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Spring 2021

Spring - Hope and Gratitude

Warmest Spring Greetings to you all 
Right now we find ourselves standing together with so many of you, in this time of great outer uncertainty, looking to navigate the future.  We are reminded of the star navigators who found their way to this land trusting their knowing of the great celestial energies that would take them safely on as they sailed towards new lands. Their source was not blind hope - it was fired by great skill, personal sacred knowledge of both spirit and earth, and an inner confidence born of hard work and long practice.  In this time of lockdown we have all been asked to dig deep - to find such inner knowings and practices in ourselves as we look to chart steps ahead.  To enable this time to be one of adventure and exploration is indeed the challenge we all face - that apathy does not creep in through the cracks, replacing the call for warmth, interest and empathy.  For many of us nature has been a generous teacher in these weeks as she opens her door with the rising of Spring, that we might take new interest, notice seed points and kindle our own ability to recognise what belongs to the future.
As the Sun takes an ever higher arc above us in our journey towards the heights of summer we give huge thanks trusting the wise beings that shine on us all.  Just as the Bushmen of the Kalahari are said to have seen Venus during the day, may we encourage you to take strength in knowing these great celestial beings who - even when invisible to our daytime consciousness - are powerfully at work in our world. In this spirit of hope and gratitude we wish you inner strength for the season ahead.

Lauren, Deb and Rosie
Taruna College Leadership Council

We go into the night, into the dark to find our brilliance
We go into the cold
to find our warmth

The cycle of day and night,
the long slow growing and fading of the light
enters us with a might
that reminds us,
gives to us the sight of
Stars and rocks
That don’t seem to notice or care about
the passing details of our life
But only Who is living it.

From 'Desert Solo' by Joseph Rubano

Art of Well-Being

With great joy we completed Seminar 3 of the 'Art of Well-Being' at the beginning of August.  Our sense together was of the amazing journey that these seminar weeks have gifted us all - allowing us new inner knowing and renewal; building deep connections with others who have travelled this path; and of new soul tools through the art and inner practice we have shared.  In this final week together we worked with the motif of the Mandala - of the harmony between inner and outer, the power of holding our centre while exploring our periphery, and the wholeness of what lives within the circle of our lives.
We are now planning the next three-seminar 'Art of Well-Being' for 2022 and we welcome you to join us for a very special time of soul nourishment through talks, art, story and life journey work as well  the special connection we forge with each other.  This programme is a way to expand your inner knowing, to take time to renew your own well-spring for life, and learn ways to refresh your soul.  We welcome your application.

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Art of Well-Being - Continuing the Journey
We are delighted to be offering a new short course in the style of the of 'The Art of Well-Being' - to nourish the soul through through inspiring talks, through art and through life story (biography) conversations.  This is especially for those who have studied at Taruna before either on the Art of Well-Being or on other Taruna courses, and who want more. So, keep your own learning alive and treat yourself to a wonderful long weekend 18-21 November.  We promise a rich and full time together.
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Movement for Education
In May we welcomed students for Seminar Two of 'Movement for Education'.  Teachers from across Steiner schools in NZ shared in three days of movement-oriented learning focusing on Classes Four and Five. This group had lots of fun as they experienced:
  • Eurythmy
  • Bothmer gymnastics
  • Children's Games
  • Circus skills
  • Dance including traditional folk dancing
  • Maori games and skills
  • Main lesson related activities such as Class 5 Greece and Olympic disciplines
as well as how to develop a healthy sports culture.

We are now doing final planning for Seminar 3 which will focus on Classes Six and Seven.  Do watch our website for dates if you are keen to enrol.
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Anthroposophic Nursing

Just as we were about to welcome back students to the 'Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing' from both NZ and Australia in August, lockdown was announced. We have now rescheduled this seminar to run at the beginning of December, and meantime the learning process will progress with regular Zoom connections for the whole group.  Given the uncertainties of this study journey over the past eighteen months, it will be a special moment to complete the onsite learning this 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 we continued this year's three-seminar programme for the 'Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education'.  In this second workshop we explored teaching and learning for the Lower School child from seven to fourteen years.  In October our learning continues with Seminar Three when the focus will be on the High School years.  
If you would like to join the group and deepen your own knowledge and connection to Waldorf education please contact Charmaine in the office.
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Weekly Art Classes
Our weekly Art group continues to meet for coffee and good company as well as to deepen our art skills through careful observation and practice.  This term we are continuing to explore portraiture and the wonder of the human form helped by the work of the masters, as well as painting and drawing things from nature with the unfolding of Spring. Do contact Charmaine in the office if you would like further information.
Don't forget our Social Messaging where we keep our friends and community connected to happenings and events at Taruna as they happen through Facebook and Instagram.  
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 do consider using one of these special spaces.
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