Summer Weeks 2019 at the White Sea, Russia

An archipelago in the very northeast of Europe is the venue of the Summer Weeks Spiritual Ecology 2019: Here, between the Kalevala country of Karelia in the west and the Russian region of Arkhangelsk (archangel city) in the east, between the midnight sun and the taiga, the Solovietsky islands are pearls of the white sea. A high mystery site, hidden in open countryside, woven from the strongest light forces with salt water and the oldest ancient rock. The Greeks have told about it: From here he moved each spring in Delphi, the sun god from Hyperborea. People accompanied the train with offerings on ships across the Baltic Sea, the Dnieper and the Black Sea. Druids guarded the hidden Drotten Mysteries here. The archipelago with the stone labyrinths has always been associated with the high Initiate of Scythian, according to Rudolf Steiner a master of the Quorum of the Twelve Boddhisatvas and human teacher. In this place of the purest solar powers, it was necessary to preserve the clairvoyance of nature in the purest form, through the darkening of Atlantis, Kali Yuga and intellectual age to a future cultural development between Europe and Siberia. Hermits and monastic brothers preserved this treasure in a transformed, internalized form. The counter-attack comes in the 20th century. Lenin and Stalin installed just here the inhuman GULAG. The paradise island kingdom was to be pushed into the underworld, in “nine circles of hell”, as the inmate Alexander Solzhenitsyn described. At the same time, the shadow over the ethereal Temple of the Sun is like a bridge to the stream of time that seeks to inspire the future of Slavic culture across the north. To loosen this bar by the healing stream of the Bard Scythianos, with the spheric sound of the time: this should be our first task, in concentrated group work on the festival of St. John`s tide. At the same time, it is the preparation of the main week, which now deals with the essential perception of nature in a tried and tested way: sensual, meditative, and dialogical between human beings and spirits of nature.  

Modul 1

June 18th.  – July 2019

Light and Shadow over the White See

Geomantic transformation in a little group (maximal 20 participants)

  • Wolfgang Schneider (Geomantie)
  • Gunhild von Kries (musical improvisation)
  • Christine Morff (Eurythmie)
  • Raphael Kleimann (Impulses to History and Mysteries)

Modul 2

June 21th. – 25th.

Sound-Space and Stream of Time

Preparations for a celebration of St John out of a spherical Nature awareness

  • Gunhild von Kries (new Musikistrumentes, sensing exercises)
  • Christine Morf (Eurythmie)
  • Raphael Kleimann (Impulses to History an Mysteries)

Modul 3

June 25th. – July 4th.

The Mysteries of the North in East and West

Skythianos; Reading Future Impulses in the Landscape

  • Dirk Kruse (Wahrnehmungsübungen in Imagination Inspiration Intuition)
  • Wolfgang Körner (geomantische Wahrnehmung, Zusammenarbeit mit Elementarwesen)
  • Gunhild von Kries (Wahrnehmungsübungen zum Klang von Landschaft und Zeit)
  • Raphael Kleimann (Impulse zur Geschichte und Mysterien)






Drotten-mysteries, Skythianos, orthodox reform movement Together with Raphael Kleinmann, Martin Hollerbach, Dirk Kruse and Manfred Schleyer

Solovetsky Islands

The Solovetsky Islands (Russian: Солове́цкие острова́), or Solovki (Соловки́), are an archipelago located in the Onega Bay of the White Sea, Russia. As an administrative division, the islands are incorporated as Solovetsky District of Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russia. Within the framework of municipal divisions, they are incorporated as Solovetskoye Rural Settlement within Primorsky Municipal District. The administrative center of both divisions is the settlement of Solovetsky, located on Bolshoy Solovetsky Island. Almost all of the population of the islands lives in Solovetsky. As of the 2010 Census, the population of the district was 861 inhabitants.


A 1570 map by Abraham Ortelius shows the location of “Salofki”. The archipelago has a total area of 347 square kilometers (134 sq mi) and consists of six islands:
  • Bolshoy Solovetsky Island, 246 km2 (95 sq mi)
  • Anzersky Island (Anzer), 47 km2 (18 sq mi)
  • Bolshaya Muksalma, 17 km2 (6.6 sq mi)
  • Malaya Muksalma 0.57 km2 (0.22 sq mi)
  • Bolshoy Zayatsky, 1.25 km2 (0.48 sq mi)
  • Maly Zayatsky, 1.02 km2 (0.39 sq mi)
The islands separate the Onega Bay from the main volume of the White Sea. The closest mainland is the Onega Peninsula. The shores of the islands are very indented. They are formed of granites and gneiss. The relief of the islands is hilly (the highest point is 107 m). Most of the Solovetsky Islands are covered with Scots Pine and Norway Spruce forests, which are partially swampy. There are numerous lakes, which were joined by monks so as to form a network of canals. One interesting feature of these islands is stone labyrinths and other stone settings, especially the Stone labyrinths of Bolshoi Zayatsky Island. Such labyrinths were typical for Northern Europe, but most have perished and now Solovetsky Islands have some of the best remaining examples.


Historically the islands have been the setting of the famous Russian Orthodox Solovetsky Monastery complex. It was founded in the second quarter of the 15th century by two monks from the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery. By the end of the 16th century, the abbey had emerged as one of the wealthiest landowners and most influential religious centres in Russia. The existing stronghold and its major churches were erected in stone during the early reign of Ivan the Terrible at the behest of St. Philip of Moscow. At the onset of the Schism of the Russian Church, the monks staunchly stuck to the faith of their fathers and expelled the tsar’s representatives from the Solovki, precipitating the eight-year-long siege of the islands by the forces of Tsar Alexis.
“Bombardment of the Solovetsky Monastery by the Royal Navy during the Crimean War”. A lubok (popular print) from 1868. Throughout the imperial period of Russian history, the monastery was renowned as a strong fortress which repelled foreign attacks during the Livonian War (16th century), Time of Troubles (17th century), the Crimean War (19th century), and the Russian Civil War (20th century). In 1974, the Solovetsky Islands were designated a historical and architectural museum and a natural reserve of the Soviet Union. In 1992, they were inscribed on the World Heritage List “as an outstanding example of a monastic settlement in the inhospitable environment of northern Europe which admirably illustrates the faith, tenacity, and enterprise of later medieval religious communities”. Today, the Solovki are seen as one of the major tourist magnets in the orbit of the Russian North.

Labor camp

After the October Revolution, the islands attained notoriety as the site of the first Soviet prison camp (gulag). The camp was inaugurated in 1921, while Vladimir Lenin was still at the helm of Soviet Russia. It was closed in 1939, on the eve of World War II. By the beginning of the war, there was a naval cadet training camp for the Soviet Northern Fleet.


The islands are served by the Solovki Airport. There is regular air service to Arkhangelsk, as well as regular passenger sea connections (only in summer) to Arkhangelsk, Kem, and Belomorsk.   -source wikipedia