Ita Wegman, MD (born 22 February 1876 in Karawang, West Java; died 4 March 1943 in Arlesheim, Switzerland) is known as the co-founder of Anthroposophical Medicine with Rudolf Steiner. In 1921, she founded the first anthroposophical medical clinic in Arlesheim, now known as the Ita Wegman Clinic. She also developed a special form of massage therapy, called rhythmical massage, and other therapeutic treatments.
Archetypes might seem like a mystical notion and in one sense this is true. When Plato describes archetypes, he is referring to the perfect, spiritual origins of things which reside in the world of forms. All things that have a physical manifestation, according to Plato, can attribute their source to an archetype.
In another sense, an understanding of archetypes can lead to deep personal insights into the forces of the psyche – our thoughts, our feelings and our behaviors. It was Dr. Carl Jung (1875-1961) who brought an understanding of psychological archetypes into play in the field of depth psychology.
Jung believed that standing behind our individual personal unconscious, which is unique to each of us, “there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal and impersonal nature that is identical in all individuals”. (The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, p. 43). When someone mentions a warrior, for example, we easily conjure an image of what this means. A warrior has courage and discipline, can focus on goals and aims to win. The Warrior is seen as an archetype in a Jungian framework. We all have this energy in us, at least as latent potential.
It seems that nothing related to autism spectrum disorders (ASD) is simple or straightforward, no broad statement immune to disputation. The prevalence of ASD, most especially in the United States, but also elsewhere, appears to have increased dramatically in the last 40 years. (The most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] estimates for the US are that 1 in 68 children is identified with an autism spectrum disorder; for boys: 1 in 42.) Some voices, however, insist that this apparent increase is due to better detection techniques and broader awareness; while more than one study has suggested that the increase can not possibly be attributed to these factors alone. Then there are the complex (and controversial) questions of contributing factors: genetic predispositions versus environmental toxicity factors such as the mercurial preservative thimerosal that is widely used in vaccines. As a phenomenon of our current moment in history, the broad examination of ASD, its consciousness and controversies, as a symptom and as a riddle, can undoubtedly be a useful entry point for discerning something about the world in which we are living. And yet, lest we become too theoretical, there is also the ever-present reality of the individual human being to consider. For parents and grandparents, teachers and caregivers, doctors and therapists, this is the first consideration. And this is the focus of our program. From a purely therapeutic standpoint, and in the presence of a unique living individual human being, these broader questions, disputes, and controversies can take a backseat to the utterly singular person before us. Here the tools and insights of anthroposophical spiritual science are not merely useful but ultimately necessary.How can we use these insights to meet the one before us with an even greater love and out of a deeper wisdom? More ...
Respected educationalist Sir Ken Robinson talks to Kate Magee about creative cultures, the state of education and why adland should drop the 'creative' label.
When Gillian Lynne was eight years old, her school said she might have a learning disorder because she would not sit still. Her mother took her to see a specialist. During the meeting, the specialist asked to speak to her mother privately, and left Lynne alone in his office with the radio on. The adults watched through the window as Lynne started to move around the room to the music. The specialist turned to her mother and said: "Your daughter isn’t sick. She’s a dancer. Take her to a dance school." She did and Lynne flourished. Lynne became a professional ballerina, choreographer and director, choreographing Cats and Phantom of the Opera, among other shows. She was made a dame in 2014 for services to dance and musical theatre. But someone else might have diagnosed her with ADHD and given her medication. This is a story that Sir Ken Robinson told in his 2006 TED talk "Do schools kill creativity?" It was a powerful, human illustration of his belief that schools around the world are using too narrow a definition of intelligence and, worse, in their obsession with tests, are actually educating children out of being creative.
The resounding of a mighty celestial rhythm is upon us during the first quarter of the New Year. Join Mary Adams for three engaging webinars focused on Moon Nodes and preparation for the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Saturdays at 10:00-11:00 EST, January 28, February 25, March 25. REGISTER HERE!
Leading up to Christmas 1922 Rudolf Steiner related how we could understand the starry script as our own deeds inscribed into the cosmic spaces (Nov. 19, 1922, London), and that the time is upon us to awaken to what we are speaking to the stars (December 22, 1922, Dornach).
The fire that consumed the first Goetheanum at New Year's Eve 1922-23 quickened this teaching, so that one year later, Rudolf Steiner undertook to enact the very thing, inscribing into the cosmic spaces the Foundation Stone as a meditation, to serve as the foundation upon which all Anthroposophical striving could stand. This current rhythm, from mid-January to late March 2017, is deeply rooted in the deed of Rudolf Steiner during the Christmas Conference of 1923-24, during which time, as spiritual initiate, he refounded the Anthroposophical Society and gave the Foundation Stone Meditation to the members.
There are many cosmic rhythms surrounding this sublime deed, and the one resounding at present is the return of the Moon's Node to the same position it occupied at that time, a rhythm that repeats every 18.6 years and has only recurred 4 times since 1923-24.
Waldorf Learning Support (WLS) is a three-year, part-time intensive program designed to train Waldorf teachers and professionals from related fields in learning support theory and practice. Completion of this 9-session program, all its assignments and mentoring earns the participant a certificate from WLS and the Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program of Chicago. WLS will pick up where the Rudolf Steiner College Remedial Education Program is leaving off by graduating its twelfth cycle in August 2017. WLS aims to deepen the participant’s understanding of child development as foundational for learning, while offering training in practical pedagogical approaches supportive of everyday working with students of all ages in both classroom, small group and 1:1 settings. Initial courses in the WLS curriculum explore causes at the foundational level for individual learning challenges and how to address them. Important to this process is learning how the developmental situation of each student can be the guide in choosing pedagogically appropriate activities to address learning differences. More ...
Olympia, Washington, United States. Olympia Waldorf School Sunflower Kindergarten Assistant Teacher Ms. Michiko is starting the Olympia Chapter of the Foundation Course for the Michael Institute teacher training program in January. She has been teaching and co-directing the Early Childhood section at the Institute for the last three years, after having taught teacher trainees for several years in Japan. You may register as a teacher trainee to begin building up your credits toward completing your Waldorf EC teaching certificate or Comprehensive Waldorf teaching certificate, or you may join occasionally whenever you wish. This is a wonderful studying opportunity for those who wish to explore Waldorf pedagogy and the philosophy behind it. Anyone is welcome as long as you are seriously interested in learning about Waldorf education. To find out more, call Ms. Michiko at 360-742-3540, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear friends around the world!
We send you this flyer as a first impression of what is to come. This is not a comprehensive text with every detail about the event. It is more like a glimpse, and hopefully an inspiration, making you want to join in. The website www.living-connections.info will contain all necessary information and the possibility to register for the conference, which will open mid-January.
This flyer is allowing you to mark out the dates in your calendar and to book tickets if you need to do this a long time in advance. Also, it is there for you to pass it on to people who you think might be interested. We wish for 800 people to join from all over the world, and in order to achieve this, we depend on a lot of support from you to spread the word! We are especially looking at letting anthroposophically oriented institutions and organizations know about this introduction to anthroposophical meditation.
As you know, it is a two-parted conference, with a pre- and a public part. The Pre-Conference is meant for class members, preparing and laying the foundations for the public event. We hope that many people from this network will come and contribute, strengthening this important part of the Goetheanum Meditation Initiative!
Nathaniel Williams (USA), Elaine Beadle (New Zealand), Inessa Guseva (Russia/Germany), Clarine Campagne (The Netherlands), Aina Aasland (Norway/Switzerland)
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