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Flowforms: The Rhythmic Power of Water

What is the true nature of water, and does it have memory?
By working with the rhythm and flow of water, can we increase its life-giving power?

Water is not only fundamental to life but is ALSO essential for the cycles and changes in nature. John Wilkes states that water is the universal bearer of whatever character we put into it. Consequently, the way we treat water is of crucial importance to our health, and to the wellbeing of our planet.

Working with his remarkable invention, the Flowform, Wilkes has uncovered hidden secrets of the world of water, and at the same time created an artform of great beauty. His lifetime of applied research into rhythms and water, fully revealed in this book for the first time, has startling implications for such topical issues as farming and irrigation; food production and processing; water treatment and recycling; and health and cosmetic products.

This ground-breaking book is lavishly illustrated to show both the beauty of the Flowform and the wide range of its applications.

C O N T E N T S:

Part 1: Rhythm and polarity

1. Water and rhythm
2. Rhythm and flow: the water cycle
3. Metamorphosis

Part 2: Discovering the Flowform

4. Experimenting with water
5. Discovery of the Flowform Method
6. The Flowform and the Living World

Part 3: Applications and Research

7. Järna: the first major Flowform project
8. The next generation of Flowforms
9. The Metamorphic Sequence
10. Research with Cascades
11. Flowform related developments
12. The Flowform throughout the World
13. Present and Future


1: Metamorphosis
2: Flowform types, designs and applications
3: Scientific and technical aspects
4: Virbela Rhythm Research Institute

About the Author

John Wilkes studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art. While in London he met George Adams, a mathematician and scientist, and Theodor Schwenk, a pioneer in water research and author of Sensitive Chaos. Wilkes joined the Institute for Flow Sciences in Herrischried, Germany, where he began investigations into the flow and rhythm of water, which would eventually result in the development of flowforms. During this period, he also worked at the Goetheanum in Switzerland, where he researched and restored Rudolf Steiner’s sculptural and architectural models. In 1971, he joined Emerson College in Forest Row, UK, and became Director of the Virbela Rhythm Research Institute. John Wilkes passed away in 2011.

Additional information

Weight 32 oz
Dimensions 8.5 × 0.8 × 9.5 in




May 2019






Floris Books

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  1. Scott (verified owner)

    Fast Delivery. Thanks!

  2. Steven D. (verified owner)

    An outstanding book showing details of research and progress of Flowforms. Thank you all at CFAE / Rudolph Steiner Bookstore for help in selecting this book and suggestions for other resources.

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