Content and method


The course has been structured as a form of part-time distance education. 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:

No assessment tasks are involved and, like all internet based courses, a high degree of self-discipline and self-motivation is necessary. The exercises are the key to the research for this is how imaginative understanding is developed.


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. The course doesn’t have to be worked on every day but in about 15-20 minutes per day it could be done well, depending on the overall timeframe you set yourself for completing it. It could also be undertaken just in the context of group meetings. In this kind of self-directed study continuity and rhythm are important.




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 excellence. The journal is a private exploration; it is not going to be "corrected". 


Method of delivery

The work materials for the whole course will be delivered to you by email when you have enrolled. With groups 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, even with just one other. If meetings are not possible then dialogue between members of a group could take place by email. The cost for a group is the same as for one person.  

Role of course coordinator


The course coordinator can be contacted by email for assistance if difficulties arise and in relation to any other matters concerning the progress of the study.

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