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A Letter from THE WILHELM REICH INFANT TRUST

Article by James Strick

A Letter from THE WILHELM REICH INFANT TRUST

PO Box 687 – Rangeley, ME 04970

December 2018

Dear Friends of the Work of Wilhelm Reich:

As the time for year-end charitable contributions approaches, I urge you to remember the Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust in your giving. The generosity of so many of you earlier this year has helped us begin to stabilize our urgent financial crisis. And our Board of Directors has raised additional funds by selling one of our cabins and by harvesting some of the timber on the property at Orgonon.

Thus we are able to move forward with plans for next year’s exciting summer conference at Orgonon, 8-12 July 2019 on the topic of Reich’s writings on Work Democracy.

In addition, volume 7 of our journal Orgonomic Functionalism, the only publication where Reich’s previously unpublished writings can be found, is in preparation and will appear within the next few months, available both in digital and in paper format. We have also just re-issued Reich’s hard to find final book, Contact with Space, in both digital and paper format. It can be purchased through the Museum Bookstore at this link.

We are moving forward in our discussion with the Countway Library of Medicine in Boston, home to Reich’s Archives, to digitally preserve and catalog the collection and to make much of the material available online for scholars to access from anywhere in the world. Stabilizing the future of the Archives is an urgent goal at the moment, for which we have so far raised $22,000 of the needed $450,000—a good start, but only a start. (If you would like your donation to go to this purpose, please write "Archives Preservation Fund" in the memo section of your check.)

In addition, in 2019 the Orgone Energy Observatory will celebrate its 70th year. It’s a truly unique building architecturally and captures a lot of history. But as a result of its age, it is in need of significant structural renovation. The architectural assessment by a professional alone will cost $3,000-5,000.

Page from Reich’s lab notebook showing bion experiment work

Accomplishing these important tasks can only be done with your financial support. Reich’s work continues to depend on support from those who realize its importance. That has never been more true than today. Please consider donating. And please consider planned giving through a bequest in your will, or by signing up as a monthly_donor on our website. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support of Reich’s important legacy.

Sincerely,
Dr. James Strick
Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust

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James E. Strick is Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment and Chair of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at Franklin and Marshall College.

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A HYBRID IN-PERSON/ONLINE CONFERENCE – AUGUST 2 TO 5, 2022

The Living Body: Wilhelm Reich’s Influence on Contemporary Psychotherapies

 

In pursuing the development of psychosomatic medicine and an energetic model of health which respected the importance of psyche and soma equally, Wilhelm Reich created the foundation for what ultimately came to be known as the fields of Body Psychotherapy, Somatic Psychology and others.

Building upon the conference we presented in the summer of 2021, Wilhelm Reich and Psychoanalysis, the goal of this conference is to map the field of body-centered therapy today. Speakers from the Americas, Europe and Australia, representing Reich’s Orgone Therapy as well as a variety of schools which are heirs to Reich such as Radix, Bioenergetics, Biodynamic Therapy, Biosynthesis, Gestalt, Navarro, Core Energetics and other modalities based in important ways on his approach, will present and describe their respective theories, training processes and therapeutic methods.

Historians will present an overview of Reich’s evolution from psychoanalysis to character analysis, to the more body-centered character analytic vegetotherapy, and beyond.

By exploring this field through the common denominator, the theories and techniques developed by Wilhelm Reich, we hope to generate interaction and exchanges and highlight the similarities, differences and relationships between traditions.

With so many schools of therapy represented, there are bound to be some differences of opinion about theory and practice. By bringing them together, we hope to give participants a comprehensive overview of the field and build bridges between individuals and groups who have much in common and might benefit from direct, respectful interaction with one another.

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