Sunday 19 May

Anthroposophy in Hawkes Bay

Newsletter 20-24                     

Calendar of Coming Events-- Diary Dates

In the Rudolf Steiner Centre, 401 Whitehead Road, Hastings
unless stated otherwise.

(** see below for more details.)

  • Friday 24 May. 7 pm.  p60 'Aphorisms from a lecture to members given in London on August 24th, 1924' and Leading Thoughts 88 to 90.
  • Wednesdays 3, 10, 17, 24 July.  7pm. Conversations on the Foundation Stone Meditation 

Committee Meeting

This year's Committee met for the first time after the AGM.  We welcomed newcomer, Mike Caris.

The first thing we had to deal was the failure of the Hot Water Cylinder.  On Friday morning Cecile came in to clean to find a pool of water in and aroud the broomcupboard where the cylinder is located.  we need to replace it with a smaller version, as the place is not inhabitated - hot water is needed only in kitchen, toilet and art room basins.  We considered an instant on-demand systembut the price of installation - heavy wiring, new pipes everywhere would be much more than simply replacing the cylinder as wiring and pipework is already in place.  All the same we are faced with a bill o over $3,000. Fortunately some money is coming in as people respond to the request for annual contributions.  Please keep them coming. 
Work will start in a few days, on Thursday 23 May at 8:30am.

Mike said his interest was in developing a programme of speakers and activities in the Centre.  So, we are looking for people who would be willing to offer a talk, activity or study group.  If you are interested or have ideas please contact Mike and discuss it with him, 021-1538720 or
Robin Bacchus was considering a series of fortnightly talks from Friday 7 June on "The Essence of Steiner Education - an introduction to the Anthroposophy of Dr Rudolf Steiner".
There will b a Midwinter Festival in late June - details soon.


If a member needs the Branch's IRD Number when claiming a tax refund  on their charitable donation to the Branch, it is 101-435-873.

LATE ADDITION (Mon 20 May 09:40

To the Members and Friends receiving this newsletter –

 In the National Conference of our Society just past, we have had a wonderful opportunity to renew our inner belonging to the impulse of anthroposophy. It was a feast of new aspects and truths to be learnt... and esp. also of meeting so many of our friends from all over the country, and above all, to dedicate our focus to the Foundation Stone Meditation.

When opening our hearts to this deeply nourishing and sutaining verse Rudolf Steiner has given us all for now and the future, it is important to remember also the context in which it was given: it was for laying the Foundation of the Refounding of our Society... and the sole reason for this refounding – and why we have received this gift is given in the inspiring series of letters to the members: ‘The Life, Nature and Cultivation of Anthroposopy’*. There Rudolf Steiner states that the Society needed to be renewed to give the members a forum for meeting together.

This need for meeting together and the content of these meetings in branches of the Society, its responsibility towards anthroposophy itself and the attitude to be cultivated in the branch life was the theme of these letters.

There is no Foundation Stone without something to be founded, and that something, namely the Society as a whole in its branches – not just the leadership and the Sections of the Society – needs to be strenthened and wants our commitment for this life to be able to be sustained into the future.

 Here is a verse which Rudolf Steiner wrote into the guest book of the Rietmann Family in St. Gallen on the 12th April 1923:

 Es bedarf der Mensch der innern Treue,

Der Treue zu der Fuehrung der geistigen Wesen.

Er kann auf dieser Treue aufbauen

Sein eignes Wesen,

Und das Sinnensein dadurch

Mit ewigem Licht

Durchstroemen und durchkraften.


The human being has need of inner faithfulness,

Faithfulness to the guidance of spiritual beings.

Upon this faithfulness he can build

His eternal life and being,

And with eternal light

The sense-existance thus

Imbue and strengthen.

            Transl.: Julian Pook.

 Wouldn’t it we wonderful to do this verse and others in eurythmy together, to open our weekly Branch Meetings at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Hastings.?

 With warm regards,,


Editor: Robin Bacchus
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Posted: Fri 17 May 2024