, bringing together our questions, experiences and practices.

Open to all, including those new to anthroposophy. This is a core course that can support any program of foundation studies in anthroposophy program.

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 and co-director of Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy at Sunbridge College and The Brooklyn Waldorf School. She offers workshops, courses and retreats in Latin America, China and the United States.

Location: The course will meet at Green Meadow Waldorf School in Chestnut Ridge, NY on September 10 and 24, October 8, and November 5.

Course fee: $580.

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
Plant Dyeing with Chris Marlow

Friday-Sunday, September 16-18

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.

Fee: $195 (including materials).

Schedule: The workshop will meet on Friday, September 16, 7:00-9:00pm; Saturday, September 17, 9:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday, September 18, 9:00am-1:00pm.

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

One-Year Part-Time
Practical Training in Biodynamics

Starts Saturday, September 17

In thirteen full-day workshops from September to June, the Pfeiffer Center’s One-Year Part-Time Practical Training in Biodynamics covers all the timely activities of biodynamics and gardening through the seasons. In the classroom, Mac Mead and expert guest faculty introduce and explain Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science, the foundation of biodynamics. In the field, we learn and do good gardening practices — tilling and shaping beds, building compost piles, pruning, and much more. At the same time, the principles introduced in the classroom come to life in the field as we learn — by doing — how each of the biodynamic preparations is made and used through the cycle of the year.

Information: Follow these links for a full description, schedule, and registration information.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

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

Saturday, September 24

In the twentieth century, famed acting teacher Michael Chekhov explored how consciously directed physical movements can create a free inner space for the soul to express authentic human feeling. By studying the actor’s art, he said, we can learn to direct and express our feeling life by inviting our body, voice and soul to move in ways chosen by our higher self.

This one-day introductory Chekhov workshop will use speech, movement, and ensemble work — plus games and play — to dig into our individual habits of speech and movement. Then we will explore how Chekhov’s basic exercises can bring fresh consciousness and new choices to our everyday self-expression. We will experience the first step on a path toward a quality of consciousness that can empower body, soul and spirit to access and express our authentic inner selves.

No previous Chekhov experience is required — this is a great opportunity to dip your toes into this rich and enlivening work.

Schedule: This one-day workshop will begin at 9:00am and end at 8:00pm, with generous breaks for meals and snacks.

Location: The workshop will take place on the campus of Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge, NY, 35 miles from New York City.

Workshop fee: $95. Click here to register. Workshop attendees who enroll in The Art of Acting will receive a credit of $95 on their course tuition.

Information: Contact Bill Day: 845-352-5020 x24 or billday@threefold.org.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community
The Threefold Community presents

The Hungry Hollow
Family Music Festival

Saturday, September 24, 10:00am-6:00pm

More than twenty performing artists, great local organic food, free activities, puppet shows, eurythmy, storytelling, hayrides, face painting & more . . .

Scheduled artists include The Chapin Sisters • The Bill Pernice Jazz Band • Mamma Tongue with John McDowellTyler Pearce Project • Adam Falcon and Friends • and many more to be announced!

Proceeds from this event will benefit educational and eldercare initiatives in the Threefold Community.

Location: The Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Tickets: When purchased by September 21: Adults $16; Children (ages 8-18), $8; Family Pack (admits 2 adults and up to 4 children), $40; Children under 8 are free. Click here to order online, or watch this space for a list of retail establishments where advance tickets can be purchased.

Information: Call Skip Herman at 845-664-4411, or email rsffoffice@fellowshipcommunity.org.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

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

Saturday, September 24

Celebrate our autumn harvest with a farm-to-table dinner of fresh biodynamic ingredients from the Pfeiffer Center and our neighbors in the Hudson Valley.

This event is co-sponsored by the Parent Council of Green Meadow Waldorf School; all proceeds benefit the programs of the Pfeiffer Center.

Save the date, and watch this space more more information!

Information: call 845-352-5020 x20, or email info@pfeiffercenter.org.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Green Meadow Fall Fair

Saturday, October 1, 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 Anthroposophical Society in America

Representing Anthroposophy:
Fall Conference and
Annual General Meeting

Thursday, October 6-Sunday, October 9

The 2016 Fall Conference and Annual General Meeting of the Anthroposophical Society in America will be held at Threefold Educational Center.

The planning group began meeting in December to talk about themes and intentions for this year’s conference. Several threads are being carried as the program comes into expression:

The evolution of consciousness as expressed in drama. Under the direction of Barbara Renold, speech artists and eurythmists are rehearsing scenes from Oedipus Rex, a Shakespeare Medley, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Trial of the Soul to be performed throughout the conference. Thank you to Creative Speech North America for a grant to help fund this work!

Working with the Theme of the Year, self-knowledge and the experience of evil today, as we strive to birth the consciousness soul individually and within our communities.

Integrating the members’ meeting throughout the weekend to inform and allow dialogue to flow.

How can these threads support our conversations on the life and cultivation of anthroposophy within the Anthroposophical Society in America?

Please save the dates and watch for further program information and early registration.

Information: Please visit this page.


Sponsored by the Threefold Branch
and Threefold Educational Center

The Battle for Human Being and the
Need for Moral Imagination –
In light of the theme of the year
With Christine Gruwez

Friday, October 14, 7:30pm

For those who can't attend Christine Gruwez's weekend workshop, The Battle for Human Being and the Need for Moral Imagination, the Friday evening lecture is open to the public. Please join us.

Admission: $15 / $10 students and seniors (at the door).

Location: To be announced.

Information: Contact Gino Ver Eecke at 845-356-1380 or gfbver@gmail.com.


Sponsored by the Threefold Branch
and Threefold Educational Center

The Battle for Human Being and the
Need for Moral Imagination –
In light of the theme of the year
With Christine Gruwez

Friday, October 14–Sunday, October 16

More and more, we are confronted with meaningless violence, with terrorism, war, conflicts, resulting in an increasing feeling of insecurity and raising hate and fear. What has come under attack is nothing less than the humanity of human being. Facing this challenge, there is an urgent appeal to make a step towards moral imagination, as Rudolf Steiner developed in his Philosophy of Freedom. There is an urgent need not to think new ideas but to think in a new way, to think new in order to find Michaelic answers to what is aked from each of us.

The darkening that seems to have come over the world and humanity is not to be answered by light, but is to be transfigured by light shining through the darkness. In this way a new substance is developing in our midst: the substance of light having gone through the darkness: “transparency.” Transparency as a way to transform the darkness from within allows us to open an inner space where the need of our time can express itself and where moral imagination starts. This is the meaning of transforming the world and ourselves. The future Manichaean impulse, this radical project of redeeming the forces of evil, as understood by Rudolf Steiner, is in this way a continuing of the mystery of Golgotha towards the final transfiguration of earth and mankind.

Christine Gruwez studied philosophy and linguistics at the University of Louvain, Belgium. Since 1997, she has researched and written on Manichaeism and its relationship to anthroposophy. She has led many seminars and traveled extensively in the Near and Middle East, visiting places along the Silk Road where there are still traces of Manichaean communities. Her book, Walking with Your Time: A Manichaean Journey, addresses the question of good and evil in our time. Since 2012, Christine has been a member of the Vorstand of the Anthroposophical Society in Belgium.

Schedule: This workshop will begin with an evening lecture at 7:30pm on Friday, October 14; continue through a full day on Saturday, October 15; and conclude at lunchtime on Sunday, October 16. For those who cannot attend the full workshop, the Friday evening lecture is open to the public; click here for details.

Workshop fee: $150. Click here to register online.

Meals and housing are not included in the workshop fee. For information about housing options in and near the Threefold community, please click here.

Information: Contact Gino Ver Eecke at 845-356-1380 or gfbver@gmail.com.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

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

Ten weekend workshops
from October 2016 to June 2017
First workshop: October 15

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 2016-17 schedule, click here; to register on line, click here.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Doll Making Workshop:
Making a Hand-Sewn Dress-Up Doll

Eight Wednesdays Starting October 26

While making a doll, one creates an image of the human being. It is a contemplation of the human form and proportion, and then an experience of ensouling the form that is created. Making a doll can be a therapeutic activity for the maker and is a wonderful way to create a special, love-imbued gift for another. Here is an opportunity to make a doll for the holidays, for a loved one or just for you. In eight two-hour classes we will proceed step by step to create a doll with a formed head from which we will create a pattern. Then after sewing the body of the doll, we will form and stuff it and put it together. The finishing details of hair, eyes and mouth will make the doll come to life and we will have time to dress the doll with hand-sewn clothing.

The course will require some experience with hand sewing and there will be homework between classes in order to finish in time,

Fee: $255 (including materials).

Schedule: The workshop will meet from 9:30-11:30am on eight Wednesdays: October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, December 7 and 14.

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 Sunbridge Institute

Waldorf Middle Schools —
Realizing Our Potential:
Sunbridge Teachers Conference
With Keynote Speaker Betty Staley

Friday, November 4- Saturday, November 5

Save the date, and check back for details.

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

Schedule: Friday, November 4: 6:30-7:00pm Registration; 7:00-9:00pm Conference. Saturday, November 5: 9:00am-5:30pm Conference.

Fee: $225 with online registration (available through 7:00pm, Thursday, November 3). Cost includes snacks and lunch and a $25 non-refundable registration fee. Space permitting, we will accept walk-ins on the day of the conference; walk-in fee is $240, payable at the door through check or credit card.

Information: Contact Amina Phelps at info@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


The Agriculture Course:
An Intensive Study of the Origins
and Future of Biodynamics

January 13-16, 2017

Save the date for the Pfeiffer Center's annual midwinter intensive study of biodynamics. This long weekend is truly a unique educational and social opportunity to broaden and deepen your understanding of the role of biodynamics in the development of humanity and agriculture. Make plans to join us, and watch this space for news and information.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Sheep to Shawl:
A Year-Long Course in
Artistic Fiber Crafts
Led by Chris Marlow
& Sono Kuwayama

10 Saturdays, January-December 2017
First meeting: January 21

This course offers an opportunity to create a special garment by transforming wool fibers into a knitted shawl. Each participant will create a beautiful and functional piece that is imbued with healing forces and uniquely suited to his or her individuality.

The traditional hands-on activities of washing and carding wool, spinning with the spindle and the wheel, dyeing fibers with plant-colors and knitting will be approached with a spirit of research and renewal. Background reading, presentations and conversations will complement the hands-on activities. Regular practice and study — in addition to the work in class — is recommended and will amplify the experience of this year-long journey.

Each Saturday, art and/or movement classes will be offered to accompany the handwork sessions and bring enlivening impulses to each individual as well as the group.

This course is open to beginners and experienced fiber artisans.

Schedule: The course meets on ten Saturdays from 9:00am-5:00pm: January 21, February 18, March 18, April 8, May 13, June 3, September 9, October 21, November 18, and December 2.

Tuition: $905, including materials.

Information, and to Register: For more information, call 845-425-2891, email information@fibercraftstudio.org, or visit this page.

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