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.

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From Life at the Goetheanum

24.02.2015 13:12 Age: 3 yrs
By: Sebastian Jüngel

General Secretaries' Meeting: Cosmopolitan Awareness

At their meeting at the Goetheanum from 4 to 7 November 2014 the General Secretaries came to the conclusion that they would like to see their activities increasingly guided by cosmopolitan awareness. The Conference welcomed Constanza Kaliks as a future member of the Executive Council at the Goetheanum pending confirmation of her nomination by the Annual General Meeting.

The annual theme seems to be a benchmark of cosmopolitan awareness within the General Anthroposophical Society. In the past, members have expressed the view in the run-up to the Annual General Meeting that they wished for an annual theme that was also relevant outside the German-speaking world. The General Secretaries therefore proposed to choose a topic this time that will be understood in other countries too. Marjatta van Boeschoten (GB) said that "This is an example of how we come to a global view together."

Mutual support when it comes to dealing with public media is a second issue. Some countries experience acute attacks. Apart from the task of concentrating on the situation in the various countries, Ms von Boeschoten thinks it is necessary to consider "what we need to look at as a global matter."

The fact that the Executive Council at the Goetheanum has proposed Constanza Kaliks as a potential new Council member fits this picture, even if her Latin American roots were not mentioned as a reason for the proposal. (Mrs Kaliks will, by the way, continue to lead the Youth Section.)

General Secretary as ambassador

The conference also looked at the tasks of a general secretary. Paul Mackay pointed out that "for the Executive Council at the Goetheanum the general secretary is the point of contact regarding the development of the General Anthroposophical Section in a particular country." And this section encompassed more than the class lessons, since the general secretary also knew what was going on in the various fields of life and in the Anthroposophical Society. This meant that the general secretary can start initiatives and exert influence in public. Jaap Sijmons (NL) thinks that "the whole Anthroposophical Society needs to be enlivened in the countries by the Goetheanum impulse."

These individual views make a selection necessary. This was put into practice when went on walks together in pairs, describing to each other how the Goetheanum impulse lives in their country. There were also, as Kristina Lucia Parmentier (BE) explained, 'regional meetings' of European, Englishand French-speaking general secretaries. It was mentioned that the Goetheanum Worldwide Meditation Initiative was seen as a uniting element (Anthroposophy Worldwide 11/2014). The General Secretaries' Conference welcomed three new members: Harald Haakstad as successor of Frode Barkved (NO); Jaap Sijmons follows Ron Dunselman (NL), who served as general secretary for eighteen years; and Gioia Falk will share this office in Germany with Hart?wig Schiller (DE).

| Sebastian Jüngel

Source: "Anthroposophy Worldwide" No. 12/2014

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.