Looking back after ten years - 2002-2012

by Peter Selg

This brochure documents the development of the Institute and sheds light on its field of research: the spiritual content and goals of Rudolf Steiner's life work and of the General Anthroposophical Society founded by him. It describes the work of the Institute between 2002 and 2012, the main focus of the Institute's research and teaching tasks, the structure of the Archives, the international association of friends of the Institute, and the 89 publications, approximately half of which are translated into foreign languages.

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Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Research into Anthroposophy

The Ita Wegman Institute conducts research into anthroposophical spiritual science as presented by Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) in the extensive body of his written work and lectures. This task is approached by studying the development of anthroposophy within the context of the scientific and social history of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The Institute is based in Arlesheim, Switzerland, in the wooden house that Rudolf Steiner had designed for his medical colleague Ita Wegman in 1924, and which was built in the garden of her Clinic. Ita Wegman, MD (1876-1943), was head of the Medical Section at the Goetheanum from 1924 to 1935. She founded a number of hospitals, curative education centers, and therapy centers, and was the central figure in anthroposophical medicine during the first half of the twentieth century.

The Institute maintains several archives that are open to the public, based on the estates of seminal anthroposophists in the fields of medicine, education, and curative education: The Ita Wegman Archives, Hilma Walter Archives, Willem Zeylmans van Emmichoven Archives, Karl Koenig Archives, and Karl Schubert Archives. In collaboration with the Rudolf Steiner Archives Dornach (the center for the documentation and publication of Rudolf Steiner’s scientific and artistic works), the Ita Wegman Institute publishes monographs that illustrate the scientific methodology and practical applications of anthroposophy in the various fields of life. The books produced by the Institute are generally published in German, but many titles are available in English, and some in French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Slovakian, Romanian, Czech, Hungarian, Norwegian, and Russian translation. The publishers SteinerBooks in Great Barrington, MA (USA) have for some years been in the process of publishing a comprehensive selection of the Institute’s monographs in English.

Professor Peter Selg, MD, is the director of the Institute. He teaches at the Alanus University for Arts and Social Sciences near Bonn and at the University of Witten-Herdecke (both in Germany), and gives public lectures.

The Ita Wegman Institute is a non-profit organization.

The Institute works together with the Independent School for Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum in Dornach and its various Sections, in particular the Medical Section, whose leader is Michaela Gloeckler, MD.

Public Lectures

For public lectures, please see the right column on the main page ("Vorträge von Peter Selg").

English Publications by Peter Selg

Translated Books

Rudolf Steiner, Life and Work. Volume 1 (1861–1890): Childhood, Youth, and Study Years.

Translated from the German: Rudolf Steiner 1861-1925. Lebens- und Werkgeschichte. Arlesheim 2012.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback/Hardcover), 320 pages
Paperback: 978-1-62148-082-2 | Hardcover: ISBN 978-1-62148-083-9
The Destiny of the Michael Community: Foundation Stone for the Future.

Translated from the German: Grundstein zur Zukunft. Vom Schicksal der Michael-Gemeinschaft. Stuttgart 2009.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 102 pages
ISBN 978-1-62148-068-6
The Lord's Prayer and Rudolf Steiner: A study of his insights into the archetypal prayer of Christianity.

Translated from the German: Das Vaterunser in der Darstellung Rudolf Steiners. Stuttgart 2009.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, UK
Book (Paperback), 128 pages
ISBN 9781782500513
Spiritual Resistance: Ita Wegman, 1933-1935

Translated from the German: Geistiger Widerstand und Überwindung. Ita Wegman 1933-1935. Dornach 2005.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 290 pages
ISBN 978-1-62148-065-5
The Last Three Years: Ita Wegman in Ascona, 1940-1943.

Translated from the German: Die letzten drei Jahre. Ita Wegman in Ascona 1940-1943. Dornach 2004.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 182 pages
ISBN 978-1-62148-051-8
Honoring Life: Medical Ethics and Physician-Assisted Suicide. A Consideration from an Anthroposophical Point of View.
(together with Sergei O. Prokofieff)

Translated from the German: Das Leben Schuetzen. Aerztliche Ethik und Suizidhilfe. Eine Betrachtung aus anthroposophischer Sicht. Dornach 2010.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 86 pages
ISBN 978-1-62148-053-2
From Gurs to Auschwitz: The Inner Journey of Maria Krehbiel-Darmstädter.

Translated from the German: Maria Krehbiel-Darmstädter. Von Gurs nach Auschwitz: Der innere Weg. Arlesheim 2010.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 376 pages
ISBN: 978-1-62148-042-6
Crisis in the Anthroposophical Society and Pathways to the Future
(together with Sergei O. Prokofieff)

Translated from the German: Peter Selg: Die Identität der Allgemeinen Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft. Arlesheim 2012 / Sergej O. Prokofieff: Wie stehen wir heute vor Rudolf Steiner? Arlesheim 2012.
Temple Lodge Publishing, England
Book (Paperback), 136 pages
ISBN 978-1-906999-43-8
Rudolf Steiner’s Foundation Stone Meditation and the Destruction of the Twentieth Century

Translated from the German: Die Grundstein-Meditation Rudolf Steiners und die Zerstörungen des 20. Jahrhunderts. Arlesheim 2011.
Temple Lodge Publishing, England
Book (Paperback), 88 pages
ISBN 978-1-906999-41-4
The Culture of Selflessness
Rudolf Steiner, The Fifth Gospel, and the Time of Extremes.

Translated from the German: Die Kultur der Selbstlosigkeit. Rudolf Steiner, das Fünfte Evangelium und das Zeitalter der Extreme
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 104 pages
ISBN 978-1-62148-011-2
I am for going ahead
Ita Wegman’s Work for the Social Ideals of Anthroposophy.

Translated from the German: „Ich bin für Fortschreiten“. Ita Wegman und die Medizinische Sektion
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 172 pages
ISBN 978-1-62148-002-0
Rudolf Steiner and the School for Spiritual Science
The Foundation of the “First Class”.

Translated from the German: Rudolf Steiner und die Freie Hochschule für Geisteswissenschaft. Die Begründung der Ersten Klasse
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 160 pages
ISBN 978-1-62148-018-1
Kaspar Hauser and Karl König.
Edited by Richard Steel and Peter Selg.

Translated from the German: Kaspar Hauser - Das Kind Europas. Stuttgart 2012.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, UK
June 2012
Book (Paperback), 168 pages
ISBN 9780863158797
The Mystery of the Heart
Studies in Spiritual Physiology: Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Rudolf Steiner

Translated from the German: Mysterium cordis
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 250 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-751-8
Rudolf Steiner and Christian Rosenkreutz

Translated from the German: Rudolf Steiner und Christian Rosenkreutz
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 172 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-660-3
The Creative Power of Anthroposophical Christology
An Outline of Occult Science – The first Goetheanum – The Fifth Gospel – The Christmas Conference.
(together with Sergej O. Prokofieff)

Translated from the German: Sergej O. Prokofieff / Peter Selg: Die Wiederkunft des Christus im Ätherischen, zum fünften Evangelium. Arlesheim 2009, Das erste Goetheanum und seine christologischen Grundlagen. Arlesheim 2009, Die Christologie des Buches "Die Geheimwissenschaft im Umriss." Arlesheim 2010, Die Weihnachtstagung und die Begründung der neuen Mysterien. Arlesheim 2011.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 336 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-733-4
Christ and the Disciples.
The Destiny of an Inner Community

Translated from the German: Christus und die Jünger. Vom Schicksal der inneren Gemeinschaft.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 160 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-745-7
I am Different from You.
How Children Experience Themselves and the World in the Middle of Childhood

Translated from the German: «Ich bin anders als Du». Vom Selbst und Welterleben des Kindes in der Mitte der Kindheit.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 120 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-658-0
Rudolf Steiner and the Fundamental Social Law
The Work of the Individual and the Spirit of Community

Translated from the German: Die Arbeit des Einzelnen und der Geist der Gemeinschaft. Rudolf Steiner und das «Soziale Hauptgesetz».
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 136 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-654-2
Rudolf Steiner’s Intentions for the Anthroposophical Society
The Executive Council, the School for Spiritual Science, and the Sections

Translated from the German: Der Vorstand, die Sektionen und die Gesellschaft. Welche Hochschule wollte Rudolf Steiner?
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 96 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-738-9
The Path of the Soul after Death
The Community of the Living and the Dead as Witnessed by Rudolf Steiner in his Eulogies and Farewell Addresses

Translated from the German: Rudolf Steiners Toten-Gedenken.
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 228 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-724-2
The Essence of Waldorf Education

Translated from the German: Der geistige Kern der Waldorfschule
SteinerBooks, USA
Book (Paperback), 128 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-646-7
Human Pre-existence and the Journey toward Birth

Translated from the German: Ungeborenheit. Die Präexistenz des Menschen und der Weg zur Geburt. 2009.
SteinerBooks, USA
June 2010
Book (Paperback), 88 pages
ISBN 978-0-88010-718-1
The Agriculture Course
Koberwitz, Whitsun 1924

Rudolf Steiner and the beginnings of biodynamics

Translated from the German: Koberwitz. Pfingsten 1924. 2009.
Temple Lodge Publishing, England
May 2010
Book (Paperback), 193 pages
ISBN 978-1-906999-08-7
Rudolf Steiner as a Spiritual Teacher
From Recollections of Those Who Knew Him.

Translated from the German: Rudolf Steiner – zur Gestalt eines geistigen Lehrers. 2007.
SteinerBooks, USA
January 2010
Book (Paperback), 104 pages
ISBN 978-0-880107-06-8
Rudolf Steiner and the Fifth Gospel
Insights into a New Understanding of the Christ Mystery.

Translated from the German: Rudolf Steiner und das Fünfte Evangelium. 2005.
SteinerBooks, USA
January 2010
Book (Paperback), 144 pages
ISBN 978-0-880107-07-5
The Child with Special Needs
Letters and Essays on Curative Education

Translated from the German: Das Seelenpflege-bedürftige Kind. Vom Wesen der Heilpädagogik.
Floris Books, Edinburgh, UK
Book (Paperback), 224 pages
ISBN 978-0-863156-93-9
The Figure of Christ
Rudolf Steiner and the spiritual intention behind the Goetheanum’s central work of art.

Translated from the German: Die Gestalt Christi. Rudolf Steiner und die geistige Intention des zentralen Goetheanum-Kunstwerkes. 2009.
Temple Lodge Publishing, England
March 2009
ISBN 978-1-906999-01-8
Ita Wegman and Karl König
Letters and Documents

Translated from the German: Ita Wegman und Karl König. Eine biographische Dokumentation. 2008.
Karl König Archive, Vol 3
Floris Books, Edinburgh, UK
January 2009
ISBN 978-0-8631566-1-8
Karl König’s Path into Anthroposophy
Reflections from his Diaries

Karl König Archive, Vol 2
Floris Books, Edinburgh, UK
September 2008
ISBN 978-0-8631562-9-8
Selg P (Ed):
Karl König: My Task
Autobiography and Biographies

Translated from the German: Karl König: Meine zukünftige Aufgabe. Autobiographische Aufzeichnungen und lebensgeschichtliche Zeugnisse. 2008.
Karl König Archive, Vol 1
Floris Books, Edinburgh, UK
September 2008
ISBN 978-0-8631562-8-1
The Therapeutic Eye
How Rudolf Steiner Observed Children

Translated from the German: Der therapeutische Blick. Rudolf Steiner sieht Kinder
SteinerBooks, USA
October 2008
Book (Paperback)
ISBN 978-0-8801059-4-1
A Grand Metamorphosis
Contribution to the Spiritual-Scientific Anthropology and Education of Adolescents

Translated from the German: Eine grandiose Metamorphose. Zur geisteswissenschaftlichen Anthropologie und Pädagogik des Jugendalters
SteinerBooks, USA
November 2008
Book (Paperback), 120 pages
ISBN 978-0-8801059-8-9
Seeing Christ in Sickness and Healing

Translated from the German: Krankheit und Christus-Erkenntnis. Anthroposophische Medizin als christliche Heilkunst
Floris Books, Edinburgh, UK
May 2005
Book (Paperback), 160 pages
ISBN 0-8631547-7-8


  • The Healings in the Gospel. Karl König, a Modern Healer. Two lectures. Journal of Curative Education and Social Therapy 2003; 3: 9-19.

Annual report

Ita Wegman Institute Annual Review 2007 (pdf)