The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books. Hours: Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00; Fridays 14:00 - 18:00
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), education, biodynamic agriculture, medicine, mathmatics/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.
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An enormous amount of work has been done over the last two years thanks to the joint efforts of many, many members and some branches and country societies. It has been possible to safeguard and renew the physical substance of the Second Goetheanum, a building that goes back to designs by Rudolf Steiner! The damaged roof and crumbling concrete facade are being repaired and - importantly - the 85 year old stage, which was no longer safe and technically outdated, has been renovated. Overall costs amounted to 13.5 million Swiss Francs (11 million Euro), a sum which was raised inside the Anthroposophical Society, without any external funds. Most of the work is now complete, and the repairs that are still in progress should be finished by the summer of 2015. The orchestra pit, which has been newly put in as part of the stage renovation, has already proved its worth at the Swiss premiere of the opera "The Fall of the Antichrist" (based on Albert Steffen's play), which was performed with fifty musicians on the 70th anniversary of its composer, Victor Ullmann, who was murdered in Auschwitz.
The fields of activity are growing worldwide
At the same time, the newly formed Goetheanum Leadership Group, which consists of the Executive Council and the section leaders, has made a particular effort to present the Goetheanum - more than before and with direct effect on the accounts and the byelaws (which were amended in 2014) - as an organ of the School of Spiritual Science. With Marianne Schubert as leader of the Visual Art Section and Stefan Hasler, who, from 2015, will succeed Margrethe Solstad as leader of the Section for Performing Arts, all sections of the School of Spiritual Science are active again and ready to meet the numerous questions and requirements arising in the various fields of activity - education, medicine and agriculture - which are growing all over the world and have to survive on very modest funds (which means that there are staff shortages). For more details please see the section reports in this issue, starting from page 4.
Strengthening the arts
Now we need to strengthen the arts at the Goetheanum again! The next major challenge lies ahead: will the eurythmy ensemble (under the direction of Margrethe Solstad, who will concentrate on stage work) and the actors (directed by Christian Peter) manage to transform the Goetheanum into a place that can reach and inspire spiritually open people of our time with performance festivals that will stretch over several days? Following the successful production of Rudolf Steiner's Mystery Dramas (Gioia Falk/Christian Peter), which were taken on tour frequently and will be shown for the last time as a whole on the new stage between Christmas and New Year (book tickets now to avoid disappointment), the next venture will be Johann Wolfgang Goethe's drama of humanity, Faust Parts I and II, to be performed at Easter 2016. The 27 eurythmists and 20 actors needed for this performance have been engaged and will start rehearsing in January 2015. Set designer Roy Spahn has started his work some time ago. Soon the sewing of the many hundred costumes will begin. All being well, there will be a preview of Faust Part I in the summer of 2015, followed in 2016 by a series of conferences and intensive weekends supporting the performances, each of which will last for around 20 hours. For all these initiatives, growing activities and challenges within the Goetheanum as a School of Spiritual Science, and the Faust production in particular, considerable funds are needed.
Asking for help with balancing the accounts
If all members of the General Anthroposophical Society paid the fee of 125 Swiss Francs per year that was agreed upon in 1990, the Goetheanum's budget would be balanced. Unfortunately, we only receive an average of 85 to 90 Swiss Francs per member and year and are, as a result, short by around two million Swiss Francs. The solidarity payments within the groups and national societies, which were proposed at the Christmas Conference, have not really materialized for some time now. This is why I write again as treasurer to the individual members of the Anthroposophical Society, asking those who are able to help make up the balance.
With warmest regards and best wishes for Advent and Christmas
| Justus Wittich on behalf of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society and the Goetheanum Leadership
Accounts for your Christmas donations: From Switzerland and non-Euro countries: Allgemeine Anthroposophische Gesell¬schaft, 4143 Dornach, Schweiz. Raiffeisenbank Dornach, 4143 Dornach, BIC: RAIFCH22, IBAN: CH36 8093 9000 0010 0607 1, Reference: Weih¬nachtsspende Goetheanum.
From Germany, with tax-effective donation receipt: Förderstiftung Anthro¬posophie, 70188 Stuttgart, GLS-Gemeinschafts¬bank, 44708 Bochum, Deutschland, BIC: GENO¬DEM1GLS, IBAN: DE49 4306 0967 7001 0343 00, Reference: Weihnachtsspende Goetheanum.
From other Eurozone countries: Allgemeine Anthro¬posophische Gesellschaft, 4143 Dornach, Schweiz GLS-Gemeinschaftsbank, 44708 Bochum, Deutschland, BIC/Swift: GENODEM1GLS, IBAN: DE53 4306 0967 0000 9881 00, reference: Weih¬nachtsspende Goetheanum
Tickets for the Concerts at the Goetheanum Reception
March 25th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018
Daily from 8 -22:00
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
"He went alone to the deserted shore," (Sergej O. Prokofief about Maximilian Woloschin)
Please be aware of adjusted visiting hours for the main auditorium:
2.–6.4., 27.4., 19.–24.7: Closed