Wednesday, September 2012
All are welcome to join the Inner Development Study Group:
Rhythms Through the Year meets every Friday from 8:15am-9:30am
Begins Friday, September 14th and meets in David Dozier's 3rd floor High School Art Studio classroom.
Study texts include: “The Festivals and their Meanings,” “The Cycle of the Year as Breathing Process of the Earth” and “Leading Thoughts” by Rudolf Steiner. Members of the Chicago Waldorf School faculty and guests speakers join the study group throughout the year, and there are opportunities to see lectures, performances, and events. Every season the Inner Development Study Group engages in art projects connected with chosen texts.
Colleen Everhart, CWS High School Drama Teacher & College of Teachers Chair, will be our first guest on Friday, October 12th.
Each session will begin with exercises in Eurythmy and Speech Development. We will then read together and discuss the selected text, starting in September with an excerpt about ‘Michaelmas’ from Steiner's essay “The Festivals and their Meanings.”
Participants are asked to contribute $50 for the year (or pay what you can) for materials. The study group will be co-facilitated by Hazel Archer Ginsberg, Jean Riordan, and Rev. Ann Burfeind of the Christian Community Church.
To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 2012
Announced by our parent organization, the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA):
We are thrilled to inform you that Waldorf Education has earned the Green School Award bestowed by the Captain Planet Foundation because of the ways that Waldorf Education incorporates an environmentally sensitive curriculum in every grade. Each year the Board of Trustees of the Captain Planet Foundation "rededicate ourselves to our mission by honoring some of our own outstanding real live, environmental super heroes. This year our Board of Directors chose to present four awards, honoring those who have demonstrated extraordinary environmental stewardship, helping to protect and preserve the natural balance and beauty of our land and actively put forth a significant effort in making the world a better place." AWSNA and Waldorf Education is one of the four award selections: the Award Brief can bee seen at The Making of an Environmentalist in Waldorf Schools.
"Waldorf educators know by cultivating a personal relationship with the Earth and her resources, young people can develop a genuine ecological consciousness."
We have been collecting our member schools' green stories on our Why Waldorf Works website Green pages. Check them out, and send us yours so we can share them with the world!
Monday, September 2012
On November 14-18, 2012, at the beautiful Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, WI, you can attend an extraordinary event — the 2012 North American Biodynamic Conference. This biennial conference is the foremost event for biodynamic education, networking, and community building on the continent, bringing together hundreds of farmers, gardeners, educators, activists, and interested newcomers for five days of inspiring keynotes, informative workshops, networking, exhibits, film screenings, art, and organic and biodynamic foods.
This year’s theme, Sacred Agriculture: Creating a New Relationship with the Earth, will focus on how we can build a sacred relationship to the earth through farming, gardening, and transformational work in our communities.
Who should come? This will be an excellent opportunity for both novices and those experienced with biodynamics — as well as those interested in organic or sustainable farming and gardening — to learn more about the biodynamic approach to agricultural renewal. More than 40 workshops will provide inspiration and practical advice for farmers and gardeners, educators and activists, consumers and entrepreneurs, young and old.
Early Bird Discount: Register by September 15 to receive 10% off. Members: Get an additional 10% off, for a total of 20% off. You can become a member when you register and receive the discount immediately.
40+ workshops by leading organic and biodynamic educators
Keynote speakers Charles Eisenstein and Dennis Klocek
A panel of leading biodynamic growers
"Tapas, Tasting, and Toasting," a fundraiser for beginning farmers
"Renewing the Earth," an evening of sacred stories, poems, and songs
Film screenings, eurythmy, social sculpture, a young farmer social, and music and dancing
Open space networking, community meetups, sidewalk consulting, and interest group gatherings
An exhibit hall, a biodynamic research poster session, and an update on the work of the association
Pre-conference events at Angelic Organics Farm
Scholarships Available: Thanks to generous donors, assistance with conference registration fees is available to those with financial need through the Biodynamic Scholarship Fund. Conference press release and media materials are available at www.biodynamics.com/conference/media. For more information on the conference, please contact: Rebecca Briggs, Communications Coordinator, Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Association (262) 649-9212 x3 Or Visit these websites and social media sites: www.biodynamics.com / biodynamicsbda.wordpress.com / www.facebook.com/Biodynamics