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Connect, nourish, sustain

Taruna is above all a place of connection – to others, to what matters, and between the threads of the spiritual, social and practical.  Taruna is also a place to be nourished – to learn about what nourishes and how we can nourish others. As well it is a place that sustains – sustains people to serve the world around them, and to work in ways that sustain the earth.

Courses and Workshops

Art of Well-Being

Meet yourself, know yourself, be yourself. A foundational year to explore well-being through art and biography.

Rudolf Steiner Education

Tarana offers professional development and training course for teachers, would-be teachers and others wanting to explore a new educational environment – one that honours and addresses what it means to be fully human.

Holistic Health

Taruna’s holistic health courses work out of an anthroposophic approach to the human being extending and enriching therapeutic understandings.

Biodynamics

Biodynamics is a holistic, ecological, and ethical approach to farming, gardening, food and nutrition based on the living connection between earth and cosmos.

Partnership Short Courses

Taruna partners are independent adult educators who work out of the Taruna approach to adult learning and the understandings of anthroposophy.  Their work is endorsed by Taruna.

Upcoming Events at Taruna

Wednesday, 22 August 2018
  • Art for Beginners Wednesday, 22 August 2018 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you would like to progress your learning from our Art for Absolute Beginner classes then this class is the next step. There are places available for those that have developed some confidence in drawing and painting to join our beginners class.
    There is a charge of $160 for the 8 classes running from 01 August-19 September. the cost will cover materials and morning tea at 10:30 in the Homestead.
    Classes in the Hermes Room at the bottom of the driveway.

    Limited to 15 places.

    Please register your interest to: info@taruna.ac.nz with art for beginners in the subject line

    See more details
  • Art for Absolute Beginners Wednesday, 22 August 2018 from 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you just feel like having a go to explore your creative side, then is the class for you. Absolutely no experience needed. Rosie Simpson will guide you through colour moods and simple drawing techniques using chalk pastels and watercolour. This is your great opportunity to put away ideas you may have about your artistic abilities and try something new! Nourish your creativity in a very supportive learning environment. Materials provided. A koha of $5 towards costs would be greatly received.

    Class limited to 15

    Please register your interest to info@taruna.ac.nz with art for absolute beginners in subject line.

    See more details
Wednesday, 29 August 2018
  • Art for Beginners Wednesday, 29 August 2018 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you would like to progress your learning from our Art for Absolute Beginner classes then this class is the next step. There are places available for those that have developed some confidence in drawing and painting to join our beginners class.
    There is a charge of $160 for the 8 classes running from 01 August-19 September. the cost will cover materials and morning tea at 10:30 in the Homestead.
    Classes in the Hermes Room at the bottom of the driveway.

    Limited to 15 places.

    Please register your interest to: info@taruna.ac.nz with art for beginners in the subject line

    See more details
  • Art for Absolute Beginners Wednesday, 29 August 2018 from 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you just feel like having a go to explore your creative side, then is the class for you. Absolutely no experience needed. Rosie Simpson will guide you through colour moods and simple drawing techniques using chalk pastels and watercolour. This is your great opportunity to put away ideas you may have about your artistic abilities and try something new! Nourish your creativity in a very supportive learning environment. Materials provided. A koha of $5 towards costs would be greatly received.

    Class limited to 15

    Please register your interest to info@taruna.ac.nz with art for absolute beginners in subject line.

    See more details
Wednesday, 5 September 2018
  • Art for Beginners Wednesday, 5 September 2018 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you would like to progress your learning from our Art for Absolute Beginner classes then this class is the next step. There are places available for those that have developed some confidence in drawing and painting to join our beginners class.
    There is a charge of $160 for the 8 classes running from 01 August-19 September. the cost will cover materials and morning tea at 10:30 in the Homestead.
    Classes in the Hermes Room at the bottom of the driveway.

    Limited to 15 places.

    Please register your interest to: info@taruna.ac.nz with art for beginners in the subject line

    See more details
  • Art for Absolute Beginners Wednesday, 5 September 2018 from 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you just feel like having a go to explore your creative side, then is the class for you. Absolutely no experience needed. Rosie Simpson will guide you through colour moods and simple drawing techniques using chalk pastels and watercolour. This is your great opportunity to put away ideas you may have about your artistic abilities and try something new! Nourish your creativity in a very supportive learning environment. Materials provided. A koha of $5 towards costs would be greatly received.

    Class limited to 15

    Please register your interest to info@taruna.ac.nz with art for absolute beginners in subject line.

    See more details
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
  • Art for Beginners Wednesday, 12 September 2018 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you would like to progress your learning from our Art for Absolute Beginner classes then this class is the next step. There are places available for those that have developed some confidence in drawing and painting to join our beginners class.
    There is a charge of $160 for the 8 classes running from 01 August-19 September. the cost will cover materials and morning tea at 10:30 in the Homestead.
    Classes in the Hermes Room at the bottom of the driveway.

    Limited to 15 places.

    Please register your interest to: info@taruna.ac.nz with art for beginners in the subject line

    See more details
  • Art for Absolute Beginners Wednesday, 12 September 2018 from 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you just feel like having a go to explore your creative side, then is the class for you. Absolutely no experience needed. Rosie Simpson will guide you through colour moods and simple drawing techniques using chalk pastels and watercolour. This is your great opportunity to put away ideas you may have about your artistic abilities and try something new! Nourish your creativity in a very supportive learning environment. Materials provided. A koha of $5 towards costs would be greatly received.

    Class limited to 15

    Please register your interest to info@taruna.ac.nz with art for absolute beginners in subject line.

    See more details
Friday, 14 September 2018
  • Tiebetan Singing Bowl Friday, 14 September 2018 from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    The Shaman's Drum is a powerful tool for healing and inducing altered states of consciousness. Drumming is a connection to the heartbeat of Mother Earth and is a reminder of the natural rhythms of the Universe.

    Learn an ancient practice of the Warrior Shaman. The drumbeat represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth. It also is the amplifier of intent. It has the power to heal, transform and transport us to new dimensions of our spirit.

    The Tibetan Singing Bowls another traditional sound healing tool are played by Silke from Heartspace Yoga to start the session, followed by a Drum Journey with Glenn and Barry.

    Bookings with Glen Mortimer directly folkremediesnz@gmail.com.

    $35 full prepayment required to secure your spot.
    Folk Remedies NZ
    06-0237-0794419-00

    You will enjoy the sound journey on the floor, so bring your yoga mat, blankets, bolsters, cushions, sheepskins, eyepillows to make your warm sound nest. There are no props at the Taruna Hall, so be sure to bring all your own props.

    Please do arrive in time, as we start the session promptly and the door will be locked at 7 pm.

    Glen is available for private healing sessions on Sunday if you are interested

    See more details
Saturday, 15 September 2018
  • Supportive Therapies for End of Life Care Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    This workshop is for all nurses and care associates involved in palliative care. We will be introducing natural substances and therapies as added strategies for the care and comfort of those suffering illness at the end of life
    Come and be part of a practical session working with colleagues to explore and experience these therapies for yourself. Leave with confidence that you can integrate them into your daily work.

    Places limited to 20 (to book your place please email info@taruna.ac.nz with supportive therapies in subject line.

    Cost: $90 (including morning tea)

    Tutors -

    Raelee Jansen is the clinical nurse educator at Te Omanga Hospice where these nursing therapies are successfully integrated into the care approach. Raelee has a Masters in Palliative Care and Certificate in Anthroposophic Nursing.

    Deborah Bednarek RN MN has integrated the anthroposophic nursing therapies into primary care nursing for 15 years and has been a member of the Taruna nursing and health faculty since 2002.

    See more details
  • Shamanic Drum Making Workshop and Drum Journey Saturday, 15 September 2018 from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    The Shaman's Drum is a powerful tool for healing and inducing altered states of consciousness. Drumming is a connection to the heartbeat of Mother Earth and is a reminder of the natural rhythms of the Universe.

    Learn an ancient practice of the Warrior Shaman. The drumbeat represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth. It also is the amplifier of intent. It has the power to heal, transform and transport us to new dimensions of our spirit.

    Make your own Shaman’s Drum.

    You will be guided through the step by step process making your own Medicine Drum. Gain insights and clarity from within as you make this very powerful healing tool.

    Most materials are supplied and no experience is necessary. Approx 7 hours.
    (Drum 340 diameter x 75 deep, other sizes by arrangement)

    A few things drum makers need to bring with them:

    1. A towel to place wet skins on.
    2. Wadding for beater head, an old sock will do perfectly, also bring something to cover the beater head, maybe a piece of leather or tapestry
    3. A pillow case to take the drum home.
    4. Bring a selection of beater sticks about a finger thick...and as long as from your wrist to elbow.

    Barry travels extensively and has spent time with various tribes in America. He was taught drum making by a First Nation Chief who currently resides in Australia and has been running drum making workshops for many years. He just recently presented a drum to the Mongolian Shamanic Association.

    Glenn has studied many shamanic traditions and drums/sound healing, he travels to South America every two years to deepen his connection with shamanic traditions and healing there. This November he takes a small group tour, based at one of his teacher's retreat. Glenn is also building his own retreat near Raglan – Kahu Shamanic Centre.

    Price for Drum Making workshop 10 - 5 is $150
    Drum Journey 6-8 pm is $30

    Catered Dinner & Lunch option, both vegan, gluten free, dairy free $9 each, please pre-order and pre-pay your lunch & dinner with Glen. There are no cafes close by, which is why we are offering this. (lunch: middle eastern Falafel, Quinoa,Tabouleh, grilled marinated vegetables, olives and dips. dinner Creamy Masala spiced Pumpkin & Coconut Soup with Chickpeas and bread or poppadoms)

    Bookings required and full pre-payment is necessary for drum workshop, drum journey and catering to secure your spot. Limited spaces available.

    We have allowed for a lunch & dinner break. You are welcome to bring your own lunch and dinner, but we will also offer vegan catering options - prices to follow. We recommend to do both the drum making workshop & drum journey. Dinner break is from 5-6 pm.

    Bookings directly with Glenn Mortimer from Folk Remedies NZ folkremediesnz@gmail.com.

    Payments to
    Folk Remedies NZ
    06-0237-0794419-00

    The activities will be mainly floor based, so please bring your own seating cushions, blankets, yoga mats to make yourself comfortable during the day.

    Glen is also available for private healing sessions on Sunday if you are interested.

    See more details
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
  • Art for Beginners Wednesday, 19 September 2018 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you would like to progress your learning from our Art for Absolute Beginner classes then this class is the next step. There are places available for those that have developed some confidence in drawing and painting to join our beginners class.
    There is a charge of $160 for the 8 classes running from 01 August-19 September. the cost will cover materials and morning tea at 10:30 in the Homestead.
    Classes in the Hermes Room at the bottom of the driveway.

    Limited to 15 places.

    Please register your interest to: info@taruna.ac.nz with art for beginners in the subject line

    See more details
  • Art for Absolute Beginners Wednesday, 19 September 2018 from 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Rd, Havelock North 4130, New Zealand

    If you just feel like having a go to explore your creative side, then is the class for you. Absolutely no experience needed. Rosie Simpson will guide you through colour moods and simple drawing techniques using chalk pastels and watercolour. This is your great opportunity to put away ideas you may have about your artistic abilities and try something new! Nourish your creativity in a very supportive learning environment. Materials provided. A koha of $5 towards costs would be greatly received.

    Class limited to 15

    Please register your interest to info@taruna.ac.nz with art for absolute beginners in subject line.

    See more details

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