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 (see below) PDF ExhibitsPDF Program/LecturesPDF Workshops, and PDF Festivals. Branch  Calendar

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

We have an Open House every Tuesday 7 pm - 9 pmThursday's 6 pm - 7 pm & many Weekends when we have Community Work Parties. Read more about our PDF Campaign for more info. contact  Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Do you have a desire to serve & share your gifts? 

Be an active member of the Community!

There are many things that need to happen to keep the branch life alive. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

PDF Anthroposophy is...

"Anthroposophy opens its wellsprings, and the human will, carried by love, may draw from the waters. It brings to life love for humankind and thereby works creatively in impulses for moral action and true social interaction.” — Rudolf Steiner

EXPLORE HUMANITY’S PATH AND YOUR OWN.

 Become a member of the Anthroposophical Society in America

Read about the AGM “ PDF Rise Up! – Life as a Labor of Love” Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

Become a PDF member of the Rudolf Steiner Branch

 

Dear Friends – Thanks for Hosting the GC of the ASA here are a few  images from that gathering. 

Below is one of the topics from the Community Conversation:

Did you know that the Branch holds a hidden gem? That’s right; the back warehouse space is our diamond in the rough. Take a moment to discover it for yourself - Because we are in the midst of transforming it into a ‘Flex Space’ that will attract a tenant, either long-term or more Peerspace clients.  These kind of raw industrial loft-style spaces are very desirable in the rental market now. Here are the short term goals for this space:

 1.    Insulate the ceiling

2.    Install a furnace / air conditioner and related infrastructure

3.    Perform some light restoration and painting.

Dana Erickson from CA. came out to donate 11 days worth of work, along with her electrician friend Ron, adding to what our Treasurer Mihai Rosu, who is an engineer, & Council President Chuck Ginsberg, & a few folks from the community, have been doing most weekends to accomplish these improvements, but we need to buy some supplies.

So here's Your Chance to Invest in the Future!

 The Branch Council is requesting tax exempt donations and/or loans, in order to meet our $7,000 goal for this restoration. The loans are for 2-3 years, simple interest of 5%, paid yearly. More favorable terms are welcome.

You may drop off any checks or mail them directly to the Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago 60618. 

If you'd like to support the Branch through service, come by on our ‘Work Party’ Days to help in the renovation. Contact Mihai Rosu

The Rudolf Steiner Branch Council hopes you will support these efforts, as we continue to provide Programs, and Festival Events, Monthly 1st Class Lessons, Study Groups, Library / Bookstore, and weekly Public Open House hours, in one of the few Branch homes in America to own their own building.  (Also, look forward to receiving new information on an improved email communications system coming very soon) Read more about our PDF Campaign   

Thank you! to all our friends who have already donated & given generous loans to insure the financial stability of our community treasure!

The Branch 'warehouse space' & the renovated Elderberries 3-Fold Space are currently available for rental on  PEER SPACE: for classes, events, meetings, retreats, art exhibits, etc...

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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 - Chuck Ginsberg 

Treasurer - Mihai Rosu

Secretary - Mary Ruud

Programs Coordinator - Andrei Onegin

Festivals Coordinator -  Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Kurtis Heath Estep

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

Wednesday Mornings, 9:30am - 11am, Over the Summer we will explore St. John's-Tide, incorporating: The Calendar of the Soul, Eurythmy, Focused Discussion, & Seasonal Artistic Explorations. In September we will resume our study with Karmic Relationships Vol. 3, by Rudolf Steiner. For more information, contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg (773) 549-3026 Location: Rudolf Steiner Branch  

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. We are reading Steiner’s book, An Outline of Esoteric [or Occult] Science. Anyone interested in joining us is invited to contact Clark Remington (773- 595-5793)

First Class is on Hiatus for the Summer

In September we will resume meeting 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.

To Members of the First Class in the Chicago area:

Over the course of 2018–2019, beginning on Saturday September 15th, 2018, we will work through the seven "recapitulation lessons" given by Rudolf Steiner in Dornach, in which he presented again the mantras that were first given as the mantras of lessons one through the first part of lesson nine.  Then we might go on to do the two lessons that he gave in Prague.

Many thanks, Clark Remington (773) 595-5793

 Chicago Waldorf School

 Urban Prairie Waldorf School 

 City Garden Early Childhood Waldorf School

 Four Winds Waldorf School 

 Da Vinci Waldorf School

 Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program

 Reverse Ritual - Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year

 Angelic Organics 

 Zinniker Biodynamic Farm

 Rudolf Steiner Archive 

The  National Anthroposophical Society site

and  The Goetheaum in Dornach

 

  

 

  

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

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

Branch  Calendar - PDF Festivals - PDF Programs - PDF Exhibits

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How To Know, Confront, and Work with Evil

A Weekend Workshop with Rev. Bastiaan Baan

At the Christian Community, 2135 W. Wilson Chicago, Il. 60625

Saturday 4 August 2018, 10 am – 8 pm

Sunday 5 August 2018, 11:45am – 5 pm

Fee is a Sliding Scale $25 - $100

Please Rsvp to Rev. Ann Burfeind annburfeind18@gmail.com

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by Grace KahnBy Sophia Karris

20 August 2018 ~MORAL MONDAY~ CHICAGO 7 pm - 9 pm 

“When The Trees Melt Away In A Sun Soaked Cotton Dream”

A going going gone Party for the CWS Class of 2018 -

an PDF Art Exhibit PDF with PDF Musical Performances from the Youth at Elderberries Chicago 4251 N. Lincoln Ave.

Illustrations by Grace Kahn, & Sophia Karris.

Work by Shanti Rogers, Art booth by Liz Rosu-Rosenberg

Songs from "Beyond Blue and Red" by  Ultra-Violet Archer 

Chance Schneider DJ Grapefruit Effect

$10 Donation -MORE or less (Youth under 21 FREE)

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 How We Will: Organizing a Bare Bones Threefold Cultural Revolution

Hosted by Urban First Aid - Art As Medicine & The Elderberries 3Fold Cafe Chicago 4251 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618-2953, United States

31 Aug. 2018 at 12 PM to 4 Sep. 2018 at 2 PM

 Registration is now open for How We Will 2018 -

 Contributors 

The Cultural Revolution continues! Organizing for systemic change - a separation of powers into three different spheres of action:
Culture - Economics - Political
Freedom - Kinship - Equality

2018 is a pivotal year in the United States and also around the world. We will step into organizing the three spheres particularly, through what lives already in our community and then seeking beyond to allies and partners.

Step by step organizing strategies and tools will be at the forefront of this bare bones session of How We Will - 3folding our Cultural Revolution. We will strategize together as to how to bring about a community of like-minded organizations working in agriculture, education, medicine, art and more which can open up a conversation on Rudolf Steiner's work for a threefold consideration.

First up Kait Zielger for our How We Will: Threefolding our Cultural Revolution strategy sessions. Mid July Kait will be at the Goetheanum in Dornach where she will present her work on Theory U at the Youth Section gathering and then will co present with Gerald Haefner at YIP in September.

Elizabeth Roosevelt Weeks will co lead a conversations throughout the Labor Day weekend in Chicago: Periphery & Center - The work at Elderberries Threefold Cafe in Hollywood has specifically been around how to create a culture of selflessness where we make room to the ninth degree for the other.

Rudolf Steiner shares: 'He who would be a true member should strive in the deepest places of his soul for inner tolerance towards his fellow-men. To understand one's fellow-man ? even where he thinks and does things which one would not like to think and do oneself ? this should be the ideal.'

Strategizing a way forward no matter what country you live in! Nathaniel Williams and his community are working on a new form of economics in their upstate New York neighborhood and we are aiming to hear about this and to really break down into groups along the lines of the Economic, Cultural and Political spheres to find a way forward.

Tech: As tool for Revolution with  Johannes Kronenberg

How can we tame/domesticate the recently discovered ‘wild animal’ called (digital)technology? The wild beast that eats an average of 8 hours of our time a day and makes us live in a blurry cloud. How can it truly serve us instead of the other way around? And how to find a balance between this digital fragmented cloud and ‘real life’ through the 'Leading Thoughts' of Rudolf Steiner’?

We will discover this and more in a dialogue-setting and hands-on building personal and collective guidelines.

Bio: Johannes Kronenberg (26) was born in The Netherlands, grew up in a Camphill community, studied and worked with fine arts and social innovation, worked as coordinator of the Dutch BYouth Section and just finished his master studies in leadership and sustainability in Sweden. In somebody else's words he could tell you: “Strange is our situation here on Earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to a divine purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men.” Albert Einstein.

Next up we have our organizing community friend Kiara Nagel ! She will bring her facilitating tools to bear over the weekend and encouragement on how to keep it local first. We met Kiara through our colleagues who have been thru the amazing Youth Initiative Program out of Sweden.

BIO: Kiara Nagel is a creative strategist based in Los Angeles with 20 years of experience supporting networks of leaders and organizations to become more creative, collaborative, and engaged in their work. Kiara first became interested in harnessing the power of networks through place-based community development and youth work. Today, as a trainer, educator, speaker and facilitator, she is especially interested in how networks can help build power, create connection and foster collaboration to ensure those most affected are directly engaged in decision-making. Kiara has contributed to many local, national and international initiatives focused on social justice, culture shift, and transformational change. Kiara currently serves as faculty at Antioch University in Los Angeles and The International Youth Initiative Program (YIP) in Sweden. She is an Associate with the Center for Story-based Strategy and an Affiliate with Interaction Institute for Social Change and she holds a Masters in City Planning from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT.

In times like this, when ALL is falling down around us, we need a full on systemic change. Our time is asking for a separation of powers where the rights gained are not just taken away at whim by whoever is 'in charge of' the government and depending on their own political/economic/religious ideology.

The way we are battling for our rights is putting money at the forefront versus our values. We need our values in the front first. What are our values as citizens of the United States? Do we value human beings and the earth and all living beings or do we not? It feels like the last ball has dropped and the judiciary can really no longer do it's job as it's the last bastion that would uphold Equality and it is so polarized along political lines that it no longer serves rather it serves the smallest percentage of human beings who are able to buy more Rights for themselves. In a Threefold system you cannot buy more Rights for yourself as there is no money in politics.

Economic system is dead. Here we would raise up a Beloved Community

Political system is dead. Here we would establish in our societal laws Equal Rights for all

Civil Society yet to be born. here we would honor Freedom of the individual.

Not about Socialism or Communism or Capitalism but a time for a fourth way which honors moving away for me me me and me and mine a 4.0 Economy - from Ego to Eco.

Our team here in Hollywood will also share the tools we have learned working with the Poor People's Campaign around Fusion Coaltions.

More Presenters TBA so stay tuned

We will also be building out the cafe space two weeks before and two weeks after for those who can stay and help get this Elderberries 3Fold Cafe Chicago up and running!

WE NEED HOUSING! 

 Register NOW for How We Will 2018

For more info. Contact  Frank Agrama

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Poetic Imagination, Metamorphosis and the Evolution of Consciousness with Luke Fischer

Sunday 16 September 2018, 2 – 4pm

In this lecture, poet and philosopher, Dr Luke Fischer will discuss ways in which the poetry and thought of Goethe, Rilke, Barfield, and Steiner contribute to an understanding of the evolution of consciousness and of the particular significance of poetic imagination. He will also shed light on how his own poetic and philosophical writings have addressed these topics.

Poetry Reading and Piano Recital

Poet and philosopher, Luke Fischer, will share poems from his poetry collections A Personal History of Vision (UWAP Poetry, 2017) and Paths of Flight (Black Pepper, 2013). Pianist Ryan Senger will perform classical piano works.

Bio: Luke Fischer is a poet, philosopher, and writer. His books include the poetry collections A Personal History of Vision (UWAP Poetry, 2017) and Paths of Flight (Black Pepper, 2013), the monograph The Poet as Phenomenologist: Rilke and the New Poems (Bloomsbury, 2015), and the children’s book The Blue Forest (Lindisfarne Books, 2015). He has co-edited a number of works, including a special section of the Goethe Yearbook (2015) on “Goethe and Environmentalism.” He won the 2012 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and his poems have been anthologized in the Best Australian Poems (2014, 2015, and 2017). He holds a PhD in philosophy and is an honorary associate of the University of Sydney, Australia. For more information see: www.lukefischerauthor.com

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PDF Veil Painting Workshop with David Dozier

Friday Sept. 21, 2018, 7 -9pm

Saturday Sept. 22, 10 am - 5 pm

Sunday Sept. 23, 10 am -1pm

Workshop fee: $135.00 for RSB members, $160.00 for non-members Supply fee: $135.00*

Veil Painting is a watercolor technique special to artists working with the writings of Rudolf Steiner. Transparent watercolors are thinned far more than usual and glazed over one another on white paper to achieve subtle color washes, or 'veils.' The colors are never mixed anywhere but on the paper, and then only one at a time in a wash over dry colors. To avoid loss of time to stretching watercolor paper and waiting for it to dry overnight, students will use 300# cold pressed watercolor paper or heavy illustration board for wet media. We will focus on technique and work with painting motifs using Goethe’s Luster Colors (red, yellow, and blue) and Image Colors (white, black green, and peach), also exploring Goethe’s use of Characteristic Colors, Non-characteristic Colors, and Harmonious Colors in varying combinations on small panels, the Goethean color wheel on a larger panel, with space for a free painting to try and find an image out of the color itself. Supplies: All supplies will be provided for participants out of the supply fee, and will become their personal materials to take home including; brushes, paper, color, jars, rags, tape, ruler, pencil, sharpener, eraser. Participants will be completely equipped to work at home after the workshop, including colors and where to buy additional supplies when needed.

To Register Send check by September 7th to: David Dozier 1050 Columbia Ave. #3E Chicago, IL 60626

*Anyone taking the workshop that believes they already have all the tools and materials they need and wishes to avoid paying the supply fee should speak to Mr. Dozier personally at 773-627-0060, and review their tools and materials against the supply list with him by September 1st, since supplies have to ordered at least two weeks in advance.

Bio: Since 1997 David A. Dozier has taught art history, digital art, painting in oils, pastels and watercolor, black & white drawing, calligraphy and block printing at the Chicago Waldorf School, as well as drawing skills to adults in the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education program. He has a Master's degree in Education (with a Certificate in Waldorf Education) from Antioch New England Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication from Layton School of Art and Design with academic accreditation from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. 

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AGM 2018 Friday, Oct 5 - Sunday, Oct 7 in New Orleans, Louisiana

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!

First Grace United Methodist Church 3401 Canal Street, New Orleans (Check out their amazing history here!)

Pre-conference: Thursday, Oct 4: Living in the Branches National Branch and Group Gathering

Free event! $25 lunch/refreshments fee.

Some travel scholarships available.
Email with questions.

National Youth Conference (Wed pm, Thurs, Fri am October 3-4-5):
MY HEART'S VOCATION: Finding Ourselves within Community

Click here for Youth Conference schedule and registration!

$250 Early Bird (until September 5th), $275 Standard

$375 Sponsorship (supports financial assistance) $60 Youth

Includes Friday light reception, snacks, beverages, and Sunday light brunch! Limited financial assistance available. Email to find out more. 
 

Conference Schedule

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!

Thursday, October 4

9:00-3:30 First Grace Methodist Church
Living in the Branches: National Branch and Group Gathering
National Youth Conference (Details coming!)

4:00-9:00 Central Region Gathering

Friday, October 5

7:45-9:30 am - Bayou St. John Songtrail: meet under the McDonough Oak.

10:00-12:00 - Class Lesson and Conversation with Joan Sleigh

1:00 pm Opening

1:30-2:30 Keynote Conversation with Orland Bishop

2:30-2:45 Trio Sharing

2:45-3:30 Here and Now with the General Council

4:00-5:15 Concurrent Sessions (Choose on site)

Cain and Abel: Building a bridge between the Two Streams, with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Exploring Transformation Through Our Own Biography, with Janey Newton

5:30-6:15 Central Region Interactive Panel

6:30 DINNER

8:00 Momento Mori Ritual (Stay tuned for details!)

Saturday, October 6

8:00-8:45 Singing or Speech

9:00-10:00 Keynote Discussion with Joan Sleigh

10:00-10:15 Trio Sharing

10:45-12:00 Concurrent Workshops (Choose on site)

Initation of the Heart: The Fifth Gospel, with Patrick Kennedy

General Council Annual Update Session

Transforming Community - Creating the Future: Young People Discovering Their Purpose and Place, with Bart Eddy

12:00-1:30 Lunch (Table Topic Discussions)

1:30-2:30 Youth-Led Panel

3:00-4:15 Participant Research and Initiative Sharing Sessions
(Click here to submit your research/initiative sharing proposal.)

OR

3:00-4:15 Pageant Participant Preparation with Marianne Fieber-Dhara (Details at the conference!)

4:30-6:15 Concurrent Sessions (Choose on site)

Orland Bishop: The Seventh Shrine

House of Hope, with Thea Lavin

Anthroposophical Contemplative Practices in Everyday Life

6:15-7:30 DINNER

8:00-9:30 Confluence of Karma: A Pageant Of Dedicated Service

Sunday, October 7

8:00-8:30 Group Speech

8:30-8:45 Trio Sharing

8:45-10:00 Now and Next (Art, Reflection, Closing Plenum, Singing)

11:00-12:30 First Grace Church Service, or Tour of Raphael Village [link]

Lunch on your own!

Post Sessions (Included in Conference Fee)

2:00-4:00 Lisa Romero: Contemplative Practices

2:00-4:00 John Bloom and Laura Scappaticci: "So That Good May Become"--Working with the Foundation Stone

See you in New Orleans!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE!

Schedule subject to minor changes.

Limited Financial Assistance Available.
Email 
community (at) anthroposophyorg for an application.

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Ongoing:

Eurythmy Class with Mary Ruud every Monday 9:30 am – 11 am  At the Christian Community 2135 W. Wilson Ave · Chicago, Il 60625 

Explore forms & do hygienic exercises in this fun weekly group 

For more info. contact Mary Ruud livingartseurythmy (at) gmailcom 

$10 suggested donation

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