Goetheanum Press

The Goetheanum Press is the oldest anthroposophical publishing house.


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.


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.

For current event questions,
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From Life at the Goetheanum

12.12.2006 14:47 Age: 11 yrs
Category: General Anthroposophical Society
By: Wolfgang Held

Executive Council urged 46 members to resign

On 5 December 2006 the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society urged 46 members to resign their membership in the Society. If no resignation is received in response, we are announcing the exclusion of these members.

Those of you who have attended General Meetings in the past years know the difficult tensions associated with the repeated attacks and accusations by followers of the „Gelebte Weihnachtstagung” group.
Werner Jordan and Susanne Meyer (who has called herself Michaela Jordan since her marriage with Werner Jordan in 1990) resigned as members of the General Anthroposophical Society in 1989. They then assembled a group around them and directed attacks against the General Anthroposophical Society—at first in public letters and since 1993 in the magazine “Gelebte Weihnachtstagung.”
As a platform for their attacks, this group has used the “Association to Research and Realize the Work of Rudolf Steiner” (active from 1993 until 2004) and the association called “Gelebte Weihnachtstagung Society to Preserve the General Anthroposophical Society 1923/25” (founded in 2003). They have also used the Gelebte Weihnachtstagung magazine, published since 1993, and internet publication at 888goya.org, operated since 2002. Each of the above associations has or had its registered seat in Horgen near ZŸrich,
i.e. near the home of Werner and Michaela Jordan. Articles by Michaela Jordan occupy more space in the magazine and the internet than contributions by any of the other authors.
The two associations stand outside our Society and have no connection whatsoever to it. They were founded without the agreement of our Society.
In spite of intensive publicity campaigns since 1989, the group has remained a small minority. 57 people were present at the 2003 foundation meeting of the “Gelebte Weihnachtstagung” association according to the magazine Gelebte Weihnachtstagung (Easter 2004). Despite their small numbers, this group has brought forward the majority of motions at recent General Meetings, and has tried to determine the themes for our work with drawn-out debates.
The accusation implied in the association’s name and expressly made in the magazine Gelebte Weihnachtstagung is that the majority of General Anthroposophical Society members do not live in the spirit of Rudolf Steiner. There is also an accusation in the added designation “Society to Preserve the General Anthroposophical Society 1923/25” and its claim that our Society should be preserved from something, and that the Executive Council and the majority of the membership cannot or will not do this. This indicates an attitude that is incompatible with community life within our Society.
The same goes for the choice of the domain name 888goya.org. The reason given since 2002 for the choice of this name—a reference to Goya's drawing The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters—publicly insinuates a reproach from members that we, as a Society, cannot accept.
In November 2002, The Anthroposophical Society in Switzerland already excluded from its ranks the members of this group who lived in Switzerland.
Individually or together, the members of the Executive Council at the Goetheanum have tried time and again to come to an understanding with this group of members. The most recent (unsuccessful) effort was documented in our News for Members (number 25, 16 June 2006).
After long deliberation, we have decided to recommend to those members that they resign their membership, and also to consider excluding them if necessary.
We kindly request your understanding that we cannot provide more information until the concerned parties have had the opportunity to speak to the issue.

The Executive Council at the Goetheanum
Virginia Sease, Heinz Zimmermann, Paul Mackay, Bodo v. Plato, Sergej Prokofieff, Cornelius Pietzner, Seija Zimmermann

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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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:


2.–6.4., 27.4., 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.