In the face of increasing global challenges, Dr. Rudolf Steiner (1861 - 1925) pointed to the need for a spiritual renewal of western culture, in areas including education, agriculture, medicine, economics, the sciences, religion and the arts.
Today there are literally thousands of schools, clinics, farms, and other organisations doing practical work based on his insights. He offered a comprehensive path of spiritual development and research, which, when pursued, can contribute to the creation of a more humane world.
Anthroposophy was developed by Rudolf Steiner as 'a path of knowledge to guide the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe'. Starting from his insight that thinking is a spiritual activity, Steiner showed how we can extend our scientific consciousness to embrace knowledge of the spiritual dimension of existence. The outcome is a science of the spirit capable of providing us with the ability to comprehend the spiritual as well as the physical nature of life, and to recognise the importance of this knowledge for the future of humanity.
The understanding gained by Steiner's research into the spiritual nature of each human being and of the world around us has led to a wealth of practical initiatives such as Steiner Waldorf education, biodynamic agriculture and anthroposophic medicine and therapies. On-going work takes place in many other fields, including science, drama, speech, music and eurythmy (an art of movement), architecture and the other visual arts, as well as social care, sociology and economics.
Rudolf Steiner's published work includes some 30 books and the transcripts of over 6,000 lectures, many of which are available in English translation from the original German. Copies are available from the Bookshop or Library at Rudolf Steiner House.
Founded by Rudolf Steiner at Christmas 1923, the General Anthroposophical Society is, as Steiner expressed it, 'an association of people whose will it is to nurture the life of the soul, both in the individual and in human society, on the basis of a true knowledge of the spiritual world'.
The Society has its centre at the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, and is connected with national societies and initiatives throughout the world, with its members coming from many cultures and all continents. The aim of the Society is to make a spiritually based contribution to the life of humanity.
As such, the Goetheanum provides a space where members of the Society, as well as the general public, can come and learn and collaborate by participating in a rich programme of conferences, performances and courses. The heart of the Society is the School of Spiritual Science, which aims to continue Steiner's research and its practical application.
The Anthroposophical Society in Great Britain provides a focus for activity in Great Britain and is a branch of the General Anthroposophical Society. The Society is entirely non-sectarian and anyone is welcome to join. The only requirement for membership is to recognise that the existence of an institution such as the School of Spiritual Science is justified.
Membership of the Society is not, therefore, dependent on agreeing with the results of Rudolf Steiner's spiritual research. Steiner considered freedom of thought to be fundamental to human existence, including the freedom to disagree with his teachings.
Members of the Society come together to pursue questions that are important to them, ranging from a general study of Anthroposophy to the exploration of a particular field of knowledge. The result is a lively dialogue about Anthroposophy in relation to contemporary life. The life of the Society embraces local group work, festival celebrations, courses, lectures and artistic events as well as major national and international conferences. Members of the Society receive regular newsletters that cover activities in Great Britain and around the world.
If you would like to know more about membership or the activities of the Society, please contact the Membership Secretary at Rudolf Steiner House. If you would like to join the Society, please download, complete and return the application form. We would appreciate your adding brief biographical details and a note of any particular areas of interest you may have. Once your membership has been confirmed you will receive a welcome pack, including your membership card.