International Summer University 2013 - Experiencing Wholeness - July 29 to August 10
Science Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach and in the alpine valley of the Lötschen, Switzerland
Twentieth century science – physics, chemistry, biology, ecology – is challenged by the limitations of a particulate or molecular perspective. The task of the Science Section is to address and overcome these challenges, i.e. to rediscover the wholeness in Nature. At the Research Institute (the Institute for Contextual Science) we draw from a spectrum of phenomenological methods originating
in Goethe's scientific work and developed further through Rudolf Steiner’s anthroposophy as spiritual science.
Our International Summer University offers the opportunity for researchers at the Science Section and participants in the course to work together, exploring both the inorganic and the organic world from the perspective of Goethean Science and Anthroposophy.
This year, the course is offered in English and as always, is open to everyone. Past participants from Hungary, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Portugal and the US have enjoyed the journey together through a new way of science and the pleasure of a multicultural exchange.
The first week introduces the basics of Goethean Science and examines the philosophical reasoning behind it, as presented by Rudolf Steiner. The second week moves from theory to practical experience, as we switch locations from Dornach to the Lötschental, a Swiss alpine valley particularly suited for outdoor research projects. Participants in small groups will work on individual projects with the help of a mentor, applying the methods studied in the first week. Project topics include but are not limited to: plants, plant societies, animals, traditional agriculture, glaciology, geography and geology.
Course fee for both weeks CHF 750.-
Early registration (before 31 May 2013) CHF 595.-
Accommodation and meals for the second week: CHF 295.-
Registration deadline: 1 July 2013.