His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales lives in Gloucestershire and appears to support anthroposophy. From biodynamics to anthroposophical medicine he has links to various organisations based on the Steiner belief system.
There’s not much to do except provide the links and information for anyone who doubts that anthoposophy (based on a racist theory of reincarnation with “Aryan” as the goal) has friends in High Places. Given his propensity for writing letters to parliament I wonder whether he has written in support of the Free School bid – it would explain why the application is receiving attention in the face of substantial evidence against it.
Read on for the nitty gritty.
This is from the end of year report from The General Anthroposophical Society; Anthroposophy Worldwide 2006 in an article about the Society in great Britain (page 8)
“Prince Charles and Biodynamics
Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, has adopted some biodynamic principles at his country home. He has been a wonder- ful supporter of many cultural initiatives which one would recognize as inspired by Michael. “
In 2010 the Youth Section of the Goetheanum Newsletter reported on Emerson College;
“All the first year students have now gone on placement, to various farms, from Prince Charles’ Duchy Home Farm to farms in Scotland, Norway, Italy and even Nepal!”
The link has gone for this one, but the NNA News Network Anthroposophy reported the following;
“LONDON (NNA) – The Prince of Wales has begun adopting some biodynamic farming practices on his Duchy Home Farm close to his Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire. The farm, which is already run on organic principles, has started planting some vegetables in accordance with biodynamic principles.”
“Biodynamics has a lot going for it,” David Wilson, who manages the Dutchy Home Farm, told the Sunday Times newspaper last week. “We are beginning to use some of the principles to decide when we plant some vegetables. If the moon is waxing we plant some seed species and if the moon is waning, others.
“There is no doubt that if we plant certain seeds at the right phase of the moon they grow quicker and produce more vigorous plants,” he added
There have been courses in Biodynamics at Duchy Home Farm;
Laurens van der Post was a mentor and close friend of Prince Charles, and Godfather to Prince William. Variously described as a “seer” and a fraud, he wrote about Rudolf Steiner as “creative, lucid and valid”. He visited the Goetheanum in Dornach.
Prince Charles ran a charity, the Foundation for Integrated Health which was controversial and closed in 2010 after allegations of fraud and money laundering led to the arrest of a former official.
One of the trustees is also a trustee on the Crossfields Institute, a local Anthroposophical organisation: http://www.crossfieldsinstitute.com/text/MemandArts.pdf (page 10)
Anthroposophical doctor, Dr Peter Gruenewald (also spelt Dr Peter Grünewald) was a GP Associate of the Foundation for Integrated Health. Dr Gruenewald is also a trustee of the Anthroposophical Association Limited, the workhorse of the UK’s national body for Anthroposophy, the Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain.
One of the Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health Trustees – Simon Fielding is the Founder Chair of the Anthroposohical Health Professions Council
and also a trustee for Crossfields Institute (based locally in Nailsworth)
The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health is now the College of Medicine
David Peters, Professor of Integrated Healthcare of Westminster and one of the Directors of the New College of Medicine said the following:
“Homeopathy took me into Anthroposophical Medicine, and I explored it during the three year I spent in the Camphill Aberdeen Community, living and working with children who had special needs. Rudolf Steiner’s work had a huge influence on my approach to holistic medicine. at about the time I left Camphill I met a great healer whose name was Major Bruce Macmanaway. Working with him and his family in their centre in Fife I realised for the first time the extraordinary power of touch. In the late 1970s I spent some time in Holland looking into Anthroposophical family practice there, and found that it was quite possible to work creatively and effectively with natural medicine and artistic therapies inside mainstream medicine. This confirmed my decision to train as a Family Doctor”.
There are links with The Scientific and Medical Network, David Lorimer, Wrekin Trust and Temenos Academy.
Emma Craigie (sister of Annunziata Rees-Mogg who campaigned for public funding of homeopathy) was the main advisor of the SWSF. Craigie spearheaded the campaign for 25 Steiner schools to become Free Schools (Emma sent all 4 children to Meadow Steiner School, Bruton. )
Their father William Rees Mogg was also a member of the Scientific and Medical Network .
The Scientific and Medical Network is described here by the Science group of the Anthroposophical Society as one of their partners .
The Scientific and Medical Network have their own journal the Scientific and Medical Network Review. A speech by Prince Charles is on page p15.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Lorimer (author of Radical Prince, The Practical Vision of the Prince of Wales) http://www.steinerbooks.org/detail.html?id=086315431x and http://www.deepspirit.com/sys-tmpl/radicalprince1/ both anthroposophical publishers.
David Lorimer is also executive vice president of the Wrekin Trust: The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions describes the Trust;
“Wrekin Trust. A New Age movement established in Britain by Sir George Trevelyan (1906–96), who became an advocate of ‘alternative spirituality’ after hearing a lecture on Rudolph Steiner’s anthroposophy in 1942. The Trust was established to encourage the exploration of the spiritual nature of humans and of their universe through residential courses, conferences at New Age centres and elsewhere, and through publications.”
Trevalyan also taught at Gordonstoun (we do not know whether he taught HRH) and was invited to Highgrove for a private meeting with Prince Charles.
Clarence Harvey, the former Vice Principal and Acting Principal of Hereford Waldorf Academy is also connected to the Wrekin trust, who are also working with the Scientific and Medical Network.http://www.wrekinforum.org/wrekin_forum/rtrlo.html
The Wrekin Forum periodically brings organisations together to hold focused retreats, such as the “Soul in Education” empowerment retreat facilitated by Janice Dolley (Development Director of the Wrekin Trust / Wrekin Forum and founding member of the Soul in Education series of conferences) and Clarence Harvey (Martial Artist and coordinator of the Triangles in Education Network) in February 2008;
PARTICIPATIVE SPIRITUAL INQUIRY
One of the most successful ‘social technologies’ available today is the process of co-operative inquiry developed by John Heron and Peter Reason. Based on a collaboration of two Associates, The Scientific and and Medical Network and Oasis, the Wrekin Forum has started a series on inquiries into aspects of the nature of spirituality.
HRH wrote a book and also a film came out called Harmony. I have been told it reads like a celebration of Anthroposophy in all but name; the book calls Steiner ‘a philosopher’ and praises the Transition Town Movement which was set up by a former Steiner pupil Rob Hopkins.
HRH is the Patron of Temenos Academy “an educational charity in London which aims to offer education in philosophy and the arts in the light of the sacred traditions of East and West.”
On the Temenos Website there is a message from HRH The Prince of Wales;
The work of Temenos could not be more important. Its commitment to fostering a wider awareness of the great spiritual traditions we have inherited from the past is not a distraction from the concerns of every-day life. These traditions, which form the basis of mankind’s most civilised values and have been handed down to us over many centuries, are not just part of our inner religious life. They have an intensely practical relevance to the creation of real beauty in the arts, to an architecture which brings harmony and inspiration to people’s lives and to the development within the individual of a sense of balance which is, to my mind, the hallmark of a civilised person.
The principles for which Temenos stands are rooted, in my mind, to the interests of our children and our children’s children and to the world they are to inherit from us. This concern for our traditions is not to deny progress. It rather represents a care to do what we can to ensure for future generations the survival of civilised values and the maintenance of that vital thread of the continuity of tradition that links past and future.
In the great spiritual traditions of the world it is understood that wisdom and compassion go hand in hand. But it is also understood that following this path requires both courage and conviction. I admire the courage and conviction of all those who are prepared to challenge the deadening effects of the ‘industrialisation’ of life itself, a process which carries no sensitivity to the qualities which go to sustain a truly civilised and harmonious society. I pray that the wise and compassionate work for which Temenos stands will prevail. I myself will do all I can to help, preserve and encourage it.
Some people may be impressed by the support anthroposophy enjoys from Royalty, especially if they are inclined themselves to see nothing wrong with promoting anti-science and pseudoscience at the expense of education and healthcare with a rational scientific basis, and if they do not understand the rather unpleasant details of the creed.
Non UK residents may not be aware of the prince’s reputation for favouring all kinds of supernatural nonsense, and for using his position to try to influence decisions made on high.
For anyone who has done enough research to find out what anthroposophy really is, such support is worrying. We must assume, given his associations, that HRH is informed about the tenets of this belief system, and be suspicious of the motives for some of his activities.