Integrative Medicine and Oncology with Prof Avni Sali and Dr Christian Grah, Fri 20 Oct, 7.30pm, Melbourne

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You are invited to join us for our exploration of the current work in
Integrative Medicine and Oncology
Professor Avni Sali and Dr Christian Grah

Professor Avni Sali is often referred to as the Father of Integrative Medicine in Australia. In 1996 he became the founding head of The
Graduate School of Integrative Medicine at Swinburne University, Melbourne. In 2009 he established the National Institute of Integrative
Medicine (NIIM) taking up the role of Director. Professor Sali has also been the Head of the University of Melbourne’s Department of
Surgery at Heidelberg Hospital. In 2016 Prof Sali was appointed a Member of the Order (AM) in the General Division of the Order of
Australia. Professor Sali has been honoured for “significant service to integrative medicine as an educator, clinician and researcher, and to
professional education.”

Avni will share current initiatives in integrative care underway within NIIM, concentrating on its work within the field of oncology.
Dr Christian Grah is the Deputy Senior Physician of Internal Medicine, with specialisation in Pulmonology at Havelhöhe Hospital – an
integrative hospital in Berlin. Christian leads the working group for respiratory medicine at Havelhöhe’s Research Centre. He is a member of
the DAMID (Europe’s Anthroposophic Medical Association) and has a particular interest in the specialised needs of lung cancer patients
within the physician – patient relationship.
Christian will give an overview of the care and treatment of lung cancer within the integrative hospital setting, highlighting the advantages
integrative medicine offers to patient experience and outcome.
Friday October 20 2017
The Michael Centre
37A Wellington Park Drive
Warrenwood, MELBOURNE

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Tone Eurythmy Therapy course with Jan Ranck Sep 22 to Oct 1 Yarra Valley, VIC

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Little Yarra Steiner School, 205 Little Yarra Road, Yarra Junction VIC Australia
22 September – 1 October 2017
Tone Eurythmy Therapy Course with Jan Ranck

A professional course for Therapeutic Eurythmists and Medical Doctors
open also to Eurythmists, Music and Art Therapists and Interested Parties (space permitting)
The 56 course hours qualify as AnthroMed Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
For further information please contact: phone: (+61) 0410823967
Inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s indication that tone eurythmy therapy should be developed in addition to speech eurythmy
therapy, the eurythmist Lea van der Pals and the medical doctor Margarete Kirchner-Bockholt worked together in the late
1950’s to develop a sequence of exercises in connection with the diseases discussed in Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman’s
book “Extending Practical Medicine”. Jan Ranck was a student of Lea van der Pals and is a colleague of her successor in this field, Annemarie Baeschlin. She
was involved with compositional and editorial suggestions for their publication “Ton-Heileurythmie”, Verlag am
Goetheanum 1991, published in English in 2009 as “Tone Eurythmy Therapy” by the Medical Section at the Goetheanum.
Born in the USA, she studied music and comparative arts at Indiana University in Bloomington. She accompanied the
London Stage Group on their 1976 USA tour and went on to study eurythmy at the Eurythmeum in Dornach, where she
subsequently served as a teacher. In 1984 she joined the faculty of The London School of Eurythmy. She left there to
complete a training in eurythmy therapy in Stuttgart in 1989, moving afterward to Israel, where she is currently the
founding director of the Jerusalem Eurythmy Ensemble (1990) and the Jerusalem Academy of Eurythmy (1992). She is
also an instructor in the Jerusalem Waldorf Teacher Bachelor Program in David Yellin Academic College, and a guest
teacher in various venues worldwide, including the Goetheanum and the MA Program in Eurythmy held in Emerson
College and Spring Valley. She is the representative for Israel in the International Department of Eurythmy Therapy
(“Eurythmy Therapy Forum”) and has held the course in Tone Eurythmy Therapy at various venues on the British Isles and
in the USA.
Friday, September 22nd: 7:30pm Welcoming and Introductory Session
Saturday, September 23rd 9:00 AM – Sunday, October 1st 6:30 PM: Four Sessions daily of 1 ½ hours each and occasional
evening events. (Schedule subject to change).

I definitely recommend to any physician who is interested in practicing anthroposophical medicine to partake in such a
course. All physicians present…felt that we were much closer to being able to understand both our patients in their
suffering and anthroposophy …as a consequence of the course. -Ross Rentea, MD, USA

I found the material of the course, the elements of Tone Eurythmy, to be ‘simple’ (as in based in what is essential), though
never easy. The task was always to bring these movement elements of life, to life. In her fine and light-filled style, Jan
Ranck has a gift to convey and to call for and forth through exercise both 1) technical integrity and discipline in body
movement and 2) clear experience and understanding of each subject area of the work. These “simple,” [i.e. built on
basics] exercises, however, were intensive work … I cannot remember when I have laughed so much, possibly as a result of not only Jan’s wonderful inclusion of humour in her teaching, but also of the health-giving effect of the exercises. -Elizabeth Carlson, Eurythmist, UK

The course was full of information and the wisdom of eurythmy and I am fully nourished by that. The most impressive
thing I experienced there was Jan’s way of teaching. We were allowed to make mistakes and were corrected in a forgiving
and encouraging way which I believe is the best and the anthroposophical way for teaching people. It was utterly
therapeutic. Another impressive thing was that the course didn’t exclude non-eurythmists and spread the wonderful
knowledge without limitation. Even though I cannot use what we learnt as movement therapy, I can apply the basic
knowledge in the visual art realm, so that the only difference is what medium we use, movement or visual/tactile
creativity. I was very happy to find this out in the course. Also, all of the music, painting and visual images used in the
course were very impressive and suited the theme well. Thank you for giving us nourishment on top of eurythmy.
Izumi Maeda, Anthroposophic Arts Therapist, Friday Eurythmy Group, England

Jan is a profoundly patient teacher, remaining carefully within the lawfulness of the tone eurythmy elements themselves,
and true to Rudolf Steiner’s tone eurythmy course. With her stringent guidance in attending to our experiences in the
instrument and a healthy dose of humor she led us through specific focus to intensive engagement and new experience.
Her artistry always tended towards clarifying the soul within the instrument and she guided us to mastering ourselves in
the movement, freeing, breathing. She provided excellent examples for us to enter into the musical elements. Repetition
and nuanced practice helped us transform our instruments, and over the time we developed strength and capacity.
Intensive, challenging, and transforming for all, the course was structured in such a way as to lead us from artistic
engagement into the intensive practice and then to the therapeutic application. As such it was accessible for all, while at
the same time, provided a specialized development for eurythmy therapists.
Glenda Monash (eurythmy therapist)



Australian Anthroposophic Medical Association AGM with Dr Christian Grah

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd October in Melbourne, Michael’s Centre Warranwood.

  • Overview of Lung Cancer Treatment in an Integrative Medicine Hospital Christian Grah

  • Initiatives at NIIM on Integrative Medicine on Cancer Prof Sali

  • Workshop/Discussion led by Christian: Illnesses of the lung: COPD, asthma, lung oncology

  • Dialogue between practitioner and patient led by Christian Grah


Dr Christian Grah is a Respiratory Physician at Havelhöhe Hospital Berlin.

More information and registration forms will come later.

2017 IPMT Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapy Training Week, Brisbane, July 12-19

This year we welcome Dr Matthias Girke as the keynote speaker and leader of the faculty. Dr Matthias Girke MD is the co-leader of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum Switzerland and director of Internal Medicine at Havelhöhe Hospital in Berlin; he has a special interest in oncology and endocrinology.His evening lecture series will focus on Understanding the Fundamental Principles of Disease in Anthroposophic Medicine (7 lectures, 7.45pm to 9pm, Wed 12 to Tue 19 July)
The IPMT is a concentrated training week which includes lectures, workshops, small group and individual work. This fifth year is a special one in the IPMT cycle with new workshops considering the health of the family, our society and of the earth–along with the regular professional development streams. We invite everyone interested in what anthroposophy can offer as ways forward within these important areas to attend; they do not need to be a health professional for this year’s IPMT (however please note that some workshops are designed for specific health professionals).
(choose one workshop from each session for the week)
Session 1
Dr Simon Bednarek – Working Together to Create Successful Communities
Miliwanga Sandy and Michael Kokinos – Aboriginal Spirituality and Healing in Relationship to Anthroposophy
Kate West – Anthroposophic Nursing in Practice
Lisa Devine and Dr Lakshmi Prasanna – The Esoteric Foundations of Professional Life
Patries Orange – Therapeutic Eurythmy (for Eurythmy Therapists and Doctors)
Session 2
Dr Matthias Girke – Clinical Sessions: From Diagnosis to Therapy and Medicines (for doctors, prescribers, nurses and pharmacists)
Lisa Devine and Dr Ernst de Jong – The Physiology of the Brain: Cosmic Architecture
Michael Kokinos – The Riddle of Human Movement: Rudolf Steiner’s view on the ‘motor nerves’ in relation to social & economic life
Dr Lakshmi Prasanna – Therapeutic Education and Social Therapy

Kate West – Home Nursing

Irmhild Kleinhenz – Biodynamics and Nutrition as Therapeutic Support and Preventative Medicine (for Naturopaths, Homoeopaths, Nutritionists, Dieticians, Phytotherapists, Doctors and Nurses)
 Email for more details.





Post IPMT Seminar – Spiritual Perspectives on Health and Healing, 21 July 2017, Burringbar NSW

Post IPMT Seminar Spiritual Perspectives on Health and Healing

With Miliwanga Sandy, Ann Poulsen, Simon Bednarek, Michael Kokinos, and Irmhild Kleinhenz

Research Conference at the Medical Section, Dornach 9-11 March 2018

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 Research Conference at the Medical Section, Dornach:  Perspectives and Strategies for Research in Anthroposophic Medicine

March 9th-11th 2018 (currently planned: March 9th 12.30 to March 11th 12:30)


Dear friends,

dear stakeholders in Anthroposophic Medicine (AM) research

clinicians, therapists and nurses representing AM and with interest in research,

members of research foundations,

representatives of AM associations,

representatives of AM pharmaceutical industries,

patient representatives,

politically engaged individuals.


Please SAVE THE DATE for this International Research Conference (March 9th to 11th 2018).


The focus of the conference will be on clinical and preclinical research.


The purpose of the conference is:


  • presenting perspectives of the different stakeholders on clinical research

(particularly the current research projects and future goals of the scientists and institutes, and the necessities for further evolvement);


  • discussing and concluding a consensus-based strategy for future AM research;


  • developing perspectives for a supportive international collaboration;



Please inform colleagues who might be interested. A detailed agenda of the conference will follow.


With cordial greetings from the Medical Section, IKAM and Research Council


Gunver Sophia Kienle, Helmut Kiene, Georg Soldner, Matthias Girke





Dagmar Brauer

Research Associate

Newsletter for the co-workers of the anthroposophic medical movement Whitsun 2017

Newsletter for the co-workers Whitsun 2017

Spiritual Perspectives on Health and Healing Anthroposophic Medicine meets Indigenous Tradition Friday July 21 2017

Spiritual Perspectives on Health and Healing

Anthroposophic Medicine meets Indigenous Tradition

Friday July 21 2017


Miliwanga Sandy, Ann Poulsen, Simon Bednarek Michael Kokinos, and Irmhild Kleinhenz

Burringbar Northern NSW

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Individual Organ Development Embryology Pt 2, Weekend 6-7 May (Sydney)

The Story of Creation
An exploration with Patries Orange, Eurythmist and Lakshmi Prasanna, Physician
Venue:, Glenaeon Steiner School
Bookings/enquiries: Joy Day, 0451 152 227
Mary Heard, Castlecrag Office: 9958 0774

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