The Karma of Material Work as Shown in the Mystery Dramas

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The transformation of man leads to the transformation of the world. This is the path of Cain, the path of Strader, the path of Rudolf Steiner, the path of the Mystery Dramas.

Come join us for a special weekend of considering what Rudolf Steiner’s mystery dramas can reveal about the relationship between art and technology—related avenues of innovation and revelation in the transformation of material into new form.

The weekend will feature four lectures by guest speaker and mystery drama scholar Daniel Hafner, with selections of relevant scenes from the dramas performed under the direction of Barbara Renold. Conversations on the theme and artistic workshops in speech, eurythmy, dramatic scene work, technology, and fiber arts will round out the weekend’s activities.


The Past, Present, and Future of Moral Technology
With Judit Gilbert and Harlan Gilbert

Technology had, and can again have, moral purpose. This hands-on workshop will explore the evolution of human consciousness as expressed in the various ways fiber has been spun into yarn though the ages. What step in this development can now lead us toward an environmentally and socially responsible future?

Working with Some Elements in Eurythmy Relating to the Theme of Transformation
With Dorothea Mier


Harlan Gilbert is a Waldorf educator, writer, and lecturer. Much of his work, including his doctoral dissertation, explores moral questions raised by modern identity and technological transformations.
Judit Gilbert is a fiber artist, Waldorf teacher, and eurythmist. Her artistic work has brought spiritually rich images to countless children in many countries.
Daniel Hafner is a priest of the Christian Community. He lives in Nuremberg.
Dorothea Mier was director of Eurythmy Spring Valley from 1980 to 2005, following many years as a member of the Goetheanum stage group under the direction of Marie Savitch. She is currently active teaching workshops in the US and abroad.
Barbara Renold trained at the Speech and Drama School at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland from 1977-81. In 1987, she began directing Rudolf Steiner’s mystery dramas, culminating in the 2014 Spring Valley Conference, when all four mystery dramas were performed in the same week in English for the first time ever.


Friday, 3/6Saturday, 3/7Sunday, 3/8
9:30amLecture by Daniel Hafner: “Dr. Strader’s Karmic Path”Morning: Attendees are invited to attend a First Class Lesson or service at the Christian Community Church.
11:30amWorkshop I
11:45amLecture by Daniel Hafner: “An individual helps not, but he who combines himself with many at the proper hour”
4:15pmWorkshop II
7:30pmFairy Tale in Eurythmy: “The Ax and Tree”
Performance: Scene III from The Souls’ Awakening
Lecture by Daniel Hafner: “Rudolf Steiner’s Forays into Material Work”
Fairy Tale in Eurythmy: “The Ax and Tree”
Performance: Scene III from The Souls’ Awakening
Lecture by Daniel Hafner: “The Cain Stream”

Attendee Information

Conference fee: $275-$115 (tiered pricing); Youth Section members can attend for $75. The conference fee includes Friday dinner, Saturday lunch, dinner, and breaks, and Sunday lunch at Threefold Café. No one should be turned away for lack of finances, please contact Christa Lynch at for other arrangements.
Conference housing: Housing is not included in the conference fee. Visit this page for information about housing options in the Threefold community.
Getting here: Visit this page for travel information.
Cancellation policy: Refunds of the conference fee, minus a $35 processing fee, are available if requested before February 24, 2020.
Questions? Contact Christa Lynch at 845-352-5020 x122 or

This event is supported by the Rudolf Steiner Charitable Trust.

Please note: The Friday evening lecture will begin at 8:00pm, not 7:30 as previously announced.

Online registration will close at 10:00am on Friday, March 6. Walk-in registration is available on Friday after 5:00pm. If you can’t attend the whole weekend, consider Daniel Hafner’s lectures on Friday evening, Saturday morning, Saturday evening, and Sunday morning.


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