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Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

School of Eurythmy
Fall End-of-Term Festival

Wednesday, December 13, 7:30pm
Thursday, December 14, 7:30pm

Since the beginning of the school year, our 1st, 2nd, 4th year and stage training students have been immersed in learning the many elements at each stage of their studies. It is always remarkable to see the clear steps of development and refinement inherent in the training, through watching our student presentations from the first class through the post-graduate year. This year, we are blessed with a large group of combined 4th and 5th year students, for what is sure to be a an exciting and joyful sharing. We invite you to join us in celebrating their work at our Fall End-of-Term Festival.

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

Fiber Craft Studio
Open Studio Afternoons

Holiday Hours: December 15 & 22, 11:00am-4:30pm

Come visit us at our Studio in Orchard House on Friday afternoons through December 22 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 The Christian Community—
Movement for Religious Renewal

Mary and the Human Soul

Friday, December 15, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 16, 8:30am-1:00pm

A weekend workshop in preparation of Advent with Revs. Patrick Kennedy and Carol Kelly, priest in the Greater Washington-Baltimore area. In this workshop, we will explore Mary in Art, in the Gospels, in esoteric Christianity and the life of prayer.

Suggested donation: $60.

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

Information: Call 845-573-9080. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to gailritscher@comcast.net.


Sponsored Threefold Educational Center

Threefold Community
Family Christmas Festival

Sunday, December 17, 4:00pm

In preparation for the Holy Nights, join us for this year’s Community Family Christmas Festival. The joy and quiet of the season will be shared through story, singing, poetry, music and eurythmy.

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

Admission: Free. Donations welcome.

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


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

The Paradise Play

Friday, December 22, 4:30-5:30pm

The Shepherds Play

Friday, December 22, 7:00pm

In the late 1850s, the Austrian linguist Karl Julius Schröer collected and published the Christmas Plays of Oberufer, a cycle of Medieval mystery plays that had been preserved by residents of the village of Oberufer, near Bratislava. Members and friends of the Threefold Community are pleased to continue this ancient tradition. The Paradise Play presents the expulsion of Adam and Eve from Paradise, but with the promise of future salvation. The Shepherds Play depicts the birth of Jesus in a stable, where he is sought out by a group of simple shepherds.

Age 9 and up for The Paradise Play, please.

The final play in the cycle, The Kings Play, will be presented on January 6.

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

Admission: Donations welcome.

Information: Contact Christa Lynch: christa@threefold.org.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

The Kings Play:
A Staged Reading

Saturday, January 6, 7:30pm
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN LOCATION

In the late 1850s, the Austrian linguist Karl Julius Schröer collected and published the Christmas Plays of Oberufer, a cycle of Medieval mystery plays that had been preserved by residents of the village of Oberufer, near Bratislava.

Members and friends of the Threefold Community are pleased to continue this ancient tradition. Gather with us in front of the fire in Main House Living Room as we mark Epiphany with an intimate staged reading of this beloved play. Age 11 and up only, please.

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

Admission: Donations welcome.

Information: Contact Christa Lynch: christa@threefold.org.


Sponsored by the Pfeiffer Center

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

2018 Focus: White Oak & Chamomile as Biodynamic Preparations and Healing Plants
With Mac Mead,
Jean-David Derreumaux,
Megan Durney, Harald Hoven,
Dr. Steven Johnson, & Deb Soule

Friday, January 12-Monday, January 15

The Pfeiffer Center’s 2018 midwinter intensive study of biodynamics offers participants an in-depth examination of two plants used in making biodynamic preparations: white oak and chamomile. Through a combination of lectures, artistic activities, practical experiences, observation exercises, and conversation we will investigate what qualities give these humble plants their powerful medicinal healing powers.

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. Join us!

For updated information about the program and online registration, please visit this page.


Sponsored by The Speech School of North America

The Art of the Dramatic Speaking Word:
The Self in Relation to the Other
with Barbara Renold

Friday, January 12-Sunday, January 14

We will turn our focus from breathing in the story pictures of the hexameter to breathing with others in a dramatic situation. Exploring the 6 revelations of speech and their gestures, can give us one tool for dramatic speaking. At some time during the weekend, we’ll allow ourselves to taste the exquisite language of our great Bard and speak some Shakespeare! The five Greek Gymnastic Disciplines will accompany our journey throughout the weekend.

Schedule (come to all or part):
• Friday, 4:30–6:00: Warming up with speech exercises (at the Christian Community Church, 15 Margetts Rd.)
• Saturday, 9:30am-12:30pm: Exploring the 6 revelations of speech and dramatic exercises (location to be announced)
• Saturday, 2:30-5:30pm: Monologs and dialogues (location to be announced)
• Sunday, 9:30am-12:00pm: Review and intensify (at the Red Barn Painting Studio, Red Barn Lane)

Fee: $125. Financial assistance is always available upon request.

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

Information, and to register: Barbara Renold: 845-356-0674 or barbararenold@yahoo.com.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Foundation
& The Art of Acting

What Ails Thee?
With Laurie Portocarrero

Saturday, January 13, 9:00am-5:00pm

A workshop in the series, The Art of Acting, Art of Being Human.

Can we move beyond our busy and preoccupied modern habit of “HeyhowyadoingFinethanks”? Can we seek ways to turn the clear light of cool objectivity on our own soul lives and bring warm attentive interest to the human being in front of us? Can we learn to truly ask, “How are you? How can I help?” This deep-winter journey focuses on partner and pair activities and exercises that revolve around healing interactions with the Other, and how to meet in the Middle, out of truly quest-ing openness.

Laurie Portocarrero trained in the Chekhov method under Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan, and has studied and taught movement, drama and speech in the US and abroad. A member of The Actors’ Ensemble, Walking the dog Theater, Shakespeare Alive! and Threefold Mystery Drama Group, Laurie also directs a summer children’s program, Shakespeare on the Green, and teaches drama and storytelling to special needs adults.

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

Fee: $115.

Information, and to register: Visit this page for a full description of this series of workshops and online registration. For more information, call 845-352-5020 x124 or email billday@threefold.org.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

The Lady and the Lion

Saturday, January 13, 8:00pm

Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble presents its newly completed fairy tale, The Lady and the Lion. This action-packed tale, adapted from the Brothers Grimm, leads us through many inner and outer landscapes before, with beating hearts, we find the lady and the lion transformed at the end. Join us for this captivating tale, which will be surrounded by other musical and poetic pieces.

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 Green Meadow Waldorf School

Introductory Session
for Prospective Parents

Friday, January 19, 9:00-11:00am
Friday, March 16, 9:00-11:00am
Friday, May 11, 9:00-11:00am

Join us to learn more about Waldorf education. The morning includes a short video, a campus tour, and a Q&A with our Administrator and several faculty members.

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

Admission: Free.

Information, and to register: Contact Melissa McDonagh: 845-356-2514 x302 or mmcdonagh@gmws.org.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Waldorf Weekend
With Anna Silber

Friday, January 26-Saturday, January 27

This weekend workshop on the foundations and fundamentals of Waldorf education is open to all, but especially relevant for new and prospective Waldorf community members (teachers, parents, grandparents, staff, board members) and lovers of education. It is designed to provide an in-depth and experiential survey of the basis and the basics of Waldorf Education.

In addition to exploring the Waldorf curriculum from early childhood through high school, your workshop includes a discussion of Rudolf Steiner’s insights in human development and a look into the anthroposophical underpinnings of the Waldorf impulse. You’ll enjoy hands-on artistic activities such as music, movement, and drawing, and there’ll be plenty of time for questions and answers. Our Waldorf Weekends are a most memorable — and fun! — learning experience.

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.

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

Fee: $220 (includes Saturday snacks & lunch, and a $25 non-refundable registration fee).

Information, and to register: Email info@sunbridge.edu, call 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by Sunbridge Institute

Understanding Classroom
Management: How to Create a
Healthy Learning Environment
With Karen Crandall & Anna Silber

Saturday, January 27

This pedagogical leadership workshop is relevant for administrators, pedagogical leaders, faculty chairs, and grades 1-8 teachers.

Karen Crandall is a class teacher at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, NY, where she currently teaches sixth grade. This is Karen’s third class cycle. She led her first class, grades one through eight, from 1993-2001 and her second class from 2007-2012. She also sits on the school’s collegium and chairs its Teacher Development Committee. Karen, who has facilitated previous Sunbridge workshops and is a member of our Summer Series faculty, holds a BFA from Penn State University and an MSEd from Sunbridge College.

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.

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

Fee: $205 (includes snacks & lunch, and a $25 non-refundable registration fee).

Information, and to register: Email info@sunbridge.edu, call 845-425-0055 x20, or visit this page.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

ESV Winter Studio Program

Saturday, January 27, 8:00pm

Please join us for this year’s winter studio program. Once again, eurythmists in the area have been working on solos and duets, and will offer a rich array of pieces made up of different styles of speech and tone eurythmy.

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

Admission: $15 / $9 students and seniors.

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


Sponsored by the Fiber Craft Studio

Sheep to Shawl:
A Year-Long Course in
Artistic Fiber Crafts

10 Saturdays, January-December 2017
Starts Saturday, January 27

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 27, February 17, March 10, April 7, May 5, June 9, September 8, October 13, November 10, and December 8.

Tuition: $995 includes materials.

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


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Understanding
Waldorf Education: Part 1
With Jack Petrash

Tuesday, January 30, 7:30-9:00pm

Retired Washington Waldorf School class teacher, author, and TEDx Speaker Jack Petrash is an experienced Class Teacher, an engaging thinker, and a beloved guest at Green Meadow. He is the author of Understanding Waldorf Education and several other books.

For parents of children in Lower School and Middle School (Grades 1-8).

Location: Arts Building Music Room, Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

Information: Contact Vicki Larson at 845-356-2514 x311, or vlarson@gmws.org.


Sponsored by The Seminary
of the Christian Community in North America

Parsifal and the Grail:
The Opera by Richard Wagner
With Rev. Bastiaan Baan

Monday, February 5–Friday, February 9

Topics covered will include: The Grail and the renewal of the mysteries • the theme of Parsifal in the life of Richard Wagner • the Christ Mystery in the composition of Wagner’s Parsifal • Rudolf Steiner and Richard Wagner • study of the leading musical motifs and practicing choirs.

Fee: $150, includes breakfast each day.

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

For information, and to register: Call 845-356-0972, email info@christiancommunityseminary.org, or visit this page.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

A Morning in the
Nursery/Kindergarten

Thursday, February 8, 9:30-11:00am
Saturday, March 3, 9:30-11:00am

Join us with your child to experience a typical morning in our Early Childhood program. Enjoy bread-baking, circle time, outdoor play, and more!

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

Admission: Free.

Information: To register, contact Barbara Mann at 845.356.2514 x326 or bmann@gmws.org.


Sponsored by Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

The Development of Speech
and the Human Encounter:
WECAN Early Childhood
Educators Conference

Friday, February 9-Sunday, February 11

Keynote speakers: Dr. ​Lakshmi ​Prasanna ​and ​Michael ​Kokinos.

Workshops, ​mini-sessions, ​and ​work-alike ​sessions ​will ​address ​various ​aspects ​of ​the ​conference ​theme ​and ​our ​work ​with ​children ​from ​birth ​to ​school ​entrance ​and ​their ​families. ​The ​conference ​will ​also ​offer ​a ​puppetry ​performance ​in ​ ​honor ​of ​Kundry ​Willwerth, ​and ​a ​performance ​by ​Eurythmy ​Spring ​Valley. ​The ​vendor ​hall ​will ​be ​open ​on ​Friday ​afternoon ​as ​well ​as ​all ​day ​Saturday, ​and ​information ​on ​training ​centers ​and ​sponsor ​organizations ​will ​be ​on ​display ​in ​the ​Hospitality ​Room.

Location: Threefold Educational Center, 285 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Contact Andrea Cooper at 508-322-7018 or conference@waldorfearlychildhood.org. Click here to register online.


Sponsored by Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America

WECAN Conference
Vendor Hall

Friday, February 9, 3:00-6:30pm
Saturday, February 10, 10:45am-6:30pm

Handmade toys, gifts, crafts, art, clothing, books, dolls, yarn, fleece and more will be on sale by vendors at the 2018 WECAN Early Childhood Educators Conference. Open to the public.

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

Information: Contact Andrea Cooper at 508-322-7018 or conference@waldorfearlychildhood.org.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Foundation
& The Art of Acting

Art of Acting, Art of
Being Together
With Laurie Portocarrero

Saturday, February 24, 9:00am-5:00pm

A workshop in the series, The Art of Acting, Art of Being Human.

Our Western culture has a highly developed experience of individuality and self-sufficiency, perhaps at the expense of our ancient instinctive sensitivity for the group or community. Can we build a new, conscious connection to one another? In this workshop, the focus is on ensemble-building games and play, exercises in group dynamics. Great for those on boards or in faculties, for people creating schools or building businesses, or anyone seeking to experience ourselves as a conscious collective, bringing our best individual selves to the service of the community.

Laurie Portocarrero trained in the Chekhov method under Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan, and has studied and taught movement, drama and speech in the US and abroad. A member of The Actors’ Ensemble, Walking the dog Theater, Shakespeare Alive! and Threefold Mystery Drama Group, Laurie also directs a summer children’s program, Shakespeare on the Green, and teaches drama and storytelling to special needs adults.

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

Fee: $115.

Information, and to register: Visit this page for a full description of this series of workshops and online registration. For more information, call 845-352-5020 x124 or email billday@threefold.org.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Center

Threefold Community
Speech Chorus
With Jennifer Kleinbach

Saturdays, 10:00-11:00am
Spring Block: February 24-May 19

May human beings hear it . . .

In the artistic forming of speech we take as raw material our gift of speech and lift it, shape it, mold it, and breathe life into it. This joyful work fully engages the whole human being, body, soul, and spirit — all our senses — our very breath.

This course will meet weekly, building a foundation of choral speech through exercises and seasonally themed pieces. Each block can be taken separately, and culminates in a festival sharing. Open to men and women; no experience necessary!

Location: Red Barn Painting Studio, 85 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: Sliding Scale, $10-$160 for each block.

Information, and to register: Contact Virginia Hermann at virginia@threefold.org or 845-352-5020 x118; or Jennifer Kleinbach at jennykbach@gmail.com.


Sponsored by The Speech School of North America

The Art of the Speaking Word:
Weekend Workshops 2017-18

A bouquet of weekend workshops for teachers, parents, and anyone interested in cultivating this signature of being human: the spoken word. All levels of experience are welcome!

Working on the Weekly Verses of
the Calendar of the Soul, Part II

Helen Lubin, Barbara Renold & Jennifer Kleinbach
March 23-25

This will be our second workshop with Helen Lubin, who will continue her work with the theme of inner and outer, using examples from Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul. On Saturday morning there will again be an opportunity to participate in a rehearsal of the Threefold Speech Chorus with Jennifer Kleinbach.

Barbara Renold is the director of the Threefold Mystery Drama Group. She was on the faculty of Sunbridge College from 1983 until 2007.

Schedule: Each weekend workshop will begin on Friday at 4:00pm, with 90 minutes of intensive work on Rudolf Steiner’s speech exercises, originally given to teachers and lecturers. The Saturday session runs from 9:30am to 6:00pm, and the weekend wraps up with a morning session, 9:30am–noon.

Location: All workshops take place on the campus of Threefold Educational Center, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: $125 for each workshop, or $400 for the series. Financial assistance is available upon request.

Information, and to register: Contact Barbara Renold at barbararenold@yahoo.com or 845-356-0674.


Sponsored by the Pfeiffer Center

Begin a Vegetable Garden
With Mac Mead

Saturday, April 14, 9:00am-5:00pm

This workshop is for anyone who wants to start a vegetable garden, incorporating basic skills for new gardeners. Topics covered will include: planning the garden (what goes where and when), preparing the soil, fencing the garden, planting and raising seedlings, companion planting, making and using compost, and weeding and mulching. Participants will walk away with the information and hands-on experience they need to get started this spring in their own garden.

Location: The Pfeiffer Center, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: $95.

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Understanding
Waldorf Education: Part 2
With Betty Staley

Monday, April 23, 7:30-9:00pm

Betty Staley directs the Waldorf High School Teacher Education at Rudolf Steiner College in CA, as well as programs for public school teachers. A Waldorf educator for over 30 years at the kindergarten, elementary, high school, and teacher training levels, she is a founder of the Sacramento Waldorf High School, where she taught history and literature for 19 years.

For parents of children in High School (Grades 9-12).

Location: Arts Building Music Room, Green Meadow Waldorf School, 307 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Admission: Free.

Information: Contact Vicki Larson at 845-356-2514 x311, or vlarson@gmws.org.


Sponsored by the Pfeiffer Center

Conscious Beekeeping:
Practical Organic Approaches
for Healthy Bees and
Growing Apiaries
With Bill Day

Friday, April 27, 2:00-5:30pm
Saturday, April 28, 9:00am-5:00pm

Friday’s half-day orientation for beginning beekeepers will cover: Basic biology of the honeybee colony; rhythms of the year and the beekeeper’s role in the life of the hive; a comparison of Langstroth, top bar and Warré hives; siting your hives; and the basics of working with bees.

The full-day Saturday workshop will present and discuss practical, biodynamically oriented approaches to meeting our honeybee’s present-day challenges by creating conditions in which they can thrive and flourish.

Weather permitting, both sessions will include visits to the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, where techniques discussed in the classroom will be demonstrated.

Location: The Pfeiffer Center, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: $55 for the Friday session, $95 for the Saturday workshop.

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by the Pfeiffer Center

How Are My Bees?
Understanding and Meeting
Your Bees’ Midsummer Needs
With Bill Day

Saturday, July 28, 9:00am-5:00pm

This workshop will focus on midsummer tasks every beekeeper should have in mind to ensure healthy hives and successful overwintering. Topics covered will include: Assessing hive health; when to super, and when to take off boxes; harvesting honey; assessing honey stores, and knowing when and how to feed; monitoring and managing varroa; management options for weak hives; and more. There will be ample time for questions and discussion.

Weather permitting, much of the day will be spent outside in the Pfeiffer Center’s apiary, where techniques discussed in the classroom will be demonstrated.

Location: The Pfeiffer Center, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Fee: $95.

Information, and to register: Visit this page.

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