- Dear Stephanie;
The Goetheanum is located in the Jura's. Nearby is the little village
of Arlesheim. There, the Holle Bread factory. It used to waft the
scent of fresh baked bread through the region, or did when I attended
school there. There are castles that starkly rise as shadows over the
low hills. This was impressive because as an American I wasn't
familiar with the rich force of actual Castles. In Arlesheim there
was a little fountain in the town square. In Arlesheim Ita Wegman
established her clinic for the cures, the early potential cures, for
Going to Dornach from Basel, you find a sweet little tram to trail
through the Swiss homes and gardens. There is a hike up a hill, and
there upwards, is the Goetheanum. Inside the Goetheanum and all
around you will notice Organic Architecture. Some of it looks looked
like Hobbit dwellings.
Approaching from the west side, the mighty front of the building
faces the West. There appear a line of stones resembling Stone henge,
celtic curves done in Anthro Logo style. Inside, facing the West, was
the mighty Michael Stained Glass window in Reds and Oranges. The
sunsets are astonishing. There is a large open patio, deck, where
conference and theater attendees, take their Pause between lectures
and performances. It is stone now, but it was once a wonderful Double
Domed, Norwegian slate edifice that was tragically burned to the
Round about, in various nooks, you can see the old concrete WWII tank
defenses. All about the School are various Pythagorean studies of
Eurythmy and Botany. There is a garden below the Bau, as it was
called. Bau means building. Speech, Actors, Eurythmists, Science
studies, agriculture, Astronomy and Waldorf students mingle and go to
coffee houses and little restaurants dotted around.
I was there until 1980 so much might have changed. There is good
research that Sigune and Schionatulander and Parsifal were in this
vicinity. The destiny of Parsifal and the destiny of Steiner and Ita
Wegman seem to be deeply connected to the location. It isn't or
wasn't easy for the American soul to feel at home there. The Swiss
seemed a little stiffer when I attended, but perhaps all this has
This place and various centers through-out the world, but mainly this
place is the historic grounding of the mighty Michael and Grail
School. Goethe and Steiner's confronation with forces of culture and
most recently our discussions on this list dealing with Weimar, point
to the very issues we need to understand in the far West.
There was a Puppet theatre named after a Mystery Drama Character,
Frau Balde, at the base of the drive by the Restaurant. This is my
memory of it. However the richness of my experiences, particularly
having to be the guardian of the great wooden carving that survived
the flames of the 1st Goetheanum, called "The Representative of
Humanity" is where the powerful navigation tool of Christ between
Lucifer and Ahriman resides. In this hall, are the sacred ashes of
many a wonderful Teacher out of Spiritual Science. Urns of these
great souls were there.
Lectures, performances and visiting tourists still arrive and the
visitors have been probably hard to accomadate with parking etc.
Lectures in German and performances in the Great Hall, have the
stained glass, plant impressed colors of wonderful and profound
experiences out of Spiriutal Research.
I used to mow the hills with a scythe along with a Painting student.
There are also many studying painting from various schools. It
doesn't feel like much, but the undercurrent global impulses that
resonate out from that Center have, as you well know, profound
consequences for humanity.
Steiner represents an advanced Spirit Self announcer. A guide and a
compass point for humanity that points to the centeral event of Earth
Evolution that still remains unnoticed by the majority of humanity.
It might be called Anthro Mecca where pilgrims go to see something
now that seems faded grandeur.
It must be remembered that the giant Monolithic stone Toad that sits
there in Switzerland is the result of the burning of the first grand,
mighty Planetary Tree Woods and overhead ceiling painting of the vast
evolution of humanity. Steiner said that his deepest sadness was
because those in the West, those of us who would come later, would
not understand or see out of the concrete building, what was immense,
and poetic, rich and powerful that would have spoken directly to the
souls of the west, had they but witnessed the 1st Goetheanum. Steiner
is recorded to have wept when it burned. The reason he gave for his
sorrow, was that those souls coming from the West would find it
difficult to understand, now that it was in concrete.
Hopefully you will have impressions and have impressions already.
Grand poems, which I have, from an American playwright Percy McKaye,
describe the poetic meeting with this Goetheanum and later, if you
want I can pull that information up. I have it on file.
All the Best
Thank you very much. I would be very interested in
the words of the poet named Percy, although I must say
your poetic words quenched many of my anxieties.
Thank you, and if you have time the poem would be much
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