UK Anthroposophy

April 22, 2009

Heir apparent supports Anthroposophy

We’re suckers for a royal story here in UK and so in a sad and desperate attempt at boosting blog visits here’s a right proper royal one for you.

HRH Prince Charles is admired by the Anthroposophy movement and the feeling is mutual – long circulating rumours of his support of biodynamics and Anthroposophical medicine can be shown to have substance.

HRH’s support of biodynamics is easily confirmed and, perhaps, even a bit old hat as news these days but anyway here’s some online proof for readers and further confirmation here (Edit Feb 2012: link is now defunct for some reason) but as yet the Anthroposophical medical connection can only be shown indirectly through one of HRH’s charities, the Foundation for Integrated Health, a CAM organisation (CAM being the common shorthand for complementary and alternative medicine). (Edit Feb 2012: since this post appeared the Foundation for Integrated Health has ceased to exist, reason being accountancy irregularities)

One of the Foundation’s trustees also sat as a trustee on the Crossfields Institute, an undoubtedly out and out Anthroposophical organisation (e.g. see here) Also, an Anthroposophical doctor, Dr Peter Gruenewald (aka Dr Peter Grünewald in former times) mentions here (edit January 2012: this is no longer mentioned on the website) that he is a GP Associate of the Foundation for Integrated Health. Dr Gruenewald was formerly a trustee of the Anthroposophical Association Limited, the workhorse of the UK’s national body for Anthroposophy, the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain. I’ll post more about Dr Gruenewald and Anthroposophical medicine at a later date but to finish this royal story off here’s a wonderful pic of Steiner and Annie Besant in full on regal or wannabe-Imperial pose. This picture portrait was taken at a time when Steiner was still a member of the Theosophical Society, Besant was then its leader.



  1. I twittered it 😉

    Yeah, I like that photo. Have you seen the photo of Dead Steiner on the Russian website? I would send a link, but I assume that I’ll be stuck in spam filter then.

    Comment by zooey — April 22, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

  2. Twitter. Ah, and I was thinking it was just because it was a royal story that the blog stats had spiked 🙂
    Yes I have a copy of the Dead Steiner photo but I’m not sure which site it came from, just send a few keywords of the website address if you like & I’ll pick up on it, spam shouldn’t filter that. Btw, a local Elvis impersonator uses the stage name ‘Dead Elvis’, screamingly funny bloke, does a good take on the ole King of Rock n Roll too.

    Comment by ukanthroposophy — April 23, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

  3. Why didn’t I think of that, I could’ve sent two consecutive messages that way it wouldn’t have been a problem in any case… Here it is:

    The Steiner death mask is the photo previous to the one linked (click arrow… well, yeah, that’s pretty easy, of course, understanding the rest of the site, somewhat trickier… though google translation sort of helps slightly (not much though–but maybe the english translation at least works better than the swedish…)

    Comment by zooey — April 24, 2009 @ 4:56 pm

  4. hi
    here in Australia we have two anthroposophists who have been granted OAMs (order of australia medal)for services to education by a committee within the governor general’s office. the more recent one went to Rosemary Gentle last year for beating off the critics and declaring in the national media that “we do not teach Anthroposophy in our schools”. Could the royal prince’s ideas be influencing decisions by the queen’s representatives here?

    Comment by gus — May 28, 2009 @ 1:27 am

  5. Prince Charles, influencing? He’s known as the meddling prince by some so, yes he is very possibly influencing decisions in OZ. I don’t know much of formal links between us and OZ or how decisions are made as to who gets the gongs you mention though.

    Comment by ukanthroposophy — May 28, 2009 @ 4:09 pm

  6. Here’s some more good stuff on the royal quack


    Comment by zooey — June 11, 2009 @ 7:43 pm

  7. Maybe we should start calling him Heir to the Gnome….

    Comment by Notahobbit — June 12, 2009 @ 8:44 am

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