Studying Eurythmy at Emerson
Kathryn Beavan talks about an MA programme in Eurythmy at Emerson College
In September 2014, seventeen students from 12 different countries convened at beautiful
Emerson College, Sussex to study eurythmy at MA level in their chosen area of
experience/work: Performance, Education and Social, or Therapeutic Eurythmy. This
programme is an extension of Alanus University in Germany which has offered this
Masters course to eurythmists for a number of years. Shaina Stoehr and Coralee
Fredrickson have worked hard to bring this opportunity to the English speaking world and
have, together with Alanus University, devised this part-time course for practising
professionals. It is a two-year course with four one-week blocks each year. Participants
have already completed the first three blocks and handed in their first papers which were a
critical reflection on their practise in a chosen topic: diagnostics in eurythmy therapy, tone
eurythmy therapy in neuro rehabilitation, and balance in the eurythmy class are a few of
the topics chosen. In addition nine participants were able to complete the requirements to
achieve a BA in eurythmy which was necessary to enter this programme.
A variety of lecturers and practitioners have brought their wealth of knowledge and
expertise to the course. In the first block Stefan Hasler, Alanus University, introduced a
methodology for researching the forms Rudolf Steiner made for eurythmy, Charlotte von
Bulow, Crossfields Institute in Stroud, gave an introduction to modes of qualitative
research and Dr James Dyson came to speak about his research into the twelve senses.
In the second block Volker Frankfurt brought a historical overview of how eurythmy was
developed by Rudolf Steiner to be a path of spiritual development, Goran Krantz from
Sweden, Plymouth University, shared his research into music and movement and Melissa
Harwood helped to hone our presentation skills. In the third block Shaina Stoehr
introduced her research into different elements of tone eurythmy and Martina Maria Sam
came to speak about the history of eurythmy and the individuals involved in the early
years. Also Ulrike Langescheid, Alanus University, shared her experience as a teacher of
eurythmy in adult education and schools.
This MA programme is an enormous opportunity for each participant to develop in their
profession and in so doing to enable eurythmy to take a new step forwards at this
important time following its beginnings a century ago.
Here in the UK the struggle to keep eurythmy in existence has been enormous with fewer
and fewer students willing to embark on this path of study. The good news is that nine of
the participants on this course are living and working in the United Kingdom. They are all
completely dedicated to their profession as eurythmists but see the necessity that new
ways be found in our day and age to keep it developing. They are each making big
sacrifices to make this journey which is actually one they cannot afford in terms of the cost.
Perhaps you will agree that they should be supported in their striving. Any funds you are
able to provide will be equally shared amongst the UK participants. Please get in touch
Also if you want more information about the course please contact Shaina and Coralee at