In February the Weleda Charitable Trust in conjunction with the Australian Anthroposophic Medicine Association bring Dr Matthias Girke to Wellington to lead the medical/therapy conference on The Nature of Pain and its Therapeutic Challenge. The conference takes place at Victoria University’s Kelburn campus from Wednesday February 13 to Sunday February 17, 2019.

Along with being one of the founders and senior physicians at the anthroposophic hospital Havelhὂhe in Berlin, Matthias is the author of major textbooks on anthroposophic medicine in the specialty fields of Geriatrics and Internal Medicine (recently translated into English). Alongside his clinical responsibilities, Matthias is a member of the Executive Council and co-leader of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science alongside Dr Georg Soldner. We will also have Dr Robert Fitger consultant neurologist from Klinik Arlesheim as a faculty member. Robert has extensive experience with brain injury and rehabilitation and a specialty interest in diseases of the spine, back pain and the peripheral nerves.

The conference invites registered health/therapy professionals with an interest in the possibilities of anthroposophic medicine to attend. Through the expertise and experience of our faculty we hope to attract practitioners from the wider body of integrative health professionals unfamiliar with anthroposophic medicine.  Because of the outreach nature of the conference, we are also willing to cater for those only able to fit in a more limited sessional attendance. If you know of a health practitioner interested in finding out more or registering, please encourage them to contact Mary Green to work out an attendance plan tailored to their schedule:  More information is also available on the Weleda Trust’s Facebook page or through the Society’s website under Events.

The evening lectures which take place every evening at 7:30 pm are open to the public and everyone is very warmly invited to attend. The topic of the first evening’s talk is Therapeutic Accompaniment of Those Who are Dying. The following three nights will delve into The Dynamics of Healing, Self-Awareness, Self-development and the Inner Path, and Rudolf Steiner’s meditations for patients. The talks take place in Cotton Lecture Theatre 122 in the main classroom building running along Kelburn Parade behind Gate 8. The building is where the student hub and library are also located. Parking is available after 5:30 pm. The talks cost $25 per night.