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  Spring 2019 Newsletter

Contemplating the Staff of Mercury

Signs of early spring here at Taruna show us that nature is again in movement, a gentle out breath beginning as the quiet inwardness of winter comes to an end. A theme our 'Art of Well-Being' course has been exploring is how we can 'stay upright and keep heart' in the face of our often busy, complex lives.  One recent source of inspiration has been the Staff of Mercury with its two inter-twining snakes actively moving upwards around a winged staff, which in Greek mythology was carried by Hermes (Mercury), messenger of the gods.  
In many cultures a 'talking stick' continues to be an important means of invoking presence and power in social situations.  It can help us claim our higher self and access our own wise knowing as we articulate, affirm and acknowledge what is truly essential in a particular moment.  This 'staff' or rod is perhaps then a picture of our upright, awake ego force. So what might the snakes to be?  We can imagine them to be a representation of our mobile soul life. One aspect of this, and one that we pay particular attention to on our Taruna adult education pathway, is that of our 'reactor self', those quick to surface responses and oppositions we make without pause or thought.  Looked at in this way, the staff then has the potential to tame the snakes, to notice polarities and bring them into harmonious upward movement, a vortex that opens out and enlivens our energy and responsiveness. The invitation to each of us is to take hold of our own staff and to work with the uprightness and presence it offers, as we harness the creative energy that spirals around it.

In approaching Seminar 3 for each the Certificate of Rudolf Steiner Education and the Art of Well-Being, we will further explore the nature of Mercury as we work with the soul qualities that shape and influence our everyday interactions.  Such investigation together helps us get closer to the central question of what it is to be truly human. 

As Springtime creates her outer garment of beauty and hope we wish you a renewed sense of inner centred-ness and balance.

With warmest greetings
Lauren, Deb and Rosie
Leadership Council

Art for Everyone
Every Wednesday morning we welcome two groups to our art classes. The first is for beginners learning foundational artistic techniques, and the second is for those with some experience who want to build on their skills.  It is a lively morning of creativity, where we explore colour, composition and the wonders of careful observation.  Between classes there is time for groups to meet over coffee around the fire.  If you would like to join please contact Charmaine in the office. 
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Art of Well-Being
Our Art of Well-Being journey continued in August as we came together for Seminar 2.  The programme theme 'Staying Upright, Keeping Heart' continued to inspire our exploration of ways fo find soul nourishment as a source of renewed strength for everyday life. The motif for this seminar was the Labyrinth, a form that echoes the journey of life, inviting us to find our centre as we travel along a pathway with many unexpected twists and turns. All week we found moments of quiet to walk the Labyrinth that had been laid down on the lawn, then on the final day we recreated it with treasures and memories of the week as we took our final walk. The wintery days we shared were full of inner and outer warmth as we gathered around the fire. We are all looking forward to again coming together in October for Seminar 3.
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Anthroposophic Nursing

This long-awaited opportunity to become an anthroposophic nurse in the southern hemisphere began in August with the three day introductory module.  These full and rich days of professional development oriented to the contemporary New Zealand and Australian health environments were met with heartfelt gratitude by 23 nurses and health professionals from both NZ and Australia. The study days laid down the basis for further learning as the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing continues over the coming year. 

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 July, Seminar Two welcomed students to five days exploring the teacher's journey in the Lower School years.  Our week was inspired by the curriculum for these years as we developed our understanding of the child's development and how the classroom can meet needs and engage learning.  From sharing morning circle games and rhymes, to blackboard drawing, to the science curriculum, to understanding the extra lesson, to taking ourselves on as as teachers we deepened our connection to Steiner Waldorf education.  Next Seminar our focus is the High School journey, where we will explore and experience Waldorf education for adolescent years.  
We welcome new participants - teachers, parents and those interested in Steiner/ Waldorf education, so please make connection if you are interested in participating.
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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 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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