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

Our Vision "Water sustains all.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Our vision of water has its genesis in “Sensitive Chaos” by Theodor Schwenk where waters more hidden nature is so elegantly told.
Water is the midwife of life; it is the lifeblood of the Earth. Wherever it is, through its presence, it creates spaces and environments for the creation and sustenance of life. Where there is no water this possibility ceases. Water is a mediator, a balancer between extremes and contrasts – it dissolves what it solid and brings together substances to form new compounds. It strives to be chemically neutral between acid and base; it serves buoyancy between gravity and levity. Water is a bridge builder, crosses boundaries, is open and serves all life selflessly, ready to refresh, to heal, to purify, or to give solace. It does not discriminate. Every living being drinks it. Every living creature has a right to it. It cannot be made separate and owned because it is by its nature intimately and selflessly connected to all things. What are the conditions needed for water to do its tasks? In order to do its work of creating opportunities for and sustaining life, water needs certain conditions. Healthy water has remarkable capacities that allow it to serve life. It loses its capacity to do its work and becomes unhealthy when these conditions are not met. Water Points Water serves life through processes of change, forming and rhythm. Water achieves this through its capacity of movement. In order to allow water to reveal the wisdom, science and sanctity that nature has already given it, we study water in its healthiest state. Only this positive picture of water allows us to reach the comprehensive understanding of this universal, and universally needed, substance. • Through the proper understanding of water and its needs, there arises the possibility for governments, at all levels to create water policy that reflects the nature of water itself without mistakenly imposing life-degrading forms upon it. • It is possible to find appropriate and workable models for the policy-forming process in the natural behavior of water itself. Water’s capacity for mediation, for binding and dissolving substances and bringing about transformation can serve as an important example for policy makers trying to satisfy many conflicting interests and priorities. • When conservation, management and policy formation strategies are based on knowledge of the conditions water needs to serve life on Earth, we can bring health to the environment and to Mankind, physically, socially and spiritually

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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