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

19.09.2013 12:00 Age: 5 yrs
By: Verlag am Goetheanum; Translation Anya Wilson, Marcel Nick

Goetheanum Publishing: Preview of Publications

Goetheanum Publishing (Verlag am Goetheanum) presents an overview of up-coming publications in their 19th of September newsletter.

Dear Readers,

The 20th of September marks the 100thyear since the laying of the Foundation Stone of the first Goetheanum. In good timing, one of the most representative portrayals of this event is finally available in a new edition. In his book, The Christmas Conference as a Turning Point and the Laying of the Foundation Stone of the First Goetheanum, Rudolf Grosse lets us participate in the experiences of the people there at that time. The now available third edition is edited and expanded with a forward and three supplementary appendixes.

Here in the following, we’re happy to give you a preview of our Fall and Winter news for this year.

In September: Finally a new edition is available of the esteemed book by Lasse Wennerschou, The Eurythmy Figures in Picture and Word Newly Discovered. The author presents not only the Eurythmy figures in nicely, elaborated watercolor paintings from the sketches by Rudolf Steiner, but also has newly added text characterizing each picture.

For decades, the well-approved book by Hermann Koepke, The Seventh Year: School Readiness, will be released at the end of the month with a new, more attractive layout, and having been edited, some chapters are newly worked and replaced. Here, parents find among other things, the appropriate answer to the question of whether their child is really ready for school.

Already in October you can look forward to the new Star Calender Easter 2014-2015 by Wolfgang Held. The focus this time is on the sun eclipse in Middle Europe.  There will also be a close look at complex planetary configurations happening in this time. Also the Goetheanistic studies done by Eugen Kolisko will be published as one of the Classics of Anthroposophy, under the title In Search of New Truths.  This book contains a collection of the most important works of Eugen Kolisko, and is known as one of the Classics, since he is one of the pioneers of Anthroposophic Nature Studies.

Now a new edition of the book, Integration through Work by Michael Brater, is again available- a handbook for staff working in group homes with people who have psychological hindrances.

Wilfried Hammacher has compiled the three Oberuferer Christmas plays (The Creation, Christmas, and The Three Kings) in a manner accessible to the Art of Eurythmy under the title of, Three Eurythmical Christmas Plays.

What People Speak to the Stars is the title of the second volume in Star Wisdom by Leo de la Houssaye.  In it the author explains the change in direction from old astrology to how Rudolf Steiner assesses astrology, and examines at the same time the star constellations of important artists and researchers such as Raffael, Novalis, Paracelsus, Thomas of Aquinus and Rudolf Steiner.

Authors Rüdiger Grimm, Volker Frielingsdorf and Brigitte Kalendenberg are preparing a standard reference guide in which work in Healing Pedagogy and Social Therapy from 1920 until 1980 is examined in, The History of the Anthroposophical Healing Pedagogy and Social Therapy.

In November you can look forward to the new edition of two Classic works. For one, the book by Friedrich Hiebel, Decision Time with Rudolf Steiner, will be available in nice, new furnishings. Here, among other things, he tells about his time together with Rudolf Steiner during the 1923/24 Christmas Conference.

After being out of print for a long time, the third volume, Who was Ita Wegman, from the series "Pioneers of Anthroposophy " by Johannes Emanuel Zeylmans von Emmichoven, is now again available with a new appealing cover design.

Finally, the book by Christoph Wiechert, The Waldorf School, An Introduction, is available for those who have been waiting for a gripping, short introduction or explanation to the theme of Waldorf Schools.

Also, the book by Ursula Zimmermann, What is Eurythmy? contributes as an introduction to Eurythmy.

In a very nice presentation, a little guide to the Gotheanum Glass Windows is published at the same time in German and English. There will not only be color illustrations and descriptions, but also the original window sketches from Rudolf Steiner.

December brings four new publications.

The book, Agriculture for the Future: Biodynamic Farming Today, will appear in German and English, to mark the 90th anniversary of the Agriculture Courses which were given by Rudolf Steiner in 1924 in Koberwitz.

Answers to questions and challenges of the present time are offered in the book from Maria Röschl-Lehrs, From the Second Human in Us. In the new edition, there is advice for Forming the Inner Man on the Spiritual Path.

Integration and Waldorf Pedagogy (Series Edition Athropos, Volume 5) from Ulrike Barth, shines light on the opportunities and challenges involved, in integrating children with special educational needs into today’s Waldorf schools.

Stefan Hasler presents in his book, The Tone Eurythmy Course from Rudolf Steiner: Work Material, Documents, Research and Analysis, his own research in this area. In this book there is also found contributions by musicians and Eurythmists, who discuss the fundamental themes of Tone Eurythmy.

A broad overview of our whole assortment of publications is available on our Homepage.

Dr. Christiane Haid (Publishing Manager),
Anna S. Fischer, M. A. (Production, Distribution),
Max Savin (Accounting, Licensing)

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.