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Exploring the Karmic Double, Forgiveness and The Twelve Virtues With Karen Rivers June 12-13 Zoom Presentation-


Karen Rivers, PhD


Author of Love and the Evolution of Consciousness:

The Transformation of the Human Soul, the Double, and the Spirit

There is a law of compensation in the Universe, meaning that all

evil-doing has its own retribution by Nature’s own act. Leave it

therefore to the gods to avenge you if you have suffered, and suffered

wrongly. Give justice when you receive injustice. Ally yourselves

with the gods, with your own inner god. Requite never hate with

hate, for thus you but add fuel to an unholy flame. Requite hatred

with compassion and justice. This is the ancient law. Thus also you

make no evil Karma for yourself; thus you ally yourself with Na-

ture’s own spiritual procedures and you become a child of the cosmic

life, which thereafter will beat in your own heart with its undying

pulses. — G. de Purucker, (2000)

Forgiveness has the potential to be of immeasurable significance for

human evolution. It is among the most pressing spiritual issues of

our time as well as a preeminent method of furthering spiritual

evolution, both for individual human beings and for the Earth.

Practicing the Twelve Virtues creates a path to educate the emotions, refine

the soul, and develop inner character. When we enter into the task

of developing virtue, we enter into an alchemical process of trans-

forming our soul life into capacities for helping others with grace,

subtlety and care. Through a practice of the Virtues, human beings

can establish a harmonious relationship with each other and with the

Soul and the Cosmos. The Virtues constitute a way of sacred service

in the world for they are the means through which we unite the soul

and spirit. Rudolf Steiner stated that: If you diligently practice these

virtues, new powers and abilities will result.

Friday, June 12, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

This will be a zoom presentation. Suggested $20.00 donation to Karen Rivers made on paypal to Paypal payments

The Zoom link will be sent on Friday June 12 th .The presentation will be recorded for viewing if you can not attend the live presentation.

More Information : contact Cathy Green


Love and Evolution Schedule Nashville 2020



Rev Jim Hindes March 19-20 Canceled until further notice

Canceled until further notice.

Christian Community of Nashville,

(an Affiliate of the Mother church in Spring Valley, NY.)

Friday, March 19, 2020 – Friday evening Lecture

 Saturday March 20,2020 – The Act of Consecration

What does the Bible say about the Laws of our Human Biography?

There is a formative element that has shaped and molded human beings throughout history. This force is seen at work in the stories we find in the Bible, using the forces in the first book of the Bible, Geneses, Rev Hindes will describe some of these forces that intervene in human lives often at predictable times.


Friday night….7PM  Lecture/conversation

Sat……………..9:30AM Children’s Story Time

                      10:30 Act of Consecration

                      11:30 Circle Conversation

                      12 Vegan Lunch

Place:  4804 Sewanee Road  Nashville TN 37220

Please let us know if you plan to attend email



Rudolf Steiner Group Starts New Book January 21 2020

The Rudolf Steiner Group will start a new book next meeting Jan 21.

Love and the Evolution of Consciousness. By Karen Rivers

Karen will be our speaker for St John Festival 2020


Karen Rivers, PhD, and author of Love and the Evolution of Consciousness: a Study of the Transformation of the Human Soul, the Double, and the Spirit, has dedicated her work to the mysteries of the Divine Feminine. Along with Robert Powell, Karen co-founded the Sophia Foundation. She also founded Chrysalis Productions, a transforma­tional theater company for children and adults, and the Rosamira Circle, a spiritual community awakening within children and adults an ever-deepening relationship with the spiritual world.  She integrates the interfaith commonalities of the world religions and the esoteric teachings of Rudolf Steiner and Valentin Tomberg in her courses, spiritual counseling, and ministry.

With the Sophia Foundation, Karen has co-led pilgrimages to sacred sites around the world including Turkey, Palestine, France, Great Britain, Italy, Greece, Egypt, India, the Grand Canyon, South Africa, Peru, and Bali. She Direc­ted the New Chartres Academy for ten years, while serving on the faculty  of The Wisdom School of Graduate Studies, and has dedicated her life to serving the needs of local communities and larger international communities through private initiatives, with the Sophia Foundation, and the New Chartres Academy.

Karen has worked for over 35 years in Waldorf Education as a class teacher, administrator, mentor, consultant, and parent educator. Karen currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC, with her husband, Michael Cohen.

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Advent and Image for our Time Dec. 17 th

Dec 17 -7:00 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church / Linden Waldorf School 3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215
The Advent reading is  Advent and Image for our Time (1969 Beaver Run PA)
The lecture will be provided at the meeting.



2019 TNLFS Postcard

Rescheduled Discussion with Jeff Poppen Tuesday October 29 7:00 pm

Please join us for a get together with Jeff Poppen.

Tuesday Oct 29 7:00 Pm 

At the Trintiy Presbytarian Church / Linden Waldorf School 
3201 Hillsboro Pike Nashville TN 37215

Jeff will speak about his latest readings of the Medical Lectures by Rudolf Steine

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Michaelmas Festival – Saturday Sept 29th Features discussion with Jeff Poppen on The Six Months Exercises

Trinity Presbyterian Church – 3201 HIllsboro RD Nashville TN 37215

2:00-4:00 Jeff Poppen, THE BAREFOOT FARMER, and founding member of the Anthroposophic Branch of Middle Tennessee will give a beginners discussion on Rudolf Steiners’ The  Basic Six Months Exercises

4-5:00 Art with Cindy Tuner and Bees Wax

5:00-6:00 Pot luck supper

Child care available-

Donations for the event and materials are encouraged.


RSVP or for more information please contact Barbara Bittles at or Cathy Green at

May 6 Organic Workshop Series with the Barefoot Farmer

Organic Workshop Series

Every Month May 6 – Sep 9 · 

2250 Heady Ridge Rd, Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150-3305,
For more information contact

Biodynamic Work Shop April 8

3 Dates · Apr 8 – Aug 5
2250 Heady Ridge Rd, Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150-3305, United States

Join us one Sunday of April, June and August of 2018 for Biodynamic workshops with Jeff Poppen,

My first biodynamic workshop of the year is coming right up, and I would love to have you involved. Here is where you can get tickets:


Please join us for an  Easter Reading Spirit Triumphant from Rudolf Steiner’s book Festivals and their Meaning. This lecture may be found on the internet at We will have printed copies at the meeting.

Tuesday April 3 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Blvd., Nashville, Tennessee 37215.
6:30-7:00 Social -Coffee and snacks
7:00-8:30 Lecture reading

Dr. Mark Hancock At The Tennessee Local Food Summit -December 2

Dr Hancock will present a lecture on Nutrition

Saturday 2:30 at the Tennessee Local Food Summit

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Middle Tennessee farmland once fed Nashville, and it will again. As a peak year-end event fostering this change, the Tennessee Local Food Summit is December 1-3, 2017 and will be held at Montgomery Bell Academy.

Sponsored by Barefoot Farmer, LLC, it will feature Nashville’s best chefs offering delicious, locally grown organic meals during a full day of educational workshops, networking, and the celebration of Nashville’s existing local food movement.

This year’s topics for discussion will be:

❧ Backyard gardening
❧ Cooking Demonstrations by famous local chefs
❧ What’s going on in Nashville’s Local Food Movement
❧ Farming

MEALS INCLUDED! Breakfast, lunch and a dinner will be made by local chefs using local ingredients. Included in full conference ticket. Lockeland Table, Husk Nashville and Nicky’s Coal Fired are some of the local restaurants who will be helping to put the meals together.

Ticket Information


~Biodynamic Workshop PART 3 Barefoot Farm Series~~

You did not have to have attended the first or second workshop to attend Part 3, you will have just missed out on the information shared then.

Join us the first Sunday of August 2017 for a Biodynamic workshop with Jeff Poppen, the grandfather of Biodynamic Farming & Gardening in the Southeast.

Topics to be covered include: Composting-Plowing-Spring Gardening-Soil Health-Cold Frames-Orchards-Berries-Transplanting-Cultivation-Summer Gardening-Mulching-Companion Planting-Insects-Fungi-Moisture-Harvesting-Flowers-Pastures-Animals-Trellising-Successive Planting-Cover Crops-Fall Gardening-Infrastructure
Minerals-Storage-Forests-Seed Saving-Overwintering
Plus hands-on work with horn manure, horn silica, the compost preparations, barrel compost and horsetail
Transplants, handouts and preparations will be provided to take home with you!

When: Sunday, August 6, from 1-4 pm
You are more than welcome to come early or stay later to participate in whatever is going on at the farm, and to enjoy a meal with us.
2250 Heady Ridge Road, Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150.
Use your GPS to get to Red Boiling Springs, then follow these directions:
TICKETS:We are only accepting a limited number of participants, so please purchase your ticket now so you are guaranteed a spot! Each workshop is $30.
Purchase your tickets here:


15_Christ_Resurrection (small).jpgMay 12- 7:30 Public Talk “The Word of God”  Where it can be found? By Patrick Kennedy How can we hear the God speaking to us?

May 13- 9:30 A story of the spirit for children. Followed by a conversation with interested parents.

10:30- The Act of Consecration of the Human Being- renewed communion service. The communion service in The Christian Community does not use alcoholic wine and communion itself is open to everyone over the age of 14. Children have their own special service that matches their developmental stage and relationship to God. However children 9 and older may attend the service and not take communion.

10_An_Altar_Hidden_from_View (small)11:30 -Contemplating the Gospel and Liturgy- A gospel study after the service.

12:15- Lunch

1:00 -Open conversation Questions?

Location-4804 Sewanee Rd Nashville TN 37220

Childcare provided please RSVP.

Please RSVP to Barbara Bittles at (615) 294-1216 or email

Paintings by Helen Chamberlain

Easter Festival Presentation Photos

We had a wonderful gathering for the Easter Festival. The Michael Portrait, a gift from Phyllis Phillips, the Nashville Rudolf Steiner group and the Middle Tennessee Anthroposophical Branch,  was presented to the Linden Waldorf School as a dedication to Phyllis Phillips. The portrait will hang in the Manse in the faculty lounge. Here are some photos of the presentation and the participants at the gathering. Thank you to everyone who made this a momentous event.






2:30- Chapel- The event begins with a dedication to Phyllis Phillips. A pioneer for Nashville Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education is recognized for her contributions with a portrait presentation to the Linden Waldorf School .

A reading together of the lecture “The Evolution of Light Darkness and Colour by Michael Wilson” is followed by a discussion with Helen Chamberlain and Jeff Poppen

4:00- Stirring of Biodynamic preparation barrel compost. The preparation will be available to take home for those who are interested.

Childcare is available- Please provide the number of children and their ages

Please RSVP by April 17th for childcare or the BC compost prep

Lecture is available in advance of reading  

Contact -Barbara Bittles 615-294-1216

Hosted by the Anthroposophic Branch of Middle Tennessee

Donations appreciated.

Jeff Poppen – Lecture on Subsoil 3-2-17

 A lecture on Subsoil, presented by Jeff Poppen, the Barefoot Farmer, Biodynamic Farm, Red Boiling Springs, TN http://www.barefootfarmer.
Presented at the
Nashville Lawn and Garden Show
The Fairgrounds Nashville
500 Wedgewood Avenue
Nashville, TN 37203

March 2 at 3:30 p.m.

For more information

Biodynamic Farmer Jeff Poppens host the Local Food Summit Dec 2-4

December 2-4 2016 | Tennessee State University’s Downtown Avon Williams Campus

($125 includes meals & all workshops)

Featuring Joel Salatin!  

Sponsored by Barefoot Farmer, LLC and TSU, it will feature Nashville’s best chefs offering delicious, locally grown organic meals during a full day of educational workshops, networking, and the celebration of another great growing season.

For more information visit


Michaelmas Celebration Thank You

Middle Tennessee Branch of Anthroposophy Michaelmas Festival
What a reverent and festive gathering! About 50 of us from diverse spiritual study and agriculture circles came together to learn about the Biodynamic Horn Manure preparation and the meaning of the Michaelmas season from Jeff Poppen, The Barefoot Farmer. We also enjoyed a group meditation of Rudolf Steiner’s Foundation Stone and a potluck featuring dragon-shaped bread loaves decorated with flowers and jewels (Thanks Cloniger family!) 

Six Boots Collective hosted our event. Six Boots, a CSA farm and market garden, has been growing and using Biodynamic practices for 4+ years — meanwhile hosting many community Biodynamic gatherings. Please join us for more prep making and seasonal celebrations.
Will Tarleton of Six Boots is also a core member of our year-old TN-KY DemeterLocal Chapter, which certifies regional Biodynamic farmers (to Demeter USA’s Standards) using a low-cost peer inspection model which prioritizes education — for farmers and interested community members. TN-KY DemeterLocal’s vision is to build a strong foundation for peer collaboration to strengthen the local biodynamic farm community and share practical knowledge and resources.
A message from Will:
Friends, I was so honored to share my space at Six Boots Growers’ Collective with a broader group of folks interested in the practical exploration of Biodynamic Agriculture and Anthroposophy.  
I would like to thank everyone who helped coordinate this special event, and especially Jeff Poppen for his personal insight of the biodynamic preparations and the celebration of Michaelmas.  
I would also like to encourage this exchange of knowledge, and inquisition into the development of our own community’s understanding of the practical applications of Biodynamics and Anthroposophy.  I would like to continue the dialogue of both, and I am open to holding another event in the Spring, as well as, any events that may come about between now and then. 
Thanks again for everyone’s help and enthusiasm.  I am looking forward to a winter of personal reflection, and envisioning an abundant and prosperous Spring for all of us in our endeavors filled with love and gratitude.  
Feel free to come back on the second Tuesday of each month to share again in a potluck starting at 7:30pm with other members of our Bells Bend community.  
Peace and Blessings,
Will Tarleton
Farm Manager
Six Boots Collective/Tennessee Grown 
We will have a few prep making gatherings in October and November. 
For more information
>> Email Hilary Higginbotham at to be involved in the Nashville Biodynamic Community or the TN-KY DemeterLocal group.
And make sure to sign up for Anthroposophy Nashville’s email list for events and news about Steiner study groups, talks, educational activities, and regional happenings at
Thank you for coming! And thank you especially to Jeff and Will.
A peaceful Michaelmas season to you all!
From the Anthroposophy-Waldorf-Biodynamic Agriculture planning team:
Barbara Bittles
Cathy Green
Hilary Higginbotham
James Stribey
Marilyn Sutcliffe

Michaelmas Festival Sept 28th 4-8:00 Features a workshop with Jeff Poppen

This event will be held at Six Boots, a local farm and growers collective and CSA , located at 4506 Old Hickory Blvd Nashville 37218 in Bells Bend.

Everyone is warmly invited to a celebration of Michaelmas centered around the relationship of nature, the animal kingdom and the human kingdom.

4:00-6:00 Jeff Poppen, THE BAREFOOT FARMER, and founding member of the Anthroposophic Branch of Middle Tennessee will inform of the importance, and demonstrate the preparation of the horn manure. We will include the Michaelmas readings while we are preparing the ground and filling the horns.

7-8.  Pot luck supper.

This will be a hands on experience rain or shine. Please come prepared in casual clothes and boots/shoes and your own chair for the farm. Snacks will be provided at the beginning of the event.

Thank You to Will Tarleton, of Six Boots Collective and CSA for hosting the event  .
Thank you to Jeff Poppen, owner of Long Hungry Creek Farm in Red Boiling Springs for materials . Jeff will provide enough horns for those of us interested in planting in our own yards and farms.
Donations for the event and materials are encouraged.

Event is sponsored by the ANTHROPOSOPHIC BRANCH OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE For more information please contact Barbara Bittles at or Cathy Green at



Biodynamic Celebration 2016 September 23-25, 2016

Information and registration is

Details: The conference will be held at a new location this year!  Directions are here.

For general inquiries, please email: Jeff at, or coreekaleseed at, or call 615-699-4676.

This year’s theme is
The Four Kingdoms:
Animal, Vegetable, Mineral, and Human.

Weekend workshops will explore examples of the kingdoms as they are expressed on a farm, as well as how we, as growers, can help create a four part harmony.

It is a special delight to be hosting our long time compatriots Hugh Lovel and Shabari Bird to celebrate the 30th year of gathering biodynamic and organic growers and enthusiasts throughout the Southeast.

Torin Finser Speaking December 5-6, 2015

Torin Finser, the General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America, will speak December 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Linden Waldorf School in the Manse building first floor at 3201 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 (Hillsboro & Sharondale), phone (615) 354-0270.

He will speak on his most recent book,  The Second Classroom, all about the parent/school relationship. Please come join in the conversation. We will have hot cider and seasonal treats to share. Torin will have copies of The Second Classroom for sale.

He will also speak December 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Blair School of Music at the Martha Bartles Studio before the Alfred Bartles Tribute concert. The address is 2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN 37212, phone (615) 322-7651. (more…)