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.
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
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).
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.
comprise lectures on various subjects related to anthroposophy by competent persons four or five times a week
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
CHF 1000 per term
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.