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

17.04.2015 23:45 Age: 3 yrs
By: Sebastian Jüngel, Transl. Anya Wilson, Marcel Nick

Section for Social Science: Annual meeting "Creation out of the I"

The Section for Social Science at the Goetheanum met March 13th-15th for their annual meeting, organized into work Groups by profession. The connecting theme for the plenum was, how humans socially create out of nothing.

Closing plenum at the Social Science section's annual meeting (Photo: Sebastian Jüngel)

 The Social Science section came together with representatives from various professions including those working in law, business, and with the three-fold social order. Since a new approach in 2011, the section direction has been more pronounced. A collegium of six men and women under the guidance of Paul Mackay, have worked to find a common ground from the motif, “Creation out of Nothing”. They have a seed to grow from.

The members of the section began the annual meeting by first looking at this motif. In a lecture on June 17th, 1909 (GA 107), Rudolf Steiner explained how plants repeat their “life cycle”, while humans have the ability to create relations outside of their own destiny. A powerful but fragile process! The uniquely human I is the starting point for creating something new and this is a theme that  Max Stirner has worked on.

The lawyers have seen in their profession, that the possibility to create, only exists on Earth. Friedrich Glasl showed how via a new point of view,  aspects of the “other in conflict,” become visible and not only the shadow, but also light, as is similarly told in the fairytale of “Snow White and Rose Red,” where it is told that though rough fur, shined gold.

This specific human field of developement ,involving creation, is in danger and Gerald Häfner makes this clear in an example concerning the TTIP free-trade negotiations. Circumstances could develop where economics would then rule over laws and state decisions, which would make the unfolding of alternative thinking and working impossible. In the meantime there are companies that research into where rights are violated. They offer their services for free, even when those effected are not interested. When a company does goes to court and wins, those who supporting the research keeps 80% of the winnings. 

Paul Mackay recalled that through Lucifer, humans were given freedom too early which was leveled out by the hierarchies as a response, coming about in illness and suffering. With Ahriman and a blinding of the senses, there is the possibility to find an answer in one’s karma. By ways of one's failures, resolution can be achieved for the better. But how does it look in the workings of the Asuras, where the focus is on the existence of the human-I? Paul Mackay insists that in principle, “the creation of the I” is the possibility to see balance.  

The section has chosen their path as that of new creation, for example through artistically made lectures (Franziska Schmidt-von Nell, Mirjam Tradowsky), with the new constellation made up of lawyers and those in the field of social science looking at aspects of social-asthetics,  and a communications group for the first time within the school of spiritual science made up of those from the media, public sectors and journalists.

Paul Mackay announced that the three-fold social organism will be the subject in annual meetings and in three coming conferences up until the 100th year anniversary of the impulse that was given in 1919.

From "Das Goetheanum" No. 12/2015

More information at the Section's website

Easter at the Goetheanum

 Easter at the Goetheanum (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 

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 

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Easter Program

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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.