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Rudolf Steiner College

Rudolf Steiner College is one of America's leading centers for anthroposophical studies, transformative adult education and professional development for Waldorf teachers.

This work arises out of the work of Austrian philosopher, scientist and educator Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) whose innovative ideas and discoveries have inspired a broad spectrum of practical activities worldwide–in the arts, banking, architecture, medicine, agriculture, care of people with disabilities, and education.

Our Mission

Rudolf Steiner College provides a creative educational environment for men and women of diverse ages and backgrounds who seek a deeper understanding of the challenges of modern life and wish to develop new capacities as a basis for their life's work, for social service, and for cultural renewal.
Founded on the spiritual scientific work of Rudolf Steiner, the College provides programs that:

  • awaken independent thinking and healthy judgment about the deepest issues of human life,
  • school powers of perception,
  • cultivate and enrich artistic faculties,
  • develop social sensitivity,
  • strengthen capacities for practical life. 


Rudolf Steiner College’s major focus is the development of insights and skills that can lead to practical application in a variety of professions in the arts, sciences, and education, including professional development for Waldorf teachers.

Our Values

The view of the human being as an individuality encompassing body, soul, and spirit is central to the work of the College, along with emphasis on the cultivation of the inner life as a source of strength, creativity, and initiative. Our Offerings strive to address the participant’s quest for the knowledge, insight, and moral imagination needed to bring balance and healing to human beings, communities, and the earth itself.

Our Vision

The College aims to serve as a resource center for Rudolf Steiner's work, providing continuing education, fostering research, presenting workshops and conferences, and publishing and making accessible books and other related materials. A further goal is to serve the broader educational community and bring Rudolf Steiner's contributions into the dialogue on education and other issues of global concern.

 

What's at RSC?

Located on a beautiful thirteen-acre campus in Fair Oaks, just east of Sacramento, the College offers participants a wide range of continuing educational opportunities, such as personal enrichment courses, professional conferences and workshops. The campus includes a bookstore, biodynamic garden, a performance hall, cafe, and housing.

Our Faculty: Rudolf Steiner College in all cases seeks faculty members who have knowledge of the work and writings of Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf education.  Within this framework, our faculty come from a diverse background of interests and education, which creates a rich and lively learning environment.

Learn more about current and upcoming offerings please visit the homepage and calendar.

History

In 1919, Rudolf Steiner founded the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart, Germany, initiating an educational approach that seeks to nurture the whole child, to school the ‘head, hands, and heart.’ The first Waldorf school in North America was founded in New York in 1929.  With over 160 private schools and over 40 public charter schools now in North America the need for trained Waldorf teachers continues to grow.

The beginnings of anthroposophical activity in Sacramento go back to the early 1940s. Lysbeth “Betty” Buck (1913–1987), a California native, came to know about Anthroposophy in England in the late 1930s and organized some activities when she returned to her home state. In 1959, she helped found the Sacramento Waldorf School. Four years later, Betty Buck was instrumental in forming the Faust Branch, the local branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America.

Rudolf Steiner College was founded on February 22, 1976, when a group of local people meeting with Carl and Christine Stegmann were inspired to create the College. It was first called the Sacramento Center for Anthroposophical Studies and its initial focus was the spiritual destiny of America. Carl then invited René and Merlyn Querido to join the endeavor. After their arrival in 1977, emphasis was placed on establishing a Foundation Year program to introduce students to the insights of Anthroposophy and a Teacher Training program to train teachers for the Waldorf schools. The Center’s name was changed to Rudolf Steiner College in 1979. Betty Staley and Nancy Poer, who were among the College’s founders, have continued the work on the spiritual destiny of America at the College for over thirty years. In 2017, the College ceased offering matriculated program and re-focused on anthroposophical studies, including personal and professional development.

Rudolf Steiner

Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was born in Austria. He found his life’s work in the realms of consciousness and cognition. His techniques for the development of clear critical thinking, the cultivation of daily meditation and concentration practices and awareness of nature’s cycles, can lead individuals to reach spiritual levels of consciousness safely. He believed working along with the spiritual worlds enriches the life of the individual and the world.

A university student of mathematics, science and philosophy in Vienna, he later earned a doctorate from the University of Rostock. He edited the scientific writings of Goethe, whose approach, based on intensified, selfless observation of nature, became a source of inspiration for his own work. Steiner’s doctoral dissertation dealing with Fichte’s theory of knowledge was later expanded and published as Truth and Science. In 1894, he published The Philosophy of Freedom, which he felt to be his most important philosophical work.

Steiner brought forth out of his spiritual experiences an abundance of scientific, medical, agricultural, social, educational, architectural, and artistic renewal. Steiner called this science of spirit Anthroposophy, meaning ‘wisdom of the human being.’ Anthroposophy is non-religious, and enhances many Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, and other traditional practitioners’ endeavors.

Author of almost thirty books, Steiner also gave approximately 6,000 lectures on a wide range of subjects. He initiated Waldorf education, biodynamic farming and gardening, an approach to the care and education of people with disabilities, anthroposophical medical work, and an art of movement called eurythmy.

There is a more detailed biography on the international web site www.goetheanum.org. You can also learn more about Rudolf Steiner's work by visiting www.rsarchive.org.

The Anthroposophical Society

The Anthroposophical Society is an entirely public society: membership is open to all without regard to ethnic or national origin, social standing, religion, scientific or artistic conviction. The Anthroposophical Society was founded by Rudolf Steiner in Switzerland in 1923. It seeks to support individuals who are working on their own inner development and who wish to bring the fruit of that inner work to benefit the wider world. As a modern path of knowing, its doors are open to all who seek its approach and who wish to support its activities. Today, anthroposophical activity is alive in communities around the world. To learn more about the Society go to www.anthroposophy.org.

The Goetheanum

The Goetheanum, the center of the Anthroposophical Society, is located in Dornach, Switzerland. Steiner designed the extraordinary first and second Goetheanum buildings, inspiring many architects in Europe and America to this day.

The Goetheanum offers public workshops, lectures and artistic events to an international audience. For people interested in furthering specific fields of research and training within anthroposophy, the School of Spiritual Science offers: The General Anthroposophical Section, The Section for Mathematics and Astronomy,The Medical Section, The Agriculture Department, The Pedagogical Section, The Section for the Spiritual Striving of Youth, The Section for Social Sciences, The Section for the Arts of Eurythmy, Speech, Drama and Music, The Art Section (embracing painting, sculpture and architecture, furniture design, glass engraving, color studies and plant-color research), and The Literary Arts and Humanities Section. For more information, please visit www.goetheanum.org.

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