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Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy: Valued by many as the overall blueprint for spiritual survival in an over analytical-technologic age. What has risen out of Anthroposophic impulses still continues to bear success, such as in Waldorf education, Demeter agriculture, independent community banking. Rudolf Steiner founded Anthroposophic medicine in collaboration with Ita Wegman.

At the height of her time Ita Wegman lived in the heart of Europe, during one of the most exciting times of the modern age: the threshold to the 20th century: Inventions and technical innovations are profoundly changing the means of production. Wealth and prosperity grow, yet, not all benefit. The rigorous daily time beat of the machine age greatly increase and tax the individual’s physical strain. To counter this there arises the movement to reform life which brings together people searching for a “third way”. They meet in Vienna, Berlin, Prague, at places like Monte Verita , Dornach and Worpswede. Their themes and issues include life in the city, overbearing materialism, industrialization’s destruction of nature as well as finding utopian visions that could help find a safe and felicitous future for mankind. They aim by their means to bring about a renewal of humankind from within.

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One of those personalities who at the time contributed to the European spiritual scenario was Ita Wegnman, who was born 1876 of Dutch parents in Java. She became a very close colleague to Rudolf Steiner during the last three years of his life, and together they developed ways to broaden the art of healing. During the following years Ita Wegman brought about and supported the founding of clinics in Germany, Austria, Holland, Great Britain, France, Iceland and the US amongst others. The development and the fabrications, as well as the distribution of Anthroposophic remedies throughout Europe is still in large part due to her initiatives – one example being the Mistletoe therapy for cancer patients. Further emphasis of her work can be found in her inspiring collaboration with doctors, med-students, pharmacists, nurses, therapists, dietitians and other researchers in the field. She left behind what is probably the largest specialized medical correspondence. In the time after Rudolf Steiner’s death in 1925 many people lacked the words as to what Ita Wegman would still be able to accomplish. She spent her last years by the lake at the foot of Monte Verita in Ascona, a small town in the Ticino in Switzerland. This movie wants to show the story of this remarkable woman, contemporary still today, who was always able to renew herself, overcoming many hindrances and set-backs.