The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books.

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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.


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From Life at the Goetheanum

By: Sebastian Jüngel, Transl. Anya Thaker

Annual General Meeting of the Anthroposophic Society 2017

The area of finances greatly struggled and the Goetheanum leadership stated the wish to change. Goals are now formulated and their implementation at work - the general assembly gathered was in a transitional state between new approaches, and old behavior.

Around 460 members at the AGM at the Goetheanum (Photo: Sebastian Jüngel)

Treasurer Justus Wittich stated clearly, "The finances show that the Anthroposophical Society must change. We can no longer go on as before". The Goetheanum's structural deficit normally balances out. For 2016 however, resources and reserves had to be used, including legacies and mortgages. This reduced the deficit to 300,000 francs, the structural deficit still not resolved.

The Goetheanum management is working on solutions. Membership fees from the Anthroposophical Society cover only a third of the expenses. A Goetheanum association is planned, so that businesses of all kinds can support the Goetheanum. In addition to new structures, it is about a new understanding of the Anthroposophical Society and the School of Spiritual Science.

In the sense of the School of Spiritual Science, today every human being can be equally active in inner (meditative) culture as well as in everyday life or profession. The conditions for this are very different: some may be based on the "Philosophy of Freedom", while others base it on life in the slums. The new vision, is to be understood as part of a larger movement, open to partner-relations.

At the annual meeting, ideas on the future (self-)understanding of anthroposophical work and the working conditions in the respective countries were discussed.

A debate ensued on the topics of the six motions.Three of the motions were passed by the members present, including: the motion to introduce the "weekly newsletter" (Ein Nachrichtenblatt) in the Anthroposophy Worldwide monthly newsletter, the motion for a space on members' day for questions and information about the Faust production, and a motion about counting the abstentions to vote, was reworded to say, "Abstentions will be recognized but will not influence the outcome".

The motion to vote in secret, did not pass.

The motion for the establishment of a working group within the Social Sciences Section was withdrawn, and will instead be directed at the Executive Council. The motion to repeal the decision made by the General Assembly in 1935, releasing Ita Wegman and Elisabeth Vreede from their positions as Executive Council members, was decided as not capable of being voted on - and instead, Gerald Häfner proposed alternately that the topic be further studied, especially at an upcoming conference on Ita Wegman.

With the addition of new member Matthias Girke, the Executive Council, and with it the Goetheanum leadership, has an "existential year" of work ahead of them.

Adapted from: "Das Goetheanum" Nr. 17/2017



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.