Guiding speakers

Every day will see a new guiding speaker, meant to arouse you by offering a different perspective on our world.

On Saturday, Lisa Devine, Christian Community priest in Sydney (Australia) and core tutor at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, will reintroduce Steiner’s ideas of the human capacities of thinking, feeling, willing as they are expressed through body, soul and spirit. She will explore how anthroposophy has shaped other major initiatives such as education, biodynamic agriculture, medicine, the arts, and architecture.

On Sunday, Mathijs van Alstein, Christian Community priest at Zeist (the Netherlands) and having a PhD in philosophy, shall surprise us with a view of today’s need for anthroposophy and how we can recognise this around us. He continues where Steiner stopped and brings antroposophy to our current society.

On Monday, Otto Scharmer, senior lecturer at MIT and co-founder of the Presencing Institute will introduce us to his U-Theory, a tool which offers us a complete new perspective on approaching today’s challenges and problems and offering a new search for solutions.

Free-style contemplation

After the guiding speaker we will contemplate their words in smaller groups heightening our understanding of what we have learned from the speaker and applying this to the world around us. This contemplation will be with the same group throughout the festival and will be facilitated by two people.

The dialogues are open, but each take a specific approach. Groups are divided over four areas of respect:

Respect for yourself:
Questions around personal development, social media and the future of education:

Respect for the other:
Questions around our society, the role of money, social threefolding, and health care

Respect for nature:
Questions around our natural environment, sustainability and agriculture

Respect for the spiritual world:
Questions around religion, faith and the future of the Christian Community

The specific area of respect that you choose will guide your group. It is not meant as a restriction, but merely as guidance. We aim to limit groups to 20-25 people per group and take account of your linguistic preferences.

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