Encounters with Elemental Beings

Ursula Burkhard; Translated by David Heaf

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  • The remarkable experiences of Ursula Burkhard, who was able to see and communicate with elemental beings such as gnomes and fairies
  • Explores the author's relationship with a special gnome, Karlik, and share his insights into the world

A little book about the author's remarkable experiences of communicating with elemental beings.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Mind, Body, Spirit
64 pages
Publication date:
17 Aug 2017


Elemental beings such as gnomes and fairies exist in many folk and spiritual traditions, and Rudolf Steiner also discussed their significance to our world. Some people are able to engage and even communicate with elementals.

Ursula Burkhard was one such person. Blind from birth, she experienced gnomes and other elementals from early childhood. When, as she grew older, her parents tried to dissuade her, she was puzzled: why should she believe in the 'real' things she was unable to see, and ignore what she knew to be true?

In this readable little book, she describes her remarkable experiences and in particular her relationship with a special gnome, Karlik. The book was a bestseller in Germany in the 1980s, bringing the world of the elementals into the mainstream.


'[A] readable little book'
-- Cygnus

'... this small work is a testimony to [Ursula] and her ehtereal friends' anguish that human culture has turned its back on such contact [with elemental beings], to personal and global detriment. File this with the kind of elemental experiences without which Findhorn would not have existed.'
-- Northern Earth


Ursula Burkhard (1930-2011) was born in Basel, Switzerland. She studied German, English and Slavic literature. She also attended teacher training college at Dornach, Switzerland before working as a teacher for blind as well as sighted children. She did radio broadcasts for Radio Basel, as well as holding numerous courses for parents and teachers. She wrote a number of children’s books about elementals and little folk.

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