The path, journey - Te Ara - of the child from the spiritual world to the earthly world in the arms of the mother who holds, carries, guides the child on this path, through/with spiritual knowledge; divine wisdom -  Sophia.
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The Te Ara Sophia centre offers an environment to foster and support all aspects of a creative approach to conscious parenting in the modern times alongside therapies, services, community groups and activities.

The centre is situated across the school field at 275 Fifield Terrace. Formerly the Novalis House/Helios health centre building, it houses resident practitioners and therapists, and a variety of community activities.

Current projects are community library, drop-in info mornings, school craft shop and garden produce amongst others.


If you would like to know more about the centre and if you are interested in hiring a space contact:

Rachel Conway - email 

M: 022 091 1270    

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Mareile Stoppel

Transformational Therapies As an ACC registered counsellor, Mareile is excited to bring body-centred trauma therapy to Te Ara Sophia. Mareile works with individuals and families to overcome trauma, including developmental and complex trauma. She offers a warm, safe environment and a creative approach to support a diverse range of people...
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Pure Dynamics by Debby Sanders

Pure Dynamics by Debby Sanders offers Craniosacral treatments and Qigong therapy and classes. Craniosacral treatments and Qigong practice have been shown to be beneficial for people seeking help with a wide range of health challenges and symptoms such as (chronic) pain, postural and Musculo-skeletal issues, (post-covid) fatigue, emotional stress, headaches...
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Family and Personal Coaching with Jaana Mannonen-Walker Kia Ora, I’m a Steiner educator of many years . Working with parents, communication, connection and emotional well-being of people is close to my heart. I arrived in New Zealand a little over 27 years ago after teaching one year in my home...
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Drop In for a Cuppa

with Michael Sargent and colleagues A time for sharing, QUESTIONS, CONVERSATION AND LEARNING around Child Health and Development. Michael is retired now but has a long and rich experience as an Anthroposophical Doctor in General Practice. Over many years he supported teachers and parents in Steiner schools throughout Aotearoa with...
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IdunEir Beauty

IdunEir Beauty Bespoke Holistic Skin Therapy Isabella is a fully qualified beauty therapist and skin care specialist. Her journey in the beauty industry started 15 years ago in Sweden. Taking the best that nature and skincare technology can offer, she works with you to address the root cause of skin...
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Introduction to Anthroposophy

Introduction to Anthroposophy is an open discussion group if you are interested in looking into Rudolf Steiner’s Spiritual Science / Anthroposophy which is the foundation of Waldorf Education, Bio-Dynamic farming and gardening, Anthroposophical Medicine, Weleda and Wala health products, the Threefold Social Organism, non-reductionist science based on Goethe’s investigational methodology,...
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Rachel Parr

Registered Nurse, Anthroposophical Nurse Rachel is now able to offer nursing therapies Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, to those who are experiencing anxiety or depression and are aged fourteen years or older. During her thirty years nursing experience, she has worked in Child & Adolescent Health, Practice Nursing (urban and rural)...
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Roigard Naturopathic

Our Registered Naturopath, Stephen Roigard, has been working in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years. Stephen is also a qualified Clinical Nutritionist, Medical Herbalist, Personal Trainer and Massage Therapist. In addition to this he is certified as an instructor in yoga, dance and martial arts. He has...
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Qi Gong classes

Yuan Gong is a modern and comprehensive Qigong system. Yuan Gong uses gentle yet powerful moving and still practices which relax the body, calm the mind and open the heart, allowing Qi (lifeforce) to move freely and nourish the body and mind. Regular practice can improve physical health, increase energy,...
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Toha Kai

Their mission is to enable equitable access to healthy, locally grown and climate appropriate kai while aiming to develop personal skills, build empowerment and strengthen rangatiratanga, kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga. You can now choose to collect your toha kai food box from the Tea Ara Sophia centre. Order here
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Creative Arts Therapy

Hilary Tapper is a registered creative arts therapist (AThR) offering private creative arts therapy at Te Ara Sophia. Creative arts therapy can be helpful for all ages and a wide variety of needs, including anxiety, depression, self-expression, confidence, life transitions, and self-discovery. It can assist with learning, behaviour, emotional and...
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Jessie Davidson

Kia ora my name is Jessie, and I am a registered Anthroposophic Nurse. I am very excited to be working out of the Te Ara Sophia Centre. I have recently been in Hawkes Bay working in the face of this pandemic and it can be a challenging and exhausting experience....
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About us

The mission of the Te Ara Sophia centre is to offer an environment to foster and support all aspects of a creative approach to conscious parenting in the modern times. This work and activity will be based on the spiritual science of human development, health and education from the work of Rudolf Steiner.

The original Te Ara Sophia initiative first developed in 2010 as a response to a call from the community. This was from parents of young children who aspired to a deeper understanding of parenting and education in the current social context with insight from Rudolf Steiner’s picture of human development. A core group of parents, teachers and grandparents worked hard to establish a foundation for this work.
This initiative was to compliment the services offered by the medical centre and the school.

However, with the earthquakes in 2011 the work of this group was put on hold. But the needs it wished to fulfil are just as important now.
At the time the medical centre strongly worked from the same impulse as the special character of the school. It had many different therapies that were readily available to the school community especially its children. Over time this changed.

The purchase of the property and the departure of the medical centre has enabled the Proprietor Trust to take up and extend the original intentions of the Te Ara Sophia group and add other services. The people involved in renting space in the revitalized Te Ara Sophia are very excited and supportive of this important impulse.

This activity will also bring in the revenue for it to be self-supporting and in the longer term create a surplus. It has also secured the undeveloped land for the future development of the school so that further building and carparks will not impact so much on the existing play areas and gardens.

We encourage you to use the services on offer at Te Ara Sophia thereby helping to make this initiative viable and give this impulse a firm foundation for the future.