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World Evolution

Formerly Retreat III: World Evolution

15 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
April 2006 - 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: articulate and discuss an anthroposophical perspective of evolution in addition to the commonly known materialistic and other perspectives; formulate extended concepts of development and metamorphosis, complemented with new insights and perspectives; and develop new perspectives for their future-oriented interactions with fellow human beings and with planet earth.


This course explores the evolution of the human being and the earth in past, present and future from an anthroposophic spiritual-scientific perspective. Practictioners of inclusive social development working from an anthroposophic perspective, need to be able to see the human being within a larger context, as a being that is intimately connected with the earth and the entire cosmos. This retreat aims to evoke reverence for the human being, the earth and the cosmos by allowing participants to explore, recognize and appreciate the origins of the living spirit, the living soul, the living and physical body of the human being and its interconnectedness with the world. The approach is based on Rudolf Steiner's spiritual scientific work which presents a spiritually deepened view of conventional evolutionary theory.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Philosophy, Consciousness Studies, Contemplative Spiritual Practice, Western Spirituality, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/07) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).