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Please find attached the AWSNA newsletter "Inform," a publication sent by the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America (AWSNA) to all the affiliated Waldorf schools in its membership to keep parents, teachers, board members, alumni, and all those interested in Waldorf Education informed of the current events affecting Waldorf schools nationally and internationally.December 2012 Inform. It can also be found at (12/04)

Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism Again: A weekend Retreat with Bill Karelis
Weekend Retreat: December 6th – 8th. Cost: $165 including lodging, $100 for commuters.Scholarship and work study available on request.
Open House and Public Talk: Friday, December 6th, 7:00pm • All Welcome • Free of charge.
Dzogchen Meditation Center, 4 Armstrong Way, West Bath
For more information or to register for the weekend program, please visit or call (207) 607 3392. Click here to view poster.      Click here to view schedule. (12/04)

News from the Center for Biography and Social Art: A new three-year cycle of the Biography and Social Art Certificate Program will begin this coming summer—July 2013—in Chestnut Ridge, New York, and enrollment is now open. In Waldorf schools, teachers intensively study child development. In biography work, we consider development across the life span, within the context of gender, temperament, planetary influences, the twelve senses, contemporary questions of human freedom. Rudolf Steiner anticipated the need for this important work—for people capable of “a special kind of human understanding.” The Biography and Social Art Certificate Program develops competent leaders in this growing and vital endeavor. For more information or to request an application, visit:     Click here to view flyer. (12/04)

Heartfelt School Holiday Events:
First Friday December 7th 5:30- 7:30, 227 Congress St. (Above Ottos Pizza on the East End)
Come and join us for a night of crafting, shopping (there are many beautiful hand made items for sale, as well as books and craft supplies), and PLAY!

East End Holiday Stroll, December 15, 11-5
Businesses in Portland’s East End will be open for Holiday Shopping.
Come visit us at the Heartfelt School, take a break from shopping to relax, have a cup of tea, and let your children play in the classroom. We’ll have Waldorf related books, crafts, and supplies available for sale as well. (12/04)

Supporting Maine made products. Saturday december 8th, Salt Furniture Co., The Belted Cow, Chart Metalworks, Mainely Labs, Two Salty Dogs and Lobster Rope Mats will be hosting a special holiday event. 12/8 10:00 am-5:00 pm at The Belted Cow in Yarmouth, ME. 207-846-3364. (12/04)

DaPonte String Quartet: For our latest news and schedule of concerts visit: (12/04)


Are We There Yet? Introduction To The Buddhist Practice of Seated Meditation: Sitting Meditation is based on a very simple idea. When we sit quietly and pay attention to our basic being the speed and hyperactivity of our mind settles. Just as silty water that is stirred in a glass settles and clears as the speed of the water slows – so our mind’s speed and discursiveness settles when we sit quietly. As our mind settles and becomes clear our lives become much more workable and enjoyable – this is really just basic sanity and happiness. At this point we begin to see the ordinary magic and sacredness of our lives.
“At any moment throughout the three times,
To simply sustain the boundless innate state of nondoing mind,
Is given the name ‘meditation’.
Don’t control the breath, don’t tie down thought,
But rest your mind uncontrived, like a small child.” Shavaripa
Regular Meditation Classes Wednesday Mornings 10 – 12

and Thursday Evenings 5 – 7.
Silent Meditation Sundays from 9 – 12 join us for lunch.
Dzogchen Meditation Center, 4 Armstrong Way West Bath, ME, 207-607-339 (11/27)