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Photo above: Ruskin House was just being finished when I first arrived as a student at Emerson College in More than a hundred former students and faculty, some from as far away as New Zealand and Australia, converged on Forest Row early last month More than a hundred former students and faculty, some from as far away as New Zealand and Australia, converged on Forest Row early last month for a four-day reunion at Emerson College, one of the first adult education and Waldorf teacher training institutions in the English-speaking world.
The college welcomed its first students in the early s. In Emerson College moved from war-time huts on the Michael Hall campus to its present location on the Pixton House estate near the village of Forest Row. During its heyday in the later decades of the last century, the student population ranged from to , with or more students in the full-time, year-long Foundation Studies program; the rest were distributed among courses in Waldorf education and biodynamic agriculture as well as in programs in the arts of painting, sculpture, eurythmy, and Bothmer gymnastics.
Photo below of gathering attendees in the style of Emerson College group photos from the past. Pixton house is still there in the backround, but the shrubberies have grown quite a bit in the last 40 years. Many of the first and subsequent generations of teachers at the Toronto Waldorf School TWS — and probably across the whole English-speaking world — did their Waldorf teacher education at Emerson College. Apologies to anyone I might have missed. The college has graduated some 7, students, many of whom came from far-flung corners of the world, places like Brazil, Mexico, Romania, South Africa, New Zealand, India and Australia.
Many came from the United States and western Europe. A common theme among the students who returned for the gathering was that their experience at Emerson College was the best time of their life, a pivotal and transformative experience. But by , after the death of the founders and esteemed elders — people like Francis Edmunds, John Davy, William Mann, and Adam Bittleston — and the declining numbers of students due to competition from more local training institutes, difficulties with the government over student visas, and internal issues, the trustees of the college concluded that, rather than continue running large monthly deficits, the only responsible option was to close the college.
But just a few hours before things were to be handed over to the receivers, a last minute initiative from alumnus Robert Lord and a small group of friends saved Emerson College from closing, with an infusion of money and a new strategy of running short courses, renting out the facilities to other spiritual groups, reducing operating costs, and liquidating some property.
Parts of Pixton House are to be converted to residential apartments under this program. Steve Briault, Director of Development at Emerson College, presents a brief history of recent decades in the photo below:.
The college is no longer running a deficit but the trustees feel that they are not out of the woods yet. While the college has not closed, as was once widely rumoured, neither is its future secure. Emerson College is no longer running year-long programs in Foundation Studies, Waldorf education, or biodynamic agriculture, it is focusing on short courses. Current short or part-time courses include topics such as: clowning, holistic baby and child care, storytelling, discovery program intro to anthroposophy , renewal through art, biography, sculpture, painting, gardening, and biodynamics as a solution for climate change.
The farm continues to flourish and provides the college with much of its food. It has inspired me, and no doubt others as well, to try to recreate that quality of community in other social settings. Was it really worth it to spend so much money and endure the vicissitudes of travel, for a few short days at Emerson College, even if my year there had been such a pivotal experience in my life?
The wild card in the equation was the possibility of meeting people I would likely otherwise never cross paths with. What new turn of destiny might arise from such meetings? Somehow I realized that I had to go. Photo below is of some of the participants in Ian's workshop. Ian is in the red shirt:. Natural streams and rivers tend to flow in a meandering way and the lemniscate is a further enhancement of that tendency.
It seems that Ian has developed and collected a lot of solid science to document the many beneficial effects of this flow-surface technology. As part of this effort, Ian has engaged researchers in Sweden to work on testing the benefits of flowform water, and that project is financed by grants from a charitable foundation in Germany. Not everyone, however, was thrilled with all this science.
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In the language of quantum physics, flowform treatment improves the quantum coherence of the water and imparts to it a fractal structure, all of which benefits humans and other life forms exposed to the water itself, or the water vapors from flowforms, or even just the sound of the water moving through the flowforms. Although I studied path curve geometry with Laurence Edwards as related to pine cones, tree buds, and the human heart, I never realized that this geometry was also the basis of flowforms.
It was the English mathematician George Adams who, under the guidance of Rudolf Steiner, originally developed the path curve geometry, on which flowforms are based. Ian had studied sculpture with John Wilkes at Emerson College for several years, starting in , and then, before John died, he asked Ian to take over his work with flowforms. Photo below is of the water research bulding at Emerson College, with a small flowform out front. Ever since I was a student in the Foundation Year in I had been living with the question of how anthroposophy could be applied to the realms of modern technology.
Note: There is a small flowform installed at the entrance to the Rudolf Steiner Centre Toronto and there is a bench nearby where you can sit and listen to the sound of the water moving through the forms. His wife looked around to see what form of education would be the best and she settled on Waldorf. Definite historical echoes there of Emil Molt and his Waldorf Astoria cigarette factory, where the first Waldorf school opened years ago in After a while this man sold his factory and focused more on the school, which he moved to a village setting and expanded to include other students.
This school has now grown to fill a 7-storey building. Ian had tried shopping his business plans around to investors in the west, but found that, inevitably, the fact that western water-technology experts could not understand how flowforms work was a stumbling block to any involvement. On the other hand, in China, it seems people recognize the flowform technology as echoing their traditional spirituality of the Tao.
It was interesting to see that the farther-away former colonies of New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa were better represented at the reunion than Canada, with several people from each place. One of the early class teachers from the Toronto Waldorf School, Diana Hughes, had attended Emerson College during the last year in the huts at Michael Hall and the first year at Pixton house current location She asked me to remember her to anyone from that era who would be there at the reunion.
And there were quite a few people still around from those early days, including Dede Bark, Jonathan Stedall, Margaret Shillan, and a woman from Colorado named Thesa. Graham Rickett was there from the class of There were six alumni from my year, , including Ian Trousdell and Ashley Ramsden, who now leads the School of Storytelling. Photo below is of Thesa, showing her young friends around the water research building after the gathering:.
Another student from that year was John Moore. John was originally from Ohio, but worked for many years as a Waldorf teacher in Bern, Switzerland. John told us that he was perhaps the only person at the gathering to have met Rudolf Steiner.
He recounted how one day a man came to his school in Bern to deliver heating oil. John asked for his first name, and when he learned it was Rudolf, John said he would like to introduce him to some people at the school. But the man said he had to stay with his work, pumping oil from the truck. My wife, Elisabeth, and I arrived for the reunion one day early. This gave me an opportunity to meet with Linda and Ellie in the reception office, and share with them the now-historical photos I had brought to add to the photo exhibit for the gathering. I was glad to see that many of the 16x20 prints I had made for the college back in were still around.
Arriving early also gave us a chance to meet a few other early arrivals and college regulars in a more relaxed fashion.
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The first people we encountered were not even there for the reunion. Although Sandro was studying at Peredur, he and Kjersti had met at Emerson. Kersti now runs a Waldorf school in Norway. Emerson College weddings were quite a thing back in the day. Typically there would be six or seven of them in a year. We also met Ene Silvia Sarv and her granddaughter Triinu photo below.
Ene had studied Waldorf education at Emerson College in the early s and had then returned to her native Estonia to train Waldorf teachers from Eastern Europe and Russia during the time of the fall of communism and the opening up of the Eastern bloc. Triinu had attended a Waldorf school in Estonia and had in fact just graduated. She plans to go on to study music at university.
Triinu was there because her grandmother Ene invited her to accompany her to this reunion. We also met Liz and Kent Smith, currently from South Africa, who were sharing the same student house we were. They are another couple who met at Emerson College. Liz is involved in adult education for Waldorf teaching and eurythmy in Cape Town, and Kent is a builder. After the reunion Kent was off to continue walking the Camino in Spain while Liz stayed with her sister in Forest Row.
Kent says there are lots of beautiful places to hike in South Africa but nothing shifts things for him on an inner level like walking the Camino. He has been splitting his holidays between volunteering at hostels on the Camino and walking the Camino, for the past seventeen years. Kent told us that the Camino dates back to pre-Christian times. The three-year Waldorf teacher training program Liz runs in Cape Town has some 75 students and is accredited by the government.
As a result of this program, there is a lot more Waldorf education going on in South Africa than there used to be. And the eurythmy school there has such a good reputation that even some German students go there to study. While walking through Tablehurst Farm on which the college is situated to get to the farm store and cafe, we ran into what looked like a couple of farmers.