ATHENA, the Association of Therapeutic Eurythmists in North America, is a professional association including
approximately 75 therapeutic eurythmists. Our activities include communication,
publicity, education, mentoring, certification, research and the maintenance of
archives. There are a number of established trainings in Europe requiring about
seven years, as well as a new training in New York State.
ATHENA is an interest group of the Anthroposophical Society in America, and we work actively with the Medical
Section in North America and in Dornach,
share many members with the Eurythmy Association of North America and the
Artemisia Association for the Anthroposophical Renewal of Healing, with whom we
also have financial ties.
Eurythmy means "harmonious rhythm," the art of
"visible speech and song" created by Rudolf Steiner in 1912. It gives
expression to the silent gestures that underlie the sounds of speech and music,
bringing them first into an inner soul movement, and then, simultaneously, into
outer physical movement. Eurythmy forms a language that integrates sound and
gesture in a seamless whole, drawing the intricacies of human anatomy and
spirit into harmony with the world.
Therapeutic eurythmy can effect a profound change when the
human organism tends in the direction of imbalance and illness. Gestures which simulate
the environment by imitating its shapes, contours and textures, are the
consonants, whereas vowels express one's inner, or soul, response. The gestures
are intensified and repeated in order to stimulate specific organic functions.
Therapeutic eurythmy is an active therapy, which allows one
to take part consciously in the process of becoming healthier and more
balanced, achieving a true healing and not merely a cessation of symptoms.
Close collaboration between a physician and the therapist is essential, and
consulting with a physician trained in anthroposophically-extended medicine is
recommended as a first step, planning specific exercises for each individual
together. Therapeutic eurythmy is prescribed for chronic, developmental,
structural and organic weaknesses. It is not used in acute or inflammatory
Therapeutic eurythmy has extended into schools, clinics,
hospitals, and homes for the handicapped. Its practical applications for both
children and adults in the physical, emotional and mental health realms have
been developed and tested in thousands of cases.
For more information about ATHENA, please contact us.
c/o Anne Cook
1081 Dickens Dr.,
Or visit our website at wwwArtemisia. net. Click on ATHENA.