Library

The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books. Hours:  Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00; Fridays 14:00 - 18:00

Study Programs

The Goetheanum offers a full-year study program, "Foundations of Anthroposophy," in English! (The full-time study overseen by the General Anthroposophic Section, is also offered in Spanish/Portuguese and German.) Students from around the world, of various backgrounds and ages, come for an academic year of Anthroposophic studies, including artistic classes.

There are 11 sections at the Goetheanum that offer conferences throughout the year, often translated or held in multiple languages. See the individual websites for current programs.

The following schools and sections offer occupational Anthroposophical courses, diploma programs and research options in Dornach: eurythmy (performing arts section), painting (visual art section), educationbiodynamic agriculturemedicinemathmatics/astronomy and natural science. The youth section located on the Goetheanum hill, houses a multitude of activities and international conferences in English, German and Spanish. The literary arts and humanities section and the social science section can be contacted for questions about involvement, study or research.

Research

The 11 Sections for the School of Spiritual Science are involved in world issues and research projects. 

Here is insight into their current projects: General Anthropsophy ·Natural Science · Agriculture · Medicine · Theraputic Education and Social Therapy · Education · Mathematics-Astronomy · Arts and Humanities · Spoken and Musical/Performing Arts · Visual Arts · Social Science · Youth Section

Comments

We are continually working on the English site. Do you like something we are doing, or is there something that you would like to see here? Email us with inquiries, comments and suggestions, Attn: EN website.

For current event questions,
contact the reception desk:
Phone +41 61 706 42 42, sekretariatnoSpam@goetheanum.org


From the Life at the Goetheanum

13.02.2017 01:01 Age: 306 days
By: Sebastian Jüngel, transl. Anya Thaker

Fertile soil contributes to climate protection

Soil that is rich in humus not only contributes to higher fertility, but also naturally binds more carbon dioxide to it than does soil with a low humus content. The International Conference on Soil Fertility, organized by the Goetheanum's Agriculture Section, highlighted the connections between soil quality, climate and nutrition security, and made concrete propositions.


Soil fertility is based on a complex system of inorganic and organic processes. For example, through photosynthesis, plants build energy-rich substances. These wander through roots and excrete into the soil what provides nutrition for billions of micro-organisms. Their activity transforms the plant material into humus. Due to the higher humus content, the soil stores more water and carbon dioxide. Naturally, a fertile soil thus contributes to climate protection and food security.

"With good soil cultivation, fertility improves from year to year," Ueli Hurter, co-chair of the Agriculture Section at the Goetheanum says from experience. Measures to improve soil quality include the type of soil cultivation, the use of planting, compliance with crop rotation and the use of manure and compost. Parameters of a good soil are root penetration, moisture distribution and soil crumbling, humus content, pH-quality and soil life.

Another approach to improving soil quality is with biodynamic preparations. They can be produced on each farm - their use requires expert knowledge and an examination of the specific conditions on site. Thomas Lüthi, also head of the Section for Agriculture, says that Sekem (in Egypt) is a good example - here desert was transformed into fertile soil. In the biodynamic approach, soil is part of a closed cycle: with the animal fertilizer and plant compost, the soil gets back that which was taken from it. The preparations stimulate the metabolism of the soil.

Greetings from Prince Charles for the international conference on "Soil fertility".
Put on by the Agriculture Section at the Goetheanum, from February 1st-4th, 2017 (in English, available until May 3rd).


Mystery Dramas

Mystery Dramas in 2017 (in German):

Conference (Dec. 26–31st)

Performances (Dec. 27–31st) 

Tours

General Tours Introduction to the history of the Goetheanum, the biography of Rudolf Steiner and the foundation of Anthroposophy: Saturdays, 2pm. Meeting point: Reception desk. Registration is not required. In German and English.

| Further Information
| Specific Theme Tours (Registration required)

Exhibitions

March 25th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018

Daily from 8 -22:00           

Brentano's Studio

Øya. 77 pictures from Hannes Weigert in the West staircase. Vernissage on March 25th, 2017 at 16:30 with a talk by Bodo von Plato and Eurythmy by Saskia Barnes.

April 2, 2017 – September 20, 2017

Daily from 8 -22:00         

Maximilian Woloschin (1877-1932)

"He went alone to the deserted shore," (Sergej O. Prokofief about Maximilian Woloschin)

Please be aware of adjusted visiting hours for the main auditorium:

 

December 29th, 2017 and April 27th, 2018: Closed

Open from 1:30-2pm Dec. 13–15th, & 19–21st, 28th,30th,31st, 2017

Open from 1:30-2:15 pm Feb. 17th, 2018


The Goetheanum is a center of a worldwide network of spiritually engaged people. It is the seat of the School of Spiritual Science  and the General Anthroposophical Society, which serves as a place of exchange for those with spiritual questions, and a place for trainings in scientific and artistic fields. 

Events range from lectures on special themes, to large, international conferences, to performances by  ensembles and guest performances in Eurythmy, theater, puppetry and music. 

Situated in the Jura landscape, 10 Kilometers South of Basel, the Goetheanum sits grand on the Dornach hill, with its expressive architecture and picturesque garden park, café, bookstore and gift shop.