Goethean Science

Course Availability: Part Time Short Courses and Workshops

“….Goethe’s way of science offers hope for lessening the modern alienation from nature that not only diminishes the beauty and joy of human life, but also fuels environmental irresponsibility and apathy.” 

Gordon L Miller in his Preface to  Goethe’s “Metamorphosis of Plants”


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1831) remains best known as a German poet, writer and statesman. He was passionately interested in science in the sense of coming to know the natural world on its own terms. His approach, which is accessible to all, is through the senses: engaging open, unbiased, inclusive observation. It is versatile and applicable, directly or indirectly, to nearly all fields of human inquiry and work. It enables informed, meaningful access, not through theories or explanations, but rather by enabling insight, guided by the senses, to align ever closer with the very nature of what is being studied.


Upcoming courses and workshops at Emerson College:

October 24th-27th (Tuesday 10.00 am to midday on Friday)

“Form and Harmony in Cosmos and Life” 

This is a three-and-a-half-day workshop led by Hartmut Warm, with Gregers Brinch, Daniel Docherty and Philip Kilner.

Accommodation and meals can be booked at Emerson College, as long as rooms are available.


Saturday Workshops

In November, Philip Kilner will lead four Saturday workshops, each 10.00 am to 4.30pm. Cost £30 per workshop, or £20 if booked by October 1stThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (concessions on application):

November 4th:           Goethean Science:
                                towards fluency in the ways of Nature

November 11th:          Fluidity and Life

November 18th:          Animals: microcosmic movers and players

November 25th:          The Living Instrument of our Human Form


A Goethean Science Symposium is planned from Monday November 20th to Friday November 24th. Suggested theme: “Re-cognising and re-presenting living processes and interrelations”. Those working and researching in Goethean Science, and those considering the Designing for Life course (below), are invited to take part:  exact times and content will be decided among participants. Areas of participatory inquiry can include themes of most interest to participants and may include any indicated by the Saturday morning titles (above). Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss or participate. 


To express an interest in, or book a place on, our 11 week "Designing for Life" programme  please click below: