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"Karma and Anthroposophic Psychology"

The Central Regional Council & The Association for Anthroposophic Psychology are co-hosting this event.


  • James A. Dyson, MD, Senior Faculty, Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP), North America; Faculty Member, English International Training in Anthroposophic Medicine
  • Roberta Nelson, Ph.D., licensed addiction and clinical counselor; Faculty Chair for Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP), North America. Contributor to The Counselor … as if Soul and Spirit Matter.
  • Susan Overhauser, Ph.D., licensed psychologist, California; Associate Presenter for Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology (AAP), North America.
  • David Tresemer, Ph.D., President, Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology. Editor and contributor, The Counselor … as if Soul and Spirit Matter; editor, Slow Counseling; column in Lilipoh for the last seven years. Author of Star Wisdom & Rudolf Steiner.

09 April 2020 | 12:00 PM Central Time

Thursday 9 April 2020 Noon through Easter Sunday at 3:00 PM Central Time

Where: Rudolf Steiner Branch, 4249 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

How Much? $140 conference fee includes 1 meal a day and artistic supplies

Registration is now open:  https://secure.anthroposophy.org/np/clients/anthroposophy/eventRegistration.jsp?event=186


A popular view of karma is tit-for-tat: “I did something to you in a past life, and now you’re doing the same to me; we’re done now.” However, karma is so much more complex, interesting, and important. The soul work of karma has to do with the unfolding of our individuality through the elements, through the ethers, and very much through relationships—finding those individualities, even if garbed differently, and in a new geography, with whom we are working on something over lifetimes. Anthroposophy and anthroposophic psychology have a unique contribution to the soul work of karma.

Rudolf Steiner named his main task as teaching about karma; his teachings deserve interpretation and enlivening.

The Central Regional Council has been exploring these issues for many months. For this conference CRC is partnering with the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology (North America) to present ideas and experiences concerning karma—and how it impacts upon personal psychology.

Thursday April 9, 2020 

Noon: Registration – Lunch 

2:00-3:15 Welcome and ArtActs (Interactive Artistic Activity such as Music, Eurythmy, Art, Speech, Social Games and anything contributing to Pageant) 

3:30-5:30 Star Wisdom and Karma – David Tresemer, Ph.D. Once we take in the notion of our citizenship of the cosmos, we can ask Star Wisdom (intelligent astrology) if it has guides to living our lives. …and then consider the hypothesis that there are signatures from one lifetime to the next, to assist us in the tasks before us. Rudolf Steiner gave dozens of reincarnational connections from which we can learn more about our own lives. Dr. Tresemer will also present his research on Mary Shelley’s inspiration for Frankenstein, and how this relates to the issue of karma. Guest presenter Christine Huston.

(As well as being senior faculty with the Assoc. for Anthroposophic Psychology, David founded the 12-sided StarHouse in Boulder, CO, where star wisdom is taught. He is the author, with Robert Schiappacasse, of Star Wisdom & Rudolf Steiner) 

5:30-7:00 Dinner 

7:00-9:00 (Evening Presentation) “The Karma Exercises” – Susan Overhauser, Ph.D.

An introduction to the anthroposophic approach to karma, with particular attention to the appropriate attitude and preparatory exercises.  The little karma exercise and the great karma exercise will be introduced and explained.  Participants will be led through the development of an imagination of an individual from their own life, which they are then invited to follow up the next three nights along the lines of the great karma exercise.

Friday April 10, 2020

9-10:15 ArtActs 

10:30-12:30 Living into Karma—through the Senses —James A. Dyson, MD. Each human individuality incarnates through development of the senses and by way of sensory processes. Dr. Dyson will bring his decades of anthroposophical medical understanding to interpret the psychology of how karma unfolds in consciousness and becomes lived experience.

12:30-2:00 Lunch 

2:00-3:15 ArtActs 

3:30-5:30 How to Find the Self in a Sea of Karma – Roberta Nelson, Ph.D. This is part 1 of a deep inquiry into finding one’s self. There are many reasons for why we are opaque to ourselves, and these guided experiential exercises will assist us to press through some of that opacity. 

5:30-7:00 Dinner 

7:00-9:00  (Evening Presentation) Ita Wegman’s personal karmic revelations, as confirmed by Steiner during his Visit to Wales in 1923 and their esoteric Consequences – Unfolding the Enigma of the Saturn path — James A. Dyson, MD.

Rudolf Steiner’s time at Pennmaenmawr appears to have been particularly decisive in shaping the character of the Christmas Foundation Meeting only four months later. He described this time as being inscribed into the Golden Book of Anthroposophy. Dr. Dyson will consider the relevance of these karmic revelations for humanity in our time.

Saturday April 11, 2020 

9-10:15 ArtActs 

10:30-12:30 How to Find the Self in a Sea of Karma – Roberta Nelson, Ph.D. This is part 2 of a deep inquiry into finding one’s self. There are many reasons for why we are opaque to ourselves, and these guided experiential exercises will assist us to press through some of that opacity. (This can be taken without first taking part 1 on Friday.)

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:15 ArtActs

3:30-5:30 The Gesture of Karma – David Tresemer, Ph.D. What might have been a pre-earthly intention—patterns and destinies set into place before conception? More important than naming a past life (“I was Joan of Arc!”—not necessarily a wrong intuition!) is to find the stream of continuity issuing across time and situations. This presentation reveals the importance of our greatest memory-container: the physical body animated by the etheric body. We will explore how one can be guided by hints in one’s own body, as well as in one’s loved ones—your karmic connections. Including brief excerpts from Merlyn Querido’s drama “The Lives of August Strindberg.”)  Guest presenter Lisa Loving Dalton. 

5:30-7:00 Dinner 

7:00-9:00 PAGEANT 

Sunday April 12, 2020 

Sunrise: Songtrail to Lake for Easter Sunrise 

At Christian Community: 

9:30 Children’s Stories

10:00 Children’s Service

10:30 Adult Easter Service

LEADING THOUGHTS: Christ as Lord of Karma—how do I access this in terms of my personal psychology? – James Dyson, MD. James has had a long connection with the Christian Community, and can put this event and celebration into a larger context.

Question to CRC: Will there be any opportunity on Sunday to gather experiences and reflections from participant’s following the great karma exercise throughout the days? If not, then we will integrate that into Saturday morning or afternoon.

Pot Luck Lunch

1:30-2:30 CRC AGM and Closing 

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