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Content and method


The course has been created to be self-managed by people who have formed their own "atelier". The reading material isn’t lengthy but many refreshing and radical perspectives are introduced.


To see a sample of work material from the three units Nature, Society and Self, click the button opposite.

No assessment tasks are involved and a high degree of self-discipline and self-motivation is necessary. The readings are the individual preparation for a meeting; the exercises can be carried out individually, then shared and developed in the meeting. Or, otherwise, the exercises can be worked on collaboratively.

The course co-ordinator is available to answer any questions by email and can link up with a group via Zoom at several key moments in the course if requested.


The course is intended to fit easily alongside activities which may include work and even other forms of study.


Time frame


Each of the units of this course is intended to be worked with over a minimum of ten weeks; the content allows for the gradual development of an imaginative way of understanding living form. Individual preparation doesn’t have to be carried out daily but with about 15-20 minutes every few days the course could be done well. 




Work on this course can be freely developed in your journal in any way that suits you. For example, it might include descriptive text, poetry or poetic prose and illustrations. For each theme there are three or four exercises which involve the practice of “exact imagination” and suggestions are made as to how this research can be written up. Genuine endeavour is the most important thing, not artistic skill. The journal is a private exploration although it can be shared within your group. 


Method of delivery

The work materials for the the course will be delivered to you by email when you have enrolled. The Nature unit will be sent first; when you have completed that please contact the co-ordinator to say whether you want to move to the Society or Self units. A contact person should be chosen to distribute the work material to the others. 


Working in a group


Although a single individual can do the course it is recommended that it is worked on in a group context The cost for a group is the same as for one person. Working as a group with Goethean observation and research is inherently community-building.

The water studies of the Goethean researcher Theodor Schwenk were influential in the development of chaos theory (see J. Gleick, Chaos: Making a New Science). 

Goethe, drawings of plants and animals

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