Events

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Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

Alexis Cole:
A Very Special Jazz Concert

Wednesday, June 22, 7:30pm

Called "one of the great voices of today" by Jonathan Schwartz, Alexis Cole has been compared to classic jazz singers such as Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day. Her nine recordings, which feature musical luminaries such as Fred Hersch, Eric Alexander, Matt Wilson, Harry Pickens, Don Braden and Pat LaBarbara, have received high praise in the jazz press and are spun on radio world-wide. She performs and conducts master classes around the world.

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

Admission: Free.

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


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

St. John's Tide Bonfire

Friday, June 24, 7:30pm

The Fellowship Community will be hosting its annual St. John's Tide Bonfire. All are welcome, so please join us for festive music and dancing.

Location: The south lawn of Hilltop House at the Fellowship Community, 241 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

Information: Call 845-356-8494 x2, or email carol.avery@fellowshipcommunity.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 Amina Phelps, Admissions and Summer Series Coordinator, at summer@sunbridge.edu or 845-425-0055 x20.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

A Musical Odyssey through Bamboo and Metal
With Peter Alexanian

Wednesday, June 29, 8:00-9:00pm

Hear unfamiliar music that sounds good at this very special musical journey starring Japanese bamboo flute, Indian shruti box, and a metal sound sculpture.

Location: The Goethe Room at 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 Fiber Craft Studio

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Thursday, June 30, 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 the Fellowship Community

Fellowship Community
Dedication Day Celebration

Sunday, July 3, 2:00pm

Join us in celebrating the Fellowship Community's fiftieth anniversary with these festive activities:

• 2:00pm: Art commission unveiling

• 2:30pm: Ice cream social and community tour

• 4:00pm: Dedication ceremony

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 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 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 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

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.

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