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Spring 2020

A healthy sense of movement 

The other day we welcomed old friends of Taruna for coffee at our weekly Leadership Council meeting.  We reflected together about the effects we were experiencing with the continuing pandemic.  One of us noted how the inability to travel and carry out plans had at first felt confining and stifling, but that over time there was a sense of inevitability and acceptance.  It was felt as a dampening of enthusiasm. We reflected how our sense of movement, kindled by warmth in our soul is easily impacted in all of us right now.  It is harder to find our source of energy when there is ongoing turbulence and restraint.  On one hand we can recognise this when we feel stuck - that sense of being unable to get started physically, or when we feel fixed and inflexible in our thinking.  On the other hand we can become aware of this impact on our movement when we are restless and drift from one thing to another without having a real sense of purpose or we float along without really being engaged.  So what can we do to help ourselves have a healthy sense of movement even when outer uncertainty seeds inner uncertainty?

One antidote we have been enjoying over the past six weeks at Taruna has been an hour of eurythmy where its purposeful movement has enlivened and warmed us.  The movements have reminded us not overthink what we are doing, yet at the same time how important it is not to go to sleep as we 'do'. We have noticed that finding connection to our rhythm is about listening with our heart, sensing actively as we connect with ourselves and with others.  

Another source of well-being has been to practise gratitude for the quiet daily movement we are noticing in nature as Spring emerges in this beautiful place.  Appreciation of the small things helps remind us about what really matters. Our weekly art classes provide a place to share and connect with others in this quiet observation and celebration of our environment.

So this pandemic time is one that invites us to continue to ask ourselves questions like: 'what is important for me?' and 'what are my priorities now?'. It may be the messages and inspirations encountered over recent weeks and months become a new source of direction and insight.  We encourage you to consider coming to a Taruna course to give yourself the gift of time to 'take a breath' and find ways for a refreshed sense of movement to grow from within. If you don't yet follow us on Facebook, you can find us here:

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In this spirit of healthy movement forward, we wish you heart strength and courage.

Lauren, Deb and Rosie
Taruna College Leadership Council

  God help us to change.  To change
ourselves and to change our world.  
To know the need for it.  To deal with
the pain of it.  To feel the joy of it.  
To undertake the journey without
understanding the destination.  
The art of gentle revolution.



Weekly Wednesday Art Classes
Our weekly Beginners Art and Advanced Beginners classes continue to be a time to enjoy colour, composition and the wonders of careful observation.  This term we have turned to the world of our feathered friends for inspiration.  Between classes both groups gather for coffee together around the fire. if you would like to join next term please contact Charmaine in the office. 
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Art of Well-Being

The Art of Well-Being was all ready to get started in August when the latest Auckland lock-down meant some of our students could not travel to Taruna.  So again we have revised the dates, now beginning in November. This programme invites you to expand your inner knowing and certainty about what is important and inspiring for your own life, giving you time to renew your own well-spring for life and to learn new ways to refresh your soul.

Our revised Art of Well-Being journey dates that span 2020/21 are:
Seminar One: Wed 4 November - Monday 9 November 2020
Seminar Two: Wed 10 February - Monday 15 February 2021
Seminar Three: Wed 12 May - Monday 17 May 2021 

The theme 'Staying Upright, Keeping Heart' is our central inspiration as we explore ways fo find soul nourishment as a source of renewed strength for everyday life. The Art of Well-Being is a place to explore contemporary holistic thinking, to experience art in its many forms and to draw insight from the richness of our life-stories.  There are still limited spaces in this year's group if you would like to join us.
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Movement for Education
Just as healthy movement is a challenge for us all as we work with the current pandemic situation, so too do we see the need for healthy movement in our children.  Taruna is excited to offer a new learning programme focusing on this theme.

Movement in childhood is ideally a source of developing self-awareness, self-mastery and joy. Yet often our contemporary lifestyles mean that instead in our young ones we see inactivity, inflexibility and a lack of self-awareness and self-control, both in the classroom and at play.

'Movement for Education’ is designed to respond by helping Lower School teachers to develop skills for working with movement in the classroom. This is a three-seminar programme focusing on three different Lower School age groups over a 12-18-month period, with the first seminar 29-31 October 2020. For more information about the programme do visit our website.
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Biodynamic Winter Warmer and Hui
On Sunday 16 August over twenty people gathered at Taruna to explore possibilities for developing future Biodynamic learning pathways.  Su Hoskin as Education Co-ordinator with the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association carried this warm and welcoming event which marked the beginning point on a path of exploration.  We look forward to supporting Su as the BD Association becomes clear about next steps in the development process.  
Anthroposophic Nursing

With several of our current students unable to join us from Australia for seminars this year, we have taken the opportunity to repeat Modules 1 and 2 of the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing for a new group of students. Both groups will then merge in Module 3 planned for March 2021.

If you are a nurse or health practitioner and are interested to learn more,  please make contact with Charmaine in the office.

Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education
In the September school holidays the third seminar of the CRSE takes place with the focus in this week together being Waldorf education in the High School for both student and teacher. We are looking forward to re-connecting with students who have already begun their learning journeys.  
We are now taking enrolments for next year, so please contact Charmaine in the office if you would like to be part of this learning journey in 2021.
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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 or you want space for regular therapeutic work that is quiet and private do consider using one of these special spaces.
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