Spirited Childhood

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Spirited Childhood is a workshop series for early childhood teachers and carers working with children from birth to three years.
The course explores questions such as:
  • What is really important for the young child to meet in their teachers and carers?
  • What are children asking from us?  What are the challenges they bring?
  • Are our tamariki truly being nourished or do we find ourselves just managing them?
  • What is it to create a Korowai of care?
  • What understandings of the young child, of development and well-being can we draw on for our practice from Rudolf Steiner and founder of Simplicity Parenting, Kim John Payne?
‘Spirited Childhood’ is a modular programme with two foundation workshops, that will be followed by a series that explores specific interest topics.   (further details to come).
As a Taruna College programme, Spirited Childhood offers quality, contemporary approaches to adult learning that are engaging, reflective and inspiring.  Our specialist tutor for Spirited Childhood team is TraceyLee Hooton.

2019 Dates

Seminar One – all day Friday 30 and Saturday 31 August 2019

Seminar Two – all day Friday 8 and Saturday 9 November 2019


$395.00 per seminar

Course Co-ordinator

TraceyLee Hooton


Taruna College, 33 Te Mata Peak Road, Havelock North, Hawkes Bay.

Student Support

Taruna strives to ensure that the programmes delivered are beneficial to each and every student.  Support is available to all students via the Course Coordinator whilst on-site and in between seminars to ensure that assignments are achievable.  Please contact the office on info@taruna.ac.nz if you need additional support whilst studying from home.

Crystal Bridge Loan Fund

Crystal Bridge was founded in 1991 as an initiative to help students at Taruna College with their course fees, at a time when there was no possibility of government-sponsored student loans. The fund is open to all New Zealanders wishing to undertake study, locally or internationally, based on the work of Rudolf Steiner. Loans are interest-free and tailored to the individual borrower, but are usually repaid over 1-2 years. There is also a fund or gift money, the prerequisite for such a gift being that it benefits a group of people. Donations to the fund are gratefully received.

The Crystal Bridge loan fund makes interest free loans available to students enrolled in Signature Courses at Taruna.

Harry and Rose Goldman Trust – Financial Assistance for Australian Residents

The Harry and Rose Goldman Trust is a registered charity established to provide financial assistance for Australian students who wish to pursue a course of study at tertiary level, or for professional development.
Specifically, the Trust aims to support individuals to participate in anthroposophical studies and courses in the arts: such as painting, eurythmy, speech and drama, biodynamics, medical studies, or other courses will be considered.