Upcoming Events

    • 15 Oct 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 17 Oct 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Online via Zoom

    Saturn & Spleen – Guardians Of The Self
    October 15, 16, 17, 2021  *  On-Line Conference Jointly Hosted By
    The Rhythmical Massage Therapy Association of North America
    & The North American Anthroposophic Nurses Association (NAANA)

    James Dyson, MD  *  Alan Thewless  *  Karen Derreumaux

    This course is continuing education for graduates of an Anthroposophic Nurse Foundation Course or Rhythmical Einreibungen Foundation Course or Rhythmical Massage Therapy Training.

    Saturn is the most distant of the classical planet of our solar system.  It slow movement at the outermost boundary of the planetary spheres is an indication of its foundational influence in an individual human life.  Saturn is connected to the strength and stability of our bony structure as well as to the blood renewing forces of our inner most marrow.  Saturn’s influence also extends into the highly spiritual organ of the ego organization – the Spleen.  

    The Spleen’s dynamics in the body are entirely focused on establishing and maintaining the inner household through the blood and the digestive system.  Working via rhythmical signatures, the spleen navigates the transformation of self and non-self.  To that end karmic events, allergies, autoimmune illnesses and cancers are all fundamentally Saturn – Spleen illnesses.

    Alan Thewless will open the conference by introducing to the being of Saturn and illustrating this through the Grimm’s fairy tale of Faithful John.  Karen Derreumaux will introduce eurythmy gestures to support our connection with Saturn and our Spleen through movement.  On Saturday and Sunday, Dr. James Dyson will lead us through embryology, anatomy and physiology to understanding Spleen’s role in physical and soul health and illness. 

    You can access a PDF version of the course agenda here.

    Reading Resources Related To The Organs:

    A Grimm’s Fairy Tale that relates to the Spleen:  Faithful John

    “An Occult Physiology”, Rudolf Steiner, Ph.D,  Focus on Lectures given March 23, 1911 – March 24, 1911

    "Introducing Anthroposophical Medicine", Rudolf Steiner, Ph.D., Focus on Lectures given March 29, 1920 - April 1, 1920

    “Spiritual Relations in the Human Organism”, Rudolf Steiner, PhD, 3 Lectures given in Dornach, Oct 20, 22, 23, 1922, Mercury Press, Spring Valley, NY

    "The Healing Power of the Planetary Metals", Henning M. Schramm, Lindisfarne Books, Great Barrington, MA 2013

    “The Human Organs, Their Functional And Psychological Significance”,Walter Holtzapfel, MD, Lanthron Press, Callington, Cornwall, 1993
    “Nutrition from Earth & Cosmos”, Eighteen lectures and essays which consider the significance of nutrition within a spiritual context.  Karl König, MD, Floris Books, 2015.  Note:  This is a new translation of lectures given by KK on the 4 organs – these lectures were previously published in “Living Physiology”, by Camphill Books, 1999.

    “If the Organs Could Speak:  The Foundations of Physical and Mental Health, Understanding the Character of Our Inner Anatomy”, Olaf Koob, MD, Temple Lodge, 2018.

    “The Seven Planets”, Adam Bittleston, Floris Books, University Press, Oxford, 1985

    "Functional Morphology, The Dynamic Wholeness of the Human Organism", Johannes W. Rohen, Adonis Press, 2007

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    Course Tuition 

    $125. Tuition for members & $150 non-members; whether watching live or only viewing the recording after the conference. 

    Financial Assistance 

    Limited financial assistance is available upon written request.



    The main presentations will be recorded & available
    for viewing for 2 months after the conference.
    Breakout sessions will not be recorded. 

    Contact Course Coordinator: Elizabeth Sustick as needed.
    Sessions will be recorded!

    • 17 Feb 2022
    • (EST)
    • 22 Feb 2022
    • (EST)
    • Chestnut Ridge, NY

    Enlivening our Therapeutic Teaching: 
    a North American Teach the Teachers Course

    Cultivate the Teacher in You!
    This three-year course organized and sponsored by the Anthroposophic Health Association, for members of AHA member organizations, is dedicated to joining together professionals of all anthroposophic healing modalities to explore and discover how anthroposophic practices can be taught to professionals that are new learners of anthroposophy.

    It is clear that to expand the impulse of anthroposophic medicine and therapies we must be prepared to teach our future practitioners about anthroposophic tenets with learning modalities that are current and relevant.

    Please join us to explore questions such as: 

          How can you describe the threefold, fourfold, sevenfold, and twelvefold human being in relatable terms?

          How do we bring experiential learning into our training as a form of embodiment? For example, what are experiences to help bring the four elements alive? 

          How do you get everyone in a group setting to speak, contribute, and feel welcomed as an active participant?

          How do you move away from a lecture-heavy style of teaching towards more creative and interactive teaching methods?

          What are good introductory texts?

    We will meet February 17– 22, 2022 in Chestnut Ridge, NY for the first of three annual training courses. During this Thursday evening to Sunday noon meeting, we will focus on developing introductory language and experiences for new learners. 

    Using the seven life processes as a guide for our journey over the three years, we will begin by breathing, warming, and nourishing as well as the activities of thinking in year one. In year two we will focus on nourishing, secreting, and maintaining in practices of observation and assessment, cultivating feeling. Finally, in year three we will bring into our will the force of growing and reproducing by focusing on mentoring and supporting learners in independent clinical work.

    Who is this training for?

          We encourage each therapeutic organization to use this training to help identify and support your therapeutic teachers for the future. Who might be leading your training in 10 years?

          Those who want to facilitate the process of developing and implementing a training program, or facilitate the process of creatively enlivening an existing program. 

          Those who want to develop skills to evaluate a current training programs content and methodology. 

          Those who want to develop greater skills for teaching clients, patients, and community members about your therapeutic modality. 

    Join us in this unique course to call forth the future generations of anthroposophic healing practitioners! 

    Early registration: $425, $350 for those needing financial assistance

    Late registration (after Jan. 1, 2022): $475, $400 for those needing financial assistance

    NAANA gift money has been allocated to help fund our NAANA members participation - please send a letter of financial need to naanatraining@gmail.com

    Register here.

    NAANA gift money has been allocated to help fund our NAANA MEMBERS participation - please send a letter of financial need to 


    AHA Cancellation PoliParticipants' cancellation requests must be received in writing (emailed and received) before Feb. 1, 2022, for a full refund, less a $50.00 administrative fee. Cancellation requests received in writing before February 15th will receive a 50% refund, less a $50 administrative fee. Cancellation requests after February 15th will not be eligible for a refund, but another person may be substituted for an additional $50.00 administrative fee. Telephone cancellations cannot be honored. Email cancellations will be promptly acknowledged by return email.

    Until then, you cannot assume they have been received. 

Past events

1 Oct 2021 E-Newsletter - October 2020
21 Aug 2021 Spring/Summer 2021 Newsletter
14 Jul 2021 IFAN Newsletter - July, 2021
26 Jun 2021 Anthroposophic Nursing for Oncology & Palliative Care Focusing on Rhythmical Einreibungen & External Applications
15 Jun 2021 E-Newsletter - June 2021
7 May 2021 The Kidneys - Tension Regulators in Dynamic Relationships
9 Apr 2021 E-Newsletter - April 2021
18 Mar 2021 Anthroposophic Nursing Care Webinar
2 Mar 2021 Fall/Winter 2020 Newsletter
9 Feb 2021 E-Newsletter - February 2021
26 Jan 2021 Fostering Resilience: New Forces for the New Year
9 Dec 2020 E-Newsletter - December 2020
18 Oct 2020 Warmth as Healing Medicine
19 Feb 2020 Rhythmical Einreibungen Foundation Course Part 3
30 Oct 2019 Continuing Education for Graduates of NAANA Training Courses
24 Oct 2019 Specialist Course in Rhythmical Einreibungen Part 4
10 Oct 2019 Foundation Course in Rhythmical Einreibungen Part 2
27 Sep 2019 Rhythmical Einreibungen Foundation Course Parts 2A & 2B
20 Sep 2019 Foundation Course in Rhythmical Einreibung Parts 1A & 1B
3 Aug 2019 Foundation Course in Rhythmical Einreibung Part 1
20 Jun 2019 Colloquium CARE I
27 Apr 2019 2019 Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing
1 Mar 2019 RE Foundation Course Parts 1A & 1B
18 Feb 2019 Foundation Course in Rhythmical Einreibung Part 3
11 Feb 2019 Rhythmical Einreibungen Specialist Course Part 6
18 Oct 2018 Foundation Course in Rhythmical Einreibung Part 1
13 Sep 2018 Introduction to Anthroposophic Nursing
21 Apr 2018 Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing
21 Apr 2018 Introductory Weekend Workshop - Foundations of Anthroposophic Nursing
21 Feb 2018 Specialist Course in Rhythmical Einreibung (RES Part 5)
17 Feb 2018 Foundation Course in Rhythmical Einreibung (RE Part 2)
20 Jan 2018 Introductory One-Day Workshop in Foundations of Anthroposophic Nursing
11 Jan 2018 The Twelve Nursing Gestures: Conscious Nursing Care
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