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

Goetheanum Publishing House: Robin Schmidt's Essays on Hospitality and Meditation

In Robin Schmidt's book, "Places in the Presence of Mind," (Orte der Geistesgegenwart) he describes fundamental experiences one has with oneself. The philosopher, cultural scientist, and lecturer uses hospitality as a motif and metaphor showing how meditation cultivates an ability to work culturally.

The cover of Robin Schmidt's book, "Places in the Presence of Mind," using photos from Rachel Whiteread's, "Threshold II".

A person who receives a guest is open to meet another person. Hospitality builds relationships and from there, one can get a view of oneself, from the guest's perspective. Thus comes about a new experience that can in turn, activate a change. The "other", a visitor in this case, becomes a catalyst for ones own change.

From the motif of hospitality, Robin Schmidt goes on to approach self-reflection. It takes courage to look at oneself and it can be a lonesome task. To avoid this one might use sedatives, busy oneself, chase after desires, deny one's individuality, or use the digital world as a form of self-assurance. To be left to oneself too much, leaves the threat of being in, "Hell of Sames" (Jean Baudrillard).

Robin Schmidt uses this motif of a guest, and then thoughts one has, as a parable for meditation. As in the picture, "Thoughts as Guests in Thinking," you greet the thought and callout, "Come on in. Let's speak together, as you like. May I ask your name?…" Someone meditating thinks a thought, which means he or she brings it forth, holds it in concentration, lives in this thought (contemplation), and stays immersed and listens to what is spoken (living in a spiritual being). Meditation, says Robin Schmidt, is the new Adyton, the all time holiest greek temple. Out of this space, can a new culture come forth, that of possibilities available to each person, at the same time.

Robin Schmidt: Places in the Presence of Mind: Essays on Hospitality   (Orte der Geistesgegenwart)
104 Pgs, Euro 18/Franken 23, Goetheanum Publishing, Dornach 2017
Available after April 7th, 2017

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.