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The International Association of Anthroposophic Arts Therapies Educations (for short iARTe) is an association of international vocational and postgraduate training courses. iARTe pursues the following aims:

  • Exchange of experience and development of the art therapies.
  • Quality assurance and the development of competences in the arts therapy training and study courses
  • Promotion of research.

It is recognised by the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum (Dornach, Switzerland) and sees its work in relation with its tasks.

The following specialist fields are represented in Anthroposophic Arts Therapies:

  • painting, drawing, modelling and sculpting
  • music, singing
  • speech, drama.

iARTe sees its primary task as the teaching, development and deepening of these therapies by promoting research.

iARTe was originally founded in 1996 as the European Academy (EA) comprising 7 vocational training and university courses. Such an umbrella organisation would be expected to provide cohesion, support and mutual encouragement. Quality assurance also became an important aspect. The aim in the long term was to gain legal recognition for the professions in Europe.

Today as iARTe, it has become an international association of training institutions with members on (almost) all continents of the world.

Its main concern remains the development of the training courses, quality assurance and research.

In January 2024 membership of iARTe included the following:

17 accredited training courses
8 accredited postgraduate courses
See member schools

16 cooperative members
See cooperative member schools

iARTe is organised as an association with its headquarters in Dornach, Switzerland. Its bylaws can be found here:

Bylaws / Statutes (pdf)


WHO Benchmarks for Training in Anthroposophic Medicine

The WHO Benchmarks for Training in Anthroposophic Medicine have been translated into the following languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Finnish and Thai.
You can find all the translations as well as the printing guidelines for download in the Google Drive.



Laura Piffaretti (IKAM Coordinator Arts Therapies in the Medical Section, Lucerne, CH)
Sofia Capkova (Järna, Sweden)
Heliana Cardona (Bogotá, Colombia)
Enrica Dal Zio (Padova, Italy)


Administrative Office of the iARTe:

Karin Gaiser
e-mail: karin.gaiser@medsektion-goetheanum.LÖ

Vocational training

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Further Training courses for applying the tools of the Anthroposophic Arts Therapies in their profession/former profession

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Cooperating education and training
on the path to recognition

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Education and further education
Not certified by the Medical Section

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Becoming a member

There are two possibilities for membership of the International Academy of Anthroposophic Arts Therapies Educations - iARTe:

1. accredited member (vocational or suppementary qualification)
2. Associate Member

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Bank account iARTe

International Association of Anthroposophic Arts Therapies Educations iARTe
c/o Medizinische Sektion
CH-4143 Dornach

PostFinance AG, Mingertstr. 20, 3030 Bern
IBAN:  CH29 0900 0000 1549 2307 7
euroSIC Clearing-NR.: 090002