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The goal of our public relations work is to make our current activities and exemplary projects more visible. That’s why the people and initiatives that we support take center stage, both in our print publications and on our website. Lighthouse projects both large and small are given a special place.

Here, we provide short updates that reveal current happenings among our projects. In addition, we present in-depth reports and interviews that create a vivid picture of the initiatives that our foundation is privileged to enable and support.

To make this possible, our public relations team visits many of the projects together with the responsible project managers and gets to know the organizations and people on location.

We hope that these reports, in text and image, help to orient engaged individuals regarding possible support from the Software AG Foundation (SAGST) – and encourage them to tread new paths.

Putting the Individual first: Multimedia Coverage of Anthroposophic Medicine

Whether it is mistletoe therapy, curative eurythmy or the comprehensive, holistic view on disease and recovery – with its integrative orientation, antroposophic medicine these days occupies an established place in medical care. In 2020 it celebrates its centenary: In 1920, together with the doctor Ms. Ita Wegman, Rudolf Steiner made proposals concerning how the antroposophic view of man can extend and enrich traditional medicine.

On the occasion of the anniversary, and with the support of Software AG Foundation (SAGST), the independent citizens’ and patients’ association that promotes seeking active health, “GESUNDHEIT AKTIV”, has, alongside the special edition of its printed magazine, produced extensive multimedia coverage. Under the auspices of the Hamburg journalist Annette Bopp, people are interviewed there, who give an insight into their personal experience: “It was important for us to take patients’ experience as a starting point”, says Annette Bopp. “After all, anthroposophic medicine revolves around the individual, and relies on the physician, therapist and patient having a respectful and trusting attitude towards one another.” The role of the medical specialists consisted in assisting patients in personally actively taking part in the treatment and thereby becoming capable of taking their own decisions. “That is, in my view, the key competence, and also the immense potential of antroposophic medicine for the future”, comments the journalist.

Patient case histories as the focal point
The media coverage impressively proves what a difference it makes if people are involved in this way, and can make an active personal contribution towards the process of recovery. The focus is on the experience of the former Waldorf teacher Dieter Wittmann, who, 17 years ago, was confronted with sudden dramatically restricted cardiac function. From the perspective of traditional medicine, a heart transplant appeared to be urgently indicated. Wittmann, however, was not able to consider that option. “For me, the heart is not a pump, and my body is not a machine, the parts of which can simply be exchanged.”

Dieter Wittmann contacted a hospital known as the Paracelsus-Krankenhaus in Unterlengenhardt in the Northern Black Forest. The doctors and therapists there developed a course of treatment for him, which, besides the traditional medication used, integrated anthroposophic medication and various external applications, as well as manual treatments: embrocations and compresses, rhythmic massages, and also a type of kinesitherapy known as curative eurythmy. After many weeks he was stabilized to the extent that he could attend a rehabilitation center, and subsequently gradually return to his everyday life with a noticeably improved cardiac function. In the years that followed, Dieter Wittmann still experienced one or two, sometimes hefty, setbacks, however he followed his inner impetus and, with the help of antroposophic medicine, found a way for his condition to become stabilized again in all cases.

“Anthroposophic medicine works on the basis of the natural sciences, however also considers the mental, intellectual and social aspects of a person”, explains SAGST Director Peter Augustin. “Fates such as that of Dieter Wittmann, as well as the other three patient case histories included in the media coverage, show what a healing effect such a holistic approach can have. It is therefore with great pleasure that, with the multimedia coverage in the centenary year, we are able to build a communicative bridge, which illustrates the great potential of this type of medicine that has been pursuing an integrative approach since its very beginnings.”

Further information and insights into anthroposophic medicine are likewise available on the website of the umbrella association for anthroposophic medicine in Germany (DAMiD) “100 Jahre Zukunft” (100 years of pioneering for the sake of mankind), as well as the centenary edition of the printed magazine of “GESUNDHEIT AKTIV”.


Children under an umbrella in front of the Spielmobil

The “Rotzfreche Spielmobil,” a mobile play bus, is a Darmstadt tradition. For over 30 years, the red and yellow bus has been driving to public squares to invite four- to fourteen-year-olds to enjoy fun and exercise in the open air.


The new building of the Weidenhof, Hitzacker at its inauguration in December 2019

Peaceful, close to nature and far away from large cities. This is how the Weidenhof at Seerau near Hitzacker is best described. Located in the heart of the Wendland Region in Lower Saxony, the former farm provides autistic adults with a home for life. In 1983, the residential establishment became the first of its kind in Germany, being established by the “Irene Foundation”. With a total of three sites, it is today at once a place to both live and work for 41 people with autism.


Students from different countries of origin learn together

At the new international Campus di Monaco Montessori School, children and adolescents with and without experience of migration are learning together. Supported by its multi-professional teaching staff, they experience the enrichment of multilingualism and cultural diversity.


Picture from the vineyards

More and more wine growers are turning to natural growing methods to produce complex, highly expressive wines. Biodynamic winegrowing plays a particularly prominent role in this development, but the approach – which has proven successful in the vineyard and in the glass – still has its sceptics. A world-famous winegrowing school in the Rhine region has now carried out a long-term study that takes an important step towards gaining more recognition for this method, including from scientists.