2022 Annual Conference & AGM in Washington D.C.

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





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


In-Person + Online Hybrid Conference Fees:

- 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 National Mall (exact location TBA). See below for more information about the schedule. 

 - 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! 


Please book your group rate for $149/night at the Sheraton Pentagon at this link. The last day to book is Thursday, September 22, 2022.

This group rate is available for three days before and after the event. Washington D.C. is a potent location with a lot to see and explore (and many museums on the National Mall are free and open to the public!)


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 at 1 pm Eastern/10 am Pacific on Zoom (90 min) 

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


October 2 at 7 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific on Zoom (60 min) 

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


October 4 at 7 pm Eastern/4 pm Pacific on Zoom (60 min)

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


October 7 at 7 pm Eastern /4 pm 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 & Group Experience at the National Mall 

                                with Lila and David Tresemer and friends  

                               Meet fellow participants at the National Mall (exact meeting spot TBA).

                                   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 more

10:00-11:00 am     Presentation from Rev. Emma Heirman

11:00- 11:30 am    Break 

11:30-12:00 pm     Biography Session

12:00-12:45 pm     We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For - Constellation of Voices

12:45 -2:30 pm      Lunch - Included in Conference ticket 

2:30 - 3:00 pm       Eurythmy  

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

                               with Dan McKanan

3:45-4:00 pm         Break 

4:00- 5:30 pm        Biography + Art Session + Close of Day 

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         Eurythmy Performance of the Foundation Stone Meditation

                               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

2:30 pm                “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.

In 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 TraditionEco-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.

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