Certificate in Art of Well-Being – Part 2

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“As we look to the world of the twenty-first century and the demands that life makes upon us, it is little wonder that our senses are assaulted and brought into disharmony.  Is there anything that can be done to bring a compensating healing influence into our battered sensory organization? Yes, there is: there is art. More than anything else, art heals our senses and keeps them healthy.”

– Joan Salter

Programme Introduction

Part-time: Three on-site 6-day seminars at Taruna campus.


Following the success of Taruna’s long running signature course The Art of Health, in 2017 a follow-on programme the ‘Art of Well-Being – Part Two’ is being offered. This is three standalone weeks, designed for graduates from The Art of Health who want to continue their learning journey. Students may take each week independently.

The Art of Well-Being – Part Two builds on the foundational learning from the first year programme. Each week explores contemporary understandings related to that week’s theme, integrating artistic experiences and activities into the learning process.

It has three main components: Human Development through Art History, The Devine Feminine, and Deepening Connection to Art and Health.

Many participate to explore anthroposophy for themselves, their families and whanau; and to understand the philosophy guiding the education they have chosen for the children in their care. Some participants work in the various fields of health, therapy, education or the visual arts; and deepen their understanding of the challenges to good health.

Overview of Programme

This programme offers a lively and exciting extension of professional development to the following fields of work:

  • Health, therapy, healing or medicine;
  • Art or artistic career;
  • Education – early childhood, schooling or adult learning.

Participants in the programme will:

  • Explore and understand the biographical process of the human being;
  • Explore the qualities inherent in colour and form;
  • Explore techniques in painting, drawing and sculpture;
  • Develop and practise observation skills;
  • Find the relationships of the soul world to spirit and nature through art;
  • Receive living pictures of Anthroposophical ideas;
  • Discover individual learning through reflection.

This creative process will help participants bring new consciousness, ideas and skills into their work. Previous knowledge or ability in Art is not a pre-requisite.

The programme takes place at Taruna’s Homestead Campus in a peaceful setting of gardens and trees on the rural edge of the lower slopes of Te Mata Peak, in Havelock North.

Programme Structure

This programme includes three full-time seminars spread over 6 days’ duration, beginning at 1pm on the Sunday and finishing at 1pm the following Friday. Each of the  full days requires 8.30am to 4.30pm attendance. All other directed study is home based.

Art of Well-Being – Part Two 2017 Seminars are:

1. ‘Human Development through Art History’

This week of learning explores the changing image of the human-being over time, from pre-hisotric cave-drawing to contemporary artistic abstraction. As the week unfolds we journey through the evolution of human consciousness integrating the learning process with a rich hands-on artistic multimedia exploration.

2. ‘The Divine Feminine’

This week asks the questions- ‘who are the beings that we call Sophia, Isis, Gaia, the Madonna, the Holy Spirit?’, ‘How might we find them relevant today?’ We explore the nature of the Divine feminine within Anthroposophy and beyond integrating our learning with art.

3. ‘Deepening Connection to Art and Health’

This week is opportunity to broaden and deepen the understanding of the healthy Human Being as begun in the Art of Health. Aspects of health are further explored and we extend our learning of relevant artistic approaches and techniques.

Record of Studies

Upon successful completion of the The Art of Well-Being Part 2 course each participant is issued with a Certificate and an Academic Record listing all modules and personal performance. We expect attendance to be 100% for any given module, and assignments to be satisfactorily completed before credits are awarded.

Tutors at the seminars keep attendance records, give verbal feedback and make written reports. Participants also give evaluative feedback to tutors at the end of each seminar, and a full programme evaluation at the end of the programme.

Art of Well-Being Part 2 2017

Seminar 1 – May 21st – 26th

Seminar 2 – August 20th – 25th

Seminar 3 – October 15th – 20th

Art of Well-Being Part 2 – 2017

All students: $2,700 (incl GST)

Early Bird:$2,400 (inc. GST) – If fees paid prior to 1st April 2017

Taruna will provide morning and afternoon tea while studying on site.

Programme participants are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in attending the seminars.


Most art materials and equipment required for the on-campus study blocks will be provided by Taruna. Upon acceptance into this programme, participants will be responsible for the purchase of art and study materials required for their home-based study. These may cost as much as $50.

Student Support

Taruna is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Please read the ‘Student Guide’ for more information about support for domestic and international students.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this programme should:

  • possess a maturity gained through some years of adult life experience;
  • have the energy, health and enthusiasm to complete a part-time, yet intense year of study;
  • display a good standard of written and conversational English.

[Those applicants for whom English is not a first language must provide an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) results card and have achieved an overall band score of not less than 6.0. Where IELTS is not available, an equivalent test of English must be provided. For further clarification of this please contact Taruna.]