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Sponsored by The Christian Community—
Movement for Religious Renewal

Witness to the Light:
Entering into the Gospel of John
Through Artistic Activity
With Laura Summer
& Patrick Kennedy

Friday, August 18, 7:00pm
Saturday, August 19, 9:30am-3:00pm

Open to people of all artistic (in)ability, this workshop is not meant for producing things for public viewing but for finding and using the powerful doorway of artistic activity to enter more deeply into the imagery and forces at work in that most powerful spiritual document known as The Gospel of St. John.

How can we experience this sacred text more deeply? We will dive in through a creative process that employs contemplation of the text, drawing and painting. Again, no previous artistic experience is necessary. Laura is an experienced teacher who will lead us through these simple and process-oriented exercises. Find out more about Laura's work with the gospel here and more examples of her artwork here.

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

Suggested contribution: $80 (all supplies included). Other amounts are welcome, please just let us know!

Information, and to register: Contact Gail Ritscher, ministries coordinator, at GailRitscher@comcast.net or Laura Summer at laurasummer@taconic.net or 518-672-7302.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Sunday Afternoon Concert:
Piano Recital with
Besso Namchevadze and
Anna Nanuashvili

Sunday, August 20, 4:00pm

Pianists Besso Namchevadze and Anna Nanuashvili will present a concert of solo and four-hand pieces by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Lagidze, Ravel, Dvořák and Brahms, at the Threefold Auditorium. Please join us for this late summer, Sunday afternoon filled with music!

Besso Namchevadze was born in Kutaisi, Georgia. After studying at the Conservatoire Tiflis, he completed his Masters Degree in piano at the University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart. He has performed with the Georgian State Symphony Orchestra and is the prizewinner of the First Georgian Youth Pianist Competition. As a soloist and chamber musician, he gives concerts in Georgia, Armenia, Germany, Norway and Romania.

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Anna Nanuashvili began performing on stage as a child, including in concerts with the Tbilisi State Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Tbilisi State Conservatoire, she completed her Masters Degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart. She is the winner of several piano competitions, including the International Piano Competition for young pianists in Ettlingen and the Carl-Wendling Chamber Music Competition in Germany. Anna Nanuashvili has solo CD recordings and since 2014 has performed in concerts with her husband, Besso Namchevadze.

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 Pfeiffer Center

Pfeiffer Center
Volunteer Days

Next Volunteer Day: Friday, September 1, 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: September 1, 8 & 15, and October 6, 13 & 27.

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


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

The One-Year Part-Time
Training in Biodynamics
Mac Mead, Principal Instructor

Starts Saturday, September 16

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.

Every workshop combines classroom time and field activities. Topics covered include: making and working with the biodynamic preparations • making and working with compost • techniques for soil building • understanding the rhythms of nature and planetary influences on earthly life and growth • best practices in agricultural handwork and pruning • farm animal husbandry • seed saving • biodynamic methods of weed and pest control • the honeybee • and much more.

Pfeiffer Center Program Director Mac Mead heads up the faculty, which includes biodynamic luminaries Sherry Wildfeuer, Steffen Schneider, Bruno Follador, and many others.

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by the Fellowship Community

Duryea Farm
20th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 23, 4:00-8:00pm

Join the Fellowship Community's co-workers and members in marking twenty years since the Fellowship acquired Duryea Farm, saving one of the last working farms in Rockland County. Featuring live music and dancing, food, hayrides, games and tours.

Speakers will include Mac Mead, Joan Dye Gussow, and John MacDowell.

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

Information: Visit fellowshipcommunity.org or call 845-356-8494.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Celebrate the Seasons
with a Waldorf Teacher

Wednesday, September 27, 3:30-5:00pm
Saturday, October 21, 10:30am-12:00pm
Wednesday, November 29, 3:30-5:00pm
Saturday, December 9, 10:30am-12:00pm

For families with children ages 3-7. Come spend some time in our beautiful classrooms or outside exploring the natural world. Offering will vary by season and will include activities led by one of our early childhood teachers.

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

Admission: Free.

Information, and to register: Contact Barbara Mann: 845.356.2514 x326 or bmann@gmws.org.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

Michaelmas Festival
in the Garden

Wednesday, September 27, 3:00-4:30pm

All are invited to help stir and spray the biodynamic preparation #500, which supports humus formation and root growth. This child-friendly event is a well-loved community tradition. We look forward to seeing you there!

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

For more information: call 845-352-5020 x20, or email info@pfeiffercenter.org.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Fall Fair

Saturday, October 7, 10:00am-4:00pm

Now in its fourth decade, the Fall Fair is a beloved annual event offering seasonal children's activities including a hayride, face painting, caramel apples, pumpkin carving, candle dipping, a zipline, obstacle course, and much more, as well as delicious organic food from the grill. Carefully curated vendors from around the region sell woolen items for children and adults, organic skin care, handmade jewelry, handcrafted wooden toys, raw honey, and much more!

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

Admission: Admission and parking are free; activity tickets are $1; food prices vary.

Information: Visit this page, or contact Lynne Wu, Director of Development, at 845-356-2514 x304 or lwu@gmws.org.


Sponsored by Eurythmy Spring Valley

Frontier Eurythmy
Part-Time Training Course

First Block: Sunday, October 8-Saturday, October 21

The Frontier program is ideal for those who want to begin their studies in professional eurythmy, while honoring other existing commitments. Many of our graduates have started their professional training in eurythmy through studying in this program. The program is designed to cover the first-year curriculum of the full-time training over two years, with seven weeks of study in each year, accompanied by a curriculum of independent study between blocks. Unlike the full-time training at Eurythmy Spring Valley, we do not offer a new Frontier class regularly, 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, and to apply: Call our Student Services Coordinator at 845-352-5020 x113, email info@eurythmy.org, or visit our website.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

Introductory Session
for Prospective Parents

Friday, October 13, 9:00-11:00am
Friday, December 1, 9:00-11:00am
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 Green Meadow Waldorf School

Finding Joy in Parenting
Young Children
With Nancy Macalaster

Wednesday, October 18, 7:30-9:00pm

Nancy Macalaster holds a degree in child development from Connecticut College and a Master’s degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University New England. She is a graduate of Sophia’s Hearth Family Center’s professional development course for early childhood professionals, “The Child and the Family in the First Three Years,” and has completed advanced training at the Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary. She has completed training in maternal and infant mental health in Boston at Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

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 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!

The Art of the Speaking Word:
The Hexameter

Barbara Renold
October 20-22

The creative power of the word in poetry first found its expression in the divinely inspired dance of the hexameter rhythm. This epic rhythm, which allows the healthy relation of our breath to our pulse, mirrors the basic rhythm of our earthly bodily existence and gives us a healthy opportunity to restore and regulate our breathing. Through speaking hexameter we practice creating living pictures by consciously and actively forming our consonantal sounds, the picture element of language. The living, divine dance of speech, its creative power and healing forces find a basis in this extraordinary rhythmic form. Greek Gymnastics will augment our work.

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

Helen Lubin, Barbara Renold & Jennifer Kleinbach
November 17-19

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

The Art of the Speaking Word in Drama:
The Self in the Community

Barbara Renold & Laurie Portocarrero
February 22-25

We will turn our focus from breathing in the story pictures of the hexameter to breathing with others in a dramatic situation. How does our speech express this different style? For our Saturday session, we will join the workshop “Art of Acting, Art of Being Together” with Laurie Portocarrero for a day of exploring ensemble building and group dynamics.

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

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

Saturday, October 21

Save the date and make plans now to celebrate our autumn harvest with us!

Join Mac Mead, Megan Durney, and the Pfeiffer Center interns in the Pfeiffer Center garden for an evening introduction. Then it's on to Main House for biodynamic canapès on the terrace, followed by a candle-lit sit-down dinner with biodynamic wines in Threefold Café's Main House dining room.

This event is co-sponsored by the Parent Council of Green Meadow Waldorf School; all proceeds benefit the programs of the Pfeiffer Center. Watch this space for details!

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x113, email info@pfeiffercenter.org, or visit this page.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Foundation
& The Art of Acting

Stand Up and Speak!
With Laurie Portocarrero

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

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

Who hasn’t at some point found herself paralyzed in front of a group, tongue-tied and nervous and uncertain? What to do with the podium, the notes, your hands, where to look, how to stand? We’ve all been there. For teachers, lecturers, artists, business-people, this workshop will focus on the variety of tools available from speech formation and spacial dynamics and drama, to enable us in our daily lives to stand up and speak.

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 Green Meadow Waldorf School

The Gender Revolution
and Why It Matters
to Your Family
With Benjamin Davis

Monday, October 30, 7:30-9:00pm

Benjamin Davis is an art therapist and educator who has been training professionals about LGBT cultural competency issues since 2006. Also working in private practice, he currently serves as a trainer for The Ackerman Institute for the Family in Manhattan.

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

Chartres:
The School of Philosophy
and the Cathedral
With Rev. Bastiaan Baan

Monday, November 6–Friday, November 10

Topics covered will include: Michael and the School of Chartres • Celtic Origins • Platonism and Its Fruits in the School of Chartres • The School of Chartres and Natura • The Seven Liberal Arts • Notre Dame de Chartres • The Cathedral: Architecture, Sculpture, Windows, the Labyrinth.

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.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

A Morning in the
Nursery/Kindergarten

Friday, November 10, 9:30-11:00am
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 Sunbridge Institute

50th Anniversary
Weekend Conference

Friday- Saturday, November 10-11

On November 10 and 11, Sunbridge Institute marks its half-century milestone and its legacy as North America’s oldest Waldorf teacher education institute with a 50th Anniversary Weekend Conference. The conference will bring together individuals from throughout our many years, as well as educators, artists and innovators working within a range of Waldorf-related fields today, to participate in a program of events that will pay tribute to our past, explore and celebrate the state of Waldorf Education today, and look ahead to the future of the Waldorf movement.

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

Information, and to register: Visit this page for up-to-date information and online registration.


Sponsored by The Pfeiffer Center

Beekeeping for the Future
With Bill Day

Saturday, November 11, 9:00am-5:00pm

If you are thinking about getting honeybees next spring, now is the time to prepare. This one-day workshop will address questions all aspiring beekeepers need to ask as they prepare to embark on this spiritual yet profoundly nature-bound journey. For beekeepers with one or two years’ experience, this workshop is a great opportunity to take stock, ask questions, and learn new perspectives.

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

Fee: $95.

Information, and to register: Visit this page.


Sponsored by Green Meadow Waldorf School

High School Open House

Wednesday, November 15, 7:00-9:00pm

Join us to learn more about the advantages of a Waldorf High School education. The evening includes a faculty/student panel, a campus tour, and a Q&A.

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

Admission: Free.

Information: To register, contact Melissa McDonagh at 845.356.2514 x302 or mmcdonagh@gmws.org.


Sponsored by The Seminary
of the Christian Community in North America

Building Christ Community:
An Open Course
Especially for Affiliates
With Rev. Bastiaan Baan,
Rev. Patrick Kennedy,
& Rev. Oliver Steinrueck

Monday, November 27–Friday, December 1

In this open course, we will investigate how community in affiliates and congregations of The Christian Community can be built up.

Themes to be covered will include: • Body, soul and spirit of a community • Pioneering situations: How to begin? • Organization, finances and practice • “You are the Body of Christ”: A Theology of community building.

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.


Sponsored by Threefold Educational Foundation
& The Art of Acting

Calming the Chaos Within
With Laurie Portocarrero

Saturday, December 2, 9:00am-5:00pm

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

We live in a troubled world, and experience daily anxieties and darknesses of every kind, that rattle and frazzle, shake and drain us, constantly knocking the ground out from under us, clouding our clarity, and upsetting our equilibrium. This workshop will focus on selected exercises and tools drawn from drama, movement, and creative speech to ground and calm, manage the darkness and chaos, and help us to strengthen our inner creative life and take hold of ourselves again, so we can bring our best to the present moment.

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 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 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 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 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.


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