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"At The Nature Institute, we develop new qualitative and holistic approaches to seeing and understanding nature and technology... 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...

"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." [1]  


Accessed May 2013: [2]   Board

  • John Barnes (Goethe), Secretary, is a founding board member, and director of Adonis Press. He edited Nature's Open Secret: Introduction to Goethe's Scientific Writings.
  • 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 Hartsbrook School.
  • 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 University).

Advisory Board

  • Will Brinton, 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 Connecticut.
  • 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 K. 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.



Resources and articles

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  1. Nature Institute About, organizational web page, accessed May 28, 2013.
  2. Nature Institute People, organizational web page, accessed May 28, 2013.