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Emerald Foundation
Painting Therapy

The aims of the foundation are:

The development and promotion of painting therapy as initiated by Dr Rudolf Steiner and further developed by Liane Collot d’Herbois;
The training of painting therapists;
The communication of this therapy to Doctors;
The stimulation and commissioning of research to further this therapy;
The organization of conferences, also internationally for painting therapists and doctors who work in the field of this therapy;
The stimulation and commissioning of publications;
The financial support for third parties to carry out the aforementioned activities;
The management of the copyrights over all the work of Liane Collot d’Herbois.

How did the training course start?

Josine Hutchison-de-Lanoy Meijer started to work as an art therapist in 1976.
In 1978 she started to work as a painting therapist with Dr L.P. Walburgh Schmidt and from 1982 with Dr P.T. Hutchison.

Since meeting Liane Collot d’Herbois in the autumn of 1978 she had been working to put into practice the wide knowledge of painting therapy that Liane shared with her. From this point in time more and more art therapists came to Josine, both from the Netherlands and abroad, to work alongside her in her practise in order to learn about the painting therapy and to be schooled in it.

At the close of the painting therapy courses that Josine gave for final year students at the Tobias School of Art in England from 1980-1990, there were frequent requests that she start a full-time training in this method of painting therapy.

In the spring of 1986, in direct response to the wishes of Liane Collot d’Herbois herself and to meet the further training needs of these people in England and The Netherlands, Josine started the first training course. From the beginning the training was enriched by the many therapeutic pictures made by clients in her practise, and the valuable indications and knowledge that Liane had shared with Josine during their treatment.

Over the years there was a steady increase in the number of participants in these courses and it became clear that a more official framework was needed. In November 1998 “The Foundation for Promotion of Painting Therapy based on Anthroposophical Principles” according to the work of Liane Collot d’Herbois, was set up. In March 1989 Liane Collot d’Herbois gave the foundation the name of “Emerald”.

Since 1998 the Foundation has taken over all activities. Josine Hutchison-de-Lanoy Meijer and Dr Paul Hutchison are the founders, directors and senior teachers of the training course. Untill her death in 1999, Liane Collot d’Herbois had contributed continuously to the training course. During the course she would speak to students of the spiritual background out of which she had developed her all-embracing insights into light, darkness and colour in relation to the cosmos and to man.

Emerald Foundation

Contact Details:

Emerald Foundation,
Mesdagstraat 118,
2596 XZ. The Hague,
The Netherlands.

Phone: + 31 70 3247709
Fax: +31 70 3243726

Email: [email protected]

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