Embryo in Us

Embryo in Us: Understanding Ourselves as Embryo
(a new workshop)

Embryo in Us — Understanding Ourselve as Embryo (package cover)

A Workshop with Jaap van der Wal, MD, PhD

Recorded live in Portland, Oregon
August 29 – September 2, 2017

10 discs, 22 hours, containing every word of the workshop, and visual handouts

Cost: $175
$5.00 shipping and handling for domestic, $25.00 outside the USA.

Order Embryo in Us 10 DVD Set 10 DVD Set @ $175.00
“The body developed
out of us,
not we from it.
We are bees,
and our body is a honeycomb.
We made the body,
cell by cell we made it…”
— RUMI (1207 – 1273)
“We did not develop out of the body (as mainstream ‘brain philosophers’ nowadays seem to propagate) but we are beings of Mind, Motion and Matter.”
— A.T. Still


“By means of the Goetheanistic phenomenological method, the gestures of human embryonic development may be understood and interpreted as human behavior. In this phase for example the phenomena which accompany human incarnation may still clearly be ‘read.’  Also, the gestures of the embryo are to be understood as a kind of echo of the evolution of mankind. This means that the human incarnation and human evolution, biography and biology, approach more and more to each other and that it is possible, deepened by the view of Anthroposophy, to come to the spiritual essence of this human phase of being.” Dr. van der Wal, from his website.

Approached in a more phenomenological way, the human embryo reveals not only who we are, but also what we are meant to be, challenging our modern reductionist view of humans as ‘walking brains’ or ‘bio-machines’.  In a synthesis between modern scientific embryology and a holistic view of the human being, one may be able to see that the same forces that formed the body are continuously at work throughout life.  Those forces carrying the blueprint of health into manifestation:  The Embryo in us.

Jaap van der Wal

Jaap van der Wal, PhD, MD is associate professor for anatomy and embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland.  In the context of the project Embryo in Motion (see www.embryo.nl) he teaches medical anthropology and phenomenological (spiritual) embryology a.o. at institutes of Anthroposophy, Craniosacral Therapy, Osteopathy, and Polarity Therapy around the world.

Content Title             Duration (Hours)
Disc 1 Aug. 29 Lecture Mind and Body in the Womb:
How Do We Exist as Embryo?
Disc 2 Module 1 Embryonic Life 2:29
Disc 3 Module 2 Towards Birth 2:57
Disc 4 Module 3 In the Beginning 2:51
Disc 5 Module 4 Conception 2:29
Disc 6 Module 5  The Vegetative Embryo 2:40
Disc 7 Module 6 Part I The Animal Embryo Part I 2:06
Disc 8 Module 6 Part II The Animal Embryo Part II 2:27
Disc 9 Module 7  Prenatal Psyche 2:49
Disc 10 Module 8 First Born 1:19
Cinematography, editing and design by Steve Dehner; Cover Design Angelica Hesse; ©2017 The Portland Branch of the Anthroposophical Society of America, all rights reserved.