Van James: 21 March – 7 April
Van James is chair of the Anthroposophical Society in Hawai’i, sits on the council of the Visual Arts Section of North America, edits Pacifica Journal and taught the Visual Art Intensive for thirteen years as part of the Teacher Training Diploma Course at Taruna College, Hawke’s Bay. He currently teaches art at the Honolulu Waldorf School. 
Van will be giving a series of workshops and lectures on Renaissance Art in Auckland, organised by Bernadette White. He is open to offering further workshops and lectures on art – drawing painting, form drawing, art history and more – for teachers, members, and the general public. If you are on the North Island and would like to avail of Van’s expertise contact him at

Stefan Hassler: 8 – 13 May

Stefan is leader of the Section for the Performing Arts at the Goetheanum, he is a professional musician and eurythmist. Before taking up this position at the Goetheanum he was a professor and senior lecturer at Alanus HochSchule (University), Germany and has only recently released himself of these responsibilities. Stefan’s visit is primarily to connect with eurythmists, speakers and musicians but it is also an opportunity to meet with people in education. We face a serious deficit in eurythmists. As each eurythmist steps back from a position in the schools, there is not necessarily someone to replace them.

There is an exciting new initiative, Pacifica, College of Eurythmy has announced a full-time eurythmy training commencing 4 February, 2019, in Brisbane. In August Sue Simpson is meeting Jan Baker-Finch and other eurythmists in Brisbane, to prepare for the training. It would be wonderful to have New Zealand supporting this initiative. To encourage interest and engagement the Society will share information and updates on the course.

Bart Vanmechelen: 17-30 July

Bart is a member of the leadership team of the Curative Education and Social Therapy Council at the Goetheanum in Dornach . He represents the Council in the Board of the ECCE and is in the Eliant core group. His work is in curative education and social therapy as director in a day care centre, as well as part time staff member for quality development and training in a residential care centre. He is the general secretary for the Anthroposophical Society in Belgium.

His visit is being organised by the Anthroposophical Society and Hohepa. He’ll visit Hohepa sites across New Zealand and give workshops. We are still in the planning stages of his involvement with the Society.

Constanza Kalics: 19 – 30 August

Born in 1967 in Chile, Constanza Kaliks grew up and has lived mostly in Brazil. Constanza completed her studies of Mathematics in São Paulo, and went on to be mathematics teacher at the Escola Rudolf Steiner in São Paulo for 19 years. There she was also a teacher in the Waldorf Teacher training. Constanza has a Master’s Degree in Education and recently completed her Ph.D on Nicolaus of Cuse. She is married with two children. Since January 2012, Constanza has been the Leader of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum, and in 2015 became a member of the Goetheanum Executive.

During her visit there will be meetings organised through the Anthroposophical Society. Alongside this, with her background in education, she is open to and interested to meet with teachers and students. The Society is in communication with the Fellowship and Federation about this.

Below are four themes, not in any particular order, that Constanza is presently working on but she is interested to hear what themes would interest people in New Zealand and open to taking them up.

  1. Meditation – contemplation – concentration
  2. I – what is an ‘I’ in the contemporary world?
  3. Philosophy
  4. Image of the human being

The Society will be contacting the different centres but please contact Sue Simpson if you have any suggestions. Due to the timeframe she will not be able to traverse the whole country.

Helmy Abouliesh:  3 – 6 October, Anthroposophical Society Conference.

His motto “I love mission impossible”. Helmy Abouleish – graduate of Faculty of Commerce, Major in Business Administration of Cairo University and Marketing Diploma of American University in Cairo – is deeply involved in the development of SEKEM. Further to his engagement as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the SEKEM Holding, Helmy has been very involved in the national and international political sphere fostering responsible competitiveness, social entrepreneurship and the abatement of the huge problems of the 21st century, such as climate change and food security.

Helmy will probably spend time in New Zealand either side of the conference. His visit has yet to be organised beyond the conference.

Luigi Morelli: Keynote speaker at the 2018 Conference

Luigi graduated with a Masters in Environmental Sciences in 1981 and met anthroposophy in 1982. He has a passion for social change from a cultural perspective, and has extensive experience working with the social therapeutic impulse in Camphill and in L’Arche communities. He presently carries these concerns further in Ecovillage Ithaca where he lives, with an emphasis on Non-Violent Communication and participatory facilitation, in which he has trained extensively. In his free time he gardens and hikes, or devotes time to music.

Luigi has written books on American history and spirituality and others whose aim is highlighting the forces at work in global cultural renewal. Among these: A Revolution of Hope, which highlights the emergence of spiritual experiences that mark a new evolutionary possibility for humanity at large (pointing to the new Christ experience in the etheric) and explores an array of modern impulses that aim at renewing culture.

The book Karl Julius Schröer and Rudolf Steiner: Anthroposophy and the Teachings of Karma and Reincarnation explores the dual tasks of Steiner/Aristotle and Schröer/Plato, how they unfolded in time and how complementary they are to each other.

Aristotelians and Platonists: A Convergence of the Michaelic Streams in Our Time illustrates how the twin impulses have unfolded historically and how they are now present in the world; the heart of the book is a call for their fuller integration and increased synergy.

A later book: Social Threefolding in Relation to Rudolf Steiner’s Mission is also available with the other books mentioned above as suggested readings at (for free or donation)