August 2005 Update
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
& The Wilhelm Reich Museum
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Summer Highlights at Orgonon
Milestone Celebration in New York City
The Orgone Room
New Book: Healing With Orgone Energy
A FEW SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS AT ORGONON
We're still in the midst of what has been a very busy and successful
summer. Our second annual Evening of Music (Saturday, July 16th)
was a sell-out once again, and raised close to $1000. It featured
four lively musical performances, each emphasizing different
musical instruments: jazz piano, fiddle, flute, and acoustic guitar.
Our Natural Science Program, held on Sunday afternoons throughout
the summer, continues to attract dozens of people to our 175-acre
property. Interestingly, the program devoted to "Mushrooms"
continues to be the most consistently popular program from year to year.
As always, our annual Summer Conference (July 18 – 22) is
one of our most exciting summer offerings, since it is devoted
exclusively to Reich's work and always brings together an eclectic
group of presenters and attendees. This year approximately
forty people gathered for our week-long conference entitled:
"Wilhelm Reich & Orgone Energy: Looking Back, Moving Forward"
(see May and June 2005 Updates for conference details). We hope to
have a report of this Conference posted later this year on our website.
2005 also marked the Sesquicentennial Celebration of Rangeley,
Maine, with an impressive summer-long roster of events to
commemorate the 150th Birthday of this wonderful lakeside
community. This included a grand parade down Main Street,
featuring numerous floats representing local history, attractions
and businesses. Among the floats was one depicting the
Orgone Energy Observatory, designed and built by our
next-door neighbor, artist and teacher Sonja Johnson,
and her enthusiastic and creative volunteers.
On August 1st , a more dramatic slice of local history
was highlighted at our Conference Building in a sold-out
lecture entitled Flagstaff: The Drowning of a Village.
Local author Ruey Baldwin and Eleanor Flint Currier
presented the story of Flagstaff, Maine (20 miles north
of Orgonon) which was dismantled and destroyed in 1950
by Central Maine Power Company when they erected
a hydropower dam on the Dead River. The lecture
raised close to $1000 for The Wilhelm Reich Museum.
And over $1000 was raised at an auction on Saturday,
August 13th, thanks to dozens of local businesses who
generously contributed products and services for this
JOIN US ON OCTOBER 21, 2005 FOR A
MILESTONE CELEBRATION IN NEW YORK CITY
HONORING A LIFETIME OF SERVICE TO
THE WILHELM REICH INFANT TRUST:
MARY BOYD HIGGINS
on the occasion of her 80th Birthday
As we move optimistically forward into the future--pursuing
opportunities in America involving Reich's medical and
scientific work, and preparing the Reich Archives for access
to scholars and researchers--friends and supporters would
like to pause for an evening of reflection and gratitude.
From 1959 until 1994, Mary served as the sole Trustee of
the Trust. In 1960 she founded the Wilhelm Reich Museum
in accordance with instructions in Reich's Last Will and Testament,
and continues to serve as the Museum Director.
It was through Mary's steadfast devotion to Reich's Last
Will and Testament that the Reich Archives--stolen from
the Orgone Energy Observatory in 1958--were recovered,
and are now at the Countway Library of Medicine at
Harvard University; and that Orgonon--abandoned and
vandalized following Reich's death--now survives as
The Wilhelm Reich Museum; and that starting in 1960,
one of the top publishing companies in New York--
Farrar Straus & Giroux--began re-publishing Reich's
books which had been banned and burned by the
United States government.
Chances are that you have benefited in some way from
the goods works of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust
and the Wilhelm Reich Museum, that the efforts of
Mary Boyd Higgins on behalf of the Trust and Museum
have touched you in some way.
We hope you'll join us in New York City to celebrate
Mary's 80th birthday, and express your appreciation
for a lifetime of dedication to Reich's legacy.
The evening will include a champagne fete and refreshments,
with music provided by jazz pianist Andy Kahn.
When: Friday - October 21, 2005 - 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Williams Club, 24 East 39th St., New York City
Contribution Requested: $75.00 per person to benefit
The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust Endowment Fund.
For more information, please contact the Wilhelm Reich Museum
at (207) 864-3443 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE ORGONE ROOM
The metal-lined Orgone Room in the Conference Building
allows Museum visitors to sit in orgone energy accumulators,
and--if they have sufficient time--to observe the visual
manifestations of orgone energy in a completely dark,
For several years, the room contained two accumulators
belonging to biologist Sol Kramer who studied with Reich.
As well as a small accumulator for children.
Thanks to the generosity of our friend and supporter
Andy Kahn, and Theirrie Cook--owner and sole proprietor
of Orgonics in Petaluma, California--we have now added
a fourth accumulator. Andy contracted with Theirrie
to build this five-ply accumulator the week after the
Summer Conference where Theirrie had been one of
the presenters. Theirrie subsequently devoted all of her
time to expediting the order. Over a dozen Museum
visitors, including two physicians, have already used this
accumulator, all of them expressing admiration for its
design and look.
Our deepest thanks to Andy and Theirrie for the considerable
time and effort they expended in what is a welcome addition
to the Museum.
HEILEN MIT ORGONENERGIE
(HEALING WITH ORGONE ENERGY)
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 and DOR-buster. Dr. Kavouras reports that the book is selling well in Germany,
and that he is currently looking for a publisher
for an English version of Heilen Mit Orgonenergie. The book
can be purchased by contacting Turm Verlag (email@example.com)
UNTIL NEXT MONTH
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