International Christmas Conference at the Goetheanum
The Foundation Stone and its Transformative Power for Human Beings and Society

With Christiane Haid, Michael Debus, Gioia Falk, Matthias Girke, Stefan Hasler, Paul Mackay, Auke von der Meij, Jost Schieren, Jaap Sijmons und Joan Sleigh (DE/EN)



Meeting the Essence of Anthroposophy

The Transformative Power of the Foundation Stone Meditation in Man and Society

What gives us today an inner ground for self-knowledge and for the understanding of other people? How can a social and societal life be shaped in the face of globalization and the continuous flow of refu - gees, and what are the resources we need for this? For the new foundation of the Anthroposophical Society, during the Christmas Conference 1923/24, Rudolf Steiner placed the Foun - dation Stone Meditation in the hearts of the attending members. He thus opened up the possibility that every person can learn to reshape themselves as a cosmic being, within their relationship to the earthly reality, drawing inspiration from the meditation. In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Conference, we wish to deepen our connection with this meditation with as many people from as many parts of the world as possible, in a conference at the Goetheanum at Christmas 2018. We hope to build and strengthen the inner ground for the future with such a collaborative gathering. In the challenging and crisis-prone world, we believe that working together on the Foundation Stone from all corners of the world, will enable us to develop a greater awareness of global interconnected - ness in the intention of cultural transformation. The conference in Dor - nach will be bilingual, German / English and hopes to stimulate and inspire, provide an inroad to a meditative process, explore different ways of working, form a profound basis of understanding, exchange research and share experiences. In the festive mood of these days, participants will be able to experience Rudolf Steiner‘s depiction of the Foundation Stone in eurythmy, both in English and German, in daily eurythmy demonstrations. The conference will offer substantial contributions, plenary discussions, smaller and larger working groups, forums for mutual exchange and exercises.

For the initiative group,
Christiane Haid, Stefan Hasler, Paul Mackay, Jaap Sijmons and Joan Sleigh


General Information


Christmas conference
Meeting the essence Anthroposophy -

The transformative power of foundation stone meditation in man and society
A Conference of the Section for the Arts of Eurythmy, Speech and Music at the Goetheanum
from Thursday, 27 to Monday 31 December 2018
Application requested prior to: Friday,13 December 2018

Conference fees:
with sponsorship¹: CHF 500 with meals: CHF 675
regular price: CHF 320 with meals: CHF 495
concessions²: CHF 220 with meals: CHF 395
Student price³: CHF 40 with meals: CHF 215

Conference meals
Conference meals (vegetarian) include 3 lunch and 4 evening meal at CHF 175 in total.
Breakfast (4x) can be booked separately at CHF 60. The other meals cannot be booked separately. We regret that food intolerances cannot be catered for.

Parking permit
For the period of the conference: CHF 28 (not right next to the Goetheanum building). If you have a disability, please display your disability badge in your car.

Methods of payment/confirmation
On receipt of a group application, the respective institution will receive the account for the group. Subsequent bookings can only be applied for and paid on an individual basis.
Credit cards (all countries): The full amount will be charged to your credit card as soon as your booking has been processed. You will receive postal or email confirmation of your booking and payment.
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Invoice Eurozone: Confirmation of booking and an invoice will be sent to you once your booking has been processed (Euro account). Please note that we only send out invoices up until 14 days before the beginning of an event. After that, payment is only possible by credit card or on arrival.
Other countries: Once your booking has been processed you will receive a confirmation by post or email. The amount due will either be charged to your credit card or you can pay on arrival. Bank transfers are not possible.

Please note that the conference fee must be paid before the conference starts.

Conference tickets:
Tickets can be collected at the Reception until half an hour before the conference starts, also if you pay on arrival. We accept cash (Euro and CHF), VISA, MasterCard, ec-direct and Postcard-Schweiz.

Cancellation: Bookings may be cancelled free of charge up to 14 days prior to the beginning of the conference (13.12.2018, date of posting). After that, 50% of the conference fee will be charged. Meals, breakfast, and parking permit may be cancelled free of charge up to 1 day prior to the begin of the conference (26.12.2018). Cancellation on the day when the conference begins or failure to attend are subject to an invoice of the total of 100%. Substitutes will be accepted at no extra cost.

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