Programme Overview

These two days address one of the fundaments of Steiner pedagogy:

Exploring subjects through a dedicated Main Lesson.  This integrated approach to learning dedicates a block of time for deep and broad study that is both academic and experiential.

In this High School Summer Intensive the following themes will be introduced and examined through a mix of talks, discussions and workshops:

  • the ethos of Main lessons ‐ as an opportunity to go deep, relating the subject to what it is to be human, with an understanding of developmental pedagogy.
  • the elements that can be included in a Main Lesson: engaging head, hand, and heart, the spiritual and the practical, working with a phenomenological approach.
  • a localised contemporary curriculum. Looking at high quality Main Lesson examples which draw from universal themes and have survived the passage of time. Examining their relevance for our current students in Aotearoa New Zealand. What has made them successful? What wise underlying principles could give genesis to their re‐creation or to the development of new themes.
  • effective practice. Differentiating work to meet the needs of diverse learners.
  • understanding of why and how the teacher must bring artistry and an experiential approach in all learning areas.
  • workshopping together one or two main lessons using current examples from the group.

Course Fees

$490 (includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas) to be paid by Dec 16th 2022.

Affordable accommodation is available at Taruna in the Lodge at an additional cost.

Meet The Programme Director

Julian Thomson is Programme Director and will be joined by other experienced High School practitioners with complementary expertise.  For Julian’s profile visit his website which is mentioned below.

In 2020 I founded my own education and science communication consultancy Out There Learning Ltd,  where I continue to bridge the gap between researchers on the one side, and educators and the public on the other. I am a Field Based STEM PLD facilitator for several schools on behalf of New Zealand’s Ministry of Education and also work with Waldorf schools on their high school programmes.

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