Anthroposophy in New Zealand

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Anthroposophy is a global movement based on the teachings of Rudolf Steiner. It takes many concrete forms in New Zealand within many varied educational, therapeutic and creative disciplines. Steiner schools and kindergartens, Hohepa homes, Weleda, Taruna College and biodynamics all bring Anthroposophy into their work.


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Class Conference 2022

In 1924 Rudolf Steiner developed a course of study based on meditative exercises that lead “The spiritual in the human being to the spiritual in the universe”. This became the catalyst for the work of the School of Spiritual Science. Steiner established the First Class during a programme of study and spiritual pursuit during 1924 but was unable to establish the Second and Third Class before he became ill and subsequently passed away in 1925.

Rudolf Steiner had led an esoteric school from 1904 to the beginning of World War I. The three Classes of the School of Spiritual Science represent a metamorphosis and further development of that school.

This year the conference Building for the Future will be held in Motueka Top 10 Holiday Park, Friday evening June 3 to Sunday lunchtime June 5.


Two threads work together within Anthroposophy: an expansion of perception and knowledge (spiritual realism); and, the development of individual responsibility for actions (ethical individualism).

Anthroposophy provides an individual path of spiritual development, visible in the arts, in social forms and practical initiatives.

Rudolf Steiner

Dr Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) was a philosopher, scientist, artist, social reformer, writer, architect and scholar.

His thinking and teaching informs activities, organisations, initiatives and individuals all over the world working in diverse disciplines.

In New Zealand this includes Waldorf Schools, biodynamic farming, Hohepa Homes, Weleda and Anthroposophical medicine, eurythmy practice and the adult education programmes run from Taruna College.

Essay: Knowing and helping reality

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THE CORE PURPOSE OF ANTHROPOSOPHY I am convinced that Rudolf Steiner wanted hundreds of thousands if not millions of people practicing spiritual science by the beginning of the 21st century. But...

“I think at the most basic level Anthroposophy has given me an incredible grounding, self awareness and sense of security that allows me to know the challenges in the world and equips me to meet those challenges with absolute love and understanding.”

- Lisa Seidel

“For me the wisdom of human beings is what I’m striving to realise in myself and bring out in others. Through being able to access the literature I found a world where even when I am alone, I am connected and in union with the whole.”

- Thomas Burton