Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association Presents

A Workshop
with Grace Burton
at Mol an Oige Steiner National School,
Ennistymon, Co Clare, (Next to Vocational School)

Working with Children
How to Create a Healthy Rhythm
Including child development, working with nature, creating a nature table, the importance of play, use of natural materials for craft and play.
The Workshop is suitable for childcare workers in a variety of settings including preschool, after school, creche and kindergarten.

Grace Burton was a founding member of Morning Star Kindergarten
and has worked as a Kindergarten Assistant, Teacher and Afternoon Care Leader
as well as running workshops and children's craft camps.

Saturday 28th February 2009
10am – 4.30pm
Cost: €50 (ISKA members €25)
possible to become a member on booking
Bring Food for a Bring and Share Lunch
Bookings-Kate Haren-087 4179657 after 3pm
“Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge which leads the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the Universe”

Dear folks,
I’m attaching the programme for a cycle of lectures and workshops entitled “ Spirit in Matter”, which will be taking place here in Ballytobin during the course of 2009. These are public lectures and it is the hope that they will attract participants from a wide variety of backgrounds, the talks themselves will cover a wide spectrum of areas of interest.
I would like to warmly invite you to attend and I would also be very grateful if you could bring them to the attention of any group or person who you think might have an interest in any of the content. Also please feel free to forward this message to anyone else.
Thank you
Martin Henry, Camphill Community, Ballytobin, Callan, County Wicklow

Rudolf Steiner (1861- 1925) is probably best known today as the inaugurator of Waldorf or Steiner education, and as a forerunner in the organic agriculture movement.

What is perhaps less known is that these initiatives of his, have their genesis in his philosophy of the human being and the world, which he called

According to Steiner, there are two worlds; the earthly and the spiritual. The human being originated in the spiritual world but in the course of development became separated from it. Steiner was insistent that without this estrangement no development of human independence, thinking and creativity could have come about. He also asserted that in our time it is not only possible, but also necessary for our relationship to the spiritual world to be restored, if human progress is to continue.

Steiner’s work covers a broad spectrum and presents us with a paradigm that challenges the reductionist approach which threatens to permeate every facet of our lives. No idle dreamer, Steiner foresaw that a spiritual understanding of the human being and the world could lead to a renewal and transformation of all aspects of human activity. His work has borne fruit in spiritual research and inner work, and in a host of practical applications such as education, social renewal, the Arts, the Camphill movement and many others.

This lecture series aims to introduce some basic aspects of Steiner’s philosophy and their application in life.

Timetable of events

Friday 6 March 2009 8 p.m.
“Who was Rudolf Steiner, what is Anthroposophy?”
An illustrated introduction.
Martin Henry

Friday 3 April 2009 8 p.m.
“Agriculture for the “Futures.” Banking futures or our futures?
Michael Miklis

Friday 1 May 2009 8 p.m.
“Contemporary Spirituality – Does the Irish High Cross have a message?”
A personal odyssey.
Mark Dwan

Friday 29 May 8 p.m.
"Bringing Light into Human Encounter" Finding sources of healing for personal and interpersonal crises.
John O'Connor, Gladys Lydon and others

Thursday 18 June 8 p.m.
"Meditation, the Path to Pure Thinking."
Sean Byrne

Friday 28 August 8 p.m.
"What Happens when we Die?" Exploring life, death and destiny,
Martin Henry

Friday 25 September 8 p.m.
"From Natural Science to Spiritual Science."
Dr Nick Blitz, M.B.

Friday 16 October 8 p.m.
"Making the Invisible Visible" Practical techniques in the Art and Architecture of Rudolf Steiner.
Andre van Schaijk and John S. Clarke

Saturday 24 October (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
"From Crystal Caverns to Computer Screens." A workshop with experiments. Limited to 15 participants. Places must be booked (Refreshments provided).
Dr Malin Starrett

Friday 20 November 8 p.m.
"The Discipline of Speech Formation." Revival of the Bardic tradition.
Danijel Grcevic

Friday 11 December 8 p.m.
"The Christmas story in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke." The wisdom of contradiction.
An illustrated talk.
Martin Henry

The Irish Steiner Kindergarten Association Presents
A Workshop with Ulrike Farnleitner and Linda Grant
at Crannog na Leanai,
Ballymoney, Gorey, Co Wexford
Table Puppets
Make simple figures suitable for a nature table, puppet play or imaginative play

Ulrike Farnleitner is a Kindergarten Teacher and Linda Grant is an artist.
Both love working with natural materials and sharing how easy it is to create simple figures to illustrate a story or decorate a nature table.

Saturday 21st March 2009
Time – 9.30am for 10am start - 4pm
Suitable for Childcare Workers, Parents, Grandparents, Students and Children over 10yrs. No experience necessary, materials provided

Cost: €50 (ISKA members, Students, Children €25)
possible to become a member on booking
Bring some food for a bring and share lunch
Bookings-Cathy Lee tel: 087 6254863
open courses
at Easter 2009
5 days : 14th - 18th April, 9.00am - 5.00pm
at Raheen Wood School, Tuamgraney, Co Clare
Early Childhood Education

You are welcome to join the students on the Early Childhood Education Programme for five days of classes on interesting and creative themes:
An Overview of Steiner Waldorf Education : with Eugene Schwartz
Creative Speech : with Christel Haupt
Watercolour Painting : with Ian Castles
Exploring our Temperaments through Drama and Masks : with Allmut Ffrench

Cost: 85 euros per topic for 5 days
375 euros for full week's programme, including a cooked lunch
Prior booking essential
For more information or to book a place please contact Ruth on tel: 061-473866
or email:

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Check out the very lovely newsletter sent to Audrey Flynn from Nepal including seminars, Waldorf School etc:

Friday, February 13, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Barn Dance!!!
ALFA is holding a fundraising, hell raising, dust kickin' American style
Barn dance on Friday February 20th in the Mountshannon Hotel.
The OldTimey music is by Moonshine - Lena Ullman banjo, Johnny Moynihan -
accordian, mandolin etc, Brendan Hearty guitar, a fiddle player and the
real deal caller Frank Hall. This is a great night of music and dancing
for all those of you who enjoy a laugh - everyone is a beginner! You
don't need partners - just bring yourself.
The doors open at 9pm and the first dance will be called at 9.30 pm.
Entrance is €10 and there is a bar.