Learning, development, discovery, transformation

The anthroposophical image of human life inspires us to enrich our capacities and creativity by fully realising ourselves as human/spiritual beings. Anthroposophical study and training seek to achieve this by bringing art, science and spirituality into balance and harmony. 

Australia has a range of opportunities for adults of all ages to learn, develop, discover and transform themselves in specially designed programs that embody core anthroposophical principles.

These include postgraduate studies, foundational programs in Anthroposophy, artistic trainings, vocational courses in Steiner education, biographical studies and intensives in biodynamic agriculture, health and wellbeing, and spiritual development. 

University studies

QLD: University of Sunshine Coast.

Offers a one-year part-time Graduate Certificate in Steiner Education, the only qualification of its kind in Australia, at the University of Sunshine Coast (USC). The USC’s program is an opportunity to connect theory and practice and work with experts and like-minded educators to develop Waldorf pedagogy. Lecturers are Waldorf-trained academic/practitioners with substantial research publications. 

The program includes weekly online lectures that can be viewed at the students’ convenience, engaging weekly classes delivered online in real time, and a compulsory two-day weekend intensive for each course (four intensives in total).

Vocational  trainings 

NSW: Sydney Rudolf Steiner College

Offers Steiner Education Primary Teaching and Early Childhood Teaching certificates, as well as a rich program of craft and artistic activities and smaller units of educator training.

Originally established in 1989 as Parsifal College, reflecting the quest theme that is central to the Grail legends, the college has gone through many changes since but sustains a dedicated faculty of tutors, board members and staff who strive to meet the diverse demands of the present day and future.

The 2021 courses have been restructured to provide participants with weekly Zoom lectures (term based) in addition to two 4-day ‘in person’ Sydney seminars. Students are supported by online assignments, readers and tutor interaction. The seminars will only be presented online if students are advised not to travel due to COVID19 restrictions.

For more information, please contact the College Coordinator

QLD: Sienna Academy

Offers postgraduate training for therapeutic art and artistic painting according to the method of Liane Collot d’Herbois; promotes artistic and therapeutic painting that brings healing through working with light, darkness and colour

This iARTe-accredited training is available in Australia and China and takes 3.5 years to complete in two 4-week blocks of training a year, supplemented by the student’s independent work at home, practicals, essays and a case study. The training is currently available online. This will continue until travel becomes more easily available.

For more information, please contact principal teacher Sally Martin.

QLD: Pacifica College of Eurythmy

Offers a comprehensive full-time professional eurythmy training for working in the artistic, educational, and social spheres. Also offers an introduction to the foundations of therapeutic eurythmy.

Pacifica College is approved by the Section for Performing Arts, Goetheanum, as a training course in development. 

Now accepting students for the 2022 intake. 

For more information, please contact Pacifica College

VIC: Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar

Offers a range of programs based upon the work of Rudolf Steiner, including an Advanced Diploma in Steiner Education and arts courses. It is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO#3948 CRICOS# 01812M) approved to deliver courses to both local and international students. It is also a member of ITECA, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (member 182002).

For more information, please contact Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar Ltd

VIC: Aurora Australis

Offers a four-year training course in eurythmy, also studies in music theory, history, painting, sculpture, art history, drawing, speech formation, and Anthroposophy. The eurythmy training is recognised by the Performing Arts, Goetheanum, Dornach, Switzerland.

From 4 February 2022, the college will offer a two-year part-time curative eurythmy training. For more information about this curative training, click here

For more information about Aurora Australis, please contact Birgith Lugosi

ONLINE: Holistic Biography Work

Currently offers an online training course in biography work, using a holistic approach that recognises the spiritual dimension of the human life journey, It uses indications for human development and the development of consciousness from Rudolf Steiner, and other spiritual teachers and philosophies and is informed by the practice and theories of Humanistic Psychology,

There is an introductory course and a foundation workshop as introductions to charting an individual biography. There are further modules of study to deepen understanding of human development and the challenges facing humanity.

Next intake is end of 2021. 

For more information, please contact Karl-Heinze Finke

Foundational studies 

WA: Rudolf Steiner College Perth

Offers a module-based program called Exploring Anthroposophy and the Art of Being Human for adults curious about Anthroposophy. It includes modules on core Anthroposophical concepts; the arts and artistic practice; inner work including meditation, biography and self-development; and how anthroposophical ideas are at work in the world – in health, medicine, gardening and agriculture, education, the economy and the arts.

Exploring Anthroposophy provides foundation course studies that feed into the two teacher training courses available in WA. These are Early Childhood: Stepping into the Future and a primary school teacher training.

The Holding Group for Exploring Anthroposophy is small and part of the RSC Perth committee. The presenters are all well-known Anthroposophical members who have expertise in their particular areas.

For more information, please contact Ann Reeves

TAS: Grail Quest

Offers a 2-year weekend course for self-development, inspired by the insights of Rudolf Steiner and framed by the mythic cycle of Arthurian and Grail legends. Subjects include biographical work, painting, craft and storytelling. 

For more information and enrolment forms contact Gerry Josephson on 0406788050



Knowledge has value only insofar as it contributes
to the all-round development of the whole nature of humanity.
(Rudolf Steiner, source unknown)