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Eurythmy Training

Auriel Eurythmy is collaborating with Rudolf Steiner College Canada to offer a unique eurythmy training in Toronto. Auriel Eurythmy offers a set of 20 eurythmy modules over five years to complete a professional eurythmy training in your choice of either Mexico or Canada or a combination of the two. These courses are open to everyone who wants to bring their relationship with anthroposophy into movement, a movement that radiates from the heart, out of love for the spirit, the other, and art.

The first two years are equivalent to the first year of full-time training, and are open all who wish to take a professional training as well as for heart-stream students. Third, fourth and fifth years are full time, but the hours are arranged in a way that allows students to work part-time. The hours of the program are based on the requirements issued by the Section for Performing Arts at the Goetheanum.

The Auriel Eurythmy training is recognized by the Goetheanum as being part of the circle of eurythmy trainings worldwide and participants will be awarded a Goetheanum diploma, personal merit permitting, upon completion.

Originally founded in Alberta Canada, Auriel Eurythmy now offers many of its courses in Mexico City.

Nina Wallace-Ockenden – Eurythmy

Nina’s deepest interest lies in developing ensouled movement to music and language. She loves dramatic expression and strives to create spaces for the sacred as well as for humour.

Nina completed her eurythmy training at the Charis Eurythmy Training in Auburn, California. She complete an artistic 5th year at the Stuttgart Eurythmeum and received her BA in Eurythmy Education through the Den Norske Eurythmihoyskole in Oslo, Norway.

Nina is currently working on her MA in Eurythmy Education through Alanus University, Germany. She is the founding eurythmist of Auriel Eurythmy.

Other Auriel Eurythmy Faculty

Karen Gallagher – Diploma Eurythmy, BA Ed Eurythmy
Sylvia Wend – Diploma Eurythmy

Toronto Modules are at Rudolf Steiner College Canada

9100 Bathurst St. #4, Thornhill, Ontario, L4J 8C7
Phone: 905-764-7570
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RSCC shares its campus with the Toronto Waldorf School, Arscura School for Living Art, Hesperus Village, Pegasus anthroposophical medical practice, the Library of the Anthroposophical Society in Canada, the Christian Community church and Seminary for the Christian Community in North America. This allows for a rich community life and places us in daily contact with children and the rhythms of a fully-developed Waldorf school community.

Bringing Spirit into Life

Rudolf Steiner College Canada was founded in 1981, inspired by a question: “What can be done to answer the need for increased spiritual understanding in a world of escalating materialism?”. Since then RSCC has become one of the leading Waldorf teacher education centres in Canada, offering a wide variety of courses and services to support healthy adult learning and the development of the Waldorf school movement across Canada. Supporting the art of eurythmy is one of the most recent projects and concerns of Rudolf Steiner College Canada.

Auriel/RSCC Eurythmy Training – In More Detail

People have long dreamed of the possibility of a local Canadian eurythmy training, so that aspiring eurythmists would not have to go to Spring Valley or to Europe to study. The partnership between Auriel and RSCC could make that a reality. It all depends on whether there are enough people who want to take part in it. 

The eurythmy workshop with RSCC and Auriel eurythmy on March 18-20 attracted some 24 participants, which makes it one of the biggest eurythmy events in Canada since the turn of the century. Twenty of those people stayed for the question and answer session at the end.

Part-Time Eurythmy Training Starts Nov. 8, 2022

The next step is a two-year part-time training which has already been scheduled to take place at RSCC at times when Waldorf schools are not in session. The first module of this part-time program would take place Nov. 8-14, 2022. See below for more dates:

The Whole Part-Time Eurythmy Training Can Be Completed in Canada

Those two years of part-time study are designed to be equivalent to a first year of full-time eurythmy school study. So after that, we initially thought students would have to go the Auriel eurythmy school in Mexico or to some other eurythmy school to finish their full-time years 3-5. But in conversation with Nina Wallace-Okenden of Auriel Eurythmy during her recent worship at the RSCC, it became clear that people who take that two-year part-time training could in fact complete the remaining full-time years 3-5 of the training here in Canada. That’s assuming there are enough students in the program who want to complete years 3-5 of their training in Canada. 

The group of students would then work out a mutually agreeable schedule for themselves and for the local eurythmy teachers who would be working with Auriel to deliver the program. It wouldn’t have to be usual school hours. The group might choose to do their eurythmy studies on weekends, or on evenings, or compressed into just three days of the week. It can be flexible that way, as long as the program fulfills the number of hours of instruction required by the Goetheanum for a full-time training.

Class teachers may decide to co-teach with a colleague, giving them one day per week in the classroom to be able to dedicate more time to the eurythmy training. 

There would also be an option for some students to complete one or more modules of their training in Mexico if they so choose, while otherwise doing most of their training in Canada. And there would also be a possibility for other local people to join in selected modules, even if they were not working towards completing the full training.

The full part-time training consists of 18 eurythmy modules or courses over five years to complete a professional eurythmy training in Canada in partnership with Rudolf Steiner College Canada. This program offers the possibility of completing a eurythmy training whilst continuing with existing commitments and schedules.

Fees for the Full Five-Year Eurythmy Training

Note that fees listed on the chart above are in Canadian dollars (CAD).

*From the third year on there will also be a charge for the ongoing 3-4 days per week program in addition to the modules. The cost of that depends entirely in the size of the group and the cost of teachers, pianists and room rental. A rough estimate would be another $2000-$3000 CAD per year.

The 10% discount, in the last column of the table above, applies to students who pay the fees for the whole year up front at the start of the year, rather than in installments.

Eurythmy students with prior teaching experience may be given permission to begin teaching some eurythmy classes (1-2 groups per week), beginning in the third year of the training.
 
The ongoing weekly training hours can be completed with a local eurythmist who participates in the modules and then acts as a mentor and instructor.

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From the  third year onwards the training modules are supplemented with 3 – 4 days of instruction per week,  making it a full-time training. Successful completion of the training requires independent study,  practice, written assignments, as well as completion of classroom observations and a practicum in a  Waldorf school. 

The Auriel Eurythmy modular part-time training offers the possibility of completing a eurythmy  training whilst continuing with existing commitments and schedules. 

Auriel Eurythmy Training Years Three to Five 

From the third year onwards it is necessary to engage in the eurythmy training on a continuous basis  in order to facilitate the process of transforming the physical instrument into an instrument for  eurythmy. In addition to the 4 modules in the year we also need 9 hours of instruction with a  eurythmist, and 9 hours of group practice, as well as approximately 4 hours of personal study and art  projects per week. This weekly schedule can be arranged in many different ways, depending on the  personal schedules of the students in the group and the availability of the eurythmist who will mentor  the group. For example:  

A. 9 – 17:00 (this includes half hour coffee breaks and a 1 hour lunch break) every Saturday and  Sunday, plus 2 weekdays from 15:00 – 19:00. Or: 

B. 4 weekdays from 15:00 – 19:00 plus Saturday 9 – 17:00. Or: 

C. 5 weekdays from 17:00 – 21:00 plus Saturdays 9 – 12:30. etc. 

In all cases the study and art assignments are done in your own time at home. Included in the art and  study assignment hours are classroom observations in a Waldorf school. If you are already a teacher  you are only required to observe eurythmy classes. If you have no prior teaching experience in a  Waldorf school, you would also be required to observe main lessons and other subject classes. 

Eurythmy students with prior teaching experience may be given permission to begin teaching some  eurythmy classes (1-2 groups per week), beginning in the third year of the training.

In the fourth and fifth year of the training the weekly requirement of instructional and practice hours  increases to 10.5 hours each, bringing the total to 21 hours per week. The study, art and practicum  hours remain the same as in the third year. Many of our students decide to reduce their work hours at  this stage, to allow for some breathing in the week. Class teachers may decide to co-teach with a  colleague, giving them one day per week in the classroom to be able to dedicate more time to the  eurythmy training. 

All modules from the first to the fifth year will be taught by teachers from the Auriel Eurythmy faculty.  The ongoing weekly training hours can be completed with a local eurythmist who participates in the  modules and then acts as a mentor and instructor. These supervising eurythmist of the weekly  ongoing training will be chosen by the faculty of Auriel Eurythmy. 

Graduation is at the end of the fifth year. International travel allowing, we will expect to perform our  graduation program at the Goetheanum during the end of June meeting of all of the eurythmy  trainings worldwide, as well as locally. 

We may decide to do one or two large group pieces for the graduation program with the Canadian and Mexican groups working together, necessitating a joined module with the Mexico City group.  This may either take place in Mexico City during the fifth year of the training, or we may ask the  Mexico City students to come to Toronto, depending on the size of each group. 

The ongoing weekly schedule will remain unchanged. 

We hope that this may answer some of your questions. Hopefully we will meet each other during the  introductory workshop 18 – 21 March 2022, where we can also have conversations to answer any  remaining questions. If you are not able to come to the workshop please feel free to ask for a  personal Zoom meeting to discuss your questions further. 

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Warm greetings, 

Nina Wallace-Ockenden

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