Water Research Institute
The Water Research Institute’s (WRI) approach to water has been inspired by the work of Theodor Schwenk – author of “Sensitive Chaos” and the Institute for Flow Sciences.
The Water Research Institute operates as an incubator for ideas and new directions in the applications of the knowledge of water acquired through empirical research, development of practical applications and education.
Our mission is to awaken, through education and phenomena research, a new awareness of water’s role as an element of life and to develop new criteria and directions for the improvement, protection and management of water quality.
The basis for WRI’s work is to seek a definition of water based upon its positive qualities. From this standpoint we work to:
• Discover a deeper understanding of water and its fundamental qualities.
• Articulate and disseminate findings about the relationship between water’s inherent qualities as a fragile, life-giving resource and the ways of managing it.
• Advocate, support and facilitate projects that arise out of this deepened understanding of water.
WRI was founded in 1991 as a 501 (c)(3) charitable organization. Our primary offices and research laboratories are located in Blue Hill, Maine. The Institute serves as a center for educational conferences and seminars, sponsor of the dessemination of ideas around developing a new consciousness of water and of research projects into water quality, and as a developer of resources for educators. We also provide consulting services in scientific and cultural aspects of water education and management.
WRI works in conjunction with the Institut für Stromungswissenschaften
The founder of the Water Research Institute of Blue Hill
Currently, Jennifer Greene serves as a leading spokesperson for environmental concerns and the nature of water. She is an outspoken advocate for the need for wholistic education and research into understanding the processes of Nature and Sustainability. Her in-depth experience and research has led her to conclude that we must become better observers of the processes of Nature, for in our current reductionist thinking and analytical processes much is being lost of the whole picture. She is attracting increasing attention from the international community, including the United Nations.
Jennifer Greene, director
In 1980, Greene pioneered the work with flow forms in the United States. Since this time, she has also given water workshops at schools, universities, and environmental conferences in the United States, Canada, South Africa, India, and most recently in Switzerland. Through these presentations with hands-on experiments and with observation of water flow phenomena, the forms and patterns reveal the more hidden nature of water, leading to a deeper understanding of this element as a purveyor of life. The phenomenological approach with water is based on the work of Theodor Schwenk, author of the book “Sensitive Chaos”, a classic in this field, and on “Understanding Water” published by institute for Flow Sciences in Germany.
In 1985, after consulting Dr. Kathe Seidel of the Max-Planck Institute and the pioneer of wastewater and sludge treatment, Greene worked with Lawrence Banks and Scott Davis of Reed Systems, Inc. in the United States. They brought the work from the laboratory to successful field applications in over 100 municipal, EPA, and state regulatory approved reed bed installations in a dozen states. There are currently over a million square feet of constructed wetland beds under the aegis of Banks, Davis, and Greene. Greene is consulting on wastewater, sludge, and surface water management in Canada and in the United States.
In 1984, Greene trained in Switzerland in the Drop-Picture Method of diagnosing water quality and has the only Drop-Picture laboratory in the U.S. The Water Research Institute, of which she is the director, works in association with the Institut für Strömungswissenschaften (Institute for Flow Sciences founded by Theodor Schwenk). She works on phenomenological studies and has worked on water quality research using the Drop-Picture Method and phenomenology based on the work of Goethe and Rudolf Steiner.
2000 “Movement, Quality and the Drop-Picture Method,” Goetheanum -
Natural Science Section Newsletter
1999 “Qualität: Spracher des Lebens,” Ita Wegman Bericht Michaeli, published by Ita Wegman – Fonds für soziale und therapeutische Hilfstatigkeiten.
1991 “Water – A sense Organ for the Life of the Earth,” Bio-Dynamic Quarterly, published by The Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association.
WRI Advisors and Collaborators
Dr. David Auerbach, Max-Planck Institut, Germany
Dr. Joan Davis, EAWAG, Switzerland
Jerry Delli Priscoli, Institute of Water Resources, World Water Council
Rob Dewdney, University of Otago, New Zealand
Herbert Dreiseitl, Dreiseitl Atelier, Germany
Bill Godfrey, Environic Foundation International, USA
Craig Holdrege, The Nature Institute, USA
Patrick Horsbrugh, Environic Foundation International, USA
Michael Jacobi, Institut fur Stroemungswissenschaftern, Switzeralnd
Johannes Kuhl, Natural Science Section, Goetheanum, Switzerland
Dr. Eric Larsen, University of California, Davis, USA
Seymour Pappert, MultiMedia Laboratory, MIT, USA
Peter Proctor, Biodynamic agriculturalist, India
Wolfram Schwenk, Institut fur Stroemungswissenschaften, Germany
Dr. John Todd, Ocean Arks International, USA
Brian Wallace, Washoe Tribe, Nevada & California, USA
Andreas Wilkins, Institut fur Stroemungswissenshchaften, Germany
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