Taruna Summer Newsletter 2016
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Welcome to 2016!

Greetings from Taruna and welcome to 2016.
We farewelled our adult learners of 2015 with another wonderful Graduation Ceremony, where once again we were to gratefully appreciate the students sincerely endorsing their learning’s and the positive impact these have made and will make on their lives and future direction.
As with many Tertiary institutions Taruna acknowledges the every changing desires of those seeking to further their knowledge while balancing home, family and sometimes work also.  As a centre for adult learners Taruna in line with their purpose,  is keen to provide to meet the demand of that education  sought and the method of delivery to suit their work/life balance.
Taruna is very  fortunate to receive the experience and expertise of a large number of  Adult Educators at Taruna, many of whom travel overseas to teach.  Throughout this year we are pleased to offer workshops which will give many the opportunity to appreciate the sharing of knowledge from these personnel. 
Wishing everyone well in the year ahead. Enjoy this newsletter update.

Trish Giddens

Transform Yourself, Transform the World

Are you looking for a new direction in 2016? Would you like to challenge yourself to grow, develop and transform in a way that brings more meaning to your life and the lives of others? Check out our schedule of programmes for 2016.

Taruna Programmes

Certificate in Art of Health
Start date: 26th February
Applications close: 12th February

Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education
Start date: 8th April
Applications close: 25th March

Certificate in Applied Organics & Biodynamics
Start date: 22nd April
Applications close: 8th April

Diploma in Holistic Health
Start date: November (TBC)

Short Courses

Taruna will be offering a full schedule of interesting and inspiring short courses this year. Check them out and mark them in your calendar.

To register for any of our short courses check out our website or contact the Taruna office at or by calling 06 877 7174.

Holistic Bee-keeping Workshops

The next workshop will cover:
- Wintering your hives

Date: 12th March
Time: 9am - 12pm
Venue: Hermes room, Taruna College
Cost: $40.00

Workshops led by Gui Vilhena

He Kauwae Runga

For educators in 21st century Aotearoa who support Te Reo Maori.

The theme for this year's seminar is Celestial Knowledge and the topics covered will be:

– Celestial navigation
– Incorporating Te Reo Māori into class lessons
– Morning circle games
– Ki-o-rahi/ Mau rākau/ Tī rākau
– Te Maramataka: Māori planting calendar
– String games/ clay work (uku)/ weaving (rāranga)
– Te Matau a Māui: sailing on the waka hourua
– Waka ama
– Story-telling
– Taonga puoro: traditional Māori musical instruments

Date: 15 – 17 April 2016
Venue: Taruna College
Cost: $340.00

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided.

For the Love of the Word

A course to enliven your speech formation.

Dates: 18 - 22 July
Venue: Taruna College

This course will be led by Robyn Hewetson


Finding the meaning in your life

Come join us for a workshop that will help you understand your life journey in a new light.

Seminar 1:
19-20 February
- Finding the meaning and rhythms in life

Seminar 2:
8-9 April
- The contrast of outer events vs inner experience

Seminar 3:
17-18 June
- Connection to self, others, the world

Seminar 4:
12-13 August
- Conflicts, crisis, conversation

Seminar 5:
28-29 October
- Moving forward - the colours and phases of life

Venue: Tui room,Taruna College
Cost: $180.00 per session

These workshops are stand-alone sessions and are led by Jocelyn Freeman

Teaching as a Performing Art

Can we use theatrical techniques to become better teachers? Yes!

This workshop covers:
- Using effective gestures
- Preparing to speak
- Seeding the senses of our students or audience

This workshop is valuable to anyone in a teaching situation, sales directors, team leaders, presenters, public speakers. Join us for this stimulating journey into teaching and theatre.

Dates: 29 - 30 April
Venue: Taruna College
Cost: $220.00

These workshops are led by Robyn Hewetson

Other Courses

Taruna attracts many like-minded people who just like us, enjoy the beautiful surrounds and environment of the Taruna campus. For this reason, we have a number of external groups hire our classrooms and Hall for their own workshops and seminars. This is what's coming up in the next few months....

  • Hearing about Mindfulness everywhere these days and wondering what it’s all about?
  • Want to know how to Reduce Stress, Cope Better, Feel more Calm, Manage Emotions, Improve Health?
  • Or would you simply like to carve out a little time in your busy week just for you?

Come along and join Tara Connell, Accredited Mindfulness Teacher (trained at The Gawler Foundation in Australia), in the next 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stillness Meditation Course she is running here at Taruna. 
The course is practical, encouraging, and easy to learn.  Suitable for someone new to Mindfulness, as well as those with an established practice.  A comprehensive Workbook, and a data stick with all the guided meditations experienced during the course are also provided for each participant.
$200 per person – Starts Tuesday 9 Feb 7pm – 9pm – Registrations essential * Special rate applies if two family members/friends book and pay together*     or call Tara on 021545333 

BD Conference Coming to Taruna

"Transformative Agriculture - education towards a deeper understanding of ourselves and the earth"

This year Taruna will be hosting the annual Biodynamic Association Conference on the 27 - 29 May. Workshops and talks will be held on campus and no doubt there will be local farm visits on the schedule also.

Please feel free to contact either Taruna or the BD Association if you would like to register for this event.

Taruna Venue & Facility Hire

Where like-minded people meet like-minded people!

The tranquil setting and atmosphere of Taruna make it an ideal place to host meetings, seminars, workshops, and special events. We currently hire out our classrooms, meeting room, hall, and kitchen facilities to external groups for a number of different uses. We also offer hostel accommodation available on-site. All are available at a very reasonable fee - please enquire at the Taruna office.

If you are looking for a venue to host your next workshop or event come and check out our campus and see what we have to offer!

Crowd Funding


Supporting Taruna is supporting humanity's continuing evolution. Right now we need your help.

Every donation to Taruna matters! Your donation allows us to expand our course offerings and create new avenues of learning, reaching a wider range of students than ever before. It also helps ensure the sustainability of Taruna by offsetting operating expenses and increasing our marketing and promotion budget, helping us to attract new students across the globe. Your donation to Taruna has the power to help now more than ever.

Giving to us connects you directly with others worldwide who are changing our future. Please support Taruna's vision to transform the world!

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Stay Connected

Our website has recently been revamped and relaunched! And with the new look also comes much more information about all that Taruna has to offer. So go for a surf on our website - it is summer after all!

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