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The Anthroposophical Society

The Understanding and Continued Activity of the Christmas Conference

April 2018
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    2nd April 2018
  • ISBN 9781621482116
  • Pages 194 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

“ . . . we are faced today with the need to turn the Society into a being that is active and effective in the world.” (Rudolf Steiner, Nov. 1922)

In 2014, the Anthroposophical Society in Switzerland launched a series of conferences to deepen the impulse of the 1923 Christmas Conference, the event that Rudolf Steiner referred to as a “festival of consecration” for the “beginning of a turning point of time.” The goal of the conferences was to develop a deeper understanding of the Anthroposophical Society’s essential task and contribute to shaping its future.

This volume presents six talks from the conference in February 2016, the purpose of which was to let the Anthroposophical Society as an archetypal phenomenon speak to us. This society planted a seed of humanity and the model of a legal entity whose future potential and perspectives are yet to be discovered. It is a social organism that exhorts us to put our karma in order, carry what is close to our hearts into the world, and by doing so experience the presence and support of the divine spirit.

These edited transcriptions of six lectures—by Peter Selg, Stefano Gasperi, Mario Betti, Johannes Greiner, Gioia Falk, and Marc Desaules—encourage us to move closer to a deeper existential relationship to the Anthroposophical Society and movement, experienced through others and discovered within ourselves.

C O N T E N T S:

Preface by Marc Desaules and Peter Selg

1. “The Existential Relationship with the Anthroposophical Society: Marie Steiner ∙ Ita Wegman ∙ Guenther Wachsmuth ∙ Elisabeth Vreede” Albert Steffen by Peter Selg

2. “The Anthroposophical Society in Relation to the Spiritual World” by Stefano Gasperi

3. “My Existential Relationship with the Anthroposophical Society” by Mario Betti

4. “The Universal Temple” by J. Greiner

5. “’Cosmic Midnight Hour’: The Significance of the Mystery Dramas for the Anthroposophical Society” by Gioia Falk

6. “The Evolving Body of the Anthroposophical Society by Marc Desaules


Peter Selg

Born 1963, Stuttgart.

1986–1993 Study of human medicine at the University of Witten/Herdecke, in Berlin and Zurich. Doctoral thesis: "Attempt to systematize Rudolf Steiner's human physiological ideas. An analysis of the entire lecture and written work (Witten/Herdecke 1995).

1993–2000 Further training as a specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy. Senior physician in the psychiatric department for adolescents and young adults at the Herdecke Community Hospital.

2000–2002 Research associate at the Institute for Applied Epistemology and Medical Methodology (Freiburg).

2002–2006 Head physician at the Ita Wegman Clinic Arlesheim (adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy); since 2006 establishment and management of the Ita Wegman Institute for Basic Anthroposophical Research

Since 2007 professorship for medical anthropology and ethics at the Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences (Alfter near Bonn); teaching in the Studium fundamentale and in the accompanying studies in anthroposophic medicine at the University/Witten-Herdecke

Since 2020, Co-leader of the General Anthroposophical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland

Marc Desaules

Marc Desaules is General Secretary of the Swiss Anthroposophic Society. He founded «L’AUBIER» at Montezillon-Neuchâtel, biodynamic farm, Bio-Restaurant and Hotel, Öko-Quartier for young and old, and is co-founder and a member of the board of trustees of «CoOpera» in Bern, a pension fund for entrepreneurs, artists, and freelancers (PUK).

Stefano Gasperi

Stefano Gasperi is an anthroposophic doctor with a degree in medicine and surgery. For seven years, he has been a member of the Board of Directors of Sima (Italian Society of Anthroposophical Medicine) and a representative in international medical organizations. He lectures on medicine and pedagogy in various Italian cities and elsewhere. He co-founded and collaborates with the Raphael Health Center in Roncegno, Italy, where he has practiced medicine for about 30 years. He currently practices as a doctor in Trento. Since November 2007, he has been appointed Secretary General of the Anthroposophical Society in Italy.

Mario Betti

Mario Betti was born in Lucca, Italy in 1942.  As a young man, he loved the decathlon and  wanted to learn ten languages so as to understand people. Teaching philosophy at Alanus University in Germany, he enabled students explore the twelve world views.

Johannes Greiner

Johannes Greiner was born 1975. He is a pianist, eurythmist, author, teacher, and adult and teacher educator. Since April 2018, he has been responsible for music in the Section for Performing Arts at the Goetheanum, and is a member of the General Council of the Anthroposophical Society in Switzerland. His publications in German include Es ist alles ganz anders: Beiträge zur Aktualität der Anthroposophie (2015); Mensch, ich glaube an dich! Terrorismus: Ein Erziehungsproblem? (2017); and Kunst verwandelt (2018).

Gioia Falk

Gioia Falk was born in 1956 and trained as a eurythmist in Dornach with Elena Zuccoli. Since then, she has performed stage eurythmy in Munich and at the Goetheanum. She is also active as a teacher, ensemble leader, rehearsal director.

Margot Saar

Margot M. Saar has a university degree in Applied Linguistics and Translating. She also studied Waldorf Education in Germany and Philosophy of Mind in the UK. She taught in Steiner Schools in Britain for 20 years and is an experienced translator and interpreter in specialty fields (education, medicine, philosophy, anthroposophy, homeopathy, anthroposophic medicine, general science). Margot has translated numerous books for SteinerBooks, including Peter Selg's 7-volume biography of Rudolf Steiner.