kindling courage

Motivated by experiences at Emerson College in his twenties, Gerry Josephson seeks to enthuse and encourage adults through the wisdom of Rudolf Steiner’s work.  Using hisgerry-josephson-portrait-square passion for speech and drama, and his personal research into the deep roots of anthroposophy, he continues to offer adult education experiences through a course called ‘Grail Quest’, now located in Hobart, Tasmania.

After growing up in South Africa, travelling to the UK, and later spending a year in New York, Gerry was unexpectedly guided to study in Australia after his years at Emerson College, and stayed here to share his experiences and his wisdom.

He explores some of the challenges facing anthroposophy, and other spiritual and religious paths, around bridging the polarities of light and darkness through his research and exploration around the distinct archetypes of Apollo and Dionysus.

The theme of courage rings through this interview as Gerry urges us to bring our unique creativity inspired by human wisdom into the world.

You can listen to the conversation with Gerry here.

He recites a version of the following Steiner verse to end the interview:

I would enkindle all human beings
From out of the Spirit of the cosmos
To become a flame
And unfold in fire
Their being’s very nature

The others, they would take,

Out of the cosmos, water
To quench with it the flames;
And dampening all being,
Lame it from within.

Oh joy, when the human flame
Is aglow, even where it rests;
Oh bitterness, when the human thing
Is bound there, where it longs to be active.*

Image credit: Evolving forms (detail), 1984, Roger Kemp
(after) Victorian Tapestry workshop (manufacturer),
Leonie Bessant (maker), Merrill Dumbrell (maker), Sonja Hansen (maker), Pamela Joyce (maker), Irja West (maker), Iain Young (maker),
National Gallery of Victoria.

The music on this recording is by Michael Young, aka Young Werther. You can find him on facebook.

* Rudolf Steiner, Truth-wrought-words, Anthroposophic Press, Hudson, NY, 1979, p 77.

the power of caring

Jane Bradshaw head shot croppedJane Bradshaw is a clinical nurse consultant in hepatology and the Tasmanian branch secretary for the Anthroposophical Society in Australia. I was interested in interviewing Jane when I heard her describe her approach with her patients suffering liver disease. She talked about her focus on allowing them to tell their stories. In our conversation, Jane explores this further and describes the power of self-reflection and self-care which enables this kind of work.

You can listen to my interview with Jane here. Continue reading “the power of caring”

adventures in urban agriculture

pk_mentoring.jpgFormer accountant, Peter Kearney is a gardener, biodynamic practitioner and enthusiast for urban agriculture. We spoke earlier in 2018 about his passion for encouraging food gardens in our cities and the wonders of biodynamic gardening and farming. In this interview, Peter talks about his understanding of biodynamic agriculture, and urban agriculture and shares his experiences, particularly around the development of Millen Farm in Samford, Queensland, as well as in his own gardening practice.

Unfortunately, the quality of my recorded conversation with Peter was not good enough to create a podcast so please read this edited interview published in the Winter edition of the journal of the Anthroposophical Society in Australia.

You can also read Peter’s report here on using biodynamic preparations in urban food growing following a biodynamic conference at the Goetheanum, Dornach, in February 2018. Find out more about Peter’s work in teaching and mentorship at his website.

a spiritual exploration of trauma, healing and homosexuality

Book 1 Figure 24 (embrace heavens)Dawn Langman, educator and actor, shares her life experiences with great insight, frankness and wisdom.  In this conversation, Dawn places her traumatic early life experiences in the context of her understanding of reincarnation. She shares her own mystical experiences and the experience of dissociation and disembodiment and the impacts these have had on her life. She also relates her experience as a homosexual and her insights from anthroposophy about homosexuality.

You can listen to my conversation with Dawn here.

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making our ideals a living practice: exploring cultural activism, money and threefolding

John Bloom 2013

John Bloom would like to encourage those of us with a spiritual practice to get out of our chairs and become cultural activists. He has a background in fine arts, community supported agriculture, school administration and for the past 20 years has worked at RSF Social Finance in the US where as Vice-President of Organizational Culture, John attends to the reflective and relational aspects of the organization. He is keen to encourage us to put our ideals into practice.

You can listen to my conversation with John here.

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