keynote speakers


Dr Shelley Davidow

Shelley is a former Waldorf/Steiner graduate and the award-winning international author of 44 books. She is a lecturer in curriculum and pedagogy at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and is the coordinator of the Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education. Recent book titles include Shadow Sisters (UQP, 2018), Fail Brilliantly (Familius, 2017), Playing with Words (Macmillan Palgrave, UK, 2016), Whisperings in the Blood,(UQP, 2016) and Raising Stress-Proof Kids.
Drawing on her 20 years of experience as a Waldorf/Steiner teacher, a facilitator of restorative practice and as an author and academic, Shelley runs workshops nationally and internationally on creative writing, sustainable teaching, creativity, social justice in schools, and mitigating the effects of stress on teachers, students and parents.

Professor Kevin Lowe

Kevin Lowe PhD is a Gubbi Gubbi man from southeast Queensland. He is a Scientia Associate Professor and Indigenous Fellow at UNSW, working on a community and school-focused research project on developing a model of sustainable improvement in Aboriginal education. Kevin has had experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and lecturer. He has expertise in working with Aboriginal community organisations on establishing Aboriginal language policy and school curriculum implementation. Recently Kevin has worked with colleagues to review research across key areas of schooling and established the Aboriginal Voices and is the Lead Chief Researcher in the Culturally Nourishing Schooling project.

Dr Kirsty McGeoch

(PhD, MEd, LLB, B.Com) has a few different hats: engaging with schools to embed the 4Cs – creativity, communication, collaboration, critical reflection – in their teaching and leadership practices through her role with 4C Transformative Learning; working at the University of Sydney in pre-service teacher education; and facilitating courses for women leaders in education with the National Excellence in School Leadership Institute. A common thread is her deep interest in reflective practice, which led her to becoming a Courage & Renewal facilitator. In this role, she derives great joy in offering people the trustworthy and welcoming space to tune into their own wisdom for living and leading well, and loves the insights the natural world can bring to this exploration.

Noela Maletz

(M Soc Sc BA Dip Ed) is an educator, psychotherapist and recreational visual artist. After two years at Emerson College in England she joined with others to establish a Waldorf School and then a Social Therapy Centre for people with disabilities in Mount Barker, SA, and worked as a high school teacher and Class Guardian at Mt Barker Waldorf School and an educator and therapist at Ngeringa. Most of her current work is in private practice, as a psychotherapist and supervisor, and in growing Courage & Renewal work in South Australia and Asia, specifically in Thailand and India. She has a lifetime interest in Anthroposophy inspired biography work as a path of self-knowledge, and has conducted Biography and Creative Writing Workshops in Australia, US and Asia. She is awed and inspired by the people she works with, the beauty and wonder of nature and the possibilities and necessities of a life lived as mindfully, wholeheartedly and as kindly as she can manage.

Nicole Ostini

Nicole Ostini has worked within the educational sector for the past 21 years in a variety of contexts including professional development, vocational, corporate and high school teaching. After finishing the orientation year at Parsifal College, Nicole completed the four-year training at “The School of the Living Word” with Dawn Langman, studying Rudolf Steiner Speech Formation and Michael Chekhov acting technique. She later completed a Cert IV in Adult Education, a Bachelor of Education K-12 and a Masters in Applied Theatre Studies. Nicole currently teaches Speech and Drama at Samford Valley Steiner School and at the Eurythmy training, Pacifica College. She has four children all growing up in Samford Valley and is passionate about the power of storytelling and the alchemy of theatre.


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