The international kindergarten and school physicians’ conference will take place at the Goetheanum in Dornach from 28 to 31 October 2017 to which you are very warmly invited. Since this conference is also an integral part of our modularised advanced specialist training to become a kindergarten and school physician, we particularly welcome new entrants to this specialist field, and all colleagues who are interested in subjects related to it or in child development in general, whose participation will enhance our collaboration.
Our meeting this year will focus on various facets of sleep in childhood:
What do children and adolescents learn “in sleep”?
How do we work in Waldorf education with the forces of the night
Thus our specialist lectures will start with thoughts on the activity of the human constitutional elements in sleeping and waking. This subject will be continued later in the day with the presentation: How is the sleeping-waking rhythm reflected neurophysiologically in health and illness. The next two lectures then relate to practice, discussing Sleep development and learning behaviour in the first three septenniums and Differentiation and treatment of childhood sleep disorders. A concrete case study with eurythmy therapy takes us into our everyday work as school physicians and rounds off the subject.
In working together on the first lecture from GA 218, “Experiences during sleep: their spiritual context and significance for our daily life”, our aim is to study Steiner’s statements on sleep in the original.
Before the lunch break each day there is an opportunity for us to engage in movement and together practise eurythmy therapy or Bothmer gymnastics®, or to play chamber music.
So that the correct music can be brought along for the chamber music, all those who intend to bring their instrument and want to play are warmly requested to contact Michael Knoch (firstname.lastname@example.org) as early as possible beforehand – but no later than 16 October.
In the early afternoon, we will again hold our workshops which, as in previous years, will extend far beyond our immediate conference topic with a diverse and varied range of subjects.
Late Sunday afternoon will this year be devoted wholly to the subject of Meditation – on the one hand looking at its importance for our day-to-day work in the school, on the other discussing experiences with meditation in the group of school physicians in recent years. Sunday evening will then be concerned with the major subject of Inclusion – tasks of the school physician.
It is, after all, a particular feature of our profession that almost all of us as “lone fighters” at our schools and kindergartens have little opportunity for the direct exchange of views with our medical colleagues. Hence it is our particular concern that at the kindergarten and school physicians’ conference personal encounter, the exchange of views between ourselves and mutual help are given sufficient space. We intend to use the time of the two evening plenary sessions on Saturday and Monday for this purpose.
In addition, a big deepening discussion with the lecturers from the four specialist lectures is planned for the last day with the goal of consolidating the content of the lecture work in joint discussion such that it can become productive for our concrete everyday activity.
We hope very much that both experienced colleagues and those who have developed a completely new interest in the field of kindergarten and school medicine – and particularly also colleagues from the non-German speaking world – will feel that this so fundamental subject and this way of working together is something for them, so that we can come together as a large group to enhance our schools and kindergartens with new impulses.
For the preparatory group:
What do children and adolescents learn „in sleep“?
A Conference of the Medical Section in collaboration with the Association of Anthroposophical Physicians in Germany/GAÄD
at the Goetheanum from Saturday, 28 to Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Booking closes: Saturday, 14 October 2017
regular price: CHF 225 with meals: CHF 375
concessions¹: CHF 135 with meals: CHF 285
¹ Concessions apply for students, schoolchildren, OAPs, the unemployed, those in training, military or civil service and people with disabilities who receive benefits. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form.
Conference meals (vegetarian with dessert) include 3x lunch and 3x evening meal at CHF 150 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 (14.10.2017, 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 (27.10.2017). 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 visit http://www.goetheanum.org/en/events/reception-ticket-sales/terms-of-insurance/
Data processing: All data will be electronically recorded and filed.
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
For more information about accommodation close to the Goetheanum go to Visitor Information.
Organiser: Medical Section in collaboration with the Association of Anthroposophical Physicians in Germany/GAÄD