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Welcome to the Sophia Institute Newsletter for March 2020. The Sophia Institute's mission and purpose is to support and enhance the work of schools, non-profit organizations, small businesses, educators, therapists, parents and others working out of the impulse of Anthroposophy. The Sophia Institute provides ... more ...
St. George by August Macke (1912)
For This Michaelic Age. According to Rudolf Steiner the Kali Yuga lasted from about 3000 BC until 1899 AD. The term derives from Hinduism. During this era humankind gradually lost contact with the spiritual world. This was necessary to allow a sense of separate individuality and self-reliance to evolve. The Michael Age commenced in 1879 and Steiner spoke of this age in the following way: “In the last third of the nineteenth century, the Spiritual Being we call Michael became the ruler, as it were, of everything of a spiritual character in human events on earth. … Michael is the active being, the being who, as it were, pulses through our breath, our veins, our nerves, to the end that we may actively develop all that belongs to our full humanity in connection with the cosmos. What stands before us as a challenge from Michael is that we become active in our very thoughts, working out our view of the world through our own inner activity. We belong truly to the Michael Age only when we do not sit down inactively and seek to let enlightenment come to us from within and from without. We must cooperate actively in what the world offers us by way of experiences and opportunities for observation.” 
For This Michaelic Age

We must eradicate from the soul
All fear and terror of what comes towards man out of the future.

We must acquire serenity
In all feelings and sensations about the future.

We must look forward with absolute equanimity
To everything that may come.

And we must think only that whatever comes
Is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom.

It is part of what we must learn in this age,
namely, to live out of pure trust,
Without any security in existence.
 
Trust in the ever present help 
Of the spiritual world.

Truly, nothing else will do
If our courage is not to fail us.

And let us seek the awakening from within ourselves
Every morning and every evening.

Morning:

O Michael, under your protection I place myself;
With your guidance I connect myself
Wholeheartedly, so that this day may become
An image of your destiny-ordering Will.

Evening:

I carry my sorrow into the setting sun,
Place all my worries into her radiating womb.
Purified in love, transformed in light,
They return as helping thoughts,
As strength for self-sacrificing deeds

- Rudolf Steiner
Corona Virus Resources for Early Childhood Educators. As we all know, the evolving COVID-19 situation is presenting schools and early childhood programs around the world with challenges. We hope that your community has not yet been and will not be directly affected. However, it is important to plan and prepare. We would like to share some resources with you that might be helpful. We also suggest you contact your local health department and get on their mailing list for up to date advice. More ...
Sophia Institute Blog
Check out the Sophia Institute Blog which includes essays, news and research concerning Waldorf/Steiner Education, Anthroposophy, art, medicine and the sciences. At the Sophia Institute Blog you will find insights and information concerning the work of Anthroposophical initiatives, Waldorf/Steiner Schools, the Camphill Movement, and related endeavors. More ...
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Announcements and Links
- Job openings, employment opportunities and teaching jobs in Waldorf/Steiner Schools. The world's premier job posting board hosted by Waldorf Today can be accessed from here. Check the job board at Waldorf Today here ...
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- Sophia Services. Check out Sophia Services tours and travel ideas here.
Waldorf Teacher Training and online Foundation Courses
Sophia Institute offers a wide spectrum of online courses including the following: Foundation Courses in Anthroposophy and the Arts / Waldorf Teacher Training / Introduction to Anthroposophy / Anthroposophy in Everyday Life / Group Leader/Mentor Certification Program. Sophia Institute offers a variety of programs, courses, publications and other resources to anyone interested in Anthroposophy and Waldorf/Steiner inspired education. Currently there are students from all over the world enrolled in the Sophia Institute online courses. More ...
Rudolf Steiner was an Austrian social reformer, architect, and esotericist who founded Anthroposophy. He is considered the father of Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine, and spiritual science. SteinerBooks publishes the complete Collected Works of Rudolf Steiner, as well as the work of contemporary authors expanding upon his thinking. SteinerBooks and Lindisfarne Books are imprints of Anthroposophic Press, Inc., a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization and the primary publisher of Rudolf Steiner’s works since 1927. More ...
Filana Organic Beeswax Crayons. Our crayons are safe and natural. We use only the best ingredients. We use natural organic beeswax in all of our crayons.  We never use paraffin and petroleum waxes in our crayons. Filana™ crayons are made with organic beeswax. All of our ingredients are GMO-free. Filana™ crayons contain FDA-approved pigments. Our crayons conform to ASTM D-4236 standard, which means our crayons are certified non-toxic and meet or exceed specific quality standards. Filana crayons have been tested by an independent laboratory and are certified to be compliant with the the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act). For ages 3 and up. More ...
Are you a member of the Biodynamic AssociationWith BDA membership now available on a sliding scale and more member benefits offered than ever before, we hope you will join or renew today! Membership benefits include our Biodynamics journal, discounts on BDA webinars, courses and events, opportunities for connection, special invitations to experience our work — and much more. Every gift through membership not only strengthens our ability to better communicate biodynamics and the spiritual roots it is based on with a wide audience, it will also be matched, up to $11,000, through April thanks to two generous donors! Check out a full invitation to join or renew
Publications
Germans are Funny by Conrad Rehbach. A Guide to Teaching Foreign Languages. More ...
A Maypole Dream by Marjorie Rehbach and Christine Nietert. More ...
The Threefold Diary. A Daily Journal and Workbook. More ...
Three Tales by Conrad Rehbach. More ...
Foundation Courses in Anthroposophy. A Workbook. More ...
In the Garden - To Play Is To Learn by Helle Heckmann. More ...
In addition the Sophia Institute Bookstore offers most books related to Waldorf Education, Anthroposophical studies, Bio-dynamics, Anthroposophical Medicine, etc. For pricing and ordering information please contact us.
The Ultimate Meeting Notebook and Calendar/Planner for 2019/2020. The Ultimate Meeting Notebook ™ and Calendar / Planner is a publication by Sophia Institute. The calendar / planner pages are large format month by month with lots of space for entering important dates and appointments. The calendar section includes monthly calendars for July 2019 through December 2020. Holidays and the dates of festivals are also included. The notebook pages feature  generous sections for taking notes and recording other essential data during meetings including: name of meeting, attendance list, absentee list, date, to-do-list/action items section and date of next meeting. The Virtues of the Month are included with each month in the calendar section of this publication. The Virtues of the Month were given by Rudolf Steiner as meditations in the publication “Guidance in Esoteric Training.” More ...
online Biography Course
Sophia Institute offers an online Biography Course. The Sophia Institute online Biography Course leads the student through sequentially structured lessons that will help to process, help to heal and help to clarify the student's life story and at the same time introduce and deepen the understanding of Anthroposophical biography work. As part of the studies the student creates a beautiful booklet that includes all the assignments and visual artwork to form a sort of chronicle of the student's life story and the deeper meaning of the biography. More ...
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Editor: Conrad Rehbach, M.A.

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