Tone Eurythmy Therapy Course

Van der Pals/Kirchner-Bockholt Tone Eurythmy Therapy Course


with Jan Ranck, founding director of The Jerusalem Academy of Eurythmy

Inspired by indications from Rudolf Steiner 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 1950s to develop a sequence of exercises in connection with the diseases discussed by Rudolf Steiner and Ita Wegman in their book Extending Practical Medicine or Fundamentals of Therapy.

This course was taught for many years by Lea van der Pals in various eurythmy therapy trainings. The exercises consist of tone eurythmy in its purest form potentized through the intuitive insights of Lea van der Pals and carried forward by the artistic and therapeutic eurythmists Annemarie Baeschlin and Jan Ranck. The effectiveness of these exercises has been shown in practice. Jan Ranck is the only eurythmist offering this course outside of Switzerland and in the English language.

Tone Eurythmy Therapy offers a deepening of the basic elements of tone eurythmy and an introduction to the exercises developed as therapies for rheumatism, dermatitis, central and peripheral congestion of the systemic circulation, pulmonary circulation abnormalities, diabetes, albuminuria, conditions of overweight and underweight, gout and arthritis. The inherent therapeutic and harmonizing properties of pitch, rhythm, beat, tone, interval, major, minor, dissonance and concordance are powerfully effective and can also be applied in hygienic eurythmy, pedagogical eurythmy, and personal development.

While this professional course is for Eurythmy Therapists and Medical Doctors,

Eurythmists, Music and Art Therapists, Waldorf Teachers, students in these fields and enthusiasts are also welcome to join. In this course people go through a real transformation of their instrument that has a continuing influence in their lives.

Participant Reviews of Tone Eurythmy Therapy Course with Jan Ranck

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The 56 course hours qualify as AnthroMed Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

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Born in the USA, Jan Ranck studied music and comparative arts at Indiana University in Bloomington. She accompanied the London Eurythmy Stage Group on their 1976 USA tour and went on to study eurythmy at the Eurythmeum in Dornach with Lea van der Pals, 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 the founding director of the Jerusalem Eurythmy Ensemble (1990) and the Jerusalem Academy of Eurythmy (1992) and an instructor in the Jerusalem Waldorf Teacher Bachelor Program in David Yellin Academic College. Jan is 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, Australia, and in the USA. A colleague of Lea van der Pals’ successor in this field, Annemarie Baeschlin, Jan 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.