Mark McKibben (Uriel Pharmacy)
Uriel Chief Indian Mark McKibben was turned on to science in the 1970's at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Los Angeles by 11th grade chemistry teacher William Noah. Noah was a reformed hippie who manufactured nitroglycerin in the classroom as a demonstration, and his safety rule was to make the first row move back a bit. During a lecture about the future direction of science, he brought up Genetic Engineering as the next big movement. Determined to do something, Mark's die was cast by righteous indignation that day.
Throughout university attendance at UCLA and Cal State Northridge, Mark lived at the Rudolf Steiner Library Collective, a ferment of Bohemian anthroposophy frequented by illustrious characters. During this time Dr. Henry Williams, a prominent anthroposophic doctor, was conducting a series of evening lectures in L.A. whilst rooming at the collective with the students. During a number of talks with the good doctor, Mark was advised to become an anthroposophic pharmacist. A seed was planted. The east coast called
Uriel creates natural remedies designed for the whole human being, based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner. Uriel was founded in 1996 by Mark McKibben, R.Ph. to meet the needs of anthroposophically oriented practitioners and their patients. Located on a small farm in Wisconsin, Uriel makes remedies in small batches with great care to ensure their vitality and effectiveness, using ingredients from our biodynamic gardens and the living, breathing forces of sunrise and sunset.
After years of study and training in the US, Germany and Switzerland, Mark McKibben chose southeastern Wisconsin as the perfect location for his own company. He had started Raphael Pharmacy in Fair Oaks, California, years prior, but wanted to stretch his wings with his own concern. East Troy is the home of the first biodynamic farm in the U.S., run by the Zinniker family since 1943, as well as Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. Today several biodynamic farms, Waldorf schools and anthroposophic doctors are based in this region.