Since 1997, at first in Seattle, WA and now in Boulder, CO, Sound Circle Eurythmy has offered a wide variety of introductory and more advanced courses for adults seeking to enhance their lives though the practice of eurythmy.
In September 2010, SCE began its much-anticipated full-time Professional Eurythmy Training program with our first class of students. This four-year program, culminating in an internationally recognized diploma, provides a full foundation in the fundamentals of eurythmy.
Career or Personal Growth
Designed for those interested in eurythmy as a career or those seeking to integrate eurythmy into their lives as a medium for personal growth and transformation, graduates will go on to become performing artists, teachers in Waldorf and other schools, therapeutic eurythmists or to incorporate eurythmy into other professions. All students successfully completing the 4-year course will be given a certificate which is recognized by the world-wide Waldorf/Steiner School Movement and many other institutions. At any given moment, positions for eurythmists are available almost anywhere on earth!
Rich Artistic Foundation and Comparative Movement Studies
To enhance the artistic foundation, which is the core of a eurythmy training, this rich curriculum will include supplementary courses in poetics and speech, music theory and choir, anatomy and physiology, painting and form drawing, sculpture, phenomenology, philosophy, art history, and many more. The adjunct faculty consists of highly experienced local, national, and international artists and teachers.
As part of comparative movement studies, students will attend a variety of dance and movement performances and workshops to enable them to clearly perceive and understand eurythmy’s unique place in the contemporary artistic and therapeutic scene. As far as we know, the SCE Training is the only one in the world with such a rigorous intention to place eurythmy in the broader context of the movement arts of our time.
Waldorf Preparedness and Anthroposophy
The program provides a solid base in an understanding of the evolution of consciousness, which is at the heart of Waldorf school pedagogy and its roots in Rudolf Steiner’s Anthroposophy, and which is essential for those embarking on a career as eurythmy teachers. Local and national Waldorf teachers with decades of experience will be responsible for these classes. While adherence to Steiner’s teachings is in no way a prerequisite for joining this course, an open-hearted interest in discovering more about them must be assumed.
Over the course of the four-year training, students will work with Rudolf Steiner’s Four Mystery Plays, at least four of his major written works (How to Know Higher Worlds, Theosophy, Occult Science, and The Philosophy of Freedom), as well as delve into various works about human, artistic, and social renewal.
European Study Trips
A special feature of the SCE Training is the plan for two summer study trips to Europe: the first at the end of the second year, and the second at the completion of the whole Training. Each trip will begin with a visit to the Goetheanum to experience the graduation programs of other Training programs from around the world. At the end of their first two years of Training, the students will glimpse something of where they are headed, and get a sense of how different schools approach their chosen field of study. At the conclusion of their fourth year, and having by then taken their graduation program on tour, they will be part of this annual sharing of the fruits of all their hard work, and meet many new colleagues. After the Goetheanum visit, some two weeks will be spent exploring important historical, artistic, and cultural sites: with one trip being to Greece, and the other to major centers of the Renaissance. Led by experienced guides, eurythmists, and teachers, these trips are a vital part of the Training. (The trip at the end of the second year will only happen if finances allow – – and will be determined by each class.) Please see ‘Study Trip Cost’ under ‘Tuition, Supplies, and other Costs’ in the downloadable Training Program Guide.
Master Teachers and Supporting Guest Faculty
Master teachers David-Michael Monasch and Glenda Monasch, both graduates of the Academy for Eurythmic Art at the Goetheanum in Switzerland, lead the SCE Training. Influential guest eurythmists, artists, Waldorf teachers and lecturers join them to teach the supplementary courses. In addition, the SCE Training is overseen by Shaina Stoehr, of the West Midlands Eurythmy Training in the United Kingdom, under the aegis of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum. For Adjunct Faculty biographies, please see the downloadable Training Program Guide.
Accreditation and Foreign Students
As the Training progresses, we are exploring avenues toward having it be recognized by an institution of higher learning, through which those students who wish to do so could also work toward a Bachelor’s Degree.
We have also had interest from numerous foreign students, but we are not yet able to offer them a way to get a student visa. Here too, we have begun exploring all possibilities, but it is still too early to say just what either of these might entail, and there are no guarantees that either will come to pass, but we feel it may be important for some prospective students to know that we have already begun pursuing these questions. If you are in either of these two categories, please write to us to check on the current status of both.