2022 Annual Conference & AGM in Washington D.C.

09/29/2022 04:00 PM - 10/09/2022 10:00 PM ET


Registration is closed but if you wish to attend in Washington D.C. please email programs@anthroposophy.org to attend last minute. Click here to register for the online version only.



Join us in person this year for the annual member's conference in our nation’s capital!

This is a dynamic moment in time...let's strengthen and enkindle connections within our community and beyond. Last year's annual conference theme was Building the Temple of the Heart- now we can imagine entering this temple to connect with other striving souls. As we approach the 100-year anniversary of the burning of the first Goetheanum, we acknowledge the power of renewal in the fire and what can be enkindled...

Our conference will begin with a series of online presentations beginning on Michelmas (September 29, 2022). We will start with our foundations in Dornach, Switzerland, with a tour of the model of the first Goetheanum followed by leading thoughts from Rev. Daniel Hafner.

From there, we will move throughout the Eastern Region with online presentations weaving from North to South. As we build this field of consciousness together we will culminate our conference with an in-person gathering in the District of Columbia.

Together we'll engage with inspiring presentations, art, singing, speech, and biography work. We will also experience a special performance of the Foundation Stone Meditation by the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble. Our coming together can be a healing gesture as we look forward with optimism to the next 100 years of anthroposophy.




Enkindling Connections: And the Heart Rose


For the In-Person Conference (with online presentations included):

- ASA Member: $175

- Regular: $185

- Supporter: $225

- Youth and Equity: $100

Click here for the Livestream Conference ONLY

Click here for AGM Only (Annual General Meeting) This 90-minute business meeting is hosted by the General Council of the ASA. This is free to all members and included in all registration levels (Only register for this AGM (Business Meeting) if you do not plan to attend any other Annual Conference event).


Online Beginning Thursday, September 29

In Person October 8-10, 2022 in Washington D.C.

- Saturday, October 8, Convene at the MLK Memorial and process to the Lincoln Memorial 

- Sunday, October 9 is at The Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA (just outside of Washington, D.C).

- Monday, October 10 Meet at The National Gallery and the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for fun activities!

ACCOMMODATIONS: The Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, VA


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS subject to minor changes

Enkindling in the East- ONLINE*:

*Click here to register for the Livestream Only Conference if you cannot join us in Washington D.C.

September 29  (90 min)

Presentation from Daniel Hafner and a tour of the model of the first Goetheanum

October 2  (60 min)

Presentations from House of Peace in Ipswich, MA, and The Sophia Group in Northeast Florida

October 4 (60 min)

Presentations from the South East: "George Washington Carver to Washington D.C." and friends from Maine

October 7 at 7pm Eastern/ 4pm Pacific on Zoom (90 min)

Business meeting for members of the ASA hosted by the ASA General Council. This meeting is free and open to all members of the ASA. Click here to register for the AGM business meeting ONLY.


And the Heart Rose- IN PERSON*

*Click here to register for the Livestream Only Conference if you cannot join in Washington D.C.

Schedule in Eastern Time

Saturday, October 8

3:00 - 6:00 pm Opening Ceremony at MLK and Lincoln Memorial 

with Lila and David Tresemer, Maria Ver Eecke, Jordan Walker, Tess Parker and more!

Meet fellow participants at the MLK Memorial. 

Travel there via public transportation, cab, car, etc.


Sunday, October 9

At the Sheraton Pentagon in Arlington, VA

9:00- 10:00 am    Opening with Tess Parker, Angela Foster, Gino Ver Eecke,

                             Christine Burke, and Nathaniel Williams

10:00-11:00 am    Sacrificial Fire, Entering the Heart's Temple from Rev. Emma Heirman

11:00- 11:30 am   Break

11:30-12:00 pm   The Flame of Connection Art Session

                              with Angela Foster & Jordan Walker

12:00-1:00 pm     We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For - Constellation of Voices
                             Stefan Ambrose - Yonas Ketsela - Frank Agrama - Barbara Bittles - Eileen King - John Bloom  
                                      Sharon Kaplan - Dorothea Mier - Cathy Green - John Scott Legg - Ethan Sudan - Nathaniel Williams

1:00-2:30 pm       Lunch - Included in Conference ticket

2:30 - 3:00 pm     Eurythmy with Sea-Anna Vasilas

3:00- 3:45 pm     Anthroposophy and the World: An Invitation to Deeper Partnership

                            with Dan McKanan

3:45-4:15 pm      Break

4:15- 5:30 pm     A Dodecahedron through Time and Space

                           with Tess Parker, Angela Foster & Jordan Walker

5:30-8:00 pm     Dinner (On your own: Options at the hotel restaurant

                               or take the free hotel shuttle to a nearby food hub)

8:00-9:30 pm     The Foundation Stone Meditation - A Eurythmy Performance 

                           with the Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble.


Monday, October 10

10 am-1:00 pm “Paintings as Portals” with David Tresemer

                           at the National Gallery of Art

                           Click here for a brief video description of this offering!

                          Use the capacities of your four bodies to enter the portals of art –

                          to meet the creator and creativity itself

2:30 pm             "An Intro to Evolution of Human Consciousness

                          as Discovered Through the Spectrum of Art"

                          Guided Tour of The National Gallery of Art

                          with Lark Bergwin-Anderson

3:00- 4:30 pm   "Meditations on the Madonna”

                           at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

                          with the Beholding Sophia Group




Presenters: Check back for updates soon!

Daniel Hafner works in Nuremberg, Germany, as a priest of the Christian Community. He offers introductions to Anthroposophy for young adults in varying locations with varying themes, and hopes to be able to offer a full-time foundation year, if someday life permits. You can reach him at dhafner1964@hotmail.com.






Rev. Emma Heirman grew up in Silver Spring, MD and was shaped by 12 years at the Washington Waldorf School, while also holding dear memories in front of the altar of The Christian Community. As a child and then young adult, she found comfort and strength for her sorrows and joys at the threshold, at the place where the heart can meet the world of spirit.

  1. her twenties, search for work led her back to the altar. After studying at the Seminary of The Christian Community in North America and in Stuttgart, Germany, Emma was ordained in February 2016. She served her first congregation in Denver, Colorado from 2016-2020. She now serves The Christian Community in the Greater Washington- Baltimore Area alongside her husband, Rev. Matthias Giles.




Dan McKanan is the Emerson Senior Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School, where he has taught since 2008. Dan’s research focuses on the ways religious and spiritual communities contribute to social and ecological transformation, from the nineteenth century to the present. He is the author or editor of eight books, among them Prophetic Encounters: Religion and the American Radical Tradition, Eco-Alchemy: Anthroposophy and the History and Future of Environmentalism, and Camphill and the Future: Spirituality and Disability in an Evolving Communal Movement. Dan has been a sympathetic observer of the anthroposophical movement since he met the people of Camphill Village Minnesota in 1999.
Lila Sophia Tresemer is Board President and CoFounder of The StarHouse in Boulder, with David, her life partner of 30 years. Lila is a group facilitator, certified mediator, author, ceremonialist, and minister. She co-created a ground-breaking program called Women of Vision in Israel/Palestine between 2004-2012 and now leads tours to Washington, D.C., to engage with the archetypes of the Feminine. She produces sacred living and remembrance programs online and onsite at the StarHouse (www.TheStarHouse.org). Lila is dedicated to building a global community, honoring the Feminine in Sacred Union, and balancing with the Masculine. Her current passion is weaving a living network for the Lineage of Sophia for men and women around the world who are seeking to reconnect with Sacred Earth Activism and spiritual practices that matter -- to transform in these astonishing times.
David Tresemer, Ph.D. is the founder of the StarHouse in Boulder, Colorado, and the developer of the Solar Cross system for the “star poem” qualities of each of the 360 zodiacal degrees. He has been an organic/biodynamic farmer and written The Scythe Book: Mowing Hay, Cutting Weeds, and Harvesting Small Grains with Hand Tools, which has sold a thousand copies every year for forty years. He is the author of star wisdom articles (published in the Journal for Star Wisdom and other books), and is the co-author of the book Star Wisdom & Rudolf Steiner. David is editor and contributor to The Counselor… As If Soul and Spirit Matter, and the past president of the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology.


Sea-Anna Vasilas has been teaching eurythmy internationally since 2011, after graduating from the four-year eurythmy training at Eurythmy Spring Valley in Spring Valley, New York. She first encountered eurythmy through her work with biodynamic agriculture and has continually been inspired by the living relationship between biodynamics and eurythmy. Sea-Anna earned her M.A. in performance eurythmy from Alanus University, and is currently a member of the Eurythmy Spring Valley faculty and ensemble.

Eurythmy Spring Valley is a vibrant center for learning and performance, serving all levels of interest in eurythmy. Located 30 miles from New York City, ESV is part of the Threefold community of initiatives guided by the work of Rudolf Steiner.

Founded in 1972 as a pioneering American eurythmy training, our School of Eurythmy supports the continued growth and development of the art of eurythmy with two full-time trainings, a low-residence part-time training, and one-day and weekend workshops for audiences ranging from the interested public to eurythmy professionals.The Eurythmy Spring Valley Ensemble, in residence at Eurythmy Spring Valley since 1986, is one of the world’s most active eurythmy touring groups, bringing full evening programs, children’s programs, and special performance projects to schools, communities, and conferences all over North America, Europe, and Asia.

Christine Burke teaches Communication Studies at her local college and travels to conferences, Waldorf schoosl, teacher trainings, and Christian Communities throughout the world to teach speech and drama, and lead groups on a variety of themes. She leads meditations and speech workshops online, and serves on local boards to continue her passion for fostering the art of community, exploring the many paths of the "art of the future" -- as Rudolf Steiner called it -- alongside her longtime passion of discovery in the sacred realm of the Word. Christine is the Western Regional Council representative on the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America.
Angela Foster has been an active student of anthroposophy since 2008. After growing up in Texas, Angela is now embracing life in Atlanta, Georgia as an artist, teacher, and mom of two daughters, shepherd to two mini sheep. As a conscious practitioner of “beginner’s mind”, Angela has completed programs in foundation studies in anthroposophy numerous times and is currently enrolled in Foundation Studies in Goethean Science through the Nature Institute. She and her husband manage the Anthroposophical Resource Center (ARC), an initiative in Decatur, Georgia that offers space for community events and serves as a little house for Anthroposophia.
Tess Parker is the Director of Programs for the Anthroposophical Society in America, and has been committed to discovery through anthroposphy for over a decade. Prior to her director role, she spent years tending and stewarding the earth in her roles as co-founder of Common Hands Farm, a biodynamic farm in update New York. She was also the Outdoor Education teacher and Camp Director at Pasadena Waldorf School. Tess is a student and collaborator with the elemental kingdom and finds fulfillment and purpose through creating medicines, art, and ritual with plants. As an avid astrologer with an interest in astrosophy and biography work, she finds time on weekends to read and interpret birth charts for anyone seeking to understand their own individual cosmic blueprint that accompanies them through their life. You can reach out to her at tess@anthroposophy.org.


Jordan Walker has been studying the cultural landscape since his childhood, moving throughout the U.S. and spending a year a year in China with his family. He self-designed his undergraduate degree and received a dual Masters of Education (MS. Ed.) through the NYC Teaching Fellows while teaching children with Autism in a Brooklyn public school.

In 2005 Jordan attended the full-time Foundation Year program at Sunbridge College in Spring Valley. He studied and worked in the Threefold Community for 5 years, organizing many conferences and education initiatives and launching a social sculpture experiment entitled the new forms project. In 2011 he received a research grant at the Goetheanum to study new forms of adult education. In 2017 he designed “Wisdom Working”, a directory for the many anthroposophical initiatives in the Hudson River Watershed. He currently lives in Philmont, NY with his two young children.

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