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May 2004 Update
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
& The Wilhelm Reich Museum

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Visiting Orgonon
Summer Conference 2004 (Schedule)
William Steig – The Man Who Created Shrek
Foster Families at Tamarack
Foreign Publication of Reich’s Books
Reich Documentary: Man’s Right to Know
Our Other Summer Activities
Natural Science Program – Summer Workshops 2004
Friends of the Wilhelm Reich Museum 


As we prepare for our summer season, we want to remind you of our hours so you can plan your visits accordingly.

Our 175 acre property, with its trails and nature walks, is open daily to the public year-round from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Orgone Energy Observatory is open for tours in July and August, Wednesday - Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. And in September on Sundays only, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are admitted free. Special tours at any other time are available by appointment only; admission is $100 for groups of up to ten people.

The Conference Building, which houses the Museum and Trust offices, is open year-round Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. With the addition of our new Reading Room this summer, these hours may be subject to change. We'll let you know soon. 

SUMMER CONFERENCE July 19-23, 2004
The Orgone Energy Accumulator: Its Scientific and Medical Use

For twenty-five years Jorgos Kavouras, M.D. has maintained a general practice in Germany and Greece in which the orgone accumulator is his principal therapeutic tool. His book Healing With Orgone Energy will be published in Germany in Fall 2004. In it Dr. Kavouras documents over 40 case studies of his practical experience with the orgone accumulator. We are pleased that Dr. Kavouras will be joining us as an instructor at this year's Summer Conference. Below is a detailed program schedule:

Monday - July 19
9:00 a.m.

  1. "Historical Development of the Orgone Energy Accumulator and its Role in Reich's Research"
  2. "Lab Session: Demonstration of Reich's Cork & Ball Experiment"
  3. "Orgone Room Observations"

James E. Strick, Ph.D

5:00 p.m.
Reception at the Observatory

Tuesday - July 20
9:00 a.m.

  1. "Physical Effects of the Orgone Energy Accumulator"
  2. "Lab Session: Experiments with Electroscopes and To-T"

7:30 p.m.

  1. "Biological Effects of the Orgone Energy Accumulator: Experimental Studies with Mice and Humans"
  2. "Lab Session: Effects of the Accumulator on Human Body Temperature"

Wednesday - July 21
9:00 a.m.
"Orgone Accumulator Charging of Seeds and Plants"
Joseph Heckman, Ph.D

2:00 p.m.
Recreation - For those who are interested, a guided hike up Bald Mountain (weather permitting)
Kevin Hinchey, Associate Director - Wilhelm Reich Museum

Thursday - July 22
9:00 a.m.
"Making Accumulators"
Robert Dayton , Builder/Artist, Board of Directors of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust

7:30 p.m.
"Healing with Orgone Energy - Part I"
Jorgos Kavouras, M.D.

Friday - July 23
9:00 a.m.
"Healing with Orgone Energy - Part II"
Jorgos Kavouras, M.D.

11:30 a.m.
Roundtable Discussion

5:00 p.m. Friends of the Wilhelm Reich Museum Annual Meeting

6:00 p.m. Lobster and Steak Dinner (minimal cost)

Please register soon if you plan to attend. The fee is $350 which includes tuition, information packet, continental breakfast, refreshments, and reception. A 25% discount is available for full-time college students.

Two scholarships are also available. To apply, e-mail us or send a letter to the Wilhelm Reich Museum, P.O. Box 687, Rangeley, ME 04970. Applications must be received by June 15th. For more details about the Conference, call us at (207) 864-3443. 


For decades William Steig was known as a prolific cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine and an award-winning writer of children's books. Today a whole new generation knows him as the author of Shrek, the book on which the hit movie was based. A friend and longtime supporter of Wilhelm Reich and his work, Steig illustrated Listen, Little Man (which Reich published in 1948), raised funds for Reich's legal defense, and was one of the few people allowed to visit Reich in prison. Steig died on October 3, 2003 at the age of 95.

Steig's forty-four original drawings for Listen, Little Man are part of the Reich Archives at the Countway Library of Medicine at Harvard. And throughout this summer they will be on display free of charge in our Conference Building at Orgonon. Once again, we'll let you know the hours that the building will be open. 


If you're interested in renting either of our two cottages, Bunchberry or Tamarack, we remind you that Tamarack is unavailable from June 19 to August 21. Since 1989 The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust has been donating the cottage every summer to foster and adoptive Maine families.

In his Will, Reich stipulated that this cabin (formerly the living quarters for him and his family) was to be used "as a summer home for children." The Trust carries out that wish by making the cabin available to adoptive, foster and kinship children and their families who could not otherwise afford a summer camp experience as a family. Every year Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine (AFFM) selects eight families by random drawing; each family spends a week at Tamarack which offers quiet, seclusion, access to the shores of Dodge Pond, and the opportunity to be together in the beauty of the Rangeley Lakes region. 


We're frequently asked about the history and current status of Reich's publications throughout the world. It's a fascinating topic which provides a compelling look at which facets of Reich's work are of interest to different countries and cultures. We're planning to post a report on our website later this year, detailing which titles are available in specific languages. Until then, here are the languages in which Reich's work is now available:

Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese (which includes Brazil), Romanian, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish. 


We've also been asked if we have plans to produce and distribute foreign language versions of Man's Right to Know, our half-hour biographical video about Reich which we completed in 2002. Budget constraints prevent us right now from doing this. We remind our foreign friends that the video is available in PAL format for $34.50. Regular VHS copies sell for $24.95. 


While our primary focus is on programs, exhibits, and other functions specific to Reich's life and legacy, we are part of the vibrant community of Rangeley, Maine, and recognize our responsibilities to our local friends and neighbors. Our property and facilities are the venue for a myriad of educational, recreational, and social activities that bring hundreds of people to Orgonon every year.

In 1989 we began a Natural Science Program, funded largely by grants, attracting people to our meadows, woods, trails and lakefront for lectures, workshops, and hikes. In 2001 a sheltered outdoor classroom was erected, allowing us to expand this program. And our Conference Building continues to be the site of additional educational and social events, including our Summer Evenings at Orgonon. Below is a list of our summer offerings.  


Sundays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

July 11
"Wild Turkeys in Maine"
Wildlife Biologist Chuck Hulsey

July 18
"Wilderness Survival"
Maine Master Guide Ray Reitze

July 24
"Moss Walk"
Ecologist Lisa St. Hilaire

August 1
"Discovering Wild Edible Plants"
Taxonomist Mare Nazaire

August 8
"Nature Journaling"
Artist/Instructor Anita Sebastian

August 15
"Maine Mammals in the Weasel Family"
Wildlife Biologist Mark Caron

August 22
"Mushroom Walk"
Michaeline Mulvey & Ted Elliott
of the Maine Mycological Society

August 29
"Pruning and Grafting"
Naturalist/Landscaper Warren Balgooyen


July 17 - 7:00 p.m.
"A Festival of Music: Four Lively Performances/Four Musical Styles"
Jazz Piano: Andy Kahn
Fiddle: Mike & Leah Schrader
Flute: Sarah Lloyd & Susan Borko
Acoustic Guitar: Mike Blythe

July 26 - 7:00 p.m.
Lecture: "Maine Artists and Ecology"
Jan Piribeck - Assistant Professor of Art, University of Southern Maine

August 2 - 7:00 p.m.
Lecture: "Documenting Maine"
Donna Galluzzo - Director, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

August 9 - 7:00 p.m.
Lecture: "Sporting Camps of the Rangeley Region"
Earle G. Shettleworth - Director of the Maine Historical Commission 


Friends of the Wilhelm Reich Museum was begun in 1977 to support the development of the Museum as the scientific and educational center that Reich envisioned.

Membership in the Friends has become the most popular way to contribute to the Museum.

In the past 27 years, hundreds of people from all over the world have joined the Friends, providing significant support for the Museum while benefiting from the privileges of membership. Members receive the Friends' annual newsletter, free admission to the Orgone Energy Observatory during visiting hours, a 10% discount on purchases in the Museum bookstore, and advance notice of new publications.

Among the projects that the Friends have supported financially are:

  • Orgone Energy Observatory repairs
  • the production of Man's Right to Know
  • preservation of Reich's paintings
  • summer Museum staffing
  • the Natural Science Program

The Friends also provide college scholarships for local high school students. Please think about becoming a member.

Individual: $25
Family: $35
Business: $40
Contributing: $50
Sustaining: $125
Donor: $250
Patron: $500
Life: $1000


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