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, 7:30-9:00 p.m.:
Great Lakes Branch Study Group: As of February 2016, the group is reading, studying and discussing The World of the Senses and The World of the Spirit, CW134 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 at the Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Avenue in Ann Arbor. Contact Michael Gratsch for details (313.485.7391 or michael.gratsch@WillisTowersWatson.com).
Monthly, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: First Tuesday of the Month Introductory Lecture Series, October through May (except January). See Special Events for the currently scheduled lectures. For further information, contact Dwight Ebaugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517.927.3696. Location: Rudolf Steiner House.
Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Biodynamic Beekeeping Study Group – Contact Eileen Dickinson (edickins (at) umichedu 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.
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 Karma of Vocation, Steiner's 1916 lecture cycle with ten lectures given in Dornach. 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.
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 currently reading Esoteric Development, a compilation of ten of Rudolf Steiner's lectures and essays on that topic. Contact John Bowditch 734.944.4903 for more information. The study group meets at the Rudolf Steiner House unless otherwise announced.
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.
November 1, 2016: First Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. - Frederick Amrine will present "Goethe and Mystery Religion." Rudolf Steiner saw clearly something that hardly any other scholar has seen, even to this day: the centrality of Greek Mystery religion to Goethe’s Faust. This aspect of Faust remains a strangely neglected aspect within Goethe scholarship, even though it is the point at which two of Goethe’s highest values, "the Eternal Feminine" [das Ewig-Weibliche] and the Spinozist concept "God-Nature" [Gott-Natur], intersect. An important influence is that of Georg Friedrich Creuzer, who anticipated Jung by nearly a century in discovering what we now would call the archetypes of the collective unconscious. By focusing on these aspects, Steiner astutely anticipates the whole field of comparative mythology that has blossomed in the work of Jung and Joseph Campbell, but has its roots in the soil of Faust and Creuzer’s magisterial, multi-volume treatise.
November 30, 2016: Special Lecture by Andrew Linnell visiting from Boston. He will speak on "The Role of Technology in Human Evolution."
December 1-4, 2016. The Natural Science Section of the North American School for Spiritual Science will be meeting at the Rudolf Steiner House. Lectures will be open to the public in the evenings. More information to follow.
December 6, 2016: First Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. - Robert Black will present "What does the will of Waldorf have to do with the walls of Walmart?"
December 17, 2016: Christmas Festival at 7:00 p.m.