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Who was Steiner and what is anthroposophy?

Rudolf Steiner was born in what is now Croatia in 1861. He wrote and lectured on a wide range of contemporary issues including architecture, medicine, philosophy, science, economics and social reform as well as education. Steiner schools, biodynamic agriculture and a variety of therapeutic and curative initiatives are amongst the most well-known practical applications of his work.

Steiner’s educational insights, particularly those that relate to development, form one aspect of what Steiner called ‘anthroposophy’, ‘knowledge of the human being’ . These ideas are contained in Steiner’s lectures and written works. Many of these can be accessed online at the Rudolf Steiner archive at

Anthroposophy is a developing body of research and not a belief system. Steiner encouraged people to scrutinise his ideas and put them to the test; he did not want them simply to be adopted or ‘believed’, but he did invite people to engage with them.


What is key in Steiner education?

Steiner education is a holistic education, where the whole person is considered and developed.


Is Steiner based within a particular faith?

Steiner is non-sectarian and non-denominational. The focus is the education and development of all, regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds. The pedagogical method is comprehensive and aims to foster a recognition and understanding of all the world cultures and religions. Steiner based schools are not part of any church.  A basis is on a belief that there is a spiritual dimension to the human being and to all of life. 


Suggestions of reading material about Steiner Education;

Children with Special Needs – Rudolf Steiner’s Approach
Michael Luxford

Celebrating Festivals
Freya Jaffke

Waldorf Education – A Family Guide
Pamela Johnson Fenner

All Year Round – A Calendar of Celebrations
Ann Druitt

Festivals, Family & Food
Diana Carey and Judy Large

Understanding the Steiner Waldorf Approach
Janni Nicol & Jill Tina Taplin