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Online Biography Training Program

We are aware of the demand for accessible trainings for Biography Consultants world-wide. Taking the challenge of the Covid crisis as an opportunity, we have decided to be more flexible in offering the Modules of our 3-year Training Course in Holistic Biography Work.

Several Modules of the Training, including the Foundation Workshop are available online in real-time in 2020 – Mental Health Crisis; and 3 Ways of Learning.

In 2021, we plan to offer at least the following 3 online Modules – Typologies (Understanding Self and Others); Mental Health Challenges; and Communication Skills. They will have self-paced Learning Packages consisting of a Study Guide, taped Lectures, Readings, Self-reflection questions and activities, and will be supplemented by real-time online group learning and sharing processes. In addition, the Core Module Helping Conversations will be offered onsite in locations as circumstances allow.

Entry into the Training Program requires

  • Some background in Biography Work and/or Anthroposophy. Completion of the Online Introductory Course is highly recommended as a starting point
  • Completion of the Foundation Workshop in Holistic Biography Work (4-day workshop) or equivalent – see below
  • Written application form, including motivation for joining the Training
  • Submission of personal Life Panorama Chart
  • Personal interview

Each of these online Modules is available for participants for personal and/or professional development, not wanting to commit to the full Training process. A Certificate of Attendance is issued for each Module completed.
Trainees complete all the Modules and also attend supportive online Tutorials.


Karl-Heinz Finke & Laura Summerfield: mail@holisticbiographywork.com

Click here for a list of accredited Tutors in Holistic Biography Work who are happy to assist individuals working with issues related to their life story.

Course fees

Include all online learning materials –
Introductory Course – 190 €
Foundation Workshop (4 days) – 290 €
2021 Modules (flexible delivery) – 240 €
Additional fees for: Trainee Tutorials, Assessment of Project Work, Certification

The On-line Training Program consists of

  • 4 Core Modules – The Foundation Workshop, plus – Helping Conversations, Destiny Learning and Meeting Conflict – see details below.
    Please note: we plan to offer these Core Modules onsite in various locations as circumstances allow. Excepting the Foundation Module, these Core Modules are only available to Trainees.
  • 9 other Modules are completed over 3 or so years – see details below. These Modules are also available online to Guest participants for personal and/or professional development, provided they have completed the Introductory Course or the Foundation Workshop.
  • Additional tutorials
  • Submission of one annual Project work – 3 Projects – Biographical Interview, Biographical Analysis, Biographical Study


The 3-year Training program is completed when:

  • All Modules are completed
  • All Project Work has been submitted and passed


  • Receive a Certificate as an accredited Biography Consultant in Holistic Biography Work. Their Training meets the guidelines suggested by the School of Spiritual Science, Goetheanum for Biography work.
  • Are recognised as Biographical Consultants
  • Have sufficient qualifications to offer biography workshops
  • Are invited to join the network of Biography Tutors assisting students of the Introductory Course in Holistic Biography Work
  • May be Mentored to learn how to conduct their own training program for Biographical Consultants
  • Are offered Master Classes and ongoing support as needed


  • The Introductory Course in Holistic Biography Work is a distance learning package, with 40 hours of self-paced learning. It provides a good introduction for those considering whether to apply to enter the 3-year Training process.
  • Once the Introductory Course is completed, participation for personal and/or professional development is available to the other on-line Modules, except for the Core Modules.
  • The Foundation Workshop is available as a stand-alone workshop for those wanting a more comprehensive introduction, and able to spend 4-days in an on-line, real-time learning environment with other interested participants. It is a prerequisite for joining the Holistic Biography Training program.
  • Those who have completed the online Introductory Course may choose to go on to do the Foundation Workshop. They will receive a 20% reduction in the fee for the workshop.

More on the Module Themes:

Please note

As we are developing our online training based on the existing onsite training, these are the onsite module descriptions. Some of the onsite modules are split into two online modules to meet online teaching requirements.

List of the Online Training Modules

Part 1: Biographical Keys

Developing individual awareness

Core Module 10-BGO – Foundation Workshop
Take Charge of your life
Apply the resources of Holistic Biography work

Module 11-BGO – Typologies
Understanding Self and others
Explore temperaments, soul types, qualities, rhythms and cycles in life

Module 12-BGO – Mental Health Challenges
Recognising common mental health issues
Learning strategies to manage symptoms of depression, anxiety and stress

Module 13-BGO – Communication Skills
Sensing with Four Ears in human communication
Discriminating 3 elements of verbal communications

Part 2: Encounters

Developing social awareness

Core Module 20-BGO – Helping Conversations
Deep listening and empathy in encounter
Practising 3 levels and 7 qualities in helping conversations

Module 21-BGO – Life encounters and relationships
Individual and community
Exploring the impact of people, places and situations

Module 22-BGO – Mental Health Crisis and Spiritual Emergency
Understanding mental health crisis from a holistic, spiritual perspective
Understanding the relationship between physical symptoms and mental & emotional wellbeing

Module 23-BGO – Destiny and Karma
Learning holistic concepts of Destiny & Karma
Differentiating Instrument Karma & Incident Karma

Part 3 –  Guidance & Self-guidance

Developing spiritual awareness

Core Module 30-BGO – Destiny Learning
Learning from Life
Identifying karmic keys and destiny events

Module 31-BGO – Mission and Meaning
Life as a spiritual journey
Supporting the Self in search for meaning

Module 32-BGO – Trials and Thresholds
Awakening to initiation through life
Reflecting on peak, abyss and transition experiences

Module 33-BGO – 3 Ways of Learning
Learning for Life, learning from life, initiation through life.
Designing effective learning processes.

Core Module 40-BGO – Meeting Conflict
Learning to read and transform conflict patterns
Understanding conflict escalation and de-escalation