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Anthroposophy was founded by the philosopher and natural scientist Rudolf Steiner, together with like-minded colleagues. The research method has influenced other disciplines including education, architecture, art and medicine and its impact can still be witnessed every day at Weleda.
It's a worldwide research method, with European roots, that explores spirituality with science. It offers ways to better understand the laws of humans and how to act accordingly, giving formulas and suggested actions for various areas in life.
In contrast to the thinking of the day in academic and university circles,
Steiner used the word anthroposophy to refer to the investigation of the
spiritual realm through scientific and spiritual experience, and it was this to
which he devoted his work. Anthroposophy takes its starting point from exact
scientific thinking. The precise research methods that are otherwise limited to
the world of matter are then extended to the spiritual through science.
Anthroposophy can be described as follows: Humans understand the world
through their senses and the processes of their minds – the knowledge of these
findings is then called anthropology. Anthroposophy extended this approach to
spiritual level, because humans can also perceive their environment with
feelings and thoughts. Steiner called anthroposophy ‘the wisdom of man’, because
in Greek anthropos means man and sophia wisdom.
Steiner went on to found the General Anthroposophical Society in 1923, whose
mission remains to maintain a free cultural and intellectual life, and to
promote research into the spiritual realm. For the spiritual research the School
of Spiritual Science was established in Dornach, only a few kilometres away from
today’s Weleda headquarters in Arlesheim.
The architecturally remarkable home of the school is called the Goetheanum.
It’s a centre for anthroposophy – designed by Rudolf Steiner himself – which
includes two performance halls seating 1500, a gallery, lecture rooms, a
library, bookstore, and administrative spaces for the Anthroposophical Society.
Conferences on themes of general interest continue to take place here several
times a year.
The goal of anthroposophy is the development of the whole human being. Today
it has branches in many areas including education, architecture, art, medicine
and agriculture. At Steiner's instigation the Waldorf schools – also called
Steiner schools and kindergartens – anthroposophic medicine, natural body care
products and biodynamic farming emerged. All of these disciplines are still
integral to the Weleda of today.
Whether it be in the manufacturing of our medicinal products and natural
cosmetics, or in our dealings with partners, suppliers and employees, we always
see humans, society and nature as a holistic whole, bound together by the
relationship between our daily activities and nature.
She put theory into practice
A clear-sighted woman with a strong vision of reform in medical treatment.
Director of Weleda for 35 years
The initiator of the production of anthroposophic pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
A man with a vision
The spiritual and philosophical founder of Weleda.