THE COUNCIL

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 the two longest serving members stand down by rotation. 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 2021/22:

Lynda Abrahams: Secretary and Membership 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 celebrations 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!

Angela Ralph: Treasurer and Data Protection

I graduated from the Botton Ringwood (Camphill) Eurythmy school in 1994. I have spent all my adult life, before and after graduating, living and working with children and adults with special needs mostly in Camphill Communities in Germany, England and Scotland. My main activity was eurythmy therapy and regular weekly eurythmy performances for the community. After 39 years I left Camphill in 2019 and moved to one of the highest villages in Scotland in the Lowther Hills. Here I enjoy a very different experience of Community.

Part of the week I work in Garvald West Linton as a eurythmy therapist and the other part of the week I enjoy the beauty of my home and surroundings, make music on the Lyre and do the finances for the eurythmy association.

Roxanne Leonard: Irish Representative

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.

Gabriella Vasas-Turnbull: Website and Educational Coordinator

I met with eurythmy as part of my Steiner teacher training for learning support children in Germany, in 1991, where I experienced the children’s joy in the eurythmy sessions week after week and the influence of eurythmy in the life of the school. I was a class and singing-music teacher from Hungary, became intensely curious about eurythmy and moved to England to study eurythmy and do my training under Monica Dorrington, Evamaria Rasher, Chas Bamford and Jonathan Reid in the Ringwood-Botton Eurythmy School between 1994 and 1998.

I have been working as eurythmy (and singing-music) teacher in Waldorf schools for 23 years, and have also taught eurythmy in the North–East Steiner Teacher Training.

I completed my MA in Educational Eurythmy in Alanus University in 2016.

This is my second time on the Council, after six years as Secretary, and now I co-ordinate the website of the Association and support our Educational Coordinator.