Main Office

BERLIN, GERMANY

The main office is headed by the CEO, Richard Steel, supported by the operations team and in close contact with the board members.

Here, events and cooperative work with other organisations are planned and coordinated; publications – particularly the New Edition of Karl König’s works – are planned; finances and other duties of the non-profit organisation are administered. Apart from varying projects that are more of a temporary nature, the Karl König Institute includes a Kaspar Hauser Research Circle.

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NEWS AND EVENTS

Contact Detail

Karl König Institut

Meiereifeld 35, DE 14532

Kleinmachnow, Germany

Telephone: +49 (0) 33203 853303

Email: office 'at' karlkoeniginstitute.org

The Institute’s Core Team

BOARD MEMBERS

Anita Pedersen


Born in Hanau in 1961, grew up in Hessen. Married, 4 grown children

Nutritionist, radiesthetist, curative educator and MA of arts: Education, SEN (Special educational needs)

Encounter with anthroposophy at the Dottenfelderhof after graduating from high school.

Studied nutritional sciences (Dipl.oec.troph) in Giessen, followed by a study visit to Emerson College, southern England.

Worked as a nutritionist in the working group for nutrition research in Bad Liebenzell in 1988 with Dr. Renzenbrink. To this day active participation in the Dornach Section for Nutrition and sporadic journalistic work for the “Nutrition Circular” of the Working Group for Nutritional Research. Since 2000 part-time lecturer (anthroposophical aspects of nutrition) at the Camphill training courses in Frickingen. Teaching and lecturing activities at home and abroad (curative education conference in Dornach, IPMT (International postgraduate medical training for doctors) Serbia and the Czech Republic, Camphill and other institutions in England and Ireland, seminars and lectures in Portugal and China)

1989 – 1992 Teaching German as a Foreign Language at the Moray Steiner School in Forres, Scotland.

1992 – 1995 House responsibility at Camphill Coleg Elidyr, Wales

1995 – 2013 In the Camphill school community Föhrenbühl as a curative educator in house responsibility with family living and working there. Establishment and management of the canteen kitchen there for 3 years. Activity as a practical instructor and practical teacher for the Camphill seminar. Organization and teaching in the Föhrenbühler internship course. Part-time master’s degree at the Ita Wegman Institute in Wuppertal, branch of the University in Plymouth.

2013 - 2020 First deputy, then home management in the Lautenbach living and working community. Responsible for 22 residential groups in the staff management, representation vis-à-vis authorities and participation at management level.

Since November 2020: Takeover of new areas of activity in Lautenbach: Organization and support of voluntary services, team management and support in outpatient assisted living, advanced training.

Regine Bruhn


Born in 1960 in Germany; teacher and educationalist (M.A.); Camphill Seminar in Aberdeen, Scotland; worked and lived for many years in Camphill, Scotland; teaching at the Bodensee Camphill Seminar and at the Waldorf Education Training in Berlin; in the past member of the Council of Camphill Scotland and the Board of the Camphill Village Community Hermannsberg; presently Vice-Chairperson of the Karl König Institute; offers workshops on Karl König's plays regularly.

Cornelius Pietzner


Cornelius Pietzner: served as Managing Director of Mind and Life Europe until 2021. He is Chief Executive Officer of Alterra Impact Finance GmbH, an impact investment firm near Basel, Switzerland He served on the Executive Board at the Goetheanum, General Anthroposophical Society, Switzerland between 2002-2011. He has had leading roles in social impact enterprises, financial management, philanthropy and investments. Cornelius Pietzner serves as Trustee/Advisory Board on a number of organizations and foundations in the USA and Europe. Pietzner was born in Camphill Glencraig, and grew up in Camphill in the United States, where he later had various responsibilities.

Dr. med. Stefan Ruf


Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist / Founder of Meander Youth Services, Potsdam, Germany

Between 1992 and 95 he worked in several Camphill Communities in the US, mainly in Minnesota and Pennsylvania – including one year training in curative education. Afterwards medical studies and activities as a doctor in internal medicine, psychiatry, psychosomatics and child and Youth psychiatry. 2013 Co-founder of Meander Youth Services, where he works as a managing director and therapist. He has great interest in bringing together social, ecological, psychological and spiritual issues - in this respect he has great interest in Karl König.

Dr Jan Göschel


Dr. phil. Jan Göschel is a Member of the Leadership Team of the Anthroposophic Council for Inclusive Social Development, the international umbrella organization of the network of anthroposophic organizations and initiatives in active in the disabilities field. He is also the founding President of the Camphill Academy, the professional education, training and research organization of the Camphill Movement in North America. He is a member of the Camphill community at The Camphill School - Beaver Run in Pennsylvania, USA, where he has his home.

Brigitta Waldow-Schily


Author, art historian. After high school two years in Camphill, in Copake, USA and Pitten, Austria. Then degree in English and Art History, 1991 - 1999 self employed at the Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal and coworker in the education center Hof Kotthausen near Wuppertal. 2001 – 2012 Lecturer at the Artaban School for Artistic Therapy in Berlin. Collaboration with the Karl König Institute since 2013.

Publications: Maria Hiszpańska-Neumann: Life and Work, Info3-Verlag, 2011. Greg Tricker and his Artistic Journey with Kaspar Hauser Info3-Verlag, 2014 (on behalf of the Karl König Institute)

Christoph Hänni


Christoph Hänni was born in Switzerland in 1959, interrupted university studies to spend a year in Camphill School Aberdeen, and never left, living the Camphill live, especially with young adults with special needs, and is still very much involved in day to day community life.

He lives near the Karl König Archive, the rooms where Karl König lived in Camphill House, and where the manuscripts are held, always able to access the originals when required.

OPERATIONS

General Manager

Richard Steel


Richard Steel studied Linguistics, and then completed a training at the Camphill Seminar for Curative Education in 1975. He lived and worked with his family in a Camphill community for children and youngsters with special needs in Germany until 2008. Since then, he has been in charge of Karl König’s literary estate and founded the Karl König Institute.

Richard is a speaker and poet, and is responsible for the new edition of Karl König’s written works. He has been involved in establishing a Camphill life-sharing community with elderly people in New York State. He is managing director of the Karl König Institute und runs its office in Kleinmachnow near Berlin.

Archive and Research

Anne Weise


Born in Schwerin/Germany. Degree in Cultural Studies in Berlin. PhD in art history in 1995. Lived in the US for several years, working in various Camphill communities. Numerous articles on various topics. Published two books about the Holocaust: “Alfred Bergel Skizzen aus einem vergessenen Leben“, 2014 (English expected 2019), “Marianne Brandt”, 2018 and Robert Fisch „Licht vom Gelben Stern“, 2016. Since 2010 responsible for archive and research in the Karl König Institute. Since 2017 part of the editing team at the Rudolf Steiner Archive, Dornach, Switzerland.

Winfried Altmann


Winfried Altmann studied German and Philosophy in Marburg and Munich, Germany, after which he worked for the publisher Verlag Freies Geistesleben. In 1974 he began working for the publisher Urachhaus in Stuttgart, Germany, and from 1994 for the Rudolf Steiner Verlag in Dornach, Switzerland.

He has now lived in Berlin since 2009, and is a member of the Karl König Institute, where he is responsible for printing and design. He has been involved with the subject of Kaspar Hauser since the 1980s, when Johannes Mayer’s comprehensive Kaspar Hauser documentation was published by Verlag Urachhaus.

John Byrde


Born and bred in southern England, John joined Camphill at Ringwood in 1963 during a break from social sciences studies at Leeds University and followed the Curative Education Seminar at Camphill Schools, Aberdeen. In 1968 he moved to Perceval at St-Prex, Switzerland, where he helped build up the remedial school as teacher, shared a rich community life and married with four children, until in 1993 he moved to Romania where, with his second wife, they lead an initiative for inclusive social development. Since 2014 John has assisted in developing the Camphill Archive.

Cherry How


Born in New Zealand. After graduating from university she travelled to the USA and UK and joined Glencraig Camphill Community in Northern Ireland in 1972, where she was a carer and teacher for nine years. Cherry was active in building up contacts and cooperation among the newly founded Camphill communities in Ireland as the work spread in the 1970s and 1980s. She later moved to other communities throughout Ireland as homemaker, training coordinator and senior coworker.

Since 1990, she has lived in Clanabogan Camphill Community. Cherry has a special interest in training, the cultural activities of the community and community development. She has represented Ireland at international Camphill groups, as well as supporting the development of anthroposophical social care throughout the UK and Ireland. Since 2014 she has been part of the Camphill Archive team.

Anne Martin


Born 1947 in Frankfurt / Main, since 1973 in Berlin. Kindergarten teacher, graduate social pedagogue and social worker. 33 years in Thomas-Haus for Curative Education and. speech therapy (Camphill), curative education with small children.

Since 2011 free for creative work: puppet theater, felting, arts and crafts. Since 2016 active for the Karl König Institute and still connected to the Camphill-ideals.

Manuela Maass


Since January 2020, Manuela Maass has been with the Institute as a part-time helper, looking after everything that has to do with PR, including the database and donations, as well as helping with other administrative and archiving tasks.

After completing the Camphill Seminar, she worked at the Föhrenbühl Camphill School Community before studying cultural and social anthropology (which includes art history) and German-Dutch studies. She has work experience in a museum, in event-management and catering, gardening and various areas of social work, has lived in the US, in Canada and the Netherlands, which means that she brings with her not only pertinent knowledge and experience, but also important language skills.

Crispian Villeneuve


Born in 1950, Crispian Villeneuve discovered Anthroposophy in 1973 and since the 1980s has worked in Camphill centres in England, Wales and Ireland. He has published articles and books in the field of the history of Anthroposophy. He is one of the Trustees of Karl König‘s Estate and is active for the Camphill Archive, also with a particular focus on the history of Camphill in Ireland.

CO-FOUNDERS

Konrad Schily


Dr. med. Konrad Schily, medical doctor, specialist in neurology and psychiatry, co-founder of the Community Hospital Herdecke, founding president of the University of Witten / Herdecke, co-founder of the European University Foundation, Luxembourg, member of the German Bundestag 2005 to 2009, Consultant and supporter in the development of the Medical University of Brandenburg.

Kurt Becker


Dr. phil. Kurt E. Becker, journalist, communication expert and executive coach, co-founder of the Karl König Institute, publisher of 10 volumes "Rudolf Steiner Selected Works", Frankfurt am Main: 1985, as well as editor and author of more than 40 books on questions of being human in our time.

Stephan Geider


Stephan Geider

Statutes

Articles of Incorporation

I. Name, Location, Business Year


  1. The official name of this association is:
    Karl König Institute for Art, Science and Social Life
    Charitable Association
  2. Location of the association is Berlin.
  3. The association shall be registered with the official register of associations of the District Court of Berlin.
  4. The financial year is the same as the calendar year.

II. Objective of the Association, Application of Financial Resources


  1. The association solely and directly pursues charitable public welfare objectives within the meaning of the section ”tax-deductible purposes” of the tax law.
  2. Objective of the association is the promotion of art, science and research as well as of culture and education.
  3. The objective of the association shall be realised by supporting the work of the Karl König Archives and research projects and scientific events evolving out of it. With the specific purpose to work on, examine and develop questions of ethics and ethical conduct, education and general human education in word, writing and deed. Its operations are based on Karl König's research into art, science and social life as found in his literate estate. Art plays an integral part as a medium of ethical development and as a path of practice in social competence. The ongoing process and the results of its operations shall be made available to the public for cultural and educational purposes. This shall be achieved through publications, through lectures, seminars and exhibitions. All research will be published in a timely manner.
  4. The association acts on non-profit basis. It does not pursue any self-economic purposes.
  5. Resources of the association may only be used for the purposes covered by the statutes.
  6. As a matter of principle, all duties within the association shall be performed in an honorary capacity. In deviation from this principle, members of the executive board may be reimbursed for expenses incurred. Reimbursement shall be made in the form of a flat-rate expense allowance or reimbursement for services rendered (e.g. flat rate for services provided in a honorary capacity in the amount of the tax exempt allowance in accordance with § 3 No. 26A German Income Tax Act.) The decisions of the competent elements of the association, the rules and maximum limits of the tax law as well as the financial capacity of the association shall be decisive.

III. Membership


  1. Any natural or juristic person who wants to support the objective of the association can join the association. The membership application will be considered by the executive board.
  2. A member may resign membership at any time by written notice to the executive board.
  3. The general assembly is authorised to exclude a member from the association with a three-quarters majority of votes of the members present.
  4. Membership shall expire if the stipulated membership dues have not been paid for two years.
  5. The amount of the annual membership dues shall be determined by the general assembly.
I. Name, Location, Business Year
II. Objective of the Association, Application of Financial Resources
III. Membership

IV. General Assembly


  1. A general assembly shall be held at least once a year. It shall be convened by the executive board.
  2. The executive board may convene an extraordinary assembly if it deems it necessary for good cause. It shall convene an extraordinary assembly within two months, if one quarter of the members of the association demands it indicating objective and reasons.
  3. The invitation to an assembly must have been received by the members at least two weeks in advance in writing, announcing time and place of the assembly and the agenda. The invitation to an ordinary assembly shall also include an annual report and information about the number of members.
  4. The assembly shall be presided over by the chairman of the executive board, or in case of being prevented by any other member of the board.
  5. The annual accounts and the report of activities shall be submitted in writing to the assembly for approval and decision on the release of the executive board. The assembly shall appoint two auditors, who shall not belong to the executive board, to audit the accounts including the annual report and to inform the assembly about their findings.
  6. The general assembly shall decide on all matters of the association that are not reserved to the executive board, particularly on changes to the statutes or the dissolution of the association.
  7. The general assembly constitutes a quorum provided it was properly convened. It passes decisions with a majority of the voting members present. Changes to the statutes or the decision to dissolve the association require a three-quarter majority of the voting members present. These decisions can only be passed on due announcement in the invitation to the assembly.
  8. The decisions made in the general assembly shall be recorded in writing and signed by the person presiding over the assembly and the secretary and shall be approved by the subsequent general assembly.

V. Executive Board


  1. The executive board shall consist of the president, the vice president, the secretary, the treasurer and three additional members.
  2. The members of the executive board shall be elected from the members of the association for a period of three years. The board members shall remain in office on expiration of their tenure of office until a new board has been elected. Re-election is possible.
  3. In case of early resignation of a member of the executive board the other members of the executive board shall be entitled to elect a substitute to stand in until the next general assembly. The general assembly may revoke the election of a board member at any time; in this case the general assembly shall elect a successor until the next election of the executive board.
  4. The president and the vice president shall each have the – sole – power of representation of the association, both judicially and extra-judicially. For the purpose of legal acts with other charitable organisations the members of the executive board may be relieved from the restrictions as set forth in Section 181 German Civil Code.
  5. The president shall convene the meeting of the executive board in writing with 4 weeks’ notice announcing the agenda as well as time and place of the meeting. He shall be obligated to convene a meeting within one month if two members of the board demand it.
  6. The executive board constitutes a quorum provided three of its members are present. It passes decisions with a majority of the voting members present. The decisions made in a board meeting shall be recorded in writing and signed by the person presiding over meeting and the secretary.

VI. Dissolution of the Association


  1. In case of dissolution or annulment of the association or the cessation of the current purpose, the resources of the association will devolve upon the following charitable organisation, who shall directly and solely use it for purposes in line with its statutes. „Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners“ gemeinnütziger Verein, Berlin.
IV. General Assembly
V. Executive Board
VI. Dissolution of the Association