I am very pleased to have been offered a space to do a eurythmy workshop at the National Conference for the British Stammering Association (BSA) from 31st August – 2nd September in Cardiff. The theme of my workshop is “Promoting social awareness and confidence through movement” and I intend to be working with social eurythmy exercises that are both confidence-building and fun at the same time.
I got involved with the BSA through a good friend in London. I have had a stammer myself since childhood and have been finding ways of dealing with it in a positive and holistic way for 20 years. Since I came to Britain in 2001 I had no contact with other people who stammer, and was instead focusing on finding my way in a new country and work and life. When I started Eurythmy training I had a strong feeling that the social eurythmy exercises could be very helpful for other people who stammer as they work with flow in movement whilst at the same time opening up your space and meeting others in a non-verbal and non-threatening way. I then met my friend in London 6 years later through his wife (who I met through my crafts via Facebook) and because of that friendship and him urging me to join the BSA I am now finally able to offer this workshop.
I am really looking forward to going and to being able to offer something I believe can have benefits for other people who stammer.
Edit: The workshop at the conference went really well in spite of stiff competition from other great workshops. I handed out feedback forms at the end of the session and here are some of the comments:
“The movements relax mental processes which tends to promote more fluent speech”
“A new, novel way of combating stress”
“Beautiful to watch the movements of the people in the circle”
“Really enjoyed session”
Thanks to all who dared try something new!