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
E-Mail - 913-558-0892
San Francisco, CA
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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Western Region Report, ASA Annual Meeting, 10/9/2020
Selected Articles from the West
from being human magazine (PDF format)
- Time to Grow in Nature, by Meg PeloseSalamander Nature Awareness School is a small forest preschool program...
- Meristem: Awakening the PossibleA unique program dedicated to preparing young adults on the autism spectrum for a life of greater independence and fulfillment
- Bringing Indigenous Wisdom into Life and Education, by Nancy Jewel PoerBeautiful circles, amazing timeless moments, deepest gratitude for life and our natural world was shared in many hearts as sixty five participants gathered at beautiful White Feather Ranch...
- Finding Our Voice, by Charlie Burkham“Finding Our Voice” is about having those conversations in a sacred manner. The questions we are working with together are about how to best create that dialogue grounded in truth, beauty, and love.
- Introducing Waldorf, Threefolding to Indian Non-Profits in the USIt is very important to communicate the fruitful and practical ideas gained with the help of spiritual science to the world whenever possible.
- Sun Studio, Crestone, Colorado, by Jennifer ThomsonCrestone is a small mountain town up against the Sangre de Cristo Mountains with various spiritual centers and lots of wild life where nature is stark. The weather is unpredictable but with lots of sunshine. Every August I present an art retreat to share color and the art of painting.
- Exploring Waldorf-Inspired Tribal SchoolsIs Waldorf education a helpful resource for tribal education in the US?
- Being Human and the Life Cycle of the PlantThomas Altgelt creates beautiful images relating human life to the life-cycle of plants.
- Colorado’s Angelica VillageA new intentional community is born in the Denver suburbs!
- Tierra Viva: the Santa Fe Biodynamic ConferenceIn November 2016, the beautiful Santa Fe Expo Center teemed with the youthful energy and the deep explorations that the organic and biodynamic farming movement are bringing to the world today.
- Now West: Kaspar Hauser. A Touchstone for HumanityKaspar Hauser is not as well known in America as one might think. He is certainly well known in the Camphill setting as the patron, in a way, of the handicapped individuality.
- Integral Teacher Education at CIISCIIS has 1500 students attending four schools: Consciousness and Transformation, Professional Psychology and Health, Undergraduate Studies, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. CIIS has a long relationship to Steiner’s work and a deep affinity with his social ideals.
- Los Angeles Awake & AliveJohn Beck reports on a 2016 visit to vibrant Los Angeles including Elderberries Threefold Café and the beautiful branch in Pasadena.
- Nurturing the Beings of the Schools, by Peter RennickArizona Waldorf schools have worked together for a quarter century.
- Winter Journey to Fairbanks, Alaska!The unexpected and profound may be met in unusual places. We flew in a small propeller airplane over darkened earth dappled with white snow and beauteous mountain tops, following a pink horizon that was strangely comforting in this stark contrast.
- re:Generation — “Imagine the Potential”The work of a Southern California-based initiative: seeding the Middle East with an educational philosophy that embraces life, learning, the arts, the earth and all the children.
- History Three-folded, by Paul GierlachA long-time Waldorf history teacher invites his colleagues and interested others to a conversation about the impact of how history is taught...
- The Gifts of Waldorf Education and the Ecological CrisisWe are bearing witness to, and participating in, an axial turn in the story of humanity. For the first time in our journey, we are becoming conscious of the fact that we are a global species forming a planetary civilization.
- Spirituality Affirmed by CIISAs a distinguished teacher and university administrator and a noted leader of the anthroposophical movement in America, Robert McDermott is uniquely qualified to talk about anthroposophy’s challenge in being received in the academic world.
- Understanding the Imponderable in Nature: Enlivening Our Understanding through ColorA Report on the 2014 Natural Science / Mathematics-Astronomy Section Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon
- Can Eurythmy Live Online?Rudolf Steiner created eurythmy, or discovered it, or revealed it, or all of those and more. It seems to stretch deep into the grounds of existence as well as playing a part still hard even to imagine in humanity’s future evolution.
- Can you have a tumor in your feeling life?Adam Blanning, MD, a Denver-based anthroposophic physician, asks an unusual question.
- Sculpting Light: Paintings by Victoria TempleVictoria currently teaches painting to adults at Credo High School, northern California’s first public Waldorf high school which she helped found in 2011, and at her small studio in a horse pasture in west Petaluma, CA.
- To the memory of Ben and Estelle Emmett, by Patrick Wakeford-EvansThese two warriors for the spirit, for Micha-el, crossed the threshold within a year of each other in or near Albuquerque, New Mexico. Forgive me if I speak of them in a mythic narrative but their lives were heroic. In the words of Joseph Campbell, they lived a kind of hero’s journey.
- What’s in the Wind? Sound Circle Eurythmy’s First GraduationWhen Sound Circle Eurythmy in Boulder, Colorado, welcomed fourteen first-year students into its first training course in fall 2010, the tides and currents had clearly brought together a very richly varied and eager configuration of individuals, who chose the name Aspen for their class.