GOETHEAN STUDIES A new way of seeing
‘If we wish to arrive at a living perception of nature, we ourselves must remain as quick and flexible as nature and follow her example.’ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Goethe was an 18th century German poet, playwright, novelist and scientist. Rudolf Steiner saw in Goethe's work an expression of a dynamic, living form of thinking that would enhance our understanding and experience of nature. Goethe had cultivated ‘exact sensorial imagination’, a way of perceiving and thinking that removes the separateness associated with mainstream intellectual science. Steiner understood that only such clear observation, coupled with enlivened thinking, will reconnect our intellectual prowess with the wholeness of nature.
Through perceptual and artistic exercises, you will encounter Goethe's science of the wholeness of living things. This course is for those seeking a way to connect with the world that is both accurate and artistic. No scientific knowledge or artistic skill is necessary. Bring only a willingness to carefully explore a new way to see the world.
Mark Phillips is Coordinator of Teaching and Curriculum Development at the Perth Waldorf School and of the Primary Teacher Training programme. He has been exploring Goethean Studies for the past seven years, including attending residential intensives at the Nature Institute in New York State.
Anne Williams has worked with the Goethean approach to plant studies for many years. She combines imaginative pictures of the being of the plant with carefully observed drawings. She has taught this to adult education courses and to High School Botany classes at the Perth Waldorf School over a number of years.
4 Saturdays, 1-22 May, 9.30am-12.30pm
At the Perth Waldorf School, Bibra Lake
$300 / $270 concession including materials and morning tea
Closing date for bookings: 24 April 2021