Truth, Beauty & Goodness - All welcome

ASSA Annual Conference 2020
27 – 29 March 2020 Friday evening to Sunday

Download Conference Programme and Truth Beauty and Goodness, a lecture by Rudolf Steiner


Waaipoort Farm, Rosendal Free State
Talk: Friday 18th October
Steiner Centre

Thomas Linders and team are developing a run-down farm with all the tools available, that they gathered over the last thirty years of agricultural work in South Africa: Permaculture for the Whole Systems Design, Bio-intensive and Biodynamic agricultural practices to build the soils, Holistic Management practices for their animal systems and natural, local technologies for the built environment. Thomas will share an overview of this work and how it is relevant to the local communities and why it is, for him, the only earth-community saving revolution worth engaging in!

Main Entrance: MMW School, 40 Culross rd Bryanston
Basil Gibaud Library and Bookshop
Telephone : 011 7068544
Visiting and Office Hours
Tuesday: 8.30am – 13.00pm
Wednesday to Friday: 10.00am – 14.00pm.

Observation and Dialogue as a new way for Social Renewal

Talk: Friday 27th September 19h00 Steiner Centre

Near the end of his life Rudolf Steiner introduced a new practical impulse for working in community. He spoke about the moonpath (self-development) and the saturnpath (community development).

The saturnpath points to the way of exercising and learning through observation and dialog, bringing in our destiny skills. In addition to the moonpath, which is directing us toward inner work and meditation the saturnpath leads us to the other person. A Saturnpath process involves engaging with others in dialog, through listening with love and interest for the other a conversation can ensue out of which another element reveals itself as either the solution to a problem or the next step in a process.

Alexander Schwedeler together with Timothy Apps will introduce the saturnpath as Rudolf Steiner explained it in GA 243, 10th lecture of 22 August 1924 in Torquay, and will speak about their practical work with this method as part of their work with IMO Institute for Man and Organisation development

BY DONATION (To go towards travels costs)

Alexander Schwedeler, has worked in finance for the last 20 years, including 15 years for Triodos Bank, Netherlands, an ethical and green/sustainable bank, which was founded in 1980. He is a member of Institute for Human and Organization Development with other worldwide active consultants that support processes of change in organizations to develop horizontal leadership.


Friday 16th August,2019 at 7.00 pm
Ludmilla King wants to start "Foundation Stone" Meetings on a regular basis.
She will discuss this with us and give us her ideas out of her knowledge on this subject.

Friday 27th September, 2019 at 7.00 pm
Alexander Schwedeler - Leadership Consultant - IMO Institute for Human and Organisational Development based in Germany will give a talk.

Friday 18th October 2019 at 7.00 pm
Thomas Linders, will be presenting his work on:
Permaculture for the Whole Systems Design, Bio-intensive and Biodynamic agricultural practices in Waaipoort Farm - A regenerative Agriculture Initiative in Rosendal, Free State.

Friday 15th November 2019 at 7.00 pm
The first of our long-awaited Vision Meetings. This will be led by Neil Tatham, who will talk about his vision for the Anthroposophical Society. Please think about this so that you can make your own contribution to this discussion.


This will be on Saturday 7th December 2019 and details will be forwarded once we have finalized the programme. We have invited Paul Myburgh to be our guest speaker and he has accepted this invitation.

A Futuristic View of Technology and the Impact on Humankind

DATE: 7th June 2019, Time 7pm
VENUE:Steiner Centre,

We Warmly Welcome,

MARTIN SANNE - Executive Director at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and MMW School Council vice-chair
Martin has kindly offered a talk on:
A Futuristic View of Technology and The Impact on Humankind.
Using Technology Examples such as Nanotechnology

Best Regards,
Yvonne de Leeuw,
on behalf of the committee of
The Johannesburg Group of the Anthroposophical Society in South Africa


A lecture and workshop presented by Michael Schubert, author of the book:
The Isenheim Altarpiece,
History - Interpretation - Background
1 - 3 March 2019

In our digital age, when truth and fake news are almost indistinguishable, more and more people are losing their "moral ground". Crime, violence, alcoholism, drug addiction, depressions and psychoses are gaining ground. The gap between rich and poor is getting bigger and bigger. Economic wars disguised as religious wars kill and uproot millions of people. Many individuals live with the questions: What is the purpose of life if I do not know where I come from and where I am going? Why am I on earth? Can I under the given social conditions become a free, self-determined person? Can one work together with others, solving the problems which individuals alone cannot solve?

This workshop will explore whether this Altarpiece still has relevance as a healing gift for the modern human being

TALK: How can the 500-year old Isenheim Altarpiece help resolve mental health needs in modern times?

ʺA true work of art is said to perform of its own accord the act of transforming the soul of the viewer. ... This purpose is implicit in the altarpiece. Its inherent marriage of beauty and truth is communicated through an inspired combination of colour and form. The beauty of these biblical images and the mysteries that attend them can leave us breathless in a part of the soul that has not been touched before, inducing a state of wonder, of peaceful calm and gratitude ... ... Michael Schubert left no stone unturned in his efforts to decipher the countless details that are - he notes - like letters of a forgotten language embedded in the panels." Teresa O'Driscoll

Workshop details:

About 500 years ago, the population in Germany was almost halved by the cruel religious wars of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, by plague, syphilis and the disease known as St. Anthony's fire. In a small hospice monastery in Isenheim in Alsace, Abbot Guido Guersi asked the painter Matthias Grünewald to paint an altar as a remedy against the deadly St. Anthony's fire fever.

In the workshop held in Johannesburg in November 2013, the Isenheim Altar was studied under the theme "Sufferings and Salvation in the Art of Grünewald".

Friday 1st March 19h00- 20h00
Sat/Sun 2nd & 3rd March 9h00-18h30

The cost of the entire workshop, Friday to Sunday, is R 700.
This includes Eurythmy sessions with Christiane Wigand (from Western Cape) Teas and Lunch on the Saturday and Sunday.

The Friday evening lecture is open to those who cannot attend the whole weekend workshop at a cost of R 75.

Venue: Rudolf Steiner Centre,
40 Culross Rd, Bryanston, Jhb SA

Bookings: Chandre Wertheim Aymes
083 647 6622

Bank Details: The CGIT Trust
Investec Branch Code: 580105
Acc. No. : 101 164 9125

TALK: Michael Chase — Talks and a workshop in February

We welcome Michael Chase from the UK who is offereing several
talks and a workshop in February

Michael Chase has been developing the application of mask work in theatre, education and therapy for thirty-five years. He was the artistic director of the Glasshouse Arts Centre for 15 years, where he developed the application of masks in Hero's Journey a therapeutic programme for young adults with complex needs. Michael is presently working as a Psychodrama Psychotherapist in a democratic therapeutic prison with violent offenders. He holds a master's degree in Educational Research and runs mask making and using workshops internationally. Michael is writing a series of books for Hawthorn Press, the first MASK on the theme of the four temperaments was published in May 2017. Michael is an ex pupil of Constantia Waldorf School and now lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire UK.

The Hero's Journey and transforming the Double

The therapeutic use of masks with young adults with complex needs and violent offenders Interactive lecture demonstration: 1hour 30 min

Inspired by The Hero's Journey work of Joseph Campbell and through Rudolf Steiner's imaginations of the archetypes of the seven planets Michael will demonstrate a programme of therapy he has developed for young adults with complex needs. Using masks he will share how he manages the assessment process, ameliorating overdeveloped aspects of the personality, exploring underdeveloped roles and helping to process trauma and abuse. He will also share his work within a medium secure therapeutic community prison and the process of transforming aspects of the double through catharsis, insight and role development

Date: Sunday 10th February 2019
Time: 15h00- 16h30
Venue: Steiner Centre
Cost: R100 Members R50

Masks of Heaven and Earth: The journey between death, birth and life

Interactive talk on the Seven planets: 1 hour 30min

The journey of the soul through the seven planets, from Moon, Mercury and Venus to the Sun, and then onward through Mars, Jupiter and Saturn is a central motif after death which is illustrated through the use of masks. The encounter with the Zodiac, and the preparation of the body from the realm of the fixed stars, heralds the return of the soul and spirit to the next incarnation.

Date: Friday 15th February 2019
Time: 19h00-21h00
Venue: Emerson Room (MMW school office)
Entrance cost: R100 — Members R50

The workshop will continue on this theme, the next day, by considering how our pre-birth intentions and karmic compensation prepare us for the incarnation to come, and how our time in the planetary spheres before birth influences the three fold nature of the soul. An emphasis can be made in this work to the application of planetary masks in the therapeutic context. This includes assessments, monitoring and closure in one-to-one and group settings.Limited to max 20 participants.

Date: Saturday 16th February 2019
Time: 10h00-13h00 followed by lunch
Venue: Class 5A (Yvonne de Leuuw's classroom)
Entrance cost: R600 payment confirms your booking (contact the office)
Tea and lunch will be provided

TALK: The Peace to end all Peace

Jan Christian Smuts 24 May 1870 – 11 September 1950

The Peace to end all Peace
The First World War was referred to as the War to end all Wars, and as we all know, this was a great illusion. The year after the war ended, 100 years ago, protagonists involved in the war met in the Hall of Mirrors in the palace of Versailles, to negotiate a Peace Treaty. Jan Smuts was a very active participant in the proceedings, but later described it as a 'flaw in world history'. He prophesied that this Treaty would lead to even grater conflicts in the future. Michael will give a presentation on the drama that took place, and the role of Jan Smuts as a voice of conscience for the rest of the world.

We warmly welcome Michael Grimley for the first
Anthroposophical Society of Johannesburg talk of the year

Date: Friday 18th January 2019 Time: 7pm
Venue: Steiner Centre, Bryanston by MMW School entrance
Entrance cost: R70 — Members R30

Telephone: 011 7068544
Visiting and Office Hours: Tuesday: 8.30am – 13.00pm
Wednesday to Friday: 10.00am – 14.00pm

TALK: Continuing with the Human Journey

You are invited to continue the conversation with Paul John Myburgh.

Following on from the discussion after the screening of his latest film "The Story of Little Foot", and including his book "The Bushman Winter Has Come", Paul will talk about the early beginnings of humanity up to our present moment, who we are and what lies before us . . . exploring what it means to be human in the world.

About Paul John Myburgh:
Paul is an award winning film maker, anthropologist and author. His book "The Bushman Winter Has Come" reveals the life lessons from seven years spent amongst the Kalahari Bushmen . . . a life which has been a study of the human journey between earth and the starry heavens

"The Story of Little Foot" is a film about the discovery and twenty year excavation of the most complete Hominid or 'apewoman' skeleton ever found in the history of the world! and dated at 3,67 million years. More about Paul at his blog site

Come join us!

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018
Time: 18:00 for 18:15 start, till 19:30
Venue: Steiner Centre, Michael Mount Waldorf School, 40 Culross road, Bryanston, Johannesburg

Cost: R170 pp

Please book your seat by emailing Telana on for banking details. Your seat is confirmed with payment upfront please, because we have limited seating.
Kind Regards,
Helen Katsikas
on behalf of the Anthroposophical Society of Johannesburg

TALK: "The astonishing secrets of Freemasonry revealed in the light of Anthroposophy"

by Neil Tatham.

The Subliminal Man is a biographical journey through word and movement, where 18 years of poetry and dance collide in an explosive and tender incident of contemporary performance and storytelling.

Venue: Steiner Centre, Entrance MMW school
Time: 7:00 pm
Date: 23rd November 2018

The Subliminal Man

On 21 September Alex Higgins and Jan Lampen bring you a brand-new show, birthed from the existential psyche of the suburban white man.

The Subliminal Man is a biographical journey through word and movement, where 18 years of poetry and dance collide in an explosive and tender incident of contemporary performance and storytelling.

Location: Steiner Centre
Time: 7:30 pm
Date: 21 September 2018
Duration: 50 min
Entrance: Free
Age Restriction: PG 16

Biodynamic Agriculture A Conscious Choice

Friday Talk: 24th August 2018
with Alan Rosenberg of Lindros Whole Earth Consultants

There are always two aspects to the conversion of the farm, smallholding or other. There are of course the changes to land itself but no less important and perhaps even more importantly is the change that the farmer will have to go through. There are two entities being converted and it begins with the human being making a conscious choice to want to work biodynamically, biologically, or within the sphere of the living. This impulse must always begin with the person. This is often a challenging time both inwardly and outwardly for that person who might be said to be 'in conversion'. The general description of that change one is embarking on is that one is developing ones' attitude and positioning to the phenomena, as they exist and not as normally a purely intellectual or academic approach to outer materialistic circumstances. This perspective goes towards developing what might be described as a "dependable instinct."...

Biodynamic Agriculture is a holistic approach and practice by which the practitioner brings the substances and forces of life and nature into quality and sustainable production.
Download poster here

"So long as one feeds on food from unhealthy soil, the spirit will lack the stamina to free itself from the prison of the body." R.Steiner

June- July 2018 Newsletter

In the Vatican fresco "The School of Athens" Raphael has put "Atlantis" into the hands of Plato's Timaeus, as if he wanted to show that precisely here lay the deepest wisdom of Plato.

"The eagle eye of myth sees farther than our human eyes; it sees the edge of the world and the sky, the beginning and the end of everything - Atlantis"
"Moses in the Book of Genesis and Plato, say the same thing - the world before the flood is none other then Atlantis, while the ten Atlantean Kings are but the ten generations from Adam to Noah."
Where is the source of this light ? We do not know this; perhaps Plato knows, but he lowers the curtain over this very sacred, terrible secret - the sun of Atlantis descended into the abysses of the Atlantic - the light of the whole humanity.
Atlantis/Europe Dmitri Merejkowski

Money "Good" or "Evil" presented by David Wertheim Aymes
Review by Neil Tatham
David's participatory talk focused on the economic aspect of the Threefold Social Order and highlighted the genius of man's interaction with nature to create value, which is the hidden basis, behind money.
Initially, man turned what he found in Nature into value through barter.Then for convenience's sake he generated promissory notes which eventually became coins, money.
Embodied in money, is therefore value or spirit. It is the excess derived from man's interaction with nature and works best for humanity when unconstrained by any artificial, political or economic constructs.


REMINDER FOR THIS SUNDAY - 8TH JULY The 2nd of Four Gatherings
led by Karin von Schilling
Rudolf Steiner speaks of the Class as 'the Renewal of the Mysteries in our Time.' What does this mean?

Theme: The principles of the Old Mysteries, specifically the Rosicrucian Mysteries, and how does this appear again in our time in the School of Michael?

"From the power that binds all beings That man frees himself who overcomes himself" – Goethe

"This is that man develops his inner feeling through rising above himself. We lift ourselves above ourselves. The soul that overcomes itself finds the path that leads beyond itself to the highest treasures of humanity." – Rudolf Steiner

Dear Members and special Friends,

In an effort to keep you informed, we will be sending you regular newsletters, which we hope will help create an interest in the life of the society. We would appreciate your feedback to help us form a true anthroposophical family.

We, recently had a musical evening – a talk by Christopher Nicolaou on his researched spiritual insights, into the life of Beethoven and live musical illustrations by the accomplished pianist, Abel Weinfass which was very well attended and enjoyed by all.Thank you for your support.

For all those who used to attend the Friday evening talks, we are happy to inform you that we will be meeting on Friday, 4th May 2018 at 7pm. Karin, will give a talk -

"An orientation on the initial beginnings of the General Anthroposophical Society and the founding of the Free High School and it's sections and the initiation of the First Class." This will be followed by a discussion and suggestions on the way forward with these talks, so that they are of interest to all who attend. We look forward to welcoming all members and friends who supported these Friday evenings so enthusiastically, last year. The AGM of the Johannesburg branch will take place on:

Saturday 2nd June 2018 at 11h00am. You will receive an official notice confirming this date in due course. We hope members will make every effort to attend.

The Wednesday evening group will be starting a new study:

COSMIC MEMORY – on Wednesday 25th April, at 7h30pm

The essays contained in this book occupy a significant place in the life-work of Rudolf Steiner. They are his first written expressions of a cosmology resulting from that spiritual perception that he described as "a fully conscious standing-within the spiritual world". Rudolf Steiner shows that the insoluble link between man and cosmos is the fundamental basis of evolution. (Please contact Helen Katsikas 084 7611695

For those who have expressed a preference for a morning study, please contact me, so that we can discuss this.
We look forward to seeing and hearing from you on any query you may have.
Thanking you in anticipation,
With Kind Regards
Helen Katsikas
(On behalf of the committee)

The Anthroposophical Society End of the Year special event
(26 November 2017)

Akhenaton – 8th September at 7.30 pm

Overview Akhenaton:

His family background.
The Origin of the Atenism.
His father's vast empire How it came about that he went away to build his own Capital City away from the rest of Egypt.
His fanatecism
The crumbling of the Empire
The tombs...

Talk by Annelie Franken

Friday evening gathering 8th September at 7.30 pm Rudolf Steiner Centre