Rudolf Steiner set a new course for understanding the human psyche in a series of lectures in 1909, 1910, and 1911. He added insights to this framework here and there in many other of his five thousand lectures up to his death in 1925. His style was to give hints on a topic—and he did so about education (resulting in the Waldorf School movement, 1500 schools worldwide), agriculture (resulting in biodynamic agriculture, with thousands of acres re-enlivening soil and nutrition), movement (pedagogical, therapeutic and performance “eurythmy”: schools located in many countries), medicine. Professionals in each of these areas have developed Steiner’s hints further. For psychology, major contributions have come from Bernard Lievegood, Karl Koenig, Robert Sardello, Ad and Henreitte Dekkers, Dennis Klocek, James Dyson, William Bento, and others.
In 1997 William Bento, Ph.D., presented at the psychotherapy conference of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science in Dornach, Switzerland. From this initial connection with the international community, Dr. Bento became a founding member of the International Federation for Anthroposophic Psychotherapy Associations. He began to gather a faculty to teach anthroposophic psychology, initially a series of summer workshops, including the Psychosophy Circle, then a formal training originally envisioned as a master’s degree program. This diverse and committed faculty designed the present three-year (nine seminar) program, and has taken two cohorts of twenty students each through the first three-year programs. William Bento passed over the threshold in June 2015.
Alan Thewless was born in the North of England and through his childhood and youth developed a close kinship with the natural landscapes of Britain, especially its mountains. He studied Fine Art in Sheffield and Liverpool, and Education in Leicester. He studied Waldorf Education in London with Dr. Brian Masters and became a Waldorf teacher in 1984. Alan carries to the present day a deep involvement in education as a healing art. In 2002 he moved to the USA to study Therapeutic Education at Camphill Special School, Beaver Run and also to complete his studies in the Psychosophy Seminar with James Dyson, MD and William Bento, PhD. Alan is presently a faculty member of the Association for Anthroposophic Psychology.
Alan has been a student of Astrosophy for over 30 years and regularly writes and gives courses, lectures and personal consultations on this subject internationally. He also has a deep interest in the therapeutic properties of music and for many years he has been crafting new musical instruments for children and adults, available through Tir-anna Musical Instruments. For nearly 20 years Alan has been involved in the work of the Eckersley Shakespeare Trust, which is devoted to research into the numerical and geometrical structure of Shakespeare’s Plays since this background came to light through the work of the late Sylvia Eckersley. Alan lectures and gives workshops on this subject in England, USA and China and teaches curative education, Astrosophy, Waldorf Education and Anthroposphy in several areas of the world.
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and trained in Interior Design at the Mackintosh School of Art, Gillian has been active within the Camphill Movement for many years and completed the Eurythmy training in the Camphill Ringwood/Botton School.
In 1997, she joined Camphill Special Schools (a.k.a. “Beaver Run”) in Glenmoore, PA, where she is eurythmy teacher, therapist and mentor, and also a teacher of eurythmy and of esoteric studies in the Camphill Academy Training Course in Curative Education.
She is a member of the Pennsylvania Eurythmy Ensemble performance group.
Gillian has been engaged since 1997 with Psychosophy conferences, and later the Amthroposophic Psychology seminars, bringing eurythmy as an integral part of the coursework. She teaches eurythmy annually at the Summer School of the Philosophy Department of the University of Athens, Greece, and adds Taiwan and the Philippines to the places where she leads courses in Anthroposophy and aspects of eurythmy and education for developmental disabilities.
Starting in 2002, Gillian organizes and leads small groups in Odyssey Journeys to the sacred places of Greece, Egypt, Italy, Ireland and Scotland.
The founder of this initiative, crossed the threshold on June 5, 2015, just before his 64th birthday. He had created many different relationships with many clients as a psychologist, a mentor, and one who consulted the workings of the heavens (astrosophy — astro, star — Sophia, wisdom). In the late 1990’s, with James Dyson, he organized a series of seminars on the East coast on anthroposophic psychology. This became a four-year intensive, three seminars a year, with a committed group of people. It evolved into the Psychosophy Circle which continues to meet annually. At the same time, in Boulder, Colorado, he created working relationships with the StarFire Research Group, who applied intelligent astrology to individuals and world events. At the same time, he nurtured the development of psychology at Rudolf Steiner College, where he worked for several years.
He presented at an international congress on psychotherapy in Dornach, Switzerland, in 1997, creating links with the Dekkers. He was a founding member of IFAPA. He taught seminars in Brazil.
He wrote Lifting the Veil of Mental Illness, contributed to Signs in the Heavens: A Message for Our Time, contributed to The Counselor … As If Soul and Spirit Matter. Every year, many would await his Holy Nights Journal that tracked those important nights between December 24 and January 7, helping many find insights into the year past and the year to come. His final achievement was the establishment of the foundation of AAP, for which he gathered an excellent faculty who continue to offer this program in the United States. His legacy continues to inspire AAP.
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We are also moved by the teaching diagrams of Leonardo da Vinci:
and those by Agrippa von Nettesheim: