Van der Pals/ Kirchner-Bockholt Tone Eurythmy Therapy Course to be held in English by Jan Ranck

The course is warmly recommended for trained eurythmists, eurythmy therapists, medical doctors, music therapists and students in these fields

*USA October 21 – 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois at 2135 West Wilson Avenue

England April 17 – 26, 2017 in Peredur, East Grinstead, near London

USA July 20 – 29, 2017 in Glenmoore, Pennsylvania at Camp Hill Beaver Run

The USA courses are sponsored by ATHENA and therapeutic eurythmists who are members are eligible to apply for grants via athenacorrespondence@gmail.com

*In Chicago some free accommodation is available on a first-come first-serve basis 

Information and Registration: abdalma@gmail.com

(in the subject field please write “Chicago”, “Peredur” or “Beaver Run” and your name) 

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”.

This course, which includes a review of all of the elements of tone eurythmy, was taught for many years by Lea van der Pals within various eurythmy therapy trainings, and the effectiveness of the exercises was shown in practice. When for health reasons Lea van der Pals was prevented from continuing to teach, she passed the torch to Annemarie Baeschlin, who took over holding the course and assisted Lea van der Pals in bringing the material into book form.

At this time Jan Ranck held the practice sessions within Annemarie Baeschlin’s courses, and was also involved with compositional and editorial suggestions for the publication “Ton-Heileurythmie”, Verlag am Goetheanum 1991, published in English in 2009 as “Tone Eurythmy Therapy” by the Medical Section at the Goetheanum.

Jan Ranck was born in America, where 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 in Dornach with Lea van der Pals. She was a faculty member of the Eurythmeum in Dornach and The London School of Eurythmy.  After completing a eurythmy therapy training in Stuttgart in 1989 she moved to Israel and 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”).

Besides the material mentioned above, Lea van der Pals’ book “The Human Being as Music” (Robinswood Press 1992), published in German in 1969 as “Der Mensch Musik”, is highly recommended as background reading for the course.