Events

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Sponsored by The Christian Community—
Movement for Religious Renewal

Talks at the Church

Visit the Christian Community church to attend one or all of these talks by visiting priests and other special guests.

Thursday, May 5, 7:30pm

The Hill, the House and the Street: Dramatic Settings in "The Merchant of Venice"
With Rev. Peter van Breda

Tuesday, May 10, 7:30pm

The Polarity of SHE and HE in the Cosmos, in Society, and within the Modern Couple
With Sebastian Lorenz, MD, MPA

Admission: Donations to support the Christian Community Church are welcome.

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

Information: Call 845-573-9080.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Friday, May 6, 2:00-4:30pm

Come visit us at our Studio in Orchard House on Friday afternoons through June 10 (except May 27). 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.

At our special demonstration days, you can watch us work and have a unique hands-on experience: February 12: Sewing with Felt • April 1: Paper Crafts.

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 Green Meadow Waldorf School

Third Grade Farm Dance

Saturday, May 7, 12:30-4:00pm

To raise funds for the GMWS Third Grade Class trip. Music! Dancing! Games! Food! Silent auction!

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

Admission: Free; there is a charge for activities.

Information: Call 845-356-2514 x311.


Sponsored by The Otto Specht School

May Pole Dance

PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE:
Friday, May 13, 9:15am

Come one and all ye lads and lasses to the Otto Specht School May Pole Dance and celebration of the coming of spring!

Location: The South Lawn at Hilltop House, Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x30 or email j.rodriguez@ottospecht.org.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

Pfeiffer Center Plant Sale

Friday, May 13, 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, May 14, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, May 15, 9:00am-5:00pm

Don't miss this opportunity to buy beautiful, healthy, biodynamically raised bedding plants for your garden. For eating, you will find all your favorite vegetables (5 kinds of lettuce, 3 different cukes, brassicas, kale, chard, squash, and more) and 16 varieties of tomatoes. For seasoning, we are raising 30 different annual and perennial herbs: Everything from Anise Hyssop and Basil to Thyme and Summer Savory. And then there are the flowers! Perennials like Echinacea, Rudbeckia, Yarrow, and more, and 19 different annuals — everything from Alyssum and Asters to Sunflowers and Zinnias.

Also available will be the Pfeiffer Center's own-made teas and salves, Pfeiffer Center Garden Gold Biodynamic Compost, and more!

Special Events on Saturday:
• 10:00am: Garden tour with Mac Mead
• 11:00am: Meet the Bees with Bill Day
• 1:00-5:00pm: Music!
• 2:00pm: Garden tour with Megan Durney
• 3:00pm: Meet the Bees with Bill Day

Every plant and product sold at our sale is raised and made by Pfeiffer Center staff and interns using biodynamic methods. Plan your shopping ahead of time! To download the 2016 plant list, click here.

All proceeds benefit the programs of the Pfeiffer Center.

Location: In the Pfeiffer Center garden, opposite 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY; click here for directions.

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


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

A Light from Within:
Knowing and Seeing in a
Visual Culture
Nathaniel Williams

Friday, May 13, 7:30pm

Threefold Educational Center is developing a new anthroposophical education program that will challenge the current paradigms of higher learning, addressing the need to awaken moral and spiritual capacities as the ground source of renewed leadership for the 21st century.

In preparation and support of this germinating project, Threefold is offering a year-long lecture and conversation series on a range of topics concerning the intersection of higher education and moral development. These conversations are intended to serve as a collaborative method of exploration and further development.

Nathaniel Williams studied visual art, and marionette-theater in Basel Switzerland, graduating with a certificate in visual art from the neueKUNSTschule in 2002. He has been active as a performer, artist and teacher in art since returning to the USA in 2004. He is co-founder of Free Columbia with Laura Summer.

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

Admission: Sliding scale, $0-$20.

Information: Contact Virginia Hermann at virginia@threefold.org.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

Bread and Puppet Theater
Presents:
Underneath the Above Show #1

Saturday, May 14, 8:00pm

Join us in welcoming Bread and Puppet Theater for its first-ever performance in Threefold Auditorium!

Underneath the Above Show #1 takes place in a distant, mountainous country much different from ours, where successive unsuccessful cardboard kings reign with fleeting promise over an over-life-size, technicolor cardboard electorate operated by a hardhat workforce prone to coffee breaks, until the eternally-hopeful population installs a jolly old god in the highest office of the land. It's a hilarious, timely antidote to the election-themed entertainment on TV. And, with its raucous energy and bright palette, it makes a great spring hurrah!

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

Admission: Sliding scale, $10-$30. Please note: The show is suitable for adults and children age 12 and up.

Information: Email events@threefold.org.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

Whitsun Festival

Sunday, May 15, 4:00pm
Pre-Festival Activities in the Garden at 2:00pm

Celebrate Whitsuntide with us. Our gathering will include Music • Eurythmy with Dorothea Mier • Speech Chorus • “What's Happening in the Garden?” with Megan Durney • a Festival Address by Patrick Kennedy.

Pre-Festival Activities in the Pfeiffer Center Garden: at 2:00pm, join Meadowlark in a Fairy Craft. At 3:00pm, join Pfeiffer Center Head Gardener Megan Durney in Planting Buckwheat for the Bees.

Location: School of Eurythmy, 289 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY. Pre-Festival Activities in the Pfeiffer Center garden, opposite Threefold Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd. (park on Orchard Lane).

Admission: Free. Donations welcome.

Information: Contact Melissa Lyons: 845-517-5386 or meliska.lyons@gmail.com.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Astronomy from a Human
Perspective: Patterns and
Rhythms of the Cosmos
With Michael D'Aleo

Thursday, May 19 & Friday, May 20

This course will explore the dynamic movements of the stars, moon, sun and planets, as seen from earth. Beginning with basic observations as seen with the naked eye, we will follow humanity's understanding of how the realities of time and space unfold here on earth. A key aspect of the course will be the discovery of finding the time and location you are presently at on earth, once you know the patterns and rhythms of the stars. This will be a dynamic, interactive course.

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

Course fee: $90, or $15 per class session.

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


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

90th Anniversary
Community Celebration

Saturday, May 21, 4:00pm

Join us in celebrating the 90th Anniversary of the purchase of Threefold Farm, the beginning of the Threefold community in Spring Valley, and all of the initiatives that have sprung up here since 1926! We are marking the occasion with an evening of lawn games, music, entertainment and food on the lawn at Main House.

• Lawn Games & Music at 4:00pm
• Appetizers & Welcome at 5:00pm
• Dinner at 6:00pm
• Stories & Entertainment at 7:00pm
• Dessert & Sparkler Send-Off at 8:00pm

Appetizers and dinner entrees will be catered, featuring new interpretations of menu items from the 1920s-era Threefold Restaurant in New York City. Side dishes will be provided by community potluck (but if you are coming from afar or can’t find the time to cook, we still hope to see you at the party!).

Location: Lawn at Threefold Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY. Park on Orchard Lane.

Admission: $6-$19.26 per person (sliding scale). Children under 6 are free. Click here to purchase your tickets, and let us know you are coming.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x22 or email christa@threefold.org.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Sheep and Wool Festival

Sunday, May 29, 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 • bid for unique hand-crafted gifts at the Silent Auction • see our work at the Studio Store and display • take in a puppet show • and enjoy delicious food at the Japanese fusion food corner.

Indoor and outdoor activities!

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 Eurythmy Spring Valley

Graduation Performance

Saturday, June 4, 8:00pm

Our fourth-year class presents their graduation performance family, friends, and all who have supported them on this incredible journey! Our three students in the "KK” Class are from Taiwan, Canada and the US. Their graduation program will include works by J. S. Bach, Rudolf Steiner, Dag Hammarskjold, Johannes Brahms, a story called “Catherine and Her Destiny,” and many other surprises.

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

Admission: Donations welcome. Seating is limited, and tickets must be reserved in advance from the Eurythmy School office.

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


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

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

Saturday, June 11, 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 Eurythmy Spring Valley

Summer Eurythmy Week

Sunday, June 19-Friday, June 24

Spend a summer week at Eurythmy Spring Valley moving with others who, too, enjoy the width, depth and pleasure eurythmy can bring. As the activities of the school year come to a close, there is no better way to rejuvenate and refresh than with a week of eurythmy, augmented by other complementary arts. The faculty for this year's ESV summer course will be Annelies Davidson and Natasha Moss for eurythmy, Jennifer Kleinbach for creative speech and Michael Howard for sculpture. Join us for this week-long course focused on giving each participant a direct experience of the health-giving benefits and depth that eurythmy can provide.

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

Course fee: $400.

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


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Sunbridge Institute
Summer Series 2016

June 26-July 29

This summer's line-up includes 22 professional development and introductory courses and workshops presented in a variety of formats to meet everyone's needs, including ten new 2- and 3-day offerings on topics of interest for teachers from early childhood through high school.

We've added more courses and workshops on specialized subjects, while still offering our traditional favorites. Many of our most popular instructors will be returning, and we'll be welcoming many new names, including Carol Bärtges, Harlan Gilbert, Connie Helms, Suzanne Lynn, Elyce Perico, Valerie Poplawski, and Jennifer Rosenstein.

To see the offerings and the schedule, visit this page.

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


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

Fellowship Community
Dedication Day

Sunday, July 3, 2:00-5:30pm

All are welcome to join us in celebrating fifty years of service to the community. Starting at 2:00pm, the Art Commission offers a lemonade and ice cream social with tours of the community. The dedication ceremony begins at 4:00pm in the Goethe Room.

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

Admission: Free.

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


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

East Coast Singing Training
With Christiaan Boele

First session: July 5-9

"Every human being has a singing voice. Our work is to unveil, take away the hindrances, and free the voice."

— Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström

This course is a study in singing from the School of Uncovering the Voice, an artistic impulse first developed by Mrs. Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström under the guidance of Rudolf Steiner. In this work, the singer and the process of singing is viewed holistically, encouraging a natural opening and balancing of the voice.

This course will take place over three and a half years, meeting for five days each July and a long weekend each February.

Christiaan Boele travels the globe year round teaching courses and workshops. He brings profound depth, warmth and humor to his work. His workshops are refreshing, motivating and inspiring for novice and professional singers alike.

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

Download the brochure: To download a brochure with detailed information about the course, click here.

For more information, and to register: Contact Shannon Boyce: 646-932-6062 or shannonaliciaboyce@gmail.com.


Sponsored by the Center for Biography & Social Art

Biography and Social Art
Certificate Program:
Life Gestures and
Human Development

Begins July 11-22

The Biography and Social Art Program is a unique part-time training for individuals interested in a deeper understanding of what it means to be human. Practicing the art of human encounter, along with inner work, is preparation for leading others toward new possibilities of connecting with life in richer and more meaningful ways.

The program will include two phases in order to allow more people to experience an intensive immersion into biography and social art before deciding whether to continue to hone their skills and become a facilitator. Each phase takes place over two years (meeting three times per year).

The first year of this new part-time cycle will meet on July 11-22, 2016; November 28-December 2, 2016; and February 27-March 3, 2017.

Information, and to register: Email center4biography@gmail.com, call 413-320-1723, or visit this page.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Summer Renewal Course:
Wonder and Beauty in the Fourth Grade

Wednesday, July 20-Saturday, July 23

Please join us for our first Handwork Summer Renewal Program. We will look deeply into the fourth grade handwork projects and curriculum and the emerging individuality of the student at this age. How can we re-enliven our relationship to this work and bring a sense of wonder and beauty to the fourth graders? Master handwork teachers MaryLynn Lorinz (Rudolf Steiner School, New York) and Laura Montano (Brooklyn Waldorf School) will share their experiences and questions. Master class teacher Giannina Zlatar will bring a picture of the fourth grade to deepen our understanding of the important transition that children of this age are going through. She will also bring Form Drawing to round out our research and artistic work.

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

Fee: $275. Some scholarship assistance is available.

Information: Call 845-425-2891 or email information@fibercraftstudio.org. Click here to download a printable registration form.


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 The Anthroposophical Society in America

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 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.

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