Rudolf Steiner House

Spring / Summer Events

May - August 2017

Special Events and Workshops

20th May 2017
2pm - 6.30pm
£3.50 (£1 concessions)

Mystery Drama Reading The Guardian of the Threshold
With Trevor Dance
All are welcome!

The reading of one of Steiner’s Mystery Dramas is always a very special occasion, a group activity strengthening our forces of thinking, feeling and willing. Rudolf Steiner said after the first drama: ‘In various places since the performance of the drama in Munich, I have stated the fact that many, many things of an esoteric nature would not need to be described, that lectures would be unnecessary on my part, if only everything that lies in the Rosicrucian Mystery could work directly on your souls, my dear friends, and on the souls of others too. I would have to use the enormous number of words necessary in my lectures and speak for days, for weeks, even for years, in order to describe what could be said in the single drama.’ He added: ‘Everything you find in my book, Knowledge of the Higher Worlds and its Attainment combined with what was said in Occult Science, can be found, after all, in a much more forceful, true to life and substantial form in the Rosicrucian Mystery.’ The Guardian of the Threshold examines twelve different viewpoints and shows the workings of reincarnation and karma, the workings of Ahriman and Lucifer and many other aspects of spiritual science. The mystery dramas are innovative in many ways; their exploration of past lives and the working of karma remains unique.

25th June 2017
2pm - 5pm
£10 (£5 concessions)

Biodynamics
With Philip Martyn and Sue Peat
No booking required.

In this workshop we will outline the principles behind the biodynamic calendar and how to work with it, and explain the main biodynamic preparations, natural substances used to enhance plant health and the composting process. We will be stirring ‘500’, the biodynamic preparation made with cow manure. All welcome. Please bring a 1L bottle to take some ‘500’ home for your garden, allotment or window boxes!

31st July - 11th August 2017

The fee for the two weeks is £580.

The Spirit of English
With Andrew Wolpert
To book a place or for more information send an email to: andrewjwolpert@gmail.com

The Spirit of English course is led by Andrew Wolpert, former lecturer in literature, language and history of art at Emerson College, England

The Spirit of English summer school includes language classes, artistic activities, talks on painting, architecture and literature, museum and theatre visits. The grammar and language work will be a lively interactive learning process that concentrates on the particular features that make English distinctive as a world language as well as on the characteristics that relate to our spiritual evolution and what Rudolf Steiner called the Consciousness Soul.

The museum and theatre visits will be part of a programme of cultural events that focuses on two significant periods in British history, the 16th and 19th centuries. The Renaissance in Britain came to particular expression in poetry and drama, and our theatre visits will include the Royal Shakespeare Company’s The Tempest with Simon Russell Beale and King Lear at the Globe. During the Victorian era the massive expansion of industry and social change were accompanied by a new relationship to nature and an affirmation of human dignity celebrated by the Romantic poets, artists such as Constable and Turner and the great humanist John Ruskin. The Spirit of English will explore aspects of the language, history and art in the context of anthroposophy with the aim of seeing Britain’s involvement in world affairs (including the current question of EU membership) and contribution to world culture in the context of what Owen Barfield called our evolution of consciousness. There will be additional lectures on wider Language and Logos themes on some evenings. There will also be opportunities to visit places of literary and architectural interest as well as free time for other excursions in and around London.

The classes (aimed at participants with upper-intermediate and advanced language skills but suitable for a spread of abilities) will take place during the mornings and in the early afternoons from Monday to Friday, with theatre visits in the evenings. The course is intended for adults over 18, though participants of 16+ accompanied by a responsible adult will also be welcome. Participants are responsible for arranging accommodation and meals themselves, though we will gladly offer advice and suggestions for accommodation in London. Entry to most museums and galleries in London is free. The Course will take place at Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London, NW1 6XT.