Anthroposophical Society in America
Welcome to the Eastern Region
Verse for America
May our feeling penetrate
Into the center of our heart,
And seek, in love, to unite itself
With the human beings
seeking the same goal,
With the spirit beings
who, bearing grace,
Strengthening us from
realms of light
And illuminating our love,
Are gazing down upon
Our earnest, heart-felt striving.
— Rudolf Steiner
Translation by Frederick Heckel
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Mission of the Eastern Region Holding Group
The Eastern Region Holding Group consists of individuals from the three areas (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast areas) who see it as their mission:
- To support, further and share the meaningful work of Rudolf Steiner and the whole of Anthroposophy in the eastern region through exchange of ideas, research and art generated within local groups and members.
- To provide opportunities for human beings longing for the spirit to meet each other soul to soul, through conversation platforms.
- To promote larger exchange of information and collaboration between branches and groups and radiate out the healing effects of Anthroposophical spiritual endeavors in the Eastern Region.
- To create a bridge between the national organization and the groups, branches and members of the Eastern Region.
Eastern Regional Holding Group
Dave Mansur, Sheena Ifkovitch, Cathy Green, Angela Foster and Gino Ver Eecke
Gino Ver Eecke
Chestnut Ridge, NY
Gino Ver Eecke is the current Eastern Region representative to the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America. He met Anthroposophy in his birth town of Roeselare, Belgium, at the young age of 16. After working for a year on a BD-farm in Switzerland, he moved to New York to study eurythmy, receiving his diploma from Eurythmy Spring Valley in 1994. For eight years he performed as the character of Benedictus with the Threefold Mystery Drama Group, culminating in the performance of the Four Mystery Dramas in the summer of 2014. During the Mystery Drama Conference at the Goetheanum in July 2018, Gino performed the last scene of “The Soul’s Awakening.” Currently he guides the work of the Threefold Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in Chestnut Ridge, NY, and he also serves as the President and Treasurer of the Eurythmy Association in North America.
David is currently Treasurer and an at-large member of the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the House of Peace in Ipswich, MA and is past president of the Board of Trustees of the Cape Ann Waldorf School in Beverly, MA. David holds a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the University of Lowell and is employed by Physical Sciences Inc. as a Principal Project Engineer specializing in Optics. He and his wife, Mary, are graduates of Spikenard Farm’s 3-year course in Sustainable Biodynamic Beekeeping and the Pfeiffer Center’s 1-year part time Biodynamic training program; they live in Amesbury Massachusetts and are blessed with three sons and two grandsons.
Cathy first learned about Anthroposophy through her interest in Waldorf Education 1990 and became a member of the Nashville Rudolf Steiner Group led by Phyllis Phillips. In 1991 she became a member of the Anthroposophical Society and member of The Nashville Waldorf initiative to facilitate the interest for a Waldorf School in Nashville. In 1996 she joined the School of Spiritual Science. 2010 Phyllis moved to Oregon due to health issues and Cathy was appointed leader of the Nashville Rudolf Steiner Group. The Middle Tennessee Anthroposophical Branch was formed in 2015. In 2017, she attended the Second Southeast Region gathering. She attended her first AGM in 2019 in Atlanta and participated in the Living in the Branches gathering. After the meeting she was invited to become a member of the Eastern Regional Holding Group as a representative of the Southeast region. Cathy has a strong enthusiasm for many aspects of Anthroposophy. Her nature is to socialize with people from all different backgrounds. And she enjoys participating in community events that offer Anthroposophical interest to those who may not know about Dr. Rudolf Steiner.
Sheena is a mother of two boys who attend a local Waldorf-methods charter school. She met anthroposophy with her spouse when her children were young and has since been bringing anthroposophy into her everyday life through studies and her work. She was fortunate to read foundational books with a study group and attend LifeWays training. She runs an early childhood home program (ages 3-6) and helps to foster an anthroposophical festival life with this growing community. She has a passion for sharing Rudolf Steiner’s work and focusing on what is truly human. In her free time, she enjoys herbalism, plant dying, fiber arts and finding joy in nature.
Angela grew up in Texas and is now embracing life in Atlanta. She is an artist, teacher and mom of two daughters, and has been an active student of anthroposophy since 2008. She and her husband, Patrick, manage the Anthroposophical Resource Center (ARC) an initiative in Decatur, Georgia that offers space for community events and serves as a little house for Anthroposophia. She is currently enrolled in a foundation studies in Goethean science program through The Nature Institute and also participating in the Geotheanum Adult Education Program (GAEP).