Campus & Community
Sunbridge Institute is housed on the 140-acre campus of the historic Threefold Educational Center in Chestnut Ridge (Rockland County), NY. As one in a cluster of several anthroposophically-based institutions situated on a beautiful parcel of land first settled in 1926 by students of the teachings of Rudolf Steiner, Sunbridge affords its students a unique opportunity to become part of a living community where many of Steiner’s ideas can be seen at work.
The land’s original farmhouse, “The Main House,” houses Sunbridge’s offices and one classroom. Sunbridge students also attend classes in the adjacent Brookside building and in various locations around the community, including at many of the institutions listed below.
The beauty of the natural environment that surrounds our institute—woodlands, gardens, walking trails, orchards, a farm, a swimming pond—presents an ideal backdrop for study and relaxing recreation. For more urban pursuits, however, New York City is only 30 miles and a local bus ride away.
Threefold Educational Center
The steward of the community’s land, the Threefold Educational Center develops and supports a wide range of educational activities based on the work of Rudolf Steiner and houses many educational and community initiatives.
Green Meadow Waldorf School
One of the oldest and most well-established Waldorf schools in North America, Green Meadow Waldorf School enrolls about 350 students from Early Childhood though High School. Sunbridge’s proximity to Green Meadow allows our students to experience the life and environment of Waldorf Education, including serving as assistants and student teachers in the classrooms there. Many Green Meadow teaching faculty are actively involved in Sunbridge’s programs and courses and act as mentors for Sunbridge students, sharing their experience and insights.
Eurythmy Spring Valley
A center for practioners of eurythmy, an artistic form developed by Rudolf Steiner and his wife, Marie, that expresses music and language through movement, Eurythmy Spring Valley offers courses and workshops and a four-year training program, sponsors a touring ensemble, and presents various performances throughout the year. Sunbridge students’ eurythmy classes are often taught by Eurythmy Spring Valley faculty and take place in the beautiful eurythmy rooms located at the School.
Fiber Craft Studio
Housed across the lawn from the Main House in historic Orchard House, the Fiber Craft Studio, with its adjacent dye garden, is a center for research, practice, and the teaching of handwork based on a spiritual view. In addition to hosting courses and workshops, the Studio carries many items for purchase, and holds open studio hours throughout the year.
The Pfeiffer Center
Home to the first biodynamic farm in North America, the Pfeiffer Center (located on Hungry Hollow Road across from Orchard Road) practices, teaches, and spreads awareness of sustainable land care through internships, workshops, and educational programs. Biodynamic agriculture, compost heaps, beehives, a bread oven, and more are located here, along with a weekly farm stand with fresh produce in season.
Gardening courses provide opportunities for Sunbridge program students to experience the Pfeiffer Center and the insights of its master gardeners.
Meadowlark Toys and Sunbridge Books
Meadowlark Toys & Sunbridge Books is a great resource for Sunbridge students and their families. This delightful shop carries a large selection of books by Rudolf Steiner and other anthroposophical authors, as well as other titles of interest to Waldorf teachers and family members of all ages. You can also find a wide array of Waldorf-inspired toys, art supplies, and gifts. (817 Chestnut Ridge Road: red barn building, easily reached by the footpath behind the Hungry Hollow Co-op.)
Adjacent to the Threefold property is the Fellowship Community, an intentional community of all ages founded on the ideas of anthroposophy and centered around the care of the elderly. Working and learning together in service to others and in caring for the earth is the Fellowship’s central motif, and you’ll also find an anthroposphical medical practice here.
Sunbridge students and their families are welcome to explore the Fellowship Community—including their beautiful farm (and farm animals), orchards, dairy, woodlands, and fields—and to occasionally participate in festivals and events held there. While walking through Fellowship property, please attend to signage and keep children away from electric fences.
Located on Hungry Hollow Road across from the Main House, the Threefold Pond is the community swimming hole and a welcome place to cool off on a hot summer day. Discounted day passes are available for Sunbridge students and their family members.
Sunbridge is fortunate to be able to offer a convenient day camp option for our students who are bringing their families. The wonderful Nature Place Day Camp, a non-competitive nature-oriented camp for children ages 4-15, is housed right next door on the campus of Green Meadow Waldorf School. Nature Place campers avail themselves of the Threefold campus and pond and also take day and overnight trips to surrounding areas.
Green Meadow has a variety of great summer options for children ages 4-7. Check them out at Green Meadow Waldorf School’s Summer Programs.
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