From Meditation to Supersensible
Methodical Research II

 

Anthroposophical Schooling Conference
Simeria / Carpathian Mountains, Romania


August 24-29, 2012



With Junko Althaus, Marius Gabor, Dirk Kruse, Dorian and Antje Schmidt.



This anthroposophical schooling conference, organized for the second time in the middle of Transylvania, Romania, has at its core an old collaboration between researchers in the field of anthroposophy, who have built methods for the research of supersensible realities. They have also invited Junko Althaus on this occasion, due to the interest which her work has generated.

All the lecturers make their research practice and work in different areas, mainly in Germany, Romania, Switzerland and Austria. They believe that a methodical and personal collaboration seems to be possible in the area of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, as a wonderful place to make a step towards a modern “culture of practice and research”.

Therefore, the Anthroposophical Society in Romania has invited them to lead the conference in Simeria in Summer 2012, during which they shall realize an experience exchange and communicate about their own methods, which spring from the anthroposophical spiritual science.

Junko Althaus comes from Japan and has realized in a personal way research on karma; she is dedicated in a great extent to the karmic tasks of the present and future, of the anthroposophical movement. Together with her husband, Christian Althaus (Waldorf school teacher, therapeutist through speech art and biography counselor), she works as a biography counselor. Christian will support her work in Simeria.
Some of Junko’s work can also be read through her weblog (German): http://philosophie-der-freiheit.blogspot.com/

Marius Gabor researches the field of meditation practice, on steps towards supersensible experiences which develop through meditation. On this topic he has published articles in German anthroposophical magazines as Info3, and he leads meditation courses with groups from Romania and Austria.




Dirk Kruse does research on supersensible soul observation, in different fields: nature, annual cycle, bees, organization development and cosmology. He works with different groups at an international level and has published weekly articles in Das Goetheanum magazine. See also (German): http://www.infameditation.de/veranstaltungen/dozenten/




Dorian Schmidt researches mainly in the field of etheric formative forces and qualitative forces for agriculture, but also in respect to meditation – word and substances, as well as other topics. He founded the “Association for Research of Rational Formative Forces” and the “Novalis School” for research and schooling in these fields; he also works with different groups and research institutions, such as “The Institute for Biodynamic Research” in Germany, “The Widar Research Institute” from Switzerland, and with Universities for Ecological Agriculture; he has published different articles and books. He will lead a workshop together with Antje Schmidt, his co-worker and wife. See also (German): http://www.gesellschaft-fuer-bildekraefteforschung.de/

This conference is open to all those interested in these fields or feel they have a relationship to this practice and research.  Translations will be available in German, English, French, Romanian.

Location

Simeria is situated near the city of Deva, and the conference will be held in the Center for Curative Education in Simeria Veche village. Rooms are available there with 1 to 4 beds, or larger ones (5-8 beds) at a smaller price. Also accommodation can be found in small hotels the town of Simeria, at a 5 km distance. Tents can also be used.

Travel

By plane, look for cheaper Flights with the airines BLUE AIR, GERMAN WINGS, TAROM, MALEV, AUSTRIAN (about Euro 50,- to 200,- from Germany – by early booking) to destinations such as Sibiu, Timisoara or Cluj, then further 3-4 hours by train to Simeria.
By train via Vienna – Budapest.
By car from Northwest-Europe – go over Budapest to Deva and then to Simeria – one day from the Middle of Germany.

Costs

The total cost of the event is Euro 280,- (accommodation in larger rooms: Euro 40,-, meals (vegetarian): Euro 60,-, participation fee: Euro 180,-). The sum will be paid at the conference site.
For students: Euro 210,- (accommodation in larger rooms: Euro 40,-, meals (vegetarian): Euro 60,-, participation fee: Euro 110,-).

Durch Meditation zu methodischer
überphysicher Forschung II

 

Anthroposophische Schulungstagung
Simeria / Karpaten, Rumänien


24.-29. August 2012



Mit Junko Althaus, Marius Gabor, Dirk Kruse, Dorian und Antje Schmidt.


„Es lebte in meiner Seele diese Wärme, als ich mit den alten und neugewonnenen Freunden in dicke Pelze gehüllt durch eisige Kälte und knisternden Schnee eine Schlittenfahrt südwärts nach den Karpaten (den transsylvanischen Alpen) machte. Eine schwarze, waldige Bergwand, wenn man sich von der Ferne hinbewegt; eine wild zerklüftete, oft schauerlich stimmende Berglandschaft, wenn man da ist.”
(Rudolf Steiner, Mein Lebensgang)


Dieser anthroposophischen Schulungstagung, die zum zweiten Mal mitten in Transylvanien/Rumänien veranstaltet wird, liegt eine langjährige Zusammenarbeit verschiedener anthroposophischer Forscher zugrunde, die Methoden zur Erforschung übersinnlicher Realitäten ausgearbeitet haben. Zu dieser Gelegenheit haben sie auch Junko Althaus eingeladen, da ihre Arbeit ein so grosses Interesse geweckt hat.

Alle Vortragenden sind in der Forschung tätig und arbeiten an verschiedenen Orten, hauptsächlich in Deutschland, Rumänien, Schweiz und Österreich. Sie denken, dass die Karpaten in Rumänien, einen wunderbaren Ort darstellen werden für eine methodische und persönliche Zusammenarbeit - einen Ort um einen Schritt in Richtung "moderne Forschung und Praxis" zu machen.

Daher hat die Anthroposophische Gesellschaft in Rumänien sie dazu eingeladen die Tagung im Sommer 2012 zu halten, während der sie ihre Erfahrungen austauschen und sich über ihre eigenen Methoden mitteilen sollen, welche der anthroposophischen Geisteswissenschaft entspringen.

Junko Althaus kommt aus Japan und hat auf persönliche Art Forschungen zu Karma betrieben und verwirklicht; sie widmet sich in großem Ausmaß den karmischen Aufgaben der Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft für Gegenwart und Zukunft. Zusammen mit ihrem Mann Christian Althaus (Waldorflehrer, Sprachtherapeut und Biographie-Berater) arbeitet sie als Biographie-Beraterin. Christian wird ihre Arbeit in Simeria unterstützen.
Ein Teil ihrer Arbeit kann auf ihrem Weblog eingesehen werden: http://philosophie-der-freiheit.blogspot.com/

Marius Gabor erforscht Meditationspraxis und übersinnliche Erfahrungen, die sich durch Meditation entwickeln. Zu diesem Thema hat er in deutschen anthroposophischen Zeitschriften wie Info3 Artikel veröffentlicht. Ausserdem leitet er Meditationskurse mit rumänischen und österreichen Gruppen.




Dirk Kruse forscht auf dem Gebiete der übersinnlichen Seelenbeobachtung in verschiedenen Bereichen: Natur, Jahreskreislauf, Bienen, Organisationsentwicklung und Kosmologie. Er arbeitet international mit verschiedenen Gruppen und veröffentlichte wöchentliche Artikel in der Zeitschrift "Das Goetheanum". Siehe dazu: http://www.infameditation.de/veranstaltungen/dozenten/




Dorian Schmidt forscht hauptsächlich im Bereich der ätherischen Bildekräfte und qualitativer Kräfte für die Agrarkultur, aber ebenso mit Bezug zu Meditation, Wort und Substanzen und anderer Themen. Er gründete die "Gesellschaft für Bildekräfteforschung" sowie die "Novalisschule" um in diesen Bereichen zu forschen und zu lehren. Er arbeitet auch mit verschiedenen Gruppen und Forschungsinstituten, wie das "Institut für biodynamische Forschung" in Deutschland, das "Widar-Forschungsinstitut" in der Schweiz, und mit Universitäten für ökologische Landwirtschaft. Er hat verschiedene Artikel und Bücher veröffentlicht. Er wird mit seiner Mitarbeiterin und Frau, Antje Schmidt, einen Workshop leiten. Siehe dazu: http://www.gesellschaft-fuer-bildekraefteforschung.de/

Diese Konferenz ist offen für alle, die sich für dieses Gebiet interessieren oder glauben, eine Beziehung zu dieser Praxis und Forschung zu haben. Es wird Übersetzungen in Deutsch, Englisch, Französisch, Rumänisch geben.

Ort

Simeria befindet sich in der Nähe der grösseren Stadt Deva. Die Konferenz wird im Zentrum für Heilpädagogik im Dorf Simeria Veche stattfinden. Es gibt dort Räume mit 1 bis 4 Betten (oder grössere Räume zu günstigerem Preis mit 5 bis 8 Betten). Auch gibt es Unterkünfte in kleinen Hotels in Simeria in 5 km Entfernung. Ebenso können Zelte benutzt werden.

Anreise

Per Flugzeug sollten Sie sich ein günstigen Flug mit den Airlines BLUE AIR, GERMAN WINGS, TAROM, MALEV, AUSTRIAN suchen mit Zielen wie Sibiu, Timisoara oder Cluj (zwischen 50- 200 Euro bei früher Buchung). Von da sind es noch 3 bis 4 Stunden mit dem Zug nach Simeria.
Mit dem Zug reisen Sie mit der Verbindung Wien-Budapest.
Mit dem Auto aus Nordwesteuropa fahren Sie über Budapest nach Deva und dann Simeria (ungefähr ein Tag von Mitteldeutschland).

Kosten

Die Gesamtkosten der Veranstaltung betragen 280 Euro. (Unterkunft in grösseren Räumen: 40,- Euro, Essen - vegetarisch: 60,- Euro, Teilnahmegbühr: 180,- Euro). Bezahlung erfolgt am Tagungsort.
Für Studenten: 210 Euro. (Unterkunft in grösseren Räumen: 40,- Euro, Essen - vegetarisch: 60,- Euro, Teilnahmegbühr: 110,- Euro).
The most Eastern point which Steiner visited in his lifetime is said to be Sibiu (then Hermannstadt, nearby painting from 1808, by Franz Neuhauser Jr.) where he gave a lecture in 1889, on the role of women in Goethe's work. Transylvania was at that time under Hungarian administration, as part of Austria-Hungary. Steiner was deeply moved by the ethnic diversity which he encountered, and also by the wild mountainous scenery, about which he recounts in his autobiography:

„Half a year after this visit, my Transylvanian friends arranged for me to deliver a lecture at Hermannstadt. It was Christmas time. I traveled over the wide plains in the midst of which lies Arad. The melancholy poetry of Lenau sounded in my heart as I looked out over those plains where all is one expanse to which the eye can find no limit. I had to spend the night in a little border village between Hungary and Transylvania.

I sat in a little guest-room half the night. Besides myself there was only a group of card-players sitting round a table. In this group there were all the nationalities to be found at that time in Hungary and Transylvania. The men were playing with a vehemence which constantly broke loose at half-hour intervals, so that it took the form of soul-clouds which rose above the table, struggled together like demons, and wreathed the men as if in the coils of serpents. What differences in vehement existence were there manifested by these different national types!

I reached Hermannstadt on Christmas Day. Here I was introduced into “Transylvanian Saxonism” which existed there in the midst of a Rumanian and Magyar environment. A noble folk which, in the midst of a decline that it could not perceive, desired to prove its gallantry. A Germanism which, like a memory of the transfer of its life centuries ago to the East, wished to show its loyalty to its origins, but which in this temper of soul showed a trait of alienation from the world manifesting itself as an elevated universal joy in life. I passed happy days among the German ministers of the Evangelical Church, among the teachers of the German schools, and among other German Transylvanians. My heart warmed to these people who, in the concern for their folk life and in their duty to this, evolved a culture of the heart which spoke first of all likewise to the heart.

This vital warmth filled my soul as I sat in a sleigh*, wrapped close in heavy furs, and travelled with these old and new friends through icy-cold and crackling snow to the Carpathians (the Transylvanian Alps). A dark, forested mountain country when one moves toward it from the distance; a wild, precipitous, often frightful mountain landscape when one is close at hand.

The centre in all which I then experienced was my friend of many years. He was always thinking of something new whereby I might learn about Transylvanian Saxonism. He was still dividing his time between Vienna and Hermannstadt. At that time he owned a weekly paper at Hermannstadt founded for the purpose of fostering Transylvanian Saxonism. It was a completely idealist undertaking, utterly devoid of practical experience, but at which almost all representatives of Saxonism laboured together. After a few weeks it came to grief.
Such experiences as this journey were brought me by destiny; and through them I was enabled to educate my perception for the outer world, a thing which had not been easy for me, whereas in the element of the spiritual I lived as in something self-evident.”
(From Rudolf Steiner, The Story of My Life)

* There is a certain legend about the episode of the sleigh drive, which relates that Steiner was left alone overnight, according to his own will, in a setting close to the Carpathian Mountains. There he is said to have encountered one of the great Masters, possibly Master Jesus (Meister Jesus, not to be mistaken for Christ). Friedrich Rittelmeyer later noted that, when asked if Master Jesus was incarnated at that time (1920s), Rudolf Steiner answered that he was living somewhere in the Carpathian Mountains. Although the Carpathians cross more than one land, this part of Steiner's biography may support such a presumption.