News 27-23

Branch News – Sunday 9 July

Week 27, 2023

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Coming Events in brief

Note ** means see below for more details.

  • Thursday 13 July. 5pm. Branch Committee Meeting
  • Friday 14 July.  7 to 8:30pm Leading Thoughts 41 to 43
  • Saturday 15 July.  2pm.
    Start of Artistic Geometry with Robin Bacchus**
  • Tuesday 18 July. 10am.
    Start of Parcival studies with Ineke Mulder**
  • Wednesday 26 July.  Start of Therapeutic Art with Kathy Allan
  • Saturday 29 July.  3pm.  Farewell for Hans and Ineke Mulder**
  • Tuesday 1 August.
    Start of Old Testament studies with Cleone Armon**
  • Saturday 5 August, 9:30 to noon.  School of Spiritual Science 6


“Victorious Spirit

Flame through the weakness

Of faint-hearted Souls.

Burn up self-seeking.

Kindle compassion,

So that selflessness,

The life stream of Humanity,

May hold sway

As source of

Spiritual rebirth.”

 Rudolf Steiner, 20 September 1919



Anthroposophy, Culture and Spirit.

Since we began this initiative in 2020, there have been 25 Conversation gatherings where members and friends have shared their passions or parts of their lifes’ journeys.  The aim has been to get to know each other better and to enhance a warmth within our Society.  Especially at the beginning we often heard from the speakers that they had been in this district for many years or decades and this was the first time they had been asked to speak.  It has been a valuable experience for all concerned and we are very grateful to those who have contributed or listened - both participants being equally important.

We have decided, however, that the time has come for these Conversations gatherings to metamorphose.
All these events have been recorded in the Conversation Book which will be in the Library. 
Again, we thank all those who have taken part.  

Best wishes,

Bernie and Diana


ARTISTIC GEOMETRY starting Saturday 15 July.

In his childhood, Rudolf Steiner was overjoyed to discover Geometry because in it he found ‘pure ideas’.  A circle and a straight line are pure, universal ideas – they do not derive from the observation of nature.  “Here one is permitted to know something which the mind alone, through its own power, experiences.”

There are two sides to what we do:
1) universal: the construction of forms using compass and straight edge. 
2) individual: the colouring of the forms to enhance the patterns you perceive – can all be different.

Robin Bacchus is offering a series of Artistic Geometry courses on the Saturdays of July [15, 22, 29] from 2 to 4pm in the Art Room in the Centre.  
Cost $10 koha for the Centre per session.  Click for examples

Please register your interest with Robin on 8778936
or 022-398 2805 or

If you have them, please bring a compass, long ruler, mechanical pencil, eraser, and coloured pencils.  (I have equipment if you don’t.)


Parcival Saga

Ineke Mulder will continue her explorations of the Parcival saga and its relevance for our times.

To be held at Manawa Studio.

on Tuesdays July 18 & 25 and August 1
from 10:00am to 12:15pm

Talk followed by water-colour painting with Margaret-Mary Farr
(wet-on-wet, no experience needed)

Cost: $25 per session.

Enquiries to or phone/text 027-2484 193



We warmly invite you

To share afternoon tea


Saturday 29th July, at 3pm

Rudolf Steiner Centre,

Whitehead Road.


This event is to farewell Hans and Ineke von Florenstein Mulder who soon will be moving to Christchurch.  We would like to acknowledge all the gifts Hans and Ineke have shared with us in so many Anthroposophical endeavours since their arrival in Hawkes Bay 50 years ago.

All welcome

The Initiative Group.


Starting Tuesday 1 August

An esoteric journey through the Old Testament from humanity’s first beginnings to the birth of Christ


Myths of our human beginnings live deeply within us and affect us unconsciously.  The ability to directly perceive spiritual events has faded over time especially in westernised humans.  The activities of powerful forces which acted on us in our past are not understood and myths have been taken literally.

Rudolf Steiner, with his scientifically trained ability to see our spiritual past, has given us new understanding.  We no longer need to live with the idea that woman is temptress and that Cain murdered Abel as individual people.

This course is taken from Emil Bock’s books ‘Genesis’, ‘Moses’, ‘Kings and Prophets’, 'Caesars and Apostles’. The revealed drama of the Old Testament shows the mighty battles between spiritual forces which played out behind earthly events. We human beings were and are the battleground, this indicates the value of our human souls for which the divine being of Love came to Earth. 


Term 1: From cosmic beginnings when spiritual powers worked on humanity, to the dawning of individual consciousness and the sense of self. (Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Sept 5, 12, 19)


Term 2: Trials, tribulations and battles. The Israelites carry our development forward toward the enlightened humanity of King David. (Oct 10, 17, 24, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5)

Click for Details

Lecture + Q & A: Tuesdays 9.00am - 10.00am (NZST) with Cleone Armon

 Painting Exercise: Tuesdays 10.30am - 12noon (NZST) with Rebs Mackenzie (no experience necessary)

 Attendance either in Hastings, Hawke’s Bay or via zoom (sessions are recorded)

 Cost per term: Lecture + Art $230 or Lecture Only $170

One Year Course Offered Term by Term.

Enquiries to Cleone on 022-0365477 or



In contrast to the five Chinese elements shown last week:

4 Greek Elements (with double polarity)

4 States of Matter

4 Kingdoms of Nature

Drawn by Robin Bacchus

Posted: Sun 09 Jul 2023