Reduce Stress and Overcome Anxiety
An Introductory Workshop with Online Followup Course

With Debra Barford and Mary Ruud


In Person...

Saturday October 14
10A - 12P and 1 - 3P
Rudolf Steiner Branch 4249 N.
Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618

...Followed by Online Eight week Course

October 15 – December 2


In this workshop, we will review the exercises Rudolf Steiner presented in Munich on January 11, 1912 (published in GA143) to overcome nervousness, pairing them with joyful eurythmy movements and simple musical explorations. This lecture is available online at the Rudolf Steiner Archive here.

After the workshop, we invite you to embark on an eight-week journey, making Steiner’s exercises part of your life. The exercises are available online through Eurythmy4you with ongoing support from Mary and Debra. We recommend you take the guided walk through the course. It is lovingly designed and a wonderful opportunity to consciously and quietly go through all the elements. One progresses from week to week, viewing only the current module concentrating wonderfully on the essentials. You are completely in the present and in the flow. You are active and can let go at the same time. And breathe.

The ultimate purpose is to bring joy in life, even in everyday things.

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Online course
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Debra has been a musician all of her life, singing and playing oboe and English horn, along with recorders and other early wind instruments. She completed a BS in Music Education, along with advanced studies in oboe performance, and was a member of the Civic Orchestra (training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony) after college and continues to perform as principal oboe of the Symphony of Oak Park River Forest in Illinois.

An encounter with serious illness in her 20s sparked a deep and continuing interest in therapeutic music and sound therapies. When her daughter enrolled in kindergarten at a local Waldorf School, Debra met the work of Rudolf Steiner. While playing recorder and singing for the Winter Garden at her childrens’ Waldorf School, she fell in love with the lyre, but had to wait until several years later for a dear friend to loan her an alto lyre.

Debra studied Waldorf teacher training at Rudolf Steiner Arcturus Teacher Training in Chicago, and later studied therapeutic music at the Dorian School of Music Therapy. She has played lyre for patients in hospital and hospice. Recently she completed an End of Life Doula certificate from the University of Vermont, and will soon begin a practicum to qualify as a Certified Music Practitioner from the Music for Healing and Transition Program.

Mary has taught eurythmy and has offered eurythmy therapy for 40 years in public, private and charter schools. Mary is a eurythmist, a therapeutic eurythmist and a therapeutic horsemanship instructor. She has been teaching teachers for more than 20 years, in the Great Lakes Teacher Institute since its founding, Lifeways Teacher Training, Milwaukee, Kenthaten Teacher Training in Kentucky, and Transformational Teaching. Mary is a Board Member for the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.

Mary taught and did therapeutic eurythmy at Green Meadow Waldorf School, Spring Valley, NY, Pleasant Ridge Waldorf in Viroqua, Wisconsin, Urban Waldorf, Milwaukee the first public school in America, Prairie Hill Waldorf School, Pewaukee, Wisconsin and Tamarack Waldorf School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has served twice as President of the Association of Therapeutic Eurythmy in North America and serves as a Board member of the Anthropological Medical Association.

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The course is part of a research project affiliated with the University of Bern in Switzerland. We will keep track of our experience, and the study will ask participants for feedback and comments with anonymous questionnaires before, in the middle and after the seminar.


Stress - Trauma - Cancer

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ABSR Research Project 2023

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