Sitting outside of the Goetheanum on the afternoon of the 100th Anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone in September, we saw walking toward us Sabine Hurwitz, whom Dottie had gotten to know in February. We were so glad to have this encounter and quickly asked if she would sit down for a conversation about her work in the world and at the clinic the following day, and she said “of course.” Dottie and Sabine had met at the Ita Wegman Klinik in February after the gathering, as a group had been welcomed to see the clinic. Sabine was the host, sharing with us the history as well as what is taking place today in the work. A better host we could not have had! She was so knowledgeable, warm and welcoming. Blessed we felt with all that was offered to us there with the opportunity to experience some of the healing modalities firsthand.
During the lunch at the clinic, Sabine and Dottie decided to exchange email addresses as they both have an interest in nutrition. This email exchange would show its value a few days later when Dottie had lost her wallet carrying her passport along with the seed that had been gifted during the gathering at the Schreinerei. A young man had found the purse outside the train station (even though Dottie had never been outside the station), and there was one number in it. It was Sabine’s! She quickly sent Dottie a message saying, “I am not sure how you got out of the country, because I have your passport.” It happened to be that the one day a year Sabine finds herself in Zurich was the same day the young man called to say he had a purse with Dottie’s belongings. Sabine met up with Dottie and returned her belongings, both rather shocked with how the stars aligned for this moment.
Sabine is the mother of three sons and lives a stone’s throw from the Goetheanum. She is the host for groups who have a wish to know the history of the Ita Wegman Klinik as well as what is taking place in the healing work arising from anthroposophy today. Her husband Steven Hurwitz is deeply involved in the healing field as well and is the director of Healing Wheel, which is a therapy technique that brings in eastern and western elements that speak to developing harmony in the whole being.
In addition to giving tours, Sabine is the assistant to the head nurse at the Ita Wegman Klinik. She is working on a master’s degree in Nutrition and also sees private patients with dietary considerations. She is looking to enter more and more into the nutritional aspects of her work with healing. A question that lives with Sabine is what anthroposophical medicine has to offer to the ongoing conversation in the medical community regarding nutrition. She has a great wish to see the medical community arising from Rudolf Steiner’s work reach out further into the world. One thing she greatly appreciates about Dr. Michaela Glockler is that she truly lives in the Ita Wegman impulse of doing the most she can to support those around her while still doing her own research and creating opportunities for others to find one another in this work.
On Sabine’s heart is the possibility of a book collaboration specifically pertaining to anthroposophical ideas in relation to nutrition. Seeing as Rudolf Steiner’s words to Dr. Pfeiffer were that “it is a matter of nutrition” as to why man could not find himself rightly in his development, we were so happy to be hearing her enthusiasm towards this really important consideration.
Sabine said that one thing she has taken from Steiner’s work is that nutrition either allows us to grow further or it prevents us. The task is in developing ourselves more and more. Sabine holds a question of how we can tell the world about the beauty of anthroposophical nutrition.
Sabine feels inspired by the work of Johannes Kingma, a dietician out of the Netherlands researching and meeting the community at large with lectures and workshops, and also Michael Kassner who works in biodynamic agriculture, special education, nutrition and horticulture. Kassner is a co-founder of International Free Seminars for Nutrition, Education and Dietetics. Both are members of the Medical Section. What speaks to Sabine alongside their profession is the outreach that is taking place and the future possibilities for crosspollination in the healing realm.
Recently, Sabine has been meeting with those who are participating in the upcoming Food and Nutrition Conference taking place at the Goetheanum in 2014 with the questions: “How can we become more conscious of these transformative processes and shape them constructively in our everyday nutrition? How can we convert the original substance that is contained in plant and animal products in a way that leads to true refinement?”
Sabine is offering a workshop at this conference, and as her consideration is about the deepening of our work with anthroposophy, she will take up the following theme:
Nutrition – a Creative Process ~ How can the process of transformation of our food be accompanied through inner work? Inner work as the creation of a new dimension for the quality of our food. Using the 6-months-excercises as an example of inner work in Anthroposophy, we work on transforming our inner attitude by creativity infusing our thinking, feelings, and actions with balance and enhanced metabolic life forces, which influence the quality of our food.
Sabine sees the most important aspect of the anthroposophical impulse to be inner work, such as the six exercises. There is a lot of light and a lot of darkness in our work, although it is not always recognized. The six exercises are so accessible that people could take up a practice of them without really knowing anything about anthroposophy.
What is unique about the work of anthroposophical doctors and practitioners is that each person must be approached as an individual. For example, there could be three patients with high blood pressure. Each one might need a different treatment, as the origin of each one’s condition is understood. So, we have to unite this approach to the individual with a consideration of what is possible in life. What can or can’t science measure? Nutrition is like child rearing, Sabine said. We must bring biography into healing. Healing powers are within each patient! How can we draw them out?
Sabine said that anthroposophy is not to be preached in a temple, but should be out in the world. She loves the possibility of the School of Spiritual Science working as an interdisciplinary team. It can be so hard today to have true inner strength. The biggest things to change are our breathing and nutrition.
For Sabine the task of anthroposophy is to offer each individual what he needs on a daily basis to walk his path and contribute to the world. Anthroposophy has the power to provide meaning in life. We need to find our strengths and weaknesses and work with them in order to do good deeds in the world. Can we work less and have more joy? What is most fulfilling is what you freely offer the world. Where is the spark?! How can we find the core need or purpose without losing sight of the inner being? Sabine would like to see a venue where things can come together, where human needs can be met completely.
Sabine hopes to meet people from different areas who carry the same vision of healthy being. She is excited about a drug prevention group that has started in the local school. In this work, teenagers are working with younger adolescents around the theme of smoking.
She has also been inspired by the work of Linda Thomas, who has pioneered an anthroposophical cleaning practice. The book that she had published, so far only in German, is so fabulous! Sabine sees a need for a book on anthroposophical nutrition that can be as accessible as this work.
When we asked Sabine what she loves, she said that if anthroposophy is used in the right way, it encourages constant inner growth to become a better human being in the world. We each must work on facing our own truth. It is a matter of personal responsibility.
We asked Sabine what questions she is carrying. Regarding nutrition, she has a question about allergies: Why can we not take in what the world is providing? Her other question: How can we keep in touch?