Branch Notices 28th August

Branch News Sunday 28 August


  • Anthroposophy World Wide
  • HB Branch Committee notes
  • Art Display in the Foyer
  • 5th Introductory Talk by Margaret Stevenson – 31 August
  • Mysteries of this Technological Age – a study group – 4 September.
  • Conversations – Sue Simpson – 5th September
  • Spring stirring of BD-500 – a shared meal – Talk on “Michael” 16 September
  • Garden Working Bee Date Saturday 24 September from 9am.
  • Conference Keynote Presentation via Zoom – Joan Sleigh – Sat 1 October 9 to noon
  • Exercises to develop Inner Quietness.



Anthroposophy World Wide

If you wish to access past editions of Anthroposophy Worldwide, you can access them at

Incidentally, earlier HB Branch Newsletters can be accessed independently on:



Branch Committee Notes

The Branch Committee endeavours to meet monthly – generally it is on the third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 7pm in the Centre.

We are still seeking a few volunteers to join the Committee and share our work.  Can you join us?

Unanimity is our goal. 

If you have not yet done so, members, please make your contribution to our Branch funds for the furtherance of our tasks in the community including maintaining our Rudolf Steiner Centre as a welcoming place where the people of Hawkes Bay can meet Anthroposophy.
Contributions to 38-9005-0416444-03 please, identifying yourself.

Robin Bacchus ;   Ph 8778936   Mob 022-398 2805.



Art Display in the Foyer

In the Cook Islands, the beautiful tivaevae patterns are stitched by groups of women who come together to create bedspreads and pillowcases.  At the Rudolf Steiner Centre we have two large works by Berry Rangi from St Andrew’s Tivaevae group.  Her large bedspreads bring a warmth and vibration of colour into the Centre.  Two smaller pieces of tivaevae are also on display showing beginners’ attempts to learn the art.  They have discovered the peace and quiet that stitching brings into the soul.

Alongside Tivaevae, is Lauren Hastie’s Tetris Heart quilt that she completed during lockdown. When you sit across from it and gaze into its patterns, the blocks of colour vibrate back and bring calm to the Heart.

Please visit the Centre and experience the radiance of these beautiful fabric pieces. 

Angela Hair



5th Introductory Talk at the Rudolf Steiner Centre – 31 August

401 Whitehead Road, Hastings

We warmly invite Playgroup parents along with Kindergarten and School parents to our next series of introductory talks, looking at the Early Childhood years from birth until 7 years. Babies in arms warmly welcome.

We offer these talks free of charge however a contribution in the Koha box towards the running of the Centre is always appreciated.

From 1.45 to 2.30 pm on Wednesdays

31st August 2022

Walking alongside the 4- and 5-year-old child

Margaret Stevenson

6th Talk will be: 

7th September 2022

The wonders of the 6- and 7-year-old and transition to school

Marjorie Theyer,


Mysteries of this Technological Age –
an online study group – starting 4 September

Something that members might be interested in.  Starting in the week of September 4th, there will be eight online study groups commencing that have to do with the challenges of our times and the mysteries arising out of this Technological Age.  How do we deal with it in a healthy way consistent with spiritual science?  These study groups address such issues.  There is no fee to participate.  There is a cost for the study guidebook that contains selected lectures by Rudolf Steiner.  The fastest way to have one delivered to you is with Amazon (paperback or Kindle)

These groups have been organised by MysTech -

Study Group Details -

Material -


Herman Veluwenkamp




Anthroposophy, Culture and Spirit.

Monday 5th September 2022

Beginning 5pm with soup and bread

Followed at 5:30 by a talk by Sue Simpson .

The Anthroposophical Society and the School of Spiritual Science

‘How can we combine full openness with the profoundest, most serious and inward esotericism?’

This question that Rudolf Steiner put to members of the Anthroposophical Society in December 1923, remains highly relevant to human beings today.

The task laid before members was to work and live in such a way that the esoteric would not be lacking even in their most external deeds. Steiner gave many indications and guidance for individuals to take up spiritual development that can be found in his writings and lectures. Within a few months of placing this question, a new initiative, the School of Spiritual Science was founded, how can we better understand this impulse?

In this talk I will share insights from my years of working within the Anthroposophical Society and with the Class, a common term for the School of Spiritual Science, and how this has supported me in my work as a Eurythmist, teacher, General Secretary and various other roles.


Spring stirring of BD Preparation 500 – a shared meal 
          Talk on “Michael”    Friday 16 September


Now that spring is coming, it is time to stir the BioDynamic preparation “500”.
On Friday afternoon September 16th, stirring the preparation for the Centre garden
will start at 4 o’clock.
We will only stir for the Centre garden, but there will be portions of “500” available to take home for your own garden (please give a koha for the Centre).

At 5.30 p.m. there will be a shared meal – please bring a plate.

This will be followed by a talk by Hans van Florenstein Mulder at 6.30 p.m.


To be followed by conversation and a sharing of thoughts.



Garden Working Bee Date Saturday 24 September from 9am.


This is a tentative date that is dependent on various agreements needed.  But we would like those members who would be able to help us with spades, forks, rakes, secateurs, etc. and wheelbarrows (if possible) and muscle power to reserve this date.  We plan to have a contractor to do the heavy work with a small digger and a truck to cart green rubbish to the dump.  We will be removing the prolific Acanthus in preparation for replanting with a greater variety of flowering plants and shrubs.

On behalf of the Garden Group – Hans and Ineke Mulder (and Robin Bacchus)


ASNZ Conference Keynote Presentation via Zoom by Joan Sleigh - Vorstand member – Saturday 1 October 9 to noon

ASNZ Annual Conference this year will be different.  The first part will be at home participating by Zoom.  There will be a keynote talk plus small group discussion interspersed with plenum sessions.

What we suggest is that some members in the various localities around Hawkes Bay offer their homes as gathering places for small groups where discussions on the theme can take place.

If you are able to offer your home as a venue, please let me know your name, residential address and phone to list here in the next few Newsletters so that others can contact you.

Robin Bacchus ; Ph 8778936;  Mob 022-398 2805.



Exercises to develop Inner Quietness

(Given by Hans Mulder during the 1st Introductory Talk on 3 August)

Today the way we see ourselves and the world is not clear – we thus live in disharmony with ourselves, with others, and with the world.

Inner quietness

A parable (from the 4th century AD) of hermit monks living in the Egyptian desert.

One day some people visited a Hermit and asked him what purpose there was in having a “Life of Quietness”.

He was just in the process of bringing a bucket of water to the surface from a deep well.

He thought about the question and then asked them to have a look down the well. 

“What do you see?” was his question.  “We see nothing” was the answer.

After a while, the Hermit asked the visitors to look again, which they did and said “We see ourselves now”

Yes, said the Hermit, when I first asked you to look down the water surface was disturbed, and you could not see anything.

Now the water surface is without ripples - it is “still” - so you can see yourselves.

(From “Lass die Zeit” published by Rudolf Walter, Herder Verlag Freiburg, 4th edition, 1998.)

In the first chapter of How to Know Higher Worlds, Rudolf Steiner stresses the importance of “Inner Peace”  This exercise can help bring the soul into a state of “inner quiet or inner peace” in preparation for meditation.   

Standing at a beach

Imagine you are standing at a beach.  It is dark and before you rages a wild and stormy sea.  The water looks grey/black, and you see enormous, wild waves crashing on the beach and the rocks, and the wind is howling around you.

Then you imagine the storm slowly abating, and slowly becoming quiet.  Its force diminishes and the sea becomes less wild and slowly becomes flat.  Through the darkness breaks a ray of light, the light of the rising sun.  It becomes lighter and lighter and slowly you see the shining sun.   A flood of light now shines over the calm surface of the water.

Such an imagination must become inwardly visible with all its changes of course.  One tries to make this an intense inner experience.

[From Dr F.W. Zeylmans van Emmichoven’s book Gespraeche Ueber die Hygiene der Seele, Chap 3.]


Posted: Sun 28 Aug 2022