Branch News 4th September

Branch News Sunday 4th September

Contents in brief:

  • A huge thankyou to Nic Parkes
  • Committee meets – Thu 8 Sept
  • AWW #9 available now
  • Conversations – Mon 5 Sept – Sue Simpson
  • Introductory Talk #6 – Wed 7 Sept – Marjorie Theyer
  • Art Group for Home schoolers – Wednesday afternoons
  • Committee Meeting – Thu 8 Sept
  • Friday Group – 9 Sept – Leading Thought #9
  • Spring stirring of BD Prep 500 – a shared meal – Talk on “Michael” – Fri 16 Sept
  • A New Initiative Group – meeting 22 September
  • Garden Working Bee – Sat 24 Sept
  • Kairos Artistic Therapy – Graduation – Sat 1 October
  • School of Spiritual Science


A huge thankyou to Nic Parkes

We congratulate Nic Parkes on becoming a member on the national ASNZ Council, where she will take up the treasurer’s role.  As a result, she has resigned from the local Branch Committee.  We will miss her and wish her the best for her new role.

We must thank her most warmly for the numerous tasks and roles she took on and for the Branch Committee.  A major one was the establishment of the Branch website and the booking system whereby members and others could hire rooms in the Centre for a fee to present workshops or other activities.  The website has a bulk-emailer which she used to initiate sending regular weekly newsletters (like this missive) to all members and friends of the Branch.



The next Committee meeting is on Thursday 8 September at 5:30 pm. 

The Committee is seeking more members as Florian Roger has also withdrawn.  Then we begin the process of allocating the various tasks the Committee undertakes to new people to carry.  We hope to give you details soon.

You can still contact the committee and submit items for the weekly Newsletter via the email which will be forwarded to Committee members.

For the present, Robin Bacchus [email  text 022-3982805 ] is compiling the weekly newsletter which is sent out on Sunday afternoons.


Anthroposophy World Wide

The latest edition, #9, is now available.

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




Anthroposophy, Culture and Spirit.

REMINDER: -- Tomorrow - 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

Bernie Raichle, Diana Bacchus



6th Introductory Talk at the Rudolf Steiner Centre – 7 Sept

401 Whitehead Road, Hastings

We warmly invite Playgroup parents along with Kindergarten and School parents to our introductory talks, looking at Childhood development.  Babies in arms warmly welcome. 

Fathers are very welcome too – it would be lovely to see some fathers - if you can sacrifice a couple of hours off work.

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 in the Main Room


7th September 2022

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

Marjorie Theyer,


Further talks relating to school-aged children will be by:

Robin Bacchus on 14 September

Kelly Sutton on 21 September

Rosie Simpson on 28 September



Art with Amanda Sowersby

Children’s home-schooling art classes on a Wednesdays 1.30pm -2.30pm.

Ages 6 -11 years $22 per session

Art room at a the Anthroposophical Centre 

6 weeks course to 5 October. 

Contact Amanda for more information:


Friday Group – Leading Thought #9 – Friday 9 Sept, 7 to 8:30

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.

The Leading Thoughts be found at

We meet on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month.


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.
All welcome.


A New Initiative Group – next meeting 22 September

For the last three months a new initiative group has been meeting in the Centre Library to look at enlivening the Spiritual/Cultural realm within our Society.

The group has yet to decide on a name for itself, but the process is nearing its end.

One of the fruits coming out of this group is the series of Wednesday ‘Introductory Talks’, for people new to Anthroposophy, at a time when School parents could attend before picking up their children. [They take place in the Main Room on Wednesdays during Term from 1:45 to 2:30 pm.]

Currently we are planning activities at the end of the year to reflect on the burning of the first Goetheanum on 31 December a hundred years ago. 

Next Year, we will commemorate the re-founding of the General Anthroposophical Society and the establishing of the School of Spiritual Science.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 22. September 2022, 9.30am in the Centre Library.

Anyone interested in joining the group, please contact me.

For the group,

Gerrit Raichle 022 1988 143


Garden Working Bee Date Saturday 24 September from 9am.

 This is still 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, Bernie and Gerrit Raichle.


Kairos Artistic Therapy

Presentation and Graduation Ceremony for Amanda Sowersby



1st October 2022

2 pm

Anthroposophical Centre

401 Whitehead Road, Hastings

Kairos Post Graduate Students in Artistic Therapy

warmly invite you to the

Presentation of Amanda’s End Project and Graduation Ceremony 

2pm – Welcome   Presentation of End Project

Graduation Ceremony – Presentation of Diploma

                                                                   Student Response

3pm – Afternoon Tea


An exhibition of the end project and other artwork can be viewed at the Anthroposophical Centre at the following times:

Friday 31st September 1pm - 3pm

Saturday 1st October 9.30am - 12pm


School of Spiritual Science

The next meetings will take place on Saturdays 8 October, 5 November and 3 December at 9:30 and 11 am.


Posted: Sun 04 Sep 2022