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Thursday after work Eurythmy class

Thursday after work Eurythmy class

 The new term has started, but it still feels very much like hibernation time in some ways. It is dark before I get home most days and it is still very much winter. The autumn and winter is a time when we are generally much more attuned to and focused on our inner needs and in listening to ourselves, whereas in the spring and summer we are busy with being in the world and enjoying the abundance of nature and the warmth (if there is any!).

Therefore winter is a good time to initiate routines of self-care and taking time to rebalance and energise. Eurythmy is a great way to find harmony and inner balance and it is gentle exercise which everyone can take part in. This block of sessions is only 6 weeks as it’s a short term and getting back into the swing of things may take a little time. However, we will make up for it by working on some of the eurythmy meditations, rods exercises and themes such as thinking, feeling and willing – to help us get a stronger feeling for our different ways of engaging with the world. You don’t need to have any previous experience with eurythmy or movement to join. There will be no session on the 15th February, so the last session will be 15th March.

Starting Thursday 1st February ~ 5.20 – 6.20

Venue: Orwell Arts, 17 Orwell Place, Edinburgh, EH11 2AD

Cost: £30 for the block of 6 sessions.

To book a place or for more information: saraphir@movingpresence.co.uk or 07513541003

 

Introduction to Speech Eurythmy – the Consonants

Introduction to Speech Eurythmy – the Consonants

The workshops this spring term are all focused on elements of Speech Eurythmy and how we can make sound visible in movement. Following the Zodiac Workshop on the 20th January we will delve more into the sounds that are connected to the Zodiac signs in this workshop. We will therefore focus on the consonants and as well as experiencing and experimenting with each of the sounds, we will be working with a consonantal sequence that is called ‘the evolutionary sequence’, which can take us through all the stages of human life.

Eurythmy is called visible speech, because we always endeavour to make every poem/verse etc visible in movement. When movement and language really unite then we have really achieved this task and are really doing eurythmy. In the second half of the workshop we will work with a poem that will give an experience of how this can be achieved and experienced. We will literally be working up a storm – it is still winter after all!

It is not necessary to have attended other workshops to take part in this one or to have any experience with eurythmy or movement in general. All you need to bring is yourself!

Saturday 10th February 2018 ~ from 10am – 1pm

Venue: Orwell Arts, 17 Orwell Place, Edinburgh, EH11 2AD

Cost: £10 per person – refreshments for the tea/coffee break included.

To book a place or for more information: saraphir@movingpresence.co.uk or 07513541003

Eurythmy for Social Awareness – Saturday 17th June

Eurythmy for Social Awareness – Saturday 17th June

Summer is drawing near and I don’t know about you, but I am feeling more social and more tuned in to what is around me compared to how I am in the winter. Being a keen photographer one of the only things that really makes me pay attention to nature in the winter is a thick hoarfrost or naked branches against an indigo sky after sunset. At the moment I am finding it hard to find time to browse through and delete all photos that don’t make the mark. Summer is a time for being out and about, enjoying whatever warmth there is (we are in Scotland after all!) and eating ice cream with coffee!

Photo courtesy of Mary Christenson, Pleasant Ridge Waldorf School, www.pleasantridgewaldorf.org

So I thought that for the last Saturday Eurythmy workshop before the summer break it would be quite appropriate to focus on the exercises that have been developed specifically for working with groups to aid social awareness. These exercises build up gradually in complexity and are challenging and fun at the same time. They can enable the group to tune into each other to such an extent that the exercise becomes like a moving meditation or an experience of group mindfulness. Here’s a few quotes from people who have participated in similar workshops:

Very calming and relaxing. Felt very much like an active mediation and felt that my mind had less ‘chatter’ by the time we had finished.”

“I enjoyed the session. As it went further it became more like a dance which was becoming more co-ordinated with movement and people becoming more synchronized. Enjoyed a feeling of mutual co-operation.”

Eurythmy can be done by anyone regardless of experience with movement and level of fitness. All you need to bring is yourself!

Saturday 17th June 2017 ~ from 10am – 1pm

Venue: Orwell Arts, 17 Orwell Place, Edinburgh, EH11 2AD

Cost: £10 per person – refreshments for the tea/coffee break included.

Please book a place: saraphir@movingpresence.co.uk or 07513541003