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Anthroposophical Study


30 hours (variable – over several weeks).

Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA; Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixville, PA; Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT; Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, NH; instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.
September 2004 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Workshop Intensive
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: gain appreciation and understanding of Steiner’s terminology, approach, and methodology fundamental to the study and practice of anthroposophy; develop familiarity with the concepts of the tripartite human being; explain the three modes of existence of the human being; apply the concepts of the nine-fold nature of the human being to individuals and to future biographical work; discuss the conceptual basis for the laws of destiny, karma and reincarnation; explain the conceptual basis of the worlds of soul and spirit, the forces that underlie these worlds and how these forces are a part of everyday human experience; discuss the basis for inner development through the lens of death and rebirth.


This course provides an orientation to anthroposophical concepts of individual human existence. It provides a basic framework upon which contemplative, pedagogical, therapeutic, and diagnostic concepts of curative education and social therapy are built. This course is accompanied by a year-long introduction to human biographies, inclusive social development, including aspects of curative education, social agricluture and biodnamics, and/or social therapy, and the human being, which further develop the basic themes presented. Topics covered include: the bodily nature, the soul nature, and the spirit nature of the human being; the philosophy of human destiny; the philosophical underpinnings of human reincarnation; the mineral world; the soul world; the spiritual world; the nature of being; overview of basic contemplative exercises, including the six-fold path, the eight-fold path, and self-observation.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Philosophy, Cognitive Studies, Consciousness Study, Contemplative Practice, Contemplative Spiritual Practice, Western Spirituality, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/05) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).