All posts tagged: Goetheanum

Wandering the Weleda garden of Bouxwiller, France

If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener. Seems to be the case for Pierre Kappler, Head Gardener for Weleda France and Switzerland. He has worked in the 1.5 hectare biodynamic gardens in Bouxwiller, France for over 17 years. Pierre grew up in gardens. As a third-generation gardener, he grew up in a greenhouse operation and was even born in the farmhouse on the private garden he manages today. He completed his apprenticeship in biodynamic agriculture 17 years ago in collaboration with Weleda and the Goetheanum. 4 gardeners assist Pierre to tend the gardens where over 40-60 medicinal plants are grown. These are harvested in the morning then delivered to Weleda where the production laboratories process the plants by the afternoon. This is why Weleda has its own gardens. To make sure high quality raw materials are close to their production sites to guarantee the quality of the products. As we walked through the gardens I interviewed Pierre for a green gardening book that is in the pipeline. I enjoyed talking …

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 …

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 …