On Monday August 8 our dear colleague Tessa Therkleson RN ANS PhD died. Tessa was one of our world's two anthroposophic nurse PhD's and many of you will know of her work through her nursing books, her translations with daughter Sarah of Monika Fingado's books on nursing practices, her encouragement of anthroposophic medical research or perhaps from her many years of work on the use of ginger and anthroposophic nursing therapy with osteoarthritis. Tessa worked very hard to bring the possibilities of anthroposophic nursing to the attention of the mainstream nursing world.
We were lucky to have Tessa and husband Godfrey at Weleda NZ to talk about her work studying the efficacy of using ginger patch-compress treatment for pain relief and improved mobility with osteoarthritis sufferers. Her enthusiasm and love for the ginger plant and hopes to be identified as the "Ginger Nurse" made a deep impression on everyone and gave a special burst of enthusiasm to the gardeners and medicine manufacturing staff for their daily work transforming living nature into living medicines.
The list of practitioners in Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies which includes all the modalities under the umbrella of the Medical Section is currently being updated. This list can be found as a reference on the Weleda Pharmacy's website. We are hoping to grow our current list of doctor's and nurses to include the wider range of health professionals and therapists in New Zealand and Australia using an anthoposophically based orientation.
If you or your practice is currently on the list, please check to make sure that your information is correct. If you would like to be added to the list, please email Mary the information you would like included in the updated listing.The current list can be found here http://www.weledapharmacy.co.nz/anthroposophic-practitioners Please send your information by Friday September 9.
Are you interested in an online study of a range of plants used in anthroposophic medicine? PAAM- the anthroposophic doctor's association in the USA is offering a series of webinars entitled "Learning the Language of Healing Plants" beginning in early October.
This webinar series will focus on the phenomenology of healing plants, as we strive to learn how the healing properties of a plant can be understood through the "language" of shape, size, proportion, growth pattern and environment. We will base the study on Markus Sommer's book, "Healing Plants: Herbal Remedies from Traditional Anthroposophic Medicine" .
Each session will be devoted to two healing plants, with 20-25 minute presentations by PAAM members or guest speakers on each of the healing plants. Schedule: Six Thursday evening sessions, beginning at 8:30pm EST / 7:30 CST / 6:30 MST / 5:30 PST, each lasting for about 60 minutes.
Oct 6th: Strophanthus and Allium (onion)
Nov 3rd: Achillea (yarrow) and Taraxacum (dandelion)
Dec 1st: Peppermint and Daisy
Jan 5th: Betula (birch) and Primula (cowslip)
Feb 2nd: Pulsatilla (pasque flower) and Fragaria (wild strawberry)
Mar 2nd: Chelidonium (greater celandine) and Chamomile Tuition: $90 for non-members; discounted rate of $45 for PAAM members, $60 for SPAN, NAANA and Biodynamic Association members. Registration: will begin August 1st, 2016 https://paam.wildapricot.org/event-2296955/Registration
Next year the Eugen Kolisko Academy in Germany will begin a three year-four weeks per year training course in English for doctors and medical students (other anthro med health professionals considered on a case by case basis) wanting to deepen their knowledge of anthroposophic medicine. The wait for this type of training in English has been long. We hope that everyone who hoped for this course over the years, consider applying. As it is the first time such a training is being offered in English, there will be a lot of interest from many people where English is also the second language, so get your applications in now if you are interested. Information including a syllabus and list of the faculty can be found on their website http://kolisko-academy.org/courses/clinical-foundation-course/description/ . You can also submit your application online through the website.
The Academy is currently in discussion about if and when there will be a second intake, but no decision has been made at this time. We will keep you posted.
PAAM is also offering a two year series of twenty webinars running from October 2016 through April-May 2018 on Working Constitutionally with Children with Dr Adam Blanning, course director.
This two year webinar course will work through foundational anthroposophic insights into child growth and development through the lens of constitutional polarities as presented in the works of Rudolf Steiner. Topics such as developmental delay, depression, anxiety, ADD/ADHD, tics, anxiety, aggressive behaviours and autism are explored. In depth methods for clinical observation and clinical prescribing are practised through a series of four case write-ups, two per year.
Participants are expected to have a working understanding of the 4-fold and 3-fold approaches in anthroposophic medicine coming into the course. Preparatory reading materials and resources will be provided before each session.
The course is limited to licensed prescibers (MD, MBBS, DO, PA, NP, and ND graduates of approved four-year schools).
In order to do the required case reports, participants should be actively working with children in their clinical practice and/or be able to observe them in a classroom setting. There will be a case write-up required in January and May of each year. Schedule: Each teaching session consists of a webinar, divided between presentation of material and live conversation. The course will plan to meet on Wednesday afternoons at 3pm EST / 12pm PST. If there is sufficient enrollment and interest, there is the possibility to open a second, parallel webinar slot, Tuesday mornings, at 12pm EST / 9am PST. We will need at least 10 participants for each session. The webinars happen every three weeks, with the following planned dates:
2016: Sept 28, Oct 19, Nov 9, Nov 30, Dec 14
2017: Jan 18, Feb 8, Mar 1, Mar 22, Apr 12
Sessions are recorded and posted so that participants can review the material, or make-up a session they are not able to attend. Tuition: $525 per year for 10 sessions Registration: will begin August 1st, 2016. If you have questions about the course before enrolling, please contact us at email@example.com.
The Anthroposophic Society in New Zealand is holding their annual conference Oct 21-24 in Hastings New Zealand with its theme Meditation in Action: Finding the Will to Transform.The Keynote speakers are Ron Dunselman (founder National Anthroposophical Centre for Treatment of Drug and Alcohol Addicts (ARTA), Goetheanum Meditation Initiative Worldwide and author of In Place of Self, How Drugs Work) Emily Fletcher (founder and facilitator of Alamandria: Art of Meditation and Mindfulness) and Taherama Hollis (Rongoa Maori practitioner and healer).
With its mixture of keynote talks, workshops, artistic performances and forums, the conference promises to be a great opportunity to explore the manifold aspects of meditation and its practice. Everyone is warmly invited. The conference brochure is under the button below.
The AAMA is having its AGM on the weekend of Friday October 28-Sunday October 30 at the Sophia Mundi School, Abbotsford, Melbourne, VI. The weekend is entitled What is the Higher Purpose Of Anthroposohic Medicine And Why are We Drawn To It? The weekend will include presentations by Rob Gordon, Dr Simon Bednarek. Michael Kokinos and Ellen Sallows. Everyone with an interest in anthroposophic medicine and its therapies is warmly invited. Details and registrations: firstname.lastname@example.org
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