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Summer 2019 Newsletter

'What are you doing for your own development?'

Hot sunny days, the fullness and ease of endless summer, then the sudden turning point of rain and coolness from heavy skies.  The outer change in weather brings us back to ourselves, and reminds us to take stock - to ask ourselves again 'what is really important this year?'  Here at Taruna we want to keep posing the question 'what are you doing for your own development?' 
Being our best, being fully available to the people and relationships that matter to us, achieving what we set out to do, deepening our connection to the things that are important for us, all call us to find time to nourish ourselves.  Maybe it is a weekly art class that lets you breathe your week, maybe it is a weekend retreat where you can step out of your everyday busy-ness, or maybe it is a seminar-based learning journey that lets you explore new understandings over time. Whatever your preference, the learning opportunities that we shape and offer here Taruna are all designed to create the space for this inner sense of renewal, breathing and nourishment.  We hope you take up the possibilities that are in store for the year ahead, and allow us to be companions for your development.

Somewhere inside of me
unknown to me
there is a weaver
hard at work
weaving a cloth of gold,
spinning the strands of
sunlight, strands of dark,
holding my passion
in the very hand that holds
my fear.
The cloth is craft,
the process mystery
the threads are life.

Judy Brown
Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education 2019
In January we welcomed 18 students to the CRSE where our focus for Seminar One was 'The Early Years of Childhood: Sowing Seeds for Life'. It was a rich and varied week of music, talks, workshops, art, crafts and biography work all designed to inspire understanding and connection to the young child.  For many it was a first experience of Taruna - here is some feedback we received:
'the crafting of the 'lessons' and the rhythm of the sessions, the physical beauty surrounding us and the imagination imbued in how you presented ideas has inspired both teacher and learner in me'
Labyrinth of Life 
The enduring language of the Labyrinth was the focus for our weekend retreat with George Perry and Lizzie Baker in February.  As a walking path of mindfulness these special forms invited us to consider our own life's twists and turns and come to a new place of inner understanding and peace.  We walked both the classical Cretan labyrinth (as seen in the photo here), then built and walked the Chartres labyrinth the following day. Through both experiences we were reminded of what it is to be human and how the labyrinth can strengthen us for the journey.  
Art Classes each Wednesday 
Already this year on Wednesdays the homestead is busy with art classes. Our 'Beginner's Art' starts the morning, followed after coffee with a second group - 'Art in the Garden' .  There are still a few spaces available in each of these sessions - maybe you would like to breathe your week with the experience of colour and form as we learn and practice artistic technique, and enjoy nature's seasonal bounty.
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Art of Well-Being
Who cares for the care-givers? Who parents the parents? Who develops the developers?  
While engaging and often rewarding, many of us experience the demands and responsibilities of life - both home and work - to draw on our inner strength and resilience.  The Art of Well-Being is opportunity to strengthen and nourish your own sense of well-being, and to nourish your soul life.   A three seminar programme that runs over the year, the Art of Well-being lets you come back to your centre as you explore art, mindfulness, movement, your life story and contemporary understandings of the human being inspired by anthroposophy.  Our intention is that all who complete the programme find new reserves for the demands of their lives and a renewed sense of purpose and connection to life.
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The Spirit and Art of Human Development

Join us in April for a three-day workshop with Van James exploring the Spirit and Art of Human Development through the Mandala, the Landscape and the Portrait.  Van will share some of his long experience as a Waldorf school art teacher along with his own life research into art as a path of humanity development.  You can register for all three days or come to the specific days you feel connection to.  
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