The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books. Hours:  Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00; Fridays 14:00 - 18:00

(30.3.2018: Closed)

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

By: Sebastian Jüngel, Transl. Anya Thaker

The medical section: Book on meditation in Anthroposophic Medicine

How does one meditate in the medical practice and how it can work practically, is the the theme of pediatrician Dr. Michaela Glöckler's book, "Meditation in Anthroposophic Medicine," for doctors, therapists, nurses and patients.

Conflict researcher, Friedrich Glasl poses the question, why does one meditate. An answer:Meditation is technique for inspiration for companies, "those under global concurrence and pressure for innovation," and use it as an instrument to increase performance. In Anthroposophic Medicine, it is central to strengthening the I-competence. It is the base for which Anthroposophic Medicine serves others, not by isolating the illness and the solution with a recepte, but taking into consideration the situation, the individual patient and that patient's resources.

Practically, the book is comprised of contributions from 22 authors on meditation in the content for physicians, therapists, nurses and patients. There are many concrete meditations, their embedding into the respective professional language and attitude questions as well as some practical hints for the meditations themselves. Michaela Glöckler has included the humanitarian and spiritual-historical contextual meditations and documents as well as more general (salutogenetic) and disease-specific meditations by Rudolf Steiner.

The fact that and how meditation affects humans is shown by other contributions: whether it is a systemic system in the interaction of the sensory and metabolic system, or more specifically in physiological measuring areas such as regulation of stress parameters (eg lowering of the cortisol mirror), activation of the parasympathetic nervous system or improvement Of parameters of the immune system. Arndt Büssing and Peter Heusser present the results of their empirical study on the meditative behavior of therapeutic occupational groups. They have measured frequency, aspects of spirituality and repercussions on workload and management as well as life satisfaction.

Michaela Glöckler (eds.): Meditation in Anthroposophic Medicine. A practice book for physicians, therapists, nurses and patients, 274 pages, 48 ​​euros, Salumed-Verlag, Berlin 2016.


Praktisch wird es in den Beiträgen der 22 Autorinnen und Autoren zu den Meditationsinhalten für Ärzte, Therapeuten, Pflegende und Patienten: Es gibt viele konkrete Meditationen, ihre Einbettung in die jeweilige Berufspraxis und Haltungsfragen sowie einige praktische Hinweise zum Meditieren selbst. Michaela Glöckler stellt den menschenkundlichen und geistesgeschichtlichen Kontext dar und dokumentiert allgemeinere (salutogenetische) und krankheitsspezifische Meditationen von Rudolf Steiner.

Dass und wie Meditation auf den Menschen wirkt, zeigen weitere Beiträge auf: sei es allgemein systemisch beim Zusammenwirken von Sinnes- und Stoffwechselsystem, sei es konkreter in physiologischen Messbereichen wie Regulation von Stressparametern (zum Beispiel Senken des Cortisolspiegels), Aktivierung des parasympathischen Nervensystems oder Verbesserung von Parametern des Immunsystems. Arndt Büssing und Peter Heusser stellen die Ergebnisse ihrer empirischen Untersuchung zum Meditationsverhalten therapeutischer Berufsgruppen vor. Dabei haben sie Häufigkeit, Aspekte der Spiritualität und Rückwirkungen auf Arbeitsbelastung und -engagement sowie Lebenszufriedenheit gemessen.

Michaela Glöckler (Hg.): Meditation in der Anthroposophischen Medizin. Ein Praxisbuch für Ärzte, Therapeuten, Pflegende und Patienten, 274 Seiten, 48 Euro, Salumed-Verlag, Berlin 2016.

Easter at the Goetheanum

 Easter at the Goetheanum (information in German)

Tickets for sale at the reception desk.

Friday, March 30th

9:00  | Free Entry
What is the medical impulse from Rudolf Steiner?
Lecture on Rudolf Steiner's day of passing, by Georg Soldner

17:00 | Free Entry
Introduction to Richard Wagner: "Parcival"
Hans-Georg Hoffmann, Stefan Hasler 

Richard Wagner: Parcival, 3rd*
Christian Elsner, Tenor; Falk Struckmann, Bass-Bariton; Tommi Hakala, Bass; Ensemble Corund; Sinfonieorchester Basel; Sir Mark Elder, Director 

Seating Plan

Saturday, March 31st

17:00 | Free Entry
The transformation of the soul through suffering in the work of Giuseppe Verdi
Introductory lecture to the Messa da Requiem, by Stefano Gasperi

Giuseppe Verdi: Messa da Requiem*
Judith Graf, Soprano; Irène Friedli, Mezzosopran; Michael Nowak, Tenor; Rudolf Rosen, Base; Zürcher Symphony; Glarisegger Choir; Heinz Bähler, musical Director

Sunday, April 1st

9:30  | Free Entry
Easter Lecture
Johannes Kühl

There is a ringing through the world*

Works from Johann Sebastian Bach,
Dmitri Schostakowitsch, Heidi Overhage-Baader, u.a.;
Eurythmy performance from the Goetheanum Eurythmy Stage group
Margrethe Solstad, artistic director

A warm welcome to Easter at the Goetheanum!
Oliver Conradt, Stefan Hasler and Johannes Kühl 

* Prices vary from 24- 78 CHF 

Purchase beforehand

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Tel. +41 (0)61 706 44 44

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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

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.