Anthroposophical Studies Advanced

The ‹Anthroposophical Studies in English – Advanced› is intended for students with prior knowledge of Anthroposophy who would like to develop new abilities through deepening their understanding of Anthroposophy in connection with an individual question. The program is suitable for students who already are familiar with Rudolf Steiner’s basic works and are looking for a more extended perspective, such as

  • Creating a basis for an individual path of inner development

  • Completing an individual study project in one of the artistic disciplines, the sciences or in philosophy

  • Methods of deepening an individual question through Anthroposophical Spiritual Science and related exercises


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Working on an individual study project is a central element. Members of the Goetheanum staff as well as other mentors with relevant backgrounds support students in their work. Students present their work at the end of the study year.




The other central element is a continuous text study with a focus on practicing conscious reading of the text. An emphasis will be on Rudolf Steiner’s «Karma Studies». Also a study of Rudolf Steiner’s Four Mystery Dramas will enhance understanding for the performances by the Goetheanum stage.




Artistic courses in speech formation, eurythmy and the ne arts complement the theoretical work as well as the individual study projects.




Joan Sleigh

Studies in Pedagogy. Birth and schooling in South Africa. In 1982 moved to Germany, mothered four children and trained as Waldorf class teacher. 1995 returned to South Africa. Worked as class teacher at Waldorf School and lecturer at the Centre for Creative Education. Till 2012 member of the Hague Circle and co-ordinator of the Pedagogical Section in Cape Town. Since 2013 member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society and the Leadership of the School of Spiritual Science.


Virginia Sease

Studies in German literature and training in singing in New York City. Waldorf teachers seminar in Germany. Class Teacher at the Waldorf School in Los
Angeles. PhD in German literature. Assistant Professor in California, developed Waldorf teacher training seminar in Los Angeles. Since 1984 member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society and the Leadership of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum. Publications in themes of Spiritual Science.

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Monday through Friday

08.00 – 09.15 a.m.
Basic Study with Joan Sleigh and Virginia Sease

  • · Fall Term: Threshold to the Spiritual World
  • · Winter Term: Christianity as Mystical Fact
  • · Spring Term: The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity

09.30 – 10.45 a.m.
Individual study time and Artistic Courses:
Speech – Painting – Clay Modeling
11.00 – 12.15 p.m.

Mondays and Wednesdays

Courses will be organized according to the wishes and needs of the students


Study «Karma Studies» with Virginia Sease
02.30 – 03.30 p.m.

Special Themes

(as in ‹Anthroposophical Studies›)
04.00 – 05.15 / 05.30 – 06.30 p.m.

Optional Courses

Wood Carving
Meditative Practice
The Bible through Art