(Another) Shout Out: Eurythmy in Asheville!!


I made a little wish a couple of weeks ago for an opportunity to do Eurythmy. The next day, my wish was granted. I’m not making this up. I have done Eurythmy only a handful of times, but each time has been a powerful experience. It is something like dance. Something like worship. Something like energy work. That’s about the best I can do to describe it. I am beyond excited about this opportunity and wanted to pass along the information to anyone within driving distance. Mrs. Mallard wrote a blog post about her experience with a Eurythmy workshop led by Cynthia Hoven that you can read about here.


Azalea Mountain School and the Vesica Institute are co-sponsoring Eurythmist and author, Cynthia Hoven, this November. Cynthia will offer a number of Eurythmy events during her two week visit including:

– A weekend workshop Nov. 8-9
– A special deeper topic evening classes
– Therapeutic Eurythmy sessions

Eurythmy is a gentle form of movement that strives to make the invisible realms visible through movement. Cynthia is the author of “Eurythmy Movements and Meditations: A Journey to the Heart of Language”.

Please contact Elizabeth McKay-Gilbert if you would like more information atvesica.org@earthlink.net or (803) 206-1964.


Become conscious of your essential self through Cosmic movement.  Through graceful gestures and steps, we will awaken our awareness to the space and people around us, while harmonizing and balancing our inner selves. Experience what it feels like to act out of your core–a radiant, meaning-filled being of light. You will leave the weekend feeling inspired, grounded, and connected to the cosmic pulse of the Universe.
No experience necessary. Comfortable clothing and soft soled shoes recommended.

Time- Nov. 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Nov. 9 from 9:00 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location- Buckeye Cove Community Center in Swannanoa, NC
Cost- $135 for the weekend; $120 early registration price by October 31
(Senior, Student, Low Income Discounts available)
To Register- Send check payable to Azalea Mountain School to
Azalea Mountain School, 587 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
More Information- Vesica.org@earthlink.net or 803-206-1964

Cynthia will also be offering a special evening class on Mondays November 11 & 18 for those who want to explore more deeply the esoteric nature of Eurythmy including the cosmic Power of the Word.  This is open only to those who have taken a Eurythmy class previously. Classes held at the Vesica Institute.

Cynthia will be offering individual Therapeutic Eurythmy sessions between November 11 – 20.  Sessions are 45 minutes and are by sliding scale ($40-75).

Cynthia has taught Eurythmy to thousands of people over the past 30 years, in college settings, public workshops, retreats, and in private therapeutic sessions. In 2002, she founded the Eurythmy Training at Rudolf Steiner College, a four year, full time professional training, where she served as director and principal instructor for eight years. She is the author of Eurythmy Movements and Meditations: A Journey to the Heart of Language.

3 thoughts on “(Another) Shout Out: Eurythmy in Asheville!!

  1. Sheila,
    HOW great that your wish came true and that you get to experience Eurythmy again! I’ve was fortunate to do a lot of Eurythmy in my Waldorf teacher training and I have had my children both do therapeutic eurythmy–very powerful! I’m so happy for you and thank you for reminding me that dreams really do come true! Much aloha, Lori

    • Hey Lori,
      Did I miss somewhere that you are a Waldorf teacher??? I definitely want some more info on that.

      I am thinking of booking a therapeutic eurythmy session for my boys. Any advice? I especially want Vincent to work with “flow” and movement in regard to his writing and general ease in his body.

      Yes, dreams (a least little ones) do come true. I think part of it is asking for what you want. Funny, I just remembered working with that concept when I saw my spiritual director last week. The even funnier thing? I just wrote down some other wishes/goals on Thursday and by Saturday I had big breakthrough with one of them. Not totally – but a big step in the right direction. Keeping my fingers crossed.

      On a completely different not, any advice on doing a Lifeways training? An opportunity has presented itself – literally in my backyard – to do a a year of Lifeways next year. I have NO desire to open a morning garden or day care, but am more looking at it as an opportunity to continue to develop my knowledge/experience with Waldorf and Anthroposophy. Here is the link. http://lifewaysnorthamerica.org/north-carolina-march-2014-november-2014


  2. Hi Sheila,
    No, I’m not a fully trained teacher although I assisted in our handwork classes for many years! I did my Foundation year (heavy anthroposophy, basics courses in painting (wet on wet and veil), speech and drama, form drawing, music (voice and history), handwork, and much more. My love is handwork and I started on the handwork teacher training program at Rudolph Steiner College in California and went to two sessions, but had to put that on hold because it was too much time away from my family. I hope to someday go back and finish.

    I did therapeutic eurythmy for my kids in conjunction with an anthroposophical doctor, Dr. Susan Johnson. She actually “prescribed” certain sequences for my kids to do. It sounds like you have specific areas that you are looking to strengthen in your son–that’s good! Might be worth a call to the therapist to see what he/she could do for your sons. And, the key is to really “learn” the sequences so that you can repeat them at home–every night if you can.

    And where can I get a spiritual director? You inspire me with your wishes and goals! It’s been a very long time since I’ve done that kind of work and know that I need to start again…I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you too.

    My very dear friend did the Lifeways training and went on to have her own in home daycare. From what I understand from her (and I was once–a very long time ago–considering doing the training also) Lifeways is really geared to Early Childhood and establishing a rhythm in the home. I’m sure there is some anthroposophy, but that’s not the focus of the training. I’m not sure that you will get what you need from Lifeways, but please don’t just take my word for it. (I know you won’t!)

    Is there any Waldorf teacher training schools in your area? If so, I know that you’d really get a lot out of the anthroposophy courses–especially going thru Steiner’s core books like “Theosophy”, “Study of Man”, and “Education of a Child”. Anyway, just some thoughts.

    Take care dear Sheila,

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