Full week and Introductory Weekend Options Available in 2018!
CNE available! See below...

Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing
April 21-28, 2018 in beautiful Chestnut Ridge, NY (30 minutes outside of New York City)
The course is designed to introduce the principles of nursing practice extended by anthroposophy that address Anthroposophic Foundations of Nursing Care, to include:

  • Nursing Process through the anthroposophic understanding of the human being as body, soul and spirit. To deepen knowledge and awareness of the concepts of: the four-fold (physical, etheric, soul and spirit); the three-fold (nerve sense, rhythmic and metabolic systems); the seven life processes; the importance of warmth; the four temperaments; and the cycles of growth and development throughout human life, including the physical as well as soul and spirit.
  • Spiritual Basis for Nursing Care through self-development and the Twelve Nursing Gestures (developing a therapeutic mood for self and client).
  • Spiritual Understanding of Health and Illness: working with balancing polarities through nursing care and promoting healing of body and soul.
  • Working with Botanicals: plant observation and practice of various therapeutic external applications with plant substances, to include compresses and rhythmic oil applications
The foundation training is held in one-week intensives, annually for three years. During these years, students desiring certification as an Anthroposophic Nurse are required to continue with self-study assignments and work with an experienced Anthroposophic Nurse mentor. 

To be eligible for Certification as an Anthroposophic Nurse the following requirements must be met:
  • Current license as a registered nurse
  • Attendance at the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing for three years.
  • Work with a mentor for two years.
  • Complete required papers, plant-study, nursing care reports and documentation of self-study.  
  • Satisfactory assessment of practical skills and knowledge conducted during the third year of training.

Registered nurses and others who seek  knowledge and self development, but are not interested in certification are also welcome to attend the week long courses, but will not be eligible for certification without complete compliance with self-study and course requirements.

The course is accredited by the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) in the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. IFAN represents national professional Anthroposophic Nursing Organizations worldwide.


For registered nurses attending the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing only:
This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Approved to award 31.5 CNE through 2/23/2020 AHNA approval #1321

Approval for contact hours through the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA) is based on an assessment of the educational merit of this program and does not constitute endorsement of the use of any specific modality in the care of clients.

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Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing - Presenters

Christoph von Dach, MSc. Pall. Care, DNP, RN worked 22 years as a nurse leader in an Anthroposophic hospital in Switzerland, the Lukas Klinik.  He is trained as an Anthroposophic Nurse Specialist and has taught Anthroposophic Nursing on both the Foundation and Specialist level since 2010.  He has years of experience working with healing plants based on plant observation.  He currently works as Head of Practice Development at Solothurner Spitaler AG in Switzerland.

Rolf Heine, RN, is Director of the Academy of Anthroposophic Nursing Professions at the Filderklinik (Anthroposophic Hospital in Germany). He is also a member of the German Council of Nursing (DPR), Coordinator of the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN), and President of the International Council of Anthroposophic Nursing Associations (ICANA).

Susan Moss, RN, ANS has been practicing nursing for over 30 years. Initially working as a hospital nurse, she then worked in hospice and home healthcare settings, which lead to several administrative leadership roles. Susan has worked with a physician in a homeopathic, anthroposophic practice in Akron, Ohio for the past five years. Susan has completed the training as an Anthroposophic Nurse Specialist, and an international training in classical homeopathy. She does committee work for the North American Anthroposophic Nurses Association. Susan has been active in the local Waldorf schools supporting anthroposophic medicine, nursing, and beginning anthroposophic-related study for parents.


Laurie Schmiesing, RN, MS, ANS, has been a nurse for over 30 years, with a master's degree as a Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has a private nursing practice supporting wellness in San Jose. She has studied Anthroposophic Nursing since 2009 and completed the Anthroposophic Nurse Specialist training in 2017. She presented at the 2017 Annual Holistic Nursing Conference and is co-director of the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing.

Anke Smeele, RN, BSN, ANS, RES is a Registered Nurse since 1979. She specialized in Pediatrics, Community Nursing and Home Care, and has lived and worked in Camphill communities since 1982. Anke has practiced Anthroposophic Nursing in the Netherlands, England, Switzerland, and the USA. Anke completed her training for Rhythmical Massage in the Hauschka Schule in Bad Boll, Germany, in 1984 with Irmgard Marbach. She graduated from the Birch Tree Center for Holistic Nursing in 2006, and is currently Board Certified in Holistic Nursing. Anke studied Anthroposophic Nursing in Clinic Arlesheim (Switzerland), and with Joan Smith (UK). She graduated as Specialist in Rhythmical Einreibungen under Edelgard Grosse-Brauchman and Fiona Sim. She is a Specialist in Anthroposophic Nursing (ANS), and Rhythmical Einreibungen (RES). Anke teaches Einreibungen in the Foundation course and Specialist training for Anthroposophic Nurses at the American IPMT. She also teaches Rhythmical Einreibungen in various US locations and in Canada. Anke is teaching in the Social Therapy Training in the Camphill Academy at Camphill Village Copake, USA Ltd. She is a founding and current Board Member of NAANA. She is chair for the Education Committee, creating opportunities for training and further development for those interested in Anthroposophic nursing. Anke has closely worked together with the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) in Dornach, Switzerland, in auditing several courses offered by NAANA, leading to accreditation of these courses.

Introductory Weekend Workshop - Foundations of Anthroposophic Nursing

April 21st – 22nd 2018 in Chestnut Ridge NY
Join us for a unique experience for nurses and caregivers new to the ideas of Anthroposophic Nursing who have interest, but are not ready or able to begin the week of training at this time. The workshop begins on Saturday with discussions and an experience of Anthroposophic nursing care. Participants are invited to stay for the opening evening of the week-long training and attend day one to find out more about Anthroposophic Nursing. 

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