Sophia Group

The Sophia Group is a separately incorporated association which is an integral part of the Orana School community. Its vision is that the school be rich with opportunities and experiences inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner.

The Sophia Group organises events and courses for parents and teachers to increase their knowledge and understanding of Anthroposophy. Anthroposophy is the spiritual philosophy based on Steiner’s teachings.

Examples of events are:

  • - artistic and creative workshops
  • - opportunities for experiential learning
  • - introductory workshops for new parents
  • - practical advice on parenting skills
  • - sharing opportunities for parents
  • - support for the educational work of the teachers
  • - opportunities for personal growth

Any member of the Orana community is welcome. No previous experience or knowledge of Steiner’s work or of Anthroposophy is required.

The Sophia Group has presented many talks on topics such as, artistic therapy, creative discipline, behaviour and boundaries, parenting the temperaments and raising a healthy child. The Sophia Group has also presented: craft courses including Steiner doll making, ‘Kinder chats’ on many topics of relevance to the young child, voice workshops, biodynamic gardening workshops, Steiner curriculum courses and many others. Details of our future courses can be found in the Sophia News publication (once per term) or in the School Leaflet and Seasons.

For more information please contact the School Office or email [email protected]

Sophia Group is now on Facebook: Sophia Group is now on Facebook! This is the best way to keep up to date with events, workshops and information about Steiner education, parenting, inspirational quotes and craft ideas. Alternatively, you can also contact us to be included on our mailing list to hear directly about upcoming events, or to hear about how you can earn community hours by helping us organise events and workshops. Come join us:


LOU HARVEY ZAHRA (Friday 24 and Saturday 25 Feb)

Lou visits Orana every year around February/March and in 2017 has created two new parent talks for Orana. These workshops are relevant to parents with children in kindy, primary and secondary school.

New The Twelve Senses - on Friday 24 February from 7.30pm until 9.00pm (in afterschool care room) Lou will be presenting ‘The Twelve Senses’ – what are they and why is nurturing The Twelve Senses so important for a well-balanced, calm and healthy childhood.

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Creative Discipline for Children – on Saturday 25 February from 9.00am until 12.30 (in playgroup room) Lou will hold a parent workshop to allow for a small group and supporting setting for parents with children aged up to 7.

New Creative Discipline for Tweens and Teens – on Saturday 25 February from 1.30pm until 3.00pm (in the afterschool care room) Lou will present a talk on the common challenging areas throughout the early tween/teen years with practical ideas to transform behaviours in a positive manner.

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Sophia Group will host a BBQ for families who attend the creative discipline workshops – 12.30 – 1.30 so families can spend time with Lou and each other. 

NEW: SEASONAL GARDENING (Sunday 26 February, 2:00pm until 4:00pm)

For families, who want to learn about running a garden (vegetable and other gardening) throughout the seasons, Sophia Group is organising two Seasonal Gardening workshops each term. These workshops involve parents working with an experienced biodynamic gardener in the Orana café garden or other areas of the school, and learning about different aspects of gardening. The first session will be focused on the café garden and new plantar boxes to create healthy inspiring gardens, creating a new compost, and preparing for autumn planting. Children are welcome to attend and we find they enjoy meeting and playing with other children. This is a free workshop which benefits both the gardener and the school through hands on learning.

Please contact Sophia Group for more information ([email protected])

Sophia Group News


Term 4, 2016


Term 3, 2016

Term 2, 2016

Term 1, 2016

Term 4, 2015

Term 3, 2015


The Four Temperaments (Download)

Sophia Group Meetings 2016

The remaining Sophia Group meetings are scheduled to be held on:

Thursday, 20 October

The meetings commence at 7:00pm (to around 9:00-9:30pm).
Venue: Orana School Kurragong Room

Please email [email protected] if you would like any further information.