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,
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From the Life at the Goetheanum

08.11.2013 15:00 Age: 4 yrs
By: Sebastian Jüngel (Translation Margot Saar)

General Secretaries’ Conference: From the head to the feet

From 5 to 8 November the General Secretaries met with the Goetheanum Leadership Group. In addition to talks about the current work at the Goetheanum and worldwide, the meeting focused on two main questions: the connection between the anthroposophical movement, the Society and the School of Spiritual Science, also in the various countries, and communication as a shared task.


The impulse is seeping through, from committee to committee: one wants to participate in as well as responsibly carry the working together. The Goetheanum Leadership Group is one of the fruits of this impulse, the General Secretaries’ Conference another: what used to be the passing on of information is now consultation combined with the responsibility to put ideas into action. The relationship between the anthroposophical movement, the Society and the School of Spiritual Science is no longer seen as a task of the Goetheanum alone, but as that of each General Secretary in his or her country. While some are closely involved with the School of Spiritual Science and participate in it, others have more of a loose connection in their countries. The General Secretary appears to be the obvious person to create this connection.

Communication also is no longer seen as the task of the Goetheanum alone. The General Secretaries expressed their wish to take on more responsibility, for instance by actively making contributions, such as providing a French edition of Anthroposophy Worldwide. Arie van Ameringen (CA), Marc Desaules (CH) and René Becker (FR) are working on the latter with Bodo von Plato. The example of "measles" demonstrated how events and questions which are topical in one country can quickly become relevant in other countries too: local issues become global issues.

Dealing with evil

The planned Faust production is not merely seen as a German cultural heritage but one that concerns humanity in general, a contribution to dealing with evil. Once funding for the new Faust production is secure – and we have great hopes that it will be – performances with simultaneous interpretation and an itinerant version would be desirable.

Torin Finser (US) described meeting the circle of representatives of the Section for Agriculture as refreshing. The meeting used a world café setting where one met at various tables in changing constellations of General Secretaries, members of the Goetheanum Leadership Group and the circle of representatives. Finser found two results important: in agriculture, anthroposophy works through the focus on human beings and the earth; agriculture works on anthroposophy, for instance by bringing it from the head into the feet – anthroposophy is being earthed and agriculture is given wings.  

The enormous potential for cooperation

"The Future of the Foundation Stone Laying" emerges as a possible annual theme for 2014/15. Constanza Kaliks, leader of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum, elaborated on how one can begin to think something one cannot imagine. She explained how individuality forms with others, not against them, and spoke of the longing there is to say "yes" to the world, an approach that corresponds to the kind of access young people have to the world (and ultimately to the Michaelic principle). Based on the perspectives that were only touched on, one will also try to accommodate the wish for a less Eurocentric annual theme. Rudolf Steiner had global awareness regarding the tasks that needed doing; he only focused on Europe initially, as Bodo von Plato pointed out.

Marjatta van Boeschoten (GB) attended the Conference for the first time. She takes with her the impression that there is an enormous potential for cooperation and a great willingness to see ourselves as a global community. Kristina Lucia Parmentier took with her the deep impression left by the Macrocosmic Lord’s Prayer in connection with the laying of the Foundation Stone. And Hartwig Schiller (DE) wondered how the building can be funded and how future projects like the Faust can be realized – all that against the background of a continuously evolving General Anthroposophical Society.

Marc Desaules (CH), Ron Dunselman (NL) and Hartwig Schiller (DE) were asked to attend the extended meetings of the Executive Council until November 2014.

Preview from "Anthroposophy Worldwide" No. 12/2013


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: 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.