Anthroposophy, Art, and Teacher Education

Foundation Studies

Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy


Eric Muller teaching

Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy focuses on the study of the written work of Rudolf Steiner and is complemented by intensive artistic work and an introduction to contemplative inquiry. Grounded in the path of inner development, the goal of these courses is to awaken each participant to an awareness of the spiritual basis of our own humanity and its relationship to the being of nature that surrounds us. Such knowledge can guide us to positive actions within our own lives and can help us to both seek and find truly creative solutions to the pressing issues that face us.

This part-time course is held on Saturday mornings from 8:30 am to 1:35 pm over a period of one year. The day continues through the afternoon until 4:55 for those enrolled in the 2 year Teacher Ed. or Early Childhood programs.


The Foundation Studies at the Alkion Center is taught in three nine-week blocks on Saturdays over the course of one school year with an additional week in the summer (see Summer Intensives).
The course includes:

  • Contemplative study of Rudolf Steiner’s The Calendar of the Soul 
  • Theosophy by Rudolf Steiner – A Look into the Nature of Being Human: Biography, Destiny and Evolution
  • Esoteric Science: An Outline by Rudolf Steiner
  • Eurythmy, Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture
  • The Development of Consciousness through Music and Art
  • Biography Seminars
  • An introduction to Goethe and phenomenological science
  • Practical Applications of Spiritual Science – Guest Speakers in Biodynamic Agriculture, Waldorf Education, Goethean Science, Social Renewal, the Healing Arts, etc.

The tuition for Foundation courses only [mornings until 1:35] is $2,900

Summer Courses

To receive a Certificate of Completion for the Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy, participants must also complete one of the week long summer courses. For Foundation students, the cost is included in the year’s tuition.

Beyond Foundation Studies

img_0994_0Graduates of the Foundation course receive a certificate of completion, which is an integral pre-requisite to the full Teacher Education program. Thus, participants may well wish to expand their studies by enrolling in the full day Saturday program which encompasses introductory courses in Waldorf Education. A further year of Teacher Education is required those seeking a Waldorf Teaching Diploma.

Visit our sections on Waldorf Teacher Education and Early Childhood to learn more.