Bothmer Gymnastics Intensive – April 2023

  • Date Apr 12 2023 - Apr 19 2023
  • Venue Central Coast Steiner School, Fountaindale, NSW

Bothmer Gymnastics Intensive – April 2023

An intensive for primary, secondary and physical education teachers. All interested participants are welcome.

Date and time: April 12th – 19th. Classes daily: 9am – 4pm.

Where: Central Coast Steiner School gymnasium, Fountaindale, NSW, 2258

Learning structure: The intensive will teach exercises that are taught from Class 3 to Year 12. The first 4 days will largely focus on the Primary School Curriculum and the following 4 days will be more focused on the High School Curriculum. Participants are encouraged to attend the entire intensive if possible, so they understand the Bothmer teaching as a holistic practice, to ground themselves in the curriculum and to enjoy the endurance of an intensive in a beautiful school environment in a retreat like experience.

What to expect: This event is intended to provide the participants with the knowledge and understanding of the Bothmer curriculum, and how to begin to bring Bothmer Gymnastics to students. This workshop will be run by members of the Bothmer Gymnastics Collective Australia. Dan Freeman, from New Zealand, will attend the intensive as a mentor and guide the process with his 40-plus years of expertise in Bothmer Gymnastics and Anthroposophy.

Please wear appropriate clothing and come prepared to move. A reasonable degree of fitness is recommended (start your squats today!)

COST:

8 day Intensive $1000. Early bird price (booked and paid by February 12th – $800)

Primary school curriculum (first 4 days only) $650. Early bird price $530

The prices include catering lunch and morning tea with healthy, delicious food. If required, accommodation at the school can be arranged, in consultation with Maree.

For further information and how to register, please contact Maree Mackintosh: mmackintosh@ccrss.nsw.edu.au 0427805297.

What is Bothmer Gymnastics?

In 1921 Fritz von Bothmer was asked by Rudolf Steiner to develop the gymnastic education at the first Waldorf school in Stuttgart. Bothmer was targeted with formulating a movement curriculum that met and supported the children at each stage of their development.

Bothmer Gymnastics teaches specific movements, games and exercises for different ages. These exercises include jumping rhythms, wooden stave work with balances, footwork and throwing rhythms, roundelays (movement to a rhythmic verse) and movement sequences that are used to grow the will and physical body, and to strengthen the spiritual being of the child.

In a typical lesson, the Bothmer exercises are interwoven with games, athletics and gymnastics, designed for each particular age group.

Bothmer Gymnastics curriculum is introduced in class 3 when the students are beginning to awaken in themselves and their relationship to their physical body and the outer world is becoming clearer.

Bothmer Gymnastics explores, refines and strengthens our relationship to the great geometric planes and forces in which we all stand and orient ourselves on earth.