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Soul Courage and Self Transformation at the Threshold

December 6th to 8th, 2019

7th Conference for a Culture at the Threshold

Invitation

This conference is dedicated to the thresholds of birth and death. Here the transition from the spiritual world to the earthly world takes place, and the transition from the earthly world to the spiritual world. - The soul is the mediator between spirit and body, it is the one who receives the newly born human being on earth, and it is the one who has to prepare itself for the new crossing of the threshold at the end of life.

In our time, both thresholds are becoming more and more exposed to the interference of consciousness and controlled by different technologies. Yet we all experience that in experiencing both of these thresholds, far more than external processes occur: expectation, admiration, joy almost always shape the environment at the birth of a child; insecurity, fear and pain often determine the mood in the face of death.

In our daily falling asleep and waking up, we experience an image of these two thresholds; they allow us to practice making the transition from the spiritual to the earthly and from the earthly to the spiritual worlds more conscious.

It therefore appears to be an important task in our time, to discover and cultivate the soul mood that does justice to a dignified crossing of the two thresholds. The conference intends to be focus on experiencing this content in contributions, working groups and discussions.

Joan Sleigh
Executive Council at the Goetheanum Contact person of the General Anthroposophical Section at the Goetheanum

Matthias Girke 
Executive Council at the Goetheanum Leadership of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum

Johannes Kühl 
Leadership of the Natural Science Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum

Program

¹ Should you be in a position to pay an additional amount, this would help to cover the costs of the conference and support the work of the section.
² Concessions apply for students, schoolchildren, OAPs, the unemployed, those in training, military or civil service and people with disabilities who receive benefits. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form.
³ When registering, your first choice is no longer open, is cancelled or will be cancelled, your second and third choice will be taken into account. If your first, second or third choice is full, we will try to contact you. Please look for updated information at the start of the conference.



Cancellation:Bookings may be cancelled free of charge up to 14 days prior to the beginning of the conference (date of posting). After that, 50% of the conference fee will be charged. Meals, breakfast, parking permit and group accommodation may be cancelled free of charge up to 1 day prior to the begin of the conference. Cancellation on the day when the conference begins or failure to attend are subject to a 100% invoice total. Substitutes will be accepted at no extra cost.

Cancellation insurance: Subject to a payment of 5% of total costs (CHF 10 minimum) full cancellation insurance can be taken out to cover illness (including dependent children and partner), job loss and force majeure.

Terms of insurance.

General Standard Terms and Conditions (GTC)

Working Groups – Deepening in Conversation

1. The special destiny of souls that have died early. The gift of souls that have died early for their spiritual tasks. Reflections on Rudolf Steiner’s indications to the polarity of short and long life on earth. DE Franz Ackermann, Former Head of a retirement and nursing home in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland

2. Sleep and sleeping disorders. How do we promote the healing powers of sleep? DE Dr. med. Matthias Girke

3. The parting of life as preparation for life after death. DE Rolf Heine, Nurse, Filderstadt, Germany

4. The joys and struggles of entering and leaving earthly life. EN Richard Goodall, Reverend of the Christian Community in Cape Town, South Africa

5. How can personal strategies and habits of old age be transformed and where does the courage for the own unpredictable future come from? Biography work as valuable companion on the way to oneself. DE Anke-Marie Jacobs, eurythmy therapist and biographer in her own practice, Dornach, Switzerland; lecturer in adult education

6. Unborness - the secrets of birth. Exchange and discussion about experiences at the threshold of birth with a gynecologist and pediatrician. DE Dr. med. Angela Kuck; Georg Soldner

7. Fear and reverence at the threshold. DE Mechtild Oltmann-Wendenburg

8. Education at the threshold. DE Melanie Reveriego, Board Member and School Principal at the Parzival Centre in Karlsruhe, Germany; Bernd Ruf, Board Member, School Principal and Head of the Outpatient Clinic for Emergency Pedagogy at the Parzival Centre Karlsruhe, Germany; Managing Director of the “Friends of Waldorf Education” with a focus on volunteer services and emergency education

9. Motherhood: Guardian or protector? EN Joan Sleigh

10. The future rests on the past. How can we accompany the young child appropriately to enable a successful integration of the soul-spirit into the physical body? DE Franziska Spalinger, Kindergarten teacher at the Rudolf Steiner School Zurich, Switzerland; adult educator and lecturer at the Academy for Anthroposophical Pedagogy, Dornach, Switzerland

11. Courage to die and fear to become. Why is it important to seek courage in dying and fear in becoming? How can one practice dying and welcome fear as an energy into ones life? Recognize these qualities in your own biography. EN Anne de Wild, Naturopath TEN, Biography Work, Basel, Switzerland and Christopher Burke, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania, USA, Biography Work

Artistic Groups

12. Eurythmy. Threshold movement. DE, EN, IT Gia van Akker, eurythmist and teacher, The Hague, Netherlands

13. Experiencing incarnation of the soul through movement. DE Barbara Bäumler, eurythmist, Arlesheim, Switzerland

14. Eurythmy to the conference theme. DE Ute Medebach, eurythmist, Dornach, Switzerland

15. From yonder sounds a call to me. Speech and conversation: We will deal artistically with the two thresholds based on poems about birth and death. DE Agnes Zehnter, Lecturer for Speech Design and Language Pedagogy at the Anthroposophical Academy for Therapy & Art in Dornach, Switzerland

Soul Courage and Self Transformation at the Threshold

7th Conference for a Culture at the Threshold

Conference of the General Anthroposophical Section at the Goetheanum
from Friday, 6 to Sunday, 8 December 2019

Application requested prior to: Friday, 22 November 2019

Conference fees:

with sponsorship¹: CHF 250 with meals: CHF 325
regular price: CHF 150 with meals: CHF 225
concessions²: CHF 100 with meals: CHF 175

Conference meals

Conference meals (vegetarian with dessert) include 1x lunch and 2x evening meal at CHF 75 in total and they can not be booked separately. Breakfast (2x) can be booked separately at CHF 30. Lactose-free and gluten-free dishes can be provided. We regret that any other food intolerances cannot be catered for.

Parking permit

For the period of the conference: CHF 14 (not right next to the Goetheanum building).
If you have a disability, please display your disability badge in your car.

Methods of payment/confirmation
On receipt of a group application, the respective institution will receive the account for the group. Subsequent bookings can only be applied for and paid on an individual basis.

Credit cards (all countries): The full amount will be charged to your credit card as soon as your booking has been processed. You will receive postal or email confirmation of your booking and payment.

Invoice Switzerland: Confirmation of booking and an invoice will be sent to you once your booking has been processed. Please note that we only send out invoices up until 10 days before the beginning of an event. After that, payment is only possible by credit card or on arrival.

Invoice Eurozone: Confirmation of booking and an invoice will be sent to you once your booking has been processed (Euro account). Please note that we only send out invoices up until 14 days before the beginning of an event. After that, payment is only possible by credit card or on arrival.

Other countries: Once your booking has been processed you will receive a confirmation by post or email. The amount due will either be charged to your credit card or you can pay on arrival. Bank transfers are not possible.

Please note that the conference fee must be paid before the conference starts.

Conference tickets: Tickets can be collected at the Reception until half an hour before the conference starts, also if you pay on arrival. We accept cash (Euro and CHF), VISA, MasterCard, ec-direct and Postcard-Schweiz.

Cancellation: Bookings may be cancelled free of charge up to 14 days prior to the beginning of the conference (22.11.2019, date of posting). After that, 50% of the conference fee will be charged. Meals, breakfast and parking permit may be cancelled free of charge up to 1 day prior to the begin of the conference (5.12.2019). Cancellation on the day when the conference begins or failure to attend are subject to a 100% invoice total. Substitutes will be accepted at no extra cost.

Cancellation insurance: Subject to a payment of 5% of total costs (CHF 10 minimum) full cancellation insurance can be taken out to cover illness (including dependent children and partner), job loss and force majeure.

¹ Should you be in a position to pay an additional amount, this would help to cover the costs of the conference and support the work of the section.
² Concessions apply for students, schoolchildren, OAPs, the unemployed, those in training, military or civil service and people with disabilities who receive benefits. Proof of status has to be submitted with your booking form.

Directions to the Goetheanum

By train
From Basel Swiss Station (SBB) take train S3 (destination Laufen) to Dornach-Arlesheim, then take local bus no. 66 from the train station to the bus stop "Goetheanum"

By tram
From Basel Swiss Station (SBB) take line 10 to Dornach-Arlesheim station, then take local bus no. 66 to the bus stop "Goetheanum"

By car
Leave the motorway Basel-Délémont at junction Reinach-Süd and follow a signs to Dornach. Parking at the Goetheanum is subject to a charge (including evenings and weekends)

On foot
15-minute walk from Dornach-Arlesheim train station

Haus Friedwart
Lärchenweg 11, 4143 Dornach
Number of rooms: 20
Shower rooms on each floor
singles from 70 CHF bed & breakfast
doubles from 110 CHF bed & breakfast
5 mins walk to the Goetheanum 

Begegnungszentrum
Sonnhaldeweg 1, 4143 Dornach
single room from 55 CHF
double room from 90 CHF
10 mins walk to the Goetheanum

Contact

friedwartnoSpam@goetheanum.ch 
www.friedwart.ch
Tel. +41 61 706 42 82

Some hotels offer special conditions on demand and special offers for Goetheanum conference visitors.

Stiftung Kloster Dornach
Amtshausstrasse 7, 4143 Dornach
Tel. +41 61 701 12 72
Fax +41 61 701 12 49
www.klosterdornach.ch

Number of Rooms: 32
Single from 75 CHF, fair price from 115 CHF
Double from 120 CHF, fair price from 160 CHF
Showers on each floor, for 1 floor: wheelchairs (stair lift , bathroom and toilets)
15 min walk to the Goetheanum

Engeli-Garni
Bruno Ritter
Unterdorfstrasse 29, 4143 Dornach
Tel +41 61 631 00 00
Fax. +41 61 701 13 01
www.engeli-garni.ch

Number of Rooms: 8
Standard room single use with breakfast 95 CHF
Large room single use with breakfast 125 CHF
each additional person in the room + 55 CHF
Garage parking nearby (free of charge)
15 min walk to the Goetheanum

Hotel Jura
Bruggweg 61, 4143 Dornach
Tel : + 41 61 706 98 00
Fax + 41 61 701 98 19
www.hoteljura.ch

Number of rooms: 11
Single from 80 CHF
Double from 150 CHF
5–10 % group discount
15 min walk to the Goetheanum

Hotel Gasthof zum Ochsen ****
Ermitagestrasse 16, 4144 Arlesheim
Tel +41 61 706 52 00
www.ochsen.ch

4 stars
Number of rooms: 35
Single from 129 CHF
Double from 149 CHF
15 min walk to the Goetheanum

Hotel Ermitage Arlesheim
Ermitagestrasse 2, 4144 Arlesheim
Tel +41 61 701 54 20
Fax +41 61 701 37 20
www.eremitage.ch

Number of rooms: 27
Single from 115 CHF
Double from 180 CHF
20 min walk to the Goetheanum

Gasthaus zum Stärne
Ermitagestrasse 1, 4144 Arlesheim
Tel +41 61 701 99 52
www.werkstar.ch

Number of Rooms: 5
Single from 55 CHF
Double room from 90 CHF
Breakfast: 10 CHF
Stärne offers jobs for mentally disabled and unemployed people .
15 min walk to the Goetheanum

Gasthof zur Sonne ***
Untere Kirchgasse 1, 4147 Aesch
Tel +41 61 751 17 72
Fax +41 61 751 23 13
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3 stars
Number of rooms: 19
Single from 130 CHF
Double from 180 CHF
10 min by car to the Goetheanum

Bad Schauenburg ****
Schauenburgerstrasse 76, 4410 Liestal
Tel +41 61 906 27 27
Fax +41 61 906 27 00
www.badschauenburg.ch

4 stars
Number of rooms: 33
Single from 145 CHF incl breakfast
Double room including breakfast from 200 CHF

Hotel Reinacherhof ***
In Reinacherhof 177, 4163 Reinach
Tel +41 61 716 94 16
Fax +41 61 416 94 10
www.hotel-reinacherhof.ch

3 stars
Number of rooms: 14
Single from 135 CHF, weekend rate from 115 CHF
Double room from CHF 200, weekend rate from 175 CHF
10 min by car to the Goetheanum

Hotel Hofmatt
Basel Strasse 88, 4142 Münchenstein
Tel +41 61 416 08 48
Fax +41 61 416 08 49
www.hotelhofmatt.ch

Number of rooms: 15
Single from 115 CHF
Double from 175 CHF
20 min to the Goetheanum by public transport

Hotel Teufelhof
Leonhardsgraben 49, 4051 Basel
Tel +41 61 261 10 10
www.teufelhof.com

Number of rooms: 33
Single from 135 CHF
Double from 155 CHF
+ tax per person / night including Mobility Ticket
40 min to the Goetheanum by public transport

Hotel bildungszentrum 21
Missionsstrasse 21, Basel 4003
Tel +41 61 260 21 21
www.bildungszentrum-21.ch

Number of rooms: 74
Single from 140 CHF
Double from 160 CHF
including Mobility Ticket
40 min to the Goetheanum by public transport

Rooms-Dornach.ch arranges rooms and apartments in Dornach and Arlesheim from private hosts.
The rooms and apartments are within walking distance to the Goetheanum.

  • Single room from 55.- CHF per night
  • Double room from 90.- CHF per night
  • Appartements from 110.- CHF per night

Basel Back Pack
Dornacherstrasse 192, 4053 Basel
Tel. +41 61 333 00 37
Fax +41 61 333 00 39
www.baselbackpack.com 

Anzahl Betten: 81
MBZ ab 32 CHF, inkl. Mobility-Ticket
40 Min. zum Goetheanum mit öffentl. Nahverkehr

Jugendherberge Basel St. Alban
St. Alban-Kirchrain 10, 4052 Basel
Tel. +41 61 272 05 72
Fax +41 61 272 08 33
www.youthhostel.ch 

Anzahl Betten: 234
MBZ ab 41.80 CHF (Mitgliederpreis), 47.80 CHF (ohne Mitgliedsausweis)
inkl. Frühstück & Mobility-Ticket
Informationen zu Familien-, Jahres- und Gruppenmitgliedschaft unter www.youthhostel.ch 
45 Min. zum Goetheanum mit öffentl. Nahverkehr

YMCA Hostel Basel
Gempenstrasse 64, 4008 Basel
Tel. +41 61 361 73 09
Fax +41 61 363 93 35
www.ymcahostelbasel.ch 

Anzahl Betten: 150
MBZ ab 36 CHF, Frühstück ab 5 CHF
inkl. Mobility-Ticket
40 Min. zum Goetheanum mit öffentl. Nahverkehr

Camping Waldhort
Heideweg 16, 4153 Reinach
Tel. +41 61 711 64 29
Fax +41 61 713 98 35
infonoSpam@camping-waldhort.ch
www.camping-waldhort.ch  

geöffnet: März bis Oktober
Stellplatz inkl. Strom für Wohnwagen: 20 CHF, für Zelt: 12 CHF
Erwachsener: 9 CHF, Kinder: 5 CHF, Hund 3 CHF
10 Min. mit dem Auto zum Goetheanum

Camping „Uf der Hollen“
In Hochwald
Büro in Reinach
jeweils Donnerstag von 18.00 bis 20.00 Uhr
Tel. +41 61 712 02 40
Fax +41 61 599 34 18
Platzkommission, verantwortl. G. D’Agosta: Tel. +41 79 645 85 24
campingplatznoSpam@tcscampingbasel.ch 
www.tcscampingbasel.ch 

 

Organizer:
General Anthroposophical Section​​​​​​​