Anthroposophic Medicine

Course Availability: Part Time

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This course started in Feb 2020 and is now in progress. Doctors will only be able to join the current course in exceptional circumstances.

Our next training is likely to begin in Autumn 2022.  If you would like to registar an interest in the course please fill out the form below and email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.:

This course is based at Emerson College, with individual modules at the University Hospital of Witten Herdecke, Havelhohe Hospital Berlin, Arlesheim Clinic and The Goetheanum Switzerland and Trigonos Centre North Wales.



The Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, Switzerland is working with the English Training in Anthroposophic Medicine, to offer a fundamental UK and internationally based training in anthroposophic medicine in English for  doctors and medical students World-wide.

The Training offers participants experience based learning processes that lead to an extended understanding of the human being, both in health and illness, and in their relationship to nature. It provides a deeper understanding of common medical conditions. The treatments introduced include anthroposophic medicines and their pharmaceutical production. In addition, the Training also introduces participants, to art therapy, eurythmy therapy, body therapies and nursing procedures through direct experience. These non medicial treatments can intensify therapeutic responses to illness. Biographical aspects and insights from psychotherapy and counselling are also considered in developing an understanding of disease processes. 

Equally importantly the ethical and spiritual development of the physician, including fundamental spiritual exercises and meditative practices that can aid such development, are introduced.

Ideal for physicians looking to:

  • Develop new ways of observing and researching, nature, medicinal plants, human anatomy and physiology
  • Experience meeting patients and develop new understanding that encompasses their body, soul and spirit
  • Explore Spiritual Practices and Meditative Work that can support the ethical and spiritual development of the Physician
  • Experience of Art Therapy, Eurythmy Therapy, Rhythmical Massage and other Body Therapies.


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Many patients as well as physicians are in search of an integrative approach tomedicine that embraces the whole person, in their mental and spiritual being as well as in bodily aspects. To this end, anthroposophic medicine was founded in 1920 by Dr. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. med. Ita Wegman. Today this School of Medicine is alive in practices, therapeutic centres and anthroposophic hospitals throughout the world. It is taught in international training courses and is researched* in university departments with associated professorial chairs.



The Training is designed as nine, one-week modules with additional written projects. There are mentored self-study and distant learning opportunities between the modules, with additional distance mentoring for participants’ own medical work. The written work includes several essays based on themes of the training. In addition, three written case histories are required, in order to gain International Certification as an Anthroposophic Physician.

Most modules take place at Emerson College, England, situated fifteen miles by road from London’s International Gatwick Airport. Located in an area of natural beauty, with immediate walking access to an organic medicinal herb garden and biodynamic horticulture and farm. This internationally renowned College and research centre also provides on-site residential accommodation for course participants.

In addition, three modules take place in specialist departments within anthroposophical hospitals in Germany and Switzerland and at the Goetheanum. These include the University Hospital of Witten / Herdecke, Havelhohe Hospital in Berlin and Clinic Arlesheim in Switzerland founded by Dr Ita Wegman. The two anthroposophic German hospitals have all the specialities associated with University and General Hospitals and many of the specialist clinicians will be involved in teaching these modules. In the final year one, module is planned at the Goetheanum, Switzerland, the World Centre for Anthroposophy and the Medical Section of the School for Spiritual Science.

The final module is planned to take place at Trigonos, Snowdonia, North Wales. This is close to Penmeanmawr, a druid stone circle where Dr Ita Wegman had conversations with Rudolf Steiner, which were seminal to the development of Anthroposophic Medine and the General Anthroposophical Society.


Programme Updates - For current participants*

*Please find below (highlighted in orange) updated programme information for current participants.  Underneath each of the revised modules current participants will find booking links for accommodation for that module.

Emerson College 17-20 May 2021* hybrid (face to face and online) 
We are hoping to run this module as a hybrid (face to face and online) so we can all be present at the same time.
Topics: Cancer & Mistletoe Treatment; Medicinal Plants


Emerson College 26-30 June 2021* hybrid (face to face and online)
Start 2.30 on the 26 – Ends at 12.30 on the 30th
Topics: Medicinal Plants study and clinical topics


Emerson College 17-22 August - Extra Module* (hopefully face to face)
Start 2.30 on the 17 – Ends at 12.30 on the 22nd
Topics: Medicinal Plants study and clinical topics


Havelhohe Hospital Berlin 17-23 October 2021
Cancer II and Palliative care (Dr. Matthias Girke), Cardiology: Heart failure, Coronary heart disease, Hypertension (Dr.Matthias Girke) Pneumology: COPD, asthma, Gastroenterology External Treatments, Meeting Patients

Klinik Arlesheim & Goetheanum Switzerland with Dr Matthias Girke 13-19 March 2022
Rheumatology, Endochrinology. Diabetology; Klinic Arlesheim, Weleda AG, Ita Wegman Institute, School of Spiritual Science & Medical Section

Trigonos Centre, North Wales 15-21 May 2022
Medicinal Plant Study, Allergy & Autoimune Disease; Celtic Spirituality and Medicine, Ita Wegman & Rudolf Steiner in the British Iles,



Participants successfully completing this Training Programme, including associated mentored medical work, will meet the Medical Section’s International Criteria for Certification as an Anthroposophic Physician.


For queries about the course itself, you are welcome to correspond with the Course Leader Dr Michael Evans at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  arrange a telephone or SKYPE call. Mobile and texts 0044 7768497560 


The training is formally an Emerson College Course. Potential participants need to apply to and pay Emerson College. Doctors and medical students can apply to register for the training by completing the application form obtainable from the academic registrar at Emerson College This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to whom it should be returned when completed. The academic administrator, Chiara Carones can help those needing to apply for visas with the necessary letters.


A deposit of £500 is required to be paid to Emerson College within 2 weeks of receiving a letter of acceptance. The remainder of the full course fees of £6300 is required before commencing the training. In case of need, arrangements for spreading payment can be discussed with the registrar at Emerson. Concessions for the course fees should be available for medical students.

Arrangements and payment for board and lodgings at Emerson College should be made separately on the website under the date of the start date of the module concerned.

Residential options for board and lodging at Emerson:

Single room with arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday plus all meals from supper on Sunday to lunch on Saturday ________£402.00*

Camping camper/van with arrival on Sunday and departure on Saturday plus all meals from supper on Sunday to lunch on Saturday________£240.00*

Meals only - supper on Sunday plus lunches from Monday to Saturday________£94.00*

Early arrival: Single room with arrival on Saturday and includes breakfast on Sunday________£45.00*

*Prices are reviewed annually and may be updated from Sept 2020.



For further details see the following websites and

*Information on Research in Anthroposophic Medicine see:



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