News 7-24

Anthroposophy in Hawkes Bay

Sunday 18 February                           Week 7-24

Coming Events

Calendar of Coming Events

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

  • Thursday 22 February  9:30 am Eurythmy course starts**
  • Friday 23 February. 7 pm. Leading Thoughts. 'Spiritual Kingdoms and human self-knowledge' p42.
  • Weekend 24-25 February. 2-day Workshop (9am to 4:15 pm) on Threefold Social Order.
  • Wednesday 28 February. 7 pm Van James of Hawaii will speak on the occasion of Rudolf Steiner’s 163rd birthday on Madonnas in Art.
  • Saturday 2 March. 9:30 to noon. The School of Spiritual Science.  Mantra 12
  • Thursday 7 March. 5:30 pm.  Branch Committee meeting.
  • Saturday 23 March.  7 to 9 pm. Autumn Festival
  • Saturday 13 April 2 pm.  Annual General Meeting of the Hawkes Bay Branch of the Anthroposophical Society. [please note change from previously announced date.]
  • Weekend 4-5 May. Annual Conference of Anthroposophical Society in NZ.  To be held in Taikura School as main venue.  Guest speaker: Ueli Hurter, Switzerland.  More details soon on

Community Notices.  Send contributions to the Editor, before 2 pm on the Saturday prior.  Robin Bacchus

General: Rudolf Steiner and Anthroposophy


The Editor would like to invite all those who are running, or wishing to create, a  Study Group, or who are offering Training Courses or Seminars on Anthroposophical themes to announce in the Newsletter details of what they are doing when, and how those interested in participating can make contact. 

If you are wishing  Send details to: 


Workshop on the Threefold Social Order
is next weekend starting at 9 am on Saturday 24 February.  Anyone is welcome to join the first session in the Art Room, where the nature of Threefolding will be explained.  Those planning to come all day are asked to bring your own food – that may be shared – for breaks and lunch.  Coffee and tea will be provided.  There will be artistic activities – so please bring coloured pencils, pens, pastels and crayons.  Paper of various sizes will be supplied.  Participants are asked to contribute a Koha of $10 (or more) for the Centre.

For more information, please contact Robin Bacchus, 022-398 2805; or phone 06-8778936

Health, Medicine and Therapy

      Offer of

 ... for wellbeing support, recovery and convalescence conjunction with or independant of medical treatment

 I offer a range of topical therapeutic cares e.g. body oiling, compresses and selfcare instructions and materials, or specialist therapies including work in understanding your Biographical rhythms in general or exploring specific questions.

Prices and Times  are flexible, for waged and unwaged.

DONATIONS of $5 per session,will be given to either The Anthroposophical Society or The Christian Community at your preference.

 Text 0211 734 152 to enquire, re appointments at SALVE CABIN at our home, 900A Tomoana Road, Mahora, Hastings.

Jocelyn Freeman  NZRN

The Arts


If you’re looking for movement that’s refreshing, rhythmical & harmonising,

Dive into a 7-week course of eurythmy

For those wanting a taster, the first session is free. 


Thursday 22nd February 9.30-10.30am

401 Whitehead Road, Hastings

Cost $100


 Mathematics and Astronomy

New Year

In China people are now celebrating their Spring Festival at the start of the Chinese Year of the Dragon.  Rather like the Christian Festival of Easter (and the Jewish Passover) the Chinese New Year is based the relationship between Sun, Moon and Earth: it starts on the New Moon preceding the first Full moon after the mid-point between the Northern Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox [5 February].  The Spring Holiday goes from the New Moon to the Full Moon. 

The Chinese Dragon [loong] is the only mythical creature of their 12-animal zodiac – depicted with a coiled dynamic form with an amalgam of features: scales of fish tail of a serpent, belly of a clam, head of a camel, claws of an eagle ears of a cow and eyes of a demon!
In western cultures, dragons are fought or subdued by Michael or Saint George – they represent our untamed astral forces. 

However, in eastern cultures dragons are considered benevolent and wise yet powerful – they breathe clouds, move the seasons, and control the waters of rivers, lakes and seas.  They are linked with yang and the masculine generative principle [perhaps more representing etheric forces].  To be born in the year of the Dragon is considered to be good luck, so the birth rate in China is much higher every 12 years.  Whereas the year of the Tiger [yin] is not so auspicious and less children are born in those years.

(Easter's astronomical aspect is that is celebrated on the first SUNday after the first Full MOON after the Northern Vernal EQUINOX.  All through Winter the full Moon travels higher in the sky at midnight than the SUN is at midday. After the equinox the midday Sun climbs higher than the Full Moon (the Christ sun forces overtake the Moon forces) and does so until the Autumn Equinox.  In summer, the full moon is as low as the winter sun.)

Community Notices


We are a long standing organic shop in Hastings, Hawkes Bay, and  it's time for us to sell!  Although it's the end of an era for us, we hope it is  the start of a new era for someone else!

So, after 30 plus years of serving the wonderful Hawkes Bay and Taikura School community, we would love to hand over the reins to someone who will hopefully carry on the impulse that we started many years ago and bring their own passion and skills into the business.



Please send expressions of interest to Kaye & Alan Keats at


Posted: Sat 17 Feb 2024