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June 2005 Update
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
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Open House at Orgonon
Summer Hours
A Minor Change in Our Summer Conference
Summer Conference: July 18-22
New Foreign Translations
New Book: Healing With Orgone Energy
Reich's Courses at the New School
Orgonon's Other Summer Activities
Evening of Music - July 16 


For the third consecutive year the Wilhelm Reich Museum will begin its summer season by participating in an Open House in conjunction with other museums in the Rangeley area. On Sunday, June 26th, from 1 - 5 p.m., the Museum will be open to the public free of charge. At the same time Open Houses will also take place at the historic Coplin School House, the Dead River Historical Society, the Rangeley Lakes Region Historical Society, and the Rangeley Lakes Region Logging Museum.

Our regular summer hours begin on Friday, July 1st. 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.

Tours of the Orgone Energy Observatory:

July & August, Wednesday - Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.
September, Sundays only 1 - 5 p.m.
Admission: $6.00 for adults & children over 12
Children under 12 are admitted free.

Special tours at any other time are available by appointment only; admission is $100.00 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. 


Our Conference is coming up fast. If you haven't yet registered, please do so. We have a minor scheduling change: Dr. Morton Herskowitz--originally scheduled to speak on Tuesday morning at 9:00--will instead present on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Which means that Tuesday morning (instead of the afternoon) will be free for everyone to explore and enjoy the Rangeley region. And now, a final reminder of our Summer Conference: 



As we look ahead to the future of Reich's work in science and medicine, this conference will bring together voices and faces of the past and present to investigate the possibilities and challenges of the future. Those who knew and worked with Reich will share their experiences, and current opportunities for medical trials of orgone blankets and accumulators in America will be explored.

We hope you will join us for what promises to be a stimulating week of discussion and debate as we move forward into the future.

Theirrie Cook
Wanda Ferguson
Bernard Grad, Ph.D.
Morton Herskowitz, D.O.
Kevin Hinchey
Conny Huthsteiner, M.D.
Ronald Maio, D.O., M.S.
Kathy Steward
James Strick, Ph.D.

Monday, July 18th

9:00 a.m.

"The Historic Context of Reich's Laboratory Work: From Biomedical Research of the 1930s to the Present Day"
Presenter: James E. Strick, Ph.D.

Dr. Strick is a science historian specializing in the history of ideas about the origins of life. He is the author of Sparks of Life: Darwinism and the Victorian Debates Over Spontaneous Generation, and co-author of The Living Universe: NASA and the Development of Astrobiology.

2:00 p.m.

"Memories of Working With Reich"
"Opportunities & Obstacles for the Future of Reich's Biological Work"
Presenter: Bernard Grad, Ph.D

Dr. Grad is a biologist, a former student of Wilhelm Reich, and author of "Wilhelm Reich's Experiment XX" and "The Effects of the Orgone Accumulator on the Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia of AKR Mice."

Tuesday, July 19th

No events planned for the morning - enjoy Rangeley Lakes!

2:00 p.m.

"Memories of Reich"
Presenter: Morton Herskowitz, D.O.

Dr. Herskowitz is a practicing orgone therapist, President of the Institute for Orgonomic Science, and author of Emotional Armoring: An Introduction to Psychiatric Orgone Therapy.

6:00 p.m.

Reception at the Orgone Energy Observatory (including a tour)

Wednesday, July 20th

9:00 a.m.

"A Proposed Clinical Study to Test the Effectiveness of Orgone Blankets in the Treatment of Burns"
Presenters: Ron Maio, D.O. and Conny Huthsteiner, M.D.

Conny Huthsteiner, M.D., is a psychiatric orgonomist in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts. She is Vice President of the Institute of Orgonomic Science, and is staff and faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Maio is Professor and Associate Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School, Director of the University's Injury Research Center, and Assistant Dean for Research Regulatory Affairs for the Medical School.

2:00 p.m.

Recreation Bald Mountain hike (weather permitting)

Those who are interested can take a guided 3-hour hike up Bald Mountain which offers spectacular views of Mooselookmeguntic Lake where Reich first observed atmospheric orgone energy in the summer of 1940 while staying in a cabin on the lake. Kevin Hinchey, Associate Director of the Wilhelm Reich Museum, will lead the hike.

Thursday, July 21st

9:00 a.m.

"Building and Selling Orgone Accumulators and Orgone Blankets"
"Practical and Research Considerations & Anecdotal Customer Data"
Presenter: Theirrie Cook

Theirrie Cook founded and is the sole proprietor of Orgonics, a business that develops and sells orgone energy accumulators to the public.

2:00 p.m.

"Wilhelm Reich and Orgone Energy: A Survey of the FBI & FDA Files"
Presenter: Kevin Hinchey

Mr. Hinchey is Associate Director of the Wilhelm Reich Museum

7:00 p.m.

"Recollections of Reich and Orgonon in the 1950s"
Presenters: Wanda Ferguson & Kathy Steward

Mrs. Ferguson--a writer and native of Rangeley, Maine--will discuss her experiences as a young woman working at Orgonon immediately after the Oranur Experiment in 1951.

Mrs. Steward of Rangeley, Maine is the daughter of Tom Ross, caretaker at Orgonon while Reich was alive. Kathy and her parents lived on the property, and after Reich's death were instrumental in opening Orgonon to the public as The Wilhelm Reich Museum.

Friday, July 22nd

9:00 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion

6:00 p.m.

Steak or Lobster Dinner (additional fee required)

PLEASE NOTE that this dinner is not a part of the formal Conference activities, and will require an additional fee. Reservations for this dinner can be made during conference week.

MEETING PLACE. The summer program will be held in the Conference Building (formerly Reich's Student Laboratory). A continental breakfast is served each morning at 8:30 a.m. Presentations begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. Evening events take place at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to explore and utilize the Wilhelm Reich Museum's 175-property and its numerous facilities, including the Reading Room and Orgone Room.

REGISTRATION FEE is $375.00. This includes tuition, information packet, continental breakfast, refreshments, reception and tour of the Orgone Energy Observatory. A 25% discount is available for full-time students who can document their status.

TAX DEDUCTION. IRS regulations permit an income tax deduction for educational expenses undertaken to maintain or improve professional skills.

ACCOMMODATIONS. All types of accommodations are available in and around Rangeley, and you are encouraged to make reservations early since this is the summer season. Contact the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce: 1-800-685-2537 or e-mail: mtlakes@rangeley.org.

SCHOLARSHIPS. To apply for the Thomas E. Ross and Chester M. Raphael memorial scholarships, e-mail us at wreich@rangeley.org, or send a letter to: Wilhelm Reich Museum, P.O. Box 687, Rangeley Maine. 04970. All applications must be received by June 15, 2005.

FOR MORE REGISTRATION INFORMATION call us at: (207) 864-3443, or e-mail: wreich@rangeley.org 


Since 1959, The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust has been privileged to have Farrar Straus & Giroux (FSG) as the publisher of Reich's books, 21 titles, representing 21 languages. FSG also serves as the Trust's sole agent in negotiating translations and foreign publications of Reich's work.

FSG was founded by Roger Straus in 1946. Over the years this publishing house became known for its international list of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and children's books. Its authors have won extraordinary acclaim, including National Book Awards, Pulitzer prizes, and over twenty Nobel prizes. Roger Straus passed away on May 25, 2004 at the age of 87.

The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust and FSG are pleased to announce a new Swedish translation of Character Analysis [Luonneanalyysi] to be published by University of Helsinki Press later this year. Character Analysis has also been translated into Finnish. And there's the possibility that The Murder of Christ may soon be re-printed in French, after being out of print in France for many years. 


Jorgos Kavouras, M.D., who was one of the instructors at the 2004 Summer Conference, has recently published Heilen Mit Orgonenergie. For over twenty-five years Dr. Kavouras has maintained a general practice in Germany and Greece in which the orgone accumulator is his principal therapeutic tool. In this book, Dr. Kavouras documents over 40 case studies of his practical experience with the orgone accumulator. Dr. Kavouras is currently looking for a publisher for an English version of Heilen Mit Orgonenergie. The book can be purchased by contacting Turm Verlag (info@turm-verlag.de) 


Reich taught at the New School for Social Research in New York City for three semesters: Spring and Fall of 1940, and Spring of 1941. The fee for each course was $12.50. Below are Reich's course descriptions and biography as they appeared in the 1940 and 1941 course catalogs:


I. The biological nucleus of psychic structure "Psychic Structure"; the result of a conflict between biological and sociological factors. Definition of the biological, psychological and sociological points of view. Libido and anxiety as primary functions of the autonomic nervous system; the sensations of pleasure, anxiety and anger, in relation to the autonomic nervous system. Emotional current and the function of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Plasma-current in amoebae. Electrophysiological findings concerning pleasure and anxiety. The abdominal vegetative plexus and the function.

II. The Characterological Armor
Psychic defense mechanisms, character armor; the neurotic symptom as a sign of damned-up biological energy. Stiffness, hardness, feeling of deadness. The longing for and fear of liberty; neurotic helplessness and need for help, lack and fear of responsibility; human structure as conditioned by authority and freedom. The somatic basis of the neurosis. The muscular armor and its identity with the characterological armor. Muscular spasm binding biological energy. Connections with various metaphysical teachings e.g. yoga breathing ceremonials, Nirvana, etc. Typical somatic sensations as the basis of delusion formation.

III. Characterological structure as a structuralized social process. Irrationalism in mass psychology. From cure of mental disease to prevention; possible contributions of medical psychology to understanding somatic disease, mental hygiene


The principal aim of this seminar is a study of Freud's libido theory and the problem of how and why it reached the limits of psychological investigation which it was not able to transcend. The seminar shows, further, the clinical avenue of approach from purely psychological investigation to biology and physiology, leading up to a discussion of the psychosomatic problem. It discusses scientifically and clinically the material which the preceding lecture course presented in a more general and popular way.


This is a character analysis vegeto-therapy clinic for physicians, teachers, psychologists and research workers who have attended the general lecture course. It gives the students the opportunity to present clinical and educational cases for discussion.

BIOGRAPHY (from Course Catalog)

Wilhelm Reich. Vienna. Director of the Scandinavian Institute for Life Research in Sex Economy, Oslo and Copenhagen; formerly at the Psychological Institute, University of Oslo; first Assistant at the Psychoanalytic Polyclinic and attending physician at the Psychiatric Clinic, Vienna; member of the Psychoanalytic Educational Committee and director of the seminar of the seminar for Psychoanalytic Technique, Vienna; Honorary Member, International Society for Plasmogeny. Author of Die Funktion des Orgasmus; Charakteranalyse; Experimentelle Ergebnisse uber die elektrische Funktion von Sexualitat und Angst. 


While our primary focus is on programs, exhibits, and other functions specific to Reich's life and legacy, we are part of the vibrant communities of Rangeley and Oquossoc, 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. And we feel that all of these activities, while not about Reich, are very much in keeping with the essence of his personality, his life, and his work.

In 1989 we began a Natural Science Program, funded largely by grants, attracting people to our meadows, woods, trails and waterfront 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.

Below is a list of our summer offerings.

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

July 10
"Tree Walk"
Naturalist: Warren Balgooyen

July 17
"Introduction to Lichen Exploration"
Christine Blaze

July 24
"Exploring Moose & White Tail Deer"
Russell Brooks & John Lazotte

July 31
"Basket Making"
Maine Guide: Tom Hooke

August 7
"Native American Storytelling"
Maine Master Guide: Ray Reitze

August 14
"Mushroom Walk"
Michaeline Mulvey & Ted Elliott of the Maine Mycological Society

August 21
"Introduction to Orienteering with a Practical Course"
Maine Guide: Cheryl Fisherburton

August 28
"Creating a Nature Journal"
Artist/Teacher: Sonja Johnson



Last year we had a sell-out crowd at this event. Two hours of rhythmic, fast-paced entertainment featuring four lively musical performances, each emphasizing different musical instruments. And it all happened in the museum's Conference Building with a beautiful view of the landscape at sunset. There was even a rainbow. And at 7:00 p.m. on July 16th, all of our performers will be back for an encore (plus two additional musicians):

Jazz pianist Andy Kahn
Fiddle players Mike Schrader and his daughters Leah &
Acoustic guitarist Mike Blythe
Flutists Sara Lloyd and Sue Downes-Borko, who will be
       joined this year by Marni Lawson and Lennie Yamashiro,
       appearing as "The Hot Airs" flute quartet

Admission is $8.50 for adults and $5.00 for children 12 and under. Refreshments will be served. So come on out to Orgonon for what promises to be another unique and enjoyable evening.


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