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Christmas 2021

Peace and Goodwill
the Essence of Christmas

Warmest Christmas Greetings
Over recent weeks here at Taruna we have found ourselves being a hub for many important conversations.  The challenges of this year have created a deep need for many of our students and our community to talk things out, to explore how to best respond to the situations of their lives or to simply to air their concerns.  These are conversations that could easily polarise viewpoints creating tensions between a perceived ‘them and us’.  

We have leaned heavily into practising our skills in the art of listening and fostering our capacity for heart thinking and feeling, just as we teach in the biography work that happens here as an integral part of many of our programmes.  Such moments of human encounter call us to work with care and sensitivity as well as with high levels of self-awareness.  These conversations are important opportunities that offer the possibility for creating Peace and Goodwill – especially in the midst of diverse perspectives. They challenge each of us to muster all our skills in social artistry as we work for the ‘middle’ – reframing duality into a healthy continuum.   
At a recent conference titled ‘Building the Temple of the Heart’, Michael Lipson, author of 'Stairway of Surprise', spoke about the force of Love.  He suggested that in relationships, one aspect of loving is about you being the one who begins – you as the one who creates an opening – not waiting for the other to ‘go first’.  Such action calls on our inner reserves of courage, yet what we have found as we have worked in these past couple of months is that this courage also becomes a source of strength and energy.
As this special season draws close, we wish each of you a Christmas time where your courage, your love, fuels the possibility for Peace and Goodwill as a force for good in our world.  Indeed it is the heart of this special season. 
Christmas Greetings and our wishes for a wonderful summertime to you all. 

Lauren, Deb and Rosie
Taruna College Leadership Council

Love is born
With a dark and troubled face.
When hope is dead
And in the most unlikely place
Love is born,
Love is always born.

Michael Leunig

2021 Graduation

What a special gathering we shared on 4 December. Families and friends came together to make Christmas crafts, to enjoy afternoon tea on the lawn and to celebrate and acknowledge the amazing individual learning journeys that have been completed by students this year. Graduation was also a time of reunion where friendships made here at Taruna could be rekindled. For those of us from Taruna we were touched by the new paths being forged, and how study here is so often the catalyst for new openings and opportunities.  

Art of Well-Being - Continuing the Journey
In November for the first time we offered a new short course 'The Art of Well-Being Continued'.  Designed for those who have previously studied at Taruna and who are looking for another opportunity to be nourished in body and soul, this course has a long-weekend format. Each day we enjoyed eurythmy, inspiring talks, art, life story (biography) conversations, good food and good company.  This weekend proved to be a very special beginning to a new type of course for Taruna. Feedback was a resounding 'yes' for more, so it is our plan to again offer 'The Art of Well-Being Continued' in 2022. We welcome you to keep your own learning alive and treat yourself to a wonderful long weekend next year - scheduled for Thursday 11 August afternoon to Sunday 14 August lunchtime.  
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Waldorf High School Teaching

We are excited to be working in partnership with Julian Thomson, an experienced ex Waldorf high school teacher now Science Communicator, as we offer a new on-line Waldorf High School Teaching course during January and February 2022.

This orientation course gives a framework for understanding the holistic and integrated approach required for teachers working in a Waldorf high school. It is designed for high school teachers in all avenues of Waldorf High School teaching who are wanting to deepen their understanding and practice. With clear and valuable practical advice, tips and strategies, the course will give a firm foundation for work in a Waldorf high school. It includes worked examples from the earth and life sciences curriculum.

The course will be valuable for recently trained teachers, for teachers who have transferred to a Waldorf school from a state teaching background, and also for established Waldorf teachers wanting a fresh perspective for teaching adolescents in a Waldorf high school. Each of the nine on-line sessions will comprise an hour's presentation by Julian followed by half an hour of questions and reflections. The courses will be recorded with the course fee including access to the course through 2022.


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Anthroposophic Nursing

With all the uncertainties of this study journey over the past eighteen months, it was a special moment to complete the onsite learning for the 'Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing' earlier this month. With still some students unable to travel from Australia, we are busy designing a robust learning pathway that will allow them to complete their studies including the central clinical work component. Meantime the  regular Zoom connections and individual learning support will continue for those who have now finished their on-site learning and they work to complete their studies.  
If you would like further information about future 'Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing' programmes please make contact with us.

Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education
In October we completed this year's three-seminar programme for the 'Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education'.  In this third workshop we explored teaching and learning for the High School student in their teen years.  Next year our programme begins again in April, where the first seminar focuses on early childhood years. 
If you would like to join the group and deepen your own knowledge and connection to Waldorf education, or have staff that would benefit from the programme, please contact Charmaine in the office.  It is possible to use this programme as a single seminar pathway for professional development. 
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Weekly Art Classes
Our weekly Art group continues to meet for coffee and good company as well as to deepen our art skills through careful observation and practice each Wednesday.  This term we have been inspired by the abundance of nature and the generosity of Spring.  We finished our classes with a wonderful visit to one member's farm near Puketapu.  If you would further information about joining the group in 2022 please do contact Charmaine in the office.
Don't forget our Social Messaging where we keep our friends and community connected to happenings and events at Taruna as they happen through Facebook and Instagram.  
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 Rose Therapy 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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