Dear Colleagues, and everyone with an interest in this subject,
We hereby invite you to a study conference on a subject which encompasses humanity: fear and how to overcome it. With the goal of obtaining a better understanding of fear, we will look at ways of dealing with this archetypal human experience in the form of lectures, practical exercises and presentations on the transformation of fear.
Fear is a force living within us which has a purpose. It serves to let us recognise dangerous situations and, in the best case, protect us from them. For people with anxiety disorders a different picture arises. They suffer from anxiety symptoms which no longer protect but threaten them. If fear is taken out of the healthy sphere, it seizes hold of us and determines our life.
Our thinking, feeling and will can no longer be directed through selfdetermination and by the I. We are ruled by fear which colours and governs our everyday life. This gives rise to the following questions:
• What does fear want to show the person under its control?
• What opportunities does fear offer human beings to develop new forces by and through it and to develop as a person?
• What does the person with anxiety disorder want to transform, what can they transform with the help of therapeutic creative speech?
With this subject we are taking up one of the five key topics of the Medical Section: early childhood, infectious diseases, anxiety and trauma sequelae, oncology, and palliative medicine. In the the next few years we intend to deepen one of these subjects at each of our study conferences from the perspective of creative speech.
To celebrate Marie Steiner von Sievers’ 150th birthday, we will hear a lecture about her artistic impulse of creative speech. With four speech choir groups in the afternoons, we wish to give all participants a particular experience of community through speech and cultivate the creation of the living word.
For the artistic conclusion of the conference we were able to organise a performance of “Oskar und die Dame in Rosa” (Oskar and the Lady in Pink). A staged reading based on a narrative by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt on the subject of the death of a child and the question as to whether the good Lord pays visits. Movingly performed by Barbara Stuten and Fabian Horn.
We recommend the following literature in preparation for the conference:
Eckhard Roediger Wege aus der Angst (no translation available)
Christian Schopper Wach werden an der Angst (no translation available)
Henning Köhler Working with Anxious, Nervous, and Depressed Children
Georg Soldner Individual Paediatrics
This study conference is intended primarily for creative speech practitioners and speech therapists, students of creative speech and physicians. But it is also open to all people who are interested in the nature of language. Please pass this invitation on to all who might be interested and young people.
We look forward to seeing you.
Matthias Girke, Georg Soldner
International Coordination of Art Therapy
Section for the Performing Arts
Xandor Koesen-York, Claudia Kringe, Philip Jacobsen, Marion Schroth
Lecture The action of the human constitutional elements in fear and their relevance for therapy. Lecture by Matthias Girke: Thursday 26.10.2017 | 8 p.m.
Lecture Fear as a threshold phenomenon. Clinical pictures and therapeutic perspectives with regard to breathing and speech. Lecture by Christian Schopper: Wednesday 25.10.2017 | 8 p.m.
Controlled by Fear – Controlling Fear
Study Conference on Therapeutic and Educational Curative Speech
of the Medical Section in collaboration with the Section for the Performing Arts
at the Goetheanum from Wednesday, 25 to Saturday, 28 October 2017
Booking closes: Wednesday, 11 October 2017
with sponsorship¹: CHF 300 with meals: CHF 475
regular price: CHF 250 with meals: CHF 425
concessions²: CHF 135 with meals: CHF 310
students³: CHF 80 with meals: CHF 255
¹ 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.
² Concessions apply for OAPs, the unemployed and people with disabilities who receive benefits. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form.
³ For students, schoolchildren, those in training, military or civil service. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form.
Conference meals (vegetarian with dessert) include 3x lunch and 4x evening meal at CHF 175 in total. The meals cannot be booked separately. We regret that food intolerances cannot be catered for.
For the period of the conference: CHF 25 (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.
Invoice Switzerland: Confirmation of booking and an invoice will be sent to you once your booking has been processed. Please note that we only send out invoices up until 10 days before the beginning of an event. After that, payment is only possible by credit card or on arrival.
Invoice Eurozone: Confirmation of booking and an invoice will be sent to you once your booking has been processed (Euro account). Please note that we only send out invoices up until 14 days before the beginning of an event. After that, payment is only possible by credit card or on arrival.
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 (11.10.2017, date of posting). After that, 50% of the conference fee will be charged. Meals and parking permit may be cancelled free of charge up to 1 day prior to the begin of the conference (24.10.2017). 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 click here.
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For more information about accommodation close to the Goetheanum go to Visitor Information.
The Goetheanum is situated south of Basel in the Swiss Jura. As a cultural venue that includes a theatre and a study, research and conference centre it offers around 700 events every year. The listed building is seen as an impressive example of organic architecture.
At Basel Swiss Station (SBB) take train S3 (destination Laufen) to Dornach-Arlesheim, then local bus no. 66 to bus stop Goetheanum (travel time c. 30 mins)
From Basel Swiss station (SBB) take tram no. 10 to Dornach-Arlesheim station, then local bus no. 66, to bus stop Goetheanum (travel time c. 50 minutes).
Leave the motorway Basel – Delémont (H18) at junction Reinach Süd and follow signs to Dornach, from there follow signs to the Goetheanum (travel time from Basel centre c. 20 mins).
Walk uphill from Dornach-Arlesheim station, following signs. Walking time c. 15 minutes