Study Groups

Our reading groups provide the opportunity in a very informal setting to explore Rudolf Steiner’s work with others. There is no need for any prior participation or knowledge, and everyone, young and old, is very welcome to join us at any time, just once or as often as it suits. We aim to create a friendly, inviting atmosphere, as good humoured as it is serious. Working together, we share our reflections on the immediate theme and try to pay as much attention to listening as to speaking. We find that studying together provides a wonderful opportunity for the whole group to advance in knowledge and understanding. Members and friends are warmly invited to groups at any time even for one-off visits. Previous participation is not necessary and there is no need to book.

Small donations towards expenses welcome: £3/£2 

For more details, please email Adrian Hotten E: ssatrsh@virginmedia.com

Meetup website: www.meetup.com/rudolf-steiner-spiritual-science



MONDAYS

Karmic Relationships, Volume 1

With Trevor Dance

23rd September; 7th & 21st October; 4th & 18th November; 2nd December

7.00 – 8.30pm

These profoundly esoteric lectures examine the laws inherent in reincarnation and karma and explore in detail the incarnations of specific historical figures.The opportunity to study this lecture series in a group affords us a chance to really get to grips with these fundamental issues, which demonstrate the realities of the workings of karma in human life. This first volume is an essential basis for such a study.

The Temple Legend

With Dr Sue Peat and Adrian Hotten

30th September; 14th & 28th October; 11th & 25th November; 9th December

7.00 – 8.30pm

We will be continuing with the lectures given to members of Rudolf Steiner’s first Esoteric School between 1904 and 1906. They throw light on the content of the picture-language of myths, sagas and legends. Pictures, Steiner explains, are the real origin of all things – the primeval spiritual causes. In order to work with pictures or symbols today we first need to become acquainted with their esoteric content. Steiner gave these lectures as a necessary preparation for the planned second section of his Esoteric School, which was to deal in a direct way with a renewal of ritual and symbolism. They clarify the history and nature of the cultic tradition including principally Freemasonry and its background, but also the Rosicrucians, Manichaeism, the Druids, the Prometheus Saga, the Lost Temple, Cain and Abel – and much else besides.

TUESDAYS

At the Gates of Spiritual Science

With Brendan McQuillan

1st, 15th & 29th October; 12th & 19th November; 3rd & 10th December

7.15 – 8.45pm

Continuing with these Stuttgart lectures which are an extremely accessible introduction to the ideas and content of spiritual science and form an excellent and concise complement to Steiner’s basic written works, Theosophy and Cosmic Memory. They cover the nature of the human being, the three worlds, life after death, karma, the evolutionary epochs, and the path of inner development.

WEDNESDAYS 

The Riddles of Philosophy

With Trevor Dance

25th September; 9th & 23rd October; 6th & 20th November; 4th December

2.00 – 4.00pm

We are studying the final chapters of this seminal work – the chapters in which Steiner explores the ideas of thinkers of his own time and the essential question of how spiritual ideas can prosper in a materialistic society whose thinking excludes the existence of the spiritual world. These discussions are more pertinent than ever in a world where humanity seems so much in conflict with the natural world, which will not be ‘conquered’ by science.

Materialism and the Task of Anthroposophy

With William Bishop

2nd, 16th & 30th October; 13th & 27th November; 11th December

2.00 – 4.00pm

Selected lectures from this powerful and timely series of lectures given by Rudolf Steiner in Dornach in 1921.

The Spiritual Beings in the Heavenly Bodies and in the Kingdoms of Nature

With Brendan McQuillan

2nd, 16th & 30th October; 13th & 27th November; 11th December

4.15 – 6.00pm 

Continuing with these Helsinki lectures which describe the invisible world of elemental beings that underlies nature, and the spiritual beings of the hierarchies. The lectures explore the relationships of the spiritual beings to individual planets and their moons, to the sun and to comets, against the cosmic backdrop of other solar systems, and in the context of the reciprocal natures of human being and cosmos.

Essential Steiner – Reading and Conversation Group

With David Lowe

The Mission of the Archangel Michael Wednesdays Weekly from 25th September until 18th December

7.15 – 8.45pm

In the autumn of 1919, almost exactly one hundred years ago, and a year after the armistice that halted the 1st World War, Rudolf Steiner gave this series of lectures about the role of the Archangel Michael in our time. In concluding lecture three, Steiner showed remarkable prescience, 20 years before the 2nd World War, when he had this to say: The ferments that have brought Europe to the edge of the abyss, that will pit Asia and America against each other, engendering worldwide conflict, are products of the past. The path of human evolution to absurdity may be countered only by travelling the path that leads to the spirit: the Michael path, which becomes the path of Christ. Perhaps it’s time we paid attention.

THURSDAYS

Reading to the Dead

With Iaia Chiesa

Third Thursday of the month from September

7pm – 8.30pm

As one of the recognised tasks of Anthroposophy, we will be reading to the so-called dead, to establish and/or re-establish a connection with the dear ones who have crossed the threshold. For further information, please contact Iaia Chiesa. E: Iaiac53@yahoo.com