Developing new ways of seeing and doing

There are many areas of professional practice where Anthroposophy has inspired unique forms of individual and social expression, including in the creative arts, natural sciences,  architecture, contemplative practices, finance, social entrepreneurship, religious renewal, and in research. 

The Arts

The practice, development and contemplation of the arts are central to Anthroposophy. Yet there is no one anthroposophical approach to art, other than that of creativity that looks to the spiritual in human and world. The aim is not just creative self-expression but also transcendence and transformation of the individual but also of the material substances used in art-making towards the spiritual.

Steiner emphasised the role of arts as a force for individual and social renewal. Becoming artistic is an inner need of Anthroposophy, he said, otherwise it cannot go into the future. Therefore, the arts play a focal role in education and therapy, as well as in personal and professional development in any sphere of human activity.

In the Australian scene, there are well-established vocational trainings and professional practices in the performing arts, including eurythmy, music, the visual arts and architecture. Many of these are listed on this site under Adult Education and Training.

There are also artistic performance projects, such as The Parsifal Project, Word Sisters and Heart Fire Centre for Speech and Drama ongoing

There are also many individual artists, designers, composers, musicians and architects with their own practices, who teach in the above trainings and/or privately. They frequently advertise their courses and events under Events.

The Sciences

The Astro Calendar

The Astro Calendar is a comprehensive biodynamic guide for the Southern Hemisphere. It follows the movements of the Milky Way, stars, sun, moon and planets through the year in relation to the biodynamic planting rhythms and long-range weather forecasting.  

Now in its 33rd year, the calendar is the initiative of astronomer and scientist Brian Keats. It brings together the author’s interests in astronomy, biodynamics and Rudolf Steiner’s Soul Calendar.  In this way, the soul’s journey through the year is accompanied by the growth of plants and animals. By working with their rhythms, we grow our souls too.

The 2022 Antipodean Astro Calendar by Brian Keats is now available. Brian also co-authors the  Biodynamic Growing Guide.

 

 

Religious Renewal

Anthroposophy is not a religion, but Rudolf Steiner did inspire a movement for the renewal of modern Christian life that has become the Christian Community. The Christian Community is a worldwide movement. It is not an ‘anthroposophical church’, although it is the only Christian church that recognises Anthroposophy as an inspiration for the broadening and renewal of theology. 

From the beginning, The Christian Community has been an independent sacramental community, without attachment to any existing church or ecumenical movement. It brings together individuals in its communities who seek to become Christians in a form appropriate for our time.

 

 

Research

 

Photo credits: courtesy of Fiona Campbell