Bothmer Gymnastics Spring Workshop

  • Date Sep 24 2022 - Sep 26 2022
  • Venue Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School

Bothmer Gymnastics Workshop

A workshop for physical education, games and prim/sec teachers. All interested participants are welcome.

  • Date and time: Sat 24th – Mon 26th of September. 9am – 4pm daily.
  • Where: Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School (MRSS) Gymnasium, 213 Wonga Rd, Warranwood VIC 3134.
  • Cost: $350 for the three days, lunch and morning tea will be catered for. Please contact us if you are interested in attending and require a concession rate.
  • Accommodation: To be privately arranged. Ringwood, Warrandyte, Park Orchards are in close proximity for possible AirBnB. Billeting may be able to be arranged.
  • What to expect: This event is intended as a short introductory and refresher event. There will be a longer and more complete training held in Autumn 2023. The Bothmer Gymnastics curriculum begins in year 3 and goes to year 12. Training will involve a variety of games, roundelays, stave work, jumping rhythms, and movement sequences.
  • This workshop will be run by members of the Bothmer Gymnastics Collective, Australia. Please wear appropriate clothing and come prepared to move. A reasonable degree of fitness is recommended (if not, start your squats today!)
  • For further information and how to register please contact Katherine Ellis: katemoves_easy@hotmail.com (0418 804 378)
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 tasked 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.