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Autumn 2021

Autumn - New Beginnings

Autumn Greetings 
Here at Taruna the leaves are beginning to turn and find their way back to the earth, the shadows are sharper and the sunlight’s warmth is becoming ever more precious.  
After a busy start to the year we find ourselves catching our breath, noticing nature and planning for the months ahead.  We recognise how important it is to just pause and to allow the outer world to speak to us inwardly before we move to the next busy phase.  Autumn is a favourite season for many – it has, in the words of nature writer Melissa Harrison ‘a wistfulness, nostalgia, a comfortable kind of melancholy – that are, at other times of the year, just out of reach’ and she inspires us to reflect that Autumn is about 'the process of decay being about life, not death, the year’s spent growth giving rise to the very earth that will propel the following Spring.  Autumn is a time of new beginnings, too’.   
Already we are anticipating students who are joining us for seminars in the autumn months – we feel blessed that there is so much activity wanting to happen here, so many new beginnings making their way. For us it is a wonderful bridge to the festival of Easter and its message of death and new life.  
In this spirit of new beginnings as the seasons change we wish you a sense of inner renewal.

Lauren, Deb and Rosie
Taruna College Leadership Council 

If you are interested to connect further with Melissa Harrison's work you can follow this link to a podcast from Radio NZ.



We give thanks for the harvest of the heart’s work;
Seeds of faith planted by faith;
Love nurtured by love;
Courage strengthened by courage.
We give thanks for the fruits of the struggling soul,
The bitter and the sweet;
For that which has grown in adversity
And for that which has flourished in warmth and grace; 
For the radiance of the spirit in autumn
And for that which must now fade and die,
We are blessed and give thanks.


Art of Well-Being

In early February our Art of Well-Being journey continued, and this seminar we had the Labyrinth as our theme.  It was a rich week full of opportunity to explore the connection between centre and periphery and the path of life that lets us move between.  Enrolments are now open for this year’s programme, starting in June, dates are:
Seminar One June 23-28 
Seminar Two September 1-6 
Seminar Three October 27 – November 1 2021.  
We welcome you to join us for a very special time of soul nourishment through talks, art, story and life journey work.  This programme is a way to expand your inner knowing, to take time to renew your own well-spring for life, and learn ways to refresh your soul.  We welcome your application.

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Movement for Education
In October 2020 Taruna began a new series of seminars for teachers - 'Movement for Education'.  This programme is designed to help Lower School teachers develop skills for working with movement in the classroom - supporting children to inhabit their bodies through healthy breathing and sound rhythm, with well-activated lower senses and with joy. Our first Seminar had over 20 participants and was focused on Classes 1-3.  Seminar 2 will centre on movement for Classes 4 and 5. Dates are May 20-22 2021.  
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Anthroposophic Nursing

In March sixteen students in the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing came together to continue their studies.  Sessions were recorded to enable Australian participants to keep on with their learning journey.  We hope that for the next seminar in August a travel bubble with Australia will allow the group to meet together in person. 
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
In April we begin this year's three-seminar programme for the Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education.  In this first workshop we will explore teaching and learning for the young child from birth to seven years.  Next seminar our focus will be on the middle years of childhood, and seminar three on the High School years.  Dates are:
Seminar 1: 18 - 23 April
Seminar 2: 18 - 23 July 
Seminar 3: 3 - 8 October
If you would like to join the group please contact Charmaine in the office.
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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 practice and keen observation.  This term we have been enjoying exploring portraiture and the wonder of the human form helped by the work of the masters. Do contact Charmaine in the office if you would like further information.
We are delighted to expand our Social Messaging with the upcoming introduction of a Taruna Instagram page.  Look out for our story in pictures!
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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