"The Barfield School intends to be a community
of individuals committed to the integration of academic study, spiritual
practice and research and service to the humanity and the earth.
For some years now, we have analyzed, lamented
and resolved to rectify the extent to which traditional or mainstream
higher education provides little opportunity for the valuable contributions
that can be made by spiritual practice and insight. We are convinced
that when joined to study and professional work, spiritual practice
will enable students to develop and a more creative and empowered
For too long, spiritually seeking academics
such as ourselves have lived a divided life in which our spiritual
and intellectual commitments have been kept largely apart. Likewise,
we believe students have been denied the opportunity to be educated
as whole persons. If thinking is to be redeemed, if intelligence
is to be wrested away from the materialism that dominates our culture,
we need to work in light of spiritual insight."
Faculty of The Barfield School are
conversant with a diversity of spiritual paths and teachings, and
they are joined by their common participation in the study of Anthroposophy.
Anthroposophy, as articulated by Rudolf Steiner,
provides the methodology for their esoteric research.
Anthroposophy embraces a spiritual view of
the human being and the cosmos, but its emphasis is on knowing,
not faith. It is a path in which the human heart and hand, and especially
our capacity for thinking, are essential. It leads, in Steiner's
words, "from the spirit in the human being to the spirit in the
universe," because only if we first come to experience the spirit
in ourselves can we know the cosmic spirit.
But Anthroposophy is more than self-development.
Through it we recognize our humanity. Humanity (anthropos) has the
inherent wisdom (Sophia) to transform both itself and the world.
Consistent with Anthroposophical ideals,
The Barfield School embraces multiple modes of knowing and all positive
contributions to the renewal of culture. It is committed to the
attainment, dissemination and implementation of spiritual and esoteric
knowledge though a wide variety of professional and academic fields