Rudolf Steiner Branch - Chicago
4249 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
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About the Branch
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
To dispeal fear & build courage during this time of uncertainty around the coronavirus, many of us are doing constructive things like the Hallelujah in Eurythmy, & The Foundation Stone Meditation at Sunrise (or anytime) every morning to create a high vibration of Love & Light - Please join us for the healing of all.
In the links section below find past webinar recordings
Ongoing events are listed below. Festivals and Special events are in the column to the right.
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!
contact Info@ RSchicago. org
The History of the Rudolf Steiner Group in Chicago, from Henry Barnes book "Into the Hearts Land, Rudolf Steiner's work in North America."
Our extensive lending library of Anthroposophical books is available, free to the public with a suggested refundable $25 deposit (less if this is not affordable) and without deposit to Branch members. Librarian: Paulette Arnold
Dear friends, many books are missing from the Libray, Please return any over dues books.
Our library is open during the Wednesday morning Study Group from 9:30 am - 11 am
for more open hours contact Info@ RSchicago. org
and also by appointment, contact our Librarian: Paulette Arnold
We warmly welcome new friends and visitors to browse the library and to join us in our study groups and events!
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
Introduction to Anthroposophy by Daniel Hafner
EXPLORE HUMANITY’S PATH AND YOUR OWN.
Branch Membership is $50 (or pay what you can afford) per year - Dear friends that is less than 14 cents a day! Please consider offering your support.
Please contact each event coordinator for information on a particular event.
President - Mary Spalding
Treasurer - Mihai Rosu
Secretary - Jonathan Hadley
Programs - Andrei Onegin
Festivals Coordinator/Programs - Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
Librarian: Paulette Arnold
Learn more about the Outpost at their Facebook Page. or contact Dottie Zold (323) 975-6468
Study Groups / Ongoing Events
Tuesdays 7 pm - 8:30 pm - ONLINE ZOOM CALL 'Cosmic Christianity & the Changing Countenance of Cosmology' by Astrosopher Willi Sucher, hosted by Elderberries, Dottie Zold and Frank Agrama at EB's Bio-Dynamic Outpost 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago. for more info. Contact Frank at 323 445 9615 or email UrbanFirstAidLA@ gmail. com
Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 am - Karmic Relationships Vol 6 by Rudolf Steiner. We incorporate ‘The Calendar of the Soul’, eurythmy, focused discussion and seasonal artistic explorations in our study. All are Welcome. Contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg We are meeting again in person in the Branch Library. Those from out of town may still join via Zoom Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/95252648108 Phone: 1-312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 952 5264 8108
Wednesdays 11 am - 1 pm - in Elderberries 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. Unlock Your Musical Potential with master musician Philip Armetta. Music lessons in all styes (Classical, Jazz, Folk, Rock...) for all abilities; with a special emphasis on learning to improvise during the multi-instrumental jam session included with every personalized instruction. Drop-ins welcome. Donations appreciated. For more info. contact Philip Armetta
Wednesday 7 pm - 8:15 pm - Eurythmy class with Mary Ruud on ZOOM We will work with exercises to enhance health and well being. https://zoom.us/j/312499990 – By phone: 1-312-626-6799, Meeting ID: 312-499-990
Wednesday 7 pm - 9 pm - “Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts". For more information, call David Kavesh (312-451-9872)
Thursday 10 am - Noon - Homeschool Eurythmy with Mary Ruud.
Thursday 10:30-noon, ONCE A MONTH -- We are reading and discussing How to Know Higher Worlds, a basic book by Rudolf Steiner. Please join us -everyone is welcome. For more information, For more information, contact Carolyn (773-539-3688)
Thursdays 7:00 – 9:00 pm - In May we will continue meeting online to read and discuss the book Theosophy by Rudolf Steiner. Anyone interested in joining us is invited to contact Clark Remington (773-595-5793)ZOOM Meeting URL: https://zoom.us/j/892706330 Telephone: 1-312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 892-706-330# https://wn.rsarchive.org/Lectures/GA120/English/RSP1984/19100528p01.html
Fridays 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm - ONLINE ZOOM CALL The Agriculture Course - The Birth of Biodynamic Method. With Frank & Dottie, A Circles of Renewal – Biodynamic Outpost Initiative at Elderberries General Store 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. 60618 For more info. contact Frank Agrama 323-445-9615 or email circlesforarenewalofculture@gmail. com
Saturdays 11 amCourse For Young Doctors study group.. Please call Frank and Dottie 323-445-9615. In May we will be meeting online.
Sundays 4:00 – 6:00 pm - This group meets weekly. We are studying “The Fundamental Social Demand of Our Time” (social course), given by Rudolf Steiner in 1918, GA#186. Anyone interested in joining us is invited to contact Andrei Onegin (773-592-1136). aonegin@rschicago. org
Sunday Evenings 7:00 - 9:00 pm - “Youth Conversation Group: People to People: Social Renewal Through Human Interaction” hosted by Waldorf music teacher Isaac Maier, in the upper room at the Rudolf Steiner Branch. Donations appreciated, to sign up contact isaacmaier@gmail. com
For Members of the First Class...
of the School for Spiritual Science
What is The School of Spiritual Science?
The meeting of the First Class of the School of Spiritual Scienceconvenes on the third Saturday of each month. (with some exceptions) Blue Membership Cards are required.
The lesson begins promptly at 6:00 pm.
The next meetings is: Saturday 18 July 2020
Please arrive ahead of time, so you have a chance to come into the mood of the class before the lesson begins. 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.
For more information, contact Class Reader Clark Remington (773) 595-5793
Here is a schedule of the class meetings through the Summer:
July 18th, Lesson eight
August 15th, Lesson nine
Links - Inspired by Steiner
City Garden Early Childhood Waldorf School
Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program
Reverse Ritual - Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year
The National Anthroposophical Society site
and The Goetheaum in Dornach
Links to Zoom Presentations:
The Sacrifice of John the Baptist. by Daniel Hafner
Vitae Sophia~ A Whitsun Festival of United Soul Endeavor with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, with Guest Speakers Lisa Dalton & Geoff Norris. Sponsored by the Anthroposophical Society in New Hampshire
The Central Regional Council Ascension Festival
Front Range Anthroposophical Café presents: Summer Solstice ‘RING of FIRE’ with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg
Lazarus and the Easter Mysterywith Daniel Hafner
'Crowning' Hazel Archer Ginsberg, and Eurythmist Raven Garland - Sponsored by Anthroposophy Atlanta Lunch & Learn. Hosted by Angela Foster & Jordan Walker of Wisdom Working – Add your thoughts to THE AFTERIMAGE page.
Notes - News
The Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3fold Cultural Hub is inspired by Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner’s myriad indications for agriculture, economics, art, and social life. (Steiner inspired many additional initiatives, such as Waldorf Education, Anthroposophical Medicine, Eurythmy, and Architecture as a Synthesis of the Arts.) It is next door to the Rudolf Steiner Branch-Chicago.
The Outpost will soon be showcasing Biodynamic products with an emphasis on local Biodynamic farms. The Outpost will eventually be sponsoring educational programs to highlight Biodynamics and other Steiner-inspired initiatives. They wish to build a bridge between Biodynamic farmers and the city and to have a space specifically dedicated to those who work out of Biodynamic principles.
They will also be working to build up community and cultural life in Chicago. They will be working with, empowering, and learning from the youth of Thresholds, a live in high school for youth who have aged out of the foster care system.
Young people from around the world come to work, live and intern throughout the year at their Have Seeds House in Los Angeles that works with youth in distressing living conditions and adults who live in special care facilities.
Learn more about the Outpost at their Facebook Page.
Dottie Zold, originally from the Philadelphia/New Jersey area, is a community activist working out of Rudolf Steiner’s Threefold Commonwealth. She was inspired by her experience at the Goetheanum in Dornach at the youth section house at the bottom of the hill and opened a cafe in Hollywood called Elderberries Threefold Cafe. Her imagination was that she could create a safe space for the graduating Waldorf youth, and those who were more at risk, to meet around peer to peer conversations while finding their work and making a difference in their community. She began to work more deeply with the houseless youth from the foster care system and adults facing social and mental challenges. She, along with a few of the coworkers of the cafe, founded the Have Seeds House in Los Angeles that houses the coworkers and other at risk youth, and a cultural hub – Urban First Aid: Art As Medicine down the street from the cafe. Now in Chicago Dottie is hoping to bring greater awareness of the farmers working out of the biodynamic principles founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1920. She is also striving to make these foods and available to those in more economically challenged areas.
Frank Aleph Agrama is an organizer, artist and educator, co-founding Have Seeds House, Urban First Aid: Art as Medicine, and Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost & 3Fold Cultural Hub. He is working to seed a society shaped by creativity and community well-being. He found his love for the living social art after graduating from film school, questioning how to create a real life miracle rather than make one up in a movie. Born and raised in Hollywood, Frank walked into the original Elderberries on his lunch break, and had to ask himself ‘what in the world is in this salad?’ Then he went walking through Raphael Gardens, and asked himself ‘what in the world is going on in this garden?’ He soon told himself ‘I better learn about Waldorf Education.’ He uses his Waldorf certification as a foundation for cultivating sustainable relationships with co-workers, the stars, and the international Youth Section, which he is helping to lead in North America (until he gets too old.)
Dottie Zold of Elderberries Bio-Dynamic Outpost was voted in as a new council member.
And Mary Spalding is now the new Branch President.
If you are interested in helping to hold open public hours at the branch contact Info@RSchicago.org
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Donations & Dues
The Branch is now accepting payments through QuickPay® with Zelle®
If you would like to make a donation or pay dues with this method, please send that payment to chase@ with a note explaining for what the payment is being made. rschicago. org
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August 8-18 'Classroom Alive' Youth Open-Source Learning in Chicago
We're starting up with Culture in our community - join young people here in Chicago for a 10 day walking journey - Classroom Alive Chicago!
Exploration & experiencial learning all over Chicagoland, starting at at Elderberries 3-Fold Bio-dynamic Outpost & Cultrual Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618
Thank you for forwarding this flier for any interested young people -
Co-sponsored in part by The Rudolf Steiner Branch Chicago Hazel Archer-Ginsberg, Festival & Program Coordinator
August 20-23, 2020 Questions of Courage Youth Conference at Elderberries
Questions of Courage 2020 in Chicago - August 20-23 Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost and 3Fold Cultural Hub 4251 N. Lincolon Ave. Chicago, IL. 60618
August 20: Check-in, share conversation, build the ground for the journey together.
August 21-22: Travel to Wisconsin Move together towards the land, link up with Farmer John and Haidy Angelic Organics Biodynamic Farm, and also with Dana and Phil Burns at Healing Traditions and Alizur farm. Connect with the land, plants, animals, and one another, through creative explorations and “roughin’ it” type amendments. Sleep under the stars or indoors.
August 23: Return to Chicago Enter back into the metropolitan context, into the social questions of urban life, and close the gathering together at Elderberries, setting the ground for future work out of questions of courage that are present.
Other locations and collaborators are currently in dialogue, and will be updated here.
The gathering is essentially about stepping into the living natural element, step by step, making an integral connection, with one another, ourselves, and the elements that support us here on the Earth…”
Thank you Elderberries for giving us an anchor to build our heartland gathering around!
Elderberries Biodynamic Outpost + Threefold Cultural Hub, 4251 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
August 27-30, HOW WE WILL 2020