Certificate in Art of Well-Being

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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: 34 weeks including three on-site 6-day seminars at Taruna campus.


This interactive and hands-on programme explores anthroposophic ideas and therapeutic artistic processes. It offers a reflective understanding of what it is to be a healthy human being.

It has three main components: an introduction to anthroposophy, an experience of the anthroposophic therapeutic arts, and an overview of human development from the anthroposophic view.

The programme includes a component for self-review and through artistic processes offers an introduction to life story work.

Its purpose is to provide a foundation that supports soul balance and inner wakefulness in the individual participant’s personal development, and professional development.

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.

This programme does not require any previous knowledge or ability in art. Through guided processes the Art of Well-Being strives to awaken and enliven learning and artistic capacities.

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 Topics

The Spiritual and Soul Influences on Health and Illness: lectures by doctors, nurses and therapists to bring imaginative thinking to the varied phenomena of illness in our time.

Self Reflection and Journal Keeping:  Observation and self-reflection will be encouraged by the daily use of a journal, and practice of exercises that support learning through our individual capacities. Recording our questions and learning is practised throughout the programme.

Human Development: using knowledge of the 7-year phases and other interconnecting rhythms, we move from pre-birth through life to ageing. Case work of stages in development help brings insight into the infant, childhood, youth culture, the crisis of soul development of adulthood and the challenges of spiritual development.

Introduction to Colour, Movement and Form:  through painting, drawing, pastel and sculptural forming, the inherent qualities of colour and form will be explored and Goethe’s colour theory will be introduced.

Wet on Wet Painting:  commonly used in Anthroposophical Art practice, this medium with its unique qualities of movement and transition of colour from dark to light will be taught and practised.

Developing our Sense Perceptions: an understanding of and working with the 12 senses in relation to body, soul and spirit, will help clarify the boundaries of objectivity and subjectivity.

Dynamic Line Drawing:  a means of experiencing the 4 elements (earth, water, air and fire) as a basis of all form.

Modelling:  using clay, modelling will be taught as an experience of transition and metamorphosis including the dynamic of form in 3-dimensional space.

Biography: where you are in your life’s journey! Active retrieval of points and phases in your life are traced and given perspective. Small group workshops and continuing individual recording is maintained.

Anthroposophical Concepts of 4-fold and 3-fold human constitution: are studied in relation to the elements, activities in the body, and pathology.

Drawing:  using a variety of approaches including observation of nature, dynamic of form, and light and darkness, in different media.

Transition – Metamorphosis:  Aspects will be explored artistically through transition in colour and movement, myth, poetry and metaphor. Also through lectures, workshops and artistic activities, the basis and phenomena of transition and metamorphosis will be explored.

Cosmic and Earthly connections: Exploring human soul types and their origins.

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.

On-site seminar learning will include:

  • workshops, small group processes, lectures and discussions, artistic experience through a variety of media, and exploration through movement.

Self-directed home-based study will need a minimum commitment of 5-8 hours per week. Projects and assignments will include:

  • artistic exercises, recording observations and processes, contemporary issues investigation extending seminar learning, short research projects and essays.

Record of Studies

Upon successful completion of the Athroposophical Studies (The Art of Well-Being) 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 2017

Seminar 1 – March 26th – 31st

Seminar 2 – June 25th – 30th

Seminar 3 – September 17th – 22nd

Art of Well-Being 2017

All students: $2,700 (incl GST)

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

We ask all participants to make a koha donation of $5 per day for which 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.]