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The Poetics, Letters, and Life of John Keats

Andrés Rodríguez



Keats stands as a prophetic precursor behind much in today’s radical attempts at cultural and self-transformation. Unfortunately, he is remembered, if at all, mostly as a Romantic poet whose value and standing was magnified by his early death. Eclipsed by the lushly sensuous affection of his poems, the real meaning of his life and the greatness of his achievement in poetics – how one makes sense out of experience – has been ignored.

Now Andrés Rodríguez redresses the balance by granting to Keats’ Letters their huge intellectual and spiritual labor. In these Letters, among the most inspiring spiritual documents of the West, we see the poet forming and transforming a passionate life of great joys and sorrows into a self of imagination and power.

Book of the Heart gives the Letters the central place in our literature they deserve. This is a book–for all kinds of readers–about the power of the life of imagination.

-Robert Hass

A Way to Heal and Revitalize the Earth

Rudolf Steiner

Seven Lectures and an introduction by Hugh J. Courtney



In 1924—in response to questions about the depletion of soils and a general deterioration of crops and livestock—Rudolf Steiner gave eight lectures on “the spiritual foundations for a renewal of agriculture.” Based on his suggestions and spiritual science, generations of farmers, gardeners, viticulturist, and researchers developed biodynamics as a healing, nurturing, holistic, ecological, organic, and spiritual approach to a sustainable care of the Earth.

Biodynamic methods consider the farm or garden to be a self-contained organism, embedded in the living landscape of the Earth, which is in turn part of a living, dynamic cosmos of vital, spiritual energies. The aim is to increase the health and vitality of the whole, including the farmer or gardener. The biodynamic practitioner follows an alchemical, transformative path of working with the Earth through the nine “homeopathic” preparations created by Steiner.

What Is Biodynamics? collects seven seminal lectures—four on developing a spiritual perception of nature and three from his Agriculture Course, dealing with the preparations. Hugh Courtney of the Josephine Porter Institute for Applied Biodynamics contributes an informative, passionate, and visionary introduction.

Whether you are concerned with the quality of agriculture and gardening in particular or have a broader interest in the ecological crises facing us today, this book offers a transformative approach that can truly change the way we live together on Earth.

Gathered from the Writings of Rudolf Steiner by Helmut von Kügelgen

Translated with permission of the author's estate by the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN)


This is a beautiful book and a fitting companion to Volume 1 (Spiritual Insights) of WECAN’s Little Series. Joan Almon’s Preface to Working with the Dead really says it all:

Since the following passages were written, Helmut von Kügelgen crossed the threshold of death. On 25 February, 1998, at age 81, he experienced his birth into the spirit lands he loved so dearly. Less than a year before, at the Whitsun kindergarten conference, he spoke to us with passion ringing in his voice and said, “The spirit is not over there. It is here!” During those days he shared this realization with us several times. He spoke in the spirit of the Gospels which say, “Look not for the realm of the spirit outside yourselves, for it is among you.” But he also spoke as if the veil which usually separates the spiritual world from the earthly had grown thin and translucent for him. The spiritual was now ever-present for him. Over the years we had watched his body grow frailer while his spirit grew stronger. he had prepared himself well for his journey into the spiritual world.

This booklet, along with the others he so lovingly compiled in the “Little Series,” is being made available to the English speaking world both in memory of his service on the earth and in recognition of his continued activity in the spiritual worlds. The work such a soul performs on behalf of humanity does not come to an end with so-called death. It continues on, and we are privileged to work with him – and with the legions of others who are active on the other side of the threshold. We can be grateful that in this booklet Helmut von Kügelgen compiled such riches from the work of Rudolf Steiner to show us the way to work with those who have died to the earth but who are born into the spiritual.

Joan Almon Easter, 2000

I would like to add that Helmut von Kügelgen gathered these excerpts specifically with the work of the Waldorf teacher in mind. He included a personal letter to teachers, mothers, fathers and colleagues in the kindergarten by way of introducing the pedagogical intent of Working with the Dead.

For Birthday's and Other Occasions

Anne and Peter Thomas



From A to Z, this is the most complete, idea-laden, sound advice giving, enthusiasm inspring book I’ve seen on the subject of how to give and what to do at children’s parties. The Children’s Party Book ranges in content from guidelines for parties and games for children of different ages, to a lovely discussion of what a birthday is and can be for a child. Then, it plunges into page after page of ideas – things to make; party themes to create; party hats, invitations, decorations & favors to easily make from inexpensive materials. And then there’s games, games, games – some sure to produce giggles and cheers, others that will evoke studious concentration, and still others that will leave the players happily collapsed on the lawn after joyous exertion. As if that weren’t enough, there is also a section on puppet shows – how to make the puppets and stage, what to perform, and some puppet plays to get you going.

Altogether, a great book – wish I could be there when you try it out!

Craft - Technics - Practical
Class 1 to 12

Alan Whitehead


The Golden Path is a triumph! Finally, a comprehensive, thorough and deeply considered overview “the crafts” that are taught throughout the curriculum of Waldorf schools – covering everything from Grade 1 to Grade 12. And, it’s in English!

From my perspective, the most significant and valuable aspect of the book is that Alan brings to life Steiner’s intent that Waldorf schools offer both a basic liberal arts education and a basic trades education. This intent is all too often lost in what has become, in my opinion, a misunderstood focus on “handwork” as a balancing tool for all the “headwork”. In Alan’s approach, the students are taught genuinely useful-to-the-modern-world ways to use the intelligence of the hand, which not only serves to lead them into the world in a more complete and powerful way, but, as modern science has shown, creates the framework for a fully human intelligence. It is his modernization of the curriculum, done while keeping very much to Steiner’s intent and without losing any of the more commonly taught subject matter, that is the central gift of this very fine book.

A real bonus with The Golden Path the unending stream of color photographs of different projects completed by students in various grades. Alan’s recently enhanced printing capacity enables all of us to delight in these handwork victories and study their manifest technic and form. (This is an author, incidentally, who actually produces all his books from writing to printing to binding – no wonder he has such a terrific grasp of the role of the crafts.)

I should add that this is not a how-to in terms of learning the techniques of any of these subjects – there are plenty of resources for that available in our bookshop and elsewhere. This is a guide to what to teach, how to teach it, why you and I want children to learn these things, and the joy they bring. Absolutely everything from knitting to gardening to survival training to baking to toymaking to desk building to . . . more and more and more. All of it is presented with wisdom and enthusiasm.

Inspiring and wonderful! Don’t miss it!!

Grade 8 Curriculum Resource

John Blackwood



NOTE: This has been replaced by the combination edition Mathematics in Nature, Space and Time which includes both Mathematics Around Us and Mathematics in Space and Time (this book).

From the author who brought us Mathematics Around Us comes another outstanding, even beautiful, mathematics teacher’s resource, this time for Grade 8 in the Waldorf curriculum.

John Blackwood guides us through a thorough exploration of the Platonic Solids with mathematical precision and an artist’s eye for color and form. It is heartstoppingly wonderful to see and read his exposition of these forms — I’m quite sure Plato must be smiling.

He then completes the block with lessons on Rhytms and Cycles that brings alive the rhythmic relationships of both space and time. You’ll love it. More importantly, so will your student(s). Blackwood’s work is one of the most valuable contributions to the teaching of the Waldorf curriculum to have ever been published.

Classroom Lessons Supporting the Development of Life Skills, Self Knowledge and Social Grace

Linda E Knodle

Coming of Age Curriculum Series



Linda’s second volume in the Coming of Age Curriculum Series focuses on a semester’s worth of topic-oriented lessons to be delivered to students ages 13 & 14 and grades 8-9. These lessons are open, enlivening, and nourishing of the upright human being within both students and adults. There is an artistry and playfulness that informs all these less and makes them so very beautiful and healthy for both the students and adults. We really can’t recommend them highly enough.


Part One: Preparation for the Course


  • Sample Rotation for Middle School Blocks of Study
  • Daily Main Lesson (Sample)
  • Elements of the Lesson

Preparation: Before Classroom Work

  • Preparing Yourself
  • Preparing the Faculty Letter for Faculty or Adult Community
  • Survey
  • Preparing for Parents Letter for Parents
  • Developing Values
  • Preview Questions for Interviews
  • Overview
  • Preparing for the Students Details of the Day
  • Spelling List
  • Resources for Teachers and Parents
  • Resources for Student

Part Two: Lesson Plans

  • Table of Contents for Lesson Plans
  • Student Lesson Book Entry Sequence
  • Optional Lessons for Day Five through Eighteen
  • Student Lesson Book Entry Sequence for Optional Lessons

Part Three: Supplements

  • Teacher’s Evaluation of Student
  • Student’s Evaluation of Teacher
  • Reviewing the Work
  • About the Author

Also available:
Human Fertility – 3rd Edition
Rites of Passage Workbook – 2nd Edition

116 pages, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 2012.

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