Greetings and Welcome to the website of The Rudolph Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society.  We are located near the bustling Lincoln Square neighborhood in Chicago.  Map

We have a rich life here at the branch, with many study groups (see below) PDF Program/LecturesPDF Workshops, and PDF Festivals. Branch  Calendar

Ongoing events are listed below. Festivals and Special events are in the column to the right. 

We have an Open House every Tuesday 7 pm - 9 pmThursday's 6 pm - 7 pm & many Weekends when we have Community Work Parties for more info. contact  Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Do you have a desire to serve & share your gifts? 

Be an active member of the Community!

There are many things that need to happen to keep the branch life alive. WE NEED YOUR HELP!


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"Anthroposophy opens its wellsprings, and the human will, carried by love, may draw from the waters. It brings to life love for humankind and thereby works creatively in impulses for moral action and true social interaction.” — Rudolf Steiner


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Read about the latest AGM “ PDF Rise Up! – Life as a Labor of Love” Conference in Phoenix, Arizona

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Dear Friends – Thanks for Hosting the GC of the ASA here are a few  images from that gathering. 

Below is one of the topics from the Community Conversation:

Did you know that the Branch holds a hidden gem? That’s right; the back warehouse space is our diamond in the rough. Take a moment to discover it for yourself - Because we are in the midst of transforming it into a ‘Flex Space’ that will attract a tenant, either long-term or more Peerspace clients.  These kind of raw industrial loft-style spaces are very desirable in the rental market now. Here are the short term goals for this space:

 1.    Insulate the ceiling

2.    Install a furnace / air conditioner and related infrastructure

3.    Perform some light restoration and painting.

Our Treasurer Mihai Rosu, who is an engineer, along with Council President Chuck Ginsberg, & a few folks from the community, have been working most weekends to accomplish these improvements, but we need to buy some supplies.

So here's Your Chance to Invest in the Future!

 The Branch Council is requesting tax exempt donations and/or loans, in order to meet our $7,000 goal for this restoration. The loans are for 2-3 years, simple interest of 5%, paid yearly. More favorable terms are welcome.

You may drop off any checks or mail them directly to the Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago 60618.

 If you'd like to support the Branch through service, come by on our ‘Work Party’ Days to help in the renovation. Contact Mihai Rosu

Thank you!

The Rudolf Steiner Branch Council hopes you will support these efforts, as we continue to provide Programs, and Festival Events, Monthly 1st Class Lessons, Study Groups, Library / Bookstore, and weekly Public Open House hours, in one of the few Branch homes in America to own their own building.  (Also, look forward to receiving new information on an improved email communications system coming very soon)


The Branch 'warehouse space' & the renovated Elderberries 3-Fold Space are currently available for rental on  PEER SPACE: for classes, events, meetings, retreats, art exhibits, etc...


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

For general questions or to be added to the email list to receive notices about upcoming events contact  Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

To special order a book or specific item, or for information on lodging, please call Janis Ignoffo (773) 549-5753 

Council Members:

President - Chuck Ginsberg 

Treasurer - Mihai Rosu

Secretary - Mary Ruud

Programs Coordinator - Andrei Onegin

Festivals Coordinator -  Hazel Archer-Ginsberg

Kurtis Heath Estep

Sunday Evenings, 5:00 -7:00 pm: The Apocalypse of St. John, by Rudolf Steiner.  For more information, contact Andrei at (773) 764-2313.  Location:Rudolf Steiner Branch-Upstairs

Wednesday Mornings, 8:00-9:45 am. Karmic Relationships Vol. 2, by Rudolf Steiner, incorporating: The Calendar of the Soul, Eurythmy, Focused Discussion, & Seasonal Artistic Explorations. For more information, contact Hazel Archer Ginsberg (773) 549-3026 Location: The Chicago Waldorf School Library 1300 W Loyola Ave. Chicago Il 60626

Wednesday Evenings, 7:00-9:00 pm. This study group is working with The Boundaries of Natural Science, by Rudolf Steiner. All who are interested are welcome to join us. For more information, call David Kavesh (312-451-9872)

Third Thursday mornings, 10:30 am - Noon.  Once a month this group will study “Sleep and Death”, Chapter 3 in Rudolf Steiner’s book, An Outline of Esoteric Science. Please feel free to join us. Books are available at the Branch. For more information, contact Alice (773-528-5340) or Carolyn (773-539-3688).

Thursday Evenings, 7:00 - 9:00 pm. We are reading Steiner’s book, An Outline of Esoteric [or Occult] Science. Anyone interested in joining us is invited to contact Clark Remington (773- 595-5793)

First Class meets on the third Saturday of each month. (with some exceptions) The lesson begins promptly at 6:00 pm.  Please arrive ahead of time, so you have a chance to come into the mood of the class before the lesson begins. What is The PDF School of Spiritual Science?

After the reading of the lesson, we will take a short break.  We will reconvene in a circle for conversation about the lesson.  Ending time is approximately 9:00 pm.

To Members of the First Class in the Chicago area:

At our upcoming meeting on June 16th, 2018, I will read the First Class lesson given by Rudolf Steiner in Bern, Switzerland, on April 17, 1924.  In this lesson he works with the first set of mantras from the Ninth Lesson.

I will also be prepared to make a short presentation on the sign of Michael, which we experience at the end of every lesson.  My plan, if people are interested in this, is to present some thoughts that Dr. Ernst Katz expressed on the matter.

We will be taking a pause for the summer, beginning again in September.  Our tentative plan is (over the course of 2018–2019) to work through the seven "recapitulation lessons" given by Rudolf Steiner in Dornach, in which he presented again the mantras that were first given as the mantras of lessons one through the first part of lesson nine.  Then we might go on to do the two lessons that he gave in Prague.

I would be very interested to hear thoughts from anyone on this plan to work through the recapitulation lessons.  You can reach me by email or by phone.

Many thanks, Clark Remington (773) 595-5793

 Chicago Waldorf School

 Urban Prairie Waldorf School 

 City Garden Early Childhood Waldorf School

 Four Winds Waldorf School 

 Da Vinci Waldorf School

 Arcturus Rudolf Steiner Education Program

 Reverse Ritual - Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year

 Angelic Organics 

 Zinniker Biodynamic Farm

 Rudolf Steiner Archive 

The  National Anthroposophical Society site

and  The Goetheaum in Dornach












All events take place at the Rudolf Steiner Branch, 4249 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 except as noted.

Branch  Calendar - PDF Festivals - PDF Programs


Tuesday 29 May2018 at 9 am Spring Cleaning at the branch with Elisabeth Swisher & crew! Please join us. snacks provided!

ALSO: Dana Erickson, the ‘Macgyver' from Elderberries LA & Her electrician friend Ron, are coming in to join our Work Parties to renovate the backspace June 7-14. Come join her! For details contact Hazel (at) ReverseRitualcom


Friday 8 June 2018 from 7–9 pm

Community Conversation facilitated by Ann Burfeind, Christian Community Priest


Friday 22 June from 7-9pm

Gallery Opening & Musical Performances from 7-9pm at Elderberries Chicago 4251 N. Lincoln Ave. 

“It’s Just a Story” Illustrations by Grace Kahn, & songs from "Beyond Blue and Red" by  Ultra-Violet Archer, & friends from CWS Class of 2018



Sunday 24 June 2018, 1 pm – 4 pm

St. John’s Festival: Cosmic Rapture Grounded in Jubilant Hearts

Come join our Initiatory Workshop/Ritual, to discover the New Mysteries of St. Johns-Tide. To pass the test of Summer we will explore many questions:

v  How do we stand wakefully within the sublime mysteries of the Summer-Tide, to consciously embody ‘the spiritual wisdom of the gods’?

v  Who is the mysterious Archangel of Summer?

v  Who is John the Baptist? What do his sayings "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." And “He must increase, but I must decrease.” really mean?

v  What is the secret to healing the ‘soul-fever’ so prevalent in society today?

v  What is the mystery of the Dragon-fly, & other elemental beings?

v  How can we understand the ‘Cycle of the Year as Breathing Process of the Earth’?

Together we will work to strengthen our true “I”, enlivening our will forces with various social-artistic exercises.

Hazel Archer-Ginsberg –Spiritual Midwife, Trans-denominational Minister, Essayist, Lecturer– Anthroposopher, working as the Festivals Coordinator & Council Member of the Chicago Rudolf Steiner Branch, and the Central Regional Council of the Anthroposophical Society. Founder of Reverse Ritual –Understanding Anthroposophy Through the Rhythms of the Year


Friday 29 June 2018, 7-9pm & Saturday 30 June, 10am-12pm

Spiritual Ecology with Robert Karp, M.Ed. founder and director of New Spirit Farmland Partnerships, facilitating partnerships with social impact investors; also serving as executive director of the Biodynamic Association and of Practical Farmers of Iowa.

What if the whole earth, like a human being, is a self-regulating, multi-dimensional organism with a body, soul and spirit? What might this mean for sustainable agriculture, environmental activism and the education of children? We will build up a spiritual-scientific understanding of the natural, so that our social ecosystems can begin to reflect and tap into the same sources of wisdom we witness in the natural world and on biodynamic farms.



Eurythmy Class with Mary Ruud every Monday 9:30 am – 11 am  At the Christian Community 2135 W. Wilson Ave · Chicago, Il 60625 

Explore forms & do hygienic exercises in this fun weekly group 

For more info. contact Mary Ruud livingartseurythmy (at) gmailcom 

$10 suggested donation