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Staff Profile || Michelle Vette
Michelle coordinates the Holistic Healthcare programmes at Taruna. The opportunity to bring the anthroposophical health perspective alongside current pictures is also part of Michelle’s work life in an anthroposophic nurse led clinic at Weleda Healthcare Centre. Supporting families and child and women’s health has been a strong focus. Most recent developments in her adult education experience has been becoming a Flinders Support in Chronic Conditions Trainer with Health Hawkes Bay.
Student Profile || Martin Gastinger
Martin Gastinger came to Steiner secondary teaching 10 years ago and thanks to Taruna’s In Service New Zealand Steiner Teacher’s Certificate (NZSTC), he has been able to take the time to further develop his professional skills and personal passion for Steiner Education.
“This is a special place – Taruna has got this knowledge here: in the tutors, the library and the (collegial) community. Meeting the others on the course has been very inspiring, seeing their enthusiasm is contagious. That is something that I always take home when I’m here that this movement is very much alive and I’m part of it.”
“The human being has this deep spiritual dimension that is often neglected in other world views. We strive to become more human as long as we go. We try to take all these forces – head, hand and heart – and unite them to a healthy whole.” The course has also reconnected Martin with the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of Steiner teaching in Aotearoa. The principles of truth, beauty and goodness still hold true, he says, “and are relevant to all societies.” “The holistic approach of Steiner Education bridges a gap between the separated modern world and the Maori values. It is a great gift from Steiner that the curriculum isn’t fenced in and we have a great freedom to look at the needs of our young people in our time.”