20th International Study Days on Anthroposophic Art Therapy

Programme and Booking Form (Pdf)

For art therapists, students of art therapies, physicians, medical students, psychotherapists and teachers
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The higher senses and the phenomenon of fear and anxiety

Thursday, 4 January to Sunday, 7 January 2018


Dear Colleagues,

We warmly invite you to our 20th international specialist conference on art therapy. The conference will continue with the subject of the twelve senses: whereas at the last conference we concerned ourselves intensively with the middle senses, with their role as mediators in art, we now intend to deal with the higher senses and their relationship with fear and anxiety.

We would like to look at the role of the higher senses in the context of interpersonal encounters and in so doing deal with the interaction between encounter and fear and anxiety. At a superior level, the relationship between the higher and the lower, physically bound senses is of interest. When does the phenomenon of fear and anxiety arise in healthy people and place such a strain on the senses that it becomes overwhelming? How do we include the higher senses in therapy? How are the higher senses revealed to us in the artistic and therapeutic process? We aim this year to ask these and other research and study questions in a concentrated work context.

There will be a lecture each morning which will then be taken up in seminar groups by the respective lecturer from the perspective of our understanding of the human being, used to stimulate discussion and be individually deepened and supplemented, also through examples for practising. There will then be more intensive practical study in the approx. three-hour long workshops in the afternoon. They will also seek to relate to the morning lecture and deepen, it using case studies, from the perspective of art therapy, including how to manage diseases. The evenings, too, will be devoted to the subject in interesting lectures. On Saturday, we intend to give the evening a more festive character with everyone and celebrate the 20th conference together. There will be an opportunity for short presentations from the workshops; we would also additionally welcome cultural contributions from all over the world, such as for example a song, or a dance, or a speech presentation/sketch, or ..., or ..., or ... . Anyone with an idea is hereby warmly invited to tell us about it (email johanna.gunkel@nonsenso.de by 15 December 2017)!

We look forward to seeing you again, or meeting you for the first time, and send our very warm regards!

Kirstin Kaiser, Viola Heckel, Katrin Sauerland and Johanna Gunkel
Conference Organisers

Dr med. Matthias Girke and Georg Soldner
Leadership of the Medical Section


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Booking Information

I experience you – listening, speaking, thinking
20th International Study Days on Anthroposophical Art Therapy of the Medical Section
at the Goetheanum from Thursday, 4 to Sunday, 7 January 2018

Booking closes: Thursday, 21 December 2017

Conference fees:
regular price: CHF 220 with meals: CHF 370
concessions1: CHF 110 with meals: CHF 260

1 Concessions apply for students, schoolchildren, OAPs, the unemployed, those in training, military or civil service and people with disabilities who receive bene ts. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form.

Conference meals
Conference meals (vegetarian with dessert) include 3x lunch and 3x evening meal at CHF 150 in total. Breakfast (3x, 5.–7.1.) can be booked separately at CHF 45. The other meals cannot be booked separately. We regret that food intolerances cannot be catered for.

Group accommodation
(Booking possibility on the booking form, further information: www.goetheanum.org/6644.html) Accommodation with mattrasses on the oor: 3 nights from 4 to 7 January 2018 for CHF 30 or 4 nights from 3 to 7 January 2018 for CHF 40. Please bring a sleeping bag, a pillow and a sheet; limited spaces.

Parking permit
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. Subse- quent 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: Con rmation 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 con rmation 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 confe- rence (21.12.2017, 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 (3.1.2018). 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.

Data processing: All data will be electronically recorded and led.


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.


By train
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)

By tram
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).

By car
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).

By foot
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 Sektion