In Collaboration with RSF Social Finance
The Center for Biography and Social Art is pleased to announce
Coming to Terms
A Workshop devoted to Money and Biography
March 14-16, 2014
Sequoia Retreat Center, Ben Lomond, CA
Money plays an important part in our lives, and yet we rarely examine our relationship to it, or how our attitudes and behaviors around it are entwined with our biographies. Throughout our formative years, we are exposed to money and identity messages, through our family, the media, and our culture in general. As we come to understand our selves, our values, and our destinies more deeply over time, we rarely take the time to also explore the assumptions we live with around money and finance.
This workshop, co-led by John Bloom of RSF Social Finance and Leah Walker of the Center for Biography and Social Arts, will be an opportunity to begin or further the exploration of money and biography through reflection, artistic exercises, and shared experiences in a safe environment.
This workshop is intended for anyone, regardless of financial circumstances. The purpose of the workshop is to support each participant in connecting her or his biographical and money threads and to help integrate espoused and practiced values. Our hope is that participants leave with a sense of how money can serve their life purposes.
Biography and Community: Practicing Social Art
THREE WEEKEND WORKSHOPS AT THE ALKION CENTER AT HAWTHORNE VALLEY
March 21-22: Biography and the Journey of Human Becoming
April 25-26: Working with Others: Toward Creative Group Work
May 23-24: The Art of Community Building
Signe and Christopher Schaefer are together offering three workshops on practicing social art. All three workshops will take place on Friday evening, from 7:30-9:15 and all day Saturday, from 9-4. The workshops will consist of exercises, artistic work, small conversation groups and short talks. Fee per workshop: sliding scale, $120-150; with a commitment to all three – $340-400. Those who wish to participate must enroll at least one week in advance of each of the workshops, by mailing a $25.00 registration fee to: Alkion Center, 330 County Route 21C, Ghent, 12075. Be sure to include your contact information.
Signe Schaefer is the founding director of the Center for Biography and Social Art, was for many years the director of Foundation Studies at Sunbridge College. She is the co-author of Ariadne’s Awakening: Taking Up the Threads of Consciousness, and the author of the recently published,Why on Earth: Biography and the Practice of Human Becoming.
Christopher Schaefer was a co-founder of the Centre for Social Development at Emerson College in England before teaching for many years at Sunbridge College where he founded and directed the program in Waldorf School Administration and Community Development. He is the co-author of Vision in Action: Working with Soul and Spirit in Small Organizations, and the author of Partnerships of Hope: Building Waldorf School Communities. Although semi-retired, Chris is presently the co-director of the Center for Social Research at the Hawthorne Valley Association and both he and Signe have been involved in supporting the development of Waldorf education in China in recent years.
All workshops will take place at Hawthorne Valley School, Ghent, N.Y.
Why on Earth?
Biography and the Practice of Human Becoming
Signe Schaefer’s new book “Why on Earth? – Biography and the Practice of Human Becoming” is now available from SteinerBooks or through Amazon. A signed copy is available from the Center for Biography and Social Art .
The book explores many aspects of human development today, such as life phases, gender, temperaments, inner development and freedom. Here is a brief excerpt from the back cover:
Life today poses many questions, both in our personal lives and in our participation in nature and the broader culture. We often focus on the outer needs for social, political, technological, or environmental change.
Can we really meet the challenges around us without also attending to our inner life and to our own evolving biography as it reflects and informs the outer world?
This book starts from the premise that each of our lives expresses uniqueness of spiritual intention within the unfolding of universal rhythms and possibilities.
Can we come to appreciate the learning that our “I” has received through heredity, ethnicity, schooling, and gender without losing a sense of our true individuality?
Why on Earth? invites us to explore our own meaning-filled life journey, to bring conscious attention to how we go our path, so that we may more freely perceive our possibilities and our responsibilities along the way of our personal and shared becoming.
SIGNE EKLUND SCHAEFER was the founding director of a professional development program in Biography and Social Art, one of several activities of the Center for Biography and Social Art. Her desire to know more about the multiple dimensions of human development led her as a young person to the work of Rudolf Steiner and to Waldorf education. She directed Foundation Studies at Sunbridge College for more than twenty years and prior to that was on the faculty of Emerson College in Sussex, England. She continues to teach nationally and internationally, including at several recent workshops in China. She coauthored Ariadne’s Awakening, a book on gender questions, and coedited the parenting book, More Lifeways. A mother and grandmother, she now lives in Massachusetts, with her husband Christopher Schaefer.