Steiner International High School Teacher Intensive: Caring for the Adolescent- From Encounter to Insight

  • Date Jan 13 2020 - Jan 17 2020
  • Venue Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Teacher Training Seminar, Melbourne, Australia
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Steiner International High School Teacher Intensive: Caring for the Adolescent- From Encounter to Insight

Schedule: All day Monday to Friday

Cost: $675.00 (early bird till 15/7/19)
$735.00 (regular registration)
(enquiries welcomed for assistance with accommodation or evening meals)    

Course includes:

Monday opening talk by Robert Martin.

Morning lectures by guest keynote speaker Craig Holdrege

Movement classes in Eurythmy or Bothmer Gymnastics.

Specialist subject study sessions in: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Music, History, Art, Geography, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Information Technology, English

Development Study Groups: Practicing Goethean Inquiry, Student Welfare, Teaching class 7 & 8: Child consciousness & curriculum, Artistic activity: Sculpture

(As well as group singing, evening talks and artistic activities)

Course tutors: Lisa Devine, Lynnette Doyle, Corey Flynn, Craig Holdrege, Tania Hungerford, Wolfgang Maschek, Alison McKean, Terri McMillan, Robert Martin, Michael Nekvapil, Liz Nevieve, Rod Tomlinson, Julia White, Tricia Zwierlein

Guest keynote speaker: Craig Holdrege, Ph.D., is The Nature Institute’s director and spearheaded its founding in 1998. His passion is to develop what Goethe called “delicate empiricism” — an approach that learns from nature how to understand nature. Before founding The Nature Institute, Craig was a high school biology teacher in Waldorf Schools, working in Germany for 12 years and then in the U.S. for nine years. Since the early 1990s Craig has been involved in teacher training; he mentors adult learners and teachers. Craig has a Ph.D. in sustainability education from Prescott College in Arizona. He completed a Masters-level, non-degree program in phenomenological science at the Science Research Laboratory at the Goetheanum and has a B.A. in philosophy from Beloit College.

You can read about Craig Holdrege and the mission of The Nature Institute here.

Overview of the conference theme.

 “If only they would have some insight!” is probably one of the most uttered sighs from educators of adolescents – parents and teachers alike. The recent (2019) Intensive explored the art of student engagement through the teacher’s inner development, in particular the faculty of intuition. The 2020 builds on this notion.

Crucial for the art of student engagement – certainly in the High School – is the skill to lead students through the stages of conclusion (perception/experience), judgment (sleep) and finally, concept, according to Rudolf Steiner’s analyses in The Foundations of Human Experience (Study of Man) Chapter 9. A teacher who guides learning through these three stages allows students to determine their own learning and thereby experience an empowering sense of achievement within freedom. This is in stark contrast to outdated methods that try to ‘feed knowledge into brains’.

For the 2020 Intensive Robert Martin will open the program with a talk on the Presence of Spiritual Beings who support our lives and work. Craig will present the subsequent five morning lectures. The following excerpts from The Nature Institute’s mission statement will form the basis of Craig’s lectures. Craig will expand on these thoughts, make them relevant to teachers of adolescents in all subject areas and show us practical ways how to develop our own attitudes and skills.

… we develop new qualitative and holistic approaches to seeing and understanding nature and technology. Through research, publications, and educational programs we work to create a new paradigm that embraces nature’s wisdom in shaping a sustainable and healthy future.

 Only if we find ways of transforming our propensity to view and control nature in terms of parts and mechanisms, will we be able to see, value, and protect the integrity of nature and the interconnectedness of all things. This demands a contextual way of seeing.

 Our methodology is inspired by integrative thinkers and scientists, such as Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, Owen Barfield, and Kurt Goldstein. We develop ways of thinking and perception that integrate self-reflective and critical thought, imagination, and careful, detailed observation of phenomena.

Goethe’s words stand as a motto for our efforts: “If we want to attain a living understanding of nature, we must become as flexible and mobile as nature herself.”

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Information:   Wolfgang Maschek, tel. 03 9876 5199 or

Course venue: Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar, 37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood VIC 3134