“Water is good; air is better, but light is best of all.”
Arnold Rikli (February 13 1823 in Wangen an der Aare , Canton of Bern, Switzerland – April 30 1906 in St. Thomas, Carinthia , Austria) was a Swiss naturopath and health reformator.
He is the founder of the “atmospheric cure” where light-air baths play substantial role.
As one of the pioneers of Lebensreform – a life reform movement – has written 15 books and numerous articles in 7 different languages.
He started a health center in Bled (nowadays Slovenia). As a practitioner he was also active in Trieste, Florence and Merano (Italy).
The Arnold Rikli-Prize is an international award offered to all scientific disciplines represented in photo biology that focus on the effects of optical radiation on the human organism.
2015 is celebrated as the UN International Year of Light and 160th anniversary of the beginnings Rikli’s sanatorium in Bled (Veldes) in Slovenia.
New documentary Arnold Rikli (Amalija Jelen Mikša | Slovenia |56 min, 2015) premiered at Bled Film Festival June 20 2015.
The aims of the project are:
– to collect a complete bibliography and make it freely available in electronic form
– personal biography
– to scientifically evaluate Rikli’s ideas and contribution to photo biology and health care
– prepare English, German, Italian and Slovenian versions of the website