March 22, 2020
In this time of unprecedented uncertainty, the people and organizations of our community are calling upon the wisdom of the spiritual world "to acquire serenity in all feelings and sensations about the future" and to "look forward with absolute equanimity to everything that may come."
In the words of Rudolf Steiner, "we must think only that whatever comes is given to us by a world-directive full of wisdom. It is part of what we must learn in this age, namely, to live out of pure trust . . . in the ever-present help of the spiritual world."
Our deeds in the material world inform and enrich the guidance we receive from the spiritual world. Each one of us can slow the spread of COVID-19 and help keep our healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed:
Threefold Community COVID-19 Update
The Threefold Foundation office staff is observing state-mandated restrictions by working from home. All Threefold staff members are reachable by email. Checks, vouchers, and other correspondence can be left in the box outside the office door in Threefold Auditorium.
Threefold Maintenance is at work every day. Residents of Threefold housing, please note that response to service requests may be delayed; health and safety emergencies are given priority. If you or someone in your household is voluntarily isolating or is quarantined, you must inform the Maintenance Department when you request service.
At the Fellowship Community, access to Hilltop House is restricted to essential staff. Volunteers are needed to do shopping and run errands for members who reside outside of Hilltop House. To adopt-a-member, call Carol Avery at the Foundation Office: 845-356-8494.
The Hungry Hollow Co-op is well stocked and open Monday-Saturday 10:00am-6:00pm and Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm (seniors and immune-compromised customers only Monday-Saturday 9:00-10:00am). You can also email your order for pickup at the store. Visit the Co-op's website for details and updates.
Abundant raw milk and dairy-made yogurt is available at the Duryea Farm Dairy, 101 Ackertown Rd. ($5/half gallon, cash or check). You'll find it all in the first door on the left in the dairy building (attached to the barn).
The Fiber Craft Studio has handwork supplies, sun dye jars, and wool felt bird kits (a fun project for children) available for mail order. For information and to order, email information@fibercraftstudio.
Green Meadow's faculty is delivering online learning to grades 5 through 12. Grades 1 through 4 have varied modalities for the delivery of lessons from their class teachers and subject teachers. Early Childhood parents are receiving daily communication from their children's teachers regarding the rhythm of the day and supporting healthy daily rhythms. All extracurricular activities, events, and outside rentals have been cancelled. The school's Spring Gala has been rescheduled for June 6; learn more (and bid on the silent auction!) at this page.
The Otto Specht School is offering online video classes that include main lessons, art, music, and speech. Individualized packets of academic and artistic work and practical arts projects have been sent home. Students are also creating in-home gardens to plant and tend until they can return to school. The School's Farm Faire benefit has been rescheduled for May 16; details here.
Endeavor21 has suspended programming for day students but will continue modified in-home and outdoor programming for resident adult students.
This past week, Sunbridge Institute delivered a virtual course to 21 Early Childhood Teacher Training students who could not travel here. Sunbridge staff is now turning to preparation for summer programs.
At the Pfeiffer Center / Fellowship farm project, the greenhouses are full of new plants and the fields are being prepared to raise the season's vegetables for Hilltop House, the 2020 CSA, and the Farm Stand. Check their website for updates on workshops and events.
All Threefold Branch activities have been suspended for the time being. Gino Ver Eecke will notify Branch members when meetings will resume.
At the Christian Community, Rev. Paul Newton is committed to offering services whether or not congregants are able to be present.
Holder House is not accepting reservations for any stays before April 18. This may change as the situation develops. Guests can make reservations for summer courses.
Eurythmy Spring Valley and the Steiner School of Speech Arts have suspended all in-person training activities. All public events and performances through April 19 have been cancelled.
Please visit this page for updates on the Threefold Community's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find contact information for all Threefold community organizations here. You can check on the status of public events on the Threefold campus (including the Christian Community) on the Threefold Events page.