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L’horaire printemps / été, présenté ci-dessous, est également disponible en un
pdf imprimable.

Le drame de savoir – connecter ou déconnecter?

Un discours de Henrike Holdrege

Au cours des 21 dernières années, nous avons travaillé à la Nature Institute pour développer
façons de savoir qui nous permettent de faire l'expérience de notre connexion à
le monde et de mieux comprendre la nature interconnectée des choses. C'est
pas facile de vaincre les habitudes profondément enracinées de la modernité
pensée intellectuelle. Mais c’est une tâche cruciale à notre époque si nous voulons
avoir confiance que les besoins du monde sont observés et peuvent être
abordés par le biais d'activités humaines.

Les dons sont les bienvenus.

Transformation par l'étude de la nature

Un atelier avec Craig Holdrege et Henrike Holdrege

«En tant qu'humains, nous ne nous connaissons nous-mêmes que dans la mesure où nous connaissons le monde. nous
percevoir le monde uniquement en nous-mêmes et nous-mêmes uniquement dans le monde.
Chaque nouvel objet ouvre clairement un nouveau corps de perception en nous. "

– Goethe

Dans cet atelier, nous voulons nous engager dans une variété de phénomènes naturels
par expérience directe. Nous verrons si nous pouvons découvrir comment chacun
phénomène ouvre de nouveaux aspects de la réalité et stimule à son tour une
transformation de nos propres capacités – ce que Goethe souligne avec son
expression "un nouveau corps de perception."

Sans frais. Faites une contribution à un déjeuner potluck. S'il vous plait
pré-registre
(appelez le 518-672-0116 ou envoyez un courriel
info@natureinstitute.org).

Une nuit d'Emily Dickinson

Avec Polly et Jan Kees salés

Emily Dickinson était sur un parcours d'exploration continu, sans ressentiment
nature exploratoire et confiance en soi. Ses poèmes énigmatiques contiennent d'innombrables secrets. Ils sont
souvent insaisissable, toujours fascinant. Elle a évidemment "quelque chose à dire" à
l'humanité d'aujourd'hui. Le but de cette soirée sera d’entrer dans une
le nombre de poèmes qui traitent de la nature et de l'âme –

Cette conscience que

est conscient

Des voisins et du soleil

La soirée est encadrée de mouvements en eurythmie de Polly Saltet;
Jan Kees Saltet récitera et éclairera les poèmes.

Frais: échelle mobile de 5 $ à 20 $.


Evénements précédents en 2019


Rencontrer la nature et la nature des choses: Cours de base en
Science Goethean

Un programme d'un an pour les séjours de courte durée avec deux semaines de logement intensif

Pour une description complète du sujet, une liste des principaux professeurs, et
formulaires de demande, cliquez ici.
La date limite de candidature est le 15 février.

À la recherche d’espoir dans les moments difficiles: se rencontrer et
Ré-imaginer l'Amérique

Talk and Workshop avec Christopher Schaefer à propos de son prochain livre.

Dr. Schaefer écrit:
"Je pense que nous avons une occasion unique d'influencer le politique et
débat communautaire aux États-Unis l'année prochaine comme l'avenir de
La société américaine est en jeu dans la prochaine élection présidentielle de 2020.
En ce vendredi soir et cet atelier samedi matin, nous explorerons
quels développements depuis le 11 septembre nous ont conduits à notre crise actuelle, et
quelle imagination pour notre avenir américain peut apporter la guérison et
l'authenticité de notre nation fracturée. Basé sur le livre à venir,
À la recherche d'espoir dans les moments difficiles: se retrouver et repenser
Amérique
, qui sera publié en juillet 2019.

Vendredi Prat: 19h30 – 21h00.

Atelier du samedi:

De 9h à 12h30.

Science goethéenne et science indienne des peuples autochtones

Un discours public de Jennifer Greene

Mouvement, mise en forme et rythme de l'écoulement de l'eau: expérimenter et comprendre
l'événement liquide de l'eau

Un atelier avec Jennifer Greene

La façon dont nous comprenons l’eau détermine notre perception, notre interaction avec elle,
et finalement comment nous en prenons soin et le contrôlons. Si l'eau n'est vue que comme un
matières premières, les projets de gestion de l'eau mènent à l'abandon des voies navigables
et l'épuisement de nos ressources en eau. Cela conduit à une violation
le droit de tous les êtres vivants à l'eau pure. Si on regarde à la place
l'eau en tant que "droit de tous les êtres vivants" – en tant qu '"élément de la vie"
servir toute la vie sans préjudice – nos décisions de gestion le seront aussi
différemment et la sainteté de la vie sera comprise et protégée. nous
Les impuretés ne sont généralement pas ce que nous sommes venus honorer.

A travers cet atelier pratique et expérimental sur l’eau, nous affinerons l’observation
compétences et descriptions linguistiques précises à mesure que nous suivons l’eau dépliée
phénomènes. En "pensant comme de l'eau", nous allons essayer de développer un aperçu
qui révèle la particularité de l'eau.

avril
un cours sur l'évolution à Kassell, Allemagne

Où finit un animal? Le bison d'Amérique

Exposé principal et cours sur l'évolution de Craig Holdrege à la
Semaine internationale de développement professionnel pour les éducateurs Waldorf et
professeurs stagiaires à Kassel, Allemagne

Samedi 16 mars
conversation au Pfeiffer Center de Chestnut Ridge, New York

Les plantes et les animaux: des manières d'être différentes

Atelier d'une demi-journée avec Craig Holdrege au Pfeiffer Centre, à Chestnut
Crête, new york

Les mathématiques sont en vie!

Nombres négatifs et équations linéaires

Un atelier de fin de semaine pour les enseignants du secondaire et les parents de l'école à la maison
avec Henrike Holdrege et Marisha Plotnik

L'atelier de ce week-end pour les professeurs de Waldorf et les professeurs de mathématiques
vise à renforcer et à expérimenter l'enseignement des mathématiques au secondaire. la
offre la possibilité de rencontrer des enseignants d'autres écoles et d'apprendre
à travers et contribuer aux échanges collégiaux.
Cette année, nous allons nous concentrer sur l’introduction de nombres négatifs en classe,
s'efforcer de pénétrer les processus d'addition, de soustraction, de multiplication
et les partager. Nous allons également prendre des équations résolues avec un
variable dans le contexte du nombre d'années de pratique des étudiants
avec des chiffres.

Pour plus d'informations sur la vie mathématique! programme, voir
cette page.

1er et 2 mars
formation des enseignants à Pasadena, Californie

Apprenez à voir l'animal

Soirée causerie et atelier d'une journée avec Craig Holdrege et Henrike Holdrege
sur le programme de formation des enseignants de l’Institut Waldorf du Sud
Californie, à Pasadena, Californie

Cours d'hiver sur "La nature des animaux et le développement de la pensée dynamique"

Avec Craig et Henrike Holdrege

Continuez à faire attention aux animaux et demandez: Quel est le vôtre?
façons uniques d'être dans le monde? Qu'apportent-ils à nos vies et
Que pouvons-nous apporter à la leur? Et comment pouvons-nous développer des capacités
observation et réflexion qui nous permettent de mieux connaître le monde? trouver
plus sur le cours et l'inscription
ici.

Lancement du livre par Wolfgang Schads Compréhension des mammifères

Présentations de John Barnes et Craig Holdrege

L'ouvrage en deux volumes du biologiste goéthéen Wolfgang Schad en représente un.
vie de travail consacrée à la compréhension des formes, des motifs et
comportement des mammifères. Schad, maintenant âgé de 83 ans, était un Waldorf
enseignant, instructeur principal dans un programme de formation des enseignants Waldorf, et
puis professeur de biologie évolutive et de morphologie à l'université
par Witten-Herdecke en Allemagne. Schad a la rare capacité d'en obtenir un
aperçu de la grande variété de mammifères et en même temps voir
modèles globaux et surprenants chez ces animaux. Il a été inspiré par
L'idée de Rudolf Steiner du triplement de l'organisme humain et de ses applications
cette idée comme une lentille pour ouvrir une nouvelle compréhension des mammifères
la diversité.


Evénements passés en 2018


décembre
Événement à Kassel, Allemagne

Approches contextuelles pour comprendre la vie

Quatre conférenciers invités et un cours de Craig Holdrege

L’événement est une conférence à Kassel, en Allemagne, pour le Waldorf High School
les étudiants qui sont particulièrement engagés dans les sciences.

novembre
Événement à Florianopolis, Brésil

Voir la nature entière – Fondements de la science goethéenne

Les deux premières semaines d'un cours de quatre semaines avec Craig Holdrege et Henrike
Holdrege

Le cours a lieu à l’Associação Sagres de Florianópolis, au Brésil.
Les deux autres semaines seront en novembre 2019.

Mardi 9 octobre
Evénement au Middlebury College, Vermont

Penser comme une plante

Une présentation de Craig Holdrege

Craig rencontrera les participants sur un cours innovant sur
"pensée pérenne" (où ils ont étudié son livre Penser comme tel
construction
) au Middlebury College à Middlebury, Vermont.

Où finit un animal? Le bison d'Amérique

Une conférence de Craig Holdrege

Voir aussi le point suivant.

Apprenez à voir l'animal

Atelier avec Craig et Henrike Holdrege

En septembre 1998, notre communauté d’amis a participé à la fondation
célébration de l'Institut de la nature. Cette année, nous vous invitons à célébrer
avec nous les deux premières décennies de notre travail. Le vendredi soir à la nature
Institut, après une introduction par Henrik Holdrege, sera Craig Holdrege
donnez des conférences avec les diapositives sur «Où finit un animal? Le bison d'Amérique ”.
Samedi, Craig et Henrich proposeront un atelier Michaelmas à
«Apprendre à voir l'animal.» Tous les participants à l'atelier sont invités à le faire.
assister au vendredi soir par Craig.

L'atelier est gratuit. Nous déjeunons le samedi à midi. S'il vous plait
apportez une assiette à partager. Inscrivez-vous à l'atelier avant le 17 septembre au plus tard.
contacts
info@natureinstitute.org.

Pour rencontrer la nature et la nature des choses:

Pratiquer une science des phénomènes

Un nouveau programme d'un an avec deux ou deux semaines de logement intensif

Pour une description complète du sujet, une liste des principaux professeurs, et
les formulaires de demande,
Cliquez ici date limite
est le 15 mars.

Laissez parler les phénomènes!
Développer notre relation à la vie sur terre

Cours d'été du Nature Institute 2018.

Si seulement la terre pouvait parler: réflexions sur

Le langage de la nature et le mot humain

Conférence de Bruno Follador sur le Jour de la Terre

Rejoignez-nous pour cette conférence d'adieu de Bruno. Lui et la famille vont
rentrera au Brésil en juin. Nous sommes tristes de les voir partir et souhaiter
tous les meilleurs dans leurs nouvelles entreprises dans leur pays d'origine. Bruno sera
continuer en tant que directeur de recherche pour le Nature Institute, et nous l’attendons avec impatience
collaborer en Amérique du Sud.

Les dons sont les bienvenus.

Samedi 24 mars
Événement à Garden City, New York

Cultiver les racines de la planète

Craig Holdrege est l'un des principaux conférenciers invités au Winkler Center for Adult
Éducation à Garden City, New York

Samedi 17 mars

Événement à Chestnut Ridge, New York

Comprendre les qualités vivantes et dynamiques des plantes et des animaux

Craig Holdrege enseigne au programme annuel de formation biodynamique à
Centre Pfeiffer à Chestnut Ridge, New York

Les mathématiques sont en vie!

De l'arithmétique à l'algèbre, des polygones au cercle

Un atelier de fin de semaine pour les enseignants du secondaire avec Henrike Holdrege et
Marisha Plotnik.

L'atelier de ce week-end pour les professeurs de Waldorf et les professeurs de mathématiques
vise à renforcer et à expérimenter l'enseignement des mathématiques au secondaire. la
offre la possibilité de rencontrer des enseignants d'autres écoles et d'apprendre
à travers et contribuer aux échanges collégiaux. Cette année nous allons nous concentrer
sur la façon d’introduire l’algèbre en la développant à partir d’arithmétique, et
la géométrie du cercle.

Mardi 20 février – vendredi 23 février
Événement à Santa Rosa, Californie

Comprendre la vie comme une réalité

Quatre conférences de Craig Holdrege sur "Phenomena to Insight Conference" pour
professeurs de sciences à la Summerfield Waldorf School à Santa Rosa,
Californie

Cours d'hiver: les plantes et le sol vivant

Avec Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege et Bruno Follador

Ce cours est offert aux agriculteurs, aux jardiniers, aux apprentis et aux enseignants.

Mercredi 3 janvier à 16h
Événement à Gand, New York

"Les stars ont une fois parlé à l'homme"

Conférence d'Henry Holdrege au Camphill Ghent à Gand, dans l'état de New York.


Événements précédents en 2017


Mercredi 13 décembre à 18h00

Événement à São Paulo, Brésil

"Agriculture et aménagement paysager"

Bruno parle à l'Université de São Paulo, au Brésil.

Pour plus d'informations,

Cliquez ici
.

Mercredi 29 novembre – jeudi 30 novembre

Événement dans Southbridge, Massachusetts

Southbridge, Massachusetts

Bruno Follador prend la parole à la "Conférence sur le sol et la nutrition"

Pour plus d'informations,

Cliquez ici
.

Célébrez Henry David Thoreau dans 200: le chemin à parcourir

Une conférence de Christina Root

À l'occasion du 200e anniversaire de sa naissance, Henry David Thoreau continue
inspirer et nous guider politiquement, spirituellement et écologiquement. Cette conversation
explorera les dons de Thoreau en tant qu’écrivain, sa capacité à incarner
la vie de la nature dans sa langue, et pour nous aider à avoir une idée de l'ensemble
sans recourir à l'abstraction.

Vendredi 10. Novembre et samedi 11 novembre
Événement à Ann Arbor, Michigan

courbes Cassini

Atelier avec Henrike Holdrege à la conférence populaire sur
Astronomie interdisciplinaire à Ann Arbor, Michigan, organisée par
Section Science / Mathématiques / Astronomie de l'École des sciences spirituelles
en Amérique du Nord.

Travail d'automne amusant au Nature Institute Grounds

Joignez-vous à nous pour préparer la fondation de l'Institut de la nature
hiver. Des rafraîchissements et du bon plaisir seront fournis!
Merci de nous prévenir à l'avance si vous envisagez de faire du bénévolat.

Samedi 4 novembre

Événement à Chestnut Ridge, New York

Châtaigne crête, new york

Bruno enseigne au programme annuel de formation en biodynamie chez Pfeiffer
centre

Pour plus d'informations,

Cliquez ici
.

Samedi 4 novembre

Toronto, Canada

Toronto, Canada

Craig intervient à la conférence sur "La refonte de l'arbre de vie: synthèse
Biologie et l'avenir de l'alimentation »

Pour plus d'informations,

Cliquez ici
.

Enseigner l'évolution humaine: diversité et origines

Atelier avec Craig Holdrege pour les professeurs de biologie et autres personnes intéressées par
évolution humaine

Cet atelier d'une journée est basé sur la conversation du vendredi soir. Nous voulons travailler avec
un "ensemble pédagogique" que Craig a conçu pour être utilisé dans une classe de lycée
et collège. Il fournit des méthodes et du matériel pour l'expérience du tissage,
activités étudiantes à base d’études pour un cours sur l’évolution de manière à
susciter de nouvelles idées. La question "D'où venons-nous?" Apparaîtra
dans une lumière fondamentalement nouvelle.

D'où venons nous? La question de l'origine et de l'ascendance dans l'évolution

Une conférence de Craig Holdrege

Mercredi 4 octobre – dimanche 8 octobre

Événement à Dornach, Suisse

Dornach, Suisse

Craig prend la parole à la conférence "Evolving Morphology" à Goetheanum

Pour plus d'informations,

Cliquez ici
.

Les grenouilles sont-elles venues des trolls de l'espace?

Un discours et une fête du livre avec Craig Holdrege

Rejoignez et célébrez la publication de Craig
La nouvelle monographie de Holdregge, Les grenouilles sont-elles venues des trolls de l'espace? Repenser les origines
en développement et développement
. Craig donne des conférences sur la brochure,
qui sera disponible à l'achat et il signera des livres pour
parler. Il y aura des rafraîchissements.

Jeudi 28 septembre – dimanche 1er octobre

Événement à Rockport, Maine

Rockport, Maine

Bruno enseigne le programme de formation biodynamique chez Avena Botanicals

Pour plus d'informations,

Cliquez ici
.

La morphologie de l'homme et des animaux et l'idée de liberté

Un atelier d'une journée à The Nature Institute avec Craig Holdrege et Henrike
Holdrege

Dans cet atelier, nous allons relever le défi que Goethe formule
ces mots:

«L’accord dans son ensemble fait de chaque créature ce qu’elle est. homme
l'être est un être humain tout au long de la figure ainsi que tout au long de
dernier segment du petit orteil. Et c'est ainsi que chaque créature est une
ton, une nuance d'une grande harmonie qu'il faut étudier dans son ensemble si
l'information ne devrait pas être des lettres mortes. "

En comparant les crânes et les squelettes chez les animaux et les humains, vi
travaillera pour voir si nous pouvons découvrir comment chaque partie révèle
la nature même de l'être. Pouvons-nous voir un mouvement vers la liberté chez les personnes
forme?

Aucune condition autre que l'intérêt et la volonté d'explorer. aucun
frais. Faites une contribution à un déjeuner potluck.

Lundi 28 août – mardi 29 août
Événement à Chestnut Ridge, New York

Châtaigne crête, new york

Henrike travaille avec la faculté de l'école Green Meadow Waldorf à
l'importance de la phénoménologie et de l'apprentissage par l'expérience en sciences
éducation


Free Columbia Art Convergence: créer une installation extérieure sur le
nature Institut

Une activité artistique collaborative avec Axel Ewald

L’artiste de renommée internationale, Axel Ewald, dirigera
collaboration pour créer une installation artistique basée sur
Nature Institute dans le cadre du programme gratuit Columbia Art Convergence de ce mois-ci.
La convergence apporte plus de vingt communautés locales, nationales et internationales
artistes pour explorer des questions liées au rôle des artistes
le monde d'aujourd'hui et la relation de l'art à l'espoir. Participation à
Le projet d'installation d'art est ouvert au public.


Rendre la terre: l'oeuvre de Paul Cézanne

Une discussion avec des diapositives de Bruno Follador i
célébration du jour de la terre

Alex Danchev, dans sa biographie de Paul Cézanne, écrit: «Au cœur de la société
La révolution cézannienne marque un tournant décisif dans l’observation,
de la description de la chose arrêtée au processus de
peur lui-même. Cézanne a insisté pour qu'il peint les choses comme elles sont,
pour ce qu'ils sont, tels qu'il les a vus. Le problème est ce qu'il a vu – à quoi il ressemblait. "

Cette révolution ne se limite pas au monde artistique. C'est une profondeur
dans le travail de Paul Cézanne qui peut parler à nous tous.




Les mathématiques sont en vie! – Pentagone, pentagramme et le milieu d'or


Un atelier de fin de semaine pour les enseignants du secondaire avec
Henrike Holdrege et Marisha Plotnik

Nous allons travailler avec une variété de fonctionnalités dans ce sujet: la géométrie,
l’algèbre, la série de Fibonacci, les nombres irrationnels et le nombre d’or dans
Art.

Pour vous inscrire, veuillez remplir le nôtre
inscription.




Pour exprimer la nature des animaux: Travailler avec
Franz Marc (1880 – 1916)


Une discussion avec des diapositives de Craig Holdrege (répétée par
19 octobre 2016 présentation)

Franz Marc a écrit:
«Comment un cheval, un aigle, un cerf ou un chien voit-il le monde? comment
misérable sans âme est notre convention pour placer les animaux dans le paysage
comme nous le percevons, au lieu de chercher à pénétrer l'âme de l'animal
pour récupérer une partie de leur propre monde d'images. "Franz Marc est mort un
il y a cent ans à l'âge de 36 ans dans la Première Guerre mondiale.




Développer une compréhension qualitative de la nature:
Animaux, humanité et évolution


Un cours pour les agriculteurs, les apprentis et les enseignants,
avec Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege et Bruno Follador


Événements précédents en 2016





Journée de travail volontaire à l'Institut de la nature

Venez nous rejoindre pour notre nettoyage annuel de l'automne. Rafraîchissements et bien
combien sera donné!




Pour exprimer la nature des animaux: Travailler avec
Franz Marc (1880 – 1916)


Une discussion avec des diapositives de Craig Holdrege

Cette présentation honorera le travail du peintre Franz Marc et de son
intention d'exprimer la nature des animaux. Marc a écrit une fois:
«Comment un cheval, un aigle, un cerf ou un chien voit-il le monde? comment
misérable sans âme est notre convention pour placer les animaux dans le paysage
comme nous le percevons, au lieu de chercher à pénétrer l'âme de l'animal
pour récupérer une partie de leur propre monde d'images. "Franz Marc est mort un
il y a cent ans à l'âge de 36 ans dans la Première Guerre mondiale.




Just Eat It: Une histoire de gaspillage alimentaire

Un documentaire

Depuis mai 2015, le projet sur les sols vivants du Nature Institute et
L’association Hawthorne Valley s’est associée à une initiative visant à
améliorer les pratiques de compostage et de gestion des déchets dans la vallée de Hawthorne.
Cette initiative découle de la conviction que le site de compostage en est un.
le lieu de transformation biologique vitale que la communauté agricole autour,
peut également se rencontrer de manière transformative.

Bruno Follador de la Nature Institute présentera le film et dirigera une
appeler après.




Vivre dans nos sens

Un atelier dirigé par Henrike Holdrege et Craig
Holdrege

Dans la célébration de Michaelmas, nous avons choisi le thème «Vivre dans notre
Sens. "Nous voulons explorer comment nous pouvons vivre nos expériences sensorielles afin que
le monde peut nous en révéler plus. Nous allons travailler à l'intérieur et à l'extérieur.

Tout le monde est le bienvenu et il n'y a pas de frais. Inscrivez-vous avant le 27 septembre (courriel
info@natureinstitute.org ou
téléphone 518-672-0116). Nous déjeunons, alors apportez un plat
à partager.




Vérité, beauté et bonté

Une conférence de Craig Holdrege dans la sélection de
Saint-Michel




Garder les racines de la durabilité: le
L’importance de l’apprentissage expérientiel et notre responsabilité de
Les enfants et la terre


Intensif d'été pour les enseignants avec Craig Holdrege
et Henrike Holdrege

Avec présentation de George Russell (voir entrée de calendrier suivante)

Ce cours est conçu pour nourrir la sagesse de la nature.
Nous avons les racines de la durabilité lorsque nous inspirons les enfants à percevoir,
enquêter, poser des questions; être émerveillé par les subtilités de la nature; à
comprendre et apprécier l'interconnexion de tous les êtres et
processus.




Les enfants et la nature

Talk de George Russell

Cette présentation d'invité fait partie de «Entretenir les racines de
«Durabilité» (voir paragraphe précédent), mais est ouvert au public.

George Russell, Ph.D., est l'éditeur du livre 2014 Les enfants et la nature:
Faire des liens
, co-fondateur et ancien rédacteur en chef de Orion
magazine et professeur émérite de biologie (Université Adelphi).




Fonctionne avec le principe de polarité i
Géométrie projective


Un cours de huit sessions avec Henrike Holdrege




Faire de la phénoménologie dans l'enseignement des sciences:
Performance Art qui suscite la perspicacité


Une conférence de Wilfried Sommer

Wilfried Sommer, Ph.D., est physicien, professeur de physique dans les écoles Waldorf,
et professeur adjoint à la School of Education de l'Université Alanus i
Allemagne.




Sol, culture et responsabilité humaine

Une conférence de Bruno Follador à la célébration de la Terre
jour




Recherche phénoménologique chez l'homme
Rencontre


Trois conférences de John Cunningham

Observations introspectives sur le dialogue intérieur (1er avril):
Illustrations pratiques des communications non violentes de Marshall Rosenberg

Passer par l'autre (8 avril): Enquête sociale à travers
La façon dont Goethe regarde

Conflit, communauté et lent dialogue (15 avril): soins partagés
dans les cercles réparateurs de Dominic Barter

John Cunningham a été éduqué à Waldorf pendant de nombreuses années et est formateur
Communication non violente, qu'il a apprise du développeur, Marshall
Rosenberg. Depuis 2000, John a beaucoup voyagé et a donné des conférences, des formations,
et soutien aux communautés aux États-Unis, au Canada, en Europe, en Australie, au Nouveau
Zélande, Corée et Sri Lanka.




Sélection des avantages: «Même si le monde entier est
Burning "


Un documentaire sur le poète lauréat W.S. Merwin
par Stefan Schaefer

Signe Schaefer présentera le film et des rafraîchissements seront servis
après la vue. Tous les dons bénéficieront à l'Institut de la nature.




Les mathématiques sont en vie!

Soutenir les étudiants au seuil de l'adolescence – enseignement

la géométrie au collège



L'atelier des professeurs avec Henrike de ce week-end
Holdrege et Marisha Plotnik

Cette année, nous nous concentrerons sur l’enseignement de la géométrie en 6 e et 8 e années, du
le début du théorème de Pythagore. Comment peut l'engagement en faisant
la géométrie aide-t-elle les élèves à l'adolescence? Mouvement, dessin de forme,
constructions géométriques, preuves mathématiques, exercices imaginatifs,
discussions et échanges collégiaux feront partie des travaux de ce week-end.

Pour plus de détails sur le cours, voir le nôtre
Les mathématiques sont en vie! page.




Conversation avec le paysage: comment est notre façon de le faire?
voir et parler aider à créer notre réalité agricole?


Un court cours avec Bruno Follador

Nous explorerons l'influence réciproque et l'interaction dynamique entre
agriculture, science et culture. Au centre de cette
la conversation est l'homme et notre lutte pour devenir conscient
de notre propre participation dans le paysage.

Ce cours est une collaboration avec Free Columbia.




La sagesse du monde animal

Un court cours avec Craig Holdrege à The Nature
Institut (en collaboration avec Free Columbia)

Nous allons explorer certaines des caractéristiques de base des animaux, et
A travers des exemples concrets, apprendre à tout voir chez un animal
est connecté et exprime une profonde sagesse.




Les plantes et le sol vivant: la science holistique dans
Service de l'agriculture


Hiver intensif pour les agriculteurs, les jardiniers,
enseignants et apprentis


Événements précédents en 2015





Une introduction à la géométrie projective

Atelier de géométrie avec Henrike Holdrege

Environ huit sessions cet automne, nous poursuivrons notre travail avec projective
la géométrie que nous avons commencé le printemps dernier.




Venir à la nature: images, couleurs, lumières et
sombre


Un cours avec Henrike Holdrege

Nous participerons à des études basées sur l'expérience de la théorie des couleurs de Goethe et
l'optique des images. L’atelier est une collaboration avec free
Cours d'art de Columbia.




Les constellations du zodiaque en hiver
Himmel


Le dernier des quatre «lundi soirs avec les étoiles»
avec Henrike Holdrege

Ce soir, nous allons en apprendre davantage sur les constellations du zodiaque ce printemps
ciel d'hiver. Si le ciel est dégagé, nous allons sortir et regarder
étoiles. Veuillez vous habiller en conséquence.




Caractéristiques de Saturne, Jupiter, Mars et
Vénus


Le troisième de quatre "lundi soir avec les étoiles"
avec Henrike Holdrege




Vivre la nature: études de plantes

Un court cours avec Craig Holdrege

Pour pratiquer la méthode scientifique de Goethe en tant qu '"empirisme délicat", nous ferons
travailler pour éveiller les caractéristiques qualitatives de la nature. Le centre de notre travail
seront sur les plantes, évaluées à partir de diverses perspectives, y compris
morphologie, métamorphose et dépendance du contexte. L'atelier est un
collaboration avec Free Columbia Art Course.




Compostage pratique à la ferme

Un atelier avec Bruno Follador

Bruno écrit à propos de cet atelier:

"Le compost arrive!" Vous avez peut-être vu cette déclaration écrite
t-shirts ou dans des magazines liés à la ferme comme Magazine comestible. chaque
Quand je lis ceci, je suis toujours confus: oui, le compost arrive, mais
comment?

Bien que la littérature technique soit abondante, la question demeure
reste: Qu'est-ce que le compost? Puis-je renverser la situation? Dois-je tout mettre sur
ou le mélanger? Comment puis-je savoir si c'est bon ou pas? Comment puis-je savoir qu'il est prêt?
Et est-ce vraiment arrivé?

Joignez-vous à nous et obtenez une occasion unique de vous immerger dans les aspects pratiques et techniques.
les détails du compostage biodynamique à la ferme en utilisant le site de compost pour
Ferme de la vallée Hawthorne. L'atelier impliquera un apprentissage sur site
activités, y compris le travail avec des machines, et abordera les points suivants:
questions:

• Comment gérer et organiser un site de compostage

• Comment mélanger, construire et tordre le bobinage

• Comment et quand appliquer les préparations biodynamiques

• Comment reconnaître les signes des différentes phases du processus de compostage

Nous explorerons également comment nous pouvons développer une compréhension qualitative de
processus dynamiques dans le tas de compost, et considèrent l’importance de
composter dans l’organisme de la ferme – ce qui signifie en fin de compte penser à
comment le processus de compostage est étroitement lié au processus social
le personnel agricole et les communautés agricoles.




Journée de bénévolat

Partagez avec nous quelques heures d'architecture paysagère à l'Institut de la nature.
Des rafraîchissements et du bon plaisir seront fournis! Laissez-nous savoir
avancez si vous prévoyez venir.




Les planètes Jupiter, Mars et Vénus à l'automne

Le deuxième de quatre "lundi soir avec les étoiles"
avec Henrike Holdrege

Nous allons regarder les configurations spectaculaires de ces trois planètes
notre ciel du matin à l'automne. L'inscription est demandée mais pas obligatoire.
Appelez le 518-672-0116. Le don suggéré par famille est de 4 $ à 15 $.




Relation entre lune, soleil et terre

Le premier des quatre «lundi soirs avec les étoiles»
avec Henrike Holdrege

Cette soirée sera une introduction à notre ciel d’automne et une préparation
pour l'éclipse totale de lune le dimanche soir 27 septembre
est demandé mais non requis. Appelez le 518-672-0116. suggéré
le don par famille est de 4 $ à 15 $.
"Nuits avec les étoiles" supplémentaires seront les 19 octobre, 16 novembre et
14 décembre.




Chaleur externe et interne

Conférence de Henrike Holdrege

Cette conférence est préparée pour l’atelier du lendemain (voir
ci-dessous), mais vous pouvez y assister sans y participer
atelier. Les dons sont les bienvenus.




Chaleur extérieure et intérieure – études phénoménologiques

Atelier à l'Institut de la Nature avec Henrike
Holdrege et Nathaniel Williams

Comme l'année dernière, l'Institut de la nature propose un autre atelier de fin de semaine
camaraderie au temps de Michaelmas. Nous allons travailler avec des observations
et nos propres expériences dans l'environnement de la nature
institution et pratique du travail intérieur qui peut se développer progressivement
la pensée intellectuelle à une conscience plus complète et plus riche de l'extérieur
monde. Notre sujet de pratique cette année sera Extérieur et intérieur
chauffage
qui, à la lumière du changement climatique et du réchauffement climatique, est un
thème pertinent. Il y aura des rafraîchissements du matin servis par
institut et un déjeuner potluck à. 12h30. N'hésitez pas à apporter une autre assiette
part.


inscription:

Inscrivez-vous à l'atelier du samedi avant septembre
21 en composant le 518-672-0116. Il n'y a pas de frais, mais les dons sont les bienvenus.




Faits saillants de notre voyage en Amazonie à
Juin 2015


Impressions et diapositives partagées par Bruna Fogaça,
Bruno Follador, Craig Holdrege et Henrike Holdrege

S'il vous plaît joindre à nous pour une soirée d'appréciation de la beauté et des merveilles
que nous avons trouvé dans les mondes aqueux de Rio Solimões et Rio Negro.
Les dons sont les bienvenus.




Miracles de lumière et de couleur

Etudes phénoménologiques et aquarelle
avec Henrike Holdrege et Jennifer Thomson

Dans ce cours, nous allons connecter la pratique scientifique de Goethean (dirigée par Henrike
Holdrege) et artistique (dirigé par Jennifer Thomson). ces
activités se renforcent mutuellement et, ensemble, ils peuvent nous aider à apprendre à
see more and experience color ever more deeply.

In the mornings we will turn to color phenomena in nature through
experiencing, observing, experimenting, contemplating and journaling. en
this we will follow the scientific path that Goethe laid out in his
Color Theory — a path we might call “model-free science”: the
phenomena themselves, rather than preconceived concepts, will guide us in
growing and deepening our feeling for and our awareness and understanding
of color.

In the afternoons we will continue the work of observation and imagination
through exercises in contraction/expansion, point/periphery, and the
inner/outer language of colors. We will engage in light and dark
sketching, try to capture color moods and gestures, and pursue studies of
warm and cool colors — all in relation to nature. We will also work on
after-images, developing them into paintings. We will use water colors,
with a focus on the process, not the result.




It’s About Color


A talk and slide show by Jennifer Thomson about
her paintings of the last seven years.




Awakening to Nature’s Open Secrets — Pathways in
Science and Art


A workshop on living approaches to education,
in collaboration with the Alkion Center

In this course we will take a phenomenological, experience-based approach
to the world. Children today grow up with much of their experience
mediated by technological devices on the one hand and abstract ideas on
the other. As a result there is a growing disconnect between what they
experience and the true ecology of life. How can we help children become
healthily rooted in a real world?

As adults we need to learn how to attend carefully to what we directly
experience through our senses. And we need to learn how to form our ideas
in conversation with experience as a counterbalance to the abstract
notions that dominate culture today.

The course will take as its starting point experiential learning in the
study of nature in the mornings, and continue with artistic activities in
the afternoons. The course will be of special interest to educators who
want to improve their practical knowledge of phenomenological science
teaching, where knowledge grows out of the encounter with the world in a
living way.




Form and Pattern in the Amazon — A River Adventure

Please see our full description of
this remarkable learning expedition, which was fully booked.




An Introduction to Projective Geometry

A workshop in eight sessions with Henrike Holdrege
at The Nature Institute.

This workshop will continue in the fall. Sliding fee: $40 – $120. Please
register by calling 518-672-0116 or email
info@natureinstitute.org.




Monday Nights with the Stars

Four evenings in the spring with Henrike Holdrege
at The Nature Institute.

Learn to orient yourself in the night sky.




The Art and Science of Composting and Ehrenfried
Pfeiffer’s Chromatography


A weekend workshop with Bruno Follador

During this workshop we will engage in a phenomenological approach to the
Art of Composting. We will explore not only all the practical and
technical details of composting, but most importantly we will focus on how
we can develop a qualitative understanding of the dynamic processes in the
compost pile and consider the significance of compost in the whole farm
organism.




Mathematics Alive! — The Platonic Solids

Weekend workshop for middle school teachers with
Henrike Holdrege and Marisha Plotnik

We will explore the geometry of the five platonic solids and their
relevance for the adolescent student from a variety of points of view.
Hands-on work and movement, drawing, imagination exercises and
collegial exchange will all be part of the weekend.




Developing a Qualitative
Understanding of Nature: Animals, Humanity and Evolution


A course for farmers, gardeners and others seeking
a renewed relation to the land. With Craig Holdrege and
Henrike Holdrege


Past Events in 2014





Cultivating Humanness in a
Technological World


Three one-hour talks by Craig Holdrege with a
conversation to follow each talk

How can we develop our own humanity in a technology-dominated age? Craig
will discuss this question from a variety of perspectives: the character
of our modern "device" culture; technology and the evolution of
consciousness; Rudolf Steiner's perspectives on technology; implikasjoner
for education.



The Tyranny of “Algebra I”:
Reimagining Math Curricula for Grades 7 – 12.


A Teachers’ Colloquium with Marisha Plotnik,
Beth Weisburn, and Henrike Holdrege




Volunteer Work Day

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Please join us for a Volunteer Work Day of landscaping at The Nature
Institute. Refreshments and good cheer will be provided!
Please let us know in advance if you plan to volunteer.




Overcoming the Cartesian
Split


Presentation by Craig Holdrege and
Henrike Holdrege

This Friday evening presentation, which is open to the public, introduces
the weekend workshop described immediately below.




A Pathway to the Spiritual
in Nature


Michaelmas Workshop with Craig Holdrege and
Henrike Holdrege

Two things are easy to say: that there is nothing spiritual in nature or,
that there is spirit working in nature. It is not so easy, in our modern
times, to learn to see the spirit in nature. In this weekend workshop we
want to practice treading that pathway. It entails careful observation of
concrete phenomena, inner re-picturing, and becoming conscious of certain
habits of thought that block our view from the deeper nature of nature. It
also entails moving our attention from an awareness of things and formed
products to relations and processes of becoming. For that we need to make
our own inwardness more conscious and flexible on the one side, and on the
other side cultivate attentiveness to the concrete qualities of the
natural world. The weekend event is in celebration of Michaelmas.




Dynamic Embryology and Morphology

A four-day seminar with Dutch embryologist Jaap van der Wal.

This course explores human prenatal development and how the shaping of the
body (morphogenesis) expresses essential attributes of the development of
the human being as a being of spirit and matter, of body and mind. ils
scientific method of phenomenology is used to open up a truly holistic
understanding of the human being. By following the processes forming the
human embryo, the course will shed light onto such themes as healthy
development, the purpose and wisdom of the human form, and, indeed, the
very meaning of human existence.

This course will be taught by Jaap van der Wal, PhD, MD. Jaap is a retired
teacher of Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht,
Holland, with a special focus on human embryology. He teaches courses
around the world and presents his unique perspectives on human development
in a lively way with great clarity. This course will be of special
relevance for health professionals and educators, and will be of interest
to everyone who wants to learn more about the remarkable nature of human
development.




Reading in the Book of
Nature:
Enlivening Observation and Thinking Through Plant Study


Public Summer Course

When we read, we participate in meaning – the meaning that is inherent in
the text. It is not enough to know word definitions and grammatical rules
to read. Similarly, when we observe and strive to understand the natural
world around us, it is not enough to know names and an array of
characteristics. Rather we must try to see the relations between, say,
parts of a plant and understand how a plant relates to its environment.
What is a plant expressing through its unique way of being? Can we begin
to fathom the deeper meanings that are present in the living world? cette
is no simple task, because it demands a new kind of relational knowing
that moves from a clear understanding of details to a perception of
processes and interconnections. In this course we want to take steps in
learning to read in the book of nature through:

  • exercises in flexible thinking;

  • careful study of plants in the local surroundings;

  • clay modeling with a focus on metamorphosis.




Astronomy

with Henrike Holdrege and Jeanne Simon-MacDonald

A five-session course on the starry sky through night observation
(if the sky is clear), eurythmy, and classroom study.




Resurrecting and
Transforming the Social World


Lecture by Christopher Schaefer

An aspect of modern consciousness is to see the external, physical world
as “real”, and thoughts, feelings, and intentions as “subjective” and
therefore not real. Yet if the social world is built out of and sustained
by our world of thoughts, feelings, and intentions, what power lives
within the human soul to transform and resurrect the social world and
indeed ourselves.




More Humus — More
Humanity: The Inner Nature of our Agricultural Crisis


Weekend workshop with Bruno Follador

What is the relationship between soil erosion and social conflicts? How
can we develop a living, practical, and meaningful relationship
with compost and soil fertility — one that goes beyond waste management
and yields nutritious food? How does our way of seeing, thinking,
and speaking contribute to creating our agricultural reality?

Bruno Follador is a biodynamic researcher and has worked as a consultant
in Europe and the U.S.




Evolution

Lecture series by Craig Holdrege

A series of talks about discovering evolution as a meaning-filled process
─ the metamorphosis of beings through time. Craig will also discuss
hominid fossils that shed light on human evolution.




Mathematics Alive!

Algebra Workshop for Middle School Teachers


Weekend workshop for teachers with Henrike Holdrege and Marisha Plotnik

Our goal for this weekend workshop is to assist teachers in entering the
inner activity of doing mathematics from which math teaching can become
alive. This year we will focus on negative numbers and on solving
equations. We will explore the subjects from various angles to enliven
them and to give them meaning for teachers and students. Collegial
exchange and dialogue will carry our work.


Schedule:

Friday: 6 pm – 8 pm

Saturday: 9 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 6 pm

Sunday: 9 am – 12 noon


Registration:

Course fee is on a sliding scale: $150 – $250. To register by March 20,
please visit (link to relevant page). For more information, contact us
at 518-672-0116 or info@natureinstitute.org.
We can assist you with finding accommodations.




Social Art and Social
Science in Everyday Life


Lecture by Christopher Schaefer

In this talk and conversation we will explore how we are all social
artists and social scientists in building and seeking to understand the
social world. The question we all face is with what awareness and
understanding do we approach the tasks of building a new world which is
fast replacing the world of nature.




Nature Institute Winter
Course


Experiencing the Deeper Nature of Nature

A course for farmers, gardeners, apprentices, and people who love the land

With Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege

Gaining a deeper understanding of nature involves a widening of our inner
horizons. While it is one thing to acknowledge that nature is dynamic,
interconnected and whole, it is another matter to experience, articulate,
and respect these qualities in our interactions with nature. This course
will focus on practices that can enliven our experience and understanding
of the natural phenomena that provide the context for our lives.

Past Events in 2013


September 30, October 28, November 25

Monday Nights with the
Stars


with Henrike Holdrege and Jeanne Simon-MacDonald

Mondays at 7:30 pm

In three evenings we will give an introduction to our fall sky – the
constellations of the zodiac as they appear in the fall, and the
planets. With eurythmy movement led by Jeanne Simon-MacDonald, we
will deepen our relationship to the starry sky. If the sky is
clear we will conclude the evening with sky observations. Please
dress warmly and bring a flashlight.


Sunday, November 17, 3 pm

Gestures of Radioactivity
and Its Effect on Life


A talk by Johannes Kühl

Johannes Kühl is a physicist and director of the Natural Science Section
at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.


Friday, October 25, 5–7 pm

A Book Event

at the Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main Street, Chatham, New York

Craig Holdrege will give a short presentation about his new book,
Thinking Like a Plant: A Living Science for Life, followed by a
conversation about the book with Thomas Chulak, co-owner of the Chatham
Bookstore. Craig will be available to sign books, and there will be a
reception.


Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 pm

Perceiving, Understanding,
and Transforming the Social World: A Goethean Approach


A talk by Christopher Schaefer

In this talk and conversation, Christopher Schaefer will explore the
contours of a Goethean phenomenological social science — one capable of
overcoming the often sterile and control-oriented, causal approach of the
western social-scientific tradition. Drawing on Rudolf Steiner, but also
on Max Weber and other continental thinkers, he will describe ways of
reconceiving the social world in a manner that honors human freedom and
dignity. (Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D., is currently co-director of the
Center for Social Research at the Hawthorne Valley Association. He is
author of several books.) Suggested donation: $5 – $20.


Saturday, September 28, 2013
(9 am – 1 pm)


Volunteer Work Day

Please join us for a half day’s work on what we hope will be a beautiful
autumn day. We will do some landscaping on the Institute’s property and,
as part of our stewardship responsibility, clear the trails at the nearby
29-acre wetland preserve. Refreshments will be provided.


Friday, September 27, 2013 (7:30 pm)

Inner and Outer Light

A Talk in Preparation for Michaelmas by Henrike Holdrege

The beginning of fall is a fruitful time to consider our relation to
nature and the spiritual in nature and in us. In all of our seeing, an
inner aspect and an outer aspect of light are closely entwined. Taking
the phenomenology of the visual world, our experiences in seeing, as a
starting point of observation, we will find in what way we can
meaningfully speak of ‘inner light’. The talk will be at The Nature
Institute.


July 7 – 13, 2013

Earth, Water, Air, and
Warmth


Experiencing the Four Elements through Nature and
Art


Weeklong course with Laura Summer and Henrike Holdrege at The Nature
Institute

This new interdisciplinary course will employ artistic practice and the
Goethean approach to nature in order to build awareness and understanding
of the four elements. The mornings will be spent in nature observations
and experiments, led by Henrike Holdrege, and in the afternoons we will
explore the elements around us using watercolor, pastel, charcoal and
collage, led by Laura Summer. The artistic techniques are both exciting
and very forgiving; no experience is necessary. Materials for painting
and collage will be provided. Please bring your own sketch book and
colored pencils.


June 23 – 29, 2013

Evolution

Public summer course with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege, and Nathaniel
Williams, at The Nature Institute

The topic of evolution leads into the mysteries of the development of life
on earth. It is hard to think of an area of biological inquiry that shows
so deeply the interrelatedness of all life forms and that raises such
fundamental questions about our own origins. Evolution is also a topic of
controversy, one in which scientific and religious worldviews often
restrict open-minded inquiry. Perhaps the primary challenge in any
consideration of evolution is: how can we learn to think evolutionary
processes in a way that does justice to the phenomena themselves?

In this course we will study phenomena that introduce and depict the
dynamism and complexity of evolution. It will become clear that any deep
understanding of evolution demands an evolution of human consciousness
itself. We will therefore also work on honing our capacities to perceive,
discern, and think developmental processes. The course will integrate
scientific and artistic explorations.


June 12, 2013

How Can We Integrate Nature and Culture in the
Design of our Landscape?


Public lecture by Jean-Michel Florin, co-leader of the Agricultural
Section at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.

The lecture is sponsored by the Hudson Valley Biodynamic Group and The
Nature Institute.


May 25 – 26, 2013

Celebrating the
Completion of the New Building

Saturday, May 25, 7:30 pm

Why Goethean Science?

A talk by Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege

Sunday, May 26, 11 am to 1 pm

Festive Open House

Beginning promptly at 11am: Music, a few words, building tour, refreshments

If you live in the area and plan to help us celebrate our new quarters,
please RSVP by May 20 by calling 518-672-0116 or emailing
info@natureinstitute.org.

March 8 – 10, 2013

Mathematics Alive!

Introducing Algebra in Middle School — The Divine Proportion


Weekend workshop at The Nature Institute with Henrike Holdrege and
Marisha Plotnik

The workshop is intended for teachers of middle school math.
Bringing algebra alive is a challenge. We will enliven the subject from
various angles, including a consideration of the golden mean. As in
previous years we will engage in hands-on exercises and encourage
collegial exchange.


February 10 – 15, 2013

Understanding Qualities in Nature: A Basis for the
Agriculture of the Future


Winter intensive for farmers, gardeners, and others who love the land

With Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege at The Nature Institute

We will explore the four elements, the nature of animals, and also the
movements of the moon and planets. The course will be held in
collaboration with the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association and
Hawthorne Valley Farm. For registration information about this intensive
and an additional week-long course devoted to biodynamic agriculture,
contact Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center: 518-672-7500 x232;
caroline@hawthornevalleyfarm.org.

Events in 2012

October 17 to November 30, 2012

Goethean Explorations of Perspective and Light and
Farge


12 classes, Wednesdays and Fridays (except November 21st and 23rd), from
8:30 am to 10 am

with Henrike Holdrege at Bright Wing Studio, 651 Harlemville Road,
Hillsdale, New York.


This series of workshops, as part of the Free Columbia Art Course, is
designed for artists and art students, but is also open to everyone
interested in the subject or in the Goethean method of research. First we
will study the laws of linear perspective, and in the following sessions
we will explore light and color with a variety of experiments and
observations.

November 11, 2012 (Sunday, 7 pm)

Benefit Concert for The Nature Institute

with “Quiet in the Head,” the duo of violinist Jonathan Talbott and
guitarist Seamus Maynard

at the Hawthorne Valley School Hall in Ghent (Harlemville), New York.

September 24 to 28, 2012

A pathway of Living Knowledge

with Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege at Threefold Educational Center,
260 Hungry Hollow Road, Chestnut Ridge, New York


This course focused on the nature of phenomenological inquiry, both as
rooted in Goethe’s approach and developed further through Rudolf Steiner.
The event was sponsored by the Threefold Education Center.

July 8 to July 14

Bringing Science to Life – Coming to Our Senses,
A Course for Science Teachers


with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege and Jon McAlice


A course to stimulate the practice of science teaching as an experiential,
open-ended process that empowers students to think and perceive for
themselves. Collegial exchange and concrete scientific exploration are
essential parts of this course.

June 17 to 23

Coming Alive to Nature – The World of Color and
Lys


with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege and Nathaniel Williams


Our public summer course is for people from all walks of life and will
provide a practical introduction to Goethean phenomenology in which we
explore phenomena from the natural world and work to develop a living
thinking modeled after the dynamism of the natural world.

April 24
Introduction to the Spring Sky
with Henrike Holdrege
Tuesday at 7:30 pm.
We will work indoors and prepare ourselves for the night sky this spring.  Donations are welcome.
For information call 518-672-0116.

March 16 to March 18
Mathematics Alive!
Geometry Workshop for Middle School Teachers

with Henrike Holdrege and Marisha Plotnik
Friday from 6 to 8 pm, Saturday from 9 am to noon and 2 pm to 6 pm,
Sunday from 9 am to noon.

Our goal for this weekend workshop is to assist teachers in entering the
inner activity of doing geometry from which math teaching can become
alive. We will explore selected topics commonly taught at Waldorf Schools
in sixth, seventh and eighth grade through imagination exercises, free
hand drawings, movement, constructions with compass and straightedge and
conversations. Collegial exchange and dialogue will carry our
explorations.

If you wish to participate and have a specific question you would like to
discuss during the weekend, please inform Henrike at
henrike@natureinstitute.org
or by phone 518-672-0116.Tuition on a sliding scale is $150-$225.

Space is limited, please register by March 1. We will provide morning and
afternoon refreshments.

February 12 to February 17
Cultivating Perception and Flexible Thinking Through Plant Study and Astronomy
with Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege
THIS COURSE IS FULL AS OF JANUARY 1, 2012
Sunday, 6 p.m., to Friday, 5:30 p.m.
This course is held in collaboration with the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association and Hawthorne Valley Farm. To receive a registration form, contact Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center, 518-672-7500 x 232 or caroline@hawthornevalleyfarm.org.

Events in 2011

October 3, November 14 & 21, December 12 & 19
Guided Night Sky Observations, only if the sky is clear
with Henrike Holdrege
Mondays, at 7:00 p.m.

After a short introduction we will observe stars and planets with the unaided eye. Please dress warmly and bring a flashlight. If you are in doubt about the weather, before you leave call The Nature Institute at 518-672-0116 for a message. No fee.

November 14 & 28, and December 5 & 12
Goethean Explorations of Light, Darkness and Color
Workshops with Henrike Holdrege
Mondays, 2 to 5 p.m.
This course is designed for the Free Columbia Art Course with limited space available for others to join. Please inquire by calling The Nature Institute at 518-672-0116. We will work from direct observations and explore color phenomena within the natural world. Sliding fee for the whole course: $100-$160.

November 29
Franz Marc: A Painter in Search of the Being of Animals
A talk and slide presentation with Craig Holdrege
Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m.
                            at 11 Maple Avenue, Philmont, NY
Offered as part of the Free Columbia Art Course, Craig will discuss and show slides of the work of early 20th century painter Franz Marc. As part of the expressionist group, "The Blue Rider", Marc strove to express something of the essence of animal nature in his paintings. Suggested donation: $10.

October 21
Rudolf Steiner and Natural Science
a talk by Craig Holdrege at Space 360, 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
Friday, at 7:30 p.m.
As part of the Oct 21-23 weekend celebrating Rudolf Steiner&#39;s vision, sponsored by the Berkshire-Taconic Branch of the Anthroposophical Society, Craig will discuss Steiner&#39;s view of natural science: its significance in the evolution of human consciousness and the importance of a further development of science as exemplified by Goethean phenomenology. For more information, contact John Barnes at 518-325-1113.

October 2
Sowing the Future
Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m., Hawthorne Valley Farm
Hawthorne Valley Association and The Nature Institute invite the public to join in hand-sowing a field of hard red winter wheat and to learn about seeds, grains, and the evolution of agriculture in Columbia County. Meet at the Dining Hall, Hawthorne Valley Farm ,Route 21C, Harlemville, NY. Contact: Hannah Shepard 518-672-4465 x224.

September 29
Goethean Science and Social Process
A talk and slide presentation with Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege
at the Hawthorne Valley School Hall, Harlemville, NY at 7:30pm
Craig and Henrike spent nearly a month in South Africa and collaborated in courses with the Proteus Initiative, an organization concerned with social process and organizational development.  Based on their experiences in South Africa, they will speak about how the Goethean approach, which they work with in the natural sciences, bears fruit for the perception and understanding of social relations and processes.  As an added treat, for nature lovers, they will show some slides of the unique fynbos flora of the Western Cape, where they spent two weeks teaching. Fee: $12; $8 students, apprentices and seniors.

September 19
Introduction to the Fall Sky
with Henrike Holdrege
Monday at 7:30pm

This evening we will work indoors and prepare ourselves for the night sky this fall. No fee.

July 10 to July 16, 2011
Forming Living Ideas & the Significance of Experience-based Learning ~ Professional Development for Science Teachers
with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege, and John McAlice
A course to stimulate the practice of science teaching as an experiential, open-ended process that empowers students to think and perceive for themselves. Collegial exchange and concrete scientific exploration are essential parts of this course.

June 19 to June 25, 2011
Polarities in Nature and the Nature of Polarity ~ Public Summer Course
with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege, and Nathaniel Williams
Our public summer course is for people from all walks of life. We will study a variety of phenomena in nature that reveal polarities and through experiential exercises work to deepen and enliven our understanding of this fundamental quality of all life.

June 28 to July 2, 2011
Experiential Math and Science in the Middle School
With Henrike Holdrege, Brigida Baldun (Eurythmy), and Brigitte Bley-Swinston (Painting)
at Sunbridge Institute, Chestnut Ridge, NY
The course begins on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. and ends on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Geometry, astronomy and optics as taught in the middle school are interdependent: knowledge within one discipline can support the understanding and deepen interest in the other. We will approach these three subjects by experiencing them ourselves. We will practice geometry, picture the movements of stars, sun, moon and planets, and explore our visual world, striving for careful observation, clarity of thought and the practice of imagination.
Rather than starting with a hypothesis or introducing a scientific model, we will work to form living concepts based on what we observe and experience. Engaging in geometry and science in this tangible way will help teachers to guide their students through an experiential process of learning that furthers the students’ interest in the outer world as well as strengthens their confidence in their own inner capacities for understanding the world.
The course work will be supported and graced by daily classes of eurythmy and painting.
For more information or to register, please visit www.sunbridge.edu or contact Kathleen Morse at Sunbridge Institute, 845-425-0055 or summer@sunbridge.edu

March 12, 26, April 2, 16
Goethean Explorations of Light and Color
with Henrike Holdrege
Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In these four Saturday workshops we will explore the visual world through various observations and experiments. We will work with human vision, atmospheric and prismatic colors, afterimages, colored shadows, the mixing of colors through darkening and lightening. The workshops want to demonstate the practice of Goethean phenomenology and are designed for artists and everyone else who is interested in the subject.It is possible to attend a single workshop, although all four complement each other. Sliding fee is $20-40 per Saturday, pre-registration is required. Co-sponsored by Free Columbia Art Course.

March 21, March 28 and April 18
Monday Nights with the Stars
with Henrike Holdrege
Mondays at 8:00 p.m.
Learn to orient yourself in the night sky. Learn about the monthly and yearly rhythms of sun, moon and planets. Look up to the stars with deepening knowledge and wonder. No fee.

March 18 – 20
Mathematics Alive
Geometry Workshop for Middle School Teachers and Parents

with Henrike Holdrege and Rebecca Soloway
Friday, 4 p.m., to Sunday noon
A main aim of the workshop is to help educators enter actively into the process of doing mathematics and gain greater confidence in their own abilities. We will focus on topics from middle school geometry; in the evenings we will study astronomy. The participants will be involved in hands-on explorations rather than listening to lectures. Sliding fee: $150-$225

February 13 to February 18, 2011
Understanding Qualities in Nature: A Basis for the Agriculture of the Future
Animals and humanity, the four elements, and the rhythms of the planets

with Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege
This course is held in collaboration
                          with the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening
                          Association and Hawthorne Valley Farm.

January 30
Winter 2011 Wildlife Tracking
With Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott
Sunday, 9 a.m. to noon
Pre-registration is required.
This session will give a foundation for outdoor observation
                              and track identification. Beginners and experienced trackers are welcome. Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott have conducted
                              workshops for adults and young people for many years and have introduced
                              many area residents to the wonders of wildlife activity in Hawthorne

                              Valley and nearby places. Please come prepared for cold or rainy weather
                              conditions.
Adults $30, $20 students and seniors, free for children under 12
                          accompanied by an adult (not suitable for very young children). Please call or email to reserve a place.


Events in 2010


November 30, December 7 and 14
Linear Perspective

Three-part workshop with Henrike Holdrege
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m.
We will explore the laws of linear perspective by drawing, studying works of art and by practicing the principles of central projection. And we will work with the question whether perspective is a visual experience.
Sliding fee: $ 30 to $ 45 for the three-part workshop.

November 22
The Spiritual Origin of Holistic Science in Goethe`s Life

Lecture by Johannes Kühl
Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Johannes Kühl is a physicist, researcher and teacher. He is the director of the natural science section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.
Fee: $12; $8 students, apprentices and seniors.

September 27, October 4, November 8 et 15
Monday Nights with the Stars
with Henrike Holdrege
Mondays at 8 p.m.
Learn to orient yourself in the night sky. Learn about the monthly and yearly rhythms of sun, moon and the planets. Look up to the stars with deepening knowledge and wonder.
No fee, no pre-registration.

October 1
Wonders of Light and Color – Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Goethe&#39;s "Theory of Color"

Talk with demonstrations by Henrike Holdrege
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Fee: $12; $8 for seniors, apprentices and students.

July 4 to July 10
Bringing Science to
                                Life: Experiential Learning in
                                Science

A professional development program for science
                            teachers with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege
                            and Jon McAlice
Designed for teachers, this course takes up the challenge of high school science. How can we teach science in a manner that allows students to experience and question the world? Through seminars, concrete practice of phenomenological methodology, group project work, and collegial dialogue we want to address and explore many still untapped aspects of experience-based learning.

June 20 to June 26
2010 Summer Course: Transformation in Nature and in Human Knowing

A weeklong course with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege and Nathaniel
                            Williams
Everywhere we look in the world we find transformation. But how strongly is the way we participate in the world infused with awareness of transformation? Typically we think about the world in terms of discrete objects and things; to make sense of fluids, we often conceive of particles. How often do we catch ourselves thinking in static terms when the phenomenon we’re facing is crying out for us to acknowledge change, flux and development? In this course the different seminars will provide a variety of practices to help participants learn from transformative processes in nature and to become more aware of sources of transformation within ourselves.

May 8
Edible Mushroom Cultivation
Workshop with Justin West
Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon
This is a hands-on workshop covering shiitake mushroom cultivation on
                            logs. Justin will discuss various techniques for home-scale cultivation of
                            mushrooms. Participants will inoculate hardwood logs with shiitake spawn
                            which later will yield mushrooms.
Fee: $35 (includes shitake spawn); no fee for children who accompany
                            adults.
Please pre-register by April 25 so that we can order enough spawn and give
                          you instructions about the logs you need to bring.

May 7
Regenerative Land Practices in Colombia and
                                    Brazil

A talk and slide presentation by Justin West
Friday at 7:30 pm
The degradation of land and the loss of biodiversity due to human
                            practices are deeply troubling. But there are also inspiring examples of
                            how people can mitigate ecological unraveling and loss of biodiversity by
                            weaving principles of ecology and diversity into the food- and fuel-producing
                            ecosystems themselves. In 2009, agro-ecologist Justin West
                            visited Colombia and Brazil, and he will present a photographic journal of
                            some of the most impressive, inspiring, and encouraging food and
                            agro-forestry systems being designed in the tropics today. ($12; $8 for
                          seniors and students.)

April 22
Thinking Like a Mountain: Our Future with the
Earth and the Legacy of Aldo Leopold

An Earth Day talk by Craig Holdrege
Thursday at 7:30 pm
Aldo Leopold was one of the most significant ecologists and ecological
thinkers of the 20th Century. He believed that human beings could develop
a way of thinking and being in the world – which he called "thinking like a
mountain" – that would make it possible for humanity to play a more
integrated role in the whole of nature. In this talk Craig Holdrege will
develop this key idea within the context of Leopold&#39;s life and times, and
show its relevance for the 21st Century. ($12; $8 for seniors and
students.)

March 22, April 12 and May 10
Monday Nights with the Stars

Night sky observations with Henrike Holdrege
Mondays at 8 pm
This spring we will focus on the movements and rhythms of Sun and Moon.
                            When the sky is not clear, we will work indoors. There is no fee; alle
                            voluntary contributions will go toward the Credere Community Fund for
                          Goethean Science.

February 14 – February 19
Plant, Earth and Cosmos: Cultivating Perception
                                  and Flexible Thinking

A weeklong course with Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege at The Nature
                            Institute for farm apprentices, farmers, gardeners and others seeking a
                            working connection to the land.
Can we learn to perceive and understand nature in more vital and truly
                            ecological ways? When we enliven our perceptions and enhance our ability
                            to form more dynamic and holistic pictures of nature’s creatures
                            and processes, the life of nature can become ever more embodied in what
                            we perceive, think, and do. To stimulate this transformation of our
                            capacities, we will carry out exercises in flexible thinking and careful
                            observation. We engage in phenomenological explorations of the qualities
                            of the plant, which lies at the heart of all agricultural endeavors. Each
                            day will consist of the following activities:

Morning Seminars (9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.):

  • Projective geometry—Exercises in flexible thinking
  • The plant—Metamorphosis; plant growth forms in different environmental conditions and in relation to climate and seasons

Afternoon Seminar (2 to 3:30 p.m.):

  • Observation exercises related to the plant study

Evening Seminar (7 to 8:30 p.m.):

  • Astronomy—Finding orientation in the night sky

This course will begin on Sunday evening, February 14, at 7 p. m. and end on Friday, February 19, at 3 p.m.
Course fee is on sliding scale $250 to $420.
As part of a 2010 Biodynamic Winter Intensive this course is followed by a weeklong course (February 21 to 26) on The Theory and Practice of Biodynamic Farming at Hawthorne Valley Farm Learning Center. If you attend both courses, fee for both weeks is on sliding scale $450 to $800.

February 1, 8 and 15
Winter Wildlife Tracking

With Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott

Sundays, 9 a.m. to noon

Pre-registration is required.

The first workshop will begin with an introduction to outdoor observation
and track identification. Beginners and experienced trackers are welcome
at all sessions. Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott have conducted
workshops for adults and young people for many years and have introduced
many area residents to the wonders of wildlife activity in Hawthorne
Valley and nearby places. Please come prepared for cold or rainy weather
conditions.

Adults $30, $20 students and seniors, free for a child under 12
accompanied by an adult (not suitable for very young children). Contact
us for family rates.


Events in 2009

September 14, October 19, November 23 and December 14
Monday Nights with the Stars
with Henrike Holdrege
Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
Living in the country we are blessed with darkness at night that allows us to see the stars. Weather permitting, we will directly observe and find orientation in the night sky. If it is cloudy, we will work inside to prepare for observations that you can do on your own on a clear night. We will study the daily and yearly movements of the stars, the constellations of the zodiac, and learn about the rhythms of Sun, Moon, and the planets.
No fee; pre-registration not required.

October 24 and 31, November 7 and 14
Goethean Explorations of Light and Color

Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This series of workshops, as part of the Free Columbia Art Course led by Laura Summer and Nathaniel Williams, is designed for artists and art students, but is also open to everyone interested in the subject or in the Goethean method of research. Each Saturday we will explore in a variety of experiments and observations light and color from a different angle. The topics will be:
October 24
Exploring human vision and after images

October 31
The forming of a real image in the human eye and colored shadows
November 7
Color between light and darkness – atmospheric and prismatic colors
November 14
Mixing of colors through darkening and lightening processes
Pre-registration is required; fee is $30 per Saturday.

November 12
The Plant as a Teacher of Living Thinking
A talk by Craig Holdrege
Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
In a time that calls for the human mind to become ever more flexible, dynamic, and context-sensitive in order to address pressing problems, the humble plant can become a forceful teacher of a living thinking. In this talk, Craig Holdrege will show, through many concrete examples, how we can learn to model our thinking after the way plants live. Fee: $12; $8 students, apprentices and seniors

October 17
Volunteer Day in the Woods
Saturday, from 2 to 5 p.m.
In April a group of 19 volunteers helped to clear the trail and boardwalk in the Institute’s Nature Preserve from debris from the December 2008 ice storm. The area was brought back into a harmony and plant growth thrived during the spring and summer. There are still some areas that need attention, so if you would like to help us with this work, please come to the Institute and bring gloves, and if you have them, loppers. Rain Date: October 24.

October 16
Beyond Plastic: Its Dangers for our Environment and Human Health
A talk by Tim Scherbatskoy
Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Plastic is a ubiquitous element in our world today. But how much awareness do we have concerning its effects? In this talk, Tim Scherbatskoy will discuss how we have become inundated with plastic, the harm this does to our body and our environment, and how we can unlearn some of our bad plastic habits and develop more sustainable approaches to living lightly on the planet. Tim is an Associate Professor of Biology, Adirondack Community College. He studies and advocates sustainability, teaching how we can become more alert to the environmental consequences of our daily choices and be happy in this awareness. Fee: $12; $8 students, apprentices and seniors

October 4
Hand-Sowing a Field of Rye
Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Hawthorne Valley Association and The Nature Institute invite you to join in hand-sowing a field of rye and learning about seeds, grains, and the evolution of agriculture in Columbia County. The event will take place at 391 Carpenter Road, two miles from the center of Philmont, NY. For more information call Hawthorne Valley Association at 518-672-7500 x105.

July 5 to July 11
Bringing Science to Life: Experiential Learning in Science

A continuing education program for science teachers with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege, and Jon McAlice
Designed for teachers, this course takes up the challenge of high school science. How can we teach science in a manner that allows students to experience and question the world? Through seminars, concrete practice of phenomenological methodology, group project work, and collegial dialogue we want to address and explore many still untapped aspects of experience-based learning.

June 21 to June 27
2009 Summer Course: Experiencing Wholeness in Nature

A weeklong course with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege and Nathaniel Williams
While we may “know” that organisms are integrated wholes, can we actually experience that wholeness? Can we learn to see the unity of the organism that is reflected through its diverse parts and through its growth dynamics? Such are the questions we want to pursue in this course. We will explore how our thinking can become more dynamic and integrated so that we perceive more deeply and vibrantly the wholeness in the rest of nature. As Henri Bortoft writes, “The complete phenomenon is visible only when there is a coalescence of sensory outsight with intuitive insight.”

May 30
Edible Mushroom Cultivation Workshop—Transforming Firewood into Food

Saturday workshop with Justin West, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Join us at The Nature Institute for a hands-on workshop covering shiitake mushroom log cultivation. We will discuss basic biology and ecology of fungi, their importance in the forest ecosystem, and various techniques for home-scale cultivation of edible species. We will then inoculate hardwood logs with shiitake spawn. Participants will be invited to take them home and enjoy the many years of gourmet mushrooms to follow. We hope participants will come away from the workshop with all of the knowledge and practice necessary to make good use of the abundant gift of downed wood the forests have offered this past winter.
Justin West grew up in New Jersey and later spent several years working as a vegetation ecologist in the Rocky Mountains. More recently he has spent the past three years at Schumacher College in Devon England completing a masters degree in Holistic Science as well as designing and implementing a practice in regenerative land use that seeks to maximize biodiversity, productivity, and creativity.
Fee: $35 (includes shitake spawn); no fee for children who accompany adults.
Please pre-register by May 15 so that we can order adequate amounts of spawn.

May 16
Light and Color – A Workshop for Artists
Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
In this workshop Henrike Holdrege will lead participants through an array of observations relating to light and color that will be especially illuminating for artists. Fee on sliding scale: $60 to $100. Bring your lunch. Please pre-register.


April 4
Volunteer Day in the Woods

Saturday, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The December ice storm created quite a chaos in the woods of The Nature Institute. We have already begun to clean up, but an afternoon of brush clearing would go a long ways to bring some harmony into the areas we use for our courses and events. Please come and join friends and neighbors for an afternoon of service to The Nature Institute. Bring work gloves and, if you have some, loppers.

March 23, April 27 and May 18
Monday Nights with the Stars
8 p.m.
Living in the country, we are blessed with darkness at night that allows us to see the stars. In three evenings this spring, Henrike Holdrege offers an introduction to astronomy. We will study the daily and yearly movements of the stars, the constellations of the zodiac that are visible, and some rhythms of sun and moon. If it is cloudy, we will work inside to prepare for observations that you can do on your own on clear nights. Please come prepared for cold weather, bring a cushion and a flashlight. There is no charge, but donations to The Nature Institute are appreciated. Please pre-register.

March 21, April 4 and April 25
Schooling of Thought and Imagination through Projective Geometry
Saturday Course with Henrike Holdrege, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
In a series of three Saturday morning workshops, we will introduce projective geometry as a schooling path to expand our thought life and to practice inner picturing and imagination. We will explore how projective geometry grew out of the understanding of perspective and then move into explorations of the infinitely distant. We will provide a mid-morning snack. Fee on sliding scale:  $90 to $150. Please pre-register.

March 14
Inside and Outside

Phenomenological studies with Henrike Holdrege
Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., snack will be provided.
Fee on sliding scale $40-60, register by March 9.

February 25 to March 1

Winter Course for Farmers and Gardeners:
Cultivating Perception and Imagination


with Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege

For some years we have been asked to hold a winter course for people who
work intensively on the land in the summer. We are pleased to be able to
announce this new winter course. Nature’s life can become more embodied in
our work when we enliven our own perceptions and enhance our ability to
form dynamic and holistic pictures of Nature’s creatures and processes.
Winter is a good time to step back from day-to-day concerns and
concentrate on honing our inner skills. We will work with different
content areas and at the same time practice what Goethe called “exact
sensorial imagination” — a way of coming alive to nature, or we might say,
bringing nature to life in us. Each day will consist of the following
activities:

9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Projective Geometry: Picturing and thinking in polarities

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Plants and Animals: Their essential and contrasting ways of being

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Observation exercises relating to plants and animals

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Astronomy: Finding orientation in the night sky

The course will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 25, and end at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1.
Course fee is $420. Please register by February 1, 2009. Some financial
                            assistance is available.

February 1, 8 and 15
Winter Wildlife Tracking

With Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott
Sundays, 9 a.m. to noon
Pre-registration is required.

The first workshop will begin with an introduction to outdoor observation and track identification. Beginners and experienced trackers are welcome at all sessions. Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott have conducted workshops for adults and young people for many years and have introduced many area residents to the wonders of wildlife activity in Hawthorne Valley and nearby places. Please come prepared for cold or rainy weather conditions.
Adults $30, $20 students and seniors, free for a child under 12 accompanied by an adult (not suitable for very young children). Contact us for family rates.


January 17
Listening and Seeing

Phenomenological studies at The Nature Institute with Henrike Holdrege
Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., snack will be provided.
Fee on sliding scale $40-60, register by Jan.12.


Events in 2008

December 13
Listening and Seeing
Phenomenological studies at The Nature Institute with Henrike Holdrege
Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., snack will be provided.
Fee on sliding scale $40-60, register by Dec. 8. Cancelled.

November 15
Earth and Water —the Qualities of the Elements

Phenomenological studies at The Nature Institute with Henrike Holdrege
Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., snack will be provided.
Fee on sliding scale $40-60, register by Nov.10.
(See text of October 18 event)

November 12
The World According to Monsanto
A Documentary by Marie-Monique Robin, followed by discussion with Craig Holdrege
Wednesday, at 7:30 p.m., donations welcome.
Monsanto has become the world leader in genetically modified crops, as well as becoming one of the most controversial companies in industrial history. Today it has reinvented itself as a “life science” company which has been converted to the virtues of sustainable development while continually moving toward its goal of complete control of the world’s seed and food markets. French filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin made this revealing documentary using hitherto unpublished documents, the testimonies of victims and scientists. Following the documentary there will be a discussion with Craig Holdrege, director of The Nature Institute and co-author of Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering.

October 18
Light — Brightness, Darkness, and Colors
Phenomenological studies at The Nature Institute with Henrike Holdrege
First of four Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Each Saturday can be attended individually or you may sign up for all four Saturdays, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec.13, and Jan.17 (see below).
Fee is on sliding scale: $40-60 per Saturday or $120-240 for all four sessions. Snack will be provided.
Enrollment is limited, register by October 13.

How often do we take the time and care to attend to the rich and varied qualities of the world in which we live? These four Saturdays at The Nature Institute want to provide an opportunity to put aside our day-to-day concerns and focus on some essential features of our lives that are easily overlooked and taken for granted. Often by attending to what seems obvious, we are led into unexpected depths. On each Saturday our explorations will involve careful and varied observations — wakeful immersions in experience that can help us become more sensitive to our surroundings so that the world can reveal more to us.

October 16
Goethe and the Dynamics of Being
A lecture by Henri Bortoft
Location: Hawthorne Valley School Music Room
Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., $12 ($8 seniors and students)
Henri Bortoft taught physics and philosophy of science for most of his carrier and is the author of The Wholeness of Nature: Goethe’s Way Toward a Science of Conscious Participation in Nature. Bortoft’s lifelong interest in Goethe’s scientific method led to penetrating studies of the process of cognition and of the history of science. He will show how Goethe’s way of doing science requires an altogether different kind of cognitive activity from that of mainstream science to discover the deeper dimensions and lawful interrelatedness of phenomena.

July 6 to July 12
Bringing Science to Life
A course with Craig Holdrege, Henrike Holdrege, and Jon McAlice
Designed for teachers, this course takes up the challenge of high school
                            science. How can we teach science in a manner that allows students to
                            experience and question the world? Through seminars, concrete practice
                            of phenomenological methodology, group project work, and collegial
                            dialogue we want to address and explore many still untapped aspects of
                          experience-based learning.

June 22 to June 28
2008 Summer Course: The Plant as a Teacher of
                                    Living Thinking

A course with Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege
Our modern culture cultivates abstract thought that leads to fragmented
                            modes of understanding and interacting with the world. But nature herself
                            is whole and integrated. Can we learn from nature how to think and act in
                            more living, whole ways? In this week-long course we will study plants
                            in various habitats: plant form, metamorphosis, and environmental
                            variation. Exercises in dynamic thinking will support the plant
                            studies. We will also explore how—in various walks of life—a
                            more living thinking can change our understanding of the world and the
                            way we interact with it.
April 25 and 26
Miracle Tomato

A play written and performed by Jessica Cerullo and produced by Walking
the Dog Theater.

Location: Basilica Industria, 110 Front Street, Hudson, NY
Friday and Saturday, play begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Nature Institute is co-sponsoring “Small Revolution Expo,”
which has as its centerpiece the play Miracle Tomato, an
original and serious comedy written and performed by Jessica Cerullo
and produced here by Walking the Dog Theater. During the Expo on
Saturday afternoon, Craig Holdrege will speak about the unintended
“side-effects” of genetic manipulation and the widespread use
of GM crops in agriculture today. The “Small Revolution Expo”
surrounding the two performances of Miracle Tomato will feature
local organic farms and related initiatives in Columbia County.

April 8
Whale Music
A lecture and demonstration by David Rothenberg
Location: Hawthorne Valley School (Music Room), 330 Route 21C, Ghent NY
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., $12 (seniors and students $8)
David Rothenberg has traveled from Hawaii to Russia and Canada to make music with belugas, orcas, and the greatest of all animal musicians, the humpbacks. After years of investigating bird song, culminating in his book Why Birds Sing, and many recorded improvisations with his clarinet, he has turned his attention to whales.  He will share his explorations of the underwater world of sonic mystery and his attempts to create interspecies music with whales in their native habitats. His book Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound will be available later this spring.

January 19 and 26 and February 2
Winter Wildlife Tracking

With Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott
Saturdays, from 9a.m. to noon
Pre-registration is required.
The Nature Institute and Woodland Ways are offering three Saturday morning tracking workshops. The first workshop, on January 19, will begin with an introduction that will give beginners a firm foundation for outdoor observation and track identification. Beginners and experienced trackers are welcome at all workshops. Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott have conducted workshops for adults and young people for many years. Meet at The Nature Institute on January 19 and 26 and at Hawthorne Valley School parking lot on February 2. Please come prepared for cold or rainy weather.
Each workshop: Adults $30, students and seniors $20, free for a child under 12 accompanied by an adult (not suitable for young children). Contact us for family rates.


Events in 2007

December 3
Disrupting Life’s Integrity: The Nontarget Effects of Genetic Manipulation
A talk by Craig Holdrege
Monday, at 7:30 p.m., $12 ($8 students and seniors)
Craig will speak about the Institute’s current research project investigating how genetic engineering causes unforeseen changes in the manipulated organisms. Through describing a variety of examples, he will provide a picture of the massive experiment with the earth’s organisms and discuss its implications.

November 18
The Colors of the Heavens: Rainbows, Halos, and Glories
A talk by Johannes Kühl
Sunday, at 7:30 p.m., $12 ($8 students and seniors)
Johannes Kühl is a physicist and head of the Science Section at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland. He has been a high school teacher and has lectured widely to audiences around the world. This evening he will focus our attention on some common and rare celestial color phenomena.

October 15
An Idea That Hasn’t (Yet) Saved the World

A talk by Stephen L. Talbott
Monday, at 7:30 p.m., $12 ($8 students and seniors)
Waldorf education, anthroposophy, Goethean science–powerful and restorative ideas are at work in these undertakings. But every idea holding a power to heal and redeem also holds a power to weaken and enslave. The art of working with ideas is crucial today, and developments within science give us ample warning of the danger when ideas possess us instead of our possessing them. Drawing his illustrations from those aspects of science that have proven more oppressive to the human spirit, Steve Talbott will talk about a profoundly healing idea–and how easily it can be mis-used.

Beginning September 29, 2007
In Dialogue with Nature
A new course at The Nature Institute with Craig Holdrege and Henrike Holdrege
One Saturday a month, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dates: Sept. 29; Oct. 27; Nov. 17; Dec. 15; in 2008: Jan.12; Feb. 9; March 8; April 19; May 17; June 14
Registration required by Sept.1; course fee $ 800

September 21 – 23

Gestures of Becoming a Human Being

Embryology Seminar with Jaap van der Wal
August 11-12
Sounds of the Wild

Weekend workshop with David Rothenberg
Saturday, 9 a.m. to Sunday noon
Workshop fee $120, please preregister by the end of July.
Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments.

June 24 to June 30 – 2007 Summer Course
Coming Alive to Nature: Practicing the Goethean Approach to Science and Nature Study

April 16, 23, 30 and May 7, 14, 21
Center and Periphery
A workshop in 6 sessions with Henrike Holdrege
Mondays, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Workshop fee: $90. Please register in
                            advance.

In six sessions we will explore the theme of "Center and Periphery"
                              through exercises in geometry, plant observation and optics. The polarity
                              of a center and its periphery is central in our relations to one another
                          as human beings and also in our relation to the rest of the world.

March 15
Why Birds Sing: A Journey into the Mystery of Bird Song
A lecture and musical presentation by David Rothenberg
Thursday, 7:30 p.m., at Hawthorne Valley School (Ghent, NY), Music Room.
                            Admission $12 (seniors and students $8)

In his book Why Birds Sing, David Rothenberg combines the insights
                              of science, music, and poetry to penetrate the mystery of the natural
                              symphony that resounds around us every spring. David Rothenberg is associate
                              professor of humanities at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is
                              a composer and musician who tries to blend the indigenous energy of the
                              world&#39;s primal music with the exploratory spirit of improvisation. He has
                              performed and spoken all over the world and has many recordings, articles,
                              books, and interviews reflecting his passion for the sounds that connect
                          the human and natural world.

March 12, 19, 26 and April 2
Evolution Beyond Scientific and Religious Dogmatism
A series of four talks by Craig Holdrege
Mondays, at 7:30 p.m., admissions $12 (seniors and students $8).

The public discussion of evolution has become highly polarized. Material
and spiritual views of nature and humanity are presented as irreconcilable
opposites. Instead of nuanced arguments, we are offered oversimplifications
that gloss over deeper questions. One way to move beyond oversimplification
is to return to a careful consideration of the phenomena themselves, which
are always more complex than any simple scheme can encompass. In this
series of talks, Craig Holdrege will discuss the topic of evolution by
drawing on concrete examples from animal and human evolution. While
offering no pat answers, he will point to patterns and riddles that embrace
the physical-spiritual nature of evolution. The four evenings will build on
one another. Participation in all four is encouraged, although attendance
at single lectures is possible. Seating is limited so we suggest that you
register in advance.

February 3
Winter Wildlife Tracking
Fieldtrip to Quabbin Reservoir

With Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., meet at Hawthorn Valley School parking lot.
Fee $ 60, students and seniors $ 50. Please preregister.
For those who have some tracking experience, here is the opportunity to put those skills to good use in exploring the vast Quabbin Reservoir area. Thousands of acres of forest provide a superb refuge for wildlife. Bring a bag lunch. Transportation is provided.

January 27
Winter Wildlife Tracking

With Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, meet at Hawthorn Valley School parking lot.
Workshop fee $30, students and seniors $20. Please preregister.
For those who have attended the previous workshop or have had some tracking instruction and experience. We will explore the valley and surrounding areas to trace the activities of local wildlife.

January 20
Winter Wildlife Tracking

With Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott
Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon, meet at Hawthorn Valley School parking lot.
Workshop fee $30, students and seniors $20. Please preregister.


Events in 2006


November 16
Who Was Goethe Anyway?

A lecture by John Barnes.
Thursday, at 7:30 p.m., admission $12 (seniors and students $8).


October 21
Workshop on Bees and Beekeeping

with Gunther Hauk.
Enrollment is limited. Advanced registration required,  phone 518-672-0116 or e-mail info@natureinstitute.org
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., workshop fee $85.


October 20
The Healing Qualities of Bees

A lecture by Gunther Hauk.
Friday, at 7:30 p.m., admission $12 (seniors and students $8).

October 6
The Problem of Genetically Engineered Food: What Is It and What Can We Do?
A lecture by Craig Holdrege at The NOAH Center.
Jointly sponsored by The NOAH Center and The Nature Institute.
Seating is limited and must be reserved by calling The NOAH Center at 413-528-0297.
The NOAH Center, 40l Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington, MA.
Friday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., admission $10.

September 29
Guess What&#39;s Coming to Dinner: The Unintended Effects of Genetic Engineering

A lecture by Craig Holdrege,
sponsored by the Hungry Hollow Coop in Spring Valley.
At the Green Meadow Waldorf School, Arts Building, in Spring Valley (Chestnut Ridge), NY.
Friday, at 8:00 p.m.

September 23 (Rain date September 24)
Spectacular Tag Sale

The ultimate community recycle event. Turn your gently used household items into support for The Nature Institute and shop for nearly-new treasures. Furniture, tools, toys, housewares and more.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


June 25 to
                              July 1

Practicing Goethean
                              Science (Advanced Course)


June
                            15

Open House at The Nature Institute

A festive evening featuring a display of the projects
                            by students completing the Goethean Science Studies.
Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


June
                            1-2

Water as Activity: Moving
                                  Beyond a Material Conception

A workshop with Michael D&#39;Aleo.
Thursday, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 8:30 a.m.
                            to 3:30 p.m.
Advanced registration required, workshop fee $50.


June
                            1

Images of Water: Probing the
                                  Essence of Water&#39;s Nature

A lecture by Michael D&#39;Aleo.
Thursday at 7:30 p.m., admission $12.


peut
                            25

Poetry as a Schooling of Perception

A workshop with Gertrude Reif Hughes.
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Advanced registration required, workshop fee $50.


peut
                            24

What Barfield Thought

A lecture by Gertrude Reif Hughes.
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., admission $12.


peut
11

Goethean Science and Modern
                                  Physics

A workshop with Arthur Zajonc.
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Advanced registration required, workshop fee $50.


peut
                            10

Spiritual Perspectives on
                                  the Rise of Technology

A lecture by Arthur Zajonc.
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., admission $12.


April 25,
                            27, May 2, 4, 9, and 16

Opening the Gates of Knowledge:
                                      Beyond Modernism and Postmodernism

A seminar (six classes) with Douglas Sloan.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Advanced registration required, seminar fee $90.

April 21
Tracking Dinosaurs Around
                              the World

A lecture by Martin Lockley.
Friday at 7:30 p.m., admission $12.
Note the location: Chatham High School Auditorium.

April
                              20-21

Dynamic Patterns in Nature:
                              The Example of Dinosaurs

A workshop with Martin Lockley.
Thursday, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., and Friday, 10:45 a.m.
                              to 3:30 p.m.
Advanced registration required, workshop fee $50.

April 2 to
                              June 16

Goethean Science Studies. Scientific Practice
                              Modeled After Life
A Full-time Immersion Course

January 14,
                              21, 28,
et February
                              4

Wildlife Tracking. Together
                              with Woodland Ways, we are offering a four-session
                              workshop in winter wildlife tracking with trackers
                              Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan Talbott. This course
                              will give participants the opportunity to get out
                              into the winter landscape and learn to read the
                              sign and tracks of the many animals inhabiting our
                              woods and fields. The course is on four Saturdays
(Jan. 14, 21, 28 and Feb. 4) from 9am to 12pm. ils
                              introductory session on Jan. 14 is open to all as
                              a single session; otherwise, the four-Saturday course
                              is conceived of as one unit. Fee for the introductory
                              session only:
$30; children under 12 w/ parents
                              free. Fee for complete course: $120. At The
                              Nature Institute. Please register ahead of time;
                              call 518-672-0116 or email info@natureinstitute.org.


Events in 2005

September 20
                            to November 22

Projective Geometry –
                            Extending our Boundaries and Experience of Thought.

Weekly course with Henrike Holdrege. Tuesday mornings
                            8:30 – 10 a.m.

November 18
Celebrating The Nature Institute&#39;s
                            First Seven Years.

Please join us for this celebration, which will include
                            a talk (with slides) by Craig Holdrege on his new
                            research on the American Bison, music, and refreshments.
                            7:30 p.m. at the Hawthorne Valley School Hall in Harlemville
                            (one-half mile north of The Nature Institute on Route
                            21C).

October 27
The Cow and the Cowherd in the
                          Context of a Biodynamic Farm.
A talk by Steffen
                          Schneider. Steffen is the farm manager of Hawthorne
                          Valley Farm, which neighbors The Nature Institute.


July 10 to July
                          16

Coming Alive to Nature: Reading
                          the Gestures of Life.

A week-long interdisciplinary summer course for people
                          from all walks of life.


June 26 to July
                          2

Advanced Course: Practicing
                          a Goethean Approach to Science.

This course is for people committed to the ongoing practice
                          of Goethean science.


May 21
Wildflowers of the Spring
                          Forest.
Spring wildflower
                          walk with
Craig
                          Holdrege
from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Bring Newcomb’s
                          Wildflower Guide, if you have one. Meet at The Nature
                          Institute.


April 23
Here Come the Birds.
An early morning bird watching walk
                          with Harry Lazare from 7:30 -10 a.m. Bring binoculars
                          and a bird guide. Meet at The Nature
Institute.


April 14
Grasping for Certainty,
                          Fleeing from Meaning – The Dilemma of Science and
                          Some Thoughts on its Resolution.
A talk
by Stephen L. Talbott
at The Nature Institute at 7:30 p.m.


March 29
Projective Geometry Course.
Henrike
                          Holdrege.
8:30 to 10 a.m. for ten consecutive Tuesdays.

March 12
A Painter&#39;s Search for Meaning
                          in Nature.
A talk and exhibit of new paintings
                          by Thomas Locker, followed by a panel discussion. EN
                          Benefit Event for The Nature Institute. 7:30 pm, the
                          North Pointe Cultural Arts Center, Rte 9, Kinderhook,
                          NY.


February 12
Introduction to Winter Wildlife
                          Tracking
with Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan
                          Talbott.


January 27
Science at the Crossroads —
                          A Battle Between Life and Death.
A talk by David
                          Auerbach at Hawthorne Valley School.

January 22
Introduction to Winter Wildlife
                            Tracking
with Michael Pewtherer and Jonathan
                            Talbott.

Events in 2004

November 11
The Trouble with Genetic Engineering:
                          New Developments in Biotech Food and Agriculture

A talk by Craig
                          Holdrege.

November 5 and
                            6

Encountering Nature as a Conversation:
                            Our Responsibility as Human Beings for the Earth.

Public talk and workshop with Craig
                            Holdrege.
Austin Waldorf School, Austin, Texas.

November 4
From Wonderbread to GM Lettuce:
                          Genetic Engineering and our Food.
Public
                          talk by Craig
                          Holdrege.
Austin Waldorf School, Austin, Texas.

October 29
Thinking Through Metaphor:
                            Figurative Language as a Key to Understanding Goethe&#39;s
Phenomenological Approach
                            to Nature
. A talk by Christina Jamison Root.

October 13 – 21

Understanding the Wholeness
                          and Integrity of Nature.
Craig
                          Holdrege
teaches at Schumacher College (Dartington,
                          England) in a three-week public course on "Holistic
                          Science: Seeing With New Eyes" and also in the Masters
                          Degree in Holistic Science program.


September 24 –
                          September 25

How Do Animals See the World?
                          – In the Footsteps of Painter Franz Marc.
An
                          evening talk and Saturday morning workshop with Jan
                          Kees Saltet and Craig
                          Holdrege.


September 21 –
                          November 23

Projective Geometry – Extending our Boundaries and Experience
                          of Thought.
A weekly course with Henrike
                          Holdrege.


September 10
The Nature of Drama and the Drama of Nature.
A talk by Slava Rozentuller.


July 25 to July
                          31

The World of Light and
                          Color.
Summer course.


July 11 to July
                          17

Reading the Gestures of Life.
Summer course.


June 27 to July
                          3

Practicing Goethean Science: Advanced Course.

Summer course.


June 3-5
The Need for an Ignorance-Based World View.

Stephen L. Talbott participated in this working conference
                          and gave a presentation, sponsored by the Land Institute
                          in Kansas.


May 1 & 8
Wildflowers of the Spring
                          Forest: Ecology and Identification.
Two Saturday
                          workshops with Craig
                          Holdrege.


May 22
Spring Wildlife Tracking.
A Saturday workshop with Michael Pewtherer and
                          Jonathan Talbott.


May 31
A Goethean Approach
                          to Understanding Genetic Engineering.

Craig Holdrege spoke (in German) at a conference
                          in Krakow, Poland; the conference has the overriding
                          theme "Touched by the Elements: Ecology and Art
                          in Polish-German Dialogue."


April 21
How Ecological Can Farming
                          Be?
A talk by Hugh Williams, Threshold Farm.


April 17
Here Come the Birds.
An early morning bird watching walk with Harry
                          Lazare.


April 7
The Promise and the
                          Gift of Plants.
A presentation and slide show
                          by Jean-David Derreumaux about plants that heal.


March 23 – June
                          1

Projective Geometry – Extending our Boundaries and Experience
                          of Thought.
A weekly course with Henrike
                          Holdrege.

La et l’intérêt des solides de Platon continuent d’inspirer toutes sortes de personnes, y compris des guérisseurs intuitifs et des esprits plus logiques. nLes Solides de Platon sont 5 formes polyèdres considérées comme une section importante de la Géométrie Sacrée. Ils ont été décrits pour la première fois par l’ancien philosophe Platon, bien qu’il ait été prouvé que les anciens étaient déjà au courant de ces formes spéciales et magiques depuis plus de 1000 ans avant la documentation de Platon. nLes formes qui forment les cinq Solides de Platon originaux se retrouvent naturellement dans la nature, mais également dans le monde cristallin. Travailler avec eux séparément est censé nous aider à nous raccorder à la nature et aux royaumes supérieurs du cosmos, à trouver le standard commun qui nous lie tous à la hauteur moléculaire et spirituel.

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