EduCareDo Course Contributors
EduCareDo was created by Erwin Berney (1922 - 2011). He was a founding member of the first 'Orientation Course' in Anthroposophy in Sydney and the well known initiatives that followed. These included Parsifal College for Adult Education, now known as Sydney Rudolf Steiner College where he lectured until his mid 70's.
Erwin had a great interest in the science of producing food and medicine. His research was based on the science of anthroposophy and he had an ability to communicate and develop the findings for integration in practical life. Erwin founded Demeter Biodynamic Bakery which later became Helios Enterprises. The bakery was a hub for bread workshops, ongoing research as well as commercial production of biodynamic, Demeter certified bread. Erwin also created the Goethean Science Research Centre for Agricultural, Food and Medical Testing and Research, which along with Helios was the first producer and distributor of Wala anthroposophical medicines in Australia. One of the many outcomes of his research and experiments was the production of commercial size chemical free storage facilities for grains which was endorsed by the CSIRO and are now used widely in Australia.
Erwin also formed Hermes Trilance Ltd, a bank-like organisation to support anthroposophical initiatives around the world.
When Erwin retired from lecturing at Parsifal College he committed himself to writing a foundation course in anthroposophy accessible to those unable to attend institutions. He called it EduCareDo. This commenced in 2002 and Erwin tutored EduCareDo students for the following decade. He also prepared a second and third year course which is yet to be offered to students.
While writing these courses he continued to pursue individual research in food production and the possibilities of biodynamic agriculture towards improving climate change. He presented his findings to the Australian government and formed Bio-agriculture Ltd which continues this work.
In 2011 Erwin passed away. He was 90 years old.
Lesley Evans came to anthroposophy aged 21 and in 1975 attended the foundation course in Social Development at Emerson College in the United Kingdom. This gave shape to her experiences and introduced her to the new impulse of biography work. Her working life became committed to Curative Education and the questions of destiny that arose within the families of intellectually disabled persons. Lesley was a class teacher and Principal of Inala, an anthroposophical organisation supporting individuals with disabilities.
Annika Jaensch graduated in Creative Speech and Drama from the Section for Oratory and Musical Arts at the Goetheanum Free University of Spiritual Science, Dornach, Switzerland in 1973. She has worked as a performer, director and teacher in both performance and educational environments. Annika works from her studio ‘Sunstone’ in Arcadia, NSW. Through this course she endeavours to open the door to some of the wonderful gifts of human speech.
Brian Keats has been compiling and publishing the Antipodean Astro Calendar (Biodynamic planting and naked eye astronomy guide for southern hemisphere) since 1985. He also publishes the Northern Star Calendar (a BD calendar for the northern hemisphere) and is the author of Betwixt Heaven and Earth; is an itinerant teacher at Rudolf Steiner schools and colleges (specialising in Mathematics, Astronomy, Biodynamics and Spiritual Science); and has lectured and conducted workshops across Australia and in the USA. He also farmed biodynamically, and is a founding member of the Biodynamic Farming and Gardening Association of Australia.
Brian’s calendars and associated works are available from his website: astro-calendar.com
Susan Margaret’s art training began with a BAVA in sculpture, at Newcastle University (1985). During the years 1991-99 this art training was continued with Fiona Campbell. She has attended various courses, weekend workshops, and engaged in extensive independent study based in anthroposophy.
She has given many painting and sculpture workshops, and taught for 5 years at Newcastle University in the Fibre/Textiles Department; weaving & sculpture at Parsifal College; and in various other contexts. After studying Holistic Counselling at Sophia College, Susan now facilitates clay and colour personal development workshops at the Relaxation Centre, Brisbane, Australia.
Lisa Romero is an author of inner development books, a complementary health practitioner and an adult educator who has been delivering healthcare and education enriched with anthroposophy for twenty years. From 2006 the primary focus of her work has been on teaching inner development and anthroposophical meditation. Through the Inner Work Path Lisa offers lectures, courses and retreats for professional and personal development in communities and schools. Steiner Books has published; 'The Inner Work Path’ focusing on meditation practice, 'Developing the Self’ written after years of working with Waldorf teachers to support their inner work and pedagogical understanding of child development, 'Living Inner Development’ offering an understanding of the inner experiences and results of various inner development exercises,'Sex Education and The Spirit' to help awaken an understanding of our communal responsibility for the healthy development of gender and sexuality within society, and in 2018 ‘Spirit-led Community’ on healing the effects of technology.
For several years Lisa was the lecturer of Health & Nutrition and Male/Female studies at Sydney Rudolf Steiner College, where she continues to lecture for the tutors on inner development. Since 1999 she has been presenting on the subject of gender, sexuality and spiritual life. She has been working with Waldorf schools as a part of their health and wellbeing curriculum; working directly with the students, teachers and parents on this theme. Lisa has contributed to and is an adviser on Health and Personal Development for the Australian Steiner Curriculum Framework. She has developed training courses, and facilitates professional development on this subject for teachers and health professionals.
Lisa designed and facilitated EduCareDo 'Towards Health and Healing' which ran eight year-long courses working with therapists from all modalities as well as Waldorf teachers, to bring the depth of anthroposophical insight through practical applications of therapeutic and pedagogical methods.
Lisa is a contributor, tutor and director of Inner Work Path, EduCareDo, Developing the Self Developing the World and the Y Project.
Lisa's capacity to deliver esoteric wisdom with insight and understanding allows her to meet the diverse needs of a range of communities and professions. Essentially, her work springs from the inner work, meditation and exercises, together with a dedication to the path of unfolding consciousness.
For more information on upcoming courses with Inner Work Path visit: innerworkpath.com