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
The Christian Community (on that page follow the left-column link to "The Communities")
Weekly, 8:00-9:15 p.m.:
Great Lakes Branch Study Group: As of January 5, 2015, the group is reading, studying and discussing Unifying Humanity Spiritually through the Christ Impulse, CW165 of Rudolf Steiner. 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.
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 email@example.com or 517.927.3696. Location: Rudolf Steiner House.
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).
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 Steiner classic Philosophy of Freedom in a recent English translation by Michael Lipson under the title Intuitive Thinking as a Spiritual Path. 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.
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.
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 published in the book, According to Luke by Rudolf Steiner (English translation by Catherine Creeger). Contact John Bowditch 734.944.4903 or 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).
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.
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.
Summer 2015 Events:
June 9: Follow up with Maurice York. Please join us on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., at the Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, for a follow up with Maurice York and his presentation of: Hail Columbia! The Spirit of America. It is frequently the case that our First Tuesday speakers and their topics arouse interest, enthusiasm and a desire for follow up. In the case of Maurice York and his presentation of Hail Columbia! The Spirit of America, the Branch is acting on that idea. Maurice has agreed to return to the Rudolf Steiner House on June 9. He is willing to summarize the key points of his May 5 presentation, answer questions, and participate in conversation with participants. If you attended the May 5 lecture, this is an opportunity to revisit and broaden the concepts that intrigued you. If you did not attend the May 5 lecture, this is an opportunity to fill that void.
June 28: St. John's Festival. The Festival will begin at 6:00 at the Rudolf Steiner House with a light meal provided by the Branch. After we eat, at approximately 7:00, we will participate in eurythmy with Claudia Fontana. The eurythmy will reflect aspects of the evening's reading which will begin after the eurythmy at approximately 7:30. We will read together Lecture IV of The Cycle of the Year as Breathing Process of the Earth and the Four Great Festival Times, a lecture given by Rudolf Steiner on April 3, 1923.
July 9-11: Rosicrucian Themes in Our Times, a Workshop with Bastiaan and Aeola Baan. On July 9, there will be a 7:30 p.m. lecture, The Origins of Rosicrucianism. On July 10, there will be a full day workshop from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with eurythmy, two lectures, speech, plant observation and drawing. On July 11, there will be a full day workshop from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with eurythmy, a lecture, speech, plant observation and drawing.
August 9: Virginia Sease (special lecture). Please join us at the Rudolf Steiner House at 4:30 p.m. for a lecture with themes pertaining to Abraham Lincoln.
Fall and Beyond:
September 27: Michaelmas Festival.
October 6: First Tuesday Lecture.
November 3: First Tuesday Lecture.
December 1: First Tuesday Lecture.
December 13 - Christmas Festival.
- Contact Penny at 734.485.3764 or Dwight at 517.927.3696 for further information