Anthroposophic Medicine UK

Training in Anthroposophic Health and Social Care

The main training sources and approaches in the UK are described in separate pages (listed below - hover over the 3 lines on the right to see the full menu). Information on International training is also provided on this site for your convenience.

If you run a training course which is not yet represented here, please contact us to provide information to add to the website. A number of introductory courses are available for non-professionals via the Crossfields Institute Group, Emerson College and Rudolf Steiner House. Upcoming health-related courses at Emerson College are listed at the bottom of this page.

Upcoming events in the UK

    • Saturday, August 31, 2019
    • Sunday, March 22, 2020
    • 6 sessions
    • Camphill Medical Practice, Murtle Estate, Aberdeen AB15 9EP

    This 6-module course* explores key AnthroMedicine principles and concepts in an accessible, practical way. Using an innovative systematic approach, participants will learn a new way of looking at the individual in health and illness, and how to plan effective individualised therapeutic interventions.

    Suitable for doctors, nurses and other health professionals, social care professionals, therapists and other interested persons. 

    Cost: £1200

    Venues: Murtle Estate, Aberdeen

    Please note: Birmingham dates have been postponed until 2020. Please register your interest in attending the Birmingham venue by emailing Camphill Wellbeing Trust.

    To find out more:

    Sponsorship: Weleda UK are part-sponsoring 6 places. Please contact us for details and an application form.

    *the course is delivered by Camphill Wellbeing Trust in collaboration with Ruskin Mill Trust and Weleda UK

    • Saturday, October 05, 2019
    • Sunday, October 06, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Woodston, Tenbury Wells, Worc

    Our Training Courses and One Day Workshops are open to anyone who wishes to learn:

    • As a Soul Advocate you can work professionally supporting a person from their initial diagnosis and continuing through to their dying process.
    • As a Soul Advocate you can support members of your local community, friends and family through to their dying process.
    • As a Soul Advocate you can become aware of transforming the view held by many; that death, seen as the feared spectre at the end of life, may become peacefully accepted by them as the natural life event it is.

    How do we teach?

    We teach by providing talks, individual exercises, small group work, discussion groups and through the mediums of touch and sound.

    The course provides a two year support and supervision process during which time every newly trained Soul Advocate will be able to link in with the course leaders each time they are working with a person.

    We envisage this support as a vital ingredient of the Embracing Dying training.

    What do we teach?

    The overall theme is to learn, to experience and to explore. We have built a training curriculum which will include:

    • Introduction to the Embracing Dying process which may begin with a person’s terminal diagnosis or only a few days prior to death.
    • Mindfulness, Listening.
    • Connecting with the person, Awareness of the family dynamic.
    • Soul wounds, Anxieties, Deeply held beliefs.
    • The dangers of fixing and rescuing.
    • Touch Massage, Essential oils.
    • Sound work.
    • Co-creating an end of life plan.
    • What is ritual.
    • The Vigil, Witnessing.
    • The Stages of Dying.
    • Self-care, Boundaries.
    • Death-bed visions, Near-death experiences.
    The aim of this course is to provide a support service that may be offered to all individuals, regardless of their religious, spiritual or humanistic orientation. In this regard, the inner development of the Soul Advocate is key to being able to offer: empathic listening, support, inner flexibility, a non-judgemental attitude and an unconditional loving presence.

      Cost: £200

      Contact: Cathie Green

      Phone: 07974 390197

      Email: cathiegreen@outlook.com

      More information: https://www.embracingdying.com/

      Additional information:

      My Belief and My Aim with Embracing Dying

      I would like to see death and dying becoming integrated into life as the natural life event that it is. Often death is seen as the feared spectre at the end of life that nobody wants to talk about.

      Birth, life and death all belong to the same fabric, the threads of each experience weave between one another. We, as a society need to learn to wear these threads with comfort. Doctors and the medical world have death well covered with “Care Plans, Pain Control” and more. What is lacking though is Soul Preparation’ I mean, do you book a holiday without preparing for it, for example: what to take? How to travel? Who you take with you? What will you wear? We equally if given the time beforehand, would find it truly beneficial to do some ‘Soul preparation’.

      Thoughts like this are what led me to create the Embracing Dying course. It is a course for everyone, whether you are caring for your loved one at the close of their life, or if you have just been given a terminal diagnosis yourself, or have heard that someone you know be they your neighbor friend or colleague, if indeed you want to feel you can help, when dying becomes a part of your life experience.

      People often think that they will not be confident to care for someone who is dying. Fear and uncertainty stop them even thinking that they could truly offer a helpful contribution. Why not I ask you, if death is a natural part of life? The Embracing Dying courses will you show you how and give you the tools to know that you can make such a difference.

      Cathie Green


      • Monday, October 07, 2019
      • Sunday, June 07, 2020
      • 3 sessions
      • Emerson College, Forest Row RH18 5JX

      Crossfields Institute Quality Mark Course at level 4

      Rhythmical Einreibung is a method of gentle, therapeutic touch. It is used to support health through its warming, calming and harmonising qualities. It has been developed for use by nurses and carers but is relevant for anyone to learn.

      It is used to support health through its warming, calming and harmonising qualities. It has been developed for use by nurses and carers but is relevant for anyone to learn. 

      Rhythmical Einreibung is an appropriate treatment for people of all ages and can benefit a wide range of physical and emotional health problems. It can be used as part of nursing care, to apply an oil or ointment to a problem area, as a gentle whole body treatment or as part of the nurturing of family and friends.

      Visit the Emerson College Website for more information and booking.

      2019/2020 Dates

      • Module 1 7-11th October 2019
      • Module 2 10-14th February 2020
      • Module 3 5- 7th June 2020

      • Thursday, October 24, 2019
      • 14:00
      • Sunday, October 27, 2019
      • 13:00
      • The Mount Camphill Community, Wadhurst, Sussex TN5 6P

      The Pastoral Medicine Course explains how doctors and priests can complement each other in their will to heal. Mutual cooperation rests on understanding the extent of one’s role and the different impetus’ lent by the sacraments, medicines and therapies. All play a different part in addressing illness symptoms that occur when the three and four-fold members slip out of sound working connection. Spirit and soul can estrange themselves from the body or get entrapped within it. Physical, mental and spiritual enlightenment or devastation may result, depending on karmic, inherited and environmental factors.

      Lectures 1-4 will be reviewed by previous participants before the group concentrates on Lecture 5. First session of each day will be devoted to hearing and discussing the 5th Recapitulation and 6th Class Lessons in relation to the lectures. We will have special contributions on ways to protect and strengthen children in the face of today’s risks of ‘over-cleverness’, including the sacraments, clinical, educational and parental measures. Eurythmy therapy, art and local walks will transform any participant over-cleverness. There will be plenty of time to discuss and debate issues arising, especially ways of coming to grips with Rudolf Steiner’s notoriously difficult medical lectures. This is usually a pretty sociable conference.

      Medical Section members and priests are invited. Any Society member who is not yet a member of the School of Spiritual Science and would like to attend may apply to do so after a clarifying conversation with either Hazel Adams (adams.hc@googlemail.com) or Peter Hanrath.

      Conference fee: £90 full fee / £30 concession (unreturnable deposit £30 with application) Accommodation is limited to 9 single rooms at £150 & 8 double rooms at £130 per head. First-come-first-served! Food without accommodation is £60.

      Application forms are available from David McGavin.

      Closing date 7th October 2019.


      • Friday, November 08, 2019
      • 19:29 - 21:00
      • Wynstones School GL4 0UF

      SCHOOL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS TRAINING UK

      OPEN TALK

        DYSLEXIA: 

      understanding the multiplicity of its presentations

      with  Gordon Woolard


      November 8th 7:30-9:00

      at Wynstones School GL4 0UF

      Free Open talk with retiring collection by the door for Wynstones School future events, thank you. To reserve your seat(s) and for more info, please contact E: SchoolHealthProfessionals@gmail.com, thank you.

      Training Weekend info can be found here.



      • Saturday, November 09, 2019
      • 09:00 - 16:45
      • Wynstones School, GL4 0UF

      SCHOOL HEALTH PRACTITIONERS TRAINING UK


      Saturday 9th November 2019 at Wynstones School GL4 0UF 


      Dyslexia: 

      Understanding the multiplicity of its presentations

      The Development of the Senses - A Multi-Sensory Approach to Literacy and Numeracy 

      A training day with  Gordon Woolard

      Independent Specialist Teacher  Dip SpLD AMBDA PATOSS

      Saturday 9th November 9am - 4:45pm

      Fee: £75  includes lunch and refreshments

      At Wynstones Steiner School GL4 0UF

      For booking and further info, please contact

      Info & Programme  Bookings


      ‘‘... 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of dyslexia’’ NHS, 2018. 

      Click here to experience what it is like to be dyslexic.


      Dear teachers, doctors and therapists

      Join us for this exciting day of exploration. Starting with the different phenomena of Dyslexia symptoms, Gordon Woolard will lead us to understand dyslexia through the senses based on Rudolf Steiner's pictorial descriptions. The sessions will include practical as well as theoretical presentations. We will experience the hands-on process of connecting spacial awareness with conceptualisation through therapeutic approaches.

      Having taught in Waldorf education for many years, Gordon Woolard works independently with children to develop the lower senses [sense of touch, sense of life, sense of movement, and sense of balance]. His work has, among other sources, evolved out of the ‘Extra Lesson’ by Audrey E. McAllen and includes a multi-sensory path through arithmetic. He contributes to teacher trainings in Ireland, Denmark, Nepal and China. 


      We look forward to seeing you on November 8th at 7:30pm and/or 9th.  

      Dr Hedda Joyce


      FREE Introductory Open Talk Friday 8th 7:30-9:00pm

      All welcome to the open talk, no prior knowledge needed.

      Retiring collection by the door at the Open Talk for further open talks, thank you.


      Interested in joining in the three-year-training of School Health Practitioners? 

      click here to receive our training invitations




      • Saturday, November 23, 2019
      • Sunday, November 24, 2019
      • Blackthorn Medical Centre, Maidstone

      We will be studying the Mantras (Meditations) of the Young Doctor Courses on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November 2019 at the Blackthorn Medical Centre, Maidstone.

      Dr Broder von Laue will be with us to weave together these seven meditations:

      1. Warmth Meditation (given to H. v. Grunelius 1923 – contact Saskia for a copy) 
      2. You Healing Spirits (Young Doctor’s Course, 5th Jan 1924) 
      3. Power of Radiance and Might of Heaviness (YDC, 9th Jan 1924) 
      4. Once in olden times (Newsletter, 11th Mar 1924) 
      5. Look what is joining in the cosmos (YDC, 22nd April 1924)
      6. Feel in the fever’s measure (YDC, 24th Apr 1924) 
      7. Shove man’s earliest time (YDC, 25th Apr 1924) 
      We invite you to work in some depth over the coming months with one or more of these meditations and familiarise yourself with their context. Your preparation is essential to make this an interactive conference. For questions and support with the meditation process you are welcome to contact Dr Saskia Renkema.

      Weekend fee: including meals is £100 and a concessionary rate is available. Please pay a deposit of £30 by the 1st Oct 2019 to book your place, account details on request. Accommodation needs: to be arranged independently.

      Booking: please contact Susanne Koszyk as soon as possible because space at Blackthorn is limited.

      There will be Eurythmy, so please bring your own shoes if you can. Warm greetings from our preparation group: Angela Klockner, Dr Broder von Laue, Denise Gell, Jeanne Claire Bischoff, Michael Roberts, Peter Hanrath, Rose Schneider, Saskia Renkema, Susanne Koszyk. 

      More information available in the program for the weekend.

      The meditations are given in this PDF as well as in the lectures some of which are available online.

      • Sunday, February 09, 2020
      • Saturday, May 21, 2022
      • 9 sessions
      • Emerson College

      A PART TIME TRAINING WITH NINE ONE WEEK MODULES OVER THREE YEARS,
      WITH A STRONGLY EXPERIENTIAL CHARACTER WITH DISTANCE LEARNING and WRITTEN PROJECTS

      This course is based at Emerson College, with individual modules at the University Hospital of Witten Herdecke, Havelhohe Hospital Berlin, Arlesheim Clinic and The Goetheanum Switzerland and Trigonos Centre North Wales.

      ABOUT THE COURSE

      The Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, Switzerland is working with the English Training in Anthroposophic Medicine, to offer a fundamental UK and internationally based training in anthroposophic medicine in English for  doctors and medical students World-wide.

      The Training offers participants experience based learning processes that lead to an extended understanding of the human being, both in health and illness, and in their relationship to nature. It provides a deeper understanding of common medical conditions. The treatments introduced include anthroposophic medicines and their pharmaceutical production. In addition, the Training also introduces participants, to art therapy, eurythmy therapy, body therapies and nursing procedures through direct experience. These non medicial treatments can intensify therapeutic responses to illness. Biographical aspects and insights from psychotherapy and counselling are also considered in developing an understanding of disease processes. 

      Equally importantly the ethical and spiritual development of the physician, including fundamental spiritual exercises and meditative practices that can aid such development, are introduced.

      Ideal for physicians looking to:

      • Develop new ways of observing and researching, nature, medicinal plants, human anatomy and physiology
      • Experience meeting patients and develop new understanding that encompasses their body, soul and spirit
      • Explore Spiritual Practices and Meditative Work that can support the ethical and spiritual development of the Physician
      • Experience of Art Therapy, Eurythmy Therapy, Rhythmical Massage and other Body Therapies.

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      ANTHROPOSOPHIC MEDICINE:

      Many patients as well as physicians are in search of an integrative approach tomedicine that embraces the whole person, in their mental and spiritual being as well as in bodily aspects. To this end, anthroposophic medicine was founded in 1920 by Dr. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. med. Ita Wegman. Today this School of Medicine is alive in practices, therapeutic centres and anthroposophic hospitals throughout the world. It is taught in international training courses and is researched* in university departments with associated professorial chairs.

      VENUES & COURSE STRUCTURE:

      The Training is designed as nine, one-week modules with additional written projects. There are mentored self-study and distant learning opportunities between the modules, with additional distance mentoring for participants’ own medical work. The written work includes several essays based on themes of the training. In addition, three written case histories are required, in order to gain International Certification as an Anthroposophic Physician.

      Most modules take place at Emerson College, England, situated fifteen miles by road from London’s International Gatwick Airport. Located in an area of natural beauty, with immediate walking access to an organic medicinal herb garden and biodynamic horticulture and farm. This internationally renowned College and research centre also provides on-site residential accommodation for course participants.

      In addition, three modules take place in specialist departments within anthroposophical hospitals in Germany and Switzerland and at the Goetheanum. These include the University Hospital of Witten / Herdecke, Havelhohe Hospital in Berlin and Clinic Arlesheim in Switzerland founded by Dr Ita Wegman. The two anthroposophic German hospitals have all the specialities associated with University and General Hospitals and many of the specialist clinicians will be involved in teaching these modules. In the final year one, module is planned at the Goetheanum, Switzerland, the World Centre for Anthroposophy and the Medical Section of the School for Spiritual Science.

      The final module is planned to take place at Trigonos, Snowdonia, North Wales. This is close to Penmeanmawr, a druid stone circle where Dr Ita Wegman had conversations with Rudolf Steiner, which were seminal to the development of Anthroposophic Medine and the General Anthroposophical Society.


      TOPICS COVERED:

      1. Emerson College 9-15 February 2020
      The Four Elements, Four Kingdoms of Nature, Qualitative Anatomy, Four Organs, Patient Study, Fundament Aims of Anthroposophic Medicine & Research Spiritual Biography & Conditions for Spiritual Development

      2. Emerson College 3-9 May 2020
      Anthroposophic Pharmacy, the Alchemical Threefold Principle, Threefoldness in Health and Disease, Patient Study, Living Morphology and Projective Geometry Six Soul Exercises, Meditative work from Course to Young Doctors

      3. University Hospital of Witten/ Herdeke: with Prof. David Martin, 28 June - 4 July 2020
      Infectious diseases and treatment, Role of Fever. Patient Study, Paediatrics; Eurythmy Therapy; Goetheanism in Medicine External treatments. Anthroposophic Text Study.

      4. Emerson College 15-21 November 2020
      Child and Personality Development, Resilience or Vulnerability, Mental Health – Depression, Anxiety OCD - Eurythmy Therapy, Metals and Planets Biography Work

      5. Emerson College 7-13 March 2021
      Mental Health – Psychosis – Clay Modeling Therapy, Cancer & Mistletoe Treatment, Art Therapy Euythmy Therapy Medicinal Plant Study, Practical Prescribing, Text Study

      6. Havelhohe Hospital Berlin 20-26 June 2021
      Cancer II and Palliative care (Dr. Matthias Girke), Cardiology: Heart failure, Coronary heart disease, Hypertension (Dr.Matthias Girke) Pneumology: COPD, asthma, Gastroenterology External Treatments, Meeting Patients

      7. Emerson College 17-23 October 2021
      Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Anthroposphic Peadiatrics Cardiology Hypertension and Sepsis –

      8. Klinik Arlesheim & Goetheanum Switzerland with Dr Matthias Girke 13-19 March 2022
      Rheumatology, Endochrinology. Diabetology; Klinic Arlesheim, Weleda AG, Ita Wegman Institute, School of Spiritual Science & Medical Section

      9. Trigonos Centre, North Wales 15-21 May 2022
      Medicinal Plant Study, Allergy & Autoimune Disease; Celtic Spirituality and Medicine, Ita Wegman & Rudolf Steiner in the British Iles,

      INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION AS AN ANTHROPOSOPHIC PHYSICIAN - QUALIFICATION

      Participants successfully completing this Training Programme, including associated mentored medical work, will meet the Medical Section’s International Criteria for Certification as an Anthroposophic Physician.

      CONTACT & ENQUIRIES

      For queries about the course itself, you are welcome to correspond with the Course Leader Dr Michael Evans or arrange a telephone or SKYPE call. Mobile and texts 0044 7768497560 

      REGISTRATION

      The training is formally an Emerson College Course. Potential participants need to apply to and pay Emerson College. Doctors and medical students can apply to register for the training by completing the application form obtainable from the academic registrar at Emerson College registrar@emerson.org.uk to whom it should be returned when completed. The academic administrator, Chiara Carones can help those needing to apply for visas with the necessary letters.

      COSTS & PAYMENT

      A deposit of £500 is required to be paid to Emerson College within 2 weeks of receiving a letter of acceptance. The remainder of the full course fees of £6300 is required before commencing the training. In case of need, arrangements for spreading payment can be discussed with the registrar at Emerson. Concessions for the course fees should be available for medical students.

      Arrangements and payment for board and lodgings at Emerson College should be made separately on the website http://www.emerson.org.uk/calendar under the date of the start date of the module concerned.

      Residential options for board and lodging at Emerson:

      Single room with arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday plus all meals from supper on Sunday to lunch on Saturday ________£402.00*

      Camping camper/van with arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday plus all meals from supper on Sunday to lunch on Saturday________£240.00*

      Meals only - supper on Sunday plus lunches from Monday to Saturday________£94.00*

      Early arrival: Single room with arrival on Saturday and includes breakfast on Sunday________£45.00*

      *Prices are reviewed annually and may be updated from Sept 2020.

      FURTHER DETAILS

      For further details see the following websites www.anthroposophic-drs-training.org and https://medsektion-goetheanum.org/en/training/medicine/great-britain/ 

      *Information on Research in Anthroposophic Medicine see: https://medsektion-goetheanum.org/en/research/

    Past events

    Saturday, August 31, 2019 Integrative Health: Applied AnthroMedicine Training 2019-2020 - ABERDEEN
    Friday, July 19, 2019 Memory Development, Working with Parents, the Impact of the Arts, Sexuality and Identity, and Digital Competency.
    Friday, July 19, 2019 DIGITAL COMPETENCY with Dr Michaela Glöckler
    Saturday, June 29, 2019 Lecture 5 of the Easter Course for Young Doctors
    Friday, June 21, 2019 Mistletoe Therapy Course for Practitioners (Maryland, USA)
    Friday, May 24, 2019 Medical Section Conference 2019
    Saturday, May 11, 2019 Lecture 4 of the Easter Course for Young Doctors
    Saturday, April 27, 2019 Embracing Dying
    Saturday, April 13, 2019 Introduction workshops on Metal Colour Light Therapy (Maidstone)
    Friday, March 22, 2019 Rheumatoid Arthritis, Endochrinolgy and Diabetology with Matthias Girke
    Saturday, March 16, 2019 Introduction workshops on Metal Colour Light Therapy (Bristol)
    Thursday, February 21, 2019 Certificate in anthroposophic psychology, psychopathology and psychosomatics
    Thursday, February 21, 2019 Anthroposophic Psychotherapy
    Friday, February 08, 2019 Microcosmos and Macrocosmos, Salutogenetic Principles and Attachment.
    Saturday, February 02, 2019 Meeting the Hellebore Plant: The Christmas Rose
    Friday, January 25, 2019 Colour and its manifestation in Eurythmy
    Friday, January 18, 2019 Specialist Clinical Topics – Hypertension and Sepsis with Dr Thomas Breitkreuz
    Saturday, December 15, 2018 Lecture 2 of the Easter Course (Dornach 22/4/1924).
    Friday, December 07, 2018 Anthroposophic Paediatrics with Dr Karen Michael
    Saturday, November 24, 2018 Mental Health Workshop
    Saturday, November 17, 2018 Mistletoe the Medicine One Day Workshop
    Friday, November 16, 2018 LECTURE X TRUE & FALSE PATH OF SPIRITUAL INVESTIGATION with BRODER von LAUE at HELIOS MEDICAL CENTRE - BRISTOL
    Saturday, November 10, 2018 Compassionate Communication
    Thursday, October 25, 2018 Medical Section Residential Workshop: Pastoral Medicine Course
    Friday, October 19, 2018 The Five Principles of Health and Illness, the Child Study, and Working Together as a Team with Dr Michaela Glöckler, Dr Peter Gruenewald and Dr Bettina Lohn.
    Friday, October 19, 2018 OPEN TALK: The Five Principles of Health and Illness by Dr Michaela Glöckler
    Friday, October 12, 2018 Anthroposophic Medical Association Prescribing Conference and AGM
    Monday, October 08, 2018 Rhythmical Einreibung Foundation Course
    Saturday, September 01, 2018 Lecture 1 of the Easter Course for Young Doctors
    Friday, August 31, 2018 Anthroposophic Pharmacy with Albert Schmidli
    Saturday, June 23, 2018 Young Doctors Lecture Study at Blackthorn with Broder von Laue
    Sunday, June 10, 2018 Anthroposophic Doctors Training Seminar - Summer Intensive at Emerson College, Sussex
    Friday, June 08, 2018 Is there a place for ‘Spirit’ in Science and Medicine?
    Friday, June 01, 2018 School Health Practitioners Training - Difficult Behaviour, ADHD, and Childhood Depression. Learning Difficulties and Special Educational Needs.
    Saturday, April 28, 2018 Module 6 of the Applied Anthroposophic Medicine Training (Aberdeen)
    Friday, April 20, 2018 Anthroposophic Doctors Training Seminar - Cancer and Viscum Therapy
    Friday, March 16, 2018 School Health Practitioners Training - Embryology • From Conception to Birth • The 12 Senses • The Origins of Fear • Autism
    Friday, March 02, 2018 Anthroposophic Doctors Training Seminar - Anthroposophic Approach to Psychosis

    Healthcare and Wellbeing Events at Emerson College


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