Anthroposophical Meeting in San Miguel de Allende
By Vivian Piña and Amanda García
This summer an important educational event of the Mexican Anthroposophical Community took place at the Waldorf Educative Community in San Miguel de Allende, Árbol de Vida.
Anthroposophy is the spiritual science developed by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925); the goal is the understanding of the human being with all its components, its genesis, its present and its future, starting at the understanding of the universe and its reciprocal relationships, in the comprehension that spiritual, essential, and physical reality of the human being is nothing else but the image of the spiritual, essential, and physical reality of the universe as a whole. Out of the work of Rudolf Steiner, renewing impulses emerged in every area of cultural life: philosophy, medicine, social science, agriculture, pedagogy, and arts, impulses which have continued to develop all around the world up to the present time.
Within the area of education, it is known as Waldorf pedagogy, the way of educating and organizing the educational contents and community, responding to the developmental needs of the child, based on the understanding of the human being conveyed by Rudolf Steiner, who considered our three dimensions, (body, soul, and spirit) searching for an integral development of the whole. It observes the act of accompanying the child in a harmonic way on behalf of healthy development through the subsequent seven-year phases, in which the development of each human dimension is verified. In the Waldorf pedagogy, educating is an art and, therefore, the teacher has to become an artist in education. Nowadays, this is one of the fast-growing pedagogical initiatives in the world, since in addition to educating happy and enthusiastic human beings who mainly develop in the joy for learning, the key is cultivating individuals with healthy social skills who are capable of keeping and increasing their human freedom in awareness.
This year, GITA, (Independent Group of Anthroposophical Work in Mexico) invited teachers, parents, and school administrators to their yearly training so they could get together at Arbol de Vida, the Waldorf educative community in San Miguel de Allende. More than 100 people came from different places around the country, as well as Iberoamerican countries, such as Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Chile.
The three weeks of workshops and conferences were carried out by renowned personalities of the world of anthroposophy and Waldorf pedagogy in Mexico, the United States, and South America.
“We hold this training in San Miguel de Allende,” explained Ana Paula Lange, director of GITA, “for the joy of being in this beautiful town and as a way of supporting and recognizing the dedicated work of parents and teachers in the Waldorf Educative Community Arbol de Vida, which provided us with a privileged environment for the development of this important training. We hope to carry out more activities here in the future, for the benefit of the people of San Miguel and of the anthroposophical community in the whole country.”