Goetheanum Adult Education Programme

Adult Education Program

Anthroposophy and anthroposophic initiatives, now in the second century after their inauguration, find themselves in a changed world. What they can contribute to meeting the challenges of this world has become more relevant and accessible. At the same time the awareness of contexts and the longing for personalized learning paths and authentic learning experiences calls for new approaches in anthroposophic adult education.

Nexte Seminars

Module I: Modelling ways to address development and karma
perspective on Christ

19.05.2021 - 22.05.2021

Module II: Modelling ways to address Goetheanism and Steiner’s

01.06.2022 - 04.06.2022

Modules I & II are designed as a unity but can be attended separately.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Goetheanum Adult Education Programme has been changed to an online format. This will allow participants from around the world to work together and share their expertise and questions about shaping spaces to learn Anthroposophy. Along with the other topics, we will include a reflection on current experiences and practices in teaching and learning Anthroposophy in online formats. The new schedule will allow participants from as many time zones as possible to be present during the synchronous part of the programme. We aim to create a network and a platform for adult educators in anthroposophic professional training and professional development to share, reflect and give feedback on practical examples of teaching settings (such as presentations, seminars and exercises) and the contemporary challenges in teaching Anthroposophy today. Participants’ contributions out of individual questions and expertise will build the heart of the programme. Also, all participants are invited to bring contributions in the form of short video presentations.


What knowledge and capabilities does the next generation of colleagues and leaders in anthroposophic institutions bring with them and what essential knowledge would allow them to guide their institutions into the future? It is challenging and rewarding to relate this knowledge and these capabilities to the tension between established anthroposophic practices, current academic research findings, and the ideas, exercises and practices suggested by Rudolf Steiner. This work takes place within contemporary discourses and challenges such as digital change, state accreditation, the heritage of colonialism, interreligious dialogue and gender mainstreaming – to name only a few.


All of this calls for professional development and exchange between adult educators in anthroposophic professional trainings and professional development programs. With the Goetheanum Adult Education Programme we invite you to share your experience and knowledge with colleagues from around the world, to learn from other professional adult educators in practical exercises and to lay the foundations of a network for fostering the further development of Anthroposophy and anthroposophic initiatives.

The course is divided into two modules. Module I: Modelling ways to address development and karma and Module II: Modelling ways to address Goetheanism and Steiner’s perspective on Christ. The modules are designed as a unity, but can be completed separately.


In the time between module I and module II you have the opportunity to work individually or in team. You are invited to contribute to a relevant theme in anthroposophic adult education through exchange in a group that is created during the program, by relating the chosen topic to the latest research findings in educational science and through discussing best practice and literature. For module II you will prepare a presentation of your results and hand in an essay for the participants (with an option for publication in a book or journal). On request, your process can be supported by experts in the field or by colleagues. The topics and groups will be identified during the morning session of day four. Schedule and activities


Stefan Langhammer

Florian Osswald

Edda Nehmiz

Geboren 1974 in Deutschland. Ausbildung zur Tischlerin, dann Studium der Politik & Organisation und Pädagogik in Deutschland, Großbritannien und der Schweiz. Seit 2006 im Bereich Studium und Weiterbildung am Goetheanum tätig. Sie gibt dem Bereich die organisatorische Grundstruktur und ist besonders mit der Frage befasst, wie Form und Inhalt im Bezug auf Organisation und Lehrinhalte zusammengehen, um eine freilassende Lernumgebung zu ermöglichen.


+41 61 706 44 14

Robin Schmidt

Studium der Philosophie, Kulturgeschichte und Erziehungswissenschaft. Leiter der Forschungsstelle Kulturimpuls. Forschung und Publikationen zu Fragen der Geschichte und zu Gegenwartsfragen der Anthroposophie. Lehrtätigkeit zu Grundlagen der Anthroposophie, insbesondere zu Entwicklung des Denkens, Gegenwartsfragen und Meditation.

Matthias Girke

*1954 in Deutschland

Matthias Girke ist Arzt für Innere Medizin, Diabetologie und Palliativmedizin. Er ist verheiratet und hat zwei Kinder. Er war Mitbegründer und über 21 Jahre Leitender Arzt der Allgemeinen Inneren Medizin im Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe, Klinik für Anthroposophische Medizin; anschließend ist er in einer Konsultant/Berater-Funktion und in der Ambulanz dieser Klinik tätig. Im September 2016 übernahm er die Leitung der Medizinischen Sektion der Freien Hochschule für Geisteswissenschaft am Goetheanum in der Schweiz und seit April 2017 ist er Vorstandsmitglied der Allgemeinen Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft.

francesca.volpe@goetheanum.ch Medizinische Sektion

Constanza Kaliks

*1967 in Chile

Studium der Mathematik und der Waldorfpädagogik, Doktor in Erziehungswissenschaften mit Dissertation zu Nicolaus Cusanus. 19-jährige Tätigkeit als Waldorflehrerin und Dozentin in der Lehrerausbildung in São Paulo. Sie ist verheiratet und hat zwei Kinder. Seit 2012 Leitung der Jugendsektion am Goetheanum und Mitglied des Leitungskollegiums der Freien Hochschule für Geisteswissenschaft. Seit Ende März 2015 Mitglied des Vorstandes der Allgemeinen Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft.

patricia.sethaler@goetheanum.ch ioana.viscrianu@goetheanum.ch


The application consists of a CV detailing educational and professional development as well as personal interests, a passport sized photo, the completed registration form and an application letter.

In the application letter please provide some information about what moved you to consider the Adult Education Program.

If the application is approved by the course leaders the application process will continue with a personal conversation between the prospective participant and a member of staff responsible for the course.

Edda Nehmiz /// studium@goetheanum.ch /// 0041 61 706 44 14

CHF 560, - (per module, tuition fee only, meals and accomodation are not included, limited scholarships available)

English (main language), peer-support in Spanish, German, Portuguese and French

Certificate of Participation

Goetheanum, School of Spiritual Science Dornach - Basel, Switzerland


Infos in Englisch [to be added]