PAST EVENTS seminars, workshops & art projects 



‘Dancing Backwards’


Spellbound…at the edge of my seat.


What extraordinary depth and revelation! 

Wisdom and maturity shine with passion, humour, life!

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Directed by Dale Irving


Performed by the students of the Art = Life course 2016

What is Oraculum?


It is a ritual to renew time performed by the students of The Time Map course at Rudolf Steiner College. Audience members first sit in a Room of Active Silence before being washed with pure tone by Two Voices. The two singers lead the audience into the Temple of Time where the poets will speak their own words to address time past and time future and bring time into balance in an expereince of tone led by musician Paul Lawrence. 

Scenes from an Unseen World 

a ritual for place by Jennifer Kornberger


an environmental drama presented by the students of Rudolf Steiner College Perth


Scenes from an Unseen World is a series of metaphors that contemplate the human estrangement from the environment. The main character, Seth, is a man whose feet have never touched the Earth; he is someone who cannot feel. When he encounters his Grief for the first time he is catapulted into the Unseen World where human and nature archetypes abound.

The Collector and Alma are human figures in the unseen world beyond the senses. The One Ant and The Sun Moth are nature beings responsible for the web of ideas that sustain the local environment. Seth and his Grief go on parallel journeys. It is only when Seth bestows the Garment of Memories (dyed in the blood of trees) on his Grief that the Sun Moth’s memories are restored.


This event has been a collaborative effort.  In The Forest of Poetry you heard poetry written and spoken by the following writers:

Liana Joy Christensen, Jane Crothers, Anna Minska, Ailsa Grieve, Renee Schipp, Nandi Chinna, Annamaria Weldon, Amanda Joy, Casey Hill, Holly Story, Ann Reeves, Sue Wallwork, Bruce Uchiyama Lee, Judy Griffiths, Bev Barker, Trisha Kotai-Ewers, Bree van der Zuidwind, Nanmaria  Conell, Tracey Endersby, Sofia, Kelly Geyer, Rowena Bucklow, Joanne Schapel, Karen Peradon, Helene Fisher.

The Weather Forecaster

exploring the soul life of the earth with Brian Keats


Through developing an understanding of the weather cycles we can come to know and participate in the rhythmic life-body of the Earth and in the cycles of Nature. These rhythms have correlations with the rhythms in the sky above - with the movements of the Sun, Moon, planets and stars. Gaia becomes more than simply a concept - it becomes an experience.

We will be looking at short and long term weather forecasting with the associated sky phenomena. No prior knowledge or equipment is necessary.


Brian Keats

is a foundation member of the Australian Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association. Combining his interests in Astronomy and Agriculture, Brian began publishing the Astro-Calendar (Biodynamic planting, weather forecasting and naked eye astronomy guides) in 1987.


Brian Keats is the author of the annual Moon Planting Primer, Betwixt Heaven and Earth and co-author of the Biodynamic Growing Guide.


Brian's current research in astronomical rhythms led him into Long Range Weather Forecasting and new ways of understanding climate through astronomical rhythms.


Brian is based in Tasmania and conducts workshops on a wide range of topics around Australia and overseas. Brian’s website: 

Rites of Passage in Childhood 

visit of international Steiner education presenter
Louise de Forest

July 23 to July 27 2013


Louise de Forest has been a Waldorf kindergarten teacher for many years and is  the Pedagogical Director of the Early Childhood program at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan and the Teacher Mentor at the New Amsterdam Early Childhood Centre. Louise is a WECAN board member, a regional representative of WECAN in Mexico, one of the representatives from North America to IASWECE and leader of the Waldorf early childhood teacher training in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She is a contributor to the book "You're Not the Boss of Me!" (WECAN 2007).

Louise will present at the Vital Years EC conference in Sydney and offer a workshop series over five days in Perth.

Seminar and Workshop themes:

Rites of Passage in Childhood

Fearless and Centred – developing inner resources for working with children

Working with the Destiny of the Child

The Art of Movement with Kristina Hamilton

The Twelve Senses

early childhood seminar April 20 - 24 2013


Morning sessions 9 am – 10.45 am over five days
Dr. Simon Bednarek explores not only the traditional five senses, but twelve senses: touch, life, self-movement, balance, smell, taste, vision, temperature, hearing, speech sense, concept sense and ego sense. What is sense perception and how does sense perception develop in the young child? What are the four ‘body senses’ that are so important in early childhood and how do we care for them as educators or parents?


Afternoon sessions 2 pm – 4pm over five days
Anne Williams leads the hands-on workshop ‘The Meaning of the Doll’. Participants will learn how to make a doll from high quality natural fibres and be led into a contemplation of the human form, how the doll has been used in different cultures, and the meanings and experiences attached to the doll. All materials supplied.


Middle sessions 11.15 am – 12.45 pm
Paddy Frere, Bronwyn Maddock and Anna Scott will present on the parent- teacher relationship. Boundaries, burn out and bafflement are only a few of the topics covered in these sessions that aim to equip participants with skills and practical knowledge to make the parent-teacher relationship fruitful. (Saturday and Sunday)


Judith Shipkie and Liz Swann will share their insights on the most vital aspects of creating good playgroups. How do we build community for the young child, work with the reality of life for a modern parent, and model the world for the child? These sessions include instruction on gesture work and movement appropriate for the playgroup setting. (Monday and Tuesday)


Horst Kornberger will give a history of iconic feminine images, some of which are used in Waldorf Early Childhood settings. Where do these images come from, what do these images contain and how do they affect the child’s soul? (Wednesday) 

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The Child and the World - October 8 -12 2013


Warming up a New World - Morning sessions 9 am -  10.45 am,  

In this last seminar for 2013 we will strive to move from our individual interests and themes towards an experience of the archetypal social organism. In doing so we hope to come to an enlivened understanding of how our unique tasks and gifts can contribute towards a healthy social life through healthy societal forms. As part of this, based upon what participants bring, we may touch upon such themes as: education and artistic activity as the sites of spiritual-cultural renewal, the economics of warmth, and the mission of Steiner/Waldorf education. In a social process facilitated by John Stubley we will aim to move from interest to initiative, and open a space for the building of new civilisation based on the capacity of individual human beings.


​Circles and Spaces of Warmth - Middle sessions 11.20 am - 1 pm

We are joined by Judith Schipkie, Paddy Frere ​and Patricia Dougall who will take the theme of warmth into the work of the Early Childhood teacher:  practicing the art of the circle, developing the skills for depth observation of children, creating warmth in the physical space we work in, and fostering social connectivity in the class.


​Storytelling as an Art of Warmth - Afternoon sessions 2 pm - 4 pm

Horst Kornberger, Fiona McVey and Bronwyn Maddock offer a training in storytelling. You will learn how to tell the simple nature stories suitable for 3/4 year olds as well as the Grimm's household tales suitable for the 5-7yr old child. The focus will be on developing story telling confidence and specific skills to inhabit these tales so that they become a cloak of warmth for the child.

The Bee Master

2007/2008  a play written by Jennifer Kornberger 


The Bee Master is a four-day festival drama written by Jennifer Kornberger in collaboration with West Australian composer Paul Lawrence. The play contained in metaphoric form themes that form the paradigmatic and social background to current bee crisis.