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    AGRICULTURE

    AGRICULTURE

    An Introductory Reader

    Compiled with an introduction, commentary and notes by Richard Thornton Smith

    Rudolf Steiner, the often undervalued, multifaceted genius of modern times, contributed much to the regeneration of culture. In addition to his philosophical teachings, he provided ideas for the development of many practical activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, religion and the arts. Today there are thousands of schools, clinics, farms, and many other organizations that are founded directly on his principles.

    AGRICULTURE COURSE

    AGRICULTURE COURSE

    The Birth of the Biodynamic Method

    When Rudolf Steiner gave these lectures 80 years ago, industrial farming was on the rise and organic methods were being replaced in the name of science, efficiency and technology. With the widespread alarm over the quality of food in recent years, and the growth of the organic movement and its mainstream acceptance, perceptions are changing. The qualitative aspect of food is once again on the agenda, and in this context Rudolf Steiner's only course of lectures on agriculture is critical to the current debate.

    AGRICULTURE COURSE

    AGRICULTURE COURSE

    The Birth of the Biodynamic Method

    Audio Book, complete and unabridged version (10 CD set) read by Peter Bridgmont

    When Rudolf Steiner gave these lectures 80 years ago, industrial farming was on the rise and organic methods were being replaced in the name of science, efficiency and technology. With the widespread alarm over the quality of food in recent years, and the growth of the organic movement and its mainstream acceptance, perceptions are changing. The qualitative aspect of food is once again on the agenda, and in this context Rudolf Steiner's only course of lectures on agriculture is critical to the current debate.

    ANTHROPOSOPHY HAS SOMETHING TO ADD TO MODERN SCIENCES

    ANTHROPOSOPHY HAS SOMETHING TO ADD TO MODERN SCIENCES

    Rudolf Steiner shows convincingly that the methods and findings of anthroposophical spiritual science may be seen as a vital contribution to the spheres of the academic sciences. One of anthroposophy's central aims is to enhance human powers of perception beyond the limits set by purely intellectual thinking. This is of vital importance for the scientists of today and the problems they face. In fact, given recent developments in gene technology etc., it could be argued that his words are more significant today than ever before.

    ASTRONOMY AND ASTROLOGY

    ASTRONOMY AND ASTROLOGY

    Finding a Relationship to the Cosmos

    compiled by M. Jonas

    In the Middle Ages, Astronomia - one of the Seven Liberal Arts - was as much about astrology as astronomy. In fact the two disciplines only parted company in the seventeenth century, as the materialistic world-view gained greater prominence. Where once human destiny was connected to stars and planets, and spiritual or soul qualities were associated with the natural world, now the cosmos was seen as consisting of gases, fire and dead rock.

    BEES

    BEES

    With an Afterword on the Art of Joseph Beuys

    In response to a question from an audience of construction workers, Rudolf Steiner began this series of lectures on bees. 'One only begins to understand the life of the bees when one knows that the bee lives in an atmosphere completely pervaded by love,' Steiner says. The unconscious wisdom contained in the beehive, and how this relates to the human experience of health, civilization, and the cosmos, is amply described in this unique book.

    THE BOUNDARIES OF NATURAL SCIENCE

    THE BOUNDARIES OF NATURAL SCIENCE

    Paperback

    “We must begin by acquiring the discipline that modern science can teach us. We must school ourselves in this way and then, taking the strict methodology, the scientific discipline we have learned from modern natural science, transcend it, so that we use the same exacting approach to rise into higher regions, thereby extending this methodology to the investigation of entirely different realms as well.” —Rudolf Steiner

    BUTTERFLIES

    BUTTERFLIES

    Beings of Light

    "The butterfly flutters above and over the earth, borne on the air and shimmering with light... We ought really to see them as nothing other than beings of light, joyous in their colours and the play of colours. All the rest is garment and luggage." - Rudolf Steiner

    FOURTH DIMENSION

    FOURTH DIMENSION

    Sacred Geometry, Alchemy and Mathematics

    The point, line, plane and solid objects represent the first three dimensions, but a kind of reversal of space is involved in the ascent to a fourth dimension. Steiner leads us to the brink of this new perspective - as nearly as it can be done with words, diagrams, analogies and examples of many kinds. In doing so, he continues his lifelong project of demonstrating that our objective, everyday thinking is the lowest rung of a ladder that reaches up to literally infinite heights.

    THE LIGHT COURSE

    THE LIGHT COURSE

    'Foundations of Waldorf Education' series

    Rudolf Steiner's course on light, which includes explorations of color, sound, mass, electricity and magnetism, presages the dawn of a new world view in the natural sciences that will stand our notion of the physical world on its head.

    NATURE SPIRITS

    NATURE SPIRITS

    Selected Lectures

    Based on knowledge attained through his highly-trained clairvoyance, Rudolf Steiner contends that folk traditions regarding nature spirits are based on spiritual reality. He describes how people possessed a natural spiritual vision in ancient times, enabling them to commune with nature spirits. These entities - which are also referred to as elemental beings - became immortalised as fairies and gnomes in myth, legend and children's stories.

    NATURE'S OPEN SECRET

    NATURE'S OPEN SECRET

    Introductions to Goethe's Scientific Writings

    It was as an interpreter of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that Rudolf Steiner first became known. In 1882, at the age of 21, he was asked to be the editor of Goethe's scientific writings for a new edition of his works. By thoroughly penetrating, assimilating and appropriating Goethe's way of thinking and perceiving, Steiner schooled himself for his own epistemological, scientific and mystical-esoteric work.

    SCIENCE

    SCIENCE

    An Introductory Reader

    Compiled with an introduction, commentary and notes by Howard Smith

    From pre-science to science; The origin of mathematics; The roots of physics and chemistry, and the urge to experiment; Are there limits to what science can know?; Understanding organisms: Goethe's method; The quest for archetypal phenomena; Light, darkness and colour; The rediscovery of the elements; What is warmth?; The scale of nature; The working of the ethers in the physical; Sub-nature; What are atoms?; Natural science and spiritual science.

    SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY

    SPIRITUAL ECOLOGY

    Reading the Book of Nature and Reconnecting with the World

    Today we face an increasing number of challenges connected to our environment - from climate change and extreme weather patterns to deforestation, threats to animal species and ongoing crises in farming. Hardly a day goes by without further alarming reports. How are we to respond - particularly if we wish to take a broader, spiritual view of these events?

    WHAT IS BIODYNAMICS?

    WHAT IS BIODYNAMICS?

    A Way to Heal and Revitalize the Earth

    Introduction by Hugh Courtney

    In 1924 - in response to questions about the depletion of soils and a general deterioration of crops and livestock - Rudolf Steiner gave eight lectures on "the spiritual foundations for a renewal of agriculture." Based on his suggestions and spiritual science, generations of farmers, gardeners, viticulturist, and researchers developed biodynamics as a healing, nurturing, holistic, ecological, organic, and spiritual approach to a sustainable care of the Earth.

    THE WORLD OF BEES

    THE WORLD OF BEES

    ‘The whole hive is really pervaded by the life of love. The individual bees relinquish love but develop it instead throughout the hive. And so we start to understand bee existence if we recognize that the bee lives in an air, an atmosphere, that is entirely impregnated with love.’

  • SCIENCE AND NATUREOTHER AUTHORS

    ASTRONOMY AND SPIRITUAL SCIENCE

    ASTRONOMY AND SPIRITUAL SCIENCE

    (previously published as Anthroposophy and Astrology)

    The Astronomical Letters of Elizabeth Vreede

    Elizabeth Vreede

    Astronomy and Spiritual Science collects writings on astronomy by Dr. Elizabeth Vreede and is a fascinating compendium of scientific and spiritual knowledge. Between September 1927 and August 1930, Dr. Vreede wrote a monthly “letter”, available by subscription, about both modern astronomy and classical astrology in the light of spiritual science. These letters include clear explanations of the fundamentals of astronomy and discussions of the role of astrology in the modern world. They also include inspiring presentations of a worldview that sees the stars, planets, and in fact all physical phenomena as manifestations of spiritual beings and spiritual activities.

    THE BIODYNAMIC FARM

    THE BIODYNAMIC FARM

    Agriculture in Service of the Earth and Humanity

    Herbert Koepf

    Bankrupt farmers, erosion of topsoil, and poor food quality owing to pesticides, hormones, and other additives - these are the well-known realities of the modern crisis in farming. This problem is the outcome of the limited vision of conventional methods and a system that focuses exclusively on quick results and profits. The need for change is clear, and Koepf provides a vast array of research data and results, as well as many helpful details on animal feeding, crop rotation, diseases, pests, and fertilizing. He shows that the biodynamic method of farming and gardening is an alternative that can turn farming around.

    BIODYNAMICS IN PRACTICE

    BIODYNAMICS IN PRACTICE

    Life on a Community Owned Farm

    Impressions of Tablehurst and Plaw Hatch, Sussex, England

    Tom Petherick, photography by Will Heap

    'Biodynamics seeks the holistic and interrelated health of the diverse creatures and beings composing a farm, including human beings and the wider, surrounding community. It is not just a "method" but a whole approach to life - one which could have far-reaching benefits for the health of the soil, plants, animals and human beings across the globe...'

    COSMOS, EARTH AND NUTRITION

    COSMOS, EARTH AND NUTRITION

    The Biodynamic Approach to Agriculture

    Richard Thornton Smith

    In recent years there has been an explosion of interest in organic and biodynamic produce. Although once marginal and 'alternative', escalating concerns about the environment, health, food quality and animal welfare have brought organics into mainstream consciousness.

    ENERGIZING WATER

    ENERGIZING WATER

    Flowform Technology and the Power of Nature

    Jochen Schwuchow

    John Wilkes, Iain Trousdell

    The poor quality of water, as well as its restricted supply and availability, is one of the biggest challenges of our time, with presently two-fifth's of the world's population unable to find adequate fresh water for essential usage.

    GARDENING FOR HEALTH AND NUTRITION

    GARDENING FOR HEALTH AND NUTRITION

    An Introduction to the Method of Biodynamic Gardening

    John Philbrick

    Helen Philbrick

    BACK IN PRINT

    THE HOLY ORDER OF WATER

    THE HOLY ORDER OF WATER

    Healing the Earth's Waters and Ourselves

    William Marks

    Long gone are the days of drinking naturally pure water from flowing rivers and streams-or even your tap. It is common today for people to use bottled water or to filter home water for drinking and cooking. How did we arrive at such a predicament, and what can we do about it? Continuing pollution, ever increasing population and industrial demands, destruction of the rainforests, and overuse of the ground water are responsible for the deterioration of water quality, but the underlying problem, as Marks shows in his wide-ranging, thoughtful book, is a lack of understanding of and respect for the nature of water itself.

    MAN AND ANIMAL

    MAN AND ANIMAL

    Their Essential Difference

    Hermann Poppelbaum, Ph.D.

    ‘To be man is to know the animals and all the creatures of the earth; it is to recognize our responsibility towards these beings, once of the same order as ourselves, but now obliged to live beside us in an incompleteness that never ceases its appeal to human beings – warning us to make ourselves worthy of the trust invested in us.’ – Hermann Poppelbaum

    MAN OR MATTER

    MAN OR MATTER

    An Introduction to a Spiritual Understanding of Nature on the Basis of Goethe’s Method of Training Observation and Thought

    Ernst Lehrs

    In this third, enlarged edition of Lehrs’ classic study, the reader is led, step by step, to a spiritual-scientific method of investigation. The author demonstrates how one can transcend the boundaries of the physical-material world, to the metaphysical origins of nature and the human being. This is a pioneering new method of training both the mind and eye, as well as other human senses, leading to a transformation from our modern ‘onlooking’ consciousness to a new kind of ‘participative’ consciousness.

    THE NATURE OF SUBSTANCE

    THE NATURE OF SUBSTANCE

    Spirit and Matter

    Rudolf Hauschka

    What is the nature of matter? Within conventional science, the reductionist, materialist view asserts that matter is solely physical. Hauschka shows that open-minded study, based on qualitative observation and quantitative research, can overcome this now standardized view. Without denying the laws of matter, he shows the limitations of a science restricted by them, and points to new research which indicates the primal nature of spirit.

    WISDOM OF THE BEES

    WISDOM OF THE BEES

    Erik Berrevoets

    'The more you investigate these creatures and the manner in which they live, the more you will come to the conclusion that there is a great intelligence in how they work and what they accomplish.' - Rudolf Steiner

    PROJECTIVE GEOMETRY

    PROJECTIVE GEOMETRY

    Creative Polarities in Space and Time

    Olive Whicher

    Olive Whicher's groundbreaking book presents an accessible - non-mathematician's - approach to projective geometry. Profusely illustrated, and written with fire and intuitive genius, this work will be of interest to anyone wishing to cultivate the power of inner visualization in a realm of structural beauty.

    SAUCY TOMATOES AND BLUEBERRY THRILLS

    SAUCY TOMATOES AND BLUEBERRY THRILLS

    A Humorous Harvest from the Biodynamic Farm

    John Bloom

    Is farming funny (punny)?
    Biodynamic farming?

    SECRETS OF THE SKELETON

    SECRETS OF THE SKELETON

    Form in Metamorphosis

    L. F. C. Mees, MD

    In this seminal study of human bone forms, Dr Mees reveals the skeleton as an articulate work of art. But who is the artist? Using a blend of phenomenological observations and artistic intuition, the author carefully explores the anatomical facts of the human skeleton, with the beauty of many bones impressively described and illustrated through numerous parallel photographs and illustrations.

    SENSITIVE CHAOS

    SENSITIVE CHAOS

    The Creation of Flowing Forms in Water and Air

    Preface by Jacques Cousteau

    Theodor Schwenk

    "So movingly and well told is his tale that you will not want to put the book down until the end." - James Lovelock

    SIGNATURE OF THE CELESTIAL SPHERES

    SIGNATURE OF THE CELESTIAL SPHERES

    Discovering Order in the Solar System

    Hartmut Warm

    "A milestone in modern research on the the harmony of the spheres." - Novalis magazine

    SOUL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH HANDWRITING

    SOUL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH HANDWRITING

    The Waldorf Approach to the Vimala Alphabet

    Jenifer Crebbin

    Soul Development through Handwriting cultivates the noble qualities to which Waldorf education has long been devoted through the use of specific forms for shaping letters. The Vimala Alphabet was meticulously designed to support independent thinking, engaged willpower, balance, tolerance, honour, and intuition, as well as strengthening the developing soul forces of children.

    WATER

    WATER

    The Element of Life

    Theodor Schwenk

    Wolfram Schwenk

    It is the living movement of water that makes life on Earth possible. Based on spiritual science and on their own numerous experiments, Theodor and Wolfram Schwenk show that our Earth is a living organism, with water as a sensory organ that perceives vital cosmic influences and transmits them into earthly life. This pioneering classic on water is more relevant now than ever before.