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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 1911 lectures Inner Realities of Evolution

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 upper northwest DC and offers festival gatherings through the year.   For more information contact Richard Swerling (



The First Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

Upcoming Events

A St. John's Gathering

Monday, June 24th - 7:30 to 9:00 pm

The Festivals Group will host an observance of St. John's that will include music, poetry and a reading.

Further details can be found here.

Past Events

Eastertide 2024:  From the Round Table to the Grail – Journeying with Kondrie, Parzival, and Feirefiz

The Festivals Group hosted the third talk by Frank Hall on Parzival on April 5th. 

Further details can be found here.


A Shovel of Stars Overhead: Where To?  What Next? 

A eurythmy performance presented by Eurythmy Spring Valley at the Washington Waldorf School on Februrary 27th.  Further details can be found here.


Holy Nights 2023-24   -   Friday, January 5 

The Festivals Group hosted "The Elves and the Shoemaker" – A Fairy Tale Contemplation and Conversation for Adults.    The event was held at Acorn Hill Waldorf School & Nursery.  Further details can be found here.


Courage to Keep to the Ideal

A Michaelmas Talk

On September 29th, the Festivals Group hosted a talk by Frank Hall.Further details can be found here.


A Whitsuntide Gathering  - June 2nd

The Festivals Group hosted a festive

evening to observe Whitsuntide!  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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