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Rudolf Steiner & Anthroposophy

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner

Painting by Christopher Guilfoil

The Waldorf Education movement was founded by Rudolf Steiner in 1919. Much of Steiner's detailed psychology of child development has been supported by modern research in education and neuropsychology. Through Waldorf education, Steiner hoped that young people would develop the capacities of soul and intellect and the strength of will that would prepare them to meet the challenges of their own time and the future.

Rudolf Steiner's writings and lectures are today available in some 325 volumes on a wide range of subjects. His universal genius gave and continues to give rejuvenating impulses in all fields of knowledge and endeavors of life. Besides education, we can look to the practical work done in the medical realm, in biodynamic farming, in architecture, in banking, in social issues, and in the arts and sciences. All these endeavors stem from Rudolf Steiner's anthroposophical spiritual science.


Rudolf Steiner's Anthroposophy, or anthroposophical spiritual science, as described in his many books, lectures and practical activities, culminates for its students in a living path leading modern souls toward self and world knowledge. The path of developing the soul's capacities, otherwise left dormant in a materialistic world mindset, comes to life within the inclusive spiritual world view offered to us from Rudolf Steiner's life work. He describes a method which allows all striving human beings, in their own time, to experience spiritual realities as the underlying, vital counterpart of material facts and manifestations. His work, which is openly available to anyone, launched a new stage in the history of human consciousness. Anthroposophy naturally appeals to those who have carried about in their souls a persistent desire to affirm a spiritual world view.