Greetings and welcome to the website of The Rudolph Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.  We are located near the bustling Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago.  Map

We have a rich life here at the branch, with many study groups, lectures, workshops, and Festivals. Branch  Calendar

Ongoing events are listed below. Festivals and Special events are in the column to the right. 

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"Anthroposophy opens its wellsprings, and the human will, carried by love, may draw from the waters. It brings to life love for humankind and thereby works creatively in impulses for moral action and true social interaction.” — Rudolf Steiner


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Please contact each event coordinator for information on a particular event.

For general questions, email:  RudolfSteiner (at) yahoocom

To special order a book or specific item, or for information on lodging, please call Janis Ignoffo (773) 549-5753 

For information about the Festivals contact:   Hazel Archer-Ginsberg (773)-549-3026  ReverseRitual (at) gmailcom

Council Members:

David Kavesh - President

Chuck Ginsberg - Treasurer 

Mark Pelnar - Secretary

Andrei Onegin - Program Coordinator

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg - Festivals Coordinator

Kurtis Heath Estep

Elisabeth Swisher

2nd and 4th Sundays, 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. Intentional Anthroposophical Community Study Group. Reading:  Awakening to Community by Rudolf Steiner, and a pamphlet - From the Basic Ideas of Rudolf Steiner on The Threefold Social Order by G. Wachsmuth.  The group desires to form an Intentional Anthroposophical Community in the Midwest, ideally in a rural setting. For good information on existing intentional communities, visit

Sunday Evenings, 5:00 to 7:00pm: The Apocalypse of St. John, by Rudolf Steiner.  For more information, contact Andrei at (773) 764-2313.  Location:Rudolf Steiner Branch-Upstairs

Wednesday Mornings, 8:00-9:45 am. Karmic Relationships Vol. 1, by Rudolf Steiner, incorporating: The Calendar of the Soul, Eurythmy, Focused Discussion, & Seasonal Artistic Explorations. For more information, contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg (773) 549-3026 Location: The Chicago Waldorf School Library 1300 W Loyola Ave. Chicago Il 60626

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm. This study group is working with The Boundaries of Natural Science, by Rudolf Steiner. All who are interested are welcome to join us. For more information, call David Kavesh (312-451-9872).

Third Thursday mornings, 10:30 am - Noon.  Once a month this group will study “Sleep and Death”, Chapter 3 in Rudolf Steiner’s book, An Outline of Esoteric Science. Please feel free to join us. Books are available at the Branch. For more information, contact Alice (773-528-5340) or Carolyn (773-539-3688).

Thursday Evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. The Threshold of the Spiritual World. For more information, contact Clark Remington (773-595-5793).

First Class meets on the third Saturday of each month. (with some exceptions, see below) The lesson begins promptly at 6:00 pm.  Please arrive ahead of time, so you have a chance to come into the mood of the class before the lesson begins.

After the reading of the lesson, we will take a short break.  We will reconvene in a circle for conversation about the lesson.  Ending time is approximately 9:00 pm.


January 21, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 5

February 18, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 6

March 18, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 7

April 15, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 8

May 20, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 9

June 17, Saturday, 6:00 p.m.: Lesson 10

For information, Contact Clark Remington (773) 595-5793 

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Note: All events take place at the Rudolf Steiner Branch, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 except as noted.

Branch  Calendar - Festivals



The Bridging Project - Between Life and Death from Soul to Soul

Audio/Video Conference - February 1, 2017 - 7:15 pm CST

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to our conversation with special guest Mark Miller.  Mark is a registered architect in the states of Illinois and Michigan, and is a member of the Passive House Alliance US and co-founder of the Chicago chapter of the organization (Passive House is the world’s highest energy efficiency standard).

Mark’s talk is titled: “Spirit Parks, an Alternative to Cemeteries”.  Mark will be discussing the spiritual intentions of traditional western cemeteries; overview of how different cultures embrace memorialization and creating a "place" for connecting with the dead; and he will present his thoughts on what the next evolutionary step in places of memorialization may look like and why.

Mark has published various articles and delivered lectures on Zen Architecture, Passive House and Green Design.  Mark’s spirituality includes past and current practices in western and eastern traditions;  Mark is an active member of the Chicago Waldorf School community, where his children have attended for 13 years.  Mark has designed several projects for the school incorporating Steiner's philosophy within the architectural design wherever possible. 

This will be a “go-to-meeting” conference call allowing us an opportunity to see one another while conversing (or audio only if you prefer).  To connect to the audio/video-conference:

Option 1.  Click link below if you wish to connect through your computer (a headset is recommended)

Option 2.  Call in using your telephone.

United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

Canada: +1 (647) 497-9372

Access Code: 490-464-125

Option 3. You can use a combination of Options 1 and 2 (computer and phone)

Please join us!

Agenda - 7:15  Verse

7:18  Welcome and Introductions

7:25  Introduce guest speaker

7:30  Guest Speaker: Mark Miller (45 minutes)

8:15  Q&A – state your name & location before asking a question

8:28  Close with verse



Saturday 4 February 2017, at 3pm

The Madonna Sequence

Presented by Debra Barford & Christine Culbert

The Madonna Pentagram, was first recommended by Dr. Rudolf Steiner in 1911 as an enlivening, curative therapy. Raphael's paintings of the Madonna express secret truths. These images invite us to look into the deeper significance of the flow of energy stimulated within us as our attention is guided through the five-pointed-star-like movement of the images in relation to one another, accompanied by the appropriate tones on the lyre. Rudolf Steiner described the healing effects of Raphael's Madonna’s in August 1908, and between 1908 and 1911 he directed Dr. Felix Peipers to arrange fifteen images as a therapeutic meditation. Sometimes called the Raphael Madonna Series, these fifteen pictures invite our active contemplation. Each image can awaken inner pictures that lift us into communion with realms beyond the physical world, stirring our feelings of wonder and reverence and opening our souls to divine mysteries.



Come take a field-trip out to the Theosophical Society in Wheaton, IL.

Celtic Mysteries - An Experiential Lecture & Guided Mediation

Invoking the Practical Alchemy of the Celtic Triple Goddess Brigid 
To Purify, Awaken, & Galvanize Your Head, Heart, and Hands

With Hazel Archer Ginsberg

Thursday February 9th 2017, 7 pm – 9 pm

at the Theosophical Society in America
1926 North Main Street, Wheaton, IL 60187

 $10 (contact Hazel 773-549-3026 if you’d like to carpool) 


DIGITAL Pandora: Imaging HOPE by Gretchen Steele

Art Opening 7 pm - 9 pm Friday February 17th, 2017 

A Performance Art Exhibit & Gallery Reception with an opportunity for participants to create their own collage art to be shown at the Closing exhibit March 31st, 2017

DIGITAL Pandora:Imaging HOPE is a multi-media art exhibit including work inspired by the myth of Pandora as a narrative of hope - by Gretchen Steele                                 

The exhibit includes multi-media collages on paper, large-scale (5’ x 5’) collaged fabric prayer cloths, a performance art piece titled Embodied Compass ll: Reliquary Immersion, and a participatory SEA (Socially Engaging Artwork) inviting viewers to collaborate in a collaged community mural using a images (from the artist’s photo bank of the previous performance piece, Embodied Compass l: Digital Pandora) and marker-based drawing materials.


The 156th Anniversary of Rudolf Steiner’s Birthday on the New Moon/Solar Eclipse 

Sunday February 26th 2017, 3 pm – 5 pm

We will celebrate Steiner’s birthday and the solar eclipse by analyzing his horoscope in the most respectful manner.

Astrologer Victoria Martin will expound on some classic interpretations of Rudolf Steiner’s Birth chart – For instance did you know he was born on a Full Moon, near the zenith of the sky aligned to Saturn? Victoria will also go further by adding the fixed stars, which according to Brian Gray at Steiner College, are basic components in Astrosophy.

The Solar eclipse, on Sunday February 26th 2017 indicates a new phase of Steiner’s influence, which is especially potent for the next six months!

Victoria will also do 3-minute readings for each participant to see where their birthdays fit in Steiner’s horoscope!

This can be even more precise if the entire horoscope of participants is available, so please email your date, time, and place of birth to viccimartin (at) gmailcom.

We can also look into the 2017 trends if there is interest! And if time allows Hazel Archer Ginsberg will give a brief overview of the phases in Rudolf Steiner’s life.

$10 Donation & Snacks to Share Encouraged - For more info. contact Hazel Archer-Ginsberg



Mark your Calendars for Another ‘Field-Trip’ opportunity:

An Evening Discourse & Full Day Workshop with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg at

Michael Fields Agricultural Institute W2493 County Rd ES
East Troy, WI 53120, USA

Hands-on Discourse: ‘ What is Anthroposophy’?

Friday March 3rd 2017,
Potluck Social 5:30 pm - Lecture, 7 pm to 9 pm

What can the human being (anthropos) of today do to recognize our inherent wisdom (sophia)

to access the source of spiritual knowledge, for our own inner development, and for the evolution of the earth and all of humanity? 

What would it be like to support each other in community, as we strive to penetrate the mystery of our relationship with the spiritual world?

How does this ‘Spiritual Science’ built on the research of Rudolf Steiner, speak to the riddles of existence: our artistic needs, the truth of karma,

the mystery of evil, life after death and so much more? 

 Register Here


Saturday March 4th 2017 –

A Experiential Three Part Workshop* ‘ The Spiritual Guidance of the Individual and Humanity’ with Hazel Archer-Ginsberg– Some of the topics treated in this experiential workshop are: The nature of the brain, the development of speech, angelic beings, ancient language, Zarathustra, Buddha, & Christ.

Session #1 – 10 am – 12 noon:
• Introductions
• The divine wisdom working in the human being in the 1st three years of life.
• Through inner striving we can contact again and consciously build on this wisdom which is connected to the Christ impulse.
• Activity- Biography work: Our 1st conscious memory – a preview of the “I”.

Noon – 1:30 pm – Lunch

Session #2 – 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm:
• The childlike condition of humanity in ancient times, directed by higher spiritual beings.
• A look into the evolution of these guiding spirits –progressive as well as regressive –
• Revealing the necessity of the ‘two kinds of evil’.
• The importance of Spiritual Science to avoid error.
• Activity – Labyrinth Walk

3:30 pm – 4 pm – Break

Session #3 – 4 pm – 6 pm:
• A survey of the Post-Atlantean age, our present epoch.
• The Christ connection with the progressive spiritual beings
• Modern science as the work of the regressive spiritual beings
• A peek into the future
• Activity – The Golden Legend & The Rose Cross Mediation: An artistic rendering

*(Workshops can be taken as a whole or individually, details to follow)

 Register Here

Michael Fields W2493 County Rd ES
East Troy, WI 53120, USA

(If you are interested in car-pooling contact Hazel Archer-Ginsberg)



All are invited to engage with the Anthroposophical Society's " Theme of the Year" for 2016

“Michael is the Guide to Christ. Michael goes with love on his way through the world, with all the earnestness of his nature, attitude, and action. The man who attaches himself to him cultivates love in relation to the outer world. And love must be unfolded first of all in relation to the outer world, otherwise it becomes self-love. If this love in the spirit of Michael is there, then one’s love of another being will shine back into one’s own self. The self will be able to love without loving itself. And on the paths of this love Christ can be found by the human soul. One who holds fast to Michael cultivates love in relation to the outer world, and he thereby finds that relation to the inner world of his soul which brings him in touch with Christ.”      (From Leading Thoughts, p.100)

The Anthroposophical Society's Theme of the year: 'How can we grow in self-knowledge through our experience of evil'? The citation from Leading Thoughts above, as well as lectures four and five in From Symptom to Reality in Modern History (Oct/Nov 1918) are part of the suggested readings.