Artistic activity: Eurythmy.
Eurythmy is a form of artistic movement developed by Rudolf Steiner through which music and speech are made visible using the body as an instrument.
Eurythmy works with the life forces, nourishing body mind and soul.
This artistic activity is an opportunity to enjoy moving with a group of people to rhythms and forms found in nature and the cosmos.
Eurythmist Beth Christensen will also consider how Eurythmy is brought to children, its fundamental contribution to the entire Steiner curriculum, and how children are so deeply rewarded through regular Eurythmy at school. This part of the evening will provide insight into this aspect of your child’s experience at school, together with a profound creative experience for yourself.
No experience is necessary. Tutor: Beth Christensen is a Eurythmist who has been working in Rudolf Steiner Schools for many years. She has a special interest in pedagogical and artistic Eurythmy.
Lecture and discussion: Body, Soul and Spirit. Theosophy- Rudolf Steiner’s psychology of the human being.
“As human beings, we call the highest things we can look up to the “Divine,” and we must imagine that our highest aim and calling have something to do with this divine element. This may well be why the wisdom that transcends the sense-perceptible world and reveals to us our essential nature and destiny is called theosophy or ‘divine wisdom.’ The term spiritual science can be given to the observation of spiritual processes in human life and in the cosmos. If, as has been done in this book, we extract from spiritual science the phenomena pertaining especially to the essential core of the human being, then we can use the term theosophy for this particular subject area, since it has been applied in this sense for centuries…..” – Rudolf Steiner.
“Just as in the body, eye and ear develop as organs of perception, as senses for bodily processes, so does a man develop in himself soul and spiritual organs of perception through which the soul and spiritual worlds are opened to him. For those who do not have such higher senses, these worlds are dark and silent, just as the bodily world is dark and silent for a being without eyes and ears.”
― Rudolf Steiner, Theosophy : An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos.
Rudolf Steiner’s book Theosophy is one of the key texts of his prodigious lifetime’s work. Organised into four parts, Steiner begins with building up an understanding of human nature, based upon a trinity of Body, Soul and Spirit. He then gives an overview of the reincarnation and the workings of karma. In the third section, Steiner addresses how we live, on earth and after death, in the three worlds of body, soul and spirit, and how these worlds live in us.
The fourth and final section describes the spiritual path by which we can actively experience the worlds of body, soul and spirit as a living reality. As Rudolf Steiner observed in his Preface to the third edition:
“This book cannot be read the way people read books in this day and age. In some respects, its readers will have to work their way through each page and even each single sentence the hard way. This was done deliberately; it is the only way this book can become what it is intended to be for the reader. Simply reading it through is as good as not reading it at all. The spiritual scientific truths it contains must be experienced; that is the only way they can be of value.”
In his Foreword to the book, Michael Holdredge advised that “to become inwardly active to an extent far beyond that required by most reading is the challenge of Rudolf Steiner’s books …. We begin to exercise those faculties of cognition which allows us with time to experience the realms of existence spoken of my Rudolf Steiner. Just as a muscle grows only through abnormal demands put upon it, so, in a similar manner, do our inner faculties as well.” (p. xvii, Theosophy, 1994)