Eurythmy exercises for the homeschooling community
Eurythmy is a artistic path of mindful movement developed by Rudolf Steiner, the developer of the Waldorf School movement. It was inaugurated in 1912, and first developed as a stage art, in which poetry, story and music are made visible by the performers, either as soloists in or ensembles, in gestures and choreographed form that correspond exactly to the music or the spoken word. Eurythmy draws upon the essential understanding that the human being as well as the natural world have been created out of the same movements, dynamics and wisdom that live in the word and in music. Eurythmy is thus, above all, a path that teaches us how to listen deeply, align ourselves with our source, and express this in movement.
In this sense, Eurythmy is not only an art form, but also a path for personal practice, a therapeutic art and an educational modality.
What does it have to do with the Waldorf School movement? As soon as the Waldorf school movement began, Rudolf Steiner asked that every child have eurythmy has part of the core curriculum. An accredited Waldorf school aspires to have one to two eurythmy classes every week for all of its students, beginning in kindergarten.
What does it take to become a eurythmist or eurythmy teacher? A fully trained eurythmist has studied for well over four years to master the technicalities, the understanding and the artistry of eurythmy. There are usually not enough trained eurythmists to fill all the job needs.
Have you heard it said that only eurythmists can teach eurythmy? In essence, this is true. Eurythmists are so at home with eurythmy in their movements, their imaginations, the feelings that the teaching of eurythmy is completely natural to them. And just as you wouldn’t expect an inexperienced ballet teacher or beginning karate teacher to be able to teach your children, so you also can’t expect that someone who isn’t well trained in eurythmy can lead a class. However, anyone can do eurythmy at home for their own personal growth, grace and spiritual deepening. And I believe that if you, as a homeschooling parent, have discovered the fun of the eurythmy discipline (sound like a contradiction? It isn’t!), then you will be able to integrate eurythmy exercises into your homeschooling curriculum. This is why we are now forging new ground by showing our homeschooling community how they can integrate at least some of our eurythmy exercises into their curriculum. In these offerings, there are certain guidelines to follow.