Questions of Diversity & Race in Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Science

With Cory Eichmann
Online – 8 weeks
Weekly 11:00-12:30pm ET
Starting January 11

$55 per participant*

Rudolf Steiner’s work is complex in its depth and breadth, and its sheer volume.  Critiquing his work is challenging. There are contradictions around equality, individuality, and racial hierarchy. Approaching these contradictions—not with an eye to condemn, nor with an eye to defend—can lead to a deeper appreciation for spiritual science, for our relationship to the Earth, and to each other. This course will guide participants through the major controversies surrounding anthroposophy through a series of fundamental questions. This course is essential for anyone who finds themselves faced with deep, societal questions and who feels responsible for how their work in anthroposophical organizations meets and serves the world.

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand Steiner’s life and writings within their historical context
  • Discuss controversial issues in a respectful and nuanced manner
  • Articulate their own questions on diversity and race within anthroposophy
  • Understand concepts of narrative, knowledge, culture, colonialism, and evolution in their professional anthroposophical contexts
  • Acquire basic tools to navigate questions around diversity and race in their professional anthroposophical contexts

Learning Process
The course will take place over 8 90-minute sessions via synchronous Interactive Distance Learning using ZOOM. Registered participants will receive links and technical support 1 week prior to the course start. The course will include presentations, facilitated discussion, reading and reflection questions, and small group discussion. Prior to the course, participants will be invited to complete a survey to clarify their own questions and perspectives.

Requirements for Completion
Participants are expected to attend all sessions, complete preparatory reading, and participate in group discussions. In the event of participant absence, sessions will be recorded and make-up opportunities for discussion will be scheduled. Participants are eligible to receive 1.2 Continuing Education Units upon successful completion of this course.

Prerequisites & Conditions
Participants are expected to have a background in anthroposophical writing and concepts. As a general guideline, participants will have 3+ years of experience working in an anthroposophical organization and will have a working knowledge of central anthroposophical concepts. This may include prior study of Steiner’s so-called “basic books” or participation in a Foundation Studies course/study group. Participants will also abide by community agreements to create an equitable and open learning environment for all participants.

About the instructor

white man kneeling in a field of green crops
Cory Eichmann, courtesy Biodynamic Association

Cory Eichmann became involved with Steiner’s work over 30 years ago.  He spent three years living at the Camphill Village Kimberton Hills from 1992-4.  He founded the Saugeen River CSA in 1997, an 80-acre mixed biodynamic farm in Durham, Ontario, Canada.  He began teaching courses on biodynamics in 2005, working with the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto, through the Ontario Biodynamic Society, and the Biodynamic Association.  Through his participation in the BDA Social Justice Advisory committee, he was invited to lead a course on Steiner and race by the Council of Anthroposophical Organizations in 2021 and has continued to refine the course since.

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