Although our website is still under construction, below you will find some initial resources and opportunities that will provide a glimpse of what is coming.
Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit corporation whose initial objective is to record, collect, preserve, archive for posterity, and disseminate to a worldwide, multicultural, multilingual audience the discoveries and teachings of anthroposophical researchers who, as Rudolf Steiner indicated, are distinguished not only by their ability to impart knowledge, but also in their capacity to awaken life by guiding the spiritual within the human being toward the spiritual in the universe.
The initial, high priority target audiences that WCEI is specifically designing and publishing for include:
- Waldorf teachers seeking continuing education,
- parents of Waldorf students who are seeking to learn more about the philosophy behind their child’s education,
- anthroposophy study groups that are seeking resources to augment or guide their studies, and
- individuals who have engaged in religious/spiritual studies and community life yet feel something is missing and are seeking that which is lacking.
While there are many more audiences we seek to reach, serve, and support, we believe ourselves capable of beginning to provide high quality content for these target audiences most quickly and capably in the coming year.
What This Website Will Contain
Phase 1 of this website will feature (but not be limited to) the research and teaching of Brian Gray, former Director of Anthroposophic Studies at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California. Initial offerings will include about 150 hours of video and audio recordings from Brian’s classes and workshops, including:
- Parzival and the Search for the Holy Grail
- Rudolf Steiner’s Life and Work
- Philosophy of Freedom
- The Human Being: Image of Creation
- The Human Being and the Stars
- Introduction to Esoteric Christianity
- How to Know Higher Worlds
- The Spiritual Guidance of Humanity
- Astrosophy and How to Read Birth Charts
- Reincarnation & Karma
Future phases of this website will feature the work of other outstanding anthroposophic researchers and teachers.
Wise Cosmos YouTube Channel
The Wise Cosmos YouTube Channel is partially up and running with archive quality (not final, full quality) videos that are currently being utilized by students at Rudolf Steiner College. Offerings change every couple of weeks, so check in regularly to see what new videos are available.
Planetary Seals & Glyphs
Brian Gray was invited to present his original research on Rudolf Steiner’s planetary seals and glyphs at the November 2015 international conference entitled, “The Sources of Art: Qualities of the Planets”, held at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland.
Although Brian was not able to attend the conference in person, he did create materials that were presented at an exhibit during the conference. Those materials and more are available through the following links:
YouTube Video: Rudolf Steiner’s Planetary Seals: Highlighting Their Metamorphosis By Correcting Their Orientation – Introduction
Receive Updates On New Content
If you would like to be informed when the full Wise Cosmos website goes live, as well as to receive email updates about new teachers and new content as they are added to our site, please join our email list.
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We rely entirely on financial support from people like you to make these educational resources available to a worldwide audience. Unless you designate otherwise, 100% of your money will fund the creation of video, audio, and written materials designed to serve the needs of people seeking to understand what it means to be truly human in the 21st Century.
To date, our fundraising efforts have all been purely word of mouth. The contributions we have received are a testimony of the value people believe these educational resources will have in the lives of individuals and communities:
- In 2014 we received $39,934.
- In 2015 we received $43,439.
- As of October 2016, we have so far received $44,121.
The majority of funds received thus far have been invested primarily in recording nearly 350 hours of high quality video (mostly of Brian Gray, but also Nancy Poer and David Tresemer), website development (coming soon), plus preparing for and hosting numerous workshops and intensive weeks at Rudolf Steiner College and elsewhere.
Our immediate fundraising goals are an additional $40,000 to edit the remaining 300 hours of raw video that has yet to be shared online, plus an additional $20,000 as seed money to hire our first staff person, someone who can initiate our fundraising and grant writing programs in support of future educational resource development, such as more video courses plus translation work and study guides to accompany the video and audio resources.
Interested in more numbers? It costs an average of $144 to edit 1 hour of video. The average length of each video presentation is 1.5 hours, so every $216 we receive enables us to fully edit a new lecture and make it available online.
Beyond the numbers, your financial support helps change lives. The Wise Cosmos online videos are reaching people around the world who have never heard of Rudolf Steiner, Anthroposophy, Esoteric Christianity, or Waldorf Education.
That is what your financial contributions are really making possible: Changed lives.
To donate online, click on the “Donate” button above.
Alternatively, you may also donate by check, made payable to Wise Cosmos Educational Initiative (or simply WCEI) and sent to us at P.O. Box 12575, Reno, NV 89510.
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All contributions are tax deductible in the United States. If you provide us with your name and address, we will provide you with the necessary documenation for your taxes.
Thank you all so very much for your generous support!