Events

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Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Public Workshop
With Dorothea Mier
A 4th Year Dornach Fund Raiser

Friday, April 21, 7:30pm–9:00pm
Saturday, April 22, 9:00am–1:00pm

Our spring workshop for the public is a unique opportunity to experience the joy and substance of eurythmy with Dorothea Mier, Director Emeritus of Eurythmy Spring Valley. Out of her lifetime of working with eurythmy, she will share her insights in this open course suitable for beginners, as well as for those who have a long-standing love of eurythmy. Join us for this rare opportunity to experience Dorothea's refreshing approach to accessing the deep, sustaining value of eurythmy. Pre-registration is required.

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

Fee: $75. Pre-registration is required.

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


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

The Four Core Elements
of Successful Leadership

Friday, April 21-Saturday, April 22

Explore the core elements of successful organizational and business leadership — Inspiring, Intervening, Steering, Coaching — and acquire the tools needed to deepen your own development as a successful leader. For administrators, managers, section and committee heads, and all those with leadership responsibilities in Waldorf schools and other workplace settings.

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.

Information: Visit this page.


Sponsored by The Hungry Hollow Co-op

Hungry Hollow Co-op
Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 22, 11:00am-5:00pm, rain or shine

Come to the Co-op for children's activities, a nature walk, live music (including Native American drumming), local and grass-fed BBQ, environmental education, pipeline education, water protection and safety. Meet your local farmers from The Pfeiffer Center and Rockland Farm Alliance, plus local Ramapough Lunaape Native Americans.

Location: Hungry Hollow Co-op, 841 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Call 845-356-3319.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Concert With
Cellist Claude Gilbert
and Pianist Marcus Macauley
An ESV 4th Year Dornach
Fund Raiser

Saturday, April 22, 8:00pm

Spring is on its way, and we look forward to an exciting concert by cellist Claude Gilbert with pianist Marcus Macauley! The program will include Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C Major for unaccompanied cello, Beethoven’s Six Bagatelles, op. 126 for piano, and selections from Sir Edward Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor, op. 85.

Currently pursuing his undergraduate degree at SUNY Purchase, Claude Gilbert began his cello studies in 3rd grade at Green Meadow Waldorf School. Seattle-born Marcus Macauley won his first concerto competition at age 11, performing with numerous orchestras and winning six national composition awards before entering college at the Eastman School of Music. Since 2009 he has been a resident musician for Eurythmy Spring Valley and has toured with eurythmists in Europe, Asia and the United States.

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

Suggested donation: $20 / $10 students and seniors / $5 children.

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


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Frontier Eurythmy
Part-Time Training Course:
New Class Forming in April

First Block: April 23-29
Second Block: June 18-July 1

In April we are beginning a new class in our Frontier Part-Time Training, which has been a doorway for many of our students 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. Unlike the full-time training at Eurythmy Spring Valley, we do not 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 the new class of our part-time training program.

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


Sponsored by The Seminary
of the Christian Community in North America

The 12 Senses in the
Act of Consecration of Man
With Rev. Bastiaan Baan,
Rev. Patrick Kennedy,
& Rev. Peter van Breda

Monday, April 24–Friday, April 28

The sacraments of The Christian Community are first of all an experience for the senses. In the words of Rudolf Steiner, “Spiritual reality is present in the ritual on the level of sense perception.”

In this open course, we will study, experience, and practice our twelve senses and bring them in relation with the working of the Act of Consecration of Man, the central sacrament of The Christian Community.

Fee: $150, includes breakfast each day.

Location: The Seminary of the Christian Community, 7 Carmen Court, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

For information, and to register: Email info@christiancommunityseminary.org, call 845-356-0972, or visit this page. Please register early, as participation is limited to 34 guests.


Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County

Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast
With Carol Gracie

Wednesday, April 26, 1:00-3:00pm

Wildflower expert, engaging speaker, photographer and author Carol Gracie will reveal fascinating life histories behind our beautiful spring wildflowers, including their interactions with pollinators and seed dispersers, their defenses against predators, and their medicinal properties. Come learn from her expertise, garnered from her work with the New York Botanical Garden and extensive worldwide travel.

Admission: $18 in advance or $20 at the door.

Location: Threefold Educational Center, Brookside Building, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY. Park on Orchard Lane off Hungry Hollow Rd.

Information, and to purchase advance tickets: Call 845-429-7085 or visit www.rocklandcce.org.


Sponsored by the Pfeiffer Center

Pfeiffer Center
Volunteer Days

Next Volunteer Day: Friday, April 28, 9:00am-12:30pm

On select Fridays from April to November, the Pfeiffer Center welcomes volunteers to pitch in and work along with Mac, Megan, and the interns. It's a great opportunity to get your hands dirty, make new friends, and get a taste of life in the garden.

Upcoming volunteer days are: April 28, May 12 & 26, June 2 & 23, July 7 & 21, and August 4.

Information: For all the details, please visit this page.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Friday, April 28, 2:00-4:30pm

Come visit us at our Studio in Orchard House on every Friday afternoon through June 23 (except May 26) to browse, see us at work, and experience our unique plant-dyed materials. Our yarns and 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 Eurythmy Spring Valley

30th Anniversary Celebration
Performance of the
Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble

Saturday, April 29
Pre-performance recollections: 7:00pm
Performance by members past and present: 8:00pm

Come help us celebrate the 30th Anniversary of our performing group! In the fall of 1986, the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble began its work, which over decades has taken us to communities across the continent, as well as on tours in Europe and Asia. Join us for this singular performance, celebrating both the history and the members of the ESV Ensemble, who have made its continuous work possible over three decades.

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

Tickets: $15 / $9 students and seniors.

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


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

The Inner Orientation of the Human Being:
Anthroposophy—Kashmir Shaivism,
Toward a Cosmic View
A Talk by Joe Serio

Monday May 1, 8:00pm

If natural science can lead into a knowledge of the human being from one perspective, we can say then that spiritual science can lead to knowledge from another. Can we speak, however, not only of diverse natural sciences but also of diverse spiritual streams, to which a broader category anthroposophy belongs, that not only also offer genuine knowledge, but offer their own insights toward the Greek motto "Know Thyself"? Can a dialectical approach serve this knowing while at the same time free up our thinking, enabling us to truly meet what approaches from out of the world?

This event is a fundraiser for the ESV 4th Year class trip to Dornach, Switzerland.

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

Suggested donation: $20 / $10 students and seniors.

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


Sponsored by the Otto Specht School

Otto Specht School
Open House

Friday, May 5, 8:30am

The Otto Specht School is an innovative program based on Waldorf education designed for children with developmental delays and learning challenges.

Our Open House includes taking in our festive May Pole celebration, a conversation with Director Jeanette Rodriguez, and a tour of our campus.

Location: Brookside Building, next to Threefold Main House, 285 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information, and to register: Email Madeleine Wuergler at mwuergler@ottospecht.org. Space is limited and preregistration is required.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

Finding and Hearing
Water’s Voice
A Talk by Jennifer Greene

Friday, May 5, 8:00pm

Jennifer Greene is the founder of the Water Research Institute of Blue Hill, ME. Currently, she serves as a leading spokesperson for environmental concerns and the nature of water. She is an outspoken advocate for the need for wholistic education and research into understanding the processes of Nature and Sustainability. Her in-depth experience and research has led her to conclude that we must become better observers of the processes of Nature, for in our current reductionist thinking and analytical processes much is being lost of the whole picture. She is attracting increasing attention from the international community, including the United Nations.

Location: The Goethe Room in Hill Top House, The Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Call Kathi Starkey at 845-356-8494 x2.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Evil as a Challenge
A Lecture by Bastiaan Baan

Saturday, May 6, 8:00pm

Bastiaan Baan will speak about learning to recognize, know and face evil, a force as old as the world. To deny or to ignore it is nearly as old as evil itself. Nevertheless, we know — often through bitter experience — that we must face the darker side of life before it devolves from “bad” to “worse.” Are there also ways that lead from “worse” to “better”?

Bastiaan Baan is director of the Seminary of the Christian Community in North America and has worked as a priest in the Christian Community for 35 years, both in the Netherlands and the United States. His most recent book is The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz: A Commentary on a Christian Path of Initiation, published by SteinerBooks.

This event is a fundraiser for the ESV 4th Year class trip to Dornach, Switzerland.

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

Suggested donation: $20 / $10 students and seniors.

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


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

William Shakespeare:
Sonnets and Plays
A Poetics Course
With Coralee Frederickson

Monday, May 15, 9:35am-2:55pm (three sessions)
Tuesday, May 16, 9:35am-12:25pm (two sessions)

Shakespeare, the greatest poet and dramatist in the English language, stands on the shoulders of his predecessors who tilled the soil and planted the seeds that he reaped so abundantly. In this poetics block, we will trace the development of the sonnet from its origins in the sonnet cycles of Petrarch through the works of the early sonneteers, Wyatt and Surrey, and culminate in Shakespeare's sonnets. We will then transition to the poetic language of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. All are welcome!

Coralee Frederickson, PhD, a graduate of ESV, has been the School Leader at Den norske Eurytmihøyskole, in Oslo, Norway, as well as the Program Director of their B.A. Completion Program, which was hosted over two cycles at ESV. Coralee is now the Co-Director of the Alanus University M.A. Program in Eurythmy, which is based in Alfter, Germany, and is also bringing a cycle of their program to our campus. All are welcome!

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

Fee: $75 for the course (five lectures).

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


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

“Word Made Flesh”:
A Talk by Patrick Kennedy
And Recital by the
Threefold Speech Chorus

Tuesday, May 16, 7:30pm

How does the voice of the world speak within my own soul? What does it mean that we speak what we have heard? Can we feel the significance of our speaking the word in the household of the universe?

Rev. Patrick Kennedy will give a talk exploring these questions, and the Threefold Speech Chorus led by Jennifer Kleinbach will wrap up its Spring block with a rendering of Kathleen Raine's poem, “Word Made Flesh.”

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

Admission: Donations to support speech work at Threefold will be gratefully accepted.

Information: Contact Virginia Hermann at virginia@threefold.org or 845-352-5020 x118.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

Pfeiffer Center Plant Sale

Friday, May 19, 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday, May 20, 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday, May 21, 9:00am-3:00pm

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 and many varieties of tomatoes. For seasoning, we offer a huge variety of 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 annuals 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!

Saturday Special Events
If you can, plan to time your annual plant-shopping spree to take in these special events and activities on Saturday:

10:00-11:00am Activities for children
11:00am-12:00pm Tour the garden with Mac Mead or Megan Durney
12:00-1:00pm Meet the bees with Pfeiffer Center beekeeper Bill Day
1:00-3:00pm Live music featuring Kaylah Bell, Cate Sandstrom, Sam Leopold, Daniel Bieber, and more great musicians to be announced!

Events subject to change. Watch this space for updates!

Every plant and product sold at our sale is raised and made by Pfeiffer Center staff and interns using biodynamic methods, and all proceeds from the plant sale 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 x120, or email info@pfeiffercenter.org.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

4th Year Students
Solo Performances

Sunday, May 21, 4:00pm

We warmly invite you to join us as the students of the Graduating Class of 2017 present their solos in preparation for the graduation performance on June 3, 2017. Each student will perform a speech and a tone solo as the culmination of an intensive, individual artistic process. It is a festive event, and the whole community is invited to share in this special first step towards graduation.

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

Admission: Donations welcome.

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


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Sheep and Wool Festival

Sunday, May 28, 10:00am-5:00pm, Rain or Shine

Celebrate nature’s gifts and fiber transformation • 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 our website.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Eurythmy Spring Valley
Class of 2017
Graduation Performance

Saturday, June 3, 8:00pm

Our fourth-year class presents their graduation performance at Threefold Auditorium for family, friends, and all who have supported them on this incredible journey! Our eight students in the "LL" Class hail from China, Germany, Canada and the United States. The program will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Rudolf Steiner, Edith Sitwell, Mary Oliver, Antonin Dvorak’s Dumky Trio, a beautiful Brothers Grimm fairytale, "The Nixie of the Mill-Pond," 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.

Admission: Donations welcome.

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


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

Movie Night:
“Seed: The Untold Story”

Friday, June 9, 7:30-9:30

From director Taggart Siegel (Queen of the Sun; The Real Dirt on Farmer John), SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Pfeiffer Center Head Gardener Megan Durney will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards.

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

Admission: Donations welcome.

Information: Contact Bill Day: 845-352-5020 x124 or billday@threefold.org.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community
The Threefold Community presents

The Hungry Hollow
Family Music Festival

Saturday, June 10, 11:00am-6:00pm

Scheduled artists include 3-time Grammy Award winner Tom Chapin, The Tyler Pearce Project, and many more to be announced.

Also on tap . . . organic food, crafts, vendors, children's activities, and a Beatles Singalong!

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: Adults $15; Children (ages 6-17), $10; Family Pack (admits 2 adults and 3 children), $40; children 5 and under are free.

Information: Call Skip Herman at 845-664-4411.


Sponsored by The Christian Community—
Movement for Religious Renewal

Sunshine Summer Day Camp
for Children Ages 3-7

Four weeks, June 19-July 14

At Sunshine Summer Day Camp, children experience the joy and wonders of childhood through outdoor play as well as activities such as coloring, water play (baby pool or sprinkler), craft making, bubbles, chalk, walking through the forest and field, morning circle time, singing and stories. An organic snack is served in the morning.

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

Schedule: Four weeks are available: June 19-23, June 26-30, July 3-7, and July 10-14. Camp days run from 8:15am to 1:00pm.

Fee: $350 per week, or $300 per week for more than 2 weeks of camp or for siblings. Scholarships may be available upon request.

Information, and to register: Please contact Melissa Barton at 845-642-2476 or melissabarton2@gmail.com.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Sunbridge Institute
Summer Series 2017

June 25-July 28

This summer's line-up includes 19 professional development and general interest courses and workshops on topics in Waldorf education from early childhood through high school, plus leadership and the arts, presented in a variety of formats to meet everyone's needs.

We've added some great new titles (The Urban Waldorf Kindergarten; Working with Parents; and The Power of Folk Dancing in Grades 1-6, to name a few), while still offering such traditional favorites as Collaborative Leadership and our Approaching the Grades courses (with Gary Banks introducing an innovative twist for Grades Seven and Eight). Representing the arts are Painting with Plant-Dyed Wool; Painting in the Grades; and our returning Eurythmy and the Growing Child workshop. We're happy to announce that Nancy Blanning and Motria Shuhan are teaming up to present a professional development course for Waldorf early childhood educators; Stephen Sagarin is leading a team of high school educators in a new course exploring Waldorf high school education; and Margot Amrine is back to teach our popular course on literacy in the early grades. And what would a Sunbridge summer be without our magical Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education and our equally wonderful Waldorf Weekend?

Visit this page for a complete overview of Summer Series 2017.

Information: Contact Helen Lee, Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator, at hlee@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Applied Arts Program:
A Professional and Artistic Training
for the Teaching of Handwork

Tenth Cycle Begins June 26-July 7

This four-year part-time handwork teacher training involves a path of learning and inner development based on the study and practice of anthroposophy, Waldorf education, the arts and the fiber crafts. It is especially designed for those who currently teach or would like to pursue teaching handwork, and would like to engage with others on a similar path in order to deepen, expand, and better articulate the importance of their work.

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

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


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

East Coast Singing Training
With Christiaan Boele

Session 3: 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.

Newcomers are welcome to join Session 3 even if they did not attend Session 1 or 2.

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.

For more information, and to register: Contact Shannon Boyce: 646-932-6062 or shannonaliciaboyce@gmail.com. Click here to download a flyer that describes the complete course.

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