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Open Course: Sacramentalism and Alchemy with Rev. Jonah Evans and Rev. Bastiaan Baan

September 24, 2018 at 8:30 am - September 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm


“Aurora Consurgens”, 15th century: The relation between substances and the Trinity.

All forms of sacramentalism work in order to eventually transform the earth. This is also the intention of alchemy.  In this Open Course we will research the connections between alchemy and sacramentalism – and begin to recognise, how in daily life and in celebrating the sacraments we can help to realise this future task.

Spaces Available!  There is no limit to registration.  
VENUE:  Breakfast will be at the Threefold cafe at the Main House
 and the morning course will be at Brookside next to the Main House.
(See the link below to pre-order lunch, if interested, which is not included in the course fee) 

Returning Open Course guests will note the rise in the suggested donation amount.  We hope this will help raise awareness of the true costs of the seminary and express how valued these weeks are.  Out of town guests who have extra costs for travel and housing should especially feel welcome to donate a lower amount, if that would make a difference in attending.  Prospective students and college-aged guests may contact our office to inquire about further financial support

Open Course Suggested Contribution: $300.00 per person.  If a $300.00 per person contribution  would prevent your participation you may consider contributing a lesser amount of $250.00. or $200.00.

$300.00 Open Course Contribution

or $250.00

 or $200.00

Suggested reading for those who are interested.

“Spiritual Foundations of Morality”, by Rudolf Steiner.

“Building Stones for an Understanding of The Mystery of Golgotha”, Lecture four, by Rudolf Steiner.

“The Work of the Angels in Man’s Astral Body”,  by Rudolf Steiner.

Wednesday’s Lecture 
You will receive a copy of Wednesday’s lecture with your guest folder.  If you wish to review this in advance the lecture will be Supersensible Influences win the History of Mankind, Lecture IV by Rudolf Steiner.


Pre-order Lunch at the Threefold Cafe
For those who are interested, you may wish to pre-order lunch at the Threefold Cafe and receive a discounted rate; please click
here for details and to order.


Monday to Friday: Each day begins at the church (15 Margetts Rd, Spring Valley) at 8:30 am with the Act of Consecration of Man with the exception of Wednesday which begins with a lecture at 8:30 a.m.   Thursday’s service is celebrated in German.

After the Act of Consecration of Man, the open course will convene at the Main House on the Threefold Campus, 260 Hungry Hollow Road  Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977.  Afternoons will be at the church and the seminary.  A detailed schedule will be published shortly.  Please see the links to maps at the bottom of this page.

An organic, vegetarian breakfast is provided from 9:30 until 10:30 followed by morning lectures with a  break before lunch, which is generally at 1:00, followed by a longer break and afternoon program.  Please note breakfast and participation in the service is 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 a payment button 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 arrange to 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, please click here.   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,  Click here to download the Home Stay list.  If you have a car, you may wish to consider a local hotel.  For a list of hotels convenient to the Threefold campus, please click here.


Your visit for the open course includes an organic, vegetarian, breakfast at 9:30 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 http://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.


Directions to the Threefold campus by car and public transit are detailed in this document

Airport transportation may be arranged with local drivers who charge $60.00 or, more (depending upon traffic) 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 1:00 to 2:30, 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.


A map of the Threefold community can be found here.

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.


Please do not walk across the public school property located on Margetts Rd. during the day.

Click below for trails to the church and the seminary.



September 24, 2018 at 8:30 am
September 28, 2018 at 1:00 pm