Marbella II.
May 27, Saturday
11:30 – 13:30
Budapest (CEST)

Understanding the World Soul with Integral Theory

IEC Conference: 2023

I have been pursuing a triple epistemological path during the last 20 years: the first path relates to Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy; the second path has been to renew my understanding of Anthroposophy through Integral Theory; the third one has to do with the epistemology of qualitative research methods.

One of the ways that I have pursued this threefold path of connection is through Rudolf Steiner’s Calendar of the Soul, first published in 1912.

It consists of 52 verses, one for each week of the year, and is meant to help individuals connect with the World Soul embedded within Nature’s yearly journey.  Steiner thought that learning to connect with the World Soul would help healing individual souls.

The 52 verses are organized in different relationship patterns.  The pattern that has been lately my focus is the lemniscate pattern, which means that every week is related to three other weeks of different seasons and different hemisphere.

My presentation will focus on shedding light as to how Integral Theory Four Quadrants are relevant to understand the intricacies of this lemniscate pattern and contribute to opening the door to a living experience of the Calendar of the Soul.

BARBIER, Pierre-Yves Dr.


Pierre-Yves Barbier holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (2001) from University of Montreal, Canada.  In 2003, he completed his post-doctoral studies with Kieran Egan on Imaginative Education at Simon Fraser University.

His current research interests and publications are connected with the application of a Mindfulness Educational Psychology model to assist authentic learning of qualitative research practices and with University Teaching and Learning. He is currently Director of the Teaching and Learning Center (SASE) of Université de Moncton, Canada.

He has been involved in Teacher Training Programs from 1991 either as a professor, a Director or as a Dean.  He has been a long-standing student of Spirituality and Epistemology and of Anthroposophy (since 1982) and Integral Theory (since 2008).

Since 2004, he is responsible for training Master and Doctorate levels graduate students in qualitative research methods projects at the Faculty of Education, University of Moncton, NB, Canada.  Over the years, he supervised more than 165 research projects for 340 graduate students.