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Seeing Christ Through Twentieth Century Art

December 12, 2016 at 8:00 am - December 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm



If registering under a name different from that of your payment, please include this as a note: Thank you!

Only 5 Spaces Remaining!  

With Seminary Directors, Rev. Bastiaan Baan and Rev. Patrick Kennedy and Regine Kurek*

All supplies provided.


“Luminescence”, Ivan Kudriashev, 1926

Looking back to the twentieth century, we see mankind go collectively through a profound crisis.  We entered a dark abyss.  Out of the darkness Christ revealed himself anew.  Traces of this event are reflected in the art and artists who lived through it.  In this course we will learn to see these traces.

* “The artistic process in this course does not require any previous art experience but complements the theme of the week in a simple hands-on art process. I hope that through this participants will have an experience of what is being studied, through their own creative process”.

– Regine Kurek, Director, Arscura School for the Development of Art in the Healing and Social Fields in Toronto, holds a diploma in anthroposophical Art Therapy from the Kunststudientstatte, Ottersberg, Germany 1981, and in Biographical Counselling from the Lukas Klinik in Arlesheim, under Gudrun Burkhard, 1997.

December Open Course Schedule

Monday to Friday: Each day begins at the church (15 Margetts Rd, Spring Valley) at 8:00 am with the Act of Consecration of Man with the exception of Wednesday which begins with a lecture at 8:00 a.m. at the seminary (7 Carmen Court, Spring Valley).   An organic, vegetarian breakfast is provided at 9:00 (until 10:00).  This is followed by the morning course which concludes at 12:15 p.m.   Please see below for the schedule for the remainder of each day.

Monday  8:00 – 12:15 Please see paragraph above

12:15 – 3:00       Lunch break

3:00 – 5:00         Artistic Process

Tuesday  8:00 – 12:15 Please see paragraph above

12:15 – 3:00       Lunch break

3:00 – 5:00        Artistic Process

7:30                      Lecture at the church, “Born at the Threshold: Uncovering the Sources of Modern Art”,
lecture by Rev. Bastiaan Baan and Rev. Patrick Kennedy

Wednesday  8:00 – 12:15 Please see paragraph above note the change at 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m.           Lecture, GA 200, dated October 30 and 31, 1920, (at the seminary).  Copies of the lecture will be provided.  This lecture is included in The New Spirituality: And the Christ Experience of the Twentieth Century.  If interested, you may contact www.meadowlarktoys.com who have limited copies of this book which is out of print book in the US (a new edition may be ordered from the UK).

12:15 – 3:00      Lunch break

3:00 – 5:00       Artistic Process

5:00 – 6:00        Voluntary work at the church or seminary

7:30                      (Optional) Eurythmy Performance – tickets by donation, see details below**

Thursday  8:00 – 12:15 Please see paragraph above

12:15 – 3:00        Lunch break

3:00 – 3:00          Artistic Process

Friday  8:00 – 12:00 Please see paragraph above

11:15  – 12:00       Open Conversation and Review

12:00 to 1:30 or 2:00 Clean up

**Eurythmy Spring Valley End of Term Festival

Wednesday, December 14, 7:30pm and Thursday, December 15, 7:30pm

The Eurythmy Spring Valley End of Term Festival is a showing of their student’s pieces which they have worked on throughout the fall term. This festival is a wonderful opportunity to glimpse the work done in the eurythmy training.

Tickets: Donations welcome.

Location: Threefold Auditorium, 260 Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY.

Information: Call 845-352-5020 x13 or email info@eurythmy.org.

We invite you to join us for a week-long Open Course!

Please see below for information regarding accommodation, meals, transportation and other aspects of your visit.


You may register and pay on-line by clicking the link above  (if registering under a name different from that of your payment, please include this as a note or by email).   You may also register and pay with a credit card over the phone or register by email info@christiancommunityseminary.org or by calling (845) 356-0972.  You may make your payment by check, payable to the Seminary of The Christian Community and mail this to 7 Carmen Court, Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 or you may make your payment when you arrive.


Holder House and The Fellowship offer guest rooms, located within walking distance of the seminary and church or, a three minute drive by car.   Please note the walk is through fields and forests so bring appropriate foot wear.  Seminarians are available to guide you; see the map at the bottom of this page.  Guests may also share rides.

Accommodation at Holder House includes use of a shared kitchen where you may prepare meals.  You may arrange for linens, etc. with your reservation.  Please visit the Holder House web site for further information and to book your reservation request on-line.  Please note rooms are available on a first come, first served, basis so it is suggested to book early to avoid disappointment.  You may contact Holder House directly via the Three Fold web site www.threefold.org.  Please note that cell phone and internet reception may be sporadic at Holder House.

Rooms may also be arranged with home owners in the area.  To arrange to rent a room in a private home, see the contact information on the Three Fold web site:  www.threefold.org  If you have a car you may also consider a local hotel.


Your visit for the open course includes an organic, vegetarian, breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at the seminary, Monday through to Friday.

If you are staying at Holder House, you will have the use of a shared kitchen with plates, some pots and pans, etc., provided.  There is a local co-op within walking distance of Holder House where you may wish to purchase groceries which includes an organic and bio-dynamic selection or prepared foods.  Other grocery stores are within an approximately five-minute drive.

The co-op also offers self-serve, organic, lunch and dinner which you may take-out or, there is some outdoor seating available.

A café is located next to Holder House which is generally open serving breakfast, snack and lunch, Monday to Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm.  The days and hours of operation are subject to change; please check their web site available at www.threefold.org.

The Hand and Hoe, located a short walk from Holder House, is open for lunch on Fridays, with indoor and some patio seating.

The Fellowship, located a short distance from Holder House, offers lunch for their residents.  You may call in advance to request they prepare an additional meal for you which you may eat in their lunch room.

Two coffee shops are on Chestnut Ridge Rd., a short walk from Holder House.  A plaza on Chestnut Ridge Rd. at Red School House Rd. includes stores offering hot meals, sandwich bar and coffee from 7 a.m.

There are a few restaurants, banks, and other conveniences on Chestnut Ridge Rd. near Hungry Hollow Rd., a list will be distributed the first day of the open course or, may be requested in advance.


Airport transportation may be arranged with local drivers who charge $60.00, each way to and from Newark Airport, considerably less than a taxi.  The cost may be shared with other passengers.  The drives to other airports are more expensive given longer drive times and tolls.  Please ask for contact information for local drivers and we’ll be pleased to forward this to you.

Daily rides to the church and seminary might be arranged with other guests or perhaps with seminary students who may have a car.

Bus transportation is available to New York City and other destinations.  Note: Weekend schedules vary from week day schedules.

Walking from Holder House through the fields and forests is a pleasant way to make your way to the seminary and church.   A trail map will be provided and you may join seminary students who usually use the trails.  Please bring appropriate footwear for inclement weather.

Things to do:

We are located approximately 30 miles north of New York City which offers many sites and events.

Many local events and performances are posted on the Three Fold Web site www.threefold.org.

Library and Books:

Open course guests may have the use of the seminary library during the week of the course from  Monday to Friday with the exception of 12:30 to 2:30, each day, which it is a quiet period at the seminary without any student or guest visits.

The church has a selection of books for sale which also serves as a fundraising opportunity for the congregation.

Meadowlark books and gift shop is located on Chestnut Ridge Rd.

Books are available for purchase at the seminary including titles by Bastiaan Baan; the proceeds of which  raise funds for the seminary.

The following are some of the shops within walking distance of Holder House:

Cafes, apothecary, ATM, bank, convenience store, grocery store, restaurant, book store and gift shops.

Evening Lectures:

When evening lectures are part of an open course, they are included in the open course fee.  For those interested in attending only evening lectures, the suggested donation is $15.00 per evening.


Click the link below for a google map of the area including the location of the seminary at 7 Carmen Court and the church at 15 Margetts Rd.


Click below for trails to the church and the seminary.



December 12, 2016 at 8:00 am
December 16, 2016 at 1:30 pm


Seminary of The Christian Community in North America
7 Carmen Court
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 United States
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845 356-0972