The Embryo in Us – Workshop with Jaap van der Wal

The Portland Branch of the Anthroposophical Society
and the NW Cranial Association present:

The Embryo In Us workshop

The Embryo in Us:
Understanding Ourselves as Embryo

A 4-day workshop with Jaap van der Wal, MD, PhD

July 11-15, 2012 at Warner Pacific College, Portland, OR

Course limited to 45 — Apply early to secure a spot!

Read an article by Jaap about the Embryo In Us for an introduction to the concepts that will be dealt with in this workshop.


Cost: $475 $350.
Limited work-study opportunities available.
Professional CEU’s
(26.5) are available for Naturopathic general or obstetric credit.

Jaap van der WalThis workshop will explore human prenatal development and how the shaping of the body expresses attributes of human spiritual development. The scientific method of phenomenology is used to create a synthesis between modern ‘regular’ embryology and a holistic view on the human being.  Health care practitioners have found that comprehending embryological forces supports a holistic approach because the same forces that formed the body are continuously at work throughout life, carrying the blueprint of health into manifestation.

The workshop opens with a public lecture ($10 for general public, $20 for professional CEU’s, otherwise included in workshop cost): “Mind and Body in the Womb: How do we Exist as an Embryo?”, held Wednesday, July 11th, from 7 – 9 pm in Egvedt Room 203.

Topics will include:

  • Creative principles and forces that work through the human being
  • Understanding prenatal development using a Goethean approach
  • Gestures of growth and development as human behavior and expression
  • Dynamics of conception, incarnation, embodiment and individuation
  • Dynamics of birth
  • The organization of the human body in space
  • Phases of embryonic development
  • The macrocosm in the microcosm of bodily organization
  • The human body as equilibrium of polarities and as manifestation of threefoldness
  • Man and animal: Humans as adult embryos

embryo morphology

Jaap van der Wal, PhD, MD, was associate professor of anatomy and embryology at the University of Maasricht, Holland. He also teaches medical anthropology and a.o. at institutes of Anthroposophy, Craniosacral Therapy, Osteopathy, and Polarity Therapy around the world.  View more about his work at

Warner Pacific College
East Portland Campus
Egvedt Room 203
2219 SE 68th Ave, Portland, OR.

Beginning Thursday, 9 am – 5:30 pm each day, two evening sessions from 7:30 – 9 pm, and finishing 1 pm on Sunday.

$475 $350.
Checks payable to Dr. Robert Kellum at 3046 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR, 97212.
Public lecture: $10 for general public, $20 for professional CEU’s, otherwise included in workshop cost.

Registration form and
in-depth information here (PDF).

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