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 (email@example.com).
Northern Virginia Anthroposophical Study Group
Generally we meet twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in Old Town Alexandria. The group is currently studying Rudolf Steiner's 1908 lectures on the Gospel of St. John. For information contact Barbara Cousens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 (email@example.com) or Patrick O’Meara (firstname.lastname@example.org) .
The Festivals Group
Meets monthly in Silver Spring and offers festival gatherings for Easter, Whitsun, Michaelmas and the Holy Nights. For more information contact Pat Moss (email@example.com).
The First Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland
Eastertide Observance 2019
7:30 pm on April 29th at the Washington Waldorf School
Continuing this year’s focus on the Foundation Stone Meditation as a centerpiece for our festival observances, the Branch Festivals Group again offered the opportunity to work artistically with speech artist Debbie Spitulnik. The Eastertide Observance was devoted to the second panel. For further details, view the flyer here.
Facing Future - A conversation led by Joan Sleigh with John Bloom on May 8th
Joan Sleigh and John Bloom led a conversation on facing the future through deepening ones meditative life. Further details can be found here.
Also in the Region
The Raphael BranchGroup, Baltimore, Maryland
The Baltimore Anthroposophical Branch Study Group meets on the second Sunday of each month at the Waldorf School of Baltimore.
For information contact Jeff Bronow: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Whitsuntide Observance 2019
May 23rd at the Washington Waldorf School
The Branch Festivals Group offered another opportunity to work artistically with speech artist Debbie Spitulnik, this time on the third panel of the Foundation Stone Meditation. For further details, view the flyer here.
Michaelmas Festival 2019
on Saturday, September 28th
The Branch Festivals Group offered an artistic experience to celebrate Michaelmas. The charcoal on paper activity was guided by art teacher Barb Bancroft. See the flyer here for further details.
Holy Nights 2019-20
Study and Artistic Exploration
The Branch Festivals Group invites you to observe the Holy Nights in study and in artistic exploration. Two lectures given by Rudolf Steiner will be studied, one on December 27th and one on January 3rd. Then on January 5th, there will be a Holy Nights Artistic Exploration. All are welcome but please RSVP. Further details, including links to the lectures to be read, can be found here.