General Anthroposophical Society

When faith in progress swept away mythology, Rudolf Steiner conceptualized anthroposophy, a spirituality based on science, to understand the world more deeply and to give a broader foundation to personality. The Anthroposophical Society offers the opportunity to study anthroposophy and exchange ideas.


The Society Worldwide

Today the General Anthroposophical Society connects many hundreds of groups, branches, and regional societies. They are composed of spiritually interested and engaged people in 78 countries on all continents. Anthroposophy sees itself as a science of the spirit; the Anthroposophical Society is concerned with the life, questions, and goals of its members.

The spectrum ranges from open discussion meetings to general issues of current events to specialised thematic working groups, from strictly spiritual science study groups to informal reading groups, to people from all areas of life and work who are committed to civil society.

The local or subject-related groups form a network in regional working groups, cross-regional initiatives and national associations (national societies). At the international level, they are united in the General Anthroposophical Society based at the Goetheanum (Switzerland). The General Anthroposophical Society supports the School of Spiritual Science as the "soul" of the Anthroposophical Society with its specialised sections covering various areas of life and work.


Anthroposophical Society

The General Anthroposophical Society was founded during the Christmas Conference in Dornach in 1923. However, the history of the Anthroposophical Society began earlier, as the German section of the Theosophical Society developed. In five years (2023) the General Anthroposophical Society will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

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Rudolf Steiner

Words to describe the work of Rudolf Steiner: unusual – not easy to approach – filled with stimulating ideas. His monumental projects of drafting an alternative science, a new pedagogy, new perspectives in medicine and agriculture have entered into the spiritual heritage of the present time.

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Executive Council

Justus Wittich

Born 1955 in Germany

Justus Wittich attended the Rudolf Steiner School in Berlin-Dahlem and studied economics at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 1979 he took over the management of the "Association of Friends of Rudolf Steiner’s Education" or "Freunde der Erziehungskunst Rudolf Steiners", in Stuttgart. Since 1985 Wittich has been involved in adult education at “der hof”, a cultural, medical, and spiritual community initiative in Niederursel, Frankfurt. In 1989 he became editorial manager of the quarterly members’ newsletter 'Mitteilungen aus der Anthroposophischen Gesellschaft in Deutschland', and he was a member of the Council of the Anthroposophical Society in Germany from 1992 to 2012. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society. He is married and has three children.

patricia.sethaler@goetheanum.ch nanna.osmer@goetheanum.ch

Joan Sleigh

Born 1962 in South Africa

Joan Sleigh was born in South Africa, she spent her childhood in the Camphill communities there. She attended part Waldorf and part rural State education. Moving to Germany in 1982, she mothered four children and trained as a Waldorf Class teacher in Witten-Annen; returning to Cape Town, South Africa in 1995 where she worked as class teacher at the Michael Oak Waldorf School from 1995-2012, and as teacher trainer at the Centre for Creative Education from 2006-2012. Member of the International Forum for Steiner/Waldorf Schools (Hague Circle) and co-ordinator of the Pedagogical Section in Cape Town since 2010. She became a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society in 2013.


Constanza Kaliks

Born 1967 in Chile

Constanza Kaliks 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 at the Waldorf Teacher training programme. She received a Ph.D. degree in Educational Studies with a dissertation on Nicolaus of Cuse. She is married with two children. Since January 2012, Constanza Kaliks has been the Leader of the Youth Section and member of the Leadership of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, and has been member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society since end of March 2015.

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

Matthias Girke

Born 1954 in Germany

Matthias Girke is a specialist in internal medicine, diabetology, and palliative medicine. He was a co-founder of the hospital for Anthroposophic Medicine Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Havelhöhe in Berlin, Germany, where he was head of Internal Medicine for more than 21 years. He continues to serve as a consultant and advisor and to see outpatients there. He has been head of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum since September 2016 and a member of the Executive Council of the General Anthroposophical Society since April 2017.

francesca.volpe@goetheanum.ch Medical Section

Emeritus and former board members (since 2015)

Dr. Virginia Sease virginia.sease@goetheanum.ch
Dr. med. Seija Zimmermann seija.zimmermann@goetheanum.ch
Paul Mackay paul.mackay@goetheanum.ch
Bodo von Plato von.plato@goetheanum.ch

Goetheanum Leadership

15 representatives of the Anthroposophical Society lead the Goetheanum and the work spheres of Anthroposophy – the Sections – from medicine to mathematics, art and sociology, in an ongoing dialogue of disciplines and perspectives.

The current members of the Goetheanum Leadership are pictured in this photo. From left to right: Justus Wittich, Florian Osswald, Constanza Kaliks, Claus-Peter Röh, Marianne Schubert, Christiane Haid, Gerald Häfner, Stefan Hasler, Johannes Kühl, Georg Soldner, Joan Sleigh, Matthias Girke, Ueli Hurter, Oliver Conradt, Jean-Michel Florin.


Become a member of the Anthroposophical Society

Anyone can become a member without regard to nationality, social standing, religion, scientific or artistic conviction. It is not confession that is called for, but interest. Each member can form groups with others and pursue the questions that are important for their pursuit of knowledge and life. This creates a network of lively spiritual exchange about anthroposophy in the present - whether in South African townships or Stockholm, one of the many Rudolf Steiner houses in Germany, or on a farm in New Zealand. Group work on-site, festivals, courses, lectures, and artistic events shape the life of the Anthroposophical Society, as do international conferences.

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Member News

Member News

‹Anthroposophy Worldwide: What is happening in the Anthroposophical Society› appears monthly in German, English, French and Spanish for members of the Anthroposophical Society.



Support the Anthroposophical Society

As an organization dedicated to cultural activities the General Anthroposophical Society does not engage in commercial activity. It depends solely on grant and donation support from the private sector. Financially, the General Anthroposophical Society is supported by approximately 45,500 members worldwide through their annual membership contributions. It also receives income from services, such as natural science research projects, publications and conferences, etc., as well as through its public performances and the Eurythmy performances of its ensemble. A significant part of core operating expenses, plus additional projects must be funded through donations.