Branch Notice 06 June

News this week - scroll down

From your committee....

The Hawkes Bay Branch committee will meet on the 3rd Thursday evening of the month. All messages for the committee please email us by the prior Monday, when the agenda will be compiled and circulated to the Committee.

As well as caring for the finances and the Centre's property and equipment, the committee is a conduit for member’s initiatives.  We would like to support, encourage, coordinate (and help publicise) those who wish to bring life to the branch that nourishes soul and spirit.  The Centre is a great asset that has been cared for by many people over its 40+ years – it is there for us to use.  If you have an anthroposophical initiative coming to birth in you, we would like to know.  We have a website that is growing as a purveyor of information as well as a weekly newsletter for members and friends.

We invite reports on various activities or initiatives undertaken by members. 

A newsletter from the committee will be sent out after the June 16th  meeting 

Weekly Branch Notices - Please send any correspondence to be communicated to members and friends before Friday evening each week. See bottom of notices for more details. 

Biodynamics Conference 2022 ðŸ™ŒðŸ»

Come join us online for a wonderful day exploring the fundamentals of biodynamic preparations here in New Zealand, as we breathe life into the practicality and ease of creating, storing and using preps within the community.

With core values of enhancing life rather than fighting disease, and utilizing the biodynamic preparations in full trust with deep intentions, the time is critical to come together and work in harmony with our universe, to heal ourselves and our communities.

Whether you are new on your journey of biodynamics, or a seasoned practitioner, everyone is welcome to learn, discover, investigate and reinvigorate with us. com)

Members get a discount code so if you’re a member - check your latest email from us or send us a message ðŸ’•

Speakers and more info


--  Anthroposophy - Culture and Spirit --

We have added a subtitle to the name of Conversations as this enables us to extend the content of our usual gatherings to include diverse themes associated with Anthroposophy.  We look forward to a variety of interesting topics in the future, interspersed with the more personal life journey contributions.   

Bernie Raichle and Diana Bacchus

Monday Night Reading Group

A small group has been reading an interesting set of lectures on Occult Development.   This set of lecture talks of the consequence of studying Anthroposophy. It firstly details the effects on the physical body.  It goes on to discuss the effects of different diets, coffee and tea, and then comes to the question of the Astral body and changes to it.   We are currently about half way through.

We begin by taking few minutes to visualise what the current verse from the “Calendar of the Soul” is talking about.

We meet in the Steiner Centre in the small room by the door every Monday. 

We start at 7:00pm punctually.

Anyone interested in this topic is invited to join us – Contact Chris Bacchus on 878 6883
or email

The book is a course of ten lectures by Rudolf Steiner on
The Effect Of Occult Development Upon The Self And On The Sheaths Of Man
CW145, given in The Hague 20 - 29 March 1913.  The content can be found online at


I have been reading articles in German from the Year Book of Goethean Science which is in German.  I also have three books from Ernst Michael Kranich, who was at one stage a teacher of science at a Waldorf School.  These are also in German.  One is on Plants, a second on Animals and a third on chemistry.  These books are intended in particular for science teachers in Steiner schools teaching these subjects.  If there is someone who would like to study these things, please contact me.  It would not be necessary to know German.

Chris Bacchus

Dear members and friends,

Apologies for the lateness of this notice!

At the 2022 Hawkes Bay AGM, the subject of festivals was raised- and a diversity of opinions was aired.

On Tuesday 7th June at 7.00pm in the centre the festival group will meet and discuss the next years festivals.

If you feel you would like to make a contribution towards the festival life of the society,

Please feel free to join us together with Sue Simpson.

See you there

If you have offerings/suggestions but are unable to join us you can email the group at

For the festival group 

John Jackson


Friday night Discussion Group Meetings June

"The Friday Gatherings are from 7 to 8:30 on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month.  We begin with a discussion on current affairs or matters of interest to those who come, then we focus on, ask questions and discuss, one of Rudolf Steiner's Leading Thoughts where he endeavours to encapsulate the essence of Anthroposophy.  For the gathering on 10 June it will be #3.  

"There are those who believe that with the limits of knowledge derived from sense perception the limits of all insight are given. Yet if they would carefully observe how they become conscious of these limits, they would find in the very consciousness of the limits the faculties to transcend them. The fish swims up to the limits of the water; it must return because it lacks the physical organs to live outside this element.  The human being reaches the limits of knowledge attainable by sense-perception; but he can recognise that on the way to this point 'powers of the soul' have arisen in him — powers whereby the soul can live in an element that goes beyond the horizon of the senses."

The others can be found at


What's happening

Are there any initiatives, out of Anthroposophy, happening in the community that you want to advertise or invite folks to participate in? 

Please do forward this notice to anyone you know who may be interested. To be added to the 'Friends' distribution list email

Check in with the website to see what is happening

Weekly Branch Notices - Please send any correspondence to be communicated to members and friends before Friday evening each week. Send it in a universal form that can be copied and pasted, as a short introduction with pdf that can be linked, or as a jpeg image. Indicate how many weeks it is to run for and please spare a thought for the person compiling the notices by not sending slight adjustments each week.

Room Bookings - reminder - the foyer book has been removed. Please use the website booking system for ALL use of the Centre. If you have a problem please carefully read through the instructions on the website, have a look at the video and then make contact via if you still have a problem.

 The Anthroposophical Society, Hastings Branch relies on the generosity of members and friends to maintain the Rudolf Steiner Centre, including heating and electricity. A donation box can be found in the foyer and a gold coin koha is gratefully received when attending an activity or function at the Centre.

Posted: Mon 06 Jun 2022