5 Weekends of Anthroposophy

5 Weekends of Anthroposophy

Convenience and flexibility are the basis of this learning experience. This program has been designed to reach a broad audience interested in addressing anthroposophical content from anywhere in the world.

About the Course

Online Course
5 weekends between January - February 2025

Weekend 1: 17-19 January 2025
Weekend 2: 24-26 January 2025
Weekend 3: 31 Jan - 2 Feb 2025
Weekend 4: 7-9 February 2025
Weekend 5: 14-16 February 2025

Throughout the "5 Weekends of Anthroposophy" course, students will have access to video lectures, engage in art and eurythmy exercises, and participate in in-depth discussion groups led by the Goetheanum faculty.

English is the primary language of this course, but the Text-Based Study sessions may be held in language groups in German, English, and Portuguese/Spanish, depending on the number of participants enrolled.

Format & Program

The program is divided into live sessions, in which participants meet at a designated time, and recorded video lectures in English that can be watched anytime within the duration of the course.

Live sessions take place from Friday to Sunday from 12:00 - 15:00 Central European Time (CET) / Switzerland.

Active participation and contributions are essential to ensure a fruitful learning experience. In order to encourage interaction and engagement, these sessions will not be recorded.

Text-based Study

The Text-based study sessions are the central component of this online course. In these live sessions, participants will explore Rudolf Steiner's work Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts.

These classes may be divided into language subgroups in German, English and Portuguese/Spanish, depending on the number of registered participants. The rest of the program is held in English.

Weekly Seminars & Sunday Colloquium

The recorded video seminars are available in English only and must be watched anytime during the week before the Sunday Colloquium (live), when participants will have the opportunity to discuss the topics and ask questions to the lecturer of each week.

The full program and schedule will be available soon.

Painting and Drawing

Recorded art lectures cover a wide range of topics and activities for four weeks, including an introduction to Rudolf Steiner's art impulse, the planetary seals, the ceiling painting in the Main Hall of the Goetheanum and the colored windows. Participants will also delve into the use of color, Goethe's research, and Rudolf Steiner's suggestions for painting.

Four live sessions will allow students to meet with the teacher, ask questions, share ideas, and show the work they have done during the week.

Eurythmy

Eurythmy video lectures span four weeks of exercises to guide participants in discovering inner balance through Eurythmy. These lectures are available to watch at your convenience during the week, allowing you the flexibility to fit them into your daily schedule throughout the course.

Four live sessions with the lecturer will provide a platform for practicing the exercises learned, seeking clarification, and sharing experiences with participants.

Additional Features

Virtual Tour of the Goetheanum
A special virtual Guided Tour of the Goetheanum with Esther Gerster will welcome the participants on the first day.

Student-led session

A moment for the participants to plan together a closure for the final session. This could be making a collaborative presentation of what you have learned, sharing personal insights, showing a virtual art exhibition, or any other form. You and your peers will determine how to celebrate the end of this learning experience.

General Information

Participation Fee
Prices range from CHF160 - CHF 630. Check the tuition fee options on the application form and select the one that best fits your needs.

Technical Requirements
Desktop, Laptop or Tablet Computer with an up-to-date browser and video camera
Zoom app (If you don't have Zoom installed yet, you can download it here: https://zoom.us/download)

Timezone
12:00 - 15:00 Central European Time (CET) / Switzerland

Faculty

Bodo von Plato

Born in Germany in 1958. Studied modern history, philosophy and Waldorf education. Teacher at a Steiner school in Paris. 1991-2003: Hardenberg Institute in Heidelberg. From 2001 to 2018: member of the Executive Board of the General Anthroposophical Society and the Executive Board of the School of Spiritual Science. Since 2019: Stiftung Kulturimpuls in Berlin, research and projects on contemporary symptoms.

Constanza Kaliks

Born in 1967 in Chile, Constanza Kaliks grew up and lived mostly in Brazil. Constanza completed her studies of Mathematics in São Paulo, and went on to be mathematics teacher at the Escola Rudolf Steiner in São Paulo for 19 years. There she was also a teacher in the Waldorf Teacher training. Constanza has a Ph.D. in Education with a thesis on Nicolaus of Cuse. She is part of the board of the Goetheanum since 2015. Co-leader of the Pedagogical Section and the General Anthroposophical Section at the Goetheanum.

patricia.sethaler@goetheanum.ch

Esther Gerster

Born 1957 in Switzerland. Studied art at the Goetheanistische Studienstätte in Vienna, Austria, worked on the ceiling painting of the Great Hall in the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. She was Executive Council and General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in Switzerland. Today she teaches painting at the Goetheanum Anthroposophical Studies, gives painting courses, exhibits her art and gives guided tours and visits to the Goetheanum.

Matthias Rang

Born 1973 in Germany. Studied physics, 2007 research stay at the University of Washington in Seattle, USA. Since then he has been working as a Research Fellow in the Natural Science Section at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland. 2015 Doctorate at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany, and since 2020 responsible for the leadership of the Natural Science Section together with Johannes Wirz.

Michele Polito

MA in Eurythmy Therapy. Born 1975 in Germany. Trained as a social therapist. Eurythmy studies in England, then 14 years of stage work at the Eurythmeum Stuttgart, Germany and at the Goetheanum Stage Dornach, Switzerland. 2016 Eurythmy therapy studies. Eurythmy therapist at the anthroposophical Klinik Arlesheim. Eurythmy teacher at the HFHS Dornach and Klinik Arlesheim's medical training (Ärzteausbildung).

Nathaniel Williams

Nathaniel Williams founded the Free Columbia training site with Laura Summer, where he directed the M.C. Richards program. He studied art and puppetry in Basel, Switzerland, and graduated in fine arts from the Neue Kunstschule in 2002. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Albany and works as a performer, teacher and artist. Currently he is the head of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum.

Contact

Andrea De La Cruz

Born in 1989 in Madrid, Spain. Andrea has been working with youth and in adult education since 2011. She earned two Bachelor of Arts in Edinburgh and London (2009-2013) and has a certificate in Waldorf Education (2016-2018). Andrea was a student at the Goetheanum with Dr Virginia Sease during the 2015/16 academic year. She was a member of the Youth Section at the Goetheanum from 2017-2022. In 2022 she joined the Studies & Further Education department in the General Anthroposophical Section. She is currently studying for an MA in Innovation in Education.

studium@goetheanum.ch

Mayumi Matsumiya

Born in 1988 in Brazil, Mayumi Matsumiya holds a Master's Degree in Visual Arts Curatorship and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Comparative Studies in Art. She attended the Anthroposophy Studies program at the Goetheanum from 2017 to 2018, where she developed parts of her Master's research. Mayumi has presented her findings at conferences in Brazil, Argentina, and at the Goetheanum. In 2020, she contributed to the (Re)Search project with the Youth Section at the Goetheanum. Currently, she collaborates with the Goetheanum Studium team, focusing on media and communication.

studium@goetheanum.ch