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Sally MartinSince 1980, Sally has been involved with anthroposophy and its practical application in daily life, mainly in the context of the ‘Camphill’ organization in the UK. (Camphill is an international organization that supports people with special needs, both those with learning disabilities and mental health issues, by providing a family type ‘home’ together with committed residential ‘house managers’, and staff from different countries around the world. Ideals underpinning these centres are based on the insights of Rudolf Steiner).

Sally has spent 20 years in the role of house manager; has been active in all other areas of day to day running and organization; has pioneered new ventures and has set up and co-ordinated many diverse trainings. These range from short one- week programs based on a particular theme, to ongoing one to three year courses. Sally has also lectured on many different subjects and is a well-respected teacher.

Sally has always loved painting and helping others to paint and has run classes for people with disabilities, young people from all over the world and mature age students. In 1985 she started to become interested in the therapeutic potential of working with colours and began to train with an experienced painting therapist, gradually taking over some of her work. In 1994 she came in contact with The Emerald Foundation in The Netherlands. Here she met Liane Collot d’Herbois and her teachings, which opened the way to a whole new understanding of the spiritual background of colour.

Since her graduation in 1998 she has been consistently practising this method of painting. She has gained experience working in clinics with doctors and other therapists, and is a recognised teacher of this method of painting.

In July 2001 Sally moved with her family to Australia. Sally has taught many courses on the Sunshine Coast, in Melbourne, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Tasmania, and abroad. She also works as a Painting Therapist with children and adults both at school and in her private practice.

In 2008 she founded The Sienna Academy for painting therapy and artistic painting according to the method of Liane Collot d’Herbois.

Membership of professional bodies include:
Nederlandse Vereniging Voor Kunstzinnige Therapieen op antropopofische grondslag;
The British Anthroposophical Art Therapy Association. BAATA;
The Australian Anthroposophic Medical Association. AAMA

Dr Lakshmi Prasanna

Dr Lakshmi PrasannaDr Lakshmi was trained as a paediatrician with neonatology as her speciality. She started her career with newborn babies in intensive care and had a successful private neonatal intensive unit for more than 15 years. During this period she met Anthroposophy through Waldorf education. She was one of the pioneer parents and worked with the schools in various capacities as a parent, board member and founder member for one Waldorf school.

Dr Lakshmi worked for many years as a school physician. She started an Anthroposophic Medical Society in India and serves this organisation in the capacity of President of the society. One of the primary areas of work for this society is the organising of the International Post Graduate Medical Training (IPMT). Dr Lakshmi also runs a healing and curative centre for special needs children, called Saandeepani, which is located in the city of Hyderabad in South India.

She is presently travelling and giving her time for training workshops for parents, therapists and educators who are working with children from an anthroposophic perspective.

Jan Baker-Finch

Jan Baker-Finch New Zealand born Jan Baker-Finch completed a Masters degree in French and German before moving to France, where she first came in contact with Anthroposophy. Eventually she studied Eurythmy in Stuttgart under the tutelage of Else Klink, and for four years travelled and performed with the Eurythmeum Ensemble through Europe, South America, Russia, USA, Australia, New Zealand, and independently to Japan.

Since 1991 Jan has lived in Brisbane, Australia and taught consistently at Samford Valley Steiner School, working at a number of other schools around the country as a guest teacher. Alongside her school teaching Jan has worked for several years at the Conservatorium of Music where she teaches movement awareness and improvisation to first year students. As a performing artist she has become known in Australia and has also toured as a soloist in Japan, Switzerland, Romania, Sweden, Germany. She has performed at festivals, conferences and in concerts with acclaimed Australian musicians, and is particularly interested in the dialogue between Eurythmy and contemporary music.

In 2005 she co-directed a successful community festival night attended by 2,000 people, which integrated Eurythmy performances by children and the work of professional musicians, circus performers, opera singers, actors and visual artists. Jan is keen to continue to develop venues and avenues for opening Eurythmy as a performing art to the general public in and beyond Australia, while continuing her work as a teacher of all ages.

Regular Course Teachers:
Sally Martin
Dr Lakshmi Prasanna
Jan Baker-Finch

Specialist Teachers:
Please access in your own locality

Advisory Teachers
Dr Paul Hutchison
Josine Hutchison – de Lanoy Meijer

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