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The Human Life

Understanding Your Biography

George and Gisela O'Neil, Florin Lowndes


Includes poster-size life chart for plotting personal biographical patterns


This classic handbook explores an anthroposophical approach to personal biography that can be both revealing and inspiring.  It has been long out of print and we are delighted to again be able to share it with what has become a much wider and receptive public.

Using the Life Chart as a pictorial representation of your own life and following the methods and insights offered by The Human Life, you will find your own patterns leaping off the sheet and into your awareness and heart.  Having done this many years ago, I am still startled at the power of this method and its revelations, and marvel that over and over again, it just works so very well and is so very accurate.

The gifts of The Human Life are there to be worked with.  Please, don’t let this just become bedside reading: try it.  Your surprise will be exceeded only by the clarity and warmth this knowledge about yourself will breathe into your life.

A Final Destination or a Path Toward Freedom?

Edited by Nancy Blanning

Lectures from the 2012 International Waldorf Early Childhood Conference at the Goetheanum



The Journey of the “I” into Life presents us with the notes and transcripts of gleaned from five lectures given in 2012 by medical doctors, early childhood educators and a consulting Waldorf class teacher.  It is a rare combination of crystal clear thought and facts presented through hearts filled with warmth and love.  I have seldom been as moved as I was to read these lectures, and felt my understanding of human development was not just enhanced, but very much deepened as well.  It is hard to convey in just this bit of writing, but there was something so poignant and wonderful about being able, for instance, to see the photographs of the progression of development of human synapses from 0 to 3 years.  Combined with the thoughts being expressed by the lecturer (in this case, Dr. Michaela Glöckler), I found myself in the presence of a process that is in and of itself miraculous: it is a miracle that such development is possible, and a wonder that with it’s indescribable fragility and mutability it most often leads to the emergence of fully capable adult human beings.

This little book in its entirety is filled to the brim with moments and revelations like this one.  I would wish that everyone be allowed to encounter what it contains.

Diagnosis in Curative Education

Karl König

Foreword by Michael Glockler, MD

Introduction by Cornelius Pietzner

Translated by Catherine E. Creeger



Karl König’s point of view is that “disabilities” are exaggerated forms of ways we all use to cope with life. He presents the outline of a comprehensive child anthropology for diagnosis in the areas of motor disturbances, sensory disturbances, right and left, the world of language and the gestalt of the child. Finally he introduces us to convulsive disorders, epilepsy and hysteria.

This unique book is of value not only to those working in special education but to anyone interested in the dynamics of all human development.

Roy Wilkinson


Up to age nine, children do not differentiate clearly between their own inner life and the world outside. They experience the animals as brothers and sisters who can speak and act as human beings. Types of animals have been characterized in the fables which Waldorf students have heard in their early years. At age nine, the student experiences the separation of him/herself from the world. Teaching students about the relationship of animals to human beings rebuilds the bridge between the student and the world.

Contents include:

  • Rudolf Steiner’s Ideas on Evolution
  • The Human Being and the Animal Compared
  • The Group Soul
  • The Threefold Human Being
  • The Cow
  • The Horse
  • The Elephant
  • The Lion
  • The Camel
  • The Dog
  • Birds and Fish

Ernst Uehli

Translated by Rudolf Copple



This is a valuable study of a mythology that has as much to do with the future of human evolution as it does with these old stories of the Norse gods. Uehli moves systematically through the major figures in this ancient saga, reflecting on the deeper meaning and showing why they are so valuable for children, especially those in the fourth grade. It will provide insight for teachers, parents, and other adults who hope to answer some of the life questions of today.

Rudolf Steiner



These lectures by Steiner in 1921 and 1922 are newly available in English and constitute some of his most enthusiastic and detailed discussions of the goals of his pedagogy (Waldorf Education). In them he describes a way of educating and teaching children and youth by educating the entire person: body, soul, and spirit. Such an education can be carried out only if the educator is aware of the evolutionary metamorphosis that proceeds from spirit to soul and from soul into the physical. Steiner makes it quite clear that to deliver this education one must understand this as well as the developmental stages of human beings.

These lectures are filled with gems of wisdom and insight.

Sourcebook for inspired storytelling

Ashley Ramsden and Sue Hollingsworth


What I find very special about this guidebook is that it reads as a great story in itself.  The telling of this path reads like a fascinating page-turner, the authors exploring an adventure-filled wilderness of human life and the ways that ‘story’ becomes a sustaining part of our existence.  The exercises they suggest are so well-described that you will want to try them out right away, they are just that interesting.  I can’t think of a better way to enter the world of storytelling, nor a surer way to learn to captivate children and delight one and all.

Ashley Ramsden and Sue Hollingsworth invite you to realise your potential as a storyteller, for they believe that everyone can tell a story, but to tell it well requires a certain set of skills.  Whether you’re starting out or want to develop your storytelling expertise, this book is an essential guide. It can be used to tell stories for entertainment, teaching, coaching, healing or imbuing life with meaning.

Inside you’ll find a wealth of stories, exercises, questions, tips and insights to guide your storytelling path, offering time- tested and trusted ways of improving your skills, addressing blocks and helping you become a confident and inspirational storyteller. Ashley and Sue share the trials and triumphs of their personal storytelling journeys and explore what it means to be a storyteller today.


  • Starting out and First Steps- Nuts and Bolts
  • Basics and Beyond
  • Senses
  • Rhythm and Repetition
  • Polarities
  • Temperaments
  • Thresholds
  • Dynamics
  • Gestures
  • Gazes
  • Relating
  • Silence
  • Levels of Language
  • Voice
  • The Deeper Current-Self Development and Storytelling
  • Quotes
  • Stories
  • Tips
  • Exercises
  • Examples
  • Resources

—  Ashley Ramsden and Sue Hollingsworth teach at the International School of Storytelling, founded in 1994 at Emerson College, England. They perform and run courses worldwide. With a background in theatre and speech, Ashley has developed unique methods of teaching storytelling and voice work. He is particularly known for his one man shows of A Christmas Carol, The Amazing Adventures of the Hodja Nasruddin, Tistou, and The Man Who Planted Hope. Sue tells true life tales, leads wilderness and pilgrimage storywalks and runs storytelling retreats for women. Her performances of Along the Way, Out of Eden and Conducting the Storm invite us into a new relationship with nature.

An Introduction to Natural Farming

Masanobu Fukuoka


Preface by Wendell Berry

Introduction by Frances Moore Lappé


I think that in many ways The One-Straw Revolution is one of the most meaningful and inspiring books ever written about agriculture and also about human life.  It has certainly been one of the most meaningful and inspiring books in both our lives.  About a decade before we met, both Bob and I were reading Fukuoka’s beautiful thoughts and doing what we could to bring them to bear on our own lives.  Our lives, of course, continued to move on and both of us managed to lose our precious copies, also before we met.  Fukuoka’s thoughts and experiences continued to live within us, but so did thousands of other things.  We discovered the importance of this book in each other’s lives only a couple of years ago, after it had been out of print for about a dozen years.  We tracked down an affordable used copy and revisited our old friend and his wisdom once again.  It was like being reinvigorated, refreshed and renewed ~ we brought to life again ways of gardening, of living that had remained dormant for many, many years.  Both we and our garden have thrived in new ways as a result.

What you will find between the covers of this book is in no way a conventional “how-to” about natural farming or gardening or eating.  Instead, you’ll be given that rare opportunity to see the world through the eyes of someone who was so convinced by a single idea, namely, that nature always knows more than human beings, that he devoted his life to learning to comprehend nature’s way of doing things and how he could shape his farming practices to let nature tend the crops and animals in the best way possible.

You’ll be introduced to the cycle of the year from the perspective of sequential growing and harvesting; you’ll find ways of supporting relationships between plants and animals such that each nourishes the other’s life; you’ll even find how human life and human needs can be best met in terms of food through the seasons and a work load that is steady but not overbearing.

In short, you’ll find a way of looking at and understanding the world around you that has the possibility both figuratively and literally, to feed you body and soul throughout your life.

It is so very wonderful to find this book back in print!

Calvert Roszell

With an Introductin by George G. Ritchie



Near-death experiences (NDE) are among the most thought-provoking mysteries of human life, and fully understanding them will have far-reaching consequences. Are these experiences the hallucinations of a brain depleted of oxygen, or are they a reconnaissance into spiritual worlds?

This book explores the research of Dr. Michael Sabom, a noted cardiologist and professor of medicine at Emory University, which indicates that near-death experiences re body-free or spiritual experiences. It also explores the parallels that exist between teh work of Rudolf Steiner and descriptions such as those given by George Ritchie, whose near-death journey caused Raymond Moody to begin the epoch-making study that brought the phenomenon into the public eye.

Memoirs from the Living Heart of a Mayan Village

Martín Prechtel

Foreword by Robert Bly

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I love this book; so much so that after making three attempts at writing my own review of it, I’ve decided to let Robert Bly speak from his Foreword instead:

“[Prechtel’s] father is Swiss, his mother a Native American from Canada, Martín is a half-European, half-Huron baby cooked in some darkness he couldn’t have imagined. He settled into the famous Mayan village of Santiago Atitlán from the time he was twenty until he was thirty-three. There he received two initiations, one into the village religious tradition and the other into shamanism.

…Before meeting Martín, I’d never known a representation of such a culture. But I can testify to the integrity, the massive learning, the faithfulness, the lighthearted joy, and the hard-working nature of this representative.

From these metaphors of honey, of Gods crazy about smoke and dancing, we get a scent of the “original flowering earth,” that is, the fantastic fragrance that can come into human life when, despite madness and greediness, old women and old men help the young ones to embody beauty and eloquence, and when eight-hundred-year-old rituals of gratitude get a chance to play themselves out. . . . It’s a precious thing, this book. I’ve never known another like it. It’s a great encyclopedia of beauty that could so easily have been lost if a tree had fallen differently, if a foot had slipped on a rock, if a canoe had sunk in the storm, if the gunman had aimed a little to the left.

. . . it is a treasure house of language, in service to life.”

– Robert Bly

And it is even more than that. I hope you have the good fortune of being able to read Secrets of the Talking Jaguar – every minute of it will love you.

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