Anthroposophical Society in America
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Welcome to the West!
The Western Regional Council’s (WRC) primary task is to connect people and to encourage the circulation of ideas and initiatives fostering a deepening of esoteric and community life. When possible, the WRC visits groups and branches, meeting with local members (in person or more recently, also via Skype) to learn about their work and plans for the future and to support and encourage their endeavors.
In looking back over these past many years, we have noted that a pattern has emerged in our face to face meetings with branches and groups in the Western Region which helped to foster an atmosphere of appreciation and encouragement.
Everyone involved, both in the local group and the WRC, thoroughly prepared for the visit in advance by sharing questions and through local conversations regarding the needs and strengths of the group. An effort toward inclusiveness was aimed for with letters being sent to all past and present members and friends of the group announcing the meeting.
The gathering with the local group usually had four key elements:
- A shared meal generating social warmth.
- A conversation in a circle in which group/branch members could speak of the ways in which the group had been most valuable to them in the past and the ideals they hold for the future.
- A presentation/talk on the incarnations of a great individuality or on a theme that provided spiritual enrichment.
- Follow-up calls and emails to share emerging questions, further cultivate new friendships and share news of the continuing work.
Through these meetings we are able share experiences of activities going on throughout the Western Region and news from the General Council. In turn, we carry awareness of the activities in the Western Region to the members of the General Council and to other groups and branches. We also are available to work with members who wish to form groups and with groups wishing to form a branch.
The Western Regional Council
The current members of the Western Regional Council are:
Joan Treadaway, Chair
E-Mail - 928-899-1689, 928-445-2363
Santa Cruz, CA
E-Mail - 831-212-1947
Santa Fe, NM
E-Mail - 505-438-0156
E-Mail - 516-850-1026
For local websites and individual groups
& branches contacts see the listing here.
Note: for historical reasons Hawai'i has its own Anthroposophical Society.
Western Region Activities
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Selected Reports from the West
from being human magazine
Is Waldorf education a helpful resource for tribal education in the US?
A new intentional community is born in the Denver suburbs!
Thomas Altgelt creates beautiful images relating human life to the life-cycle of plants.
Penelope Roberts reports on a celebration of Kaspar Hauser at Camphill Communities California near Santa Cruz
A glimpse of the highly successful 2016 "Tierra Viva" conference of the Biodynamic Association, held in Santa Fe, NM
CIIS in San Francisco is planning a new Integral Teacher Training program
John Beck reports on a visit to vibrant Los Angeles including Elderberries and the beautiful branch in Pasadena
Torin and Karine Munk Finser visit friends in Fairbanks during Alaska's winter
Waldorf in Arizona: Peter Rennick reports on nurturing the beings of the schools
Long-time Waldorf high school teacher Paul Gierlach writes about history
The remarkable ReGeneration initiative from Southern California to the Middle East
The California Institute for Integral Studies is one higher education center that welcomes spirituality
Waldorf prepares students for ecological consciousness and careers
Cynthia Hoven takes eurythmy online
In Portland natural science and visual arts meet and work together
“Sculpting Light” - a gallery of beautiful work by Victoria Temple
Helen Lubin reports on the first graduation of Sound Circle Eurythmy training in Colorado
Patrick Wakeford-Evans remembers New Mexico's Ben and Estelle Emmett
Denver-based anthroposophic MD Adam Blanning asks, "Can you have a tumor in your feeling life?"