Learning at Taruna

Taruna is a well-loved and respected home of holistic adult education, offering learning opportunities for both professional and personal development.  What happens at Taruna connects spiritual, social and practical aspects of life and work in ways that are contemporary and relevant.

It stands on the vision of two remarkable life-long friends, Ruth Nelson and Edna Burbury who found inspiration in the work of Rudolf Steiner.  They were dedicated to practical, yet inspired ways of improving the future of New Zealand.  Early pioneers of Rudolf Steiner Education in New Zealand, their dream was for Taruna to be a hub of adult learning that connects people in ways that explore what it is to be fully human.

Ruth and Edna gifted their home and gardens to be the place where this adult education vision could be realised, and where the Māori meaning of Taruna, ‘meeting place of friends’, could find full expression.

In response to a world that can be hurried, superficial and contradictory, students often come to Taruna recognising ‘there must be more to life’.  They bring a wish to expand and deepen their understanding, to make meaning and to come freely to an inner certainty about their life and work.  Taruna provides a sanctuary where time is given to dig beneath the surface and to reconnect with what really matters. The homestead, nestled into beautiful gardens on the slopes of Te Mata Peak carries a sense of sacred energy for many who come here. At its heart it is often experienced as a place of modern pilgrimage.

Taruna programmes and approaches are informed with current thinking and ideas, and at the same time grounded on the robust foundation that anthroposophy instils. Students experience lively, artistic and imaginative ways of learning that are both experiential and affirming. Other students on the learning journey, as well as tutors, become companions for development in the process.  In this way students experience a journey that is rich, personal, engaging and where they shape their own learning outcomes. Great care is taken in the design of learning processes to make time for questions to surface and space to explore what may be answers.

While Taruna courses all encourage a giving back to the world through the personal and professional development they offer, we recognise giving back needs nourishment which happens only through development of inner capacities.  All of our courses offer this dimension that encourages a new self-knowing.

We welcome you to join us. Haere mai!

Courses and Workshops

Art of Well-being

Find new ways to refresh your sense of well-being and give you new heart for life and work. The Art of Well-Being focuses on three themes that renew our well-being: Art, Life-story (Biography) work and Contemporary ideas about what it is to be truly human.
The gentle yet enquiring programme opens up simple daily practices such as journaling, observation, the use of poetry, verses and meditations, engaging in art, doing eurythmy, appreciating art, having good conversations, and practising home nursing treatments. All develop our heart connection, our artfulness and our discernment and lead us to well-being.

Rudolf Steiner Education

Taruna offers professional development and preparatory courses 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.

Anthroposophic Nursing

Taruna College, with the endorsement of the Anthroposophic Nurses Association in NZ, offers the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing (FCAN) which will prepare nurses to work with external treatments including working with the parts of the Rhythmical Einreibung (Rhythmical Body Oiling).

Movement for Education

Equipping teachers to work with movement in the classroom for children’s Self-awareness, Self-mastery and Joy of Movement.

Short Courses

Taruna offers a range of short courses that create opportunity for both personal and professional development and the chance to experience what is special about Taruna. Our courses vary with the seasons as we seek to continually offer a fresh and dynamic range of learning topics. All courses are led by experienced adult educators who make the learning experience engaging and memorable. Click here to see what is available.

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Making a gift to Taruna

We need your financial support to help assure Taruna having a healthy future. Please consider making a gift to Taruna today. 

Looking for a different course?

If you would like to enquire about or suggest another learning programme or course, we would welcome your comments and ideas.

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