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The Twelves Senses in the Act of Consecration of Man

April 24, 2017 at 8:00 am - April 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm


With Reverends Peter van Breda; Patrick Kennedy; Bastiaan Baan


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Rudolf Steiner’s Drawing: The Twelve Senses and the Zodiac

The sacraments of The Christian Community are first of all an experience for the senses.

“Spiritual reality is present in the ritual on the level of sense perception”.

(Rudolf Steiner, Pastoral Medicine Course)

In this Open Course, we will study, experience and practice our twelve senses and bring them in relation with the working of the Act of Consecration of Man, the central sacrament of The Christian Community.

Register Early:  Participation is Limited to 34 Guests

Morning Program:  Monday – Thursday (see Friday below)

10:00 – 10:30     Singing

10:30 – 11:30     Main Lesson

11:30 – 12:00     Break

12:00 – 12:45     Senses Workshop (see themes below)

Afternoon Program:


Morning Main Lesson Theme: Sense of Hearing and Sense of Seeing

3:00 – 4:15           Afternoon Main Lesson Theme:  Sense of Taste and Sense of Smel

4:15 – 4:30           Break

4:30 – 5:50          Senses Workshop


Morning Main Lesson Theme: Sense of Life and Sense of Movement

3:00 – 4:15           Afternoon Main Lesson Theme: Sense of Word and Sense of Thought

4:15 – 4:30           Break

4:30 – 5:50           Spacial Dynamics

7:30                        Presentations by Seminarians, at the church:

The Gospel of Matthew with Matthias Giles and The Gospel of Luke with Luis Gonzalez


Morning Main Lesson Theme: Sense of Touch and Sense of Warmth

3:00 – 4:15           Art

4:15 – 4:30           Break

4:30 – 5:30           Volunteer Afternoon


Morning Main Lesson Theme: Sense of Balance and the Sense of the I

3:00 – 4:15           Inner Life and the Senses

4:15 – 4:30           Break

4:30 – 5:50           Spacial Dynamics


Morning Main Lesson: An Overview

10:00 – 12:00     Morning program as above

12:00 – 12:45     Open Conversation and Review

12:45                     Voluntary Clean-up

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

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).    The Thursday service is celebrated in German.
An organic, vegetarian breakfast is provided at 9:00 (until 10:00) followed by the above morning lectures until approximately 12:45.   Open course guests are welcome to participate in select afternoon classes at the seminary.  Please note participation in the service and sharing breakfast are optional.

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.   You may walk on the roadside or prefer to walk through fields and forests; if so, you may wish to bring appropriate foot wear.  Seminarians are available to guide you.  Please  see the map at the bottom of this page (a copy will be made available on the first day of the open course along with other guest information).  Guests may wish to 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.  Rooms are available on a first come, first served basis; 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 and in the general area.   NOTE:  Check-in is at 4:00; check-out is at 11:00.  Your room key will not be available earlier.  There are fewer staff members available at Holder House, on weekends.

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 wish to 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, 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.

Coffee shops and restaurants are located on Chestnut Ridge Rd., a short walk from Holder House.


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 outdoor footwear for inclement weather and indoor footwear for your comfort.

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 3:00, each day, which it is a quiet period at the seminary.

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.   You may wish to contract the Spring Valley congregation regarding dates and themes of their lecture series which is by donation.


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.



April 24, 2017 at 8:00 am
April 28, 2017 at 1:00 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