The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books.

Opening hours
Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00
Fridays 14:00 - 18:00

Summer break
2nd July – 20th July
30th July – 24th August

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

Goetheanum Press

The Goetheanum Press is the oldest anthroposophical publishing house.


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 Life at the Goetheanum

By: Sebastian Jüngel, Transl. Anya Thaker

The General Anthroposophic Section: "Living Connections," Conference on Meditation

It may be surprising that the activity of looking inward has an outward effect, but when you consider that contemplation requires a lot of concentration and attention, it's easier to understand how these skills can help in daily and professional activities.

Conference graphics by Philipp Tok

Brought about by challenges, an inward retreat can be a place to better prepare oneself. An activated change in oneself awakens abilities as well as then giving future encounters a new ground for understanding. Bodo von Plato, member of the Executive Council and professor in the study programs at the Goetheanum describes the processes of meditation as follows: "The positive effects of meditation appear rarely in meditation itself, but much more in everyday life. The social life of the meditator in particular, is transformed. The reason for this is that the internal work changes one's view of oneself and the world, and thus also the relations one has to the environment".

To meditate is to pause in quiet retreat, in concentration, where one restrains oneself. In contemplation one opens oneself to what happens, and is receptive. This can be a conversation with what and who is experienced. These experiences help to change oneself and help re-connect with the world. From this inner work, there arises, as it were, organs or abilities, which supports a change in the view of the external world and supports a care for other people. Self-development amounts for world development.

Anthroposophical meditation encourages that in regard to content, practice and method, each takes responsibility to become more and more individual. Being aware of what one does and experiences, plays a central role. The versatility of approaches within anthroposophical meditation is the subject of the international conference, Living Connections, at the Goetheanum.

International Conference: Living Connections: Worldwide Perspectives on Anthroposophical Meditation (Deutsch, English, Espanol, Francais)
was the 7-9th July 2017, Goetheanum,

Contributions from the weekly newsletter, Das Goetheanum

Rudolf Steiner’s Mystery Dramas Around the World

Performing, Experiencing & Exploring Destiny Community

21st – 25th July, 2018


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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| 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:

 19.–24.7: Closed

22.3.: 13.30–14.00

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.