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,
contact the reception desk:
Phone +41 61 706 42 42,

From the Life at the Goetheanum

08.01.2015 12:03 Age: 3 yrs
By: Michèle D. Melzer, Transl. Anya Wilson, Marcel Nick

A Day of Honor

December 5th, 2014 was International Volunteers' Day and a celebration was held for those who work as a service at the Goetheanum.

Together in the North Hall (Photos: M.D. Melzer)

At 3 pm, around 40 of the 80 volunteers who work at the Goetheanum gathered in the Foundation Stone hall. After a heart-felt greeting and moving words of thanks from Andrea Keim, head of room monitors, the Eurythmy stage group performed Fantasy op. 77 from Ludwig van Beethoven, under Margrethe Solstad's leadership. Margarete Solstad showed full gratitude to the volunteers, many of whom were former eurythmists, emphasising that what one carries in the heart is what counts and co-workers can sense that.

To close, all of the volunteers were treated to a buffet in the beautiful, Christmasy decorated North Hall.

Before the holiday feasting began, Paul Mackay also shared words of thanks and took us traveling on an excursion to the year 1915 when Rudolf Steiner gave a lecture for the opening of the Düsseldorf branch on the 15th of June. There he spoke about how the 5th post-Atlantian cultural epoch is a transition to the 6th, and will have three essential features or ideals, with the central theme being: humans living together. Ideals which we will already, "have to carry in our hearts for the 6th post-Atlantian period" (GA 159).

The first ideal Paul Mackay named, is the ideal for brotherhood. Meaning that we always think about the other person as well and manifest an inner spiritual need, to care about one and other. On a physical level this is important.

The second ideal focuses on the soul and its individuality. The inner soul needs to be considered and respected, especially in relation to freedom of thought in religious areas.

The core of the third ideal deals with the question of meaning. It wants to illuminate the spiritual essence of a thing, so that the human-soul connects with the spiritual.

"That which the 6th cultural epoch has to grasp must be the Spirit-self. The Spirit-self has to be developed within the soul itself, just as the consciousness-soul develops within the soul itself. Those are the properties of the Spirit-self, that it has these three characteristics that I have spoken about, which are prerequisites for the human soul as it is explained in Spiritual Science: socially living together in brotherhood, freedom of thought and Pneumatology.“ (GA 159)

Artist Esther Gerster, head of room monitors, thanked everyone and asked asked each to introduce themselves and tell how long they had been connected to the Goetheanum.

There are between 25-30 room monitors, some with fixed times and others irregularly helping out. The Great Hall, Exhibition room, Rudolf-Steiner-Atelier, Hoch Atelier and the Edith-Maryon Zimmer are open for altogether 30 hours each week.

Those who work at the doors in the auditorium are a team of 34, with 30-40 periodic volunteers. They greet the guests, give information and control the entrance tickets. In emergency situations, they are there to seek help. In this area, more than 4,000 hours are served by volunteers.

The library has 9 people on staff who attend the visitors during the opening times and lend out books.

From the garden staff, one person works voluntarily twice a week at the vegetable stand.

For twenty years, the model of the first Goetheanum at a scale of 1:20 has been created by the tireless work of Mr. Rudolf Feuerstack and two volunteer helpers.

Many people have voluntarily helped at the Goetheanum since the beginning of Rudolf Steiner's work, which has allowed many things to be possible and is still so today.

Johannes Nilo, head of documentation at the Goetheanum, who also looks over the volunteers in the library, thanked all volunteers and pointed out that every 1 in 3 Basler exercises voluntary service!

Over coffee and cake, there was a comfortable exchange made to the echoing of Benno Otter’s singing, and those gathered at the celebration were able to reconnect and feel strengthened in the Christmas season.

Easter Program

More Information (in German)

Tickets for the Concerts at the Goetheanum Reception


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

17.2.: Open from 1:30-2:15 pm

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.