Welcome to the Great Lakes Branch of the Anthroposophical Society website.

The purpose of the branch is to coordinate and promote events of interest to the anthroposophical and general community in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan, collaborating with the Greater Detroit Branch.  Our home is located at the beautiful Rudolf Steiner House, home of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

The activities that take place at the Rudolf Steiner House include several weekly study groups, monthly lectures, and occasional workshops and artistic events.  Additionally, there are festivals and a few theatrical performances organized throughout the year. On-going events are listed below, special events are in the column at right.

The Rudolf Steiner House includes a reading/lending library containing most of the titles of anthroposophical literature.  The library is open during office hours, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Use of literature at the library is free. Members may borrow books for an annual fee of $15/$10 (first year/subsequent years).

We warmly welcome new friends and visitors to browse the library and to join us in our study groups and events!

Most, but not all, events take place at the Rudolf Steiner House, located near downtown Ann Arbor at:
1923 Geddes Ave
Ann Arbor, MI 48104    map

Please contact each event coordinator for information on a particular event.

For Steiner House reservations and questions email: cynthia (at) anthroposophyorg or call:
- Cynthia Chelius         (734) 662-9355

For general questions email: greatlakesanthroposophy (at) comcastnet
or call one of the following persons:
- Penny Kruse              (734) 678-5497

For the Greater Detroit Branch:
- Victoria Chehade 
  (248) 396-6596 or  email

Weekly, 7:30-9:00 p.m.:
Great Lakes Branch Study Group: As of February 2016, the group is reading, studying and discussing The World of the Senses and The World of the Spirit, CW134 of Rudolf Steiner.  Membership in the Society and Branch is a prerequisite to join the study group, but everyone is welcome to visit and explore the group’s three-fold way of study before making a commitment.  The group meets at the Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Avenue in Ann Arbor.  Contact Michael Gratsch for details (313.485.7391 or michael.gratsch@WillisTowersWatson.com).

Monthly, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: First Tuesday of the Month Introductory Lecture Series, October through May (except January).  See Special Events for the currently scheduled lectures. For further information, contact Dwight Ebaugh at dwight.ebaugh@gmail.com or 517.927.3696. Location: Rudolf Steiner House.


Fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  Biodynamic Beekeeping Study Group – Contact Eileen Dickinson (edickins (at) umichedu for more information.  During the summer, the group may visit members' bee yards.  You may sign up to be on the email lists of both this group and the Biodynamic gardening group.


Weekly, 7:30-9:00 p.m.: Wednesday Night Study Group of Ann Arbor – We read and discuss the books and lectures of Rudolf Steiner, including the basic books, as selected by the members of the group.  We welcome new members - beginners, intermediate, and advanced. The group is currently reading and discussing The Spiritual Hierarchies, Rudolf Steiner's 1909 lecture cycle with ten lectures given in Dusseldorf.  Contact Penny Kruse 734.678.5497 for further information. Location: as a rule, we meet at the Rudolf Steiner House but occasionally we meet elsewhere.  Please call Penny (734.678.5497) to check meeting location.  At its January 4, 2017 meeting, this Wednesday Night Study Group welcomed members of the recently terminated Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor.

Weekly, 12:00-1:00 p.m.: The Harbor Springs Study Group meets in the Harbor Springs area, Northern MI. Contact Mary Adams at 231.838.8181 for further information. The group is currently studying The Philosophy of Spiritual Activity - A Philosophy of Freedom.  The group also shares seasonal festivals together.


Alternate Fridays, 7:30-9:00 p.m
The Rudolf Steiner Study Circle of Ann Arbor – Effective December 23, 2016, this study group merged into the Wednesday Night Study Group of Ann Arbor (see above).


Alternate Saturdays (by consensus), 7:30-9:00 p.m. The Detroit Branch Study Group reads books and lectures by Rudolf Steiner. Contact Susann or Bart Eddy 248.945.9039 for information regarding current reading and location.

Monthly: School for Spiritual Science. Members of the School meet regularly for class lessons.  Blue cards required. Contact Douglas Miller 810.659.2204 or Quentin McMullen 734.761.8080 for more information.

Weekly: The Christian Community Service (go to link for information).

Note: events take place at the Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes Ave. in Ann Arbor, except as noted.

2017 Events:

August 13, 2017:  Virginia Sease Lecture at 3:00 p.m.

September 16, 2017:  Potluck at 6:00 p.m. followed by Christiane Haid lecture (approximately 7:30 p.m.).  Christiane Haid is the leader of the Literary Arts & Humanities Section of the General Anthroposophical Society at the Goetheanum.

September 24, 2017:  Michaelmas.

October 3, 2017:  First Tuesday Lecture with Douglas Miller (further in the Goetheanum series).

November 2, 2017:  All Souls Gathering (with Beatrice Voigt).

November 7, 2017:  First Tuesday Lecture with Mary Stewart Adams, The Deeds of Rudolf Steiner Written in the Stars.

November 19, 2017:  Stephen Usher Lecture at 4:00 p.m., The Esoteric Student in the Elemental World. 

December 5, 2017:  First Tuesday Lecture with Robert Black.

December 17, 2017:  Christmas Festival.

2018 Events:

January 6, 2018:  Three Kings.

February 6, 2018:  First Tuesday Lecture with Claudia Fontana, The Categories of Aristotle.

February 25, 2018:  Annual General Meeting and Rudolf Steiner Birthday.

March 6, 2018:  First Tuesday.

March 31, 2018:  Easter Saturday.

April 3, 2018:  First Tuesday.

May 1, 2018:  First Tuesday.

June 24, 2018:  St. John's Festival.

September 30, 2018:  Michaelmas Festival.

November 2, 2018:  All Souls.

December 16, 2018:  Christmas Festival.