Welcome to the Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society website.

The purpose of the branch is to coordinate and promote events of interest to the anthroposophical and general community in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan, collaborating with the Greater Detroit Branch.  Our home is located at the beautiful Rudolf Steiner House, home of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

The activities that take place at the Rudolf Steiner House include several weekly study groups, monthly lectures, and occasional workshops and artistic events.  Additionally, there are festivals and a few theatrical performances organized throughout the year. On-going events are listed below, special events are in the column at right.

The Rudolf Steiner House includes a reading/lending library containing most of the titles of anthroposophical literature.  The library is open during office hours, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Use of literature at the library is free. Members may borrow books for an annual fee of $15/$10 (first year/subsequent years).

We warmly welcome new friends and visitors to browse the library and to join us in our study groups and events!

Most, but not all, events take place at the Rudolf Steiner House, located near downtown Ann Arbor at:
1923 Geddes Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104    map

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

For Steiner House reservations and questions email: cynthia (at) anthroposophyorg or call:
- Cynthia Chelius         (734) 662-9355

For general questions email: greatlakesanthroposophy (at) comcastnet
or call one of the following persons:
- Penny Kruse              (734) 678-5497

For the Greater Detroit Branch:
- Victoria Chehade 
  (248) 396-6596 or  email

Monday
Weekly, 8:00-9:15 p.m.:
Great Lakes Branch Study Group is reading a series of lectures given by Rudolf Steiner between October 1912 and May 1913, Life Between Death and Rebirth.  Membership in the Society and Branch is a prerequisite to join the study group, but everyone is welcome to visit and explore the group’s three-fold way of study before making a commitment.  The group meets in Dexter.  Contact Mary Smith 734.424.0504 for details.

Tuesday
Monthly, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: First Tuesdays of the Month Introductory Lecture Series, October through May.  See Special Events for the currently scheduled lectures. For further information, contact Dwight Ebaugh at dwight.ebaugh@gmail.com or 517.927.3696. Location: Rudolf Steiner House.

Tuesday

Fourth Tuesday of each month beginning October 2013, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Rudolf Steiner House.
Biodynamic Beekeeping Study Group – Contact Susan Hunter (sth (at) izzynet) for more information.  During the summer, the group may visit members' bee yards.  You may sign up to be on the email lists of both this group and the Biodynamic gardening group (see below).

Wednesday

Weekly, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: Wednesday Night Study Group of Ann Arbor – We read and discuss the books and lectures of Rudolf Steiner, including the basic books, as selected by the members of the group.  We welcome new members - beginners, intermediate, and advanced. The group is currently reading and discussing the lecture series The Gospel of St. John (May 1908, GA 103, translation by Maud B. Monges). Contact Penny Kruse 734.678.5497 for further information. Location: as a rule, we meet at the Rudolf Steiner House but occasionally we meet elsewhere.  Please call Penny (734.678.5497) to check meeting location.

Weekly, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: The Harbor Springs Study Group meets in the Harbor Springs area, Northern MI. Contact Mary Adams at 231.838.8181 for further information. The group is currently studying The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity - A Philosophy of Freedom.  The group also shares seasonal festivals together.

Thursday
Ponvalley Study Group meets in the Bloomfield-Birmingham area, typically from 2pm to 5pm (days vary).  Contact Tyla Wells at 248.539.0944 or email for more information.

Friday
Alternate Fridays, 7:30-9:00 p.m
The Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor – Study of Steiner’s Thought. All who are familiar with Steiner’s basic ideas are invited to read and discuss Rudolf Steiner’s works. We are reading the lecture series The Gospel of St. John by Rudolf Steiner. Contact John Bowditch 734.944.4903 or email for more information.  The study group meets at the Rudolf Steiner House unless otherwise announced.

Friday (January through October)

Alternate Fridays, 9:00-10:30 a.m
Biodynamic Study Group – This group focuses on biodynamic agriculture and gardening.  In the months of January through April, the group meets at the Rudolf Steiner House on alternate Fridays from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.  Beginning in May, the group meets once per month outdoors for hands on biodynamic experience.  All are welcome.  Contact Susan Hunter (sth (at) izzynet) for more information.  You may sign up to be on the email lists of both this group and the Biodynamic bee group (see above).

Saturday
Alternate Saturdays (by consensus), 7:30-9:00 p.m. The Detroit Branch Study Group reads books and lectures by Rudolf Steiner. Contact Susann or Bart Eddy 248.945.9039 for information regarding current reading and location.

Sunday
Monthly: School for Spiritual Science. Members of the School meet regularly for class lessons.  Blue cards required. Contact Douglas Miller 810.659.2204 or Quentin McMullen 734.761.8080 for more information.

Weekly: The Christian Community Service (go to link for information).

Note: events take place at the Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. in Ann Arbor, except as noted.

Fall 2014 First Tuesday Lectures 7:30 p.m. at the Rudolf Steiner House:

-October 7: "The Goetheanum: Its Purpose and Its Promise" - Douglas Miller.

-November 4: "Conscious Human Evolution for the 21st Century" - John Beck.

-December 2: "Rudolf Steiner as an Expressionist Architect" - Frederick Amrine.

-2015 Season: Please hold these dates for our 2015 season of First Tuesday lectures: February 3, March 3 (with Mary Adams), April 7, and May 5.

Other 2014 Events:

June 29 - St. John's Festival.  Please join us at the Rudolf Steiner House from 7:00 to 8:30 on Sunday evening, June 29, 2014, for our annual celebration of the Festival of St. John.  We will gather in the lecture hall (or outdoors if the weather permits) to read together The Christians of St. John, a lecture given by Rudolf Steiner in Cassel on St. John's Day, June 24, 1909. This is the first of a cycle of 14 lectures pertaining to "The Gospel of St. John in Relation to the other Gospels especially that of St. Luke."  Members of the Branch board will facilitate the gathering and provide refreshments.  Copies of the lecture will be available at the Rudolf Steiner House.  The lecture is also available for viewing and/or printing at the Rudolf Steiner Archive (www.rsarchive.org).  Here is a paraphrase of a paragraph from the lecture:

A distant ideal of the human soul can become actuality for those who say to themselves: "I observe my own self as it experiences the outer world and passes away with it.  But a second self slumbers in me — a self of which human beings are not all aware [but can become aware], though this second self is equally united with the eternal, as the first self with the transitory and the temporal."  Upon the rebirth of the self or Ego (that is, the birth of the higher self), the higher Ego can behold a spiritual world even as the lower Ego can perceive the sensible world through the senses.  This so called awakening, rebirth, or initiation is the greatest event the human soul can experience.  This birth of the higher self which can look down upon the lower self as a human looks upon the outer world — this event must stand in connection with the event of Christ Jesus.  That is to say: even as an individual human can experience a new birth in the course of his or her development, a new birth for the whole of humanity took place through Christ Jesus.  Each human's individual experience of the birth of his or her higher Ego as an inner, mystic and spiritual event — this was enacted for the whole of humanity as an historical fact in the outer world through Christ Jesus in Palestine.

Please join us on June 29 to celebrate the Festival of St. John.  No admission charge.  Donations welcome.  Parking behind the Steiner House (limited) and in the neighborhoods south of Geddes.

September 28 - Michaelmas Festival.

December 13 - Christmas Festival.

- Contact Penny at 734.485.3764 or Dwight at 517.927.3696 for further information