This Special Place
In the September school holidays, we welcomed a group of 13 CRSE participants for this year’s final seminar. Students again commented on the special atmosphere and facilities here at Taruna, and for this we are so grateful to our background team - Pam, Matt, Steve, Finn and Oliver. Over the year they have put in huge effort to recover, beautify and care for this unique place and its environment. Adding to their efforts have been the making of a compost heap and spreading of preparations throughout the garden and grounds during the recent Earth First workshops. We know how important it is that those connected with Taruna carry the spirit of all that makes this place special, and that as the team responsible, we find ways to nurture and sustain it. This year we have had the pleasure of welcoming in more of the wider community including central and local government organisations. It has been wonderful to receive appreciation and acknowledgement of their experience of Taruna’s atmosphere in running business events here. We know that the homestead, gardens and classrooms of Taruna all provide an outer space that holds the activity that happens within. We continue to be grateful for the gift of this place and for the work that continues to be possible through that generosity and foresightedness.
Trust in Nature
If you trust in Nature, in what is simple in Nature, in the small Things that hardly anyone sees and that can so suddenly become huge, immeasurable; if you have this love for what is humble and try very simply, as someone who serves, to win the confidence of what seems poor: then everything will become easier for you, more coherent and somehow more reconciling, not in your conscious mind perhaps, which stays behind, astonished, but in your innermost awareness, awakeness, and knowledge.
Rainer Maria Rilke
From: Letter to a Young Poet - selection from Letter Four
Translation by Stephen Mitchell
Using Taruna as a Venue
Do you need quiet space to work with clients 1-1?
Our lovely therapy room is currently being utilised on a regular basis by an art therapist, anthroposophic nurse therapist and life coach. We are happy for the space to be booked throughout the week, so if you are looking for a special room to rent for 1-1 sessions on a weekly basis, see our website and be in touch with Charmaine.
Art for Everyone
It is lovely to have such busy art-filled Wednesday mornings with the new term’s Art for Beginners and Art in the Gardengroups. There are still a few spaces available for the beginners’ sessions on both Wednesday and Monday. Rosie is planning the 2019 work for the loyal and committed Art in the Gardencrew already. We are happy to have welcomed Jean McGavock as tutor for the Monday evening Art for Beginnersoption and look forward to what else develops to fill the Monday calendar.
End of Life Care
The Supportive Therapies for End of LifeCare workshop in September saw 12 participants enjoy a busy and fruitful Saturday morning’s activity tutored by anthroposophic nurses. Raelee Jensen, the clinical nurse educator at Te Omanga Hospice shared her expertise and experience and we plan to invite her back to offer future workshops in the palliative care specialty.
Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education (CRSE)
Modelling with beeswax was a wonderful way of fine-tuning our observation skills as we experienced the light and warmth of the plants in the Taruna garden with this activity.
Looking ahead to 2019 Rosie is planning the CRSE programme when the first seminar will happen at the end of January before term 1 gets underway. For those interested to join the programme, please be in touch with Charmaine.
What is coming up?
Finding Healing- 17-18 November
An introduction to holistic health and nursing care, this day and a half offers an opportunity to share concepts, engage in substance study and artistic activity, and to learn some new external treatments. If you know of anyone working in the field of health and wellness who might be interested, please refer them to the website for more information.
End-of-year Celebration - 8 December
For all our Taruna Community and Friends come and celebrate Graduation for completing students on Saturday 8 December from 1-4pm. We are planning some Christmas craft activities followed by the graduation ceremony and refreshments in our beautiful garden. Please save the date now, you are welcome to share this event with us!
Visiting Tutors 2019
25 -27 January -Dance of Life: Exploring Long-term Relationships
Early in the year we are welcoming George Perry and Lizzie Baker from Emerson College. Dance of Life: Exploring Long-term relationships a workshop for individuals and couples interested in exploring how our long-term partner relationships can be a path of development. This workshop runs from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.
4-6 April - The Spirit and Art of Human Development
In April we are excited to be hosting Van James at Taruna. His workshop The Spirit and Art of Human Development will utilise various mediums and techniques to tap that creative source that informs our own inner, human development and reveals the transformation of consciousness. The workshop is designed for anyone interested in art and its development, and how it reflects changes in human consciousness.