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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 the Life at the Goetheanum

17.03.2007 11:29 Age: 11 yrs
By: Wolfgang Held

Unwarranted Search

Because of a criminal complaint regarding “misappropriation of funds” and “false business practices” by members of the “Living the Christmas Conference” group a search at the Goetheanum took place on March 6, 2007

March 6 was an extraordinary day at the Goetheanum. It was a Tuesday, a day especially set aside for shared conversation: before the workday begins, all the co-workers come together for three-quarters of an hour in a meeting. The Collegium of the School for Spiritual Science confers following that, and the Executive Council meets during the afternoon. The day ends with a weekly study of the Mystery Dramas by the stage co-workers together with the Collegium.

Last Tuesday, at 8:30 in the morning, attorney Barbara Lips (from the Solothurn prosecutor’s office) appeared at the reception desk of the Goetheanum accompanied by ten of her colleagues. They asked for the members of the Executive Council. Paul Mackay, and then Cornelius Pietzner and Bodo von Plato, were called out of the co-workers’ meeting. They were shown identification papers of the police and the official search warrant. As it turned out, members of the “Living the Christmas Conference” (LCC) group had filed a criminal complaint against the Executive Council in the summer of 2006 charging them with misappropriation of funds in regard to the costs of the earlier constitution trials. Two search teams followed the first group; soon there were more than 40 officials in the archives of the Goetheanum, the finance offices and on the floor where the Executive Council is located; they looked through documents, rummaged around in boxes, rifled through drawers, and copied computer data; this unreal activity lasted all day. The co-workers at the Goetheanum had to ask themselves how a complaint by this fringe group could produce such an invasion..

Prof. Dr. Christian Brückner, the Goetheanum’s attorney, arrived at the Goetheanum toward 9:30 am and soon assessed that the search was entirely out of proportion to the actual situation. As the search continued, the members of the Executive Council were being interrogated for hours with questions about their decisions and the details of the constitution trial. Many of the questions explicitly reflected the standpoint of the LCC. In the evening, after things had quieted down at the Goetheanum, the Executive Council members gradually arrived back at their offices and reported on their interrogations. It turned out that many of the questions concerned whether they were personally responsible for paying the costs of the lawsuits regarding the constitution of the General Anthroposophical Society, or whether it was legitimate to have them paid by the Society—although the Society was not directly involved as defendant in many of the court cases. This appeared to be the basis for the charge of “false business practices” or even “misappropriation.” The—delayed—meeting of the Executive Council took place at 7:30 pm, the Collegium of the School met at 9:00 pm, and work on the Mystery Dramas took place from 9:30 to 10:30 pm.

This action appeared to be unwarranted, and it was injurious. In this sense, our attorney, Prof. Dr. Christian Brückner sent a letter of protest to the prosecutor’s office. It seems hard to believe that the prosecutor could have moved with such force simply because a few members of the LCC claimed that legal costs should not have been charged to the Anthroposophical Society and that the members had been “deceived” about it. The legal costs and their payment by the Anthroposophical Society have never been in dispute, and they could easily be documented. The question of whether the members had been misled could have been judged on the basis of reports in the Newsletter and the minutes of the last Annual General Meeting—there was no need to search the premises. As it turned out, however, the prosecutor’s office had not read the plaintiffs’ claims carefully enough. For example, they thought the courts had charged the members of the Executive Council with court costs of more than 800,000 Swiss francs (in reality, the judgment of the Solothurn Upper Court had involved 100,000 Swiss francs). The prosecutor’s office also overlooked the fact that the Upper Court had rejected the suit brought against the members of the Executive Council.

In regard to costs, the court had decided that the General Anthroposophical Society (Christmas Conference) should pay them, and the members of the Executive Council were to be held accountable for the provision of this money. It is clear that the General Anthroposophical Society takes responsibility for these costs, since the entire constitution process—from its inception to its execution and then to its defense in court—concerns the founding history of the General Anthroposophical Society, and does not involve problems raised by individual members of the Executive Council or individual members of the Society. In view of lack of understanding by the prosecutor’s office, Prof. Dr. Christian Brückner’s protest letter complained of irresponsible behavior (i.e., insufficient preparation) in that office.

Wolfgang Held
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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

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"He went alone to the deserted shore," (Sergej O. Prokofief about Maximilian Woloschin)

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