The Council of the Eurythmy Association of Great Britain and Ireland consists of members of the Association who volunteer to serve on the council for a 3-year period. Members of the Council get nominated and elected at the AGM and after three years they can choose to stand for reelection or stand down. The council has no permanent physical base and meet when necessary and as suits everyone. Please see the NEWS section for future council meetings. If you are a member you can find the minutes from the council meetings in the Members’ Area.
Council members 2017/18:
Lynda Abrahams: Secretary
I first discovered Eurythmy in Newton Dee Camphill Community in 1980s, and realised how important it was for villagers to be able to have eurythmy as part of their lives. I also discovered it seemed to have positive impact on my daily life and so decided to to apply to eurythmy school. Although I always knew I wanted to be a eurythmist in Camphill I was (and remain) very grateful I did my training in Spring Valley (1987-91) and had a chance to experience a different sort of anthroposophical community.
Since graduating I have been living in Pennine Camphill Community, a college on the outskirts of Wakefield. We are a medium size community and I have always done other things alongside teaching eurythmy to special needs students, however those lessons remain the highlight of my week (which is now mostly spent in the office). I am also keen for eurythmy to feature in celebration of the festivals -whether that is a group of co-workers working on a piece to share with the community or everyone being encouraged to have a go at some simple exercises. Since 2006 I have been a member of The Northern Foundation Stone Eurythmy Group. This is my second stint on the council, having been asked to join when several members had to step down. Although happy to answer that need I would gladly step down in favour of a new younger person!
My work has centred around music and education, including a spell as a headteacher. After 25 years’ teaching in state schools for all ages, I worked for 15 years as a class and music teacher at the Botton Village Steiner School. I represented the school on the Steiner Waldorf Schools Fellowship for most of those years, where I was an active Council member serving as Chair of the Council for five years. For a further five years I worked on two teacher education courses.
For over 20 years I have actively supported Eurythmy as a pianist, teacher of music theory and composer. I joined the Eurythmy Association as a ‘friend’ in 2012 following the Cosmic Verses tours, for which I played and composed music. Recently I have been publishing music, much of which is to accompany Eurythmy, including music for fairy tales, poems and plays featuring Eurythmy. I am delighted to have joined the EA Council.
Melissa Harwood: Coordinator
Hello. I did my eurythmy training in London with Marguerite Lundgren, Barbara Beedham, Annemarie Bashlin and Betty Parker in the 1970’s. Following my training I joined the London Stage Group, taught in the London School of Eurythmy, the London School of Speech, the Foundation Course and Farmers at Emerson College. I have also given courses in Japan, Estonia, Russia, Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Dornach, Spring Valley Eurythmy School and most recently in China.
These days I work mostly with Social Eurythmy in business organisations, M.A. courses, lay classes as well as being co-leader of a training in Eurythmy in Organisations with George Perry. I am also a painter and sculptor initiating sculptor projects with local school children. I was a founding member of the Eurythmy Association Council and am very happy to be able to serve on the council again.
I trained in the London School of Eurythmy under Marguerite Lundgren in the 1970’s, and had my first teaching experiences in Potterspury Lodge School for children and adolescents with challenging behaviour. At this time I also trained as a therapeutic eurythmist under Linda Nunhofer and Dr. Maria Glas. During the 1980’s I worked several years with the London Eurythmy group and other performing initiatives, taught eurythmy on the English summer school at Hawkwood College, worked with architecture students and Church of England vicars in Canterbury, and then stepped back from eurythmy to raise a family.
Life led us from the environment of the Waldorf schools into the community life of Camphill. During these years I was often asked to lead eurythmy sessions at conferences such as the Ways to Quality and later on in Camphill for the Kate Roth Seminar. The artistic work continued with the performing groups in Kings Langley School and Delrow Camphill. In the mid 1990’s I took up a new interest—the harp, and this has accompanied my artistic and therapeutic work ever since. I am now living in County Clare Ireland, happy to be back teaching children in the Steiner School, building up a therapeutic practice, and working with various artistic endeavours, including the Foundation Stone Meditation.
Saraphir Qaa-Rishi: Treasurer and Website Manager
I did my training at Eurythmy West Midlands and Camphill Eurythmy School. Following graduation I worked briefly with the Botton Stagegroup and taught classes to people with support needs in Botton and Larchfield Camphill Communities. I now live in Edinburgh where I teach Eurythmy at various Garvald organisations, both to people with support needs and staff, and on various courses and seminars. I also run public eurythmy workshops and classes.
I worked in various Camphill Communities running households and a weaving workshop and continue my work with crafts in the Weaving Workshop at Garvald Edinburgh and as a crochet and knitting designer and maker. I have a degree in Social Science and I have a keen interest in organisational development and culture. I am especially interested in working with eurythmy in organisations as a way of improving organisational health as well as creating a real enthusiasm for eurythmy as an art and a way of achieving individual balance and well-being. I was delighted to be asked to join the council and to do my part in supporting and promoting eurythmy and connecting with colleagues nationally.
Zlata Zaludova: Educational Advisor
My name is Zlata Zaludova and I come from Czech republic. I graduated from the London College of Eurythmy in 2010. I also studied at the Institute of Eurythmy in the Workplace cooperating with the Heliopolis Academy in Cairo with Annemarie Ehrlich in Hague and in Sekem, Egypt. I have been working as a eurythmy teacher in Waldorf schools for over 7 years and I am currently teaching in Greenwich Steiner School. I have also taught eurythmy in Camphill Thornage Hall for 6 years.
I am a member of London Eurythmy stage group and performed with various projects also in Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and India. I was asked to join the council to support the area of educational eurythmy. My vision is that eurythmy should be enjoyed and loved by every child in Steiner schools and endorsed and understood by the schools themselves. I hope I can help to come nearer to this aim.