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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There are many things that need to happen to keep the branch life alive. WE NEED YOUR HELP!


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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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Representing Anthroposophy: Transforming the World.  PDF An overview of our Fall Conference & AGM

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

For general questions, email:  RudolfSteinerbranch (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.


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



I first met Dottie Zold, Daniel Evaeus, Frank & various other young anthroposophers behind the Elderberries 3-Fold Café in LA at one of the general societies AGM’s. Every year they return with a bigger crowd of dedicated young people actively engaged with Rudolf Steiner’s social impulses.

They will be in Chicago at the branch at 8pm Tuesday March 21st (yes, tomorrow) Come meet them & join in an open conversation about their work. ~hag


  DIGITAL Pandora: Imaging HOPE by Gretchen Steele - Closing exhibit March 31st, 2017 -  7 pm - 9 pm

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.


Sunday 2 April 2017

POP-UP Craft Store at the branch!

Details to follow

for more info. contact Maggie Roche 


The Bridging Project 

Between Life and Death from Soul to Soul
April 5, 2017 - 7:15 pm CST (8:15 pm EST)

“This dulling of human feelings of wonder is connected with what was not taken up in the age approaching the twentieth century. If we wish to speak of the causes of our present catastrophic events, we will find that these causes are not human actions, but instead are sins of omission. This is the essential point.” ~Rudolf Steiner, Historical Necessity and Freewill, Lecture 6, “New Spiritual Impulses in History – Their Rejection by the Materialistic World Conception and the Result of the Catastrophic Events of World War I” ...

this chapter will be the focus for the April 5 meeting

The Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society in America invites you to join our ongoing study conversation. The study has been divided amongst six volunteers who will summarize their section to rebuild it as a foundation for our conversation. Please familiarize yourself with the lecture if possible so you will feel comfortable sharing your reflections and thoughts with the group. This collection of lectures has been republished under the title: “The Influence of the Dead on Destiny”, here is the link:…

The following is the link to the audio book and lectures:

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 (312) 757-3117
Canada: +1 (647) 497-9373
Access Code: 328-407-941
Option 3. You can use a combination of Options 1 and 2 (computer and phone). If you use the phone, please turn off the audio on your computer.

 Please join us!

Agenda for our Study Call

7:15 Verse 
 7:18 Welcome and Introductions
7:25 Study led by six volunteers
Alberto – beginning to page 79
Marianne D – page 79 to 81
Hazel – page 81 to page 83
Raven – page 83 to page 85
Marianne F-D – page 85 to 87
Travis – page 87 to end
8:05 Conversation
8:20 Identify volunteers for the next study call, June 14
8:25 Share initial thoughts regarding Central Region gatherings in August (time of the solar eclipse) and November (All Souls)
8:28 Close with verse


Our Holy Week Study: “An Outline of Esoteric Science Chapter 5: Knowledge of Higher Worlds – Initiation” by Rudolf Steiner:

Palm Sunday April 9th 2017 - 2pm - 4pm

Mon - Fri - 7pm - 9pm

Holy Saturday 2pm - 4pm

Easter Sunday April 16th 2017,  2pm – 4pm –

The Midwest Eurythmy Group will perform 

~The Mystery of Golgotha – Then and Now~ A discourse with Hazel Archer Ginsberg

Group work: Based on Baruch Urieli’s ‘Learning to Experience the Etheric World –Empathy, the After-Image and a New Social Ethic’

More Details to follow



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.