Goethean Science

Course Availability: Part Time Short Courses and Workshops

'If we want to attain a living understanding of nature, we must become as flexible and mobile as nature herself.' - Goethe

Goethean science was developed and practiced by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the German poet, writer and statesman (1749-1831)

It’s an approach that enables informed appreciation of the ways of nature and appropriate partnership with them – much needed in our time.

While analytical approaches proceed through ­theoretical explanations, measurements and analyses, Goethe’s science begins free, as far as possible, of preconceptions. It proceeds gently and receptively through repeated, accurate, inclusive observation towards informed, enlightening discovery. This is accessible to all, grounded in reality and potentially applicable within many fields of inquiry and work.

Its practice leads to meaningful appreciation and respectful, purposeful participation in our rapidly changing world.

We run a selection of Short Courses and Workshops designed to introduce relative newcomers and reinforce the practices of those already familiar with Goethean Science. They can also serve as introduction to and preparation for our 11-week full-time Designing for Life programme.

Our Short Courses are planned to enable you to:

  • Practice fresh, inclusive observation, free of preconceptions 
  • Become alert to new aspects of natural phenomena 
  • Creatively explore processes of fluidity and transformation
  • Adopt habits of noticing, questioning and exploring alternative possible points of view
  • Escape the tyranny of discontinuous, mechanistic scientific interpretation
  • Come to appreciate the synergies between art and science 
  • Recognise more fully and meaningfully the relations between plant, animal and human life


Goethean Science Short Courses:


Saturday Workshops - led by Philip Kilner

A series of four Saturday workshops, introducing Goethe’s approach to natural scientific discovery, combining receptive observation, questioning, creativity and hands-on engagement:

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

Times: Each workshop will run from 10.00 am to 4.30pm.
Cost: £30 per workshop

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Designing For Life (Full Time Course)

An Eleven Week Goethe-Inspired Course giving participantsʼ an opportunity for the renewal of perspectives & initiative through a shared journey of inquiry and creative discovery.

For more information click here to visit our Designing for Life course page or here to download the course flyer

Course Fee: including tuition and materials for the 11-week programme £2,500

Accomodation & Meals: The cost of accomodation and meals are NOT included in our course fee. To find out please click here for accomodation and meals prices.

Booking Information: To book a place on Designing For Life please apply for the course please fill out the application forms below:

       Application & Info 
       Medical Report 
       Reference Request

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