Objectives

The flexibility of the «Anthroposophical Studies in English» program permits both the beginner in anthroposophy as well as the more experienced person to acquire new orientation and depth in the pursuit of anthroposophy. Not only does each term focus on a major work by Rudolf Steiner, but also the student experiences Eurythmy, Speech Formation, Painting and Drawing, Clay Modeling and Singing on a regular basis. Other presentations augment the «Anthroposophical Studies» and the artistic courses in order to introduce a wide spectrum of activities and cultural impulses resulting from Rudolf Steiner’s work.

Schedule

Monday through Friday

08.00 – 09.00 a.m. Basic Study Virginia Sease

09.30 – 10.45 a.m. Artistic Courses Speech – Painting – Drawing – Clay Modeling

11.15 – 12.15 p.m. Individual Study Projects

02.30 – 03.30 p.m. Special Themes

04.00 – 05.15 p.m. Artistic Courses Music – Eurythmy – Singing

Content

Centers on the following books by Rudolf Steiner:

  • «Theosophy» offers an introduction to a spiritual understanding of human nature, reincarnation and what it means to live in the worlds of body, soul and spirit (Fall Term).
  • «Knowledge of the Higher Worlds»: «The capacities by which we can gain insights into the higher worlds lie dormant within each one of us.» Here Rudolf Steiner describes practical steps towards awakening these capacities (Winter Term).
  • «An Outline of Esoteric Science» offers insight into the vast processes of cosmic evolution and humanity’s place within them (Spring Term).

Artistic Courses

Painting – Drawing – Clay Modeling – Music – Speech – Eurythmy – Singing

Individual Study Projects

offer the student the possibility to work on a subject of choice. This may be a theme within anthroposophy, a cultural theme, an artistic endeavor or something of a more practical nature. The other option comprises free time to deepen the various course offerings.

Special Themes

comprise lectures on various subjects related to anthroposophy by competent persons four or five times a week

First Term:

Oct. 05 – 08 > From Theosophy to Anthroposophy Virginia Sease

Oct. 12 – 15 > The Goetheanum Park: Plant and Nature Observation Benno Otter

Oct. 19 – 22 > The Language of Form and Color in the Goetheanum Esther Gerster

Oct. 26 – 29 > Rudolf Steiner’s Four Mystery Dramas Herbert O. Hagens

Nov. 02 – 06 > Autumn Break

Nov. 09 – 13 > Rudolf Steiner’s Medical Impulse Seija Zimmermann

Nov. 16 – 19 > Aspects Concerning Death and Dying Päivi Lappalainen

Nov. 23 – 26 > The Medieval School of Chartres Virginia Sease

Nov. 30 – Dec. 03 > Trip to Chartres

Dec. 07 – 10 > The Significance of the Christmas Season Hans Hasler

Dec. 14 – 17 > Presentation of Individual Projects

Second Term:

Jan. 11 – 14 > Hygienic Eurythmy Christiane Rust                

Jan. 18 – 21 > The Significance of the Parsifal Legend Thomas Didden

Jan. 25 – 28 > Light and Color: A Goetheanistic Approach Johannes Kühl

Feb. 01 – 04 > An Appreciation of Rudolf Steiner’s Carved Group Caroline Chanter

Feb. 08 + 11 > The Miracal of a Beehive Johannes Wirz

Feb. 09 + 10 > The Social Organism of a Farm Ueli Hurter

Feb. 15 – 18 > Clay Modeling Christian Hitsch

Feb. 22 – 25 > Clay Modeling Christian Hitsch

Feb. 29 – March 3 > Pre-Christian Mysteries and the Mystery of Golgatha Virginia Sease

March 07 – 10 > Presentation of Individual Projects

Third Term:

April 11 – 14 > Geometric Drawing Oliver Conradt

April 18 – 21 > Geometric Drawing Oliver Conradt

April 25 – 28 > Special Paintings in Florence, Italy Virginia Sease

May 02 – 04 > Experiencing the Art of Florence, Italy Thorwald Thiersch

May 05 + 06 > Bank Holiday

May 08 – 12 > Trip to Florence

May 16 > Bank Holiday

May 17 – 19 > Rudolf Steiner’s Meditations and Mantras Virginia Sease

May 23 – 25 > Rudolf Steiner’s Christology Philip Martyn

May 26+ 27 > Bank Holiday

May 30 – June 2 > Education as an Art Joan Sleigh

June 06 – 09 > The Founding of the Anthroposophical Society at the Christmas Conference 1923/24 Virginia Sease

June 13 – 16 > Presentation of Individual Projects

June 20 – 23 > Presentation of Individual Projects

Special Excursions

Longer trips such as to Chartres Cathedral and Florence, Italy or shorter excursions to sites of historical and cultural relevance will be prepared by introductory lectures.

Visit to Chartres Cathedral

Sculpted in stone on the exterior, modeled in brilliantly colored glass windows inside, an earthly history of humanity may be seen through the vision of the Middle Ages. The Old Testament from the story of creation up through the kings and prophets culminates in the birth of the Messiah. His life on the earth, the disciples, the events of the Mystery of Golgatha and the Last Judgment have spoken to countless people throughout many centuries. Besides the marvels of the Cathedral which was built on an ancient druidic site, we also consider significant aspects of the medieval Platonist School of Chartres.

Sojourn in Florence

The entire city of Florence is considered a unique cultural monument filled with innumerable masterpieces of art especially from the early Christian centuries, through the Romanesque and Gothic periods and culminating in the Renaissance. To experience the immense golden mosaic ceiling of the Basilica, the frescoes of Fra Angelico in the San Marco cloister, the mighty sculpture of David by Michelangelo, the vast number of paintings by the masters of many centuries in the Uffizi Gallery and in the Pitti Palace can take the beholder on a journey through many great manifestations of human creativity. Also Florence as a city with its Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River, its many specialty shops and market places and its friendly atmosphere provides for a special experience. The trip is preceded by lectures on specific important artistic and historical aspects.

Shorter Excursions

Sonnenhof, Special School for Children (Arlesheim), Ita Wegman Klinik (Arlesheim), Lukas Klinik (Arlesheim), Painting Studio of Ninetta Sombart (Arlesheim), Painting Exhibition of Gérard Wagner (Dornach), Albert Steffen House (Dornach), Weleda (Arlesheim), Basel Cathedral and City, Theodor Schwenk Water Institute (Black Forest, Germany), Isenheim Altar in Colmar (France), Strasbourg Cathedral (France), Freiburg Cathedral (Germany) and others

The costs for the excursions will vary according to the method of travel and the duration. These costs are not included in the tuition fee.

General Information

Terms of admission

There are no prerequisites regarding previous education, apart from a good working knowledge of the English language. The average number of participants is limited, in order to ensure a seminar-like study environment and individual supervision in all courses. Admission is based on a written application and an interview. To study in Switzerland you will need a residence permit. Please contact the Swiss Embassy in your home country to be fully aware of the requirements for your entry clearance. You will receive detailed information with your application forms.
2015/2016 Study periods

Fall Term5.10. – 18.12.2015 /// incl. Autumn Holiday Break 02.11. - 06.11.2015

Winter Term 11.1. – 11.3.2016

Spring Term 11.4. – 24.6.2016

Tuition

CHF 1000 per term

Program Fees

Tuition fees for the full time programs are CHF 3000 per year or CHF 1000 for one term in the Advanced Studies Program.  Students need to ensure that they have the necessary funds to pay for their study fees.
In addition basic living expenses for the duration of the stay in Switzerland will be approximately CHF 1200 per month. These funds need to be guaranteed before the beginning of the studies.

Course programs are subject to change.