Inner Development and Meditation Course Outlines
The following course descriptions provide an outline of what may be available to your community; the detail unfolds according to those meeting and working together. Courses are open to all, to bring together individuals with varying experience in meditation, inner development, and years of life. Gathering with others through the inner work broadens our view and understanding of the path.
Communities request a course to meet their needs.
To enquire about hosting a course or lecture in your area email firstname.lastname@example.org
Developing Inner Capacities
Working out of Consciousness Soul is working with the most progressive part of our being. For the spiritual hierarchies to support progression, developing humanity must also be working progressively. And if we are to help others progress, we have to work with the most progressive part of ourselves. This course is therefore particularly useful for those working with others in a teaching, health related or developmental way. Click here to read more.
Developing the Self; Meditations and Exercises for Our Inner Growth
What leads our lives? Is it our desires, our intellect – or the most aware part of us? Each of us already has certain capacities but we need to develop them in order to be able to make use of them. Developing ourselves affects not only our own lives and the decisions we make but also effects the lives of others around us. This talk will include several exercises and meditations that will help cultivate and understand the fruits of the inner work.
Through understanding the inner path we can gain insight into our individual relationship to the various steps that are asked of us and recognise how to utilise the inner exercises that both develop and support our onward journey. By seeing the path that all must take we can objectively evaluate our next step and learn how to work healthily from each stage.
Through the inner work path we become aware of the living spiritual year and its reflection in the stages of inner development. The Easter picture is full of insights and guidance to the students of the path whether they are just beginning on the first step of the inner journey or have taken many. As it is the pinnacle of the spiritual year the Easter mysteries speaks of deep soul and spiritual transformation. Through the inner work exercises and meditations we develop the soul capacities and our own unfolding relationship to the divine spiritual world. This strengthens us in our daily lives and our ability to support the conscious evolution of ourselves and the community. The more we understand and live the inner path the greater we can serve the outer life. As we celebrate the collective spiritual year we can find our individual inner year and our next step onwards. Click Here to read more.
Esoteric Understanding of Death, Dying and Surrender
Through the inner work and the meditative life one has to understand the process of conscious surrender and letting go of attachments to the transitory life - "to die before we die". This can be the hardest aspect of meditative practice and also the hardest aspect of life. With the esoteric understanding of death, dying and surrender we can actively take the steps that lead to the seeds of transformation and a new stage of growth, preparing us for the letting go of the body and the journey into the spiritual world.
The Evolving Consciousness, Gender and Sexuality
Without sense-born love, nothing material would exist in the world; without spiritual love, nothing spiritual can arise in evolution.” Rudolf Steiner
The human being has the possibility of continually evolving in consciousness. We will look at the stage of development we are at now, where we have been and where we are headed. We will explore how this reflects on the experience of being a man or a woman and the effect it has on sexuality in our times. This workshop is for individuals and couples who are interested in understanding how gender differences and similarities work in childhood, human relationships and spiritual development, looking at the gifts, the struggles and the purpose of these on the inner path. When working out of anthroposophy we are asked not to judge the other by gender and to teach in a unisexual way. Only through deep understanding of the un-freedom of being man or woman can we contribute to the education and development of others in freedom. Click here to read more.
The Evolving Consciousness, Gender and Sexuality 2
“Without sense-born love, nothing material would exist in the world; without spiritual love, nothing spiritual can arise in evolution.” Rudolf Steiner
This course will follow on from the first course to further explore what it means to be a man or woman at this stage of evolution. It will further explore human relationships and spiritual development to deepen the esoteric understanding of the spiritual forces with which we need to establish a clearer relationship. By understanding sexuality through the inner work we transform its capacity into higher activity of serving the spiritual world. Click here to read more.
Festivals and Their Meaning
In collaboration with Rev Jonah Evans of the Christian community. This weekend course in Canada was to bring clarity and depth to the meaning of the festivals and their effect on inner development and community development. The mystery schools and religious teachings have both held the festivals as an important passage through the year. As we penetrate their meaning we can each discover how we can enter freely into our own relationship with the spiritual year.
Lisa and Jonah have both been working individually for many years with the meaning of festivals and how they effect the inner and outer life of individuals that participate in them. Together they shared the various ways in which we can all participate in the mystery and meaning of the festivals that deepen our experience of our spiritual life.
The Guardians of the Threshold and our Experience of them in Daily Life
To help understand the different experiences that unfold on the path towards the Macrocosm and the Microcosm and the gifts that support us in our unfolding soul development. We will look at the importance of preparation for these experiences and the difficulties some meet when not prepared. This includes transforming the double (the shadow) which allows us to have an understanding not only of our own stages of development but also the stages of others. This brings insight into Rudolf Steiner’s indications of ‘crossing the threshold’ in these times.
Where are we, what can we do to step forward with clarity and how may we help?
Health and Healing in the Consciousness Soul Age
As humanity evolves so does our relationship to working with health and healing. As we continue into the consciousness soul age we are challenged by greater difficulties arising between people. Through the lens of the inner work, we will enter into the study of the healing conversation; looking at what we can do and what role we may hold in the healing path of another. When we understand our task we may also understand the activity of the healing forces working towards wholeness through the life transitions, crises or illness processes.
Anthroposophy places human freedom as the guiding principle in all its healing modalities, therefore we must also understand what brings un-freedom and how to meet the other in a way that supports freedom when working with either body or soul.
This course is highly valuable for health professionals, Waldorf teachers and those with a living interest in health and healing.
Helps and Hindrances on The Path
A continuation to the Foundation Course, addressing the needs of both those new to a meditative practice as well as long-term meditants. It will focus on understanding the different experiences that unfold through meditative practice and the gifts that support us in our evolving soul development. Click here to read more.
Healing and The Holy Spirit; Working Today out of Consciousness Soul
As humanity evolves so does our relationship to working with health and healing. What is healing today? How can we develop the connection inwardly that supports healing in community and relationships? As we continue into the consciousness soul age we are asked to re-meet these questions, being challenged by our times that causes greater difficulties between people.
Initiation of the "I” and The Christmas Mysteries
Once the body has grown, the soul begins to develop, either in relationship to the physical body which is limited and transient, or within its own capacities whereby the soul develops through sentient experience into intellectual reasoning and finally towards full consciousness. It is during this development of the capacities which occur through individual effort, that the I may begin its initiation.
The path of initiation leads us towards transformation of the soul's capacities into organs of spiritual perception and a living relationship with the spiritual world. The participation in the truth that is traced out in the spiritual world becomes the source of our giving towards the outer life and transforms the outer world in which we all participate.
As we celebrate the collective spiritual year we can find our individual inner year and our next step onwards. We can experience a time in which the spiritual world becomes accessible and the preparation and effort we make supports the birth of our Higher Self and the journey towards initiation.
Inner & Outer Biography
Through understanding the nature of both inner and outer growth we can more readily take the next step in our lives. The inner life is not a room or space but a living, growing world that has its reflection in the outer sense world. Click Here to read more.
The Inner and Outer Biography of Development and How Easter Reflects Stages of Inner Growth
This workshop will present aspects of the inner biography and how meditative practice can help evolve us forward. Perceiving our outer biography from an esoteric point of view allows us to utilize the events of our lives to work more deeply towards self-transformation. We will also seek to understand how the seasons and cycle of the year reflect stages of inner development, focusing on how the Easter mysteries are reflected in our inner life. Practices will be given that support growth and development in both our inner and outer lives.
Living Stages of Inner Development
The inner work provides accessible insights into the workings of the human soul, outlines its relationship to the spiritual life, and shows the way to develop and strengthen our inner capacities through practical exercises, experience, and deep understanding. By building a bridge between the spiritual and the earthly, the unfolding of these soul capacities awakens the consciousness with which to engage and transform our outer lives.
Through a meditative life inner changes take place that evolve our inner capacities and transform our way of being. This workshop will support the various stages of inner development by applying the most useful inner exercise for each step along the path.
“Every step an individual takes affects the collective development of humanity. The world we experience now is a result of the inner work of past generations. By consciously working to understand and experience our connection to the higher worlds we are more able to fully realise and contribute to the higher unfolding of humankind” – Lisa Romero
Love and Its Meaning in the World
"Without sense-born love, nothing material would exist in the world; without spiritual love, nothing spiritual can arise in evolution. When we practice love, cultivate love, creative forces pour into the world." Rudolf Steiner.
There is an esoteric saying that states all paths to the spiritual world go through the heart. This weekend we will look at the place of the heart in the inner work and the meditative life and how we need to understand the activity of spiritual love and its effects on the human soul and the outer sense world.
Lust, Lucifer, Abuse: a Challenge for the Spirit in our Time
As we walk on the inner work path that is outlined in Anthroposophy we are encouraged to meet the world around us and not flee from difficulties. The responsibility of this requires having the courage to meet even the lowest expressions of the human Soul. By understanding the struggles of our times we also shed light on the change that is necessary for progress. How do the beings of progress support change and the beings of digression distort and prevent healthy change?
The Necessity of True Inner Development
Even before we are called to the stages of higher development we can prepare ourselves by understanding the way and the truth of the unfolding schooling we shall take. Recognising the power and place of the inner exercises and meditations means we work with them in a way that they bear fruits of genuine transformation.
"The future of such spiritual esoteric movements as ours will depend more and more upon the realisation that the spiritual development of humankind is a necessity." - Rudolf Steiner
Strengthening Foundations of Inner Work and Meditation
This course describes how and why various meditations and exercises work to strengthen the soul and its relationship to the spiritual world.
Rudolf Steiner gave many exercises and meditations to strengthen the human being through its journey of developing consciousness. Together we will explore the inner work, the birth of the higher self, the spiritual year and how exercises can bring us closer to our own experience of these processes. This will enable us to both hold and further our daily practices.
Those wishing to establish a meditative life and long-term meditants have found this work invaluable in deepening their relationship to the path.
Towards Health & Healing: Helping Others Forward
Through the lens of the inner work, we will enter into the study of the healing conversation; looking at what we can do and what role we may hold in the healing path of another. When we understand our task we may also understand the activity of the healing forces working towards wholeness through the life transitions, crises or illness processes. Anthroposophy places human freedom as the guiding principle in all its healing modalities, therefore we must also understand what brings un-freedom and how to meet this as health practitioners of either body or soul.
This course is highly valuable for health practitioners, Waldorf teachers and those with a living interest in health and healing. Click Here to read more.
Meditation and Eurythmy
Marilyn Myres and Lisa Romero
Being a eurythmist is both a joy and a challenge, from trying to help others discover the gifts eurythmy brings to finding our own living relationship to the task. Entering the inner work of the Eurythmy Meditation brings insight and strength to meet the challenges and awaken the joy of the task.
This is a day long course open to all levels of eurythmy artists and therapists. Lisa and Marilyn share their work and together the group explores the Eurythmy Meditation by Rudolf Steiner.
Understanding the Initiation of The "I"
Once the body has grown, the soul begins to develop, either in relationship to the physical body which is limited and transient, or within its own capacities whereby the soul develops through sentient experience into intellectual reasoning and finally towards full consciousness. It is during this development of the souls capacities, which occur through individual effort, that the I may begin its initiation. Click here to read more.