"Our highest endeavor must be to develop
free human beings who are able, of themselves,
to impart purpose and direction to their lives.”
— attributed to Rudolf Steiner *
This website deals with
◊ Waldorf schools, also known as Steiner schools;
◊ Rudolf Steiner, the occultist who established the first of these schools; and
◊ Anthroposophy, the bizarre religion concocted by Steiner.
A guide to the pages at Waldorf Watch.
A concise answer to the question, "What are Waldorf schools all about?"
A brief memoir of my experiences as a Waldorf student.
What are Waldorf schools like today?
Guidance for parents considering Waldorf schools for their children.
Presenting the curriculum followed at typical Waldorf schools.
Insidious indoctrination: An insider's report.
A collection of surprising statements made by Rudolf Steiner.
Examining one of the worst areas of Steiner's teachings.
In a word, yes — and Waldorf schools promote it, usually on the sly.
The entire Waldorf belief system hinges on this power. But does it exist?
Anthroposophy is summarized in the book OCCULT SCIENCE. Here's a summary of the summary.
Steiner made many mistakes, at least some of which wind up in Waldorf schools.
A profile of Rudolf Steiner.
Where to find assistance.
The psychic, mystic, occult...
An alphabetized mini-encyclopedia of all things Waldorf.
What's where at Waldorf Watch.
Sculpture of the Sun God (Christ),
with Ahriman, Lucifer, and a "rock being"
— attributed to Rudolf Steiner.
The statue stands in the Goetheanum,
the worldwide Anthroposophical headquarters.
[R. R., 2009.]
Here are some topics you may want to investigate.
Clicking on the links will take you to the pages indicated.
Ahriman : Ahriman
Angels : Polytheism
Anthroposophical Headquarters [see Goetheanum]
Anthroposophical Medicine : Steiner's Quackery
Anthroposophy : Everything
Arts-Intensive Curriculum : Magical Arts
Astral body : Incarnation
Astrology : Astrology
Atlantis : Atlantis
The Bible : Old Testament
Biodynamic Gardening : Biodynamics
Brain : Steiner's Specific
Christ : Sun God
Clairvoyance : Clairvoyance
Class Teacher : Methods
Computers [see Technology]
Conditions of Consciousness [see Planetary Conditions]
Cultural Epochs [see Epochs]
Education [see Waldorf Schools]
Elemental Beings [see Nature Spirits]
Epochs : Epochs
Etheric body : Incarnation
Eurythmy : Magical Arts
Evolution : Evolution, Anyone?
Festivals : Magical Arts
Freedom : Freedom
Future Jupiter [see Jupiter]
Future Venus [see Venus]
Future Vulcan [see Vulcan]
Gnomes : Gnomes
Gods : Polytheism
Goetheanum : Is Anthroposophy a Religion?
Great Epochs [see Epochs]
Guardian(s) of the Threshold : Guardians
Gurus : Guru
Head, Heart and Hands : Holistic Education
Hierarchies : Polytheism
Higher Worlds : Higher Worlds
Holy Grail : Grail
Human Stage of Evolution : Steiner Static
"I" : Incarnation
Imagination : Thinking Cap
Incarnation : Incarnation
Initiation : Inside Scoop
Intellect : Steiner's Specific
Jupiter (and Future Jupiter) : Future Stages
Karma : Karma
Lazure : Ex-Teacher
Lemuria : Lemuria
Lucifer : Lucifer
Main Lesson : Curriculum
Michael : Michael
Moon (and Old Moon) : Old Moon, Etc.
Morning Verse [see Prayers]
Music [see Arts-Intensive Curriculum]
Mysteries : Knowing the Worlds
Mystery Plays : Plays
Myths : Oh My Word
Nature Spirits : Neutered Nature
Norse Myths : The Gods
Occult Science : Everything
Occultism : Occultism
Old Moon [see Moon]
Old Saturn [see Saturn]
Old Sun [see Sun]
Organs of Clairvoyance : Anthropopery
Painting [see Arts-Intensive Curriculum]
Parents [see Waldorf Parents]
Planetary Conditions : Planets
Planets : Planets
Polytheism : Polytheism
Prayers : Prayers
Present Earth : Present Earth
Progressive Education : Ex-Teacher 3
Racism : Steiner's Racism
Reincarnation : Karma
Religion : Is Anthroposophy a Religion?
Rhythm : Encyclopedia, R-S
Rosicrucianism : Rosy Cross
Saturn (and Old Saturn) : Old Saturn
Science : Steiner's 'Science'
Seven-Year Stages : Most Significant
Shaded Drawing : Encyclopedia, R-S
Soul World : Higher Worlds
Spirit-Soul : Waldorf's Purpose
Spirit World : Higher Worlds
Spiritual Exercises : Knowing the Worlds
Spiritual Science [see Anthroposophy]
Steiner, Rudolf : What a Guy
Steiner Schools [see Waldorf Schools]
Steiner-Waldorf Schools [see Waldorf Schools]
Sun (and Old Sun) : Old Sun
Sun God : Sun God
Supersensible : Encyclopedia, R-S
Technology : Spiders, Dragons and Foxes
Teeth, Change Of : Incarnation
Television : Clues
Temperaments : Temperaments
Thinking : Thinking
Threefolding : Threefolding
Vaccination : Steiner's Quackery
Veil Painting : Encyclopedia, T-Z
Venus (and Future Venus) : Future Stages
Vulcan (and Future Vulcan) : Vulcan
Waldorf Parents : Faculty Meetings
Waldorf Schools : Curriculum
Waldorf Students : Soul School
Waldorf Teachers : Teacher Training
War of All Against All : All v. All
Wet-on-Wet Painting : Magical Arts
Whole Child : Holistic Education
Zodiac : Zodiac
* Waldorf schools often display this statement prominently in their promotional materials, attributing it to Rudolf Steiner. But in fact the statement was made by someone else: The words were written by Steiner's second wife, Marie Steiner. You will find the statement on p. 27 of THE NEW ART OF EDUCATION (Philosophical-Anthroposophical Publishing, 1928) — introduction by Marie Steiner. I mention this only because it reflects a curious problem confronting anyone who tries to investigate Waldorf education. Much of the "information" provided by Waldorf schools is incomplete, misleading, or false. Sometimes the misstatements made by Waldorf representatives avert us only slightly from the truth, but in other cases they conceal essential aspects of Waldorf belief and practice. I explore this matter extensively at Waldorf Watch.
To look into the Waldorf view of freedom, click on the following links: Freedom, Democracy, and Tenth Hierarchy. In the theology that underlies Waldorf schools, freedom essentially means willingly, consciously submitting to the divine cosmic plan of the gods. There are many gods in Waldorf theology — the Waldorf belief system is polytheistic. To look into this, click on Polytheism. The implications for Waldorf students are examined at such pages as Spiritual Agenda, Soul School, and Beat: Turning Kids Into Disciples.
** Waldorf schools are also called Steiner schools, and with good reason. The schools tend to rely very heavily — even reverently — on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. Steiner has been dead for almost a century, but his influence is alive and strong in Waldorf/Steiner schools today. To understand Steiner's continuing influence, see such pages as Here's the Answer, Teacher Training, and Guru.