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Course contents are inspired by the insights of Rudolf Steiner whose unbiased observations and clear concepts have introduced the World to a new direction in our understanding of child development.   We wish to pass this transformative understanding on to you.

THE PARENTS COURSE presenters’ community is drawn from practicing professionals —- therapists, teachers, medical doctors and nurses.

Warwick

Warwick Sandler has worked as a  Waldorf teacher (mostly in New Zealand) for over 40 years. both as class teacher and as upper (secondary) school specialist in the sciences and arts and crafts. Warwick also worked in curative education for four years and held various teaching positions in state primary and secondary schools.  He is now lives in Motueka with an interest in helping to establish Motueka Steiner School’s farm-based venture and from where he runs adult education courses. He is father of seven and grandfather to eleven children.

Robyn

Robyn Ritchie is a paediatric Occupational Therapist. Her interest in the senses began 50 years ago with the discovery of Sensory Integrative Therapy and Steiner's 12 senses. "This lifetime's study has greatly added to my understanding of children and child development. I was a founding member of Novalis House, I am trained in Extra Lesson and continue my work in early intervention at The Champion Centre in Christchurch."

Emma

Emma Ratcliff  is a paediatric Occupational Therapist . Emma brings together a combination of Steiner's picture of child development and the 12 senses and neuroscience. Emma works both in Waldorf schools and mainstream education.

You cqn contact Emma at:

https://www.emmaratcliffmakingsense.co.nz

Julie

Julie Frew has a degree in occupational therapy and is currently on maternity leave with her one year old, Sylvan Skye. She is also mum to Felix who attends Steiner kindergarten in Otautahi. Julie is passionate about working with the senses as conceived by Rudolf Steiner in a paediatric therapy context, together with a neurosequential approach and incorporating Nature into therapy.

Marie

Marie Palzer-Tate was a foundation pupil of Motueka Steiner School. Her fascination for human development, especially the first 7 years of life, led her to study a Bachelor of Education specialising in Waldorf education to then work as a kindergarten teacher. She is now a mum and enjoys  gardening, mountains and horseback adventures.

Michael

Michael Burton has worked internationally as an actor, playwright, speech therapist and speech and drama teacher. His activity as a voice teacher  depends to a large extent on this SENSE OF WORD.

René

René de Monchy is working as a psychiatrist in Tauranga, after many years working as a GP in an anthroposophical/holistic practice in Hawke’s Bay and Wellington. He remains actively involved in Steiner Waldorf education with his children nd now his grandchildren, and he has an active interest in the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School.

Edith

 Edith van der Meer was instrumental in the start of the Waldorf Kindergarten and school in Tauranga.  She has taught as a handwork teacher at Taikura Rudolf Steiner School in Hastings for 14 years then retrained as the nursery and, later,  kindergarten teacher at the same school. 

She is currently involved in kindergarten support (in NZ, Fiji and Indonesia), and gives parent and craft courses. Edith helps to coordinate and teaches on the three year part time Early Childhood Diploma course here in NZ. 

Edith is married with four grown children (and their partners), who have all had a full Waldorf education. She has eight grandchildren.  The Young Child has always been the centre of her life. To be following the development of her grandchildren has been awe-inspiring!

Rosie

Rosie Simpson currently sits on the leadership council at Taruna College where she is course director for the Certificate in Rudolf Steiner Education. Alongside this she teaches on the Art of Well-being programme and holds weekly Art for Beginners classes.Her engagement with, and enthusiasm for, Rudolf Steiner education spans decades: as a curative educator, a house parent at Hohepa, a class teacher and more recently as principal at Taikura Rudolf Steiner School in Hastings.

Brian

Brian Tracey has been a class teacher, firstly at Hohepa homes and then at Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School where he took through three classes.   Next, he was programme director at Taruna Training College, supporting the adult students both in education and biodynamics courses.   He is currently in prison  ...................   teaching.

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Lut

Lut Hermans did her Occupational Therapy training in Belgium, Sculpture at Emerson College (UK) and Extra Lesson through TELI, Australia. She now works in private practice in Lower Hutt with the Extra Lesson and Sculpture therapy. She is a founding member of the Aurora Collective --- a group of therapeutic and medical professionals who have, for many years, been meeting weekly to hold client case studies and for professional development.

see: www.auroracollective.nz

You can contact Lut via: www.imagostudio.co.nz

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