The College is a centre for adult education based on anthroposophy and the work of Rudolf Steiner.
Despite having been here for over 3 weeks now, I tend to be mostly in the gardens, only venturing into the college buildings for meals.
So I probably know as much about anthroposophy as this beautiful sculpture
so here is a summary of what it’s all about
“In short, Rudolf Steiner’s concept of education has neither an ethical-philosophical foundation (as was
the case with Kant and Herbart) nor a socio-cultural dimension (as in Durkheim and Dewey) and also no
empirical psychological origin (as in Claparède and Montessori). It is deduced from anthroposophical neomythology
and has a metaphoric character. In the light of his interpretation of the microcosm, education takes
the form of growth and metamorphosis—the educator is a gardener and a person who moulds others. From a
belief in reincarnation stems the image of education as an aid to incarnation and spiritual awakening—the
educator becomes a priest and a leader of people’s souls. The theory of the four temperaments leads on to the
educational task of harmonization—the educator then being understood as a master of the healing art. With
these organological metaphors of leaving the child to grow and to heal, and with the religious metaphor of
awakening with these vérités à faire, Steiner built the levers that are still being actuated by teachers and
educators in his schools and kindergartens today.”
So, thank goodness that’s all clear now!
For anyone suffering from insomnia, the rest of the article can be found here.
All I really know about the place is that they produce some great examples of art,
and I find the BioDynamic Organic techniques very interesting, see the Carson Garden blog for more.
Oh, and the food’s amazing, and everyone is very friendly.