Past Lectures and Workshops

October Workshops in Ghent and New York City

 October Workshops at the New York City  Branch of The Anthroposophical Society (138 West 15th Street, NY, NY 10011) 

Workshop Title: The Logik of the Heart: Learning the Basics of Rudolf Steiner’s Heart-Logik Method of Writing and Meditation
-Saturday, October 28th, 10am to 4pm, and
Sunday, October 29th from 10am to 2pm 

 

Workshop Title: The Practice of Forgiveness according to Rudolf Steiner, Sergei Prokofieff, Michael Ryce
-Sunday, October 29th, 3pm to 6pm

 

 Two Workshops with Mark Riccio at the Hawthorne Valley School   (330 County Route 21C Ghent, NY 12075)

 

Workshop Title: The Practice of Forgiveness according to Rudolf Steiner, Sergei Prokofieff, Michael Ryce

 
Thursday, October 19th 2017 from 7pm to 9:15 pm


Price: $30

 

Please, pre-register for the workshop at markriccio@ymail.com and check for more detailed information at www.organicthinking.org

 

 Forgiveness is one of the most misunderstood spiritual ideas and practices.  According to Sergei Prokofieff, forgiveness is central to everyone’s spiritual path, and our lack of forgiveness is responsible for our inability to work together on important tasks in life, work, and marriage.  Following Prokofieff’s suggestions, we will see how forgiveness can be brought about in our various energy bodies: astral-body, lower-ego, and higher ego. Based on this spiritual understanding, we will learn to take responsibility for our unloving reactions to our “neighbors”  by using Michael Ryce’s exercises (called “forgiveness sheets”) to bringing healing to fearful, hostile, guilt-ridden responses to people and life-events.

 

 This workshop is ideal for those who often work with “difficult people” and want to change their reaction (forgive) to those people; and it is also helpful for those of us who are difficult people and want to change how we treat/react to others. Those who work daily with challenging people, such as teachers, will benefit most by using these methods for their child study, dealing with parents, and fellow faculty members. As Steiner once famously asked: “Is my pupil's deficiency not the result of my own action?” or in other words: “make a change in yourself before wanting to see a change in others.” This is the type of forgiveness that we will be working with in this workshop.

 

 Please bring a short list of topics/people you would like to forgive as we will be going through the forgiveness process using examples from participants’ experience.

 

 

Workshop Title: The Logik of the Heart: Learning the Basics of Rudolf Steiner’s Heart-logik Method of Writing and Meditation

 

Friday October 20th 7 to 9pm and Saturday, October 21st from 9am to 12 and 1pm to 4pm

 

Price: $100 for the workshop: $30 for Friday Evening only.

 

Please pre-register for the workshop at markriccio@ymail.com and check for more detailed information at www.organicthinking.org

 

 Using the spiritual truth of the fourfold human being as a model for organizing thoughts in the creative process leads to living thinking, which produces a living form, for example, lecture, essay, poem, play, book. In addition to affecting the head and logical mind, the inner structure of these forms based on living, wave-like thinking can affect the heart forces of the reader or listener, hence the term “Heart Logik.” By bringing content and form into an organic and harmonious connection the logik of the heart is created.

 

This type of writing is not new. It can be discerned in the Book of Job, Matthew Gospel, the discourses of Plato, and Goethe’s description of the archetypal plant to give just a few examples. Rudolf Steiner consciously and deliberately used heart-logik forms in his books lectures, architecture, Waldorf School lesson plans and curricula, as well as Eurythmy forms.

 

 The Philosophy of Freedom has been described as “the training manual for living form.” Mark Riccio will help us explore the many living forms in this book. Many of us focus on content and ignore form. This workshop will show us that form is important because it carries the content into the heart. We will come away with a deepened appreciation not only of what Rudolf Steiner wrote, but also of how he wrote it.

 

Some of the works covered: a Blake poem, Lord’s Prayer, a Bible chapter, and the Philosophy of Freedom selections.

 

 Please bring colored pencils (blue, green, red, yellow, and a lead pencil) to the workshop as we will be sketching Rudolf Steiner’s texts. Copies of the texts will be handed out. 

 


Honolulu Lecture:

 Anthroposophical Society
 2514 Alaula Way Honolulu, HI 96822

 

Saturday, July 1st, 7 pm
In Search of A Spiritual Writing Style: Spiritual Authors and Rudolf Steiner's Logik of the Heart
 at the Honolulu Branch of the Anthroposophical Society
 
 
In this workshop we will explore some classic spiritual texts (Plato, Bible, William Blake, Neal Donald Walsch) and see how these authors gave their works a particular type of composition. This workshop will be based on my book The LOGIK OF THE HEART: the organic templates of spiritual writers, Rudolf Steiner, and The Philosophy of Freehood.
This workshop is ideal for those searching for a new way of organizing their own writing. It is also a good way to understand Rudolf Steiner's least celebrated contribution - a spiritual way of writing that opens the heart chakra. Teachers may also find this method as a new approach to teaching literature and writing.

Workshop in Los Angeles on JULY 21st, 2017 

Rudolf Steiner's Heart-Logik Workshop

Friday July 21st (8 p.m.) and Saturday, July 22nd, 9:30 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 4:30

Anthroposophical Society in America
Los Angeles Branch
110 Martin Alley
Pasadena, CA 91105
626-795-7105

 

Presentation on Forgiveness at the Christian Community of L.A.,

Sunday, July 23, 11:45 a.m.

by Mark Riccio

 

Location: The Christian Community of Los Angeles

11030 La Maida St., North Hollywood, 91601

 

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June 10th at the Honolulu Anthroposophical Society

Rudolf Steiner, Sergei Prokoviev, and the Practice of Forgiveness:
This workshop addresses many aspects of forgiveness as found in the work of Rudolf Steiner, S. Prokoviev, and Michael Ryce.

Forgiveness is one of the most misunderstood spiritual ideas and practices.  According to Sergei Prokoviev, forgiveness is central to the anthroposophical path of spiritual development.  First, we will cover how forgiveness can be brought about in our various energy bodies (astral, ego, and higher ego). Second, based on this spiritual understanding, we will see how to bring change to trauma, anger, and uncomfortable feelings by practicing forgiveness through the Aramaic concept of the Rakhma, or the spiritual soul (Michael Ryce’s approach).

This workshop is perfect for those who often work with “difficult people” and want to change their reaction (forgive) to those people; and it is also helpful for those of us who are difficult people. Teachers will benefit the most by using these methods for their child study, dealing with parents, and work colleagues. As Steiner once famously suggested: “Is my pupil's deficiency not the result of my own action?” or in simple English: “make a change in yourself before wanting to see a change in others.” This is the type of forgiveness that we will be working with in this workshop.