St Mary's Abbotsford Convent 1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford Victoria | +61 3 9419 9229

Adult Education

Adult Education

Sophia Mundi fosters a culture of a learning community that extends to all, not just the children. We see this as enriching the education environment. It provides the whole community with the opportunity to widen and deepen their understanding of various facets related to our school, from the curriculum and child development, to the place on which the school stands. Engaging in this way with the education not only helps parents understand why we work in the way we do in Steiner schools, but also connects them to their child’s educational experience.

Each term each class in the school has a parent evening which generally incorporates aspects of the curriculum, developmental characteristics of that age, typical behaviors and appropriate ways of dealing with it, along with activities specific to the class.

For staff, we have talks, workshops, seminars and conferences within school or for the wider Steiner teaching community in Victoria and Australia.

The school provides evening or day talks and workshops, seminars and conferences for parents and friends that focus on such themes as understanding the human being, the developmental phases of the child, parenting, and experiencing topics from the curriculum.

For details check the website, School Calendar, or contact the school on 9419 9229.


Heart Spaces Early Childhood Development and Education

The course based on Rudolf Steiner’s insights in human development

Open and accessible to anyone, parent or educator who wishes to take this journey.

  • Each term comprises 8 Saturdays of 3 hours each.
  • Attendance at least 80% of the course.
  • All assignments to be completed for certificate of attendance.
  • This course is also offered in conjunction with a Certificate 3 or Diploma in Early Childhood (please contact Carol for further information).
  • Facilitated by Carol Liknaitzky with guest educators.
  • Offered at Abbotsford Convent (Sophia Mundi) – Saturdays during Term time 2019   Contact: or 0415 603 077


Nature, Society, Self: Goethean Science and Rudolf Steiner’s picture Social Renewal

Rudolf Steiner indicated that the study of nature through Goethe’s way of science is a training for the kind of thinking needed to understand his picture of social renewal. In this 16 weeks course (through Terms 3 and 4 in 2019) we will follow that pathway.

In Term 3 we explore Goethean science which is the foundation for all Steiner’s work; including education. We look at the relationship of science and art and the stages of thinking; polarity and metamorphosis in nature and in the human being; creative process in art and in nature.

Moving to society in Term 4 we study the archetypal threefold organisation; the evolution of the threefold social order; the economic cycle and economic associations; social art. In the second half of the term we look at the evolution of human consciousness understood through key works of art.

  • Course cost: $150
  • Offered at Abbotsford Convent (Sophia Mundi) – Saturdays during Term time 2019
  • The course will be taught by Nigel Hoffmann PhD who has been a Steiner teacher for the last 18 years.    Contact:


Education & Child Health Talks

From time to time Dr Lakshmi Prasanna gives an evening talk for parents, teachers and the general community on topics related to supporting children’s development and wellbeing from a medical point of view.  Dr Lakshmi is a paediatrician who has a deep understanding of Steiner Education and the developing child. She works in Australia and around Asia,  New Zealand and America as a doctor supporting parents and teachers in Steiner schools, as well as being involved in training courses for doctors, nurses and teachers.

Contact the school or check the School Calendar on our website for details of her next talk.


Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar Courses

The Seminar offers an inspiring and nourishing part-time and full-time program of study. Visit the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar website for more information on the courses available.

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