The Great Lakes Branch - Ann Arbor

1923 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104


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Great Lakes Branch

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!

Directions and Contacts

Most, but not all, events take place at the Rudolf Steiner House, located near downtown Ann Arbor at 1923 Geddes Ave [map].

Please contact each event coordinator for information on a particular event. For Steiner House reservations and questions email Cynthia Chelius, or call (734) 662-9355.

For general questions email:
or call one of the following persons:
 Dwight Ebaugh at or (517) 927-3696
and for the Greater Detroit Branch:
 Nancy Carpenter at

On-going Events


Every second and fourth Monday in the month, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Great Lakes Branch Study Group is reading, studying and discussing Cosmosophy, 11 lectures by Rudolf Steiner, given in Dornach, September 23 - October 16, 1921. 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 home of Jerry and Penny Kruse.  Contact Andree Naylor for details ( or 734.971.6217).


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


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 Rudolf Steiner's 1913 lecture series titled The Fifth Gospel.  Contact Linda Britt for further information at (734) 417-7810.

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 festivals, and the group shares seasonal festivals together.


Alternate Saturdays (by consensus), 7:30-9:00p.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.


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.

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

  I want with cosmic spirit
  To enthuse each human being
  That a flame they may become
  And fiery will unfold
  The essence of their being.
            — Rudolf Steiner

Special Events

at Rudolf Steiner House unless otherwise indicated

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2020 Events

January 6:
Traditional Three Kings Observance at 7:00 p.m.

February 4:
First Tuesday Lecture with Jane Reed at 7:30 p.m., Compassionate Communication.

February 23:
Annual General Meeting (2:30 p.m.) and Rudolf Steiner Birthday Celebration (3:30 p.m.).

March 3:
First Tuesday Lecture with Elena Efimova at 7:30 p.m., Art in the Waldorf Curriculum.

April 7:
First Tuesday Lecture with Mary Stewart Adams at 7:30 p.m.

April 11:
Easter Saturday presentation with Mary Stewart Adams at TBA.

May 19:
Third Tuesday of May, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. with John Beck, Communications Director of the Anthroposophical Society and editor of being human.  (Note: this First Tuesday lecture was moved to the Third Tuesday to avoid conflict with a probable Natural Science Section event with Peter Heusser on the May 1-3 weekend.)

June 20:
St. John's Festival at TBA.

September 29:
Michaelmas Festival at TBA.

October 2:
First Tuesday Lecture at 7:30 p.m.

November 10:
Second Tuesday Lecture at 7:30 p.m.  (Note: this First Tuesday lecture was moved to the Second Tuesday to avoid conflict with Election Day.)

December 1:
First Tuesday Lecture at 7:30 p.m.

December 19:
Christmas Festival at TBA.