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:

2018 Sophia Group committee meetings and curriculum workshops

Anyone is welcome to attend the Sophia Group committee meetings which are held on Thursday evenings 7.30-9.00pm in the Kurrajong Building (afterschool care room) on the following dates:

Sophia Group also welcomes interested parents, carers and teachers to attend the Sophia Group curriculum workshops which will be held once per term in week 6. Each workshop will discuss the Steiner curriculum and will hopefully have an experienced presenter to support the discussion.

2018 Sophia Group meeting dates


Term 1 - Understanding Child Development and Waldorf Curriculum

Lou Harvey Zahra will cover

· the ‘three gifts’ of early childhood and how to create an environment where young children flourish

· practical ideas to understand childhood stages and meet the needs of your children

· The Rubicon changes at 7, 9 and 12 years

· How the Waldorf curriculum supports and inspires children.

When: Friday 23 February
Time 7.30 – 9.00pm
Where: Kurrajong Preschool (afterschool care)
Cost: $15 per family

Tickets: or at door

Download flyer for more information

Term 1 - Creative Discipline Workshops

· Morning workshop – Creative discipline for young children aged up to 7

· Afternoon workshop – Creative discipline for the ‘crossing’ at 9 years and pre-teen years

Two inspiring workshops for parents to understand stages of child development. Common challenging areas are discussed as well as practical ideas to transform behaviours in a positive manner for family greater harmony and connections.

When: Saturday 24 February 2018
Time:  Creative discipline for young children – 9 – 12.15pm
           Creative discipline for the crossing at 9 years and pre-teen years – 1.15 – 4.30pm
Where: Kurrajong Preschool (afterschool care)
Cost: $55 per person or $95 per family

Booking – please contact Lou directly ([email protected] or 0425 780 681

Download flyer for more information

Sophia Group News


Spring 2017


Term 2, 2017

Term 1, 2017

Term 4, 2016

Term 3, 2016

Term 2, 2016

Term 1, 2016


The Four Temperaments (Download)


Please email [email protected]