In meeting one another our destiny paths are enkindled. How else can we gain access to the courage we need to teach or to start every day anew? At the core of our Renewal Courses is the human encounter; that is why we offer these one-week courses each summer. Sitting alone at home studying texts or watching videos is not enough; it is participation in a human community that helps us to grow our wings, to trust ourselves, and to continue to develop new capacities.
Karine Munk Finser
The time has come when your sense of self must be so trained that you can penetrate into the depths of your soul, so that your true self can find within itself the connection and bond with the Kingdoms of Heaven! Change your ways! Know that you are able to kindle Heavenly Warmth within yourself!
Rudolf Steiner speaking at St John’s Festival, Heidelberg 1910
In these times of injury and hurt, both personal and global––hurdles on the path of the consciousness soul––can we ask for comforting help or must we walk this lonely way until we find< awakening to one another? Recognition of our neighbor confirms that Yes, I am my fellow traveler’s keeper.
The secret language of sacrifice, of tears, and of finding one another anew after long periods of blindness is the language of birth: the soul is being born afresh. We experience, with the help of recognizing one another, a new source of light. Perceptive powers, now sense-free, are then united with their inner virtue, and the soul becomes sun-like for a little while.
Welcome to Renewal 2019! As Waldorf Education moves beyond 100 years, we are gathering to celebrate and share the mission of our Renewal Courses––now entering their 21styear––which is to develop capacities and deepen our lives through anthroposophy, through encounter, and through the discovery of destiny paths. Artistic transformation holds the key to all of our courses as we strive to support one another and grow ever more independent and free in all of our endeavors.
This year we welcome many new faculty. In Week 1: Phil Fertey, Michael Gannon, Monica Lander, Kris Ritz, and Pat Connolly who will join Janet Langley. We also prepare to say a farewell in that we will be hosting Christof Wiechert one last time. We hope that many schools will take advantage of his Art of Facilitating the Child Study, which supports the “heart of the faculty meeting”, since Christof has said that this will be his final season with us. All participants will be able to enjoy Christof’s morning lectures. We are delighted to welcome back Alison Henry, Regine Shemroske, Lynn Thurrell, and Shannon Wiley. We are most grateful to have Roberto Trostli teaching science in the upper elementary grades, Cezary Ciaglo bringing us renewing eurythmy, and multi-talented Elizabeth Auer all kinds of arts. Meg Chittenden will be our singing teacher during the first week, and Julianna Lichatz will teach movement.
For the second week we welcome Paul Matthews, David Newbatt, Kim John Payne, Patrice Pinette, Lisa Romero, Robert Thurrell, and Eleanor Winship. They will join returning faculty Carla Beebe Comey, Michael D’Aleo, Torin Finser, Douglas Gerwin, Karsten Massei, Signe Motter, Daniel O’Connors, Leonore Russell, and Jamie York.
Please browse inside the brochure to read details about the courses we are so excited to share with you.
Meanwhile, we are happy to report that our registration this year will feature some new and less expensive sleeping options. In addition, the dorms at High Mowing School are being renovated this summer, one room at a time, which will means better sleeping conditions for us now and into the future. As always, please sign up early to secure your room and course selection.
Wishing you all good health and happiness, until the summer!