All posts tagged: rudolf steiner

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 …

Healthy soil. Healthy people. 

Biodynamics 101 Biodynamics is a massive topic, one very hard to distil down. I asked Rob from The Warrah Society Biodynamic Farm to give me the simple low down. The Global Garden journey will give us lots of opportunities for a deeper understanding of Biodynamics, but for now let’s start at the start. In 1924, German farmers came to the founder of Weleda, Rudolf Steiner with their concerns about increasing use of chemicals deteriorating the quality of their soil. The philosophies Steiner shared with them during this time became the principles of Biodynamic farming that are so popular today. These principles are fundamentally very simple. ‘Less chemicals going into the earth means less chemicals going into human beings.’ What is Biodynamic farming? Biodynamics is a farm-forward approach to healing the planet through conscious agriculture. It’s about nature helping nature by taking the art of farming and enriching it with a philosophical and spiritual meaning. With the purpose to create ecological, social, and economic sustainability. ‘Biodynamic farming is much more than a method, it is a …