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Center & Periphery

Autumn 2023

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Kairos: Healing in a World of Need through Visual and Performing Arts

Karine Munk Finser, Director of the Kairos Institute

Painting for Kairos Institute'

Starting with Bernd Ruf’s course on “Emergency Pedagogy,” CfA’s Kairos Institute is launching the first of a multi-unit training this summer intended to treat and prevent trauma through the healing modalities of the arts.

Kairos will offer pathways for vocational training in artistic therapies, as well as creative speech formation. This is a unique experience to create something specifically designed for North America and the many challenges and trauma we are experiencing here. We will of course welcome students from all over the world to participate. 

To begin, we will focus on art therapy: Clay, Painting, and Drawing. Debbie Spitulnik––in cooperation with Agnes Zehnter, who oversees international speech training at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland––will offer Creative Speech and Drama. As a recognized member of IArte, Kairos will offer courses that conform to the international standards for artistic therapies, as well as Creative Speech and Drama.

Our Summer 2022 residency will be followed by core courses that may be taken as a whole or selectively. Spring 2023 will be offered as a one-week residency.

We are working to create pathways for those who wish a Diploma from the Medical Section at the Goetheanum and the Performing Arts Section of the School for Spiritual Science. Kairos Institute Certificates of Completion for courses will be offered through CfA.


Summer 2022 Residency in Wilton, NH: Emergency Pedagogy

Unit 1, July 3-8
Kairos will be launched during the week of July 3-8 with Bernd Ruf’s Psychological Trauma and the Phases of PTSD, a 5-day course. This promises to become a gathering of people who are called to meet the needs of our times. 

Bernd Ruf will also give a public lecture War, Refugees, and Trauma on July 7 at 7 pm ET. All welcome (age 16+).

The afternoon trauma preventative therapy classes are already filling up and those who still wish to join should register soon, making sure to indicate first and second choices in one of the following:

  • Healing Movement with Connie Helms
  • Healing Aspects of Speech with Debbie Spitulnik
  • Painting Therapy with Karine Munk Finser
  • Music Therapy with Juliana Weeks and Monica Amstutz
  • Puppetry, Circus Arts, and Clowning with Laura Geilen
  • Therapeutic Eurythmy with Maria Ver Eecke and Carsten Callesen

All participants will receive an introduction to animal therapy, and we will share daily singing, eurythmy, and speech. 


Fall 2022 Online: Healing Foundations

September 14 – December 2, 2022
Wednesday evenings 7-8:30 pm ET, and some Saturdays (times TBA)

Information Session, September 14: Overview of Kairos 2022-2023 with Karine Munk Finser (Kairos Director), Debbie Spitulnik (Core Faculty, Speech and Drama), and Lisl Hofer (Kairos Manager)

Unit 2, September 21, 28, October 6
Trauma in America with Orland Bishop

Unit 3, October 12, 19
Healing Stories for Social Emotional Challenges with Gleice da Silva

Unit 4, October 29 (4 hours), 1-3 pm ET and 4-6 pm ET
Introduction to Painting Therapy: Diagnostic Foundations 1 with Karine Munk Finser

Unit 5, November 2, 9, 16
Working with Karma, Part 1: From the Past, in the Present, and for the Future
with Torin Finser

Unit 6, November 12, 19
Sounds and Rhythms: Healing Aspects with Geoff Norris

Unit 7, Saturday, December 3, 10 (8 hours), 1-5 pm ET
Meditative Images of the Autism Spectrum: Hindrances and Opportunities, Part 1
with Lakshmi Prasanna, MD


Spring 2023 Residency in Keene, NH: Artistic Therapies

April 21-25, 2023
Clay Therapy 1: Addressing Restlessness and Soul Hardening
with Sylvia Borau, a clay therapist from Parzival Schule, Karlsruhe, Germany, and others to be announced


$950 for each semester
Total for Year One: $2,850
Individual courses $225-$350 per unit


If interested in earning an accredited M.Ed. or Certificate in Healing Education through Antioch University New England, or wishing to take further training in artistic therapies, send your inquiries to Karine Munk Finser, Director of the Transdisciplinary Studies in Healing Education Program (TSHE), at


We are looking forward to our becoming part of your lives. With joy!


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