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Human Being IV

Formerly The Inner Path in Curative Education
The Inner Path in Curative Education

34 hours independent study (variable - over several weeks).

Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA; Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixville, PA; Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT; Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, NH; instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.
October 2006 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Workshop Intensive
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: use exercises of the inner path and conceptual material developed by Rudolf Steiner; follow the phenomenological-diagnostic process deepened with the help of an anthroposophically extended understanding of the human being and social forms; develop an appreciation for the individual’s own wish to develop/evolve as a result of the insight; apply this process in one’s sphere of work; work out of the deeper biographical intentions of another person or situation.


The ability to meet individuals and their developmental challenges with a healing and harmonizing gesture requires more than just diagnostic knowledge and technical skill. The recognition that in order to help the individual with disabilities, the educator also needs to be on a path of inner growth is central to anthroposophical curative education. Curative educators therefore need to acquire tools for inner work, self-reflection, and self-education. The path from observation of symptoms to ideas and skills for healing actions requires a contemplative activity that needs to be practiced and cultivated. In this course (which begins at the end of third year and concludes in the fourth year), participants are introduced to a path of inner development for educational and social therapeutic processes. The course is built on the foundations of an anthroposophically extended understanding of the human being with regard to the interconnectedness of spirit, body, soul (see Human Being I and Human Being II). Participants deepen their exploration of archetypal constitutional, developmental behavior and biographical imbalances and their polarities (see Human Being III). Through the use of exemplary case studies, participants practice ways of finding ideas for harmonizing imbalances in human constitution and life situations.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 4 semester hours in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Case Study Methods in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Methods of Phenomenological Research, Methods of Diagnostic Assessment, Human Studies, Human Growth and Development, Complementary Medicine and Therapy, Philosophy Contemplative Practice and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience. NOTE: This course includes independent study to account for the number of recommended semester hours. (9/07) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation).