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

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From the Life at the Goetheanum

23.09.2013 10:08 Age: 4 yrs
By: Sebastian Jüngel; translation Anya Wilson, Marcel Nick

Renovation: Preparation of the Stage Area

For one week, the stage and storage rooms are being emptied, as preparation for the basic renovation. The stage will be used for Eurythmy until the end of September. After that, shows and concerts will be held in different locations in and around the Goetheanum.


The emptied stage (Photo: Anna Krygier)

Nils Frischknecht is managing director of the Goetheanum Stage. He will give updates on the situation of the stage renovation at the beginning of the season.

What steps are taking place before the renovation of the Stage?

The stage needs to be operational for Eurythmy performances until the end of September. What  is not needed for the performances- for example the sloping stage, aluminum mesh, platforms and backdrops- are already being removed, also from storage.

What can be reused?

Basically everything movable like dimmers, headlights, aluminum mesh, curtains, platforms and the eurythmy carpet. The noise machine for wind, thunder and rain, as well as the strike box for thunderstorms will be used again.

Can materials like Iron and Copper be sold?

We will not make a profit from materials, but we calculate however that the worth of the materials will count towards the collection fees. It will be critical to properly sort the metals.

In the cleaning process, was anything found that was lost or forgotten?

No. We always kept the stage in order, which is also recognized by colleagues who visit the stage.

Can certain parts of the technical stage- for example a wheel or rope- be bought as a souvenir?

We don’t have the impression that there is such an interest amongst members. It was different 15 years ago when we sold slates from the Goetheanum.

How has the stage changed from the cleaning?

Moving things away and cleaning up is always freeing and makes room for the new. There is also a painful side, because what was once living, becomes history and the past.  In the past 90 years, hundreds of people have worked with the pulley machine, the wheels were a part of every Faust performance and the Mystery Dramas. In the sorting out, not only materials leave, but also a certain atmospheric thickness.  I imagine it like a tree-being that searches for a new tree when it’s is felled: the technical beings are going away and hopefully they come back again.

Is the new parquet flooring on the Executive Council level, part of the renovation package?

No.

What about the invisible work done?

We consult with a company that designs stages and together we select contractors. Because the control system cannot be installed just once like a beam, but also must be used and cared for by people in 15 or 20 years, we check carefully with whom it is fruitful to work with.

Early-release of the Bau Zeitung (Construction Newspaper) No. 2 (September 2013)

More on the renovation of the Main Stage


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.

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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.