All posts tagged: steiner

Healing the BODY – MIND – SPIRIT

It’s no secret the human beings are unique and complicated creatures. Our life influences, our experiences, our personality and our upbringing are just some of the factors that make us all as individual as we are. And also impact on our health. I have been learning about Anthroposophic Medicine… tough word to say isn’t it! Luckily the philosophies behind it are a lot easier to grasp than the pronunciation. It’s a holistic way of looking at the health of human beings. Think of it more of as an extension to traditional medicine rather than an alternative to it. It doesn’t aim to replace conventional medicine but to take things a step further – to use the power of the body to heal itself. To heal an illness one must treat the body, mind and spirit not just the physical symptoms. This integrated way of looking at human health was founded by Austrian scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner (founder of Biodynamic Farming and Weleda) and developed with Dutch physician Ita Wegman. It takes on many of …

The growing interest in ‘el natural’ lifestyle

Argentina has a history long associated with natural medicines. One that is only growing in popularity with so many Argentinian’s seeking out a more natural lifestyle. ‘People want to know where our raw materials come from.’ Stefan Niewind, Managing Director of Weleda Argentina. I went on a journey find out when the ingredients come from for you. To find this natural treasure trove I left the vibrant city of Buenos Aires 800 kilometres behind to visit Jorge Gusto – the manager of Weleda medicinal garden in the quiet mountains of Córdoba. ‘The soil in the Córdoba mountains is rich in quartz crystals which provide the plants with a lot of energy to grow.’ Jorge Gusto Jorge is the ‘green hands’ that tends the 3.5 hectares of land, 1280 meters above sea level. These gardens cultivate almost all of the plants Weleda needs for the manufacture of their anthroposophic pharmaceuticals and cosmetics in Buenos Aires. The gardens themselves are a picture of health. Bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing… ‘Here we …

‘Horn Manure’ – Is it a load of bull?

Hear me out then feel 100% free to make up your own mind. Stuffing cow horns with manure and burying in a pit for 6 months may sound little woo-woo to some. But the rich compost that comes from it is the foundation for biodynamic farming. When did Biodynamic farming come about?  Steiner developed the Biodynamic farming principles in 1924 in response to farmers requests for his thinking about the declining quality of their produce and yield of crops. His biodynamic philosophy was his way of improving the stability and richness of the soil by enhancing its organic matter, by avoiding synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides – to give the produce back its vitality. Ok, we are all keeping up with that. Where we may lose a few people is that he also claimed that “cosmic vital forces” have a large impact on plants and animals. He recommended processes of using cow horns as vessels to vitalize the soil. The process goes a little like this. Cow horns are filled with manure (this is called …

‘Meaningful Coincidences’ and finding your own path.

Unexpected visitors have walked up the Global Garden path. It’s the first weekend of Global Garden journey and I’m in Waiheke Island in New Zealand. There are no planned activities. No Weleda staff members are with me. I’m free to do as I please. I wasn’t even going to write on this weekend but something synchronistic happened, a ‘meaningful coincidence’ that I couldn’t help myself. Before I tell you about it I feel it’s important for you to know… The Global Garden journey is my path. What happened wasn’t an organised experience. Yes, generally I am being shown a range of experiences related to Weleda and Steiner ideologies however it is my job to question everything. I am not being told what to do. I am not told what to say. I’m not being edited in any way. I have the freedom to make my own judgments. And create my own beliefs. ‘I am just like you, an everyday person on a path of self-education.’ So now that that’s out of the way. I’m go-go-go …