Anthroposophic Approaches to Healing (formerly Anthroposophic Health Care)

Course Availability: Part Time

ENROLLING NOW for June or October start

This course is open to qualified nurses and other health care professionals who wish to develop and foster the art of caring and nursing - please see Entry Requirements for details.

About the course

This course offers a professional training in health care in which theory is grounded in practice and discovery through an interactive, hands-on approach. In so doing it aims to contribute to the discussion and exploration of current issues in health care and nursing as they are experienced both personally and professionally. It may be taken as a diploma, CPD or simply because you wish to extend, explore and deepen your connection to nursing and care. This programme in Anthroposophical approaches to Healing is certified by Crossfields Institute.

The approach is both integrative and holistic. It aims to support and encourage the development of a wide range of potential nursing gestures and skills as well as to challenge and extend conventional practice, contemporary thinking, mind-sets and skill-sets. Our methodology includes conceptual, observational, discursive, artistic, contemplative and practical work and networking, peer support and collaboration is encouraged.  


Introductory week choice of 2 dates:

12-16 June 2017 OR 16-20 October 2017

BOOK NOW - Accommodation and Meals for June OR Accommodation and Meals for October

The Foundation Year is made up of six 5-day modules, attendance to all weeks is required:

12-16 February 2018, 11-15 June 2018, 15-19 October 2018, 11-15 February 2019, 10-14 June 2019, 14-18 October 2019

Please contact Deborah Watts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information about the next cohort and to put your name on our waiting list.



Government reports, notably the ‘Francis Report’ (2013), social media and individual experience bear witness to the fact that, whether CEO, nurse, parent or patient, we are all facing profound questions in relation to what it means to care and be cared for today. The challenge to our own humanity is a matter which concerns us all. We all wish to become whole and find fulfilment. We can do this through connecting with compassion and care with our fellow human beings and to the world we live in. 






Themes, topics and practical training include: 

•Fundamental principles of health care

•An in-depth exploration of the human being as body, soul and spirit

•The role of warmth in human development, health and illness

•Biographical phases in human development

•An exploration of the meaning of illness and healing

•Discussions around spirituality and other current issues in nursing

•Personal and professional development

•Moral and ethical issues encountered in nursing practice

•Gentle therapeutic massage (Rhythmical Einreibung)

•The healing potential of medicinal plants and substances, their therapeutic uses and how to prepare and apply them compresses, herb teas, foot baths, therapeutic baths etc.

•Reflective practice, self-development,  to enhance self-knowledge, creative thinking and social  observation skills

•The cultivation of confidence and compassion in nursing

•Exploration of new perspectives in nursing and medical research

•Opportunity to share your experiences of nursing and caring


The overall aim is to meet the deep longing in nurses and carers to develop and cultivate the art which they love in order to better serve those who are ill and suffering. 


“I see this art every time I walk into an environment where a nurse is busy ‘creating’ the day for another person. They are busy using the light, space, sounds, words, movement and touch to deliver the message of care. And like true artists they are willing, indeed they see it as essential, to share their performance with others. ‘It is something to be able to paint a picture or to carve a statue and so to make a few objects beautiful. But it is far more glorious to carve and paint the atmosphere in which we work to affect the quality of the day … This is the highest of the arts.’”

Thoreau, cited by Donahue, 1985


Anthroposophic Health Care Education and Training

AHCET was founded in 2009 by a group of anthroposophic nurses in response to growing requests from students and their employers to develop courses which are would be recognised and quality assured by regulated awarding organisations. 

Course tutors

The main course tutors are Fiona Sim and Frances Tagg, both of whom are state Registered Nurses (RN) and Anthroposophic Nurse Specialists (ANS). "We developed this course as a response both to requests that came towards us and to our own attempts to grapple with some of the issues currently facing us in health care today."

Their approach, Anthroposophy, extends conventional learning to include an holistic, comprehensive and in-depth study. It is an integrative approach to caring and medicine which draws on research and indications given by of Ita Wegman MD and Dr. Rudolf Steiner. It is practised in both primary and secondary care settings across the world as well as being used in the home by many parents and lay practitioners. 


Course structure and dates

The course consists of a five day Introductory Module followed by a Foundation Course of six five-day modules run over two years. Advanced specialist modules will be available to those who successfully complete the Foundation course and who are registered nurses.


Please note that full attendance is required for the Diploma is to be awarded. The course runs from 09.00hrs on Monday morning to 18.00hrs on the Friday evening. This is so that sufficient hours are accrued to meet the accreditation requirements.


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Entry requirements

In order to follow the self-regulated qualification programme applicants must be Health Care Professionals who are registered with and regulated by a professional body where a level 4 qualification or above is held. Equivalences can be established at the discretion of the interviewers if provided with evidence of alternative qualifications or certificates.

Suitable professional backgrounds may include but are not limited to:

·         Nursing (general and specialities)

·         Midwifery

·         Physiotherapy, radiography, occupational therapy

·         CAHSC Registered therapists

·         Curative Education and Social Therapy

·         Complementary therapy

·         Medicine (Doctors)

·         Pharmacy

·         Psychological Therapies

·         Nutrition

For those who are not qualified or registered as a Health Care Professional but are interested in doing this course admission will be entirely at the discretion of the course directors. Students from this category will receive a Certificate of Attendance on completion of the course instead of the Self-Regulated Qualification. This will not qualify them to practice professionally as an anthroposophic health care professional.

Testimonials from previous courses:


“Without this course I would not feel the passion I now have for nursing. I only started calling myself a nurse again after doing it…” (A. H, Participant)


“The lost art of nursing has been visited today” (past participant)




*Crossfields Institute specialises in supporting holistic and integrative education practitioners to meet regulatory standards, whilst maintaining educational principles, practice, vision and values.