Taruna College, with the endorsement of the Anthroposophic Nurses Association in NZ, offers the Foundation Course in Anthroposophic Nursing (FCAN). This part-time education process over two years aligns with the criteria developed by the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing (IFAN) for foundation courses in anthroposophic nursing and will prepare nurses to work with external treatments including working with the parts of the Rhythmical Einreibung (Rhythmical Body Oiling).

This is a long-awaited opportunity to become an anthroposophic nurse in the southern hemisphere with a programme oriented to the contemporary Australasian health environment. Many nurses are looking for how to approach their work in a more holistic way. This will offer an orientation and form for that.

We will consider applications from other health professionals to participate in this course, with a Taruna College Foundation Certificate in Anthroposophic Healthcare awarded for successful completion of all course requirements.

Registered nurses and others who seek knowledge and self-development, but are not interested in certification will also be considered on an individual basis and will receive a certificate of attendance for each module attended. NB: Course certification will not be offered without successful completion of all requirements including full participation, self-study and assessment events.

There are currently 13 IFAN-accredited Anthroposophic Nurse Specialists in New Zealand, and we intend to offer further coursework to prepare certified anthroposophic nurses to apply for ANS accreditation in the future.

The current courses timeline with completion scheduled for August 2021 has been impacted by the Covid-19 restrictions.  We are now offering the opportunity for a small group of nurses to participate in the first two course modules ready to merge in the third module next year with the existing student cohort.  If you are interested in being considered for this, please contact Charmaine on info@taruna.ac.nz.

2020 Dates

Module 2: 27 February – 3 March

Second Group Module 1: 3 – 6 October

2021 Dates

Second Group Module 2: 29 January – 1 February

Merged Module 3 and 4: 11 – 16 March

Module 5 and 6: 19 – 24 August

Fees $4000 for modules 1 – 6; includes lunches and refreshments.

Course Co-ordinators

Deborah Bednarek RN MN and Michelle Vette RN PGDipHSc Anthroposophic Nurse Specialists and Rhythmical Einreibung Specialists (IFAN).


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.

Anthroposophic Nursing – an introduction

(Adaption of a translated article by Rolf Heine the Coordinator of the International Forum for Anthroposophic Nursing in Anthroposophische Pflegepraxis. Grundlagen und Anregungen für alltägliches Handeln. 3rd ed. Berlin: Salumed; 2015.)

Extensive concepts for nursing practice, training and research based on Rudolf Steiner’s approach to knowledge have been developed within the anthroposophic nursing movement since 1923. The aim of anthroposophic nursing is to assist people to find their individual way – on the level of body, soul and spirit – during phases of life when they are ill and dependant on care. Nurses in collaboration with doctors and therapists have been contributing to the realisation of a spiritual art of healing.

Anthroposophic nursing understands the human being to be a free, evolving being that has manifold connections to self, nature, culture and the cosmos on the various levels of body, soul and spirit. Nursing serves to maintain, or where necessary, regain or redevelop these connections. Each human being is the measure of these evolving interactions. Each biography, illness or social relationship has its own patterns and rhythms, that seldom progress in a linear fashion. Research and understanding of these connections and their significance for human freedom form the basis for developing concepts for nursing, training and research. Anthroposophic nursing is not founded on a closed, normative, theoretical system. Rather, it can arise wherever nurses rely on an anthroposophic background understanding from which to provide professional care out of knowledge and love, with presence of mind.

Knowledge and love, as well as all other traditional virtues and values of the nursing profession, are not morally normative imperatives. They are developmental opportunities within each nurse or therapist, who is responsible for her or his own conscience. The nurse, like the patient or client, is a human being in a process of development, whether professionally or personally. Self-chosen professional progress or regression can be seen not just in terms of outer skills and competence. Professional progress is also found in the readiness to cultivate emotional and spiritual qualities such as love and compassion. Spiritual nursing care will concern itself with questions of reincarnation and karma, as well as with questions about the spiritual and social significance of the various work specialities, such as that of perinatal care or the care of patients who are in a vegetative state. It is only against such a background that ethical questions become objectively discussable, outside the constraints of a normative code of practice.