Born in 1861 in what is now Croatia, Steiner studied science and philosophy in Vienna and soon became a respected thinker, publishing his philosophical treatise The Philosophy of Freedom in 1894.

Later he began to speak about his spiritual experiences and described how he was able to make use of his scientific training in such a way that his spiritual investigations could become a science in their own right.

From 1907 onwards he became involved with a variety of artistic endeavours, writing plays, designing buildings and devising a completely new art of movement called Eurythmy.

He called the results of this spiritual science Anthroposophy and an Anthroposophical Society was founded at the Goetheanum in Switzerland in 1913. From this time until his death in 1925, Steiner was fully engaged in establishing an abundance of cultural innovations, a few of which can be found briefly described on this site.

Later, at Christmas 1923, the society was refounded and called the General Anthroposophical Society, when Steiner became its President. At this event, Steiner provided a special meditation as a foundation stone and established the School of Spiritual Science.

 

Rudolf Steiner