27
April
2015

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

with Katherine Beaven This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like bank details.

Also if you want more information about the course please contact Shaina and Coralee at

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