An Intensive Course for High School Steiner Teachers
Years 7 to 12
Monday 13th January-Friday 17th January 2020

The Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Teacher Training Seminar will hold its fourth Steiner High School Teachers Intensive program of Professional Development from 13-17th January 2019.

We are very excited to announce our keynote speaker will be Craig Holdrege from the Nature Institute, US. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear Craig share his work as Director and Founder of the Nature Institute. The theme of his presentation will be announced in due course.

The Nature Institute describes its mission as follows:

Mission: Nature around us is whole and interconnected. Though we are part of nature, we do not yet fathom her depths, and our actions do not embody her wisdom. A fundamental shift in our way of viewing the world is necessary if we would contribute to nature’s unity rather than dissolution. At The Nature Institute, 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.

Modern science has increasingly moved out of nature and into the laboratory, driven by a desire to find an underlying mechanistic basis of life. Despite all its success, this approach is one-sided and urgently calls for a counterbalancing movement toward nature. 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.

The Nature Institute’s methodology is inspired by integrative thinkers and scientists, such as Johann Wolfgang von GoetheRudolf SteinerOwen Barfield, and Kurt GoldsteinWe develop ways of thinking and perception that integrate self-reflective and critical thought, imagination, and careful, detailed observation of nature’s 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.”

You can read about Craig Holdrege here.

We encourage you to register as soon as possible to secure your place as we expect a lot of interest in this gathering. Registrations will close on Friday 15th November 2019. 

For Steiner High School teachers who did not make our 2019 Intensive, we have uploaded audio recordings of keynote speaker Rob Gordon’s three lectures about adolescent development, which you can listen to here by clicking on the lecture title hyperlink:

Listen to the lectures on adolescent development from our 2019 keynote speaker.

About Rob Gordon

Rob Gordon is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist who has worked with adolescents in individual and group psychotherapy for over 40 years in hospital and private practice.  He consults to government, health, education and welfare agencies and has consulted to Steiner Schools.  He spent 5 years in curative education at the start of his career and has studied anthroposophy for 50 years.

Lecture 1: The adolescent’s developing body.

Adolescence is a period of physical development only exceeded by the changes of infancy.  The body is the house of the soul and the home of the spirit.  The rapid changes have implications for all aspects of their development.  In particular they become vulnerable to strong drives and impulses belonging to adulthood before they understand what is happening to them.  At the same time they feel powerful counteracting feelings of inhibition and fear of their bodies.  They may or may not get the support and understanding they need from their families.  The presentation will draw on experience working with adolescents in individual, family and group contexts to understand how to recognise changes and their implications for their soul and spiritual life and to offer some thoughts about how to support them during these difficult times.

Lecture 2:  The adolescent’s developing soul. 

The soul develops in all dimensions of experience during the adolescent years.  This can be exciting and creative but is also confusing and frightening.  Thinking feeling and willing develop in uneven and alarming ways.   The demands for independence and respect alternate with the need for emotional support and care appropriate to a younger child.  Understanding their soul development is a major problem during this time as they awaken to anxiety and depression.  Often their emerging capacities are fickle, unstable and only open an awareness that further burdens them.  The relation to time is difficult to maintain and so everything feels eternal.  The presentation will consider some signs that things are going well or are not and techniques for communication and self- reflection to support them.

Lecture 3:  The adolescent’s developing ego

Human life is the journey of the incarnating ego.  Adolescence is the point where it begins to manifest in the soul life and begin to be self-conscious.  This painful self-consciousness is a major challenge which leads to a range of problems in relation to the self.  The ego is held and develops in the relation to the people who relate to the adolescent and is expressed in terms of their emerging identity.  There are a variety of predictable identity crises during these years however, there are some simple communication techniques which enhance the adolescent’s self-awareness and self-identity.  The effectiveness of these take time to manifest but since the ego is not bound by time, those who are an important part of the adolescent’s life have a unique capacity to enhance their ego development into their adulthood.  Understanding the important ego development in the next phase of life, is an important basis for meeting the adolescent.

Registration information

When: Monday 13th January-Friday 17th January 2019
Where: Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar
37A Wellington Park Drive, Warranwood VIC 3134     e:

Information: Wolfgang Maschek, tel. 03 9876 5199 or
Cost: $575.00 plus options as outlined below.

Please register by clicking on the Apply Now button below as soon as practicable for our planning purposes. You can pay via bank transfer or request an invoice. Our office closes mid-December and reopens just before this Intensive. We will monitor email correspondence during this period. If you wish to speak to the Coordinator during this holiday period please call 03 9876 5199 and the phone will be diverted accordingly.


Catering for this conference includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea. For visitors staying on for the evening there are options to pre-book and purchase an evening meal. If you wish to do this it is essential for planning purposes that you nominate this on the online application form. Monday to Wednesday nourishing catered evening meal ($18 per night) and interest groups, by arrangement.


School Gymnasium: space and showers are available at the neighbouring Melbourne Rudolf Steiner School gymnasium which is two minutes away on foot. Bring your own sleeping mat, bag and pillow. Breakfast available at the Seminar.

Camping: you are welcome to bring a tent, mat and bag and camp on the grounds of the Seminar. Showers available at the school gymnasium.

Cost for either of these options above (includes breakfast) $30.00 for the week.

View the program and register here

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