Nigel attended Fettes College in Edinburgh. He trained as a eurythmist in England and in Spring Valley, N.Y. after doing the Foundation Year at Emerson College in England, where he met Marleen, aka. Ms. De Grande. In 2010 he joined the therapeutic eurythmy training in England, graduating in 2012.
Leaving school, he spent several years searching for the spark would lead him through life, all the while working in various and sundry situations: in a charity shop, on a salmon farm on the west coast of Scotland, in the Northeast of Scotland working with special needs children in a Camphill community. Camphill was started in Scotland by a dedicated band of anthroposophists in 1939 fleeing the inevitable in Austria.
Nigel spent more or less a year and a half working on a nature reserve in South Africa before realizing that working with children and in some way connected to anthroposophy and Waldorf Education was where his heart was being taken. He had seen eurythmy in Camphill and realized even at the tender age of 21 the healing properties of this gentle yet potent art form. Never did he imagine that he would give 23 years of his life, and counting, to become a eurythmy teacher and therapist.
He started teaching officially at HVWS in 2002, having worked as a eurythmy assistant and collaborating with Rachel Ross to do extra lesson exercises in the early grades during the previous year. Nigel loved being active out in the natural world, hiking, skiing, and basking in all the glorious elements. If he hadn’t been teaching at HVWS he would have been be practicing eurythmy with the elderly, that they might perceive that even a tiny and gentle movement is worthwhile and has its own power.
Nigel Harrison passed away in February 2019. Nigel was a devoted and talented member of the HVWS faculty. A tireless and generous supporter of our school, Nigel served as a Trustee for many years, was a founding member of the College of Teachers, and served on numerous committees. Nigel was an amazing cook and a warm and dependable friend and colleague. His absence will be keenly felt. Read more about Nigel in The Newtown Bee.