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

Meditation in everyday life: Anthroposophical meditation builds on self-responsibility and establishing relationships

There are numerous meditation approaches, often with connection to a tradition, a teacher or a method. Anthroposophical meditation relies on spiritual autonomy and relationship building. Its complexity will be made fully accessible to experience at the "Living Connections" conference.

Tagungssgrafik von Philipp Tok

"Anthroposophy is not only ideally oriented. There is, for example, a meditation about an everyday object such as a pencil," says Aina Aasland, who is organizing the international conference, "Living Connections". While Buddhist meditation practices are widespread, the inspiration from anthroposophy is less well-known. This may be due to the fact that their founder, Rudolf Steiner, has emphasized the schooling of universal human and moral forces, training the personality. At the same time he has created many general and professional-oriented meditations that are practical. Meanwhile, anthroposophists have developed different approaches to anthroposophical meditation.

What is, "anthroposophical meditation"? For Robin Schmidt and Bodo von Plato, co-initiators of the global network Goetheanum Meditation Initiative Worldwide who puts on the conference, anthroposophic meditation is characterized by the fact that "it leads to becoming more individualized - in its contents, its practice and its methods - and not only towards a love heaven, but also to love the earth more and more. " Anthroposophical meditation is thus the ever-evolving result of a "self-responsible spiritual practice that creates forms for itself". Aina Aasland adds that this individual process takes place in relationships. It is about the living connections, "to fellow human beings and to the world". In this respect, the conference is also an offer for joined exploration and questioning, independent of background, prior knowledge and experience. 

International Conference Living Connections. Worldwide Perspectives on Anthroposophical Meditation (Deutsch, English, Espanol and Francais), July 7th-10th, 2017, 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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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.