Meet the Community

The Threefold community is home to a wide variety of initiatives rooted in the work of Rudolf Steiner.

Waldorf Education

Green Meadow Waldorf School
The Otto Specht School

Adult Education

Eurythmy Spring Valley
Sunbridge Institute
The Pfeiffer Center
The Fiber Craft Studio
The Steiner School of Speech Arts

Nature Education for Children

The Pfeiffer Center
The Nature Place

The Arts

Eurythmy Spring Valley
The Fiber Craft Studio
Threefold Mystery Drama Group
The Steiner School of Speech Arts

Community Life

Threefold Branch of the Anthroposophical Society
Hungry Hollow Co-op Natural Foods Market
Threefold Café
The Christian Community Church
The Pfeiffer Center CSA
The Fellowship Community’s Hand & Hoe, including the Duryea Farm/Pfeiffer Center Farm Stand and Meadow Lark Store

Medicine, Therapeutic & Curative Work

The Fellowship Community
The Fellowship Community’s Medical Office
The Otto Specht School
Eurythmy Spring Valley

Learn more about each initiative below

Green Meadow Waldorf School
Green Meadow Waldorf School
A different kind of private school, Green Meadow Waldorf School strives to create a social, cultural, and learning environment that recognizes the child’s spiritual freedom and growth. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s insights into human development, Green Meadow nurtures the physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities of the growing child through a developmentally appropriate curriculum.
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Otto Specht School
Otto Specht School
At the Otto Specht School, we work to discover each child’s path to lifelong learning, offering a variety of educational programs designed to meet the needs of students with developmental delays, social and sensory sensitivities, and learning challenges. We have looked beyond both typical and special educational models to provide an extraordinary education to those who need it most.
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Sunbridge Institute
Sunbridge Institute
Sunbridge Institute, an independent, not-for-profit adult learning community, offers world-renowned Waldorf teacher education programs, along with professional development and general interest courses and workshops on Waldorf Education, Waldorf teaching, organizational leadership, and the arts. The teachings of Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf Education, are at the heart of the Sunbridge mission, and we are dedicated to the support of Waldorf Education in North America.
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The Pfeiffer Center
The Pfeiffer Center
The Pfeiffer Center practices, teaches and promotes biodynamics through courses, workshops, and internships for all levels of experience and interest. The ongoing work of developing a biodynamic farm individuality in the northern suburbs of New York City is the foundation for our educational programming.
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Eurythmy Spring Valley
Eurythmy Spring Valley
Eurythmy Spring Valley is comprised of the internationally known performing Ensemble and the highly respected School of Eurythmy, which offers both full-time and part-time training leading to a variety of careers in eurythmy and the potential to earn a diploma recognized by the Association of Eurythmy Trainings in Dornach, Switzerland.
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Fiber Craft Studio
Fiber Craft Studio
The Fiber Craft Studio, formerly the Craft Studio of Sunbridge College, has evolved over the course of 20 years serving the students of the college and offering courses and workshops open to the public. In the summer of 2008 it became a separate initiative and joined the family of institutions that are working under the umbrella of the Threefold Educational Center seeking to put into practice the ideas inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner.
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Threefold Café
Threefold Café
Threefold Cafe is a dynamic natural foods cafe adjacent to the campus of the Green Meadow Waldorf School. We strive to provide tasty, nutritious, made-from-scratch wholesome food that is sourced as locally as possible. As many ingredients as possible are organic and biodynamic. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free diners will always find a delicious range of options here at the cafe.
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Hungry Hollow Co-op
Hungry Hollow Co-op
The Hungry Hollow Co-op Natural Foods Market was established in 1973 as a buying club by parents at Green Meadow Waldorf School. For over 20 years it was nestled in the Threefold community serving a small, committed group of members. In 1993 the Co-op moved to its present location and has become the local “corner grocery store,” open to the public seven days a week. The Co-op hosts educational workshops, seeks to develop sources for local and Biodynamically grown produce, and strives to conduct business in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.
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Hand & Hoe / Meadow Lark Store
Hand & Hoe / Meadow Lark Store
The Hand and Hoe is the Fellowship Community’s organic cafe and hand-crafted merchandise emporium, selling goods from across the Threefold Community. We offer organic products from both the Pfeiffer Center and our own biodynamic fields, as well as milk from our own dairy! Our cafe serves delicious organic foods including soups, salads, pizza, and ice cream. Our store is stocked full of hand-dipped candles, books printed on our presses, home-made bread, crystals of varying kinds, and more!
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The Fellowship Community
The Fellowship Community
Founded in 1966, The Fellowship is an intentional community of all ages, centered on the care of the elderly and based on anthroposophy. About 150 elderly persons, children and coworkers live in a rural setting of farm, woods and orchards. Working and learning together in service to others and in caring for the earth is the central motif of the community life. The Fellowship Community operates the Duryea farm, a mixed vegetable production which also includes an apple orchard, dairy herd and on-farm dairy.
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Anthroposophic Medical Associates
Anthroposophic Medical Associates
Our doctors practice an integrative medical approach to healing inspired by the research of Dr. Rudolf Steiner, utilizing the best of conventional medicine and non-traditional healing arts such as mental health counseling, Rhythmical Massage, Alexander Technique, Spatial Dynamics, Therapeutic Eurythmy.
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The Nature Place Day Camp
The Nature Place Day Camp
A non-competitive, nature-oriented summer camp for boys and girls ages 4-16. The joy, magic and wonder of reconnecting with our earth are inherent in all of its activities, be they games, gardening, hiking, camping, archery, swim instruction, canoeing, cooking, storytelling, earth art, nature explorations, animal care, music, drama and more. Director Ed Bieber, trained as a biologist, is a leader in environmental education in the Threefold community and beyond.
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The Christian Community
The Christian Community
The Christian Community church in Chestnut Ridge/Spring Valley is part of an international movement for the renewal of religion, founded in 1922 in Switzerland by the eminent Lutheran theologian and minister Friedrich Rittlemeyer with the help of Rudolf Steiner. The New York City church was the first to be founded in North America and there are now twenty congregations on our continent, all independently funded and administered. In Chestnut Ridge, services for children and adults are held on Sundays and weekdays throughout the year, with many special festivals and events as well. A three-week sleep-away camp for children is also held each August (open to everyone).
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Steiner School of Speech Arts
Steiner School of Speech Arts
Our mission is to develop free and truthful expression in which the inner life connects with living language to expand the power of communication. Steiner School of Speech Arts is an innovative initiative offering an in depth overview foundation year as well as a full four year training in speech arts. We also host a variety of inspiring weekend workshops throughout the year.
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Threefold Mystery Drama Group
Threefold Mystery Drama Group
Members of the Threefold Community have been working with Rudolf Steiner’s four mystery dramas since the 1950s. This work has always been directed by people trained in Rudolf and Marie Steiner’s art of Creative Speech, using amateur actors.
Threefold Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America
Threefold Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America
Individuals gathering to study and discuss has been central to anthroposophy since its beginnings. Rudolf Steiner, whose ideas and teachings form the basis of anthroposophy, urged anthroposophists to meet in groups and join or form branches, so as to create spaces for individuals to meet each other through their common interests and striving. The Threefold Branch has been meeting continuously since the 1920s, when it was formed in New York City by individuals who became the founders of the Threefold Community. The Threefold Branch meets Wednesday evenings in the Side Room of Threefold Auditorium. For information about membership and participation, contact Gino Ver Eecke at 845-356-1380 or by email.
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)
The mission of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America is to foster a new cultural impulse for the work with the young child from pre-birth to age seven. WECAN is committed to nurturing childhood as a foundation for renewing human culture.
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Camphill Foundation
Camphill Foundation
Camphill is a worldwide movement of vibrant lifesharing communities where people with and without developmental disabilities strive together to reach their full potentials. Our mission is to grow, strengthen, and safeguard the Camphill movement in North America, through strategic grants that ensure the long term sustainability of Camphill communities.
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