Reading List:

 

Anthroposophy:

Anthroposophy in Everyday Life. Four Lectures by Rudolf Steiner.

With its many practical exercises, mantras, and meditations, this book is a fundamental introduction for anyone beginning or needing encouragement along the path of inner development.

Core Anthroposophy: Teaching Essays of Ernst Katz. By Ernst Katz

Core Anthroposophy makes available Dr. Katz’s carefully constructed teaching essays. It offers present and future students of Anthroposophy with a valuable and accessible resource for better understanding the esoteric teachings of Rudolf Steiner.

What is Anthroposophy? By Rudolf Steiner (more advanced students)

This is one of those books that can change your life. Radical, thought-provoking, and indeed mind-boggling, it leads to a completely new way of looking at what it means to be human - a spiritual being in a universe that itself is not just physical, but psychic and spiritual as well.

The five basic books: Outline of Esoteric Science, Theosophy, How to Know Higher Worlds, Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path, Christianity as Mystical fact.

 

Biography

Phases: The Spiritual Rhythms in Adult Life. By Bernard Lievegoed.
Phases describes the various periods of human life—adolescence, the twenties, the thirties, the forties, and on into old age—looking at the inner qualities and challenges that come with each stage.

Taking Charge: Your Life Patterns and Their Meaning. By Gudrun Burkhard
The book outlines the principles of development underlying a person's life and discusses the methodology of the author's programs presenting a number of ways in which individuals can work on their own life-stories.

 

Cancer Therapy:

Anthroposophic Medicine and Therapies for Cancer, Edited by Hans-Richard Heiligtag

In this book you will become acquainted with the therapeutic approach of the anthroposophically oriented Lukas Clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland, which has placed its emphasis on mistletoe therapy, also incorporating the proven healing methods of conventional medicine. Y ou will  also find information on how nursing, physical therapy, diet, and artistic therapies can support cancer treatment.

Diet and Cancer: An Anthroposophical Contribution to Cancer Prevention. By Udo Renzenbrink
Renzenbrink explains the nature of the various food groups and their relationship to the four-fold nature of the human being, showing how cancer can be fought on the physical, etheric, and astral levels as well as on that of the ego. His discussion of food preparation, rhythm in metabolism, and the list of addresses for information about biodynamic produce makes this an indispensable book for anyone serious about holistic nutrition.

Iscador: Mistletoe and Cancer Therapy, by Sophia Christine Murphy

In this book, Christine Murphy gathers together some of the work of doctors and clinicians who have been using Iscador today. You will find here answers to many patient questions about Iscador, and an overview of terms, procedures, and different approaches to cancer.

 

Death and Dying:

Though You Die: Death and Life Beyond Death. By Stanley Drake

Stanley Drake, who was a Christian Community priest in England, has brought together a large amount of evidence in this thought-provoking book about death and life beyond death.

Staying Connected: How to Continue Your Relationships with Those Who Have Died. By Rudolf Steiner.

This important volume will help those who want to deepen their relationships to the living, to those who have died, or to the spiritual world itself.

Living with the Dead. By Rudolf Steiner

In this collection of meditations for maintaining a connection to those who have died, Rudolf Steiner offers hope and consolation to the bereaved. He offers words of wisdom on death and its deeper, spiritual meaning, and then provides verses that stress the continued links between the living and the dead.

 

Medicine:

Anthroposophic Medicine and Its Remedies. by Otto Wolff, M.D.
This booklet offers a clear introduction to anthroposophic medicine in response to commonly asked questions on the subject. It includes a basic discussion of illness and healing, an historical view of remedies, and a description of the new anthroposophic methods of preparing remedies.

Complete Healing: Regaining Your Health through Anthroposophical Medicine, By Michael Evans, Iain Rodger.

This book describes how Anthroposophical medicine adds the dimension of spiritual science to conventional, allopathic medicine to provide therapies for the whole human being.

The Fourfold Path to Healing: Working with the Laws of Nutrition, Therapeutics, Movement, and Meditation in the Art of Medicine. By Tom Cowan, MD

This book is a unique, comprehensive view of medicine, a holistic approach to healing that integrates the four aspects of our bodies: the Physical, the Life Force, the Emotional, and the Mental.

Home Nursing for Carers, By Tineke van Bentheim

Here is a comprehensive guide for holistic home care, especially for those nursing children and adults through an illness.

Home Remedies. By Otto Wolf

Home Remedies is a book you will turn to for practical advice on how to deal with health problems by using natural methods. In direct language, it describes herbal and homeopathic remedies and shows how they can be used in your home.

Practical Home Care Medicine: A Natural Approach. Edited by Sophia Christine Murphy
Practical Home Care Medicine offers a wealth of practical information, many drawn from the anthroposophic approach to medicine, tinctures, teas, and ointments, along with helpful information on their preparation and uses.

 

Parenting:

Guide to Child Health. By Michaela Glockler and Wolfgang Goebel.

The authors outline the connection between education and healing and discuss its implications for the raising healthy children. Medical, educational, and spiritual questions often overlap, and, when looking for the significance of any illness, it is necessary to study a child as a whole being of body, soul, and spirit.

Lifeways: Working with Family Questions. Edited by Gudrun Davy, Bons Voors

Lifeways is about children, about family life, and about being a parent. But most of all it is about freedom—and how the tension between personal fulfillment and family life may be resolved. Here is a valuable resource for parents and kindergarten teachers and playgroup leaders, as well as for women's support groups.

Phases of Childhood: Growing in Body, Soul and Spirit. By Bernard Lievegoed

Drawing on the educational ideas and philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, Goethe, and Schiller, the author describes the three main stages of child development and the genetic and biographical potential revealed at each stage. This is the essential, classic resource for all parents, teachers, and care givers.

You Are Your Child's First Teacher: What Parents Can Do with and for Their Children from Birth to Age Six. By Rahima Baldwin Dancy

This is an extraordinary work for parents who want to develop truly intelligent children and, in the process, unlock new levels of their own intelligence and spirit.

 

Waldorf Education:

The Essence of Waldorf Education. By Peter Selg

In this passionate, inspiring, and moving book, Peter Selg, speaks from a deep knowledge of Anthroposophy and from his extensive experience as a child psychiatrist. From this view, Waldorf education is future-oriented, based on a holistic worldview and cosmology that is humanistic, scientific, and spiritual, and develops through a curriculum and a teacher-student relationship based on love.

Soul Economy: Body, Soul, and Spirit in Waldorf Education. By Rudolf Steiner (more advanced student)

Steiner shows how Waldorf education emphasizes the efficient use of children’s inner energies and how children can be nurtured through their natural stages of development by giving them just what they need at the right time. These lectures give parents and teachers the keys to a much-needed renewal of education for our children and their future.

Waldorf Education: Rudolf Steiner’s Ideas in Practice. By Charles Kovacs & Christopher Clouder

This is an essential introduction to the practice of Rudolf Steiner's ideas in education. It is an ideal gift for parents who are exploring alternative methods of education for their children.

The Way of the Child. By A. C. Harwood.

This is a new edition of one of the most popular introductions to child development and Waldorf education. Chapters include "The Heart of Childhood," "Life Forces and Death Forces," "The Birth of the Ego," and "The Form of a School."

What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten? By Sharifa Oppenheimer and Joan Almond.
The authors featured in What Is a Waldorf Kindergarten? describe from experience the numerous aspects of the "Steiner school" approach to early childhood education. Readers will learn what lies behind the Waldorf kindergarten methods and the practical ways in which it is applied by teachers in the classroom.

 

Nutrition:

The Health Center Cookbook, The Rudolf Steiner Health Center. A vegetarian book created from recipes of long time patients and staff.

The Demeter Cookbook: Recipes Based on Biodynamic Ingredients from the Kitchen of the Lukas Klinik. By Hermann Spindler

This “official” Demeter Cookbook presents more than 200 recipes developed and collected by the Swiss head chef of the Lukas Klinik.

Nutrition: A Holistic Approach. By Rudolf Hauschka.
This classic work, reprinted in its original form, is the result of Dr Hauschka’s many years’ research at the Ita Wegman Clinic in Arlesheim, Switzerland.

Nourishing Traditions. By Sally Fallon

This well-researched, thought-provoking guide to traditional foods contains a startling message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels.