Organiser: Medical Sektion
When I look into the sun
Its light tells me radiantly
Of the spirit which mercifully
Prevails through cosmic beings.
Sun, bearer of radiance,
The power of your light in matter
Conjures life out of the boundless riches
Of the depths of the earth.
When I feel into my heart,
The spirit speaks its own words
Of the person whom it
Loves through all time and eternity.
Heart, bearer of the soul,
The power of your light in the spirit
Conjures life out of the human being’s
Boundlessly deep inwardness.
I can see, in looking upwards,
In the sun’s bright sphere
The mighty cosmic heart.
I can feel, looking inwards,
In the heart’s warm life:
The ensouled sun of human beings.
Rudolf Steiner for the 73rd birthday of Henriette Maria Wegman (1851–1935)
With each sunrise we encounter the light of the sun. It illuminates the consciousness, acts
on the soul and has physiological effects on the body. The light rhythm of day and night is
here closely associated with the rhythmical system of the human being. We currently have
an impaired relationship with light: on the one hand we see it as a risk factor against which
we have to protect ourselves, on the other hand a longing for light is developing which
determines the life of people to a great extent. What, then, is a healthy relationship with
light, with the sun, and how can we find its therapeutic efficacy?
We intend to concern ourselves with the nature of light at the annual conference of the
Medical Section at the Goetheanum: what is the physiological and therapeutic importance
What effect does light have on the human soul. And finally: what is the importance of the
spiritual nature of light with regard to the world and human beings?
All therapeutic professions work with light in a different way. In the world of substances
we find an intensive relationship with light when we think of phosphorus, quartz
or magnesium. Colours have physiological effects which extend as far as the life processes
in wound healing and form the basis of colour light therapy. In the art therapies we find light
and darkness in painting therapy, as we find “bright “ and “dark” tones in music therapy.
The therapeutic importance of light is well known in mental illness and can “brighten” the
depressively “obscured” soul. Light lives in mental activity, it underlies cognitive processes
and clarifying light can be developed in talking therapy.
We look forward to our work together on this important subject in medicine, to the
exchange of experiences – also in the numerous workshops on these topics – and to the
joint discovery of new points of view and perspectives in the understanding as well as
the therapeutic deployment of light!
As in previous years, we will organise a “World Space” with reports and impulses from the
worldwide anthroposophic medical movement. In addition, we look forward to
acquainting ourselves in the newly set up “Science Space” with current research in the
strongly growing scientific work of Anthroposophic Medicine.
With warm greetings and looking forward to our conference together at the Goetheanum!
Matthias Girke and Georg Soldner
On behalf of the Collegium of the International Coordination of Anthroposophic Medicine / IKAM):
Andreas Arendt, Roland Bersdorf, Laura Borghi, Marion Debus, René de Winter, Jan
Feldmann, Oliver Friedländer, Jan Göschel, Aglaja Graf, Rolf Heine, Hartmut Horn, Andreas
Jäschke, Kirstin Kaiser, Ellen Keller, Helmut Kiene, Gunver Kienle, Manfred Kohlhase, Stefan
Langhammer, Eva Lutz, David Martin, Sabrina Menestrina, Christiaan Mol, Elma Pressel,
Merja Riijärvi, Sabine Ringer, Alexander Schadow, Stefan Schmidt-Troschke, Heike Sommer
and Anna Sophia Werthmann
A Conference of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum
from Thursday, 13 to Sunday, 16 September 2018
Booking closes: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Regular price: CHF 300 with meals: 425 CHF
Concessions¹: CHF 190 with meals: 315 CHF
Students² : CHF 90 with meals: 215 CHF
With sponsorship³: CHF 500 with meals: 625 CHF
¹ For OAPs, the unemployed and people with disabilities who receive benefits. Proof of status has to be submitted with the booking form.
² For students, schoolchildren, those in training, military or civil service. Proof of status has to be submitted with the booking form.
³ Should you be in a position to pay an additional amount, this would help to cover the costs of the conference and support the work of the section. Please look for updated information at the start of the conference.
Conference meals (vegetarian with dessert) include 2x lunch and 3x evening meal at CHF 125 in total.
Breakfast (3x) can be booked separately at CHF 45. The other meals cannot be booked separately. We
regret that food intolerances cannot be catered for.
(Booking possibility on the booking form, further information: www.goetheanum.org/6644.html)
Accommodation with mattresses on the floor: 3 nights from 13 to 16 September 2018 (CHF 30) or 4 nights
from 12 to 16 September 2018 (CHF 40). Please bring a sleeping bag as well as a pillow and a sheet; limited places.
for the period of the conference: CHF 21 (not right next to the Goetheanum building)
If you have a disability, please display your disability badge in your car.
Methods of payment/confirmation
On receipt of a group application, the respective institution will receive the account for the group.
Subsequent bookings can only be applied for and paid on an individual basis.
Credit cards (all countries): The full amount will be charged to your credit card as soon as your booking has been processed. You will receive postal or email confirmation of your booking and payment.
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Other countries: Once your booking has been processed you will receive a confirmation by post or email. The amount due will either be charged to your credit card or you can pay on arrival. Bank transfers are not possible.
Please note that the conference fee must be paid before the conference starts.
Conference tickets: Tickets can be collected at the Reception until half an hour before the conference starts, also if you pay on arrival. We accept cash (Euro and CHF), VISA, MasterCard, ec-direct and Postcard-Schweiz.
Cancellation: Bookings may be cancelled free of charge up to 14 days prior to the beginning of the conference (30.8.2018, date of posting). After that, 50% of the conference fee will be charged. Meals, breakfast, parking permit and group accommodation may be cancelled free of charge up to 1 day prior to the begin of the conference (12.9.2018). Cancellation on the day when the conference begins or failure to attend are subject to a 100% invoice total. Substitutes will be accepted at no extra cost.
Cancellation insurance: Subject to a payment of 5% of total costs (CHF 10 minimum) full cancellation insurance can be taken out to cover illness (including dependent children and partner), job loss and force majeure. Please ask for our terms of insurance or visit www.goetheanum.org/6053.html.
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