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Thinking, Feeling and Willing in Movement

Thinking, Feeling and Willing in Movement

We constantly engage with the world around us in one way or the other – we are either actively doing, responding to something emotionally or thinking about our lives, people we know or what is happening in the world. These forces or ways of engaging are constantly working in us – for better or for good. We all know people who are very wilful, people who get over-emotional or people who are in their heads too much; ideally these three forces should be in harmony and working together, but we see more and more that they become fragmented and we are not able to get them to work together them in healthy way.

Through Eurythmy one can get a clearer sense and experience of the quality of these forces and become better able to distinguish and balance them in oneself. In this workshop we will explore how they move in us and how we move them and work  towards a stronger sense of balance and harmony through moving them by ourselves and with others. As always there will be a coffee break in the middle of the workshop with time to chat and connect with others.

thinking, feeling and willing in movement

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 2nd June 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

Thinking, Feeling and Willing in Movement
We constantly engage with the world around us in one way or the other – we are either actively doing, responding
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Introduction to Speech Eurythmy Part 2 – 5th May 2018
This workshop on Speech Eurythmy is the rescheduling of the workshop in March that was cancelled due to ‘The Beast from
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Introduction to Speech Eurythmy Part 2 – 5th May 2018

Introduction to Speech Eurythmy Part 2 – 5th May 2018

This workshop on Speech Eurythmy is the rescheduling of the workshop in March that was cancelled due to ‘The Beast from the East’. It follows on from the previous workshop on the 10th February about the consonants in Eurythmy. This time we will focus more on the vowels and although it links with the previous workshop it also completely stands alone and you don’t have to have attended the previous workshops to be able to follow this one.

Eurythmy workshop at a training seminar October 2017.

In this workshop we will work with the qualities of the vowels and how they link to our soul experience and expression  – which ones do we relate to the most and how can they help us to become more conscious of how we are in the world. We will also work with various exercises and poems throughout the morning.

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 5th May 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

Thinking, Feeling and Willing in Movement
We constantly engage with the world around us in one way or the other – we are either actively doing, responding
Read more.
Introduction to Speech Eurythmy Part 2 – 5th May 2018
This workshop on Speech Eurythmy is the rescheduling of the workshop in March that was cancelled due to ‘The Beast from
Read more.
Experiencing the Planets – Saturday 24th March

Experiencing the Planets – Saturday 24th March

The  first workshop in November on Experiencing the Planets went well and we did a lot of exploring and talking about the quality of the movements and the experiences they gave us. Several people expressed regret at not being able to come and asked if I would do another workshop, so here it is! This workshop will be slightly different so that people who came to the last one can get a different experience but still go deeper in their experience of the Planets. When we read a book again and again we continue to discover new things and see new connections and similarly when we are learning something new it is only through continued repetition that we can go deeper in our experience and understanding of it.

The Planets that we work with in Eurythmy are the 5 planets that can be seen by the naked eye – Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn as well as the Sun and the Moon. Through the gestures developed in eurythmy one can get a feeling for the quality of the individual planets and how they are in relation to each other. In this workshop we will explore these both the gestures and sounds for each Planet as well as working with an Easter verse that contains all the Planets to get an experience of them in movement. You do not need to have been to the Planet workshop in November or any of the previous workshops this year to take part in this one. Anyone can take part regardless of experience. 

Saturday 24th March 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

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 Vowels

Introduction to Speech Eurythmy – the Vowels

*** This workshop has been cancelled due to the severe weather conditions. ***

This workshop on Speech Eurythmy follows on from the previous workshop on the 10th February about the consonants in Eurythmy. This time we will focus more on the vowels and although it links with the previous workshop it is also completely stand alone and you don’t have to have attended the previous workshops to be able to follow this one.  

In this workshop we will work with the qualities of the vowels and how they link to our soul experience and expression  – which ones do we relate to the most and how can they help us to become more conscious of how we are in the world. We will also work with various exercises and poems throughout the morning.

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 3rd March 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

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

Experiencing the Planets – Saturday 18th November

Belief that the planets and stars that surround our in comparison tiny earth have different qualities and influence us has been around since ancient time and it’s a belief that is still held by many today. The ancient Greeks spoke of ‘the music of the spheres’ and modern day astrology (of the more serious kind) is incredibly complex and has the potential for giving real insight into ones life. In eurythmy we work with both the signs of the Zodiac and the Planets as being cosmic forces that are ever present and affecting us all.

“Truly, the human being grew not only out of those forces which are recognised and assumed by the science of today. The human being grew out of the whole universe, and we understand him only when he is understood as coming out of the whole universe.” R. Steiner 

The Planets that we work with in Eurythmy are the 5 planets that can be seen by the naked eye – Venus, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn as well as the Sun and the Moon. Through the gestures developed in eurythmy one can get a feeling for the quality of the individual planets and how they are in relation to each other. In this workshop we will work with these gestures as well as the sound gestures and colours associated with each to help us get a broader experience of each planet.

“I loved every minute!”

Feedback from a colour workshop participant. 

The Planetary Seals.

 

Eurythmy can be done by anyone regardless of experience with movement and level of fitness. All you need to bring is yourself! There is limited space on this workshop, so book early if you want to be sure of a place.

Saturday 18th November 2017 ~ 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

Thursday ‘After Work’ Eurythmy Class starting 14th September

Thursday ‘After Work’ Eurythmy Class starting 14th September

It’s the last weekend of ‘the festival’ here in Edinburgh and the city will soon return to it’s normal rhythm. The summer has gone rather fast again this year and it has taken me a bit longer to plan my autumn eurythmy sessions than I thought. This has largely been due to getting regular eurythmy work on Tuesdays, which means I will have to change my Tuesday evening class to a Thursday ‘After Work’ class running from 5.30 – 6.30 pm. I hope this might actually make it easier for some people to attend, as they can attend after work rather than having to come back out in the evening.

During these 8 sessions we will be working with several autumnal poems as well as exploring some of the more meditative eurythmy exercises and working with sound gestures. We will of course also still continue work with exercises that aid concentration and coordination as well as social exercises.

The dates for the sessions are: 14th and 21st September, 5th and 26th October and 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd November.

Start: Thursday 14th September 5.30 – 6.30 pm

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

Cost: £40 for the 8 sessions.

For more info or to book a place: saraphir@movingpresence.co.uk or 07513541003

Colour in Movement – Saturday 9th September

Colour in Movement – Saturday 9th September

Colour is everywhere around us and forms a constant visual backdrop to our lives. It is also intimately connected with our soul moods as can be seen in common expressions such as ‘she is feeling blue’, ‘he saw red’, or ‘they were green with envy’. As well as colours being specifically mentioned in writings such as poetry, many poems also have an overall colour mood, which one can work with when expressing the poem in eurythmy/movement.

In eurythmy we work with Goethe’s colour theory, which talks of the ‘deeds and sufferings of the light’. Colour emerges when light engages with darkness in different ways – e.g. whether it accepts it or pushes it away. Working with colour in movement can give a stronger impression of the qualities of each colour as well as the influence it has on one’s soul mood.

During this workshop we will be exploring the different colours in movement and their influence on our soul mood and how we connect with others. We will also work with how to find the basic colour mood of a poem and how it can be expressed in movement. There will be a coffee break about halfway through where there will be time to chat and talk about our experiences.

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

 

Saturday 9th September 2017 ~ 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