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) 485-3764
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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 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).
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.
2014 First Tuesday Lectures 7:30 p.m. at the Rudolf Steiner House:
-May 6: "The Foundation Stone Meditation" - Michael Brewer. Since the Christmas Conference of 1923, every member of the Anthroposophical Society has received a copy of the Foundation Stone Meditation given by Rudolf Steiner. Many have worked with the meditation in different ways, probably using the Rhythms as a basis for their work. The meditation was given for the Society. In his presentation on May 6, Michael Brewer will explore the questions: How can we work with the meditation as individuals? What further elements can we find in it?
-2014-2015 Season: Please hold these dates for our next season of First Tuesday lectures: October 7, November 4, December 2, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5.
Other 2014 Events:
April 18 - Easter Festival.
April 26 - Reincarnation and Karma Seminar with Frederick Amrine, Ted Roszell, Margot Amrine, and Mary Emery at the Rudolf Steiner High School. This will be an all day event with a lunch option. Please note that due to the content of this seminar, attendance is limited to Society Members and their invited guests. This restriction is intended to create an audience with a sufficient background in Rudolf Steiner's ideas to allow understanding and participation. Please call Penny for more information 734.485.3764.
May 2 and 3 - Bastian Baan will give lectures and conduct a workshop in the Detroit area. This event is jointly sponsored by the Greater Detroit Branch and the Great Lakes Branch.
June 29 - St. John's Festival.
September 28 - Michaelmas Festival.
December 13 - Christmas Festival.
- Contact Penny at 734.485.3764 or Dwight at 517.927.3696 for further information