Address: Vancouver, BC Canada

Lecturers & Workshop Specialists

Heinz Zimmermann

Dr Heinz Zimmermann was head of the Anthroposophical Society's Pedagogical Section from 1989 to 2001 and led the Youth Section from 1992 to 1999. Dr Heinz Zimmermann will be lecturing on The Art of Listening to Music and the Word. Professor at the University of Basle, Switzerland from 1966 until 1988, Heinz Zimmermann also devoted many years to teaching at the Steiner School in Basle. He is primarily responsible for co-founding the Rudolf Steiner Pedagogical Seminar in Dornach. He is a long-standing member of the Council of the Anthroposophical Society. With his wife Ursula Zimmermann he will be leading a workshop, in which the regenerative effect of the 12 Signs of the Zodiac in Eurythmy will be studied in depth. Together Heinz and Ursula Zimmermann will be focusing on the importance of Rudolf Steiner's 12 archetypal gestures within a variety of contexts, examining the implications of these ideas in the personal and social life of the individual. No previous knowledge of eurythmy or Rudolf Steiner is necessary to attend this workshop. The12 Signs of the Zodiac in eurythmy will be explored through observation, participation and active discussion.


Ursula Zimmermann

Ursula Zimmermann grew up near Basel, Switzerland. She completed her eurythmy training at the Zuccoli School, where she then spent the next 20 years teaching. She was employed on the Goetheanum stage for over 10 years and has since developed eurythmy courses and initiated projects in Switzerland and abroad. At the moment she is involved in developing the Kairos Centre, an international organisation devoted to unlocking the spiritual potential in physical movement, speech and thought. Ursula Zimmermann will appear in performance and also conduct a workshop on the 12 Signs of the Zodiac with her husband Heinz Zimmermann. (


Mary Berry

Mary Berry is renowned for Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge, which she founded in 1975 while directing music at Girton and Newnham Colleges. Having devoted her life's work to the study of Plainsong and Chant from her undergraduate years at Girton, Cambridge, in 2000 she was awarded the Papal Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice and in 2002 a CBE was bestowed upon her. The most formative influences on her were Nadia Boulanger, Dom Eugene Cardine, and Thurston Dart, who supervised her PhD at Cambridge on The Performance of Plainsong in the Later Middle Ages and the Sixteenth Century. She also wrote for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

Mary Berry will be lecturing on The Unveiling of Revelation, the origins of chant as nourishment for the spirit. Her workshops are a practical introduction to chant throughout The Development of Sacred Music in Western Europe.


Anne Ayre

Anne Ayre retired from Kings Langley Steiner School in June 2000, after 21 years of teaching music. She directed music throughout the school, which involved class singing and ensembles, school choir and orchestra and stage productions. Anne Ayre has also taught for many years in the London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar at Steiner House, where she is still very active. Anne Ayre will be conducting a choral workshop on sacred music.


Joel Myerson

Dr oel Myerson, Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature at the University of South Carolina, has published over sixty books and one hundred articles and notes on American Romantic literature. He is the author of the standard descriptive primary bibliographies of Emerson and Walt Whitman, a past president of the Emerson and Henry David Thoreau societies, and has recently edited Transcendentalism: A Reader for Oxford University Press. Dr Joel Myerson, leading authority on Ralph Waldo Emerson will introduce the essential aspects of Emerson's philosophy and his ideas on music.


Jonathan Sutton

Dr Jonathan Sutton graduated in Russian from the University of Durham (1973). He lectures in Russian at Leeds University and is the Director of Leeds University Centre for Russian, Eurasian and Central European Studies (LUCRECES). He is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Russian Humanities Studies, University of Nijmegen, Netherlands. His academic interests embrace philosophical thought, spirituality and literature in 19th- and 20th-century Russia. He has organised international conferences on Russian thought and Orthodox Christianity and is the author of The Religious Philosophy of Vladimir Solovyov: Towards a Reassessment (Macmillan Press, 1988) and Traditions in New Freedom: Christianity and Higher Education in Russia and Ukraine Today (Bramcote Press, 1996).


Jonathan Sutton will be speaking on Vladimir Solovyov, Fyodor Tyutchev, Creativity and Introspection. The principal claim in his lecture is that the writings of the religious philosopher Vladimir Solovyov (1853-1900) are poised between two modes of introspection which are especially important for Russian culture: on the one hand a literary, predominantly secular, mode, expressed in Tyutchev's celebrated poem Silentium, and on the other hand a monastic mode, grounded in the Hesychast tradition. The lecture suggests that, in creative terms, Solovyov's thought gains from occupying the middle ground between these two modes of introspection. His position as lay theologian and non-establishment figure, on the periphery of a number of circles and intellectual movements, further enhances his contribution to Russian culture and, more broadly, to religious reflection in our own day.


Diane Thompson

Dr Diane Thompson lectures in the Department of Slavonic Studies at Cambridge University. Her research interests are in nineteenth-century Russian literature, Dostoyevsky, and Poetics in general. Her publications include The Brothers Karamazov and the Poetics of Memory (Cambridge, 1991) and a number of articles on Dostoyevsky. She co-edited with George Pattison a collection of essays entitled Dostoevsky and the Christian Tradition (CUP, 2001). Diane Thompson will be lecturing on Dostoyevsky and Music.


Arif Ahmed

Dr Arif Ahmed lectures in the Department of Philosophy at Cambridge University. He has published on Wittgenstein & modern philosophy of language. Arif Ahmed studied mathematics at Oxford and philosophy at Sussex before writing his PhD on A Study of Necessity at Cambridge. His present research interests are in realism and intuitionistic logic and Berkeley. Arif Ahmed will be speaking on the central significance of music in philosophy: Music, Being and Sacrifice.



Walter Kugler

Dr. Walter Kugler has been director of the Rudolf Steiner Archive in Dornach, Switzerland since 1982. After completing his PhD on an interdisciplinary study of music, German literature, and education, Walter Kugler lectured at University of Cologne from 1976 to1981. Since 1982 he has co-edited Rudolf Steiner's Complete Works and is responsible for curating some 30 exhibitions of original work by Rudolf Steiner internationally.