Young people around the world interested in or working with Anthroposophic Medicine want to find ways to deepen their understanding of this “medicine of the future”, which recognizes the physical, physiological, emotional, and spiritual aspects of health and sees the human being in relationship with the world in its widest sense. In order to support each other in our quest to learn about health, illness and healing we want to build a warm and colorful community which will keep adapting to the needs of the group.
In the spirit of Ita Wegman, who put great emphasis on the building and maintenance of interpersonal and interprofessional relationships, and who in a very pragmatic way made use of all available tools, we want to use our modern means of communication to help connect interested young people around the world with Anthroposophic Medicine and with each other. Through this website, regular newsletters and personal communication we hope to build bridges across countries, cultures and the various health professions.
Who was Ita Wegman ?
Ita Wegman, the co-founder of anthroposophic medicine, was a very charismatic and innovative woman. She was born in 1876 in West Java as the eldest child of a Dutch colonial family. Around the turn of the century, she started an apprenticeship in gymnastics and massage in Amsterdam, later continuing her studies in Berlin. There she attended lectures by Rudolf Steiner and became one of his personal students.
At the age of 29 she started studying medicine in Zürich, graduating in 1911. She subsequently worked as a doctor in various settings, until in 1921 she founded the first anthroposophic hospital: the Clinical-Therapeutic Institute in Arlesheim by Basel.
Together with Dr Steiner she wrote the seminal book „Fundamentals of Therapy – An Extension of the Art of Healing Through Spiritual Knowledge“, which intends to augment conventional medicine by going beyond a materialistic understanding of health and disease.
Over the years Ita became not only one of the most important co-workers of Dr Steiner, but also his closest friend. She founded several medical centres and therapeutic institutions, gave lectures in many countries and inspired people to work with anthroposophic medicine, until she passed away in 1943.
Throughout her life, Ita Wegman looked out for the needy and underprivileged, including mentally disabled children and refugees of World War II. She was dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration and offered unfaltering support to students and colleagues. Whilst unceasingly networking with people all over the world, she always tried to personally get to know those she encountered and worked with -- she was a visionary with a lot of common sense and a big heart.