In the latest issue of Anthroposophic Perspectives in Inclusive Social Development, the journal of the Anthroposophic Council for Inclusive Social Development, Camphill Academy alumnus Adi Poran describes her explorations of therapeutic eurythmy with students from The Camphill School. The piece is adapted from her capstone project in the Camphill Academy’s Curative Education diploma program.
Poran describes her process working with a group of middle schoolers over the course of a year. Working out fundamental images–the straight line, the lemniscate–and gestures–point & circle, warmth–Poran builds up two weekly eurythmy lessons that are oriented towards bringing the students into relationship with themselves and ultimately their fellow students.
Social connection, enabled by a growing sense of self, is a central theme throughout Poran’s work and the article. Drawing on her background in eurythmy, Poran attempts to bring about these experiences through movement.
Poran developed a number of exercises which include both children and their paraprofessionals, aiming towards a fully inclusive lesson. During the “extra” session, students and paraprofessionals walked an ever-narrowing path, aided by drumming and the encouragement of their fellows. Poran describes this and other exercises in the piece excerpted in the latest issue of Perspectives.