Programme Director:

Gui Vilhena

Gui is the Certificate in Applied Organics & Biodynamics Programme Director. The past decade of his life has been centred around biodynamic agriculture, curative care, and commercial beekeeping.

Faculty Carrying Group:

Rachel Pomeroy

Rachel comes to Taruna with a wealth of knowledge on all things biodynamic. She is also a contributor to the Organic NZ and Harvest magazines, and has a love for star-gazing and astronomy.

Jen Speedy

A graduate of the biodynamics programme and also a tutor, Jen is one of the core team members that make up the faculty carrying group. Jen has a passion for horticulture and is the gardener at Taikura School.

Specialist Tutors:

Chris Hull
Andy Black
Michelle Vette
Erin Simpson
Clare Buckner
Kristina Friedlander
Greta Carney
Nicole Masters
Heather Smith
Alec Olsen
Nick Radley
Jim MacDonald
Margaret Mary Farr

Faculty Carrying Group:

Michelle Vette ~ RN (Comp), Cert. Anthroposophical Nursing, Cert. CBE, Post Grad Dip. Health Studies, Masters student

Michelle coordinates the Certificate and Diploma in Holistic Healthcare programmes at Taruna. The opportunity to bring the anthroposophical health perspective alongside current pictures is also part of Michelle’s work as an anthroposophical nurse. Supporting families, child and women’s health has been a strong focus. Michelle has enjoyed working in adult education especially responding to the questions that live amongst our communities about ourselves and our relationship to ourselves, each other and health.

Kristina Friedlander ~ RGON, Cert. Anthroposophical Nursing

Kristina is a faculty carrying group member for the Holistic Health and Art of Health faculties. She is an experienced anthroposophical nurse and works at Hohepa.

Deborah Bednarek ~ RN, Cert. Anthroposophical Nursing, Masters Health Sciences Nursing

Deborah works in a primary health setting providing a holistic nursing service that integrates anthroposophical nursing care and therapies. She has been a coordinator of two anthroposophical therapeutic residential retreats in Hawkes Bay and is currently undertaking research for her Master of Nursing degree. Particular interests are anthroposophical nursing in New Zealand and its relationship to international colleagues and how to successfully collaborate with all healthcare colleagues to understand and deliver real holistic care in the contemporary context. She is currently coordinator of the Anthroposophical Nurses Association in New Zealand (ANANZ).

Jocelyn Freeman ~ (Diploma in Holistic Health Faculty Member only) RN, Cert. Anthroposophical Nursing

Joce is experienced in primary health, school, and hospice nursing, and is now a Community Nurse  for adults with Intellectual Disabilities. She has a lifelong interest in Spiritual Science, with a special focus on biography and how adults can discover wisdom in their life’s learning.

Specialist Tutors:

Mary Green
Nic Parkes
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Michael Sargent
Sue Simpson
Dan Freeman
Jean McGavock
Jocelyn Freeman
Harmut Borries
Ulrich Doering
Lauren Hudson
Cassandra Mossman
Eva Urieli
David Urieli
Michael Caris
Peter Lee
Brian Tracey
Anette Beiswanger

Programme Director:

Peter Lee

 

Faculty Carrying Group:

Edith van der Meer

Edith van der Meer has been involved in Rudolf Steiner education since 1986, first as a handwork teacher at Taikura Rudolf Steiner School in Hastings for 14 years and later (after re-training) as a kindergarten and Nursery teacher at the same school for 7 years. She became involved with Taruna when the Federation of Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Schools in cooperation with Taruna College instigated an In-Service Course for Early Childhood teachers. She works closely with Kathy MacFarlane, an experienced kindergarten teacher and adult educator and Marjorie Theyer, the Federation EC advisor on this Certificate course and the newly established internationally recognised Diploma Course in Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education.

 

Specialist Tutors:

Clayton Gibson
Gee Reisma
Rachel Hughes
Mark McGavock
Sue Simpson
Troy Gardiner
Jean McGavock

Programme Director:

Position currently vacant – programme not offered in 2016.

Faculty Carrying Group:

Edith van der Meer

Edith van der Meer has been involved in Rudolf Steiner education since 1986, first as a handwork teacher at Taikura Rudolf Steiner School in Hastings for 14 years and later (after re-training) as a kindergarten and Nursery teacher at the same school for 7 years. She became involved with Taruna when the Federation of Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Schools in cooperation with Taruna College instigated an In-Service Course for Early Childhood teachers. She works closely with Kathy MacFarlane, an experienced kindergarten teacher and adult educator and Marjorie Theyer, the Federation EC advisor on this Certificate course and the newly established internationally recognised Diploma Course in Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education.

Specialist Tutors:

Michelle Vette
Sue Simpson
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Jane Gilmer
Heike Houben
Dan Freeman
Julian Pook
Peter Lee
Jean McGavock
Michael Caris
Allysen Caris
Beth Gorst
Marjorie Theyer
Edith van der Meer
Jonathan Jordan
Robin Gardiner
Jocelyn Freeman
Robyn Hewetson
Rachel Pomeroy

Programme Director:

Edith van der Meer

Edith van der Meer has been involved in Rudolf Steiner education since 1986, first as a handwork teacher at Taikura Rudolf Steiner School in Hastings for 14 years and later (after re-training) as a kindergarten and Nursery teacher at the same school for 7 years. She became involved with Taruna when the Federation of Rudolf Steiner/Waldorf Schools in cooperation with Taruna College instigated an In-Service Course for Early Childhood teachers. She works closely with Kathy MacFarlane, an experienced kindergarten teacher and adult educator and Marjorie Theyer, the Federation EC advisor on this Certificate course and the newly established internationally recognised Diploma Course in Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education.

Faculty Carrying Group:

Marjorie Theyer

Kathy McFarlane

Specialist Tutors:

Michelle Vette
Mary Willow
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Nives Frigerio
Sue Simpson
Dan Freeman
Mark McGavock
Brian Tracey
Simon Bednarek
Jeff Green
David Urieli
Hans Broder van Laue
Robyn Hewetson
Neil Boland
Michael Caris
Allysen Caris
Hawea Tomoana
Erena Tomoana
Julian Pook
Elke Baublis
Maria Melino
Michael Sargent
Bettie Huibers

Programme Director:

Lauren Hudson

 

Faculty Carrying Group:

Kristina Friedlander

Kristina is a faculty carrying group member for the Holistic Health and Art of Health faculties. She is an experienced anthroposophical nurse and works at Hohepa.

Specialist Tutors:

Deb Bednarek
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Helen Stonehouse
Edith van der Meer
Nives Frigerio
Brian Tracey
Mark McGavock
Joeke de Vries
Rachel Hughes
Sue Simpson