Anthroposophical Society
in America

San Diego San Miguel Branch

The Anthroposophical Society in America is a non-sectarian, non-political “association of people who would foster the life of the soul, both in the individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the spiritual world.”

The Anthroposophical Society in America is one of more than seventy autonomous national societies.  These support the General Anthroposophical Society founded by Rudolf Steiner in Dornach, Switzerland.   The Society is a non-profit, non-sectarian association which accepts members without regard to religious, political, national, financial or other personal affiliations.  


Healing In Raphael’s Madonna Paintings
with Joan D. Treadaway, M.S.

A joint Branch and WISC event:

Saturday, February 22, 2020

9 am - 1:30 pm

at the Waldorf School of San Diego
3547 Altadena Avenue,
San Diego

How can we understand the five etheric streams as architect and strengthener of the Human Being? How do these streams relate to the paintings of Madonna’s by Raphael?

In 1922 Rudolf Steiner approached Dr. Felix Piper, an anthroposophical physician, to work with him in treating children and adults with the healing pictures of the Raphael Madonna series. Known as “THE MADONNA TREATMENT”, it is used as a therapy in Camphill Special Schools and in many healing practices. The 15 pictures have a regenerative force, enlivening the human being through the streaming movement of the five etheric streams.

Finding Hope and Re-Imagining America:

Working Toward a New Tri-Sectoral Imagination of the American Future
A Workshop with Christopher Schaefer
Saturday, January 25, 9am-12pm
How did we get to the place where our politics are manipulated and bought, our freedom threatened by fake news and mass surveillance by the government and the internet giants and our economy hi-jacked by the rich and powerful? What factors have led to the corruption and decline of our nation which was once the “fact, the symbol and the promise of a new beginning” for millions of immigrants and provided hope and opportunity for many of its citizens? Together we will explore the following questions:

• How can we find an inner and outer balance while witnessing the turbulent times in which we live?

• What are the main factors which have led to the corruption and decline of American Society?

• How can we protect and extend human freedom, assure equal rights and a true democracy and create an economy which serves human needs and aspirations while protecting the earth?

• What can we do individually and collectively to move toward a society which our hearts long for and which our heads tell us is needed if we are to save ourselves and the earth?

We will work on these questions in pairs, small groups and in the whole circle, allowing participants to choose which of three areas they wish to work on: fostering human freedom, restoring democracy and equal rights or creating an economy which serves people and the earth. Chris will also share some of his conclusions about a possible new Tri-Sectoral Covenant between the American people and their society.
Christopher Schaefer, Ph.D, taught International Politics and Economics at M.I.T. and Tufts before helping to found the Waldorf School in Lexington, Mass. He and his wife Signe then went on to teach at Emerson College in England, where he co-founded the Centre for Social Development, and for many years also at Sunbridge College in Spring Valley, N.Y. In addition to being the author of Re-Imagining America: Finding Hope in Difficult Times and Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf School Communities, he co-authored Vision in Action: Working with Soul and Spirit in Small Organizations. He is a father and grandfather and lives in the Berkshires of western Mass.
Suggested Contribution: $30
Sponsored by the local Anthroposophic Society and hosted by Sanderling Waldorf School
Where: Sanderling Waldorf School, Magnolia Campus

3796 Valley St., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Contact: Joseph Rubano (760-576-7573, for registration and information
Decades of Talking about Social Change:

An Evening with Christopher and Signe Schaefer
Friday, January 24, 7:30 - 9 pm

For over 50 years, Chris and Signe Schaefer—former Sunbridge College program directors and longtime friends and supporters of Waldorf Schools—have been discussing and working for social change. Their ongoing conversation—on whether change happens through systemic and structural transformation, through individual development, or is reliant on both—is reflected in their two new books. This evening will be a dialogue about human development, social transformation, and the struggles of our times, with short readings from the Schaefers' two new books*.
*Signe’s latest book is I Give You My Word: Women's Letters as Life Support, 1973-1987. She is also the author of Why on Earth? – Biography and the Practice of Human Becoming, as well as a co-author of Ariadne’s Awakening and co-editor of More Lifeways.
Chris’s new book is Re-Imagining America: Finding Hope in Difficult Times. His previous books include Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf School Communities and Vision in Action: Working with Soul and Spirit in Small Organizations.
About the Schaefers Chris and Signe Schaefer each have a long history of teaching, first at Emerson College in England and then, for many years, at Sunbridge College in New York, where Signe directed the Foundation Studies and Biography programs and Chris directed the Waldorf School Administration and Community Development program; they also both served on the Sunbridge Board. In the years since, Signe co-founded the Center for Biography and Social Art, and Chris, an organization development adviser who also taught at MIT and Tufts, has facilitated organization and community development with Waldorf schools and other institutions; he is also co-director of the Center for Social Research at the Hawthorne Valley Association. Now retired from teaching, they live in Great Barrington, Mass.
This event is FREE
Sponsored by the local Anthroposophic Society and hosted by Sanderling School
Where: Sanderling School - Magnolia campus

3796 Valley St., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Contact: Joseph Rubano (760-576-7573, for RSVP or questions
Celebration of the Holy Nights
Thursday, December 26, 2019
Monday, January 6, 2020
7:00 p.m. Tea
7:30 p.m. Reading*
*With one exception: The reading on New Year’s Day will begin at noon, followed by a potluck luncheon.

The entire cycle is available in the Rudolf Steiner Archive:
               Bring your favorite dish to celebrate the New Year! The Gospel of St. John 12 lectures given in Hamburg, May 18-31, 1908 by Rudolf Steiner, GA 103
               A study of these lectures will be held at private homes and at the San Diego Waldorf School. Please call the hosts for directions.
Thurs., Dec. 26 - Bruce & Johanna Laurelin, 619-286-0816

Fri., Dec. 27 - Carlos & Lori Daub, 818-314-0116

Sat., Dec. 28 - Alicia Santacroce, 760-451-0001

Sun., Dec. 29 - Rajee Rajamani, 949-350-2318

Mon., Dec. 30 - Susan Starr 619-460-0521

Tues., Dec. 31 - No meeting. Please read Lecture 6.

Weds., Jan. 1 - San Diego Waldorf School**, 12 noon

Thurs., Jan. 2 - Jacqueline/Soleil Develle, 760-451-2139

Fri., Jan. 3 - Patricia/Jos. Rubano, 760-754-1148

Satur., Jan. 4 - Scott Killian/Andrea Rae, 858-229-5638

Sun., Jan. 5 - Lori/Carlos Daub, 818-314-0116

Mon., Jan. 6 - Elizabeth/Victor Olley, 760-761-0414

**WSSD – Waldorf School of San Diego
3547 Altadena Ave., San Diego, CA 92105.
Contact: Lori Daub, 818-314-0116 for further information.
A Celebration for the Dead

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4:30 pm

Waldorf School of San Diego
3547 Altadena Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

In the gathering darkness before the light of Advent, we take thought for those who have crossed the threshold. With candlelight, eurythmy, poetry and music we will enrich our sensing of our unseen companions. There will be an opportunity to write the name(s) of those you wish to remember on a list in the entry way. These will be read aloud.
A Candlelight Performance of Eurythmy
with Johanna Laurelin, Amy Schick, & Chelaine Kokos

Music includes works by JS Bach, Zoltan Kodaly and Phillip Glas
Eurythmy w/Speech by Bruce Laurelin and Elizabeth Sevison-Olley

Piano Accompaniment by Mark Polesky
Verses and Meditations by J. Masefield, Rudolf Steiner
“In fact, everything that takes place in human beings through the outer world can be perceived by the spirit, including human souls who have passed through the gate of death….The dead can experience with us what we experience in the physical world. This is because these experiences belong not only to our world but also to theirs. Our experiences belong to their world when we thoroughly spiritualize what we experience in the outer world with spiritual ideas. Otherwise, what we experience as the effects of matter remains dark and incomprehensible to the dead. To the dead, a soul devoid of spirit is a dark soul. This is why the dead have become estranged from earthly life. We must overcome this estrangement. The so-called dead and the so-called living must learn again to live together inwardly…..” Rudolf Steiner, Cosmic and Human Metamorphoses.
For further information contact Elizabeth Olley, 760-761-0414 or Lori Daub, 818-314-0116
Mt. San Michele
To Santiago de Compostela

A Path of Modern Initiation

Sunday, September 29, 2019 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Waldorf School of San Diego
3547 Altadena Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105

•10:00 am Mont San Michele – The History and Lore of the World Famous Shrine as a Herald of a New Era

•11:15 am The Knights Templar as Emissaries of the Age of Consciousness Soul

•12:45 pm Potluck luncheon – bring your favorite dish to share!

•2:00 pm The Camino de Santiago de Compostela as a Path of Modern Initiation
The Abbey at Mont San Michele has been one of the most beloved pilgrimage sites for over a thousand years. Placed on the Norman Camino Route, it is part of an ancient star network of mystery centers from megalithic times. The modern abbey has had numerous iterations ranging from a Druid Goddess center to a Mithraeum and several generations of Christian architectural presentations.

Michael appeared to the Bishop of Avranches in the early 8th century and bid him to build a shrine on the island in the sea. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has a rich history in the spiritual evolution of Christianity.
Suggested Donation: $20-$30
Stephanie Georgieff has just returned from a lecture tour featuring Mont San Michele. The workshop will include her research on how the Archangel Michael and the Templars figure prominently in our modern era as agents of transformation and initiation along the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.
A Whitsun Farewell Gathering
Sunday, June 9, 2019, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To be held at the
Waldorf School of San Diego
3547 Altadena Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
Honoring Charlotte Dukich and Brian Wolff
Bring your favorite Whitsun (spring/summer) poem or song to share.

Eurythmy led by Johanna Laurelin
“In the Whitsun garden,
White the flowers grow,
Earth is listening, Glistening, listening,
Warming breezes blow.”

N. Foster
Potluck Sharing (late lunch/early dinner) to be enjoyed outside, weather permitting

Contact: Elizabeth Olley 760-761-0414 or Lori Daub 818-314-0116