Invitation to a media roundtable with Vandana Shiva and others >>> Autonomy in agriculture
On 1 February at 14.00 hrs, the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum invites you to an media roundtable about agriculture as a cultural impulse, with Helmy Abouleish, Nadia El Hage, Vandana Shiva and Nathaniel Williams, chaired by Jean-Michel Florin, co-leader of the Section.
“Seductive Character” > Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities shows limits of transhumanism
The transhumanist concept promises perfection and holds out the prospect of the replacement of the human being by technology. The Section for the Literary Arts and Humanities at the Goetheanum is exploring this concept in terms of categories of humanness such as different aspects of the body, thinking, freedom, activity and mortality.
Emancipation through agriculture > The Goetheanum’s Section for Agriculture reflects on a hundred years of biodynamics
The biodynamic brand ‘Demeter’ is known around the world, the foundations of biodynamic agriculture less so. In the year leading up to the centenary, the Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum explores this approach as the continuation of a human cultural impulse and invites the eco-activist Vandana Shiva to speak at the Goetheanum about the relationship between human beings and the earth.
Impulse for cultural renewal > The First Goetheanum as a community building
A hundred years ago, in the New Year‘s Night 1922/1923, the First Goetheanum was destroyed in an arson attack. Events in and around the Goetheanum will be devoted to the commemoration of this loss. The building was intended as a response to the social crises of World War I and the needs of that time: a spiritual impulse for cultural renewal.
Efficacy of Anthroposophic Medicine > Mistletoe therapy clinically verified
Scientific studies are available on the efficacy of Anthroposophic Medicine, for example on mistletoe therapy for cancer.
From the Land of Mary to the Land of Sophia > A book on the mysteries of the Baltic Sea explores mythological interpretations
Current discourses are informed by images, metaphors and myths. The contributions in the book ‘Die Ostsee-Mysterien’ explore the geological and anthropological dimensions of the myths that originate in the area around the Baltic Sea.
Listening without knowing what there is to ‘hear’ > Book by Bastiaan Baan on meditation in the western world
Practising meditation means learning more about oneself and perceiving the world in increasingly nuanced ways without a personal perceptual filter. In addition, meditation can also give access to inspiration on how to deal with tasks in the world.
250,000 croissants per year > The Vital Speisehaus AG now also owns the second biggest Demeter bakery in Switzerland
The Vital Speisehaus organic bakery has extended its premises to 750 square metres. What started as a small bakery catering for the company‘s own needs has grown into an enterprise employing eleven bakers who produce a million items a year of a range of 230 products. Sourdough bread baked in a wood-fired oven is a the latest addition to this range.
Curved cucumbers also taste good > For Jasmin Peschke appreciating food is an important step towards the avoidance of waste
Around 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown away globally every year – a third of the entire annual food production. Each food item has a history and each item that is thrown away although there is nothing wrong with it could help those who are starving.
Resilient agriculture in a changing climate > The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum points out the potential of a biodynamic farm organism
Climate change causes droughts, flooding and crop failures. The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum sees a possible option for action in the idea of Rudolf Steiner‘s biodynamic farm organism. One feature of this is starting from the individual conditions of a region.
Doing Art > The Goetheanum offers practical approaches to the creativeness in art
Artistic activity makes familiar with creative processes. At the Goetheanum, the art impulse also lives as a stimulus for tasks in agriculture, medicine and education for instance. An Art Intensive Week reveals approaches in architecture, painting and sculpture.
‘Faust’ rejuvenated > The Goetheanum Stage is performing Goethe’s ‘Faust Parts 1 and 2’
The Goetheanum Stage presents ‘Faust Parts 1 and 2’ this summer in a nine-hour staging directed by Andrea Pfaehler. It is the third year for this production, but the first without Covid restrictions. Many young performers are part of the ensemble.