Dear Friends of Taruna Matariki every year is a time to gather and reflect on the past, to celebrate the present and to plan for the future. Here at Taruna this winter solstice season has been a rich time of forward planning as we shape what is ahead. As a Leadership Council our sense is that this season is a time of sowing many seeds, and of waiting patiently for germination - not being tempted to carefully dig up those seeds to see if they are yet on their way! At our recent planning day we articulated why Taruna has such a special place in the world. We recognise that Taruna is a place to ask questions like:
How can I deepen my understanding of things I know?
How can I recognise and honour my purpose in life?
What is this journey of human being and becoming?
How can I recognise and re-connect to my own power and potential?
How can I find meaning for my place in the world?
Taruna's purpose is all about finding contemporary, relevant ways to explore these questions in all facets of personal and professional life. It is our place to enable what happens here to be inspired and enlivened by anthroposophy. For us the goal is to leave every student completely free as they find their own answers and make their own meaning. In this newsletter we would like to share with you the ideas and possibilities that are underway, as well as the exciting changes we have within the team here. While the days are still wintery, we are grateful for the luculia already flowering showing us the promise of what is to come.
Rosie, Deb and Lauren
Our New Team
Welcome to Denise Hart - our new Business Development Manager. While Denise leads the support team at Taruna and is responsible for day-to-day smooth running her focus and passion is on bringing new people into Taruna. Denise has much experience in the world of student support and accommodation and already has woken up new interest in our hostel as a simple retreat space. Denise is bubbling with ideas so we are excited about how these will create many new opportunites for Taruna.
Welcome to Charmaine Wilson - our new Administrator. We are thrilled to introduce Charmaine who is our new 'first point of contact' at Taruna. Charmaine is carrying day-to-day administration at Taruna so all who come here are well supported in what they do. Charmaine's core hours are 10am - 2.30pm Monday to Friday.
Here at Taruna we field many enquiries every week for courses and learning related to working with the Earth. In response, we are shaping a 'potpourri' of Saturday courses under our banner of 'Earth First' so that you can join us and then have a go in your own backyard. We are currently working with a team of earth specialists in all different fields who will be part of the teaching team - from compost makers to beekeepers to cheese makers to star watchers to BD preparation stirrers - each passionate about what they know. So watch this space beacuse in September we will be getting underway.
Winter Art Warmers
Every Saturday in July Taruna is hosting a series of Winter Art Warmer Workshops from 10:00am - 4:00pm. There's nothing more warming than enjoying a day of craft in good company on a cold winter's day. Our talented tutors - Sabine Laakman, Sophie Lankovsky, Ingrid Schloemer, Jean McGavock and Rei Lambert will guide these hands-on introductory workshops. Beginners can get a taste of trying something new!
Workshops in Needle Felting, Visual Journalling, Observational Drawing and Painting, SilverJewellery Making, Mixed Media Print Making and Ceramics.
Cost: $125 (plus materials) includes morning and afternoon tea and a light lunch.
Young people hold a special place in the heart of Taruna and we are committed to developing learning programmes that connect to the challenges and issues they are facing in contemporary, hopeful ways. Right now we are in the development phase of a life skills modular learning programme for young people that will equip them for the road of ahead. With over 40 per cent of NZ young people challenged with anxiety and depression, our aim is to help build resilience and offer alternative, positive life strategies. Our course development is in partnership with tertiary education providers where we will also educate young leaders to co-carry the learning process. Here is the programme overview:
A Learning Programme for Young People (18-21) beginning life beyond school Leaving school is an important life transition that can pressure young people to find answers to what they want to do with their adult lives. This programme gives young adults contemporary ways of learning how to navigate the next phase, exploring key questions:
· What are my dreams and big ideas?
· What resources do I have available to me?
· What has my life journey given me?
· What is needed out there?
· How can I prepare for the tough bits?
If you would like to know more about this programme as it develops and our implementation plan, connect with us here.
July 15-20 Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education Seminar 2 August 11-12 An Introduction to Mindfulness - facilitator Stephen Archer
Mindfulness for Practioners - facilitator Stephen Archer August 15 Art for Absolute Beginners and Beginners Art Workshops.
These both run for an eight-week term and are facilitated by
September 9 Supportive Therapies in Palliative Care Workshop facilitated
by Raelee Jensen November 16-18 Write and (finish) your Book Workshop facilitated by
authors Sally Rigby and Amanda Ashby
Music-loving Waldorf students, graduates, teachers, students teachers, parents and friends are invited to participate in HARMONIA MUNDI - a Waldorf 100 choral music and music theatre project taking place in Australia in July 2019. Judith Clingan is looking for singers, instrumentalists, actors and composers - from 12 years old in July 2019 to adult. Please email Judy on firstname.lastname@example.org. Look at her website: http://judithclingan.net.au and her choir’s website http://wayfarersaustralia.org
Wednesday mornings at Taruna have been buzzing with our regular Art classes. This term Rosie Simpson has guided us in Still Life techniques as we have worked with pastel compositions. This is a fun class who enjoy the creativity and connection - so join us next term if you would like to have a go!
Everyone who took part in Peter’s Biodynamic Courses here at Taruna will have learnt something of deep significance beyond what was absorbed and digested through the knowledge and practical activity of lectures and workshops. Peter modelled what it means to be human in the best sense: the joy of a hard day’s work, of connecting deeply with the earth while taking inspiration from the heavens, of living with purpose and in service of others, with bountiful enthusiasm and unflagging optimism. We are privileged to have known the twinkle in his eye, the smile that gave encouragement and signalled such warm interest and good-humoured delight in the world.
You might remember that Peter wrote a book which he titled Grasp the Nettle.
There is an old saying which goes:
“Tender-handed stroke a nettle and it stings you for your pains: Grasp it like a man of mettle, and it soft as silk remains."
If you have ever encountered a stinging nettle, just lightly brushed it with your bare hand or leg, you will know the painful truth of this. It takes some courage and a sense of inner certainty to grasp a nettle. When you do, to make your soup, tea, or compost preparation, by what seems a miracle you flatten those tiny fiery needles and it doesn’t hurt. This little phrase “to grasp the nettle” has worked its way into our English language as a metaphor for boldness, fortitude, of going with your heart and will when your head doubts or tells you that this could be dangerous territory. To trust what the heart senses, to see behind outer appearance in order to divine the good and the true, to follow a path that is not the one most travelled, this requires mettle. What a precious but underused word that is. Peter was a man of mettle, unafraid to test his horizons, especially the outer ones, with single-minded purpose. Peter, you were a man of many qualities, but let us remember the exhortation to “grasp the nettle” as a particular legacy of yours to us.
Farewell Peter, we are full of gratitude for your initiatives here, knowing that the seeds you have planted in the hearts and minds of all your many students have spread out all over the earth.
What a blessing for us and for our planet.
August 1928 – 8th June 2018
Seek the truly practical material life
But seek it so that it does not numb you to the spirit.
Seek the spirit but seek it, not in passion for the super-sensible
But seek it because you wish to apply it selflessly in the practical world in the practical life.
Turn to the ancient principle –
Matter is never without Spirit and spirit is never without matter
In such a way that we say
We will do all things in the light of the spirit, and
we will so seek that light of the spirit that it evokes warmth for us in our practical activities.