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Anthroposophical Studies: Trip to Weimar

Created by James Stacey |
The students of the Anthroposophical Studies in English made their annual pilgrimage to Weimar (March 15 – 17, 2013) to witness the rich cultural life that developed under the patronage of Archduke Carl August and was centered on the exceptional life of Goethe.

The students were well prepared for this exploration by lectures given by Goethe scholar Professor Douglas Miller. He and his wife Marguerite joined this journey and shared their wealth of experience with the students. Virginia Sease, the program director, also participated and shared her knowledge of Rudolf Steiner's years in Weimar.

Although each student brought unique questions and expectations to this experience the central quest was to gain insight into the creative impulse of Goethe that so inspired Rudolf Steiner in later years. After visiting Goethe's "Gartenhaus", home and museum students reflected on this man who epitomized life-long learning and the search for the capacities of the human being and the ideals to be grasped in the understanding of Nature and the higher worlds.

After several years of renovation a tour of the recently reopened Goethe-Schiller Archives – for which Rudolf Steiner edited some parts of Goethe's work on natural science which appeared 1891–1896 – created a deep appreciation for the wealth of material preserved in Weimar. The manuscript collection now includes the work of many individuals; such as: Nietzsche and Liszt.

There were special visits to the historic locations of Steiner's work and home during his Weimar years: 1890–1897. Students even enjoyed coffee in the room in which Rudolf Steiner wrote "The Philosophy of Freedom". Although now a hotel, in the 1890s the building was the large home of Anna Eunike where Steiner rented accommodations.

For a long time to come these students will unfold thoughts that live between the poles of Goethe's Weimar and Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum. And they will look back with pleasure on the good time they had on this study trip.

This week at the Goetheanum

Goetheanum –
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The Goetheanum is the headquarters for the School of Spiritual Science and the General Anthroposophical Society. The School of Spiritual Science with its eleven sections is active worldwide in research, development, teaching, and the practical implementation of its research findings and is supported by the Anthroposophical Society.

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 and a bookstore.