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Camphill Movement: Education for Special Needs - Rudolf SteinerEducation for Special Needs
The Curative Education Course
12 lectures by Rudolf Steiner

Education for Special Needs - The Curative Education Course: In 1924, when attitudes to people with developmental difficulties were radically different from today, Rudolf Steiner gave this seminal course of lectures to a small group of teachers and doctors as a fundamental basis for their work with young children and adults who suffer under such conditions. Many decades later, the movement he inspired, which has come to be known as the Camphill Movement, has grown to world-wide proportions, with hundreds of homes around the world for both children and adults with special needs. Revolutionary in its outlook and methodology, the far-reaching perspectives of this course remain a living source of inspiration to those professionals in the field who are cultivating a spiritual approach to helping individuals with mental, emotional or physical handicaps.

Rudolf Steiner describes different polarities of illnesses and derives therapies from a comprehensive spiritual analysis of the many variations of the human condition. He considers individual cases in great detail and gives recommendations for therapeutic exercises and medical treatment. Throughout the course Rudolf Steiner also gives valuable advice for the development of the educator's own abilities.

This new edition features a revised translation, colour plates, and an index.

Rudolf Steiner Press
12 lectures, Dornach 25 June to 7 July 1924, GA317
256pp (15 colour plates), paperback
ISBN: 1 85584 042 1



Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) called his spiritual philosophy ‘anthroposophy’, which he defined as ‘the consciousness of one's humanity’. As a highly-trained initiate and clairvoyant he spoke from his direct cognition of the spiritual world. However, he did not see his work as religious or sectarian, but rather sought to found a universal ‘science of the spirit’.

His many published works (written books and lectures) - which include his research into the spiritual nature of the human being, the evolution of the world and humanity, and methods of personal development - invite readers to develop their own spiritual faculties. He also provided indications for the renewal of many human activities, including education - both general and special - agriculture, medicine, economics, architecture, science, philosophy, religion and the arts. He wrote some 30 books and delivered over 6000 lectures across Europe, and in 1924 founded the General Anthroposophical Society which today has branches throughout the world.



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