Tone Eurythmy Therapy course with Jan Ranck Sep 22 to Oct 1 Yarra Valley, VIC

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Little Yarra Steiner School, 205 Little Yarra Road, Yarra Junction VIC Australia
22 September – 1 October 2017
Tone Eurythmy Therapy Course with Jan Ranck

A professional course for Therapeutic Eurythmists and Medical Doctors
open also to Eurythmists, Music and Art Therapists and Interested Parties (space permitting)
The 56 course hours qualify as AnthroMed Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
For further information please contact: lsarah@netspace.net.au phone: (+61) 0410823967
Inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s indication that tone eurythmy therapy should be developed in addition to speech eurythmy
therapy, the eurythmist Lea van der Pals and the medical doctor Margarete Kirchner-Bockholt worked together in the late
1950’s to develop a sequence of exercises in connection with the diseases discussed in Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman’s
book “Extending Practical Medicine”. Jan Ranck was a student of Lea van der Pals and is a colleague of her successor in this field, Annemarie Baeschlin. She
was involved with compositional and editorial suggestions for their publication “Ton-Heileurythmie”, Verlag am
Goetheanum 1991, published in English in 2009 as “Tone Eurythmy Therapy” by the Medical Section at the Goetheanum.
Born in the USA, she studied music and comparative arts at Indiana University in Bloomington. She accompanied the
London Stage Group on their 1976 USA tour and went on to study eurythmy at the Eurythmeum in Dornach, where she
subsequently served as a teacher. In 1984 she joined the faculty of The London School of Eurythmy. She left there to
complete a training in eurythmy therapy in Stuttgart in 1989, moving afterward to Israel, where she is currently the
founding director of the Jerusalem Eurythmy Ensemble (1990) and the Jerusalem Academy of Eurythmy (1992). She is
also an instructor in the Jerusalem Waldorf Teacher Bachelor Program in David Yellin Academic College, and a guest
teacher in various venues worldwide, including the Goetheanum and the MA Program in Eurythmy held in Emerson
College and Spring Valley. She is the representative for Israel in the International Department of Eurythmy Therapy
(“Eurythmy Therapy Forum”) and has held the course in Tone Eurythmy Therapy at various venues on the British Isles and
in the USA.
Schedule:
Friday, September 22nd: 7:30pm Welcoming and Introductory Session
Saturday, September 23rd 9:00 AM – Sunday, October 1st 6:30 PM: Four Sessions daily of 1 ½ hours each and occasional
evening events. (Schedule subject to change).

I definitely recommend to any physician who is interested in practicing anthroposophical medicine to partake in such a
course. All physicians present…felt that we were much closer to being able to understand both our patients in their
suffering and anthroposophy …as a consequence of the course. -Ross Rentea, MD, USA

I found the material of the course, the elements of Tone Eurythmy, to be ‘simple’ (as in based in what is essential), though
never easy. The task was always to bring these movement elements of life, to life. In her fine and light-filled style, Jan
Ranck has a gift to convey and to call for and forth through exercise both 1) technical integrity and discipline in body
movement and 2) clear experience and understanding of each subject area of the work. These “simple,” [i.e. built on
basics] exercises, however, were intensive work … I cannot remember when I have laughed so much, possibly as a result of not only Jan’s wonderful inclusion of humour in her teaching, but also of the health-giving effect of the exercises. -Elizabeth Carlson, Eurythmist, UK

The course was full of information and the wisdom of eurythmy and I am fully nourished by that. The most impressive
thing I experienced there was Jan’s way of teaching. We were allowed to make mistakes and were corrected in a forgiving
and encouraging way which I believe is the best and the anthroposophical way for teaching people. It was utterly
therapeutic. Another impressive thing was that the course didn’t exclude non-eurythmists and spread the wonderful
knowledge without limitation. Even though I cannot use what we learnt as movement therapy, I can apply the basic
knowledge in the visual art realm, so that the only difference is what medium we use, movement or visual/tactile
creativity. I was very happy to find this out in the course. Also, all of the music, painting and visual images used in the
course were very impressive and suited the theme well. Thank you for giving us nourishment on top of eurythmy.
Izumi Maeda, Anthroposophic Arts Therapist, Friday Eurythmy Group, England

Jan is a profoundly patient teacher, remaining carefully within the lawfulness of the tone eurythmy elements themselves,
and true to Rudolf Steiner’s tone eurythmy course. With her stringent guidance in attending to our experiences in the
instrument and a healthy dose of humor she led us through specific focus to intensive engagement and new experience.
Her artistry always tended towards clarifying the soul within the instrument and she guided us to mastering ourselves in
the movement, freeing, breathing. She provided excellent examples for us to enter into the musical elements. Repetition
and nuanced practice helped us transform our instruments, and over the time we developed strength and capacity.
Intensive, challenging, and transforming for all, the course was structured in such a way as to lead us from artistic
engagement into the intensive practice and then to the therapeutic application. As such it was accessible for all, while at
the same time, provided a specialized development for eurythmy therapists.
Glenda Monash (eurythmy therapist)

 

 

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