Emerson College News

July 2013

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." - Goethe

There is a buzz around Emerson just now, with things that are happening, and things that are about to. In this newsletter we look back over some events that have marked College life over recent months. We preview some inspiring festivals and conferences taking place here over the coming weeks, and courses starting in the autumn. We also introduce Emerson's new management team, now starting to support and shape the work of the College together.

Emerson's new management team

After a careful process of review and redesign of the management roles needed at the College, followed by an open recruitment process, the Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of a new senior management team consisting of:

· Yvette Dellsperger – Head of Hosting and Facilities

· Deborah Watts – Head of Educational Administration

· George Perry – Head of Educational Development

· Udo Ottow – Head of Site Management

· Charlene Collison – interim Head of Outreach and Communication

· Steve Briault – interim Executive Coordinator

This team will also be supported by the additional appointment of Lothar Haasis as Strategic Adviser for site improvement. All of these roles are part-time for now, which has enabled us to put highly competent colleagues in all key roles without significantly increasing costs.

Ali Trousdell continues as House Manager, Nick Weidmann as Maintenance Manager, Michael Simonis as IT Manager, Derek Amos as our Accountant, and Sarah Marquard will return in September as Kitchen Manager. Our dear Annemarie Vinkhuizen still contributes wonderfully with her wise head and skilful hands in the Pixton grounds.

Together with our excellent staff and willing volunteers, we are confident that the new team will take hold of the challenges and share the joys of a full summer and the new College year ahead.

Everything under the Sun: Storytelling Festival 23rd - 26th August 2013

The International School of Storytelling hosts an extraordinary four day celebratory festival of performances, workshops, walks, talks, story documentaries, ceilidhs, clowns, music and summer magic at Emerson College. A gathering for anyone who loves telling or listening to stories, this is a special occasion to celebrate all the storytelling work since the School of Storytelling began in 1994.


  • Jan Blake, Malcom Green, Nick Hennessy, Ashley Ramsden, June Peters, Bernard Kelly, David Campbell, Duncan MacIntosh, Wendy & Michael Dacre and more.....
  • Family storytelling, clowns and dragons.
  • Special events for teenagers.

Click on links below for more information and booking:

Storytelling Festival

Festival Programme

Upcoming Conferences

Evolving Conscoiusness - A variety of lessons and workshops for members of the Anthroposophical Society. 6 - 11 August 2013

Fifth Gospel - A major conference at Michaelmas to celebrate 100 years since the lectures on the Fifth Gospel. 27 - 29 September 2013

Water; Nature’s Mediator - An enquiry into water and its role in our environment and in human life. 1-3 November 2013

Courses starting from autumn 2013

Culture, festivals and art: perspectives on college life

Michael Spence's book 'The Story of Emerson College' was launched with many well wishers and friends who came to honour Michael, the book and the significant role that Emerson has played in their lives. (Copies of the book are available from the Emerson College Bookshop or direct from Michael Spence at mdspence@tinyworld.co.uk).

Emerson celebrated its annual Mayfair Festival with glorious sunshine. Sounds of laughter from children in the trees, the crashing of the coconut shy, harmonies from the Singing Forest Choir, and stories, music and dancing round the May Pole filled the day.

At midsummer we celebrated St. John's Day, and his message to "prepare the way (the inner path of the soul), to change our way of thinking (repent) and reasses our intentions and the direction of our life. By 'burning up' what is unfruitful within us, we gain the strength to rise above ourselves, to jump our own inner St John's Fire" (All Year Round).

One of the highlights of this evening was the showing of a video made by the first and second year students of the Visual Arts Course and other students, which can be seen by clicking on the link: Why Art Now? This student production offers some fresh and intriguing perspectives on the importance of art as seen through their experiences at Emerson.

The final year students on the Visual Arts Course held an exhibition displaying their spectacular projects - an inspiration for all who attended.

Could you be part of our team?

We are looking for a:

House Manager

to support our current manager from 1st September to ensure the smooth running of the domestic side of college life and the conference centre. Hours are between 20-25 per week and include some work at weekends. Salary: £8-£10 per hour.

If you are interested in all aspects of housekeeping in a hands-on role, enjoy working in an international team, and care for students’ well being, please request a job description from yvette.dellsperger@emerson.org.uk. Interviews will be held in August.

Events Bookings Manager

Our Events Bookings Manager is returning to her studies, and we are looking for her replacement by mid-August. 21 hours per week, flexible working times. Salary: £8-£10 per hour.

We are looking for someone with experience in facilities, house, events or catering management who will be able to rent out spaces and organise cultural events and conferences.

Please request a job description from yvette.dellsperger@emerson.org.uk.

Interviews will be held in August.

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