Anthroposophical Society in America
Greater Washington,DC, Branch
The purpose of the Branch is to coordinate and promote events of interest to the anthroposophical and general community in the Greater Washington, DC, area. Here you will find information on upcoming activities, accounts of recent ones and links to the websites of many anthroposophical initiatives in the area.
"Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge, to guide the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe. It arises in man as a need of the heart, of the life of feeling; and it can be justified only inasmuch as it can satisfy this inner need. He alone can acknowledge anthroposophy, who finds in it what he himself in his own inner life feels impelled to seek. Hence only they can be anthroposophists who feel certain questions on the nature of man and the universe as an elemental need of life, just as one feels hunger and thirst."
Rudolf Steiner, from Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts
Recurring Meetings and Study Groups
Branch Study Group - ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US!
Our meetings are usually once a month from 10 am-noon. The day of the
month varies. Currently we are studying the lectures "The Foundations of
Human Experience" given by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. We are pleased if others
are interested and welcome inquiries. For additional information please contact Brenda Freeman (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Northern Virginia Anthroposophical Study Group
We currently meet virtually twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:00 pm. The group is now studying Rudolf Steiner's lectures BUILDING STONES FOR AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MYSTERY OF GOLGOTHA: Human Life in a Cosmic Context. For information contact Barbara Cousens (email@example.com).
Biodynamic Agriculture and Gardening Gathering
College Park, Maryland
We meet monthly on a Saturday from 8:30am - 4:00pm
The day's activities include study of Rudolf Steiner’s Agriculture and Bee lecture cycles, social time and practicing biodynamic agriculture; join us for as much or
as little as your interest and time permit. For information contact Michael Judge (Mjudge2000@gmail.com).
The First Class of the School of Spiritual Science
The main content of First Class meetings consists of the nineteen lessons and mantras that Rudolf Steiner gave to members of the School of Spiritual Science
in 1924. We meet once a month to experience these lessons. People who have been members of the Anthroposophical Society for at least two years are welcome to seek to become members of the School. For additional information please contact Nancy Foster (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Patrick O’Meara (email@example.com) .
The Festivals Group
Meets monthly in Silver Spring and offers festival gatherings through the year.
For more information contact Cecelia Karpoff (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The First Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
Parzival's Teachers: On the Way to the Grail, a talk by Frank Hall
The Branch Festivals Group invites you to a talk followed by a conversation on April 6th at 7:30 pm. The talk will introduce Parzival as it pictures the spiritual journey of the human soul towrds wisdom and love.
Further details can be found here.
Holy Nights Gathering 2022-23
The Branch Festivals Group offered a reading of ancient Norse epic poem"The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson". For further detais see the flyer here.
Biodynamic Gathering Report
Four area BD gardeners attended a three-day regional Biodynamic gathering from November 11th through November 13th at Perennial Roots Farm in Accomac, Virginia. Read a short report on the event here.
Michaelmas Festival Gathering 2022
On September 30th, the Branch Festivals Group offered a Michaelmas observance in song and verse,and a dramatic reading of A Michaelic Imagination. Further details can be found here.
St. John's Festival Gathering 2022
On June 24th, the Branch Festivals Group offered a celebration of the mood of St. John's. Further details can be found here.
'Let Freedom Ring - Reclaiming the Wisdom of Columbia - Folk Soul of America' - May 14th
The Branch invited Hazel Archer-Ginsberg to give a zoom presenation from 1 pm – 2:30 pm ET on Saturday on May 14th. A link to the recording of the event can be found on the Recordings page.
Further details are available here.
Also in the Region
The Raphael Branch, Baltimore, Maryland
For information on the Raphael Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in the Baltimore area contact Jeff Bronow: email@example.com.
Initiatives Arising Out of Anthroposophy
There are a number of other initiatives in the region that are inspired by anthroposophy including Waldorf schools and biodynamic farms. Links to the websites of some of these can be found on the Related Initiatives page.