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 Welcome Back - June 2020

Life beyond Lock-down

What an extraordinary journey we have all been travelling with the pandemic and especially its 'stay safe' period of lock-down at home. For many it has been a time to pause, to pose questions of ourselves and our lives and to find the courage to reset.  This call to greater self-awareness and greater awareness of the world we are all part of, is both significant and important. Now our attention needs to stay awake to the messages and inspirations we have each encountered that they may be a source of strength and insight.  Here at Taruna our weekly Zoom meetings let us stay connected both with the practical and at a soul level.  Now we are busy re-imagining what Taruna offers as we pick up the threads and also sense into 'what is being asked for now?'. It feels a little like a re-awakening after hibernation.  During this stay safe time we have been so encouraged by the connection and reach of our social media posts and grateful that so many of you have been able to find nourishment there. We feel a growing sense of community with so many of you, and our plan going forward is to stay connected across these various platforms in ways you might find inspiring.  As well we encourage you to consider coming to a Taruna course to find a personal sense of connection and nourishment here. If you don't yet follow us on Facebook, you can find us here:

Taruna College
We also feel very blessed with a number of people who value the work of Taruna and support us in generous and often unexpected ways. During lock-down we received a bequest from the estate of Margaret Tabuteau who was a founding parent at Michael Park school in Auckland.  We are delighted that this money can support development of new learning programmes and continue the work here that Margaret so valued.  As well, a number of you as 'friends' sent us koha as a gesture of your gratitude for Taruna's work - we thank each of you for this.  Finally Rachel Pomeroy regularly blesses the Taruna land with BD preparations that she lovingly makes and stirs and applies.  To you we say 'thank you' Rachel on behalf of all who love the garden in this special place. You can check on our Facebook page for dates when Rachel will be doing a mid-winter stirring that you might like to join in as a community activity.

Coming back to campus there is a new stillness as the last of autumn leaves fall and the days shorten.  Our 'long views' have returned as the trees stand bare of their summer cover, inviting us to also take the long view as we look ahead. How grateful we all are for the wonder of nature and the renewal she has been able to offer us at this time.  It is somewhere fitting that this gesture in nature of 'coming in' as we turn towards winter is mirrored in our own experience at this time.  As we have together re-imagined our offerings looking ahead, we have realised the power of 'taking a breath', just as lock-down has offered us all.  So our wish is to craft and offer opportunities through our programmes that allow exactly this kind of rejuvenation.  Do watch our website and our Facebook page for the latest courses and programmes, many of which are newly under-development.

In this spirit of renewal, we wish you heart strength and courage.

Lauren, Deb and Rosie
Taruna College Leadership Council

  God help us to live slowly:
To move simply:
To look softly:
To allow emptiness:
To let the heart create for us.



Weekly Wednesday Art Classes
As soon as Level 2 allowed, our weekly Wednesday Art classes began again.  Everyone has been so enthusiastic to reconnect with each other and to pick up paintbrushes and palettes.  Rosie has been leading both the Beginners Art and Advanced Beginners Art as we explore colour, composition and the wonders of careful observation all inspired by the forms and colours in nature.  Between classes both groups gather for coffee around the fire. if you would like to join either class please contact Charmaine in the office. 
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Art of Well-Being

Lock-down showed us the power of ‘taking a breath’, having the inner space to deepen connection to the things that are really important for us. The Art of Well-Being invites you to expand that knowing, to take time to renew your own well-spring for life, and learn ways to refresh your soul.

We have now re-planned our Art of Well-Being journey for the year ahead.  New dates that span 2020/21 are:
Seminar One: Wednesday 19 August - Monday 24 August 2020
Seminar Two: Wed 4 November - Monday 9 November 2020
Seminar Three: Wed 10 February - Monday 15 February 2021 
The theme 'Staying Upright, Keeping Heart' is our central inspiration as we explore ways fo find soul nourishment as a source of renewed strength for everyday life. The Art of Well-Being is a place to explore contemporary holistic thinking, to experience art in its many forms and to draw insight from the richness of our life-stories.  Applications are now open.
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Winter Art Warmers
Back again this winter is our 'Winter Art Warmer' series, when for two Saturdays in August – 1st and 8th. we offer a number of options for you to enjoy a day of craft from skilled local artists.  Watch our Faceebook page for more information.
Anthroposophic Nursing

At the end of February this group of learners again met at Taruna to continue their learning journey in anthroposophic nursing. Covid19 has meant that 2020 dates for the programme have now been re-planned, as we have a number of students living in Australia who as yet are unable to travel to NZ.

Although there is not opportunity to join the current programme that is already underway, if you would like further information please make contact with us.

Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education
January began our three-seminar programme for the Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education exploring teaching and learning for the young child from birth to seven years.  Next seminar our focus will be on the middle years of childhood.  We have now revised dates for this Seminar Two, which will be held 12-17 July.  If you would like to join the group please contact Charmaine in the office.
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Venue Hire at Taruna
Taruna is becoming known as a great place to host meetings, workshops and seminars by all members of the local community.  For larger groups there is the Korimako Hall, Hermes and Demeter classrooms along with the Homestead's Tui Room. Also available is the RoseTtherapy Room for health professionals wanting quiet therapy space.  Upstairs in the Homestead are the Kotare and Kotareiti rooms, more intimate meeting spaces, newly decorated with beautiful vistas to the mountains beyond. All come with the possibility of catering and access to the kitchen.  If you have an upcoming meeting or gathering do consider using one of these special spaces.
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