Kolisko Conference Malaysia focuses on individual and community well-being


  • Wellness
  • Sunday, 24 May 2015

Nurse Rolf Heine will conduct a workshop on ageing issues. - Photo: Anthroposophy Healthy Community Malaysia

It might be too late to learn certain things in life, but you can still equip yourself with knowledge and share it with others.

Gain some insights from experts on how to enhance your individual health and community well being at the 2015 Kolisko Conference Malaysia, to be held at MAEPS, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, from May 28-31.

Themed “Achieve Individual Health And Community Well-being”, the focus is on anthroposophic medicine.

Anthroposophy, a combination of anthropology and philosophy, is a system of beliefs and practices based on the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, the brains behind the Waldorf education method.

Often called the “Renaissance man”, 19th century philosopher Steiner developed a way of thinking that he applied to different aspects of what it means to be human.

Story time is a significant part of the Waldorf curriculum. Waldorf teachers tell their stories from memory so that the spoken word, spiced with rhymes and songs, can captivate the children, and help expand their vocabulary and attention spans.
Story time is a significant part of the Waldorf curriculum. Waldorf teachers tell their stories from memory so that the spoken word, spiced with rhymes and songs, can captivate the children, and help expand their vocabulary and attention spans.

Over a period of 40 years, he formulated and taught a path of inner development or spiritual research called anthroposophy.

His method integrates the practical and psychological in child-centred education and strives to transform education into an art that educates the whole child – the heart, the hands and the head.

From what he learned, Steiner gave practical indications for nearly every field of human endeavour – art, architecture, drama, science, education, agriculture, medicine, economics, religion, care of the dying, relationships, social organisation – there is almost no field he did not address.

Some of these fields will be explored deeper at the upcoming Kolisko conference, being held for the first time in South-East Asia.

Organised by the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science Gotheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, and the Anthroposophy Healthy Community Malaysia, the four-day event is expected to attract 1,000 participants comprising doctors, parents, educators, entrepreneurs, nutritionists and organic farmers.

Our intention is to publicise anthroposophy and how the Waldorf education method can be introduced into mainstream schools,
"Our intention is to publicise anthroposophy and how the Waldorf education method can be introduced into mainstream schools," says Callie Tai. Photo: ART CHEN/The Star

“Kolisko is all about how education affects the later part of the child’s life and how it can help a child grow into a holistic human being. Our intention is to publicise anthroposophy and how the Waldorf education method can be introduced into mainstream schools,” says Callie Tai, one of the members of the organising committee

Initially, five mothers, including Tai, attended similar conferences overseas. They then decided to organise one in Malaysia. They saw how anthroposophy benefited their children and knew they had to share their experiences.

“The conference is like an adult Waldorf school. For example, we start the day with singing. We learn rhythm as well as practise ways to expand your lungs and improve your circulatory system. It’s a chance to relive your childhood!” she adds.

The biennial conference has been held in many parts of the world since 1989, and was inspired by the late Dr Eugene Kolisko, an Austrian physician who specialised in preventive medicine.

There will be 23 international speakers, many with over 20 years of experience in their respective fields, facilitating the event. All the speakers will be here on a voluntary basis, with the aim to share their knowledge through discussions and workshops.

Workshops held during the conference will include medical health, allergies, pedagogy, biodynamics, artistic experience, personal development through biography and elderly care.

Participants will be able to choose 10 parallel studies and conversation workshops as well as 17 parallel art and practices workshops.

Dr Michaela Glockler, the head of the medical section of the school in Dornach, will be leading the main lectures.

Among the workshop highlights is the Geotheanistic Observation Exercises where participants will look at trees, plants, flowers, roots or any object of nature and discover its secrets.

Facilitator Stefan Langhammer will provide guidance on how to arrive at a deeper understanding of the object’s characteristics, and how this can aid in individual and community development.

Nurse Rolf Heine will conduct a workshop on ageing issues. - Photo: Anthroposophy Healthy Community Malaysia
Nurse Rolf Heine will conduct a workshop on ageing issues. - Photo: Anthroposophy Healthy Community Malaysia

Nurse Rolf Heine will conduct a workshop on Elder Works And Care In Our Time. He addresses how we can support and find communities where the elderly can have a meaningful life. With birth control, one-child policy, high standard of living and education, work culture and the decrease in the number of children per household, the balance between the young and elder generation has been disturbed. Heine talks about how we can prepare for our own ageing.

Since it’s well established that music and language are powerful sources of soul expression, Lai Hsin-Shih will share her experiences in Artistic Eurythmy As A Way Of Healing. Eurythmy is a system of harmonious body movements made to the rhythm of spoken words. Through gestures, participants will learn how to live in the present, which is one of the pathways to healing.


For more details and online registration, please visit www.ahcm.org.my

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