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Genevieve Stebbins in Poetics of Dance by Gabriele Brandstetter

For each of the past few years there has been a scholarly book or two discussing the unique role of Genevieve Stebbins promoting fresh ideas about the meaning of dance and exercise in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Newly … Continue reading

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The Astleys Move to England, 1907

There is momentous news to report soon, but in the meantime I will share a small bit of information that has become available on the Web.  It is known that Genevieve Stebbins retired in 1907 from the New York School … Continue reading

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Women in the Arts in the Belle Epoque on Genevieve Stebbins

This collection of essays published in 2012 includes a section by Nena Couch on Pauline Townsend, in which Genevieve Stebbins is discussed: Of the women active in the field, Genevieve Stebbins had a wide and lasting influence on thousands who … Continue reading

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Genevieve Stebbins in Boston

Jody Marie Weber’s 2009 study, The Evolution of Aesthetic and Expressive Dance in Boston, was published by Cambria Press.  It offers a local Bostonian perspective of the work in which Stebbins was engaged when she married Norman Astley in 1893: It was MacKaye’s student, Genevieve … Continue reading

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Dynamic Breathing and Harmonic Gymnastics available online

Although this important book by Genevieve Stebbins is not available yet on Google books, I did find a copy on Archive.org, which Marc Demarest was able to use to create a Word document.  The book will be added to the … Continue reading

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Hiking the Glen Burney Trail with Norman and Genevieve

A hiking trip I took a week ago inspired some reflections on what constitutes a “sacred place.”  One aspect of the Church of Light which distinguishes it from most spiritual groups is the lack of any specific sacred places that … Continue reading

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"My creed"– Genevieve Stebbins System of Physical Training

The 1913 enlarged edition of Stebbins’s guide has been available for some time in electronic format on Google Books, but for those who prefer a physical book, Nabu Press now has reprinted the work which is available through Amazon and … Continue reading

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Carolina Connections, Esoteric Historians

  The State of Things is heard on North Carolina Public Radio on weekdays, and one of the most interesting interviews I’ve heard lately featured Sally Rhine Feather. The Brotherhood of Light lessons focus on validation of ESP via psychical research, … Continue reading

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Modernism’s Mythic Pose, by Carrie J. Preston (Oxford 2011) on Genevieve Stebbins

Genevieve Stebbins has been discussed at length in a new book from Oxford University Press, which makes the third scholarly work to recognize her significance within the past year.  Modernism’s Mythic Pose devotes an entire chapter to Stebbins, all of which is accessible … Continue reading

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The Light of Egypt Mystery

    The presentations at the June 24 history preconference sponsored by the Church of Light were recorded, and a DVD of all proceedings will be available to members.   I went into many different avenues not mentioned in this sketch … Continue reading

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Esoteric Lessons and The Quest of the Spirit

This week I will give a presentation at the biennial convention of The Church of Light entitled “The Light of Egypt Mystery.”  It will feature the work of two women writers who were prominent in the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor, … Continue reading

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The Quest of the Spirit, by A Pilgrim of the Way

This book was published in 1913 simultaneously in New York by Edgar S. Werner and in London by Henry J. Glaisher.  Genevieve Stebbins is listed as editor and arranger, and in an editorial note writes that the book is less … Continue reading

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1887 portrait of Genevieve Stebbins in biographical sketch

Werner’s Directory of Elocutionists… included a brief biography of Genevieve Stebbins in 1887.  More on Stebbins and second husband Norman Astley will appear in future posts, but I wanted to share the engraving to give readers another visual impression of … Continue reading

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Genevieve Stebbins in Yoga Body by Mark Singleton

    When the Church of Light reorganized under its current name, the old designation Brotherhood of Light yielded to a gender neutral term.   Women had participated on equal terms with men in the organization since its establishment as the … Continue reading

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