Greetings and Welcome to the website of The Rudolph Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.  We are located near the bustling Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago.  Map

We have a rich life here at the branch, with many study groups, PDF Program/LecturesPDF Workshops, and PDF Festivals. Branch  Calendar

Ongoing events are listed below. Festivals and Special events are in the column to the right. 

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Dear Friends - 

On the Autumn Equinox, September 22nd 2017,  The Elderberries Three-Fold Café Initiative surpassed their crowdfunding goal, raising $25,690, enabling them to pave the way for a 3-Fold Café in the Heart-land!

On Sunday September 24th 2017 a group of over 35 folks from the various Steiner initiatives in the area including: The Chicago Waldorf School, & The Urban Prairie Waldorf School, The Chicago Christian Community, Arcturus, & the Rudolf Steiner Branch, gathered to have an ‘Open Conversation’ with  John Bloom, the General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in the US, his associate from  RSF Mark Herrera, & Daniel Evaeus from the Elderberries 3-Fold Café.

 Read a PDF report of the conversation Letter to the Council PDF from the seniors at CWS

The council for the Rudolf Steiner Branch is pleased to announce that we have signed a lease with Elderberries Threefold Café Chicago!

The Branch has been without tenants for many years, which has drained our savings.  The board was faced with a decision to try to sell the building now, or to give Elderberries a chance.

The Branch Council decided that we should work with Elderberries instead of putting the building up for sale at this time.  

Elderberries has been working out of Anthroposophy for the last nine years in Hollywood, CA with a particular interest in the Threefold Social Order. 

Elderberries Founder Dottie Zold, with LA co-workers Dana Erickson & Daniel Evaeus, came to Chicago this past week to beautify our north space. They were joined by branch, and community members, and Chicago Waldorf High School Students. This renovation will enable us to rent it out for events & such, before a fortified crew will return again after the Holy Nights to build-out the Cafe, which will open in March 2018.  

 

Sincerely yours - The RSB Chicago Council: Chuck Ginsberg, Andrei Onegin, Kurt Estep, Hazel Archer Ginsberg 

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The newly renovated Elderberries 3-Fold Space is currently available for rental: meetings, events, etc...for info contact  Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Please contact each event coordinator for information on a particular event.

For general questions or to be added to the email list to receive notices about upcoming events contact  Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

To special order a book or specific item, or for information on lodging, please call Janis Ignoffo (773) 549-5753 

Council Members:

President: TBA

Chuck Ginsberg - Treasurer 

Kurtis Heath Estep- Secretary

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg - Festivals Coordinator

Andrei Onegin - Programs

2nd and 4th Sundays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Intentional Anthroposophical Community Study Group. Reading:  Awakening to Community by Rudolf Steiner, and a pamphlet - From the Basic Ideas of Rudolf Steiner on The Threefold Social Order by G. Wachsmuth.  The group desires to form an Intentional Anthroposophical Community in the Midwest, ideally in a rural setting. For good information on existing intentional communities, visit ic.org

Sunday Evenings, 5:00 to 7:00pm: The Apocalypse of St. John, by Rudolf Steiner.  For more information, contact Andrei at (773) 764-2313.  Location:Rudolf Steiner Branch-Upstairs

Wednesday Mornings, 8:00-9:45 am. Karmic Relationships Vol. 2, by Rudolf Steiner, incorporating: The Calendar of the Soul, Eurythmy, Focused Discussion, & Seasonal Artistic Explorations. For more information, contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg (773) 549-3026 Location: The Chicago Waldorf School Library 1300 W Loyola Ave. Chicago Il 60626

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm. This study group is working with The Boundaries of Natural Science, by Rudolf Steiner. All who are interested are welcome to join us. For more information, call David Kavesh (312-451-9872)

Third Thursday mornings, 10:30 am - Noon.  Once a month this group will study “Sleep and Death”, Chapter 3 in Rudolf Steiner’s book, An Outline of Esoteric Science. Please feel free to join us. Books are available at the Branch. For more information, contact Alice (773-528-5340) or Carolyn (773-539-3688).

Thursday Evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The Threshold of the Spiritual World. For more information, contact Clark Remington (773-595-5793).

First Class meets on the third Saturday of each month. (with some exceptions) The lesson begins promptly at 6:00 pm.  Please arrive ahead of time, so you have a chance to come into the mood of the class before the lesson begins. What is The PDF School of Spiritual Science?

After the reading of the lesson, we will take a short break.  We will reconvene in a circle for conversation about the lesson.  Ending time is approximately 9:00 pm.

2017:

December 16, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 14

2018:

January 20, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 15

February 17, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 16

March 17, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 17

April 21, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 18

May 19, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 19

June 16, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: To be announced

  

 

 

All events take place at the Rudolf Steiner Branch, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 except as noted.

Branch  Calendar - PDF Festivals

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Read a recent interview in Voyage Chicago with Festivals coordinator Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Resources: www.anthroposophy.org www.rsarchive.org www.calendarofthesoul.net www.waldorftoday.com

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Pop Up Christmas Market Sunday December 17th noon till 9pm at the Elderberries Three-Fold Chicago space 4251 N. Lincoln Ave.

Various fair-trade wares, including locally Hand-crafted items, Art, Hand-sown clothing & dyed silk scarfs, Crystal Jewelry, as well as supplements, & Face Painting for young & old, HippocraTeas...

20 per cent of sales goes to help Elderberries at the branch.

Would you like to be a vender? contact Hazel (at) ReverseRitualcom 

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Wednesday December 20th 2017 at the Elderberries Urban 1st Aid - Art is Medicine Space 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago

Craft Golden Straw Stars with Elizabeth Beunaiche, a self-taught artist in the glyptic arts of gem carving, & an accomplished crafts woman: working with embroidery, weaving, cordage, pocket making, as well as bow & spoon carving. She grows, hand dyes, & creates oat straw stars for the Christmas-tide.

3 sessions 6pm, 7pm, 8pm 

$20 per person or $60 for a family of 4.

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Opening the Holy Nights: The Dream Song of Olaf Asteson with Mary Tom & Debbie Barford on Lyre

Tuesday December 26th 7 pm at the Branch

"Olaf Åsteson, Olaf the son of earth, experiences various secrets of the cosmic All whilst he is transported into the macrocosm during the thirteen shortest days. And the nordic legend which has recently been extricated from old accounts, tells of these experiences Olaf Asteson had between Christmas and New Year up till the 6th January. We often have reason to remember this former manner in which the microcosm took part in the macrocosm, and we can then take these things further. First of all, however, let us hear the legend of Olaf Asteson, the earth son, who during the time in which we are now, experienced the secrets of cosmic existence in his meeting with the earth spirit. Let us listen to these experiences."

$10 donation & Snacks to Share Encouraged

 

December 27th– 30th at 7 pm $10

The Story of Being Human: Fairy-Tales for adults - a Journey thru the Holy Nights

The Fairy-tale leads us to our true humanity, where great kingdoms preside within, filled with ancient forests, remote castles, giants, witches, lovers, dreams & visions of Star Beings & the Earth Herself.

Shepherded by Joen Dealande & a series of guest artists, we will use Drama, Eurythmy, Painting, Needle-Felting, & Sculpting, to live into the gesture of our Human karma & Destiny.

 

NYE Sunday December 31st (The 13th Hidden Holy Night) 8pm – 1am – Our annual Community Gathering with music by Jutta & the High Dukes, Lead Casting, Eurythmy, Crafting, Games & more TBA $20

 

January 2018, 1st – 4th at 7pm – The Fairy-Tale Trail Continues $10

 

Friday January 5th Eve of Epiphany (3 Kings) 7pm – 9 pm – A special 12th Night gathering, performances, Eurythmy with Mary Ruud & more TBA $10

Contact: Hazel (at) ReverseRitualcom

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Lazure Workshop with Nancy Melvin -  

January 20-21 9am-5pm  

$100 for the weekend (1/2 the proceeds go toward a new heating & cooling system for the branch)

Learn the secrets of the Lazure painting method from an expert, while helping to beautify the Elderberries 3-Fold Cafe!

for more info. contact  Nancy Melvin

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