Advanced Diploma Graduates Experience

Over 30 years, we have been offering the Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education to both Australian and overseas students, bringing rich knowledge of Waldorf education to different parts of the world.

Click on the following images to watch what they say about their experience; or read the stories about their journey.

Alex with class in Australia

My time at Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Teacher Training

A journey into the realms of childhood, imagination, and wholeness

By Alexander Paz

I was in my final year of my Arts Degree at Monash studying social sciences (Sociology and Anthropology) when the
idea of becoming a teacher first began to form in my mind as a possible career trajectory. My university course was
chosen out of a desire to further my education and to find a vocation that I truly love. But my problem was that I didn’t
have a clue what I wanted to do with my life! I had been a high achiever through school, receiving DUX of my school
in year 12. My experience of life as a young adult felt discordant to the success that my high grades had supposedly
implied. Like many people I knew who had succeeded in high grades through school, I felt a disconnect between my
school foundations, and the kind of skills and understandings that would enable me to thrive in life outside of the
school system. I felt like a “big head” walking around in the world, disconnected from my deeper self, disconnected
from tradition, nature, history, and culture. My education had excelled at teaching me to deconstruct the world, to
analyse and dissect ideas, and to see things from multiple points of view. Where it left me hanging by late university,
was in my real sense of feeling lost.

This existential dilemma of feeling displaced from myself, from nature, and from a cohesive ideal to orient my life by,
made me question the education I had received through the Victorian State System. I questioned the purpose of
education and felt that the role of school was to prepare children for life beyond school, not just to teach them to be
good at school. At this time of exploring the possibility of becoming a teacher, I came across the teacher training at
Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar. I was exploring alternative models of teaching; seeking to find more holistic
practices, and a model that catered to the whole human being growing up integrated, connected, and in a state of
flow with the world.

From the outset, the Seminar located at the Michael Centre appeared different to anything I’d previously seen in
education. The teacher training was emersed in bushland; the sound of birds whistled through the winds, I could smell
cherry blossom and eucalyptus in the air, and the buildings and student work on display conveyed the message of
beauty, reverence, and a sense of deep connection with life. I thought: “this place is an education for being – not just
a place for earning another certificate!”.

The following year I began my training to become a Steiner Teacher. We sang at the beginning of every day, learning
to sing in harmonies and rounds. Each day included being immersed in the arts: music, dance, storytelling, recorder
playing, painting, sculpture, knitting and more. The way these artistic pursuits were taught at the Seminar gave me
the experience that artistic work can facilitate healing and wholeness. Whilst painting, sculpting, weaving, knitting, I
was also processing feelings, and discovering deeper levels of connection with myself and the world.
The teacher training took me on a journey into my own childhood and across my biography – helping me to discover
common themes, deep inner strivings, challenges, and an emergent sense of my self-defined purpose in life, both
personally and professionally. As we explored Anthroposophy in great depth, I came to appreciate a broader vision of
humanity than I had previously known about. I discovered an upwelling of reverence and wonder towards my own
Western culture, where previously my education had only left an impression of the corruption of the West and its
imposition on other cultures. At the Michael Centre I found a balance to that shadow side: a sense of deep spirituality
and directionality in the Western program towards freedom, individuality, and higher expressions of love.

The Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar gave me the understanding that children are not just little adults. During my
two-year Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education, I developed a deeply nuanced appreciation for the realms of
childhood and the many ways that children evolve through stages of consciousness and priorities of learning in terms
of their balanced integration and wholeness. This developmental understanding informs everything that I do as a
teacher – helping me to make school into a place that my students are excited to attend each day.

I have been a Steiner teacher for three years now. I work in a Steiner-stream school in Melbourne where this year I
have been teaching Class 2. I absolutely LOVE my job! I have students regularly tell me on a Friday how they wish they
didn’t have to wait two more days to come back to school again! My Anthroposophical education has enabled me to
enter the wonder and imagination of childhood, and from this place of inspiration, to engage my students in their
intrinsic motivation to learn and apply themselves with focus. I have come to believe that our natural state is to love
learning and to be deeply curious and engaged with the world. I see my job as facilitating my students to unfold so
that they can fulfil their highest intentions for being here.

I can’t imagine a more meaningful career than the opportunity to facilitate children in finding their balance, their
connection with the world, and the joy of their unique expression, so that they can live each moment with increasing
reverence, wonder and awe. I believe these children have gifts to bring to the world, and it is my role as their teacher
to help them discover their gifts and to facilitate them to blossom into their fullness.

If you are looking for something more out of life, if you’re seeking something different than what you’ve done before,
something deeper, something that can make a difference for you and all those who you engage with: then the
Advanced Diploma at Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar is worth seriously considering. I cannot recommend this
course enough to prospective teachers, parents, and seekers of meaning and wholeness. This course offers not only a
doorway into a fantastic vocation. It also offers the kind of education that many of us missed out on in our own
schooling; the kind of education that facilitates us as adults to feel an inner connection with life, with our deepest self,
and with a sense of self-defined purpose and meaning. That kind of education is truly priceless.

Nina (Brazil)

“I decided to do my Steiner teacher training here in Australia for in this wonderful country this stream is very strong and I can gain experience before coming back to my birthplace, Brazil.

“I am doing the first of two years at Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar, located in an astonishing place surrounded by nature. I love everything that am experiencing here. Getting to know better Steiner’s ideas is an awesome gift. The course is very well structured, offering an essential balance between theoretical and creative lessons. The teachers are amazing human beings: each one of them is lovely and brings us their own huge personal and professional experience. The office staff are very friendly and helpful as well. And I am very glad to meet not only Australians, who are pretty lovely, but also people from all over the world, since I have classmates from KoreaChinaSouth AfricaIndonesia and England.

I feel really blessed for having this opportunity and I am thankful for everything I am coming across!”

Toshi (Japan)

“I heard about this course when I was living in Japan. It was a big decision to make to come to Australia and do the course but it was worth doing. Teaching staff were amazing and all the teachers were very kind to us, especially to the international students. I got a lot of support from the people around me.

“I made a lot of friends from all over the world. It is my treasure of my life.  My two years in the course was like a dream. I learned a lot and my way of how to see the world changed slowly. I was glad that I did this course. This course changed the whole of my life.

“Now I have a job in Australia and am working at a Steiner kindergarten. Be brave and get on this boat. You will see the different world. You can change yourself!!”

From Hang (Vietnam)

“I learnt a lot about Steiner education that I would not have learned in Vietnam. I have learned a lot by being able to discuss Steiner education with all the lecturers.

“Being able to discuss education issues with all the other students has been very helpful. Doing the practical rounds in the school have been of great value.

“The meeting of the foreign students each day is very helpful. All my questions can be answered

“The Michael Central is a wonderful venue: the rooms are very beautiful and inspire me

“I learned a lot from the great variety of subjects.  I would learn a lot more if my English was better!”

Tashi (Bhutan)

“To start with, I really regret my Steiner course has finished!! I enjoyed it so much that I wish I could continue. From the very first day I knew it was exactly what I was looking for: engaging and fun teachers, challenging but not overcomplicated material and great classmates.”

“In our daily classes we not only improve our English but also have fun spending great time with people from all around the world.

“During my time here, I’ve enjoyed an amazing multicultural atmosphere made up of incredible, dynamic, kind and qualified staff, as well as a comfortable environment which encourages you to achieve your goals.”

Herman (South Africa)

“I heard about this course when I was living in Japan. It was a big decision to make to come to Australia and do the course but it was worth doing. Teaching staff were amazing and all the teachers were very kind to us, especially to the international students. I got a lot of support from the people around me.

“I made a lot of friends from all over the world. It is my treasure of my life.  My two years in the course was like a dream. I learned a lot and my way of how to see the world changed slowly. I was glad that I did this course. This course changed the whole of my life.

“Now I have a job in Australia and am working at a Steiner kindergarten. Be brave and get on this boat. You will see the different world. You can change yourself!!”