It is with great joy that we announce that we will be hosting the wonderful Jaap van der Wal for a full, 4-day long workshop o Embryology. We have studied with Jaap in the past, and he has not only inspired us but also opened our minds in unimaginable ways. It is incredibly educative for teachers and students interested in body, movement, fascia, karma, spirit and science.
Jaap van der Wal, Ph.D. is a medical doctor and untill his retirement in 2012 he worked as associate professor in Anatomy and Embryology at the University of Maastricht, Holland. After his medical education in 1973 he became specialized in the functional anatomy of the locomotor apparatus with (later on) emphasis on the architecture of connective tissue and fascia and its role in proprioception. What moves us? In this context during the last 10 years he became more and more involved in research on the function and meaning of the fascia in the human body.
Gradually he developed as teacher in Philosophy of Science and in Medical Anthropology. “My passion however was and still is human embryology. The human body is a process, developing and functioning in time. The embryo moves and behaves in forms. It is in this area that I encountered the Goethean phenomenological approach. I apply the method of dynamic morphology to understand what we actually are doing as human beings when we are embryo. With respect, I can find in the embryo cautious answers to questions as to the meaning of human existence.”
After his retirement he fully devotes his energy to Embryo in Motion, a worldwide project on teaching Embryosophy. He now teaches his ‘Embryosophy’ in Europe and USA in institutes for Craniosacral-therapy, Osteopathy, Polarity Therapy but also Prenatal Psychology and Trauma therapy and so on.
Starting with the big themes of birth and death, conception and the beginning of life, we follow the development of the embryo during the first weeks through images and stories. The human embryo is approached as a becoming human being, who, from the beginning, shows human behaviour in development and metamorphosis. The scientific method used is that of phenomenology. In this method, the emphasis lies in feeling ourselves as an embryo, as opposed to looking at it from a distance and thinking about it. To truly experience the miracle, one could say, with our hearts but without losing our heads! It needs to be done with scientific facts. We search for meaning in the gesture-language spoken during the development of the embryo. What do we actually do when we are embryo?
Questions that arise:
- Where do we come from
- What truly happens during human fertilization?
- What can we say about spirit and body in conception and in humans?
- What connects birth and death?
- What does someone do actually as an embryo?
- Does an embryo has human dignity?
- Ca we conciliate the concept of reincarnation with scientific facts?
- What can the embryo tell us about the evolution of mankind?
- Is the vision of humans as an accidental product of evolution sustainable?
- What are we doing with abortion, IVF and genetic manipulation?