Health and Spirit in Everyday Life
Friday, October 24, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM (PDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Health and the Spirit in Everyday Life
With Linda Thomas, David Gershan, M.D. and Therapeutic Eurythmist Maria Helland-Hansen
Co-sponsored by San Francisco Waldorf School, Rudolf Steiner College, San Francisco Program, and Lifeways
Opening lecture by Linda Thomas
Friday, October 24
7 to 9 pm
San Francisco Waldorf High School
Public lecture—Donations appreciated
Linda Thomas was born in 1953 and grew up in South Africa in a large family. She now lives in Switzerland where she is an expert, professional cleaner who ran her own ecological cleaning company for 22 years. From 1993 to 2012, she was responsible for cleaning the Goetheanum buildings near Basel, Switzerland. Her passion for cleaning and her love for the profession of the homemaker enabled her to discover that cleaning can have a profound effect not just on the spaces we care for, but on our own wellbeing and personal development. It led her to discover a path of inner training through everyday work. Currently, she is responsible for Housekeeping at the Klinik-Arlesheim in Arlesheim, Switzerland. She lectures widely and her recently published book, Why Cleaning has Meaning, is now available in bookstores.
Friday Night Lecture
Creating Sacred Spaces that our Children may Thrive
Similar to the quality of mercy, we may also claim that caring, “is twice blessed;
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.”
The care of our home is rarely spectacular; it continually confronts us with the necessities of life. Through consciousness and devotion to the small things, we learn to transform the act of cleaning into a nurturing act of caring. When we care for our surroundings, we not only remove dirt, but we create space for something new, space for education and self-education.
One of the main purposes of the care we give our home, schools and Kindergartens, is to create a foundation which will enable our children, not merely to grow physically, but to develop the necessary skills, social and other, to build a new generation.
In these places, our children can start by doing small chores, which will help them to develop confidence, knowing they are able to help and contribute to the community.
Saturday Lecture and Workshop
with David Gershan, M.D. and Maria Helland-Hansen
Saturday, October 25
9 am to 3 pm
San Francisco Waldorf High School
Public invited—Donations appreciated
David Gershan, MD met Anthroposophy at a Waldorf School in 1971, the Highland Hall in Los Angeles. He went there to pick up the younger brother and sister of a good friend and was profoundly inspired by the artwork and potency of the form drawings displayed on the walls! One year later he attended a lecture, again in Los Angeles, on the 12 senses. He sensed that a veil had been torn away within 15 minutes of the lecture (by Werner Glas).
He is now trained in Anthroposophic Medicine at the Goetheanum and at the Wala in Bad Boll. He has partnered with Waldorf teachers and Therapeutic Eurythmysts and other physicians to give talks and conferences in many parts of the U.S.
His career has encompassed Family Medicine, HIV Medicine, Homeless Medicine, and the integration of Anthroposophy into the healthcare that he delivers. His current work brings him back to Waldorf School and the partnering with new teachers and teachers-in-training.
Maria Helland-Hansen, born in Norway, received her eurythmy diploma in Sweden in 1985 and has been active as a eurythmist since then. After completing her therapeutic eurythmy training in Dornach, Switzerland in 1993, she moved to San Francisco and became a therapeutic eurythmist and eurythmy teacher at the San Francisco Waldorf School. She also has a private praxis and gives courses in the Bay area Waldorf Teacher Trainings as well as the Therapeutic Eurythmy training of North America.
9:00-10:30 Dr. Gershan gives an introduction to Anthroposophical Medicine
10:30--11:00 Break (refreshments provided)
11:00-12:00 Dr. Gershan and Maria Helland-Hansen present the conjunction of medicine and therapeutic eurythmy
1:00-2:00 Therapeutic Eurythmy with Ms. Helland-Hansen
2:00-3:00 Colloquium with participants
No registration required.
When & Where
San Francisco Waldorf Teacher Education Program of Rudolf Steiner College
The San Francisco Waldorf Teacher Education Program is a three-year and three-summer part-time training specifically designed for those living and working in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Emphasis is placed upon awakening the faculties of the teacher and developing his/her creativity in preparation for becoming a certified Waldorf teacher. Through your education you will learn to transform yourself, and through this transformation new meaning and perspective will be brought to your life.
Classes meet at the San Francisco Waldorf School on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings during the academic year, and for three intensive weeks at the Fair Oaks campus each summer for three summers.