How did the training course start?

Josine Hutchison-de Lanoy Meijer started to work as an art therapist in 1976.
In 1978 she started to work as a painting therapist with Dr L. P. Walburgh Schmidt and from 1982 with Dr P. T. Hutchison.

Since meeting Liane Collot d'Herbois in the autumn of 1978 she has been working to put into practice the wide knowledge of colour and painting therapy that Liane shared with her.

At the close of the painting therapy courses which Josine gave for final year students at the Tobias School of Art in England from 1980-1990, she was also frequently approached by people requesting a full-time training course in this way of doing painting therapy.

In the spring of 1986, in direct response to requests from both Liane Collot d’Herbois herself and a group of people from England and The Netherlands, Josine started the first training course. The course was made possible thanks to a unique combination of a number of patient work series, made by patients in Josine’s own practice, and the knowledge and indications for treatment for these patients which Liane had shared with her and Paul.

Over the years there was a steady increase in the number of participants in these courses and it became clear that a more official framework was needed.
In November 1988 the "Foundation for Promotion of Painting Therapy on Anthroposophical Principles according to the work of Liane Collot d'Herbois", was set up. In March 1989 Liane Collot d'Herbois gave the foundation the name “Emerald”.
Since 1988 the Foundation has taken over all activities. Josine Hutchison-de Lanoy Meijer and Dr Paul Hutchison, GP are the founders, directors and senior teachers of the training course.

Until her death in 1999, Liane Collot d'Herbois had contributed continuously to the training course. During the courses she would speak to students of the spiritual background out of which she had developed her all-embracing insights into light, colour iand darkness in relation to the cosmos and to man.