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 course will be completed in August 2021. If you are interested in being added to the database for the next FCAN intake, please contact Charmaine on info@taruna.ac.nz.

2019 Dates

Introductory module: 2-4 August 2019: 8.30am – 5pm

2020 Dates

Module 2: 27 February – 3 March

Module 3: Kolisko Conference: 8 – 12 July (FCAN closed group afternoon workshop 9-12th)

Module 4: 20 – 24 November 2020

2021 Dates

Module 5: February /March (TBC)

Module 6: August/September (TBC)

Fees Invoiced per module and 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.