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Eurythmy Intensives for Young Adults

Eurythmy Spring Valley hosts intensive weeks of eurythmy for 16-20 year olds.

Contact Virginia Hermann @ virginia.hermann@gmail.com

 

 
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Thoreau College Semester Program - Autumn 2019: Humans and Nature

By Jacob Hundt, Thoreau College Stewarding Circle ** jacobhundt@thoreaucollege.org

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.      ---H. D. Thoreau, Walden

So we may say that anthroposophy begins in every case at the scientific level, calls art to the enlivening of its concepts, and ends in religious deepening.  It begins with what the head can grasp, takes on all the life and color of which words are capable, and ends in warmth that suffuses and reassures the heart, so that man's soul can at all times feel itself in the spirit, its true home.  We must learn, on the anthroposophical path, to start with knowledge, then lift ourselves to the level of artistry, and to end in the warmth of religious feeling.

-- Rudolf Steiner, Awakening to Community, Lecture II.  Stuttgart, January 30, 1923

We live in a time of crisis.  Everyone, even those living in comfort and safety, is aware of this on some level, either dimly, as a nagging anxiety at the back of one’s mind, or acutely, as a sharp terror that awakens one in the middle of the night.  Perhaps most people have experienced both of these levels at one time or another. People have different names for this pervasive sense of crisis, depending on their experiences and context - for some it is called “Climate Change” or “The Sixth Great Extinction.” For others, it might be called economic inequality, erosion of democratic institutions, or cultural and moral decay.  Call it what you will, crisis is the often unacknowledged elephant in the room as we go through our daily lives, living with a growing sense that current order cannot hold and that the future will be different in ways that are hard to predict.

This uncertain period in history is perhaps especially challenging for young people just arriving on the threshold of adulthood.  Young adulthood is a stage of life when we are uniquely called to peer into the future to try to discern the shape our lives and world might take decades hence and to examine the assumptions and habits that have led our civilization to our present situation.  Young adulthood is also a time of life when we can ask and discuss the big questions of meaning, life purpose, and core values, as well as cultivate inner resources for the important work we are each called to do. These are precious years of one’s life, filled with urgent consequences for the future, and not to be squandered with trivial and conventional activities.

Thoreau College, located in the rugged Driftless Region of southwestern Wisconsin, is an initiative to re-envision education for young adults in our time.  We are inspired by anthroposophy and the ideas of Rudolf Steiner, as well as by Henry David Thoreau and the model of Deep Springs College.  We strive to apply the insights drawn from these inspirations to reinvigorate and expand the liberal arts tradition to embrace all aspects of our humanity and to craft a curriculum tuned to the deeper spiritual rhythms of human life and the cycles of nature.  In this vision, immersions in nature, manual labor, artistic creation, contemplation and inner development, and the practice of community self-governance join rigorous intellectual engagement with pivotal texts, ideas, and scientific discoveries to constitute a new liberal arts for the cultivation of whole human beings.

As a step towards the creation of a full undergraduate college, Thoreau College will be offering our first Semester Program this fall, with a thematic focus on the relationship between Humans and Nature.  Young adults between 18-25 are invited to join us in Viroqua, Wisconsin from August-December 2019 for a semester of reading, conversation, agricultural work, cooking, wilderness expeditions, service, arts, community life, and personal reflection.  Together, we will strive to live deliberately and to examine the roots and manifestations of our current crises, while also working to fashion a potent vision for a future we would wish to inhabit. Join us!


To learn more and apply now, visit www.thoreaucollege.org.  Application deadline: May 1, 2019.

 

 
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YIP started as an idea and topic of conversation amongst a diverse international group of young people connected to the YouthSection of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. The energy and momentum to create YIP kept building during a variety of youth gatherings and network events. It was in January 2007, during one of these international youth gatherings in Switzerland, that a first draft for the program was designed and a small group committed themselves to take the initiative from being a great idea into an actionable project.

www.yip.se


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Mettabee Farm & Arts in Hillsdale, New York

link to register https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-freedom-got-to-do-with-it-identity-sexuality-and-gender-tickets-50317312436

During this 5-day retreat we will explore identity, sexuality, gender and social understanding through conversations, presentations, artistic experience, social time and quiet time. We will share our questions and experiences and learn from one another. We will explore the limits and liberties of gender, the complexity of attraction, and working with the masculine and feminine forces in each of us towards greater inner freedom.

Accommodation: Participants bring and pitch their own camping tents; there are a few indoor spaces available on a needs basis. Three simple vegetarian meals will be provided each day

Finances: Sliding Scale $150-250. You can send us post-dated checks leading up to the event or pay in full at registration. We have some scholarships available if needed.

Participants: Ages 18-35. If you are younger than 18 years old but feel connected to being at this event, please contact us:

Contact: contact@developingtheself.org or 908-227-0004

This retreat is sponsored by the Y Project, with Meaghan Witri, Sarah Hearn, Séamus Maynard, Anthony Mecca, Ella Lapointe, Jen Zimberg and others to be announced.


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Place Corps is a year long, experiential learning program designed for 18-25 year olds.

Participants develop the skills and wisdom needed to live and work in ways that make their lives, their communities, and the Earth truly thrive.

Participants become certified in permaculture design, learn to grow their own food, build green, create regenerative place-based projects, plus more.

Situated on a 900-acre Biodynamic ® farm in the Hudson Valley, participants explore the urban and rural region as a living classroom. Over the course of the year, they self design college accredited study plans, engaging with accomplished practitioners, and organizations working at the forefront of social, ecological, and economic regeneration. They develop a professional work portfolio aligned with their unique interests and future goals.