The Goetheanum Library has approximately 110,000 books. Hours: Tuesdays 14:00 - 19:00; Fridays 14:00 - 18:00
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), education, biodynamic agriculture, medicine, mathmatics/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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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
Easter at the Goetheanum (in German)
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Tickets for the Concerts at the Goetheanum Reception
March 25th, 2017 – January 7th, 2018
Daily from 8 -22:00
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
"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