The Black Madonna and Anthroposophia: Uniting Consciousness and Compassion

Lecture 1 Recording - Gift from Coros Institute - Full recording available here


March 30 – Palm Sunday, April 1, 2007
Walker Creek Ranch, Petaluma, CA (Directions)


Coros Institute will host a meditation retreat led by Dennis Klocek, director of Consciousness Studies at Rudolf Steiner College. This retreat will offer simple practices for a more effective and hope-filled daily life.

Steps in this transformative process:

  • Trust in the spirit — building a capacity for conscious unknowing.
  • Inner forgetting — deconstructing fixed ideas.
  • Overcoming anxiety and blaming others — entering the realm of the Black Madonna.
  • Using symbols in the journaling process — creating a working space between the activity of the Black Madonna and the being of Anthroposophia.
  • Transforming a seeker of higher beings into a co-worker with higher beings—entering the realm of imaginative consciousness.
  • Awakening consciously in another person without losing your self— dialoging processes for new social community.

Join us in this beautiful setting and learn how individual daily practice can create a rich soil for new social community

The Walker Creek Ranch on 1700 acres of rolling hills is one hour north of San Francisco. The Ranch is rich in history as well as beauty and serenity. The retreat will begin with Friday evening dinner and end with Lunch on Sunday. (Check-in Friday after 2 pm and checkout Sunday 3 pm.)

Dennis Klocek, founder of Coros Institute, is the Director of the Goethean Studies Program, a study of alchemy and transformation, at Rudolf Steiner College.


Conference Fee:$95-$145 Does not include meals or lodging.
(Fees above $95 provide sponsored subsidy for students and those in need. Thank you.)
Meals /Refreshments only:$80 no lodging
Room and Meals:All rooms include 6 meals
Check-in: Friday after 2 pm
Checkout: Sunday noonDorm room : 10+ people $150
Semi-private : 2 people $195 each (Roommate required)
Private : share bathroom $275


Walker Creek Ranch is located at 1700 Marshall- Petaluma Road, about 14 miles South West of Petaluma, and 14 miles North West of Novato. If you are coming from along the coast, the Ranch is about fi ve miles East of the town of Marshall, a small town on Tomales Bay.

Directions coming Northbound on Highway 101

  • U. S. 101 to San Marin/Atherton exit in Novato.
  • LEFT on San Marin, over freeway.
    Follow about 3 miles.
  • RIGHT on Novato Boulevard.
    Drive about 6.3 miles until you reach Point Reyes/ Petaluma Road.
  • RIGHT on Point Reyes/Petaluma Road.
    Follow about 1⁄4 mile to Hicks Valley Road.
  • LEFT on Hicks Valley Road.
    Follow about 3.3 miles to Marshall/Petaluma Road.
  • LEFT on Marshall/Petaluma Road.
    Proceed 5 miles to 1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road.
  • Ranch entrance is on the right.

Directions coming Southbound on Highway 101

  • U.S. 101 to East Washington exit in Petaluma.
  • RIGHT on Washington.
    Follow to Petaluma Blvd.
  • LEFT onto Petaluma Blvd.
    Follow one block.
  • RIGHT onto Western Ave.
    Continue approximately 2 miles until you see a sign for Walker Creek Ranch.
  • LEFT onto Chileno Valley Road.
    This becomes Wilson Hill Road, and eventually becomes Marshall/Petaluma Road.
  • Drive approximately 14 miles to1700 Marshall-Petaluma Road
  • Ranch entrance is on the right.