Articles in the Online Waldorf Library come from many sources. Quite a number are from the archives of journals and publications published over the past 50+ years. When possible we have noted the specific source although this is not always possible.
Included in the "article" search database are all articles in currently in print journals: Gateways, the Research Bulletin and the Waldorf Journal Project.
The Online Waldorf Library includes:
Education as an Art, the first widely circulated journal about Waldorf education in the United States. It began in 1940 as the Bulletin of the Rudolf Steiner School Association. The purpose of the journal was to inform Americans about Rudolf Steiner's pedagogy. In 1969 the journal became known as Education as an Art: A Journal for the Waldorf Schools of North America.
To search for articles specifically from Education as an Art, please enter the journal name into the search box "with the exact phrase".
Lectures from the 2002 AWSNA National Teacher's Conference, to search for the 8 lectures presented, please enter AWSNA lecture in the search box and click "exact phrase"
Download the article: Thoughts about an Advent Festival
(an excerpt from the article "Festivals") Originally published in Gateways #43
by Stephen Spitalny
As winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere, there is a growing mood of the outer sleepiness of the world. Through the stories, poems and songs we bring, and their own observation of nature, the children can experience a settling down, a feeling of being blanketed for a winter’s nap. The fallen leaves, the animals in hibernation, the shorter daylight hours which bring us inside much earlier (even in California) than at other times of the year all contribute to this experience. Advent balances the darkness and sleepiness with expectation and anticipation. It is a time of moving through the darkness toward the yearly rebirth of the light, when the days begin to grow longer. Advent is really a four–week festival, the four weeks leading up to Christmas and Solstice, starting on a Sunday evening. Many religions celebrate festivals of the returning of the light. Among those festivals are Solstice, Chanukah, Christmas and Divali. The mood of Advent reminds me of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony—so much preparation for the choral climax that reminds me of the light beginning to grow stronger again.
Download the Article: Thoughts on a Spiritual History of Agriculture
Published in Biodynamics, #160, Fall, 1986 (UK)
A Report of Two Lectures Given by Manfred Klett
Editor's Note: This essay has been condensed from two lectures given at the Biodynamic Conference, at Emerson College, England, on January 2 and 3, 1986. Manfred Klett tried to show that something good can come from the human presence on the earth, and not only ecological deterioration. Given a deeper spiritual impulse, the beauty and ecology of the landscape can be improved. Klett indicates how the landscape has evolved in Europe, how it tends to disintegrate in the present and how the foundation for its future can be laid from a biodynamic point of view.
Manfred Klett is a co-founder of Dottenfelder Hof, a biodynamic farm community in West Germany. At present Dottenfelder Hofs establishing a biodynamic college at its farm. Klett himself is a widely traveled man, born in Tanzania, raised in Germany and for a year educated in England. His lectures were very deep and vivid. The text which follows has been corrected by Dr. Klett.
Imagine yourself walking on a hill overlooking familiar native countryside. You rest your senses on this landscape. Perhaps you notice your feelings. One impression that is so immediate, especially in Europe, is that all of what you see, the whole structure, the village, the trees, the single trees, the hedges, the islands of fields and forest - all is in a complete harmony. Nothing is separated. That is one fundamental impression, especially in Europe.
Download the article:Thoughts on Testing and Being Tested
From the Rundbrief, the journal of the Pedagogical Section in Dornach, Volume 22, Easter 2005
Life with its tests and trials
If we take a look at human life in general, we shall discover that crucial moments in a biography arc always subject to trials; these appear where the upholding of intentions of previous earthly lives is at stake, which determine the soul and ego substance of the human being. The significance of the life that has been completed comes down to the question whether life's trials have been mastered or not. Indeed, the laws of karma are composed from what has been achieved and what has not. In this sense, we may speak of the trials of life, thus touching on, so to speak, the great span of life.
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Download the article: Thoughts on the Christmas Plays
In autumn when the leaves on the trees change their color and begin falling, it is a signal that the year has reached its maturity and that a harvest is to be made. Each year, at the end of the season, the custom has been that the teachers of the Waldorf Schools around the world present their respective communities with a special gift. The teachers work together, combining their various talents and energies, to perform for their school community - for the students and their parents and friends - one or two of the three remarkable; medieval, mystery Christmas plays, commonly referred to as "The Christmas Plays."