Switzerland

Weleda Garden, Arlesheim 08.-15. May 2018

Weleda has its central headquarters in Arlesheim, near Basel. It not far from the Arlesheim Clinic, founded in 1921 by Ita Wegmann, while the Goetheanum centre for anthroposophy is in nearby Dornach. The 11-hectare park surrounding this monumental building is cultivated according to biodynamic principles.

Nothing superficial here – Arlesheim, Switzerland

This week in Arlesheim, Switzerland team has taught me that nothing is superficial at Weleda – It’s with purpose. Or not at all. My week in Switzerland, the birthplace of Weleda and Anthroposophy – which helps guide the principles of Weleda, has helped me discover the deeper reasons behind why Weleda do the things they do. If it doesn’t work to strengthen the balance of the body, mind and spirit it has no place here. From people to plants to purpose – nothing happens by accident here. My wonderful guide the week was Christoph Lüthi. He has been with the company for many years and you would be hard pressed to find a person with more well-rounded knowledge of the Weleda products, philosophy and the region around Arlesheim, Switzerland. Anything I have learnt this week, I owe it to his calm explanations and wealth of wisdom. Where it all began Together we took a tour of the Goetheanum, built by Weleda’s founder, Rudolf Steiner, as a center for the anthroposophic movement and its various activities …

Ita Wegman Anthroposophic Clinic – The inside scoop from an inpatient

Who would have thought that I would actually be checking in – to check out the Dr Ita Wegman Anthroposophic Clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland. My visit to the Ita Wegman Clinic came a day early. On Monday, I was scheduled to find out all about who Dr Ita Wegman was and why she set up the first anthroposophical medical clinic in Arlesheim in 1921. Nature decided I needed to visit a little earlier. I’ve been struggling with a chesty cough all week. But there’s far too many exciting things to be checking out in Switzerland rather than resting in bed. Turns out Bronchitis was here and wasn’t planning on leaving anytime soon. On the positive side, this allows me to share my newly found, first-hand knowledge of how the team at the clinic keep Ita Wegman’s approach to medicine going long after the medical pioneer had left the building. Who’s Ita Wegman? Ita Wegman 1876 – 1943 became a doctor in 1911, highly unusual for a woman at the time. Together with Rudolf Steiner they founded …

Today’s bee crisis was predicted back in 1923

Rudolf Steiner predicted in 1923 that in about 80 -100 years bees will suffer a major crisis – mainly due to the artificial breeding of queens. This week, I had the amazing experience of being able to see biodynamic beekeeping at work, and to see the relocation of a bee swarm without artificial breeding of a queen. It led me to look into Steiner’s theories of the great value of bees in nature and his predictions for what would endanger them. The Goetheanum, the stage where Steiner delivered many of his 15 talks on this topic looms over me while I research and write this article. I can’t help but imagine the people walking up that same hill I have to ask their own questions about the state of bees – the same things I am wanting to know more about, 95 years later. We have all read countless articles about the fact that over sixty percent of the American honeybee population has died during the past ten years, and that it’s a problem the …

Anthroposophy – Where it began. And where to tomorrow?

I have landed in the world epi-centre of Anthroposophy – the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. The Goetheanum was created by Rudolph Steiner between 1913 and 1920 in Dornach, Switzerland – the birthplace to Anthroposophy. It was given this name in honor of German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, whose works Steiner studied and revered. The Goetheanum was created as an active meeting place and performance centre for spiritually committed people. Today, over 150,000 people a year visit the home of the School of Spiritual Science and also the stage for over 800 events including lectures, exhibitions, theatre and eurhythmy performances and international conferences. Goetheanum is a place where spiritually minded people come to discuss approaches to mediative life, spiritual life-styles and to also develop themselves culturally. What a perfect place to discuss Anthroposophy with one of the world’s most qualified people on this topic – Paul Mackay, who until only recently was the former President of the Anthroposophical Society. Anthroposophy – Where it began. And where to tomorrow? Interview with Paul Mackay, the President of the …

Hi from Lauren

Hi everyone. I’m Lauren, an Australian blogger also known as Micro Adventurist. And I’m the lucky winner of the Weleda Global Garden competition. I’m an endlessly curious blogger, camera in hand, hunting out the most exciting, soul soaring, bite-size adventures in my own backyard of Melbourne and beyond. It’s my mission to help people explore the outdoors, to inspires us all to disconnect the phone, reconnect from nature and escape the ordinary. ‘I can’t wait to your virtual tour guide of the Weleda Global Garden. I’m honoured to be your eyes, ears and hands so you can experience and learn all about a world leading manufacturer of natural and organic skin care and anthroposophic medicines whilst I do.’ I hope you come on the journey with me. Bring the adventure on! Love, Lauren