Rozanne Hartmann was a part of the planning committee who put together our gathering in Dornach in February. She is local to the community, and it was so helpful to have her strong energy on the ground in Dornach as friends prepared to gather from all around the world. As participants arrived, Rozanne was someone who seemed to recognize everyone immediately, offering a warm welcome and greeting people by name right away.
During the gathering, Rozanne led the group in eurythmy. One exercise she offered created the picture of Brigid gathering her cloak of stars, as it densified from silk, into wool, and into felt. It was such a beautiful gesture to take up with this new community who had come together from faraway homes around the globe. She also took the lead in organizing the group’s performance of The Being of Art – a Play. It was an offering from Brigitta Gallagher’s lecture that Dottie asked the planning committee if we could possibly turn into a play. Rozanne organized the cast and all the extras such as costumes, play scripts, bangles and gems. Elizabeth had the privilege of traveling with Rozanne from room to room in the Goetheanum gathering musical instruments.
As we planned our return to Dornach, it was with great hope that we could meet with Rozanne. Having made plans to sit down with her, we joined together with her for a Sunday morning on the patio of the Goetheanum café. As our previous opportunities to be with her were so busy in bringing things together for the February event, it was so nice to have the time to be with one another and learn more about the life and work of this dear friend.
Rozanne was raised atheist. Her parents thought there was no need to fill a child with lies, but inwardly she carried her own questions about God. She had a significant experience in her biography when she was six years old and living in Capetown. She lost her teddy bear. She wondered if she prayed and then found her teddy bear that might mean God was real. She decided to try prayer. She then found her teddy bear behind a bush in the garden. Did this mean, there really was a God? How could she know? These were questions of great depth facing her as a child. Rozanne struggled with belief and non-belief even from this early age.
When she was 24 or 25, she was inspired by a doctor giving a talk. People at that time were not interested in a theory of how one gets ill. Rozanne knew that it was important to develop a greater understanding of the human being. At which level do we resonate? The message that stayed with her was “Be thankful.”
On Rozanne’s next holiday, she traveled with the New Testament and read it front to back in two weeks. Then she continued to read more. Around that time, while she was on the road, she once attended church with her boyfriend. It was at the church that she found out that her sister was getting married in three days and would need to travel to Britain for the event! Rozanne was searching for spiritual nourishment and made great journeys, including a visit to the Grand Canyon in the United States, where she met a young man who introduced her to a church group where she came to believe in Christ.
Rozanne had become a practicing nurse when she saw an advertisement from a small holistic clinic looking for a friendly trained nurse, so she phoned the number. It turned out to be an anthroposophical clinic, but shortly afterwards the job was no longer available. Four months later, however, she was offered the job and took it straight away. It turned out to be an anthroposophical clinic and so she started work at the Park Attwood Clinic in England.
Rozanne discovered eurythmy six weeks after working there. She had practiced ballet when she was growing up. When she was first interested in eurythmy, she was given the advice, “I can’t explain eurythmy to you; you have to do it.” She now had the opportunity of practicing eurythmy, with the nurses. It was while doing a sevenfold rod exercise that she had an experience of her humanness. Working with Leonardo DaVinci’s circle, she thought, “Why haven’t I heard of this? Only angels can do this.”
It took Rozanne two years to get to her eurythmy training. She is interested in applied eurythmy, which is taken up in the workplace. Annemarie Ehrlich has been a great inspiration for Rozanne; important to develop were economy of movement, clarity of thought, and a presence.
The first book of Steiner’s that Rozanne read was Theosophy. It was really something to bite into. She would read it each night before bed until she became so frustrated that she would throw the book against the wall and go to sleep. Then she would pick it up again in the morning, remembering with chagrin what she had done. Rozanne suggested that Steiner would likely bring different words if he were writing today. She noticed that in the work, it sometimes felt like Steiner was putting others down, which was hard for her. Rozanne also felt as she was studying, that her brain was being pulled around. “Leave me alone!” she thought. Through this experience, Rozanne began her relationship with Rudolf Steiner and developed an understanding of shame.
18 months later, she saw the third Mystery Drama, Lucifer and Ahriman were on stage, and she felt that the spiritual world was visible before her. Rozanne then joined the Anthroposophical Society. She said that anthroposophy is a truth. It is in the Akashic record. She was warned of the danger, however, of people making their leader a guru. Balance is important as we make our own way in the work.
She has lived in Dornach for almost 14 years. She came to do a year of stage eurythmy and stayed on. It felt like a homecoming for her. Rozanne soon found a role taking tickets at the door. As a stage eurythmist, she was a sylph in the fourth Mystery Drama. She also took up the therapeutic training in Britain part time. When the Main Hall was being renovated, Rozanne was helping out, and later transferred to cleaning the Main Hall. She appreciated the work so much that even after she became a nurse in the Ita Wegman Klinik, she kept her cleaning job for a time. Rozanne has recently developed her private practice to include nursing and is trained in cranial sacral therapy. More about her practice is here: http://www.emindex.ch/hp/home.las?s=rozanne.hartman
Rozanne currently offers tours of the Goetheanum and takes care of first aid needs. She carries an inner wish for the health of the atmosphere. In her role, she offers an interface between groups as well as with the Vorstand. She also has the opportunity to offer an interface between the general public and anthroposophy. She would like to create even more bridges into other areas.
What Rozanne loves about Rudolf Steiner is that he brought the spirit into everyday life. The spiritual is felt and real in daily life. We must trust that it is there, even if it is not always easy to perceive. The spirit keeps pushing us, Rozanne says. Our work is seen in the eyes of the gods. She emphasized the importance of trust, in being present in the essential. She was inspired by the recent AGM being co-prepared by young people.
She holds a question about the Society as a vessel. How can we form the vessel of the Society so that it serves anthroposophy moving out into the world? It is clear that Rozanne carries a great love for the community to which she has dedicated herself.
It was a real blessing to sit with Rozanne and to hear her childhood stories while munching on the goodies she had brought for us to enjoy during our conversation. It was almost like a picnic in the park except we were in our beloved Goetheanum- even better J! She is much loved by us and the oh so many visitors who happen upon Dornach seeking the history of this beautiful place. Over and over we heard “Oh, there is Rozanne!” as she showed us around. It is almost as if there is an initiatic rite of encountering Rozanne and her graceful, informative, and friendly manner which she brings to each group she ushers into the story of Rudolf Steiner and the time in which he lived and worked. We are thankful for her friendship.