Training in Anthroposophic Medicine


Links to Academic and Anthroposophic Institutions


The programme is part of Emerson College.



The training is working in cooperative partnership with the University of Witten Herdecke, Department of Medical Theory, Integrative Medicine and Anthroposophic Medicine. Prof David Martin a member of our Faculty holds the Chair of this department.

The training is in an active partnership with and supported by, the Medical Section at the Goetheanum, Switzerland. Its Leader Dr Matthias Girke is also part of the Training’s Faculty. Formal validation of the Training by the Medical Section is currently being sought.

Aims of the Training

To begin work with patients with this wider framework of understanding and practice, the training in anthroposophic medicine aims to engender an understanding and an enthusiasm for this extended paradigm and a sufficiently strong relationship to therapeutic elements operating within the four levels.

In anthroposophic medicine the doctor is recognised as a potential facilitator of change. The doctor’s own self-knowledge and development can enhance this ability. Not only is an empathic relationship to the patient important but also an “empathic” experiential relationship to the medicinal substances and therapies. The training provides the opportunity to explore these themes.

Medicine making during substance phenomenology seminar

Medicine making during substance phenomenology seminar

Training in anthroposophic medicine may be pursued alongside conventional medical training or may follow it. The practice of anthroposophic medicine is restricted to fully registered medical practitioners.

Certification as an Anthroposophic Physician

This training aims to prepare participants for Certification as an Anthroposophic Physician according to Internationally agreed Training Standards (2017). This includes two years practical experience in an anthroposophic clinic or the participant’s own practice, working with a mentor and the submission of three case histories demonstrating the ability to understand the patients’ constitution and illness in anthroposophic terms and an appropriate use of medicines and therapies. A one hour oral examination is involved.

Observing crystallisation of a salt during substance phenomenology seminar

Observing crystallisation of a salt during substance phenomenology seminar

Elements of the Course:

  • A phenomenological Study of Nature and the Human Body
  • Illness and Therapy
  • Inner Development
  • Artistic Experience
  • Patient presentations
  •  Personal Experience of Art Therapy and Eurythmy Therapy