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Anthroposophical Society in America

Greater Washington,DC, Branch



The purpose of the Branch is to coordinate and promote events of interest to the anthroposophical and general community in the Greater Washington, DC, area.  Here you will find information on upcoming activities, accounts of recent ones and links to the websites of many anthroposophical initiatives in the area.


"Anthroposophy is a path of knowledge, to guide the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe. It arises in man as a need of the heart, of the life of feeling; and it can be justified only inasmuch as it can satisfy this inner need. He alone can acknowledge anthroposophy, who finds in it what he himself in his own inner life feels impelled to seek. Hence only they can be anthroposophists who feel certain questions on the nature of man and the universe as an elemental need of life, just as one feels hunger and thirst."


     Rudolf Steiner, from Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts                

Recurring Meetings and Study Groups

Branch Study Group - ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN US!

Washington, D.C.

Our meetings are usually once a month from 10 am-noon.  The day of the

month varies.  Currently we are studying the lectures "The Foundations of

Human Experience" given by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. We are pleased if others

are interested and welcome inquiries. For additional information please contact Brenda Freeman (


Northern Virginia Anthroposophical Study Group

Alexandria, Virginia


We currently meet virtually twice a month on the first and third Tuesdays at 6:00 pm.  The group is now studying Rudolf Steiner's lectures BUILDING STONES FOR AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE MYSTERY OF GOLGOTHA: Human Life in a Cosmic Context.  For information contact Barbara Cousens (


Biodynamic Agriculture and Gardening Gathering

College Park, Maryland

We meet monthly on a Saturday from 8:30am - 4:00pm

The day's activities include study of Rudolf Steiner’s Agriculture and Bee lecture cycles, social time and practicing biodynamic agriculture; join us for as much or

as little as your interest and time permit. For information contact Michael Judge (


The First Class of the School of Spiritual Science

The main content of First Class meetings consists of the nineteen lessons and mantras that Rudolf Steiner gave to members of the School of Spiritual Science

in 1924.  We meet once a month to experience these lessons.  People who have been members of the Anthroposophical Society for at least two years are welcome to seek to become members of the School.  For additional information please contact Nancy Foster ( or Patrick O’Meara ( .


The Festivals Group

Meets monthly in Silver Spring and offers festival gatherings through the year.

For more information contact Cecelia Karpoff (



The First Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

Upcoming Events

Courage to Keep to the Ideal

A Michaelmas Talk

September 29th, 7:30 - 9 pm

The Festivals Group invites you to a talk by Frank Hall to be followed by a conversation. 


Further details can be found here.

Past Events

A Whitsuntide Gathering  - June 2nd

The Festivals Group hosted a festive

evening to observe Whitsuntide!  Further details can be found here.


Parzival's Teachers: On the Way to the Grail, a talk by Frank Hall

On April 6th, Frank Hall introduced Parzival as it pictures the spiritual journey of the human soul towards wisdom and love. Further details can be found here.


Holy Nights Gathering 2022-23

The Branch Festivals Group offered a reading of  ancient Norse epic poem"The Dream Song of Olaf Åsteson".  For further detais see the flyer here.


Biodynamic Gathering Report

Four area BD gardeners attended a three-day regional Biodynamic gathering from November 11th through November 13th at Perennial Roots Farm in Accomac, Virginia Read a short report on the event  here.


Michaelmas Festival Gathering 2022

On September 30th, the Branch Festivals Group offered a  Michaelmas observance in song and verse,and a dramatic reading of A Michaelic Imagination.  Further details can be found here.


Also in the Region

The Raphael Branch,  Baltimore, Maryland


       For information on the Raphael Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in the Baltimore area contact Jeff Bronow:


Initiatives Arising Out of Anthroposophy

        There are a number of other initiatives in the region that are inspired by anthroposophy including Waldorf schools and biodynamic farms. Links to the websites of some of these can be found on the Related Initiatives page.

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