Introducing Anthroposophy

 

 

What is the Human Being?  Who are we?

 

Rudolf Steiner’s insights create a multi-layered picture that open our minds and hearts to a richer understanding of these questions.

 

A two-fold approach explores the physical and the spiritual natures of the human being, sleeping and waking, breathing in and breathing out, sympathy and antipathy.

Expanding into a three-fold approach we explore the middle way between polarities: body, soul and spirit; thinking, feeling and willing; head, heart and hands.

In the four-fold human being we come to the physical, etheric, astral and ego bodies and see how these are expressed in the mineral, plant, animal and human kingdoms, the four elements and the four temperaments.

 

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience an artistic introduction to Anthroposophy including painting, sculpture, music and eurythmy. 

 

Tutors: Paul Lawrence, Nicole Lawrence and Kristina Hamilton

 

BIOGRAPHY WORK

The following Modules will be offered again in 2020

MODULE 1: LIFE MAPPING  

 

Life is itself a path of initiation which becomes more meaningful when it is lived in full consciousness, in a way that can be achieved

through working on one’s biography. 

Burkhard, G.  Biographical Work: the Anthroposophical Basis.2007

 

Biography Work through Life Mapping provides a way of remembering life phases (septennials or 7 year phases) and uses artistic exercises to illuminate these memories. After the two Saturday sessions each participant will have a chart of main life events as a basis for further development. Conversation, creative writing, drawing and movement allow the workshops to be interactive, engaging and heartening.

 

MODULE 2: FREEDOM OR FATE 

 

The personal chart can become a precious lifetime possession. By yearly updating we can sustain our awakening recognition of destiny in motion. Through this inner process we gain a more mature, tolerant and

compassionate in-look on destiny, both ours and others. 

Bryant, W. A. A Journey through Time, 2006.

 

 

Biography Work through Destiny Learning allows a way to look at life patterns, rhythms, mirroring, destiny moments in a holistic way using the chart as the guide that expands and deepens over time. Deep listening, helping conversations, writing and gesture work will provide ways to be heard and to listen and share our becoming human.

 

Information and Booking         Dale Irving    docirvo7@bigpond.com     0400959050

Biography Work with Dale Irving 

 

Rudolf Steiner spoke of the “occult hygiene” in methodically surveying our lives. The idea is that if we become more aware of our patterns and life choices we will develop greater consciousness.

Bernard Lievegoed and Gudrun Burkhard were forerunners in the process of life charting which is the basis of the approach I have been trained in through a course run over three years at the Sydney Rudolf Steiner College under the leadership of Karl-Heinz Finke, an international biography consultation trainer.

 

Biography Work assists us in understanding life phases and is helpful in exploring the differences between generations in families, workplaces and schools. It also has the capacity to investigate how destiny, karma and reincarnation might be at work in our lives.

 

Over the two modules I offer through the Rudolf Steiner College Perth we become familiar with the septennial phases and through the use of the chart begin to notice patterns and rhythms in the events and incidents. We then start to put larger questions to ourselves about how and why we might choose our particular paths.

 

It is fascinating to look a little more objectively at our lives through the charting and in listening to others in respectful conversation. Writing, drawing, gesture work and movement all support the new discoveries and the revisiting of stories.

I first presented Biography work in Perth at the RSC Foundation Course run by Jennifer and Horst Kornberger in 2015. Since 2017 I have provided day workshops and evening classes for the public and through the RSC Perth. I am also a member of the Word Sisters who write, devise and perform original work influenced by the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner and our biographies. From 1975 to 2017 I was a secondary Drama and Arts educator in the WA Education Department.

Dale Irving. BA, MEd, PhD.