The Anthroposophical Society in America is a non-sectarian, non-political association devoted to furthering Rudolf Steiner’s work. Membership is open to everyone regardless of religion, race, nationality, social standing, scientific or artistic conviction. It supports individual members and groups including study groups, regional branches, the School for Spiritual Science in North America, and the Rudolf Steiner Library, a mail-order lending library available to the public.
As one of 70 branches world-wide of the General Anthroposophical Society founded by Rudolf Steiner in Dornach, Switzerland, the Anthroposophical Society in America is an “association of people who would foster 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 U.S. Society is governed by a General Council. Members of the General Council are:
Torin Finser, General Secretary
Joan Treadaway, Western Region Representative
Ann Finucane, Eastern Region Representative
Dennis Dietzel, Central Region Representative
Virginia McWilliam, member at large
Jack Michael, member at large and Treasurer
Marian Leon, Director of Administration and Member Services
The administrative offices for the U.S. Society are located at the Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 41804. The Society's Rudolf Steiner Library is located at 65 Fern Hill Road, Ghent, NY 12075. Follow the "Groups and Branches" link for regional, local, and special interest groups recognized by the Society.
Anthroposophy is a source of spiritual knowledge and a practice of inner development. Through it one seeks to penetrate the mystery of our relationship with the spiritual world by searching for answers and insights that come through a schooling of one’s inner life. It draws, and strives to build, on the spiritual research of Rudolf Steiner, who maintained that every human being (anthropos) has the inherent wisdom (sophia) to solve the riddles of existence and to transform both self and society. Rudolf Steiner shared the results of this research in 40 books and in over 6,000 lectures now available in 300 volumes. He is increasingly recognized as a seminal thinker of the 20th century and one of humanity’s great spiritual teachers.
The Anthroposophical Society was founded by Rudolf Steiner in Switzerland in 1923. It seeks to support individuals who are working on their own inner development and who wish to bring the fruit of that inner work to benefit the wider world. As a modern path of knowing, its doors are open to all who seek its approach and who wish to support its activities. Today, anthroposophical activity is alive in communities around the world.
During the course of his life, Steiner collaborated with doctors, therapists, farmers, business people, teachers, scientists, and artists. These collaborations, in turn, created Waldorf schools, biodynamic agriculture, new economic and social models, the Camphill movement, anthroposophic medicine and thousands of other public and private initiatives worldwide. Other collaborations focused on the arts, creating new forms of expression in both the visual and performing arts, such as eurythmy.