Healing Through Art

With Pamela Whitman, Ken Smith, Dr. Jennifer Schmitt and Dr. Carmen Hering

The Visual Arts
Painting, Drawing, Sculpture

Artistic work brings us into closer connection with ourselves. It opens and reveals our inner world in the colors, forms, tones and lines that we create. It shows us to ourselves and allows us to see, to adjust, to balance and harmonize.

Art is healing when the archetypal lawfulness of the medium and the integrity of the creative process are able to enter and work upon the human constitution and can the engage the self in life-giving forces.

This week-long course in intended to introduce participants to the essential practices and ideas behind the Anthroposophical visual arts therapies.

This is also an opportunity to explore possibilities for further visual arts therapy training in California. 


8am: Choir with Christiaan Boele

8:30: Light and Darkness with Pamela Whitman

10:00 Morning Snack

10:30: Sculpture with Ken Smith

12:40: Lunch Break

1:45: Painting with Pamela Whitman

3:30: Anthroposophic Medicine (with Dr. Jennifer Schmitt—Tues, with Dr. Carmen Hering—Weds)

5:00: Conclusion of the Day

Course Leaders

Pamela Whitman, M.A. received her B.S. from MIT, where she studied both science and humanities. She participated in the Light, Color and Darkness Painting Therapy training in Holland and received her certification from the Medical Section at the Goetheanum. Her career and interests span the fields of science, art, spirituality, consciousness, psychology, healing and education, all of which she incorporates as a therapist, international adult educator and painter.

Ken Smith is the Director of BACWTT. He studied at Emerson College, England and completed his training in sculpture and the visual arts with practices in pedagogical and therapeutic work. After working in Waldorf Education he taught as Course Leader of the 3 year Visual Arts and Sculpture Training program at Emerson College. He has been active internationally in Anthroposophical art, Waldorf education for over 25 years.

Dr. Carmen Hering, DO integrates Anthroposophic Medicine with Osteopathic and Family Medicine in her private practice in Albany, CA. She has served as adjunct faculty at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, serves as faculty for the International Physician Medical Training (IPMT) for Anthroposophic Medicine and teaches at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training.

Dr. Jennifer Schmitt, ND has an integrative pediatric and family practice in the East and North Bay and is certified as an Anthroposophic Naturopathic Doctor. She lectures and teaches at Waldorf schools and Waldorf teacher trainings in the United States, is the current Vice President on the board of the Society for Physicians of Anthroposophic Naturopathy (SPAN) and is on the faculty of the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training and Sound Circle Center in Seattle. 

Please contact Tiffany Lee at or at 415-479-4400 x0 with any questions.

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This year, Stacy Ito will be in charge of our summer lunch program and will be offering a limited number of lunches each day. The cost is $15 per lunch, and she will be offering seasonal vegetarian fare with animal and dairy protein on the side (and will always try to offer a gluten free option as well).


To secure your lunch order, please purchase lunch tickets in advance. To do so, you may submit a PayPal payment to Stacy using her email address:

In the PayPal notes section, please indicate which dates you are purchasing lunch for, and please be sure to include payment for $15 per lunch. For example, 5 days of lunches would be $75 (5 lunches x $15); 3 days of lunches would be $45 (3 lunches x $15), 1 day of lunch would be $15, etc.


Lunch tickets are also available on a first come, first served basis each Monday of the Summer Program during the 10am snack break, so you may purchase them from Stacey at that time.

If you have any questions, please contact Stacy directly at or 707-206-2164.

There are also various lunch options within a close driving distance, or you may also bring a bag lunch (one that doesn’t need to be refrigerated). Snack and coffee will also be provided as part of your course fee during the breaks each day.