The Fourteenth Waldorf Education Seminar in Khandala, India, 2012

For the fourteenth time, the annual residential Waldorf Education Seminar was held at the Dhunmai Cawasji School in Khandala, a hill resort, 100 km from Mumbai. Khandala is pleasantly cool and dry this time of the year. The first week of the seminar, from May 20 to 26, 2012, was for beginners; the second week, from May 27 to June 2, 2012, was for those who are already acquainted with Waldorf Education and Anthroposophy.

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Foundation of the Anthroposophical Society in India

October 21, 2011 was a special day. The Anthroposophical Society in India was founded in the city of Hyderabad, in the presence of Hans Mulder and many dear Anthroposophical friends from India and abroad. (A brief report of its preparation has appeared in "Anthroposophy Worldwide" of June 2011). The ceremony began with the entire group doing Eurythmy together. This was followed by the seven members affirming their commitment to their new task within the executive committee of the Society. The brief but profound ceremony ended with the recitation of the Foundation Stone Meditation.

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KASHMIR - A Meeting Of Three Cultures

Kashmir is the northernmost state of India, a state of breathtaking beauty with the high Himalayan Mountains, gushing rivers and pristine lakes. The flora and fauna are of an alpine and temperate variety, very different from those found in the tropical plains of the country. Kashmir includes the regions of Ladakh in the east and Jammu in the south, which is why the state has been given the official name of Jammu and Kashmir, or J&K for short. The capital city is Srinagar, situated on the picturesque Dal and Nagin Lakes with the river Jhelum flowing through.

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Alternative Education In Mumbai The Tridha Rudolf Stelner School

Many parents and teachers today are not satisfied with the education in mainstream schools. It tends to be one-sided, emphasising mainly the process of thinking and learning by rote, which involves mere habituation and unintelligent memory. Creativity and innovation take a back seat, because the main goal is to pass the class with good results. Children as young as two must learn how to read, write and count and, now increasingly, how to use the computer. The competition and the pressure in the classroom seems to be increasing day by day, and there is a great need to find alternatives to this kind of conventional education.

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Beware of the Intelligent Consumers

Walk or drive down the streets of our Mumbai-nagri and you will have any number of advertisement-hoardings attacking you, screaming down at you, compelling you to buy that something, demanding of you to try out that new product, to watch this or that show on TV, to see the latest film, to take a particular flight to somewhere, etc., etc. You simply can’t miss the urgency of their messages, the “it’s now or never” hysteria, as if your very existence depended on buying, or not buying, that particular product.

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Wonderland of Early Childhood - The Waldorf Kindergarten

Dr. Rudolf Steiner has given very important guidelines on the understanding of child development, based upon his spiritual insight and research. The Waldorf Kindergarten, which caters to the three to six year olds, before they enter Class One, can truly be called a Wonderland of Early Childhood.

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Alliance for Childhood

My neighbour’s nine year old daughter came to me and asked me, “Aban aunty, can I sing you a new song?” Since she attends a nice English medium school, I thought I’d hear “All things bright and beautiful” or something equally pleasant. She began, “Sexy lady on the floor…” I almost fell off my chair! “Is this what they teach you in school?” I asked. “No, I picked it up myself. They don’t teach us singing in school, we have to study.” True, most schools concentrate mainly on the syllabus and exams, where’s the time for singing, drawing, dancing, painting? Indeed, art is considered a waste of time! A pity because then the children learn most inappropriate songs, like the one my little neighbour sang, and gyrate with jhatkas and such, which they “pick up” from films and TV.

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