Nature around us is whole and interconnected. Though we are part of
nature, we do not yet fathom her depths, and our actions do not
embody her wisdom. A fundamental shift in our way of viewing the world
is necessary if we would contribute to nature's unity rather than
dissolution. At The Nature Institute, we develop new qualitative and
holistic approaches to seeing and understanding nature and technology.
Through research, publications, and educational programs we work to create
a new paradigm that embraces nature's wisdom in shaping a sustainable and
Modern science has increasingly moved out of nature and into the
laboratory, driven by a desire to find an underlying mechanistic basis of
life. Despite all its success, this approach is one-sided and urgently
calls for a counterbalancing movement toward nature. Only if we find
ways of transforming our propensity to view and control nature in terms
of parts and mechanisms, will we be able to see, value, and protect
the integrity of nature and the interconnectedness of all things. This
demands a contextual way of seeing.
The Nature Institute's methodology is inspired by
integrative thinkers and scientists, such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, Owen Barfield and Kurt Goldstein.
We develop ways of thinking and perception that integrate
self-reflective and critical thought, imagination, and careful,
detailed observation of nature's phenomena.
Goethe's words stand as a motto for our efforts: "If
we want to attain a living understanding of nature, we must
become as flexible and mobile as nature herself."
The Nature Institute, founded in 1998, is a small, independent
not-for-profit organization in upstate New York with a proven track
record for incisive and thoughtful research studies, publications,
and education programs. The Institute serves as a local, national,
and international forum for research, education, and the exchange of
ideas about the re-visioning of science and technology in an effort
to realign humanity with nature. Biologist and Institute founder and
director Craig Holdrege, senior researcher and publications' editor
Steve Talbott, associate researcher Henrike Holdrege, and affiliate
researchers Michael D'Aleo, Johannes Wirz, and Ronald Brady (deceased)
have authored books and articles while also speaking at conferences,
leading workshops, training teachers, and lecturing widely.
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Steve Talbott, Senior
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Jon McAlice has been active in the international Waldorf school movement for many years as a teacher and lecturer and has a special interest in teacher development.
Nathaniel Williams studied painting and anthroposophy at the neueKUNSTschule in Basel, Switzerland where he graduated in 2002. The next year he spent painting and learning to play marionettes. He has been active as an artist and teacher in art since returning to the USA in 2004.
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John Barnes, Secretary, is
a founding board member, and director of Adonis Press. He
edited Nature's Open Secret: Introduction to Goethe's
Douglas Feick is an artist and designer working directly with the phenomenology of sustainable, integrated living landscapes.
Craig Holdrege, President,
is our Director and Senior Researcher.
Henrike Holdrege, founding board member, also serves as Senior Researcher and Finance Manager at our Institute.
Jan Kees Saltet is an artist
and educator living in Hadley, Massachusetts. He teaches
art, German, and art history to children and adults at the
Signe Schaefer is Co-Director of the Biography and Social Art Program at Sunbridge College.
Jeffrey Sexton, Treasurer,
is an organizational planning consultant.
Douglas Sloan is Emeritus
Professor of History and Education at Columbia University
and former Director of the Center for the Study of the Spiritual
Foundations of Education at Teachers' College (Columbia
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Director, Woods End Research Laboratory, Mt. Vernon, Maine.
Ruth Hubbard, Professor Emerita
of Biology, Harvard University, and author of Exploding
the Gene Myth.
Gertrude Reif Hughes, Professor
of English and Women's studies at Wesleyan University in
Wes Jackson, President of
the Land Institute, Salina, Kansas, and author of Becoming
Native to this Place.
Andrew Kimbrell, Director,
International Center for Technology Assessment, Washington,
D.C., and author of 101 Ways to Save the Earth.
Fred Kirschenmann, Director,
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, Iowa State University.
Johannes Kühl, Head
of the Natural Science Section, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.
George Russell, Professor
of Biology at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York,
and senior editor of Orion magazine.
Langdon Winner, Professor
of Political Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
and author of Autonomous Technology and The Whale
and the Reactor.
Arthur Zajonc, Professor
of Physics, Amherst College, and author of Catching the
Light: The Entwined History of Light and Mind.
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