Living lessons, Body, Soul & Mind

Bothmer gymnastics. Relict of a previous time or impulse for the future?

By Gudrun Rehberg, October 2021

In 1929, the first article on Bothmer gymnastics appeared in Erziehungskunst. In it, Count von Bothmer described the form of movement he had developed. In 1922, Rudolf Steiner asked the Count to join the staff of the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart as a gymnastics teacher. This was at a time when the principles of Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, the father of gymnastics, and the Prussian school gymnastics of Adolf Spiess still predominated, and the main focus was on physical training in the sense of training for military service. [more]

Waldorf worldwide, Body, Soul & Mind

Waldorf alumni. A form of school with developmental tasks

October 2021

The Corona crisis shows how important social contacts and community are – especially for adolescents. In the past months, they have clearly experienced the limits of digital learning in remote lessons and learned that an educational institution is more than just a place where knowledge is imparted and where pupils are prepared for entry into the world of work. But what exactly is school supposed to do? In the study We went to a Waldorf school (published by Beltz Juventa), former Waldorf pupils provided information about their time at school and its influence on their later life. In the following interview, co-editor Professor Dirk Randoll talks about surprising results, confirmed prejudices and the challenges for Waldorf schools in the future. [more]


An unconventional understanding of the human being

By Mathias Maurer, October 2021

Anthroposophists and friends of Waldorf are not infrequently ridiculed by the public, or indeed viewed by critics to be “pre-Enlightenment cranks” because of their worldview. Some critics say that parents, who have come to know and appreciate Waldorf education because they have experienced in their children and in themselves that it is simply beneficial, should be protected from anthroposophical indoctrination. [more]

Waldorf worldwide, Body, Soul & Mind

The first independent Waldorf school in Bucharest

By Liliana-Emilia Dumitriu, October 2021

In Romania it is not easy to found a non-state, independent school and to develop it in the spirit of Waldorf education. In 2012, the first private Waldorf school was founded in Romania: the Free Waldorf Lower School – Şcoala Primară Liberă Waldorf – an event that first showed itself as a tender shoot, because getting a real Waldorf school off the ground is a project for life. [more]


Wherever your journey takes you

By Mathias Maurer, September 2021

Holiday time – travel time. Some take their homes with them, others stay in standardised accommodation – only the scenery changes like the tropical wallpaper in the living room at home. And still others radically expose themselves to abroad, i.e. in the people they meet on the way or at the destination of their journey. [more]

Holidays & Travel

Iona sees you

By Renatus Derbidge, September 2021

The small island of Iona in the west of Scotland still lies in Europe and yet it is a completely different world. Although we can get almost anywhere quickly today, you still have to “journey” to Iona. [more]

Holidays & Travel

Travel lessons

By Bruno Sandkühler, September 2021

The War was over, four years of lockdown! No, no, in 1945, when people still spoke German and corona was only known from Latin lessons. But we were locked up for four years and I was fourteen and wanted to get out. For five years I had appeased my thirst for travel with bicycle tours but after graduating from school I ran out of patience. [more]

Holidays & Travel

Cuba – outward and inward

By Johannes F. Brakel, September 2021

“What a beautiful country! Last week we were in Varadero with its miles of white beach, raked clean and lined with coconut palms; with crystal clear, turquoise blue, warm water in which we had a wonderful swim – and everything was very calm and peaceful!” Mr Meyer and his wife from Paderborn are thrilled with their holiday in Cuba. [more]

Holidays & Travel

Are you a Muslim?

By Christine Gruwez, September 2021

No sooner had I arrived with my Iranian travel companion in the pilgrimage city of Mashad, in the very north-east of Iran on the border with Turkmenistan, than we were already on our way to the shrine. That was in 2001. [more]

Holidays & Travel

Two students in Egypt

By Bruno Sandkühler, September 2021

My friend Carl-Ernst brings a flyer: “Denizyolları, Turkish Maritime Lines – Barcelona-Genoa-Alexandria”. Deck passage with student discount 120 marks return. [more]

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