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.


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


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,

From the Life at the Goetheanum

By: Sebastian Jüngel, Transl. Anya Thaker

Goetheanum Stage: "Ekmek-Kadaif" – humorously staged

Barbara Bäumler and Rafael Tavares from the Eurythmy stage group at Goetheanum have studied motifs from the fairytale, " Ali, the Master Thief".

Barbara Bäumler as Leila, Rafael Tavares as Ali (Photo: Sebastian Jüngel)

Fairytales can have quite complex narrative structures. In 'Ali, the Master Thief', there are the perspectives of Ali, his mother, and his circle around him, as well as that of the narrator - in the production expanding on the life of Ali. Barbara Bäumler and Rafael Tavares reveal the oriental mood imaginatively and with playful-fluency.

According to the will of his mother, Ali was to be a teacher, but instead of embarking on a trade, he was creative in his own way, playing music on jars and juggling with things. It is only with a master thief, and a weakness for the sweets Ekmek-Kadaif, that Ali finds his destiny, learns listening, patience, and dexterity - qualities that make such a man. Ali became a master himself. He always put his prudence and skill in the service of social justice, not least for Leila, his love.

The production comes alive with the ornamental carpet of sound played by Ines Brodbeck and Jaro Milko (percussion, zither), nuanced with eurythmy movements, fine humor in the drawing of the characters, attention to detail in the interplay, and by Barbara, who transitions seamlessly from playing the master thief to playing the characters through which eurythmy speaks. In all of this shines the playful-sensitive moments of encounters that have shaped Ali. The light play also brings about a matter of seriousness; it is about who you recognize in the other.

Ekmek Kadaif … or How to become a Master Thief
Eurythmy, Acting and Music, February, 16th, at 20:00, Goetheanum


Mystery Dramas

Mystery Dramas in 2017 (in German):

Conference (Dec. 26–31st)

Performances (Dec. 27–31st) 


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)


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.