Goetheanum Press

The Goetheanum Press is the oldest anthroposophical publishing house.


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, sekretariatnoSpam@goetheanum.org

From Life at the Goetheanum

11.06.2015 19:36 Age: 3 yrs
By: Sebastian Jüngel, transl. Anya Wilson

Group of Works by Jean-Michel Othoniel at the Goetheanum

Von 14. Juni bis 5. Juli wird eine Werkgruppe des auf der Art Basel vertretenen französischen Künstlers Jean-Michel Othoniel im Goetheanum zu sehen sein. Die Sockel für das Gesteinsglas Obsidian hat er dafür von der anthroposophischen Firma Baukunst anfertigen lassen. From June 14 to July 5 a group of works which will be presented at the Art Basel, will be on display at the Goetheanum, by the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel. The base for the rock-glass Obsidian was made by the anthroposophic architecture-art company, Baukunst.

Jean-Michel Othoniel in front of, "The Beautiful Dances", Versailles, 2015. © 2015 Othoniel / ARS, New York / ADAGP, Paris. Photo: Philippe Chancel

What inspired the group of works titled, "Invisibilty Faces," was a small lamp from the 1930s, made by the anthroposophic sculptor, Oswald Dubach. Jean-Michel Othoniel came across it in a Parisian antique shop and was impressed by the shape and the carved wooden base.

26 years ago, Jean-Michel Othoniel discovered volcanic glass on the Aeolian Islands north of Sicily. Obsidian, unlike other glass, is not translucent. Johannes Nilo from the Goetheanum documentation remarked, "yet the rock appears as if light would radiate out from within". "Perhaps this gives a impression to the paradoxical mystery of darkness and light that is present in Obsidian."

Nine of the Obsidian sculptures are made with a wooden base, done in the style of the lamp Jean-Michel Othoniel found in the antique shop. For this, he comissioned the work of the architecture company, Baukunst.

The exhibition is located on the grounds of the Goetheanum, where Oswald Dubach once worked. In cooperation with Glassworks, Münchenstein, five sculptures of art "from nature" and called, "Dornach Design," will be exhibited in the West Staircase of the Goetheanum.

Viewing is free. Opening times: 8 to 22:00

Jean-Michel Othoniel is at Art Basel (June 17 to 21) represented by Perrotin (Paris), Karsten Greve (St. Moritz, Paris, Cologne) and Kukje Gallery (Korea).

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:


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.