February days 2020

Bound to Earth – Freedom, Responsibility and Destiny
in times of climate Crises

Register: www.goetheanum.org
Costs: 165CHF (accommodation, meals and entrance), 125CHF (meals and entrance) 45CHF (entrance only)

Speakers and contributors include:
Dr. Constanza Kaliks (Goetheanum), Guillermo Scallan (Avina Foundatioan, Chile), 
Prof. Dr. Jost Schieren (Alanus University, Germany), Patricia Roth (worker at the Secretary for Environment in Acre, Brazil). Anastasia Laukkanen (director Ecocup Russia), Brazilian-German singer Bê Ignacio.

February Days 2020:
This winter we will focus on questions of the complex climate crises and the effects on our home planet, our social environment and human built structures, agreements and habits. This undoubtedly asks each human being to awake and become conscious of deep considerations about freedom, responsibility and destiny. The February Days is the Youth Section’s winter conference where we deepen our study of relevant topics through Anthroposophy.

 The program consist of lectures, workshops, dialogue, a panel, a film screening, storytelling, performance, night cafes and encounter.

Age: 18 – 35 years (flexible)

Lectures & panel

Dr. Constanza Kaliks (Goetheanum)

 “Responsibility as free commitment to our surroundings”

Johannes Kronenberg (Goetheanum)

 “Climate crises: SOS of Youth”

Guillermo Scallan (Avina Foundation)

“Climate crisis: the human being at the center of the cosmic challenge” 

Patricia Roth (worker Secretary for Environment Acre, Brazil) & Erilene Lima Silva

“The Amazon in the context of climate crisis: challenges and possible ways to sustainability”

Prof. Dr. Jost Schieren (Alanus University)
“We should change our consciousness,
not the climate!”

Our plenum consists of:

On Sunday 2 February 2020 we have a panel during our plenum from 17:00 – 18:30 to share questions and explore in dialogue. All the contributors will be in the panel. We also invited Fridays for Future Basel and Extinction Rebellion representatives to join in.

Anastasia Laukkanen (Director Ecocup)

Eco documentary and talk


1/11. Joan Melé (founder Triodos Bank Spain & Ethical Banking innovator)

“Money as a path of self knowledge and transformation”

How is our relationship with the earth? And how is our relationship with money?  What is revealed behind our way of using money? How is this linked with our relationship with the earth?

Joan Melé will guide a workshop where the role of the money will come into play. How it can lead us to a path of self knowledge, to a personal and social transformation will be central questions.

2/11. Prof. Dr. Jost Schieren (Alanus University)

‘Ecological aspects of Rudolf Steiners Philosophy and Epistemology’

In his early philosophical writings Rudolf Steiner developed an epistemology which is based on Monism. In contrast to a dualistic philosophy where men and world are strictly separated, Rudolf Steiner shows that the human consciousness is not something apart from reality but is existing within reality. Our knowledge process has also an ontological relevance. This philosophical perspective of a consciousness which is participating in the process of nature comes from Goethe. It has a deep impact on a different ecological attitude and and constitutes  a new sustainable relation to nature.

3/11. Anastasia Laukkanen (director Ecocup Russia)

‘Evolution of Ecodoc and how movies tries to save the world

Exploring the role and impact of ecodocs together with the founder of Ecocup Russia, the first Green Film Festival in Russia founded in 2009. Numerous activists, film makers, environmentalist, policy makers and thinkers worked together with Anastasia and her foundation to shirt consciousness in a fruitful and healthy direction.

4/11. Marco Aurelio (Amazon Indigenous work)

“The primitive human being with its advanced technologies and the involution of the modern human being: study of ancient maps through Archaeoastronomy”

To speak of the Andean Mapuche is to bring the origins, since mythology says that this people is a survivor of the great flood and are the sons of the great serpent, being strong and warriors, cosmic and connect with the moon through silver. On the other hand, in the enormous Amazonian biodiversity, there are other indigenous peoples who maintain their original culture to this day, living in harmony and respect as an integral part of the Earth, which is seen as a living mother and provides everything for the creation of their children. Even though they had been considered primitive peoples, they already had advanced knowledge and technologies in their relationship with the earth and the cosmos. Yet the modern, civilized, technological human being is moving away from nature and its spiritual essence, fighting to dominate plants, animals, and their fellow beings, which is an irrational fight against their own survival. Where there are no demarcated conservation units, the important Amazonian biodiversity is giving way to cattle and monocultures, especially of transgenic soybean, contributing to an unprecedented global crisis. Seeking to understand the connections that existed between native peoples, their shared worldview and sustainable living technologies, an Ethnoscience project was implemented in a network of partnerships between universities and indigenous communities in Chile, Brazil and Peru, promoting academic, scientific and cultural responses to questions about doubts that modern science cannot answer, such as the interpretation of the technologies used to build huge archaeological structures and their real purpose. These intercultural exchanges are proving that in ancient times there has been a mobilization and interrelationship between communities in this region, exemplified in the connections between the mega geoglyphs of the Amazon, Nazca, Atacama and some constellations, as well as communication with the gods through the DMT, activator of the human Pineal gland, found from Patagonian to Mayas mummies.

5/11. Andreas Neider (author & researcher)

‘The encounter with nature as an invitation to self-knowledge’

The encounter with nature as an invitation to self-knowledge of man and humanity
The environmental catastrophes that are increasingly occurring with climate change and the extinction of species act as a mirror in which humanity can become aware of its own misconduct towards nature. But also the individual human being is challenged to get clarity about him or herself and his or her state of consciousness in the encounter with nature.
On the basis of simple perception exercises we want to follow the call to self-knowledge, which nature addresses to each individual human being, and thereby connect ourselves more deeply with nature.

6/11. Ianthe Lauwaert and Melody Brink (storytellers)

‘Storytelling in the times we live in’

We have an image of the ancient storytellers, traveling across land and sea to bring the old stories to communities far and wide. But today, who are the storytellers and what is their task? Could it be that each and everyone of us are called upon to be active participants in the chaotic and beautiful world that we live in, and that storytelling is a key that each of us can use to open the door to creating the world we wish to live in?
‘The old saying: “Avra Kehdabra”, “I shall create as I speak’” welcomes us to consider the power in speaking and encourages us to bring consciousness to how and what we speak. More than ever, in these times of fragmentation and disconnection from the natural world, other human beings and ourselves, we need to find new ways to connect, to feel like we belong and to generously share our unique experiences of what it means to be human.

Ianthe Lauwaert (Belgium) and Melody Brink (U.S.A) are storytellers who travel the world to teach the art of storytelling and give performances. They work closely with other artists, educators and cultural organizers to create experiences that inspire transformation, connection and social warmth.

7/11. Guillermo Scallan & Andrea Menesses (Avina Foundation) 

“Aligning my project of life to my sense of life”

A practical and dialogue workshop around the questions : Do I know the meaning of my life? Do I have a life project? Are they aligned? How can I get closer to the meaning of life? How do I develop projects that help me find myself? Are there practical exercises that can support me? Are there recipes that guarantee results? Thinking, feeling and willing in the search for meaning and in the development of projects. Good and evil, how to know them in these dimensions?

8/11. Benno Otter (Biodynamic farmer & gardner)

Benno will give a workshop about biodynamics, the farm as an individuality and observation in and round the Goetheanum.

9/11. Eve Olive (Eurythmist)

“Writing to right the World and Ourselves, Moving to make it happen”

With the aid of prompts, and using our imaginations we will write prose poems reflecting on our lives and the life of the earth. We will do some movement so bring eurythmy shoes if you have them.


10/11. Dr. Constanza Kaliks (Goetheanum)

‘On the School of Spiritual Science and its endeavour to transform society’

The Youth Section is one of the 11 sections (faculties) of the School of Spiritual Science. In this workshop we will explore the history,  tasks and work of this school.

11/11. Laura Liska (Goetheanum)

“Clouds are the Leaves of the Sky: Returning to Wonder and Reverence in a Scientific Age”

Looking up at a brilliant blue sky, reveling in drifting clouds and birds, we can feel part of Nature through sheer awe. But we have to admit, as of yet we have not fathomed her mysteries and our actions do not embody her wisdom. This has become painfully obvious to us in the current crisis around climate. Could we experience Nature as beautiful, living, interrelated and ever-creative – a wholeness in which we are part and participant? Might we reconnect intimately with what touches us in the world through a scientific path of reverent, perceptive and thoughtful inquiry? For many of us working with an Anthroposophical and Goethean scientific approach, this is our hope. In this workshop we will work with phenomena related to climate: in water, air and sky – weather permitting! We will observe natural phenomena and thought processes, to reconnect ourselves with Nature through the wonder and beauty of her details. In this way we can enrich our understanding, so that when we speak about climate we do so from a perspective of engaged experience.


Evening performances 20:00 - 21:00 (Schreinerei am Goetheanum)

Thursday 30th of January 2020:
Storytelling by Eve Olive ”Cosmic Journey: Poems of Birth, Poems of Earth and A Fairy Tale for our Time’

Friday 31st of January 2020:
Singer and songwriter Bé Ignacio performing ‘Amazonia’ 

Saturday 1st of February 2020:
Storytelling by Lanthe Lauwaert & Melody Brink: ‘Remembering what we love most’

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